Sunday, June 28, 2009

Trench warfare . . . inside?

If you feel like a battle with trenches, a la WWI style, don't let the rain outside stop you. Or the fact that you can't actually *dig* a trench. All you need is some dirty laundry, all mom's pillows, some Stephenie Meyers books, and lots and lots of shoes.

The first line of trenches.

The second line.

And although it might be hard to tell, there's a third trench along the bed and back in the corner.

The other boy's trench. With "land mines" littering the ground in front.

And not to be outdone, Princess uses her stroller and shoes for her own trench.

Almost more funny than the trenches was their war trophy.
A "Stormtrooper On a Stick"

Princess wanted to try out the trophy.

And this is what happens when you get distracted taking pictures of what your children are doing so you can blog about it instead of finishing breakfast.
Mmmm. Nothing like a burnt frisbee with powdered sugar on top.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

My new theme song

This song hit me smack in the middle of my soul this week.

Nickelback - If Today Was Your Last Day from Nickelback on Vimeo.

"If Today Was Your Last Day" by Nickelback

My best friend gave me the best advice
He said each day's a gift and not a given right
Leave no stone unturned, leave your fears behind
And try to take the path less traveled by
That first step you take is the longest stride

If today was your last day and tomorrow was too late
Could you say goodbye to yesterday?
Would you live each moment like your last
Leave old pictures in the past?
Donate every dime you had, if today was your last day?
What if, what if, if today was your last day?

Against the grain should be a way of life
What's worth the price is always worth the fight
Every second counts 'cause there's no second try
So live like you're never living twice
Don't take the free ride in your own life

If today was your last day and tomorrow was too late
Could you say goodbye to yesterday?
Would you live each moment like your last?
Leave old pictures in the past?
Donate every dime you had?

And would you call those friends you never see?
Reminisce old memories?
Would you forgive your enemies?
And would you find that one you're dreaming of?
Swear up and down to God above
That you'd finally fall in love if today was your last day?

If today was your last day
Would you make your mark by mending a broken heart?
You know it's never too late to shoot for the stars
Regardless of who you are

So do whatever it takes
'Cause you can't rewind a moment in this life
Let nothing stand in your way
'Cause the hands of time are never on your side

If today was your last day and tomorrow was too late
Could you say goodbye to yesterday?
Would you live each moment like your last?
Leave old pictures in the past?
Donate every dime you had?

And would you call those friends you never see?
Reminisce old memories?
Would you forgive your enemies?
And would you find that one you're dreaming of
Swear up and down to God above
That you'd finally fall in love if today was your last day?

Now go live--really live--today!!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

What happens when you're too sore to go upstairs

And check on what your daughter and her 4 friends are doing quietly for half an hour.

It's official--she has too much stuff.

**I've almost recovered from my Ragnar Hangover. Or my Rag-lag (like jet lag). Expect a full report soon.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Woodchucking & Dads

Picture This: A Father's Day Card

On the Front: A photo of a woodchuck yelling, with his paw in the air.

*not this picture, but this is a woodchuck*

Along with the words:


The reaction: Much hilarity and mirth (and some snorting). You don't even need anything written on the inside, really.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Into the Mountains We Go

As part of my "We're dragging the kids to do fun things this summer, no matter how much they whine about it" plan, we ignored the rain and headed out for our first "family bonding experience" of the summer.

Amid much groaning, complaining, and gnashing of teeth (on the parents' part), we piled into the car and headed to the mountains last week.

There were some great views.

(although Professor is really not fond of heights, as you can see).

One of the coolest views was this mommy and baby moose snacking in a flooded meadow.

Our destination:

A crack in the limestone has resulted in a bunch of natural springs bubbling up from the ground. It was beautiful, and all paved trail/boardwalk so the rain didn't matter.

And a closer look at the happy little springs. (Just feel the happy bubbliness...)

All in all it was a good day, and all the better because Mom and Dad could say, "Neener, neener! You had fun, so quit fighting us on the bonding experiences, all right?!"

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

We all need validation

You, dear blog readers, are great! Your comments make blogging all worthwhile. You are truly awesome!

The first 3 minutes are fantastic if you don't have time for the whole thing. Enjoy!

We're going to have a validation day at our house today.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

What a great moment

At a wedding reception last night, someone turned to us and said, "What do you do? You have such well-behaved kids."

Wow. *Sniff* Moments like this don't happen very often.

**I forgot to mention what my oldest said after we left the reception. "We only act good because we won't get any cake if we don't." Yeah, we've got them trained well. :)

And just for fun.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Twilight Fever hits again

Not too many days ago the first trailer for the movie New Moon (second in the Twilight series) hit the web.

If you're one of the three people that haven't seen it yet, here you go:

And because I can't resist, here's hilarious blogger Eric Snider's Rejected "Twilight" Screenplay. (The real reason for this post, just because I think it's so dang funny.)

Friday, June 5, 2009

No longer "Mom"

To Whom It May Concern:

The board will be meeting this weekend to discuss a title other than "Mom" as we feel that name has been overused this first week of summer (and usually at top volume).

"Mom! What's for lunch?"
"Mom! Why do I have to come home?"
"Mom! Can you get me a unicorn Webkinz for Christmas?"
"Mom! Can we watch TV?"
"Mom! You're a slave driver! We've been pulling weeds for at least 15 minutes!"
"Mom! Can I have an otter pop?"
"Mom! Where are my shoes?"
"Mom! Why do I have to wear a helmet?"
"Mom! Where are you?"
"Mom! I'm not hungry yet."
"Mom! Carrots are gross!"
"Mom! Come see this!"
"Mooooooooooommmm!" - Custom comment codes for MySpace, Hi5, Friendster and more

The person heretofore referred to as "Mom" will no longer be responding to that title. Neither will she answer to "Hey you" "Give it now" "Servant" or "Slave."

You might have some luck with "Oh Magnanimous and Beautiful One." "Her Graciousness," or "The Most Amazing Woman on the Planet."

She is open to other titles in this vein, which may be submitted via email for consideration before the deadline of midnight this coming Sunday. Make sure to put "We're Very Sorry, Mother Dearest for Driving You Insane" in the subject line, or the spam filter will likely grab your email.

The woman formerly known as Mom

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Three weekends to save a little money on vacation

Last year our family did a Staycation, and this year I think lots of families will be doing that sort of vacation. I came across this little tidbit and wanted to share for all of you out there who are looking for inexpensive vacations this summer.

The National Parks Service will waive entrance fees at national parks and monuments for three weekends this summer: June 20-21, July 18-19, and August 15-16.

Here's the news article. And here are some great photos from some National Parks (none of which I took).

Bryce Canyon National Park

Yellowstone National Park
Arches National Park

Saguaro National Park

Mesa Verde National Park

You know, we've never been to the Grand Canyon. Maybe there are three weekends we might want to go.

Here's an article on Unheralded National Parks, in case you want to visit some of the less crowded ones those weekends.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009


I don't think I need to say anything else. :)

Monday, June 1, 2009

Kid Chuckles

We’ve all heard the saying “Kids say the darndest things,” or “Kids say the funniest things.”

I might add “Kids repeat the most embarrassing things” or “Kids can instantly offend an elevator full of people of a different ethnic background” or “Kids can pinpoint exactly what will drive you over the edge in the middle of a really bad day and then proceed to do it at every opportunity.” How about “Kids can completely disappear in the displays at Home Depot in .02 seconds flat” or “Kids can argue with each other about EVERYTHING.”

In that vein, I'm sharing a few of the hilarious things my own darlings do/say:

  • When she was younger, my daughter thought everyone had two names—a first name and a password. (It took me days to realize she meant last name.)
  • At age 9, Professor stated: “At least three-quarters of songs are about love, because that’s what people understand the least—besides quantum physics.” **direct quote
  • Turbo used to save all the marshmallows in his Lucky Charms cereal until last. Then he chewed them up and spit them back into the bowl to make a colorful soup that he called “Marshmallow Paste.” (Okay, maybe that’s just gross and not funny, but I have to try and laugh at it so I don’t get sick. We no longer purchase Lucky Charms cereal.)
  • One day I was mowing the lawn and Princess ran up to me, hysterical. She had shoved a live roly-poly (potato bug/pill bug) up her nose! Beans, macaroni, a pencil eraser—yes. But a live bug?!
  • My two boys were fighting one day, and Turbo teased Professor saying that he had to go back to Kindergarten because he had misread an easy word. Professor complained about how mean his brother was and that “He didn’t need to attack my academic prowess!”
  • Turbo went through a time when he always wanted to be upside down on his head. Watching TV, at his friend’s house, at grandpa’s, in the car, outside at the park, etc. He even managed to go up the stairs upside down (and it was quite a feat, too!).
  • The other day I wore my hair in two braids. My oldest looked at me intently, then said he liked my hair like that because it made me look like a girl. I laughed and said that I am a girl. He replied, "No you're not. You're a mom." (I didn't realize motherhood came with that little gender change.)
  • Turbo used to squirt a layer of shampoo around the shower and slide all over in the suds, naked.
  • One day I punished Turbo with a spanking (sorry to all of those who are against that – it’s only in serious cases, like trying to choke a sibling). He looked at me and said, “Daddy spanks harder than you do.”

Hopefully this gives you a few chuckles. I'm sure I'll think of a whole bunch more once I post this. Aren't kids fun?