Wednesday, September 17, 2014


Mimi was invited to attend a get together,

at the Whereville ice cream shop,

to meet the other teen girls in town.

The local homeschool group is growing

at an enormous rate,

and us mamas wanted our teens to start connecting.

The girls sat and chatted about an hour,

and seemed to be enjoying themselves.

On the way home Mimi told me all about

one of the girls going on and on about

how her friend had just moved

into a bad neighborhood.

You know how she could tell it was a bad neighborhood?

Black people lived there!


Mimi, ever gracious, said

"Did you know my baby brother is black?"

Then went on to tell this girl that black skin

is not what makes a neighborhood bad.

The young lady backpedaled by saying

she's "met a nice black person once".

A few minutes later, the same girl began talking

about people with "brown skin".

Yup, that's exactly how she said it,

brown skinned people.

Mimi's friend replied "You know I'm Native American right?

You know I have brown skin?"


I'm proud of these girls for stepping up

and calling this young lady out for her attitude.

I have no idea what to do now.

I certainly won't stand by while kids spew racist remarks,

but I'm going to march up to confront this mom either.

Any suggestions?

Monday, September 15, 2014

M.S. Update

I recently had my one year aniversary

of my M.S. diagnosis.

That meant a run through the MRI machine,

some bloodwork,

and a visit with the doc.

I was nervous about going.

What would happen if things were worse?

What would that mean for us?

I am delighted to say it went really well!

No new holes,

and the old holes are all dead.

Rock on!

I get to keep up what has become my regular

monthly infusion schedule,

which has turned into something I look forward to.

Two hours with no kids,

sitting in a comfy chair,

reading and listening to music?

Poor me!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Driving.....Me Crazy

Today was total chaos.

I grabbed my teens and toddler and headed to the DMV.

I needed to change my address,

and my teens were taking their learners permit test.

Yes, both of them!!

First, I forgot my proof of address

and had to run back home.

Then Babycakes decided that the acoustics in the DMV

were opera worthy

and he took advantage.

After my part was done,

I grabbed the now obnoxiously loud toddler

 and dragged him down the hall to a room that echoes less.

Where he got his fingers caught in an elevator door.

Bringing security into the fun.

This was followed by Buddy taking a different route out

and the rest of us sitting in the accounting office

endlessly waiting for him.

Two hours later, we took our paperwork,

our toddler

and the last shreds of dignity

and headed to the closest taco truck to celebrate.

Mama needs a nap,

a drink

and some chocolate.

Not necessarily in that order.
(Yes, they both passed.


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Manic Monday

Yesterday was my teenager's "first day of school".

AKA the day high school co-op starts.

Mimi decided she'd like to try it this year,

after being deeply opposed last year.

Having friends there really helps!

She's getting her feet wet with one class.

Buddy dove in for a pretty full schedule.

They have to be there by....

well, shortly after we normally rise.

Mac has a piano lesson after they get dropped off,

and Mimi has a cello lesson in the afternoon.

Co-op is followed by an afternoon of homeschool orchestra for both girls,

Then, just for fun,

we squeeze in Princess' violin lesson on the way home.

All of these take place in our old city,

an hour and a half away from our new home.

This means we leave our house at dawn

and return after dark.

We are officially dubbing all Mondays

"Manic Monday"

In honor of my fragile sanity for agreeing to all this.

The rest of the week I plan on doing a lot of


But only after I've finished

prying my fingers off the steering wheel.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Foam Party!

Wherevill has a yearly fair type event

that I was, admittedly, not enthusiastic about attending.

What could this rinky-dink town

possibly offer that would be worth the effort

of dragging my kiddos to?

But after some prodding by a friend,

we went to this:
 Apparently this is a "foam party".
 It's like someone dumped a bucket of dish soap
 into a fountain
 and invited a town in to play.
 My kiddos LOVED it, and Princess, who hates wet clothes,

was soaked from head to toe, and smiling the whole time!
Babycakes had ZERO interst in going in,

but did enjoy playing with the bubble overflow that coated the street

ankle deep.

I will definitely be keeping my mind more open about future events!

Tomorrow night is a Beatles cover band

and my teens are delighted!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Lego in Progress

My friend Lisa is a talented artist.

I've had the privileged to see several of her works

and really enjoy supporting her in any way I can.
 Right now she's saving to go to a class to

learn to teach the Bob Roth method.
So I've hired her to do a fun mural for Mac's room.

It's not done yet,

but I'm already thrilled with it!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Backyard Envy

The kids and I were invited by another homeschool family
 to come over and play in their amazing back yard.
 They have looooooonnnnnggggg zipline

that even Babycakes could try,
 a playground, a tree fort, a beach

with sand,
 and a pool!
 And her boys are big Lego fanatics like mine!

I was so excited for Mac to have an opportunity to

make some local buddies.

Now if I can fins some friends for my teens!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Friend Fun-Beach Edition

 I'm only brave enough to do this

because I know my friend's kids are

excellent swimmers.
 I'm sure their mom thinks I'm a looney for even trying,
 but the water was pretty shallow

and the kids were very obedient
and we all had fun!

Except it was followed by round two of showers and baths

and I ran out of towels!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Friend Fun

Our friends who are adopting from Haiti

made a quick trip to visit with their son,

so their crowd came back for a sleepover.
 We're really just indoctrinating our new neighbors in

our personal chaos.

 We celebrated with some s'mores
 followed by baths for those who see

s'mores as performance art.
 Getting NINE kids showered or bathed is quite an experience!
We made an agreement on our way in to Wendy's

that if anyone asked if they were all mine,

I was to say "Yes!"

That would mean a set of twins

and a set of Irish quadruplets,

several of who are from different continents!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Another Rain Dance

 This activity never seems to get old at our house

even for my teenagers!