Saturday, July 26, 2008

The Dark Ages

Was up at 3:45 AM today to start the flying standby circus in a successful trip to Montana. I was sitting around chatting with my parents, feeling so in my element (in a good way), when my grandparents showed up to squash it.

I don't know what it is about these people and their dismissive tones...their scoffing at any intelligence coming from my parents or I. Ugh!!! I love them, but I can't stand them. And to see them attempt to quell my parenting at belittle my kids free spirits...I don't think so.

Man, I wish coming to my childhood home were easier.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Sweet Tea

I spent the day touring THE best tea company in the world. I'm lucky enough to have the Celestial Seasonings plant just a scant 40 minute drive from my house. The glorious variety of tea never ceases to thrill my tongue.

Also, Regal Cinemas does a Free Family Movie Festival every summer near our house. Well, today's movie (the great Pippie Longstocking), suddenly started running backwards and upside down halfway through it. Now comes the reason why they'll get my patronage: they gave us all a free movie pass to ANY movie in their theater...this is for the mess up of a free movie people.

Ah, days don't get much better than this.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Cruel Words

Talk about a bittersweet way to end the day.

We spent the waning hours until bedtime playing with friends down the street. As my six year old was saying goodbye to her friend, her friend wanted to hug her. As us moms are standing there waiting for the hug to end I hear my daughter say:

"T and O don't really like you," in a flat matter of fact tone. Her friend ran out of the room and I stood there shocked. How do you react when your child has crushed another child with her tongue?

As we walked home I firmly told my daughter that she'd crushed her friend and was extremely cruel. I also took away all TV privileges for tomorrow and told her she couldn't play with friends until she had sincerely apologized and acknowledged her friend's pain.

As I was tucking them in my daughter burst into tears and said that she was stupid. She said she felt awful for saying it and for calling me unfair. She explained to me why her friend felt bad and I explained to her why she was feeling so awful.

So, we prayed for her heart, her friend's heart and for the day tomorrow. I was glad she grasped the gravity of her actions, but it sucks that bad stuff happens.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Lesson of The Day

Don't shove a whole hot dog in your mouth.


Because when shoving said dog in your mouth you will bite 2 of your fingers and it will REALLY hurt.

You'll start crying...with dog in your mouth.

This will cause you to suddenly inhale part of said hot dog and start choking.

Let this lesson stick with you son.

Friday, July 11, 2008


As many of you know, I'm an unusual female who passionately loves intimacy and sex. I've been this way since I married 7 seven years ago. I'm not sure I would've had the same excitement of the subject if I hadn't been a virgin, but I'm glad I do.
That excitement has caused me to do as much reading on the subject of sex (from both secular and God-centered sources). This week brought me two exceptional books, one from each category.
The secular book is called, "Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science & Sex" by Mary Roach. She comes at the subject determined to cover all the interesting bases and get the latest data. I loved it because of it's attention to the complicated female system and all that they know so far about it. How crazy that we're in 2008 and we still do not fully understand the female body.

The Christian book is, "Naked And Not Ashamed" by Dan Scott. This book changed my week. He perfectly describes the deeply spiritual design of sex, intimacy and the marriage relationship. He shows how our culture has twisted this amazing blessing into something that the Church shies away from. This is a book that I bought and will be passing around to a lot of people.

Update on my neighbor: Thanks for praying, her and her hubby had a talk last Sunday and it was full of honesty and kindness. They don't know if they'll stay together, but it's an open and loving dialogue now.

Saturday, July 05, 2008

The "D" Word

My heart's heavy neighbor and her hubby will be discussing ending their decade long union within the next two days. She's like a sister to me and I hate to see her, her husband and their kids go through a marriage that is in trouble.
Please pray that the conversations they have surrounding the subject will be filled with loving honesty and good results.

Friday, July 04, 2008

Do You Ever Get Tired of Being Robbed??

The hubby left Wednesday to meet up with his bestest buddy Maks in Kiev, Ukraine. He's really reached the end of his traveling rope for the next month and swears he doesn't want to hop on another flight for a solid month. (Whatever, he's a flying addict...I give him 2 weeks) Anyhoo, no big deal to me and the kiddos cause we're used to our nutty lives and are going to hang out with our bestest neighbor friends AND my sister tonight.

Dear hubby calls me at noon today and I was so excited to hear his voice...then he had to ruin by asking me, "Did I happen to leave the camera at our house?" Turns out the seasoned traveler had PACKED the camera in his checked bag...checked bag got "lost" and showed up in Ukraine today, without the camera. Argh! This is the man who scoffs at the idiotic travelers who pack their keys, phones or any valuable in luggage when they check in at the airport. So, I was pissed.
And yes, I'm tired of being robbed. Granted, it's been about four years since the last time, but here's a short list of everything that's been taken from us in the last 7 years.

-our Olympus camera (that's the new one)
-a video camera
-all of our clothes and our daughter's clothes
-my journal
-all the money in our bank account (this done forcibly by big burly Turks in Istanbul)
-another camera
-another camera
-CD cases on 4 seperate occasions
-about $300 over 2 years by our hotel cleaning lady
nd other assorted things that I can't remember. I don't know, maybe we were just due to be robbed.

What's been stolen from you?

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

The New Layout

A couple of weeks ago I won an awesome new blog layout from Designs by Sheila. I think she did an amazing job and I'm so glad to not have my blah template anymore. If you'd like to check out her designs, her button is on my sidebar!