104 days of summer vacation…

… and school comes along just to end it.

We started our summer vacation sooner than just about anyone I know.  We got out May 24th.  So I may be a little further along in the summer vacation stages than you are.

(by the way, I just calculated… there are only 81 days in our summer vacation)

But I have this theory about summer vacation.  I think ALL of us go through the same stages of enjoyment, tolerance, resignation,  and eagerness.

(there are only 31 days left before our 1st day of school.  that’s only a MONTH!  we go back earlier than anyone i know, so your numbers may not be so exciting.)

At the start of the summer, we are all excited about the lack of schedule and the freedom to sleep late.  Enjoyment is high.  Our kids are easily entertained, the house is still clean, and we’re all relaxed and happy.

(but really, it’s more like 21 weekdays.  weekends don’t count.)

dont look in the laundry roomAfter a few weeks, the excitement wears off.  The lack of routine has turned our home upside down.  The kids stay up late and we stay up later.  We’d all sleep in except that SOMEONE still has to go to work.  We won’t mention the laundry pile.  Just don’t open the laundry room door please.  Suddenly, activities and outings seem like a great idea.  It will help everyone to get out of the house.  Summer vacation is tolerable, but no longer exciting. [Read more…]

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Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July friends.  I hope you’re having fun.

As is our tradition, I woke up this morning to the sound of fire engines.  Ever year, I forget that we live three houses off of a parade route.  We scrambled to get dressed and were in time to see the whole thing.

My kids came home with gobs of candy.  Some of it was clearly leftover Halloween and Easter candy.  To be honest, that’s pretty fair.  I think I handed out leftover July 4th parade candy for Halloween one year.

We’d only lived in our home for a month the first time we were awakened by the sound of sirens for July 4th.  I remember standing there holding the hands of my two diaper clad boys as they watched the parade go by.

They were in awe. [Read more…]

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The Ouch Game

My boys have been playing “The Ouch Game” since they were both in diapers.

We did NOT teach it to them.  Apparently, it just comes with being a boy.

Not only did my husband recognize the game from his own boyhood, he could actually explain the rules to me.  As the boys have gotten older, hubby sometimes joins in the game.

The Ouch Game Rules [Read more…]

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It All Started With A Sucker (An Easter Story)

It All Started With A Sucker: An Easter StoryI’m excited about  “It all started with a sucker (an Easter Story).”

It’s a long story.  It’s about Easter, even the parts where I talk about American Flags and Nativity Sets and Chic-Fil-A.

If you get lost somewhere in the middle, just remember that I waited to tell the story until I could end it with something beautiful.

I waited to share the story until it came full circle and could point back to Easter.  I wanted to be able to say

And then, it’s beautiful.

At the very end, I do.

I struggle with Easter Candy.

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My Kids Make Me Laugh – Colors Y’all

my kids make me laugh from thishappymom.comIf you’re wondering how my child’s color change at school yesterday could possibly make me laugh, just bear with me.  He did make me laugh… just not where he could see it.

It’s not the first time my husband and I have snickered at color changes either.  Watty says some amazing stuff trying to wiggle out of trouble.

Color changes?  Our school uses a color system to rate behavior each day.  Green means you had a great day.  Yellow means the teachers had to fuss at you to the point that they felt it was worth documenting it.  Red equals a trip to the office and a phone call home.

Red is for really bad stuff, like the time Joey pulled down his pants in Kindergarten to show Amanda his new Super Man underwear. [Read more…]

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I got caught sniffing

true confessions - sniffingI got caught sniffing this week, and my family is quite upset about it.   It’s like I violated a sacred trust or something.  Ever since then, my kids have tried to keep me at arms length.

Wait.  It’s not what you think.

I didn’t sniff *that* kind of substance.

I was sniffing something entirely different than what you have in your mind. [Read more…]

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My Kids Make Me Laugh – The Bossy Edition

my kids make me laugh and that fills me with joyMy kids make me laugh on a daily basis.

Maybe it’s because I’m easily amused, maybe it’s because I’m raising two comedians, maybe it’s because my own internal voice amuses me.  But I’d like to think it’s because I treasure the little moments of our lives.

Yesterday was one of those perfect Houston fall afternoons. [Read more…]

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