Olive Background

Friday, February 18, 2011


Tonight James, Jordan, and Jared sang in public for the first time - individually, as a trio, three part harmony.......Hey, in our world we like to do things the hard way.

The performance was a big hit and I recorded it on my phone, but we decided to record it again at home because some of the harmonies were off.

So to those who heard this, here's a better version and to those who hear it for the first time, enjoy.

Side note:  Originally this was going to be a duet for James and Jordan, but with Jordan's voice changing and a nice dose of chest cold he couldn't hit the high notes.  Last night we were rehearsing and I was acting like a freaked out pageant mom.  It was frustrating for everyone.  This morning I decided to involve Jared and give Jordan a harmony to sing that was easier for him.  We started this at about 3:30 this afternoon and performed it at 8:00pm.  I had hoped Jackson would participate too (during our quick rehearsal this evening he played the part of the finger-snapping metronome), but in the end he decided to stay out of it.

Can I just say that I am so pleased with these guys and they really are smart, forward thinking boys.  When they argued that they didn't want to perform in front of the "old people" - because this was not a crowd of peers - I just said, "Maybe so, but those "old people" have daughters and grand daughters....."

'Nuff said.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

A Look Into the Brain of James

Facebook status for Valentine's Day:

Valentines Day = the only day of the year
 socially acceptable to eat other people's hearts

Unless someone can tell me otherwise, I think that quote is an original.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Today In Valentine Land

Sean is gone for a few weeks and I get to play single mom.

James is being text-stalked by a little ninth grader who is apparently smitten.  They have barely spoken to each other, but James is her man.

Jordan is sick, but went to school so he wouldn't "disappoint the ladies".

Jared made a Valentine expressing his affection to a little girl who may not feel quite the same way.  We calmly made the decision NOT to give it to her and save the both of them any embarrassment or broken hearts.

Jackson is a Valentine Grinch like his mommy, but together we made gift tags and stuck suckers on them.  He may even do it again next year so long as he is not required to give the "dumb Superman ones" away.

And that, my friends, is Valentines in our world.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Because Sometimes the Boys Just Wanna Have Fun

Last night was girls' night out.  We run together.  It's just logical that we stuff ourselves with high calorie treats together also.  It was a fun night.  Thank you, ladeez!!!

Sean and James thought they would have fun too.  While I was having a great time, they came by the restaurant and drove my van to a different parking spot.  It wasn't far from where I originally parked, but.......

You can imagine my reaction when I walked out of the restaurant.  Good thing I saw the van fairly quickly, but I was a confused little girl.

More confused than usual.

Monday, February 7, 2011

A Certain Kind of Sadness

 This is the VERY cool Totoro puzzle my parents brought back for us from Japan last spring.  It's 1000 pieces.  We are not really the puzzle types in this house......mostly because of the losing pieces factor, which is  a no brainer when it comes to our family.  But this is Miyazaki stuff.  Google him if you must.  So we finally got around to putting this masterpiece together this weekend.

I know.  Crazy.  These Totoro things are going nuts.  Can you tell why?  998 pieces completed.  Nine hundred and ninety eight.  

This is actually the same piece.  We can't find the other one.  

 This is the culprit.  

This is the replacement puzzle piece request form that I will get help filling out so I can send it to my sister in Tokyo, who can then forward it on to the company that will set the world right again (Umm....Diane, if you are reading this, can I ask you to do something for me?? ;)  ), and hopefully the new pieces will arrive at my sister's place in time for my mother, who is going to Japan for a few weeks shortly, to bring back to Canada so Sean and I can complete our puzzle, glue it together, frame it, and then hang it on a wall in the basement.  

I'll be happy to post the framed end result......in about 8 weeks.  Little bit of sadness around here at the moment.

Kub Kar Jackson Style

Oh, how the time flies.  It doesn't seem like very long ago when Jared was completing his last Kub Kar Rally, which I blogged about elsewhere.  He is now graduated from the world of Cubdom and Jackson is representing in a fine manner.

How fun was the rally?  So fun.  How was making the Kub Kar?  Funner.  Jackson and Sean came up with a cool idea of a skateboard.  Some good woodcutting, bright paints, some awesome letter font, and a bit of fine grit black sandpaper, and a Kar was born.

Friday, February 4, 2011

On My Soap Box

I do most of my Jared blogging on my other site just because it's easy to dominate this blog with his stories.  Today I am linking to that one.  It's just less work.


Just my musings on parts of life.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

My Laugh of the Day

This made me think of Jared at first view, but can't we see all our children in some way??

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Poor Gracie

Our little pooch has the worst luck, it seems.  She is so timid of other dogs.  We have tried over the last couple of years to take her places where other dogs will be so she can have some interaction with them and become more relaxed.  Sometimes it works, if the other dog is arthritic and/or old and/or super mello.  Most of the time though Gracie gets spooked by yet another bouncy dog who knows no personal boundaries, off leash with owners who have no clue.  There need to be stricter dog run rules.  "If your dog can run, take its leash off" is not a rule.

This afternoon Jordan saved Gracie from a German Shepherd who went for her while on a walk.  We didn't realize until after an hour that Gracie had a puncture wound.  Jordan got by with muddy jeans, yet I hate to think it could have been worse.  Fortunately when Sean went to talk to the owner, the man had been informed about it by the dog sitter.  He was nice enough to say he'd help out if we needed to take Gracie to the vet.  Ironically his wife works at a vet clinic in town.

So far she seems okay.  We've cleaned it out and are watching it.  My thing is how has this affected my pooch?  I want her to have friends.  I don't want to keep her away from other dogs because she's so timid SHE may get aggressive with them.  Any suggestions?