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Sunday, November 27, 2011


It's mega windy right now.  MEGA.  Fires burning on the north side of town.  Grass fire burning on the west side of town.  It's nasty.  I'm grateful my roof is in tact.  Now my two ugly trees in my front yard......well, they could blow over.  I'd be totally fine with it.  I hate them.  I even figured it could be of service to our neighbors across the street if this furious west wind  blew them over in a miraculous southward direction and landed on their problematic vehicles.  Then they could get cars that worked.  They are nice folks.

See.  I'm totally thinking of the other guy rather than myself :)

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

A Day In the Life......part 2

This post was originally titled "In the Navy" with "something he found in his closet" written under this picture.

A couple of minutes after I posted it, we all realized that perhaps it had an alternate meaning to it.

Not gonna lie.  I laughed myself to tears, but in the spirit of not offending or making light.....I'm editing my post.

It is true.  He did find this outfit in his closet.

Jared does his classic photo bomb in the background.

A little up in the air and blurry, but this was Jordan's outfit he selected when we went out shopping the other night.  I wanted to make sure I got this posted tonight.

We'll pretend this is Jackson.  My friend Karri surprised me with a case of caffeine free Coke from the states.  Love you!!!  Thank you!!!!!

The likelihood I will get more than one or two cans is slim so Sean told the boys that if they wanted one then they had to kiss their mother.  Jordan was not receptive to this idea, because I obviously have major cooties, and refused to do so.  Thank goodness for him, Jackson took one for the team and kissed his mother so his older brother could have a can of the coveted soda.

Tonight's polls suggest that Jackson is the favorite.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

A Day In the Life of Boys Growing Up.......

James.......He seems relatively comfortable with himself.  He doesn't take himself too seriously as evidenced in this picture.  So when a girl comes over to him while he is at work and says, "You are a total babe, and I think you are hot", giggles and runs away......well, that freaks him out a bit because he doesn't know if he just got teased or if it was serious.  Regardless, as his mom, I feel the need to quote that girl EVERY chance I get.  He went completely self conscious after that experience.  So funny!!

Jordan......I had to show him pictures of frost bitten ears and a frozen dead guy this week.  He won't wear a toque on those cold days because it will mess up his hair.  He's Mr. Gotta Look Good for the Ladies.  He tried a new look that Mom paid for as an early Christmas present, which we know she will totally forget about and continue her Christmas shopping for him like it never happened.  Went over quite well and must get a picture of it soon. He looked pretty awesome.  It's pretty fun shopping with him.

Jared........He's in a play at school.  There's choreography that he is learning.  There's a part where the cast are on their knees like they are idolizing someone.  Well Jared is not comfortable with that because idolatry is against the commandments.  Who was the teacher who described the dance move that way??!!!  Excuse me!!  Autism!!  L.I.T.E.R.A.L.!!!!  I tried to reason with him and then Sean tried.  This is a "to be continued" event.  At this point he won't participate in that particular dance and song.  He's having a great time with the rest of it.  Music is so good for him and to see him have a speaking part is awesome.  At least he refuses to do what he's not comfortable with.  That brings me some comfort.

Jackson......When a teacher tells you your baby is intelligent and mature beyond his years and hard working and shows leadership and is well liked by absolutely everyone, you tend to think things are going pretty good.  I didn't even give her the box of chocolates until AFTER she said all that.  He is loving his report card and his teacher and his class.  He puts chairs out for his classmates.  I'm lovin' this kid.  Can we PLEASE skip puberty.  I don't think I could handle seeing him go all angsty on me.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Because I am the Mom and I Want To

Scenario:  End of birthday group date.  All kids are leaving my home.  James' date is the last to leave.
I am standing in the living room with Emi-Lou in my arms.  James is on my right.  Date is on my left.
"Thanks, James, for asking me to be your date on your birthday." "Yeah.  Thanks for coming."  Exit left.

Now.  Perhaps I should have left the room.  Given them privacy.  Made the conclusion less awkward.

No.  I was having too much fun!!  No physical contact barrier breached.  A little awkwardness is good at sixteen.  No.  I wouldn't change that.

A 5'2" mother with a Bichon Shitzu is not as intimidating as a father in a rocking chair with a shot gun, but it's all I got.  I'm gonna work it.

Thursday, November 10, 2011


There is a coming of age when you turn sixteen.  It's like waking up one morning and all of a sudden you have opportunities that are so.....adult.

You can take a driving test.  You have more employers willing to hire you.  You can switch classes at school without parental consent.

Sixteen years ago this came out of me.
Yes......"Crap!  It's cold and bright out here!  Put me back in!!"

Now he is this
Really, he does smile.

My children aging bothers me more than my own aging.  I really like my kids and I am glad I get to be their mom.  But I woke up this morning and this boy named James is now considered a young man who can take a driving test (but not until he gets a haircut).

Well, Happy Birthday, Firstborn.  Mama loves ya and you will always be my baby.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Best Plans Thwarted

Last week Jordan was informing me that he wanted to see Paranormal Activity 3.  Scary, jumpy movie.  I was not impressed.  I seriously dislike those kinds of movies and really didn't think it was appropriate for Jordan to see.  Rated 14A, I was confident that his plan would go nowhere since he and his friends are only 13.

Jordan again informed me that the plan to see PA3 was under way and it seemed as though my approval or disapproval was a moot point.  Interesting.  Who was the parent who would be the "A" part of the 14A?  How would they get in without an adult?

I made the decision to let him  go so he could perhaps learn a lesson.  Because I was not given a specific adult chaperon name, I assumed that the boys would try to get in on their own and the staff at the local movie theatre would stop them at the gate and I would pick Jordan up, disappointed but having learned a valuable lesson.

Long story short.....My plans were foiled.  No adult.  The boys got in.  The movie scared them all.  Jordan's afraid of the dark now.  He says something good did come out of the experience.  "Now I say my prayers every morning and I sing church songs all the time!"

Last night James phoned from his job at a theatre and said the staff were seeing a midnight showing of Lion King 3D.  Did any of us want to come?  Sean and I were too tired.  Jordan said it was too late.  Seriously, I don't get it.  I offered to let him stay out until 2am and he turned me down.  Like it's going to happen again any time soon?  Jackson wanted to go.  I thought that would be fun.  Little Jackson.  Night owl Jackson.  A midnight movie with his big brother.  Lion King.  3D.  I'd be the cool mom and let him go.

Party pooper Dad quashed that plan.  In the end, no one saw Lion King.

Two mommy plans thwarted.  Don't know that either were the smartest of plans, but the intentions were good.......right?

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

The Cape

Capes are cool.  
Just ask James.  
He's worn one for four days.  
Halloween is over now and the Cape should be put to rest.  
At this point it gets creepy seeing him wear it.  
They blow around in the wind.  They look sinister.  
Capes are cool, but creepy after Halloween.