My Mom’s Special Birthday

Today is my parent’s birthday. Yes, I said that correctly, they share a birthday. Mom is three years older than dad – which puts them at 74 and 71.  My dad always uses the same joke every year: “We were married on the same day, too!”  People have to stop and think about that one.  There were several times throughout the year that I …

Moonlit walks around the campground

Kylie and I have our little night time ritual where we walk around the campground and gaze in the lit camper windows. Oh we don’t go up and look in, we just glance at them from the road, don’t worry. It’s amazing how many different types of campers there are!  Yes, we’re nosy, but it’s just so much fun!  The moon was full, …

Camping adventure at 3:00 AM

We were able to get away to the beach for a few days this week. The first day we had warm, balmy weather. We beached, we pooled, we beached again.  Ate crab legs until our eyes bulged.  It got pretty dangerous at our table, Jim is the only one who is good at the crab legs thing, the rest of us hacking …

“Whoop-De-Doo” doesn’t just mean “Big Deal”

My whole body hurts from a ride yesterday with my good friend and biking mentor, Aimee. This girl is the bomb on a bike!!! We rode single tracks, of which I am an amateur. I tried last year and stunk at it, so I backed off and gave the whole biking concept a little more time. I had no idea what …

Absurd dream leads to a great day

I awoke this morning to someone speaking with a very twangy, deep southern accent right in my ear. It was not a natural accent, it was someone trying to immitate the accent. It took me a few irritating seconds to realize that it was my alarm clock. I have no idea what the person said, I just know I angrily shut it off and immediately fell back asleep, dreaming that I …

Race Day and the struggle inside my mind

The morning of the race, I went downstairs for the Panama Jack sun visor I had lying ready on the dining room table. Next to it was Taryn’s Nike visor with a note:  “You need a more professional hat to wear.  I don’t want you to be embarrassed.  Try not to get it too sweaty though.  Good luck, I love you.” You have to realize – Taryn loves …

The difference between men and women; how opposites attract and how to curb "opposite annoyance"

The difference between men and women

There is a huge difference between Jim and I (Jim is my husband, if you’re new here).  I am married to my polar opposite.  Let me expound on the subject. I’m running my first 10k tomorrow.  Jim brought home donut holes from his trip to Washington, D.C. today. For lunch, I have a veggie burger on wheat thins, hummus, and pretzel …

How I earned my “doctorate” in life

My life right now is very different from this time last year.  I was in and out of hospitals and doctor’s offices as much as Carter had liver pills (old, bad joke).  There seemed to be no end in sight – like a long, dark tunnel.  Mom had a stroke, dad had emergency appendectomy – which uncovered numerous health issues -two months …

Funny quotes from the week

Jim:  “So when do we blow up the house with the science project?” (The girl’s lab science kit came in the mail this week.) Kylie:  “So French is basically just mumbling everything you say.” Taryn:  (Mid-sentence on the phone with her boyfriend), “Is that – EWWWW, YUCKY!!!  What is that?!?  Is that cat throw up outside?  Is that GUTS?!?” (Drama …

Girl’s day out – and in

Saturday began very early with Jim and Nolan going to Jim’s hunting property (“the farm”, which isn’t a farm at all, just a bunch of woods, but he calls it a farm), and I met my running buddy, Andrea, for a 6 mile trek. Nolan arrived at 6:20 (from the dorm) complete with an armful of dirty clothes and a smile for …

Mom gets stuck holding the dog dish

Friday morning 7:30 AM I’m kneeling at Kylie’s long legs sewing up a skirt slit that is not Bible college approved before she and Hayley go to their second day of a dual enrollment  8:00 Algebra class. A borrowed skirt from oldest sister Taryn who is five inches shorter than Kylie and not at all the same build, and I ask,  “How in …

Do I look swollen to you?

The longer this day wears on, the more my body hurts.  It usually takes me about 24 hours for soreness to kick from strenuous exercise (or a bike wreck), and my 24 hours are most definitely up! My knee has a huge knot, my arm and leg are swollen, shoulder hurts, back, knees, pretty much everything but my head, which proves …

The longest (and most dangerous) day ever

Ever have one of those days where you did so much that at the end of it you could hardly believe it was still the same day?!? Yeah, that was my day. Blueberry pancakes for breakfast, school with the girls, Jim running in and out trying to manage his job plus our building project and odds and ends. I ran …

Life with Penelope the Pug

I guess I should talk about  my dog since the fam said last night’s subject was a little on the heavy side! We got Penelope the pug “for the kids” about 10 years ago and she has loved me ever since.  If I go up the stairs, she goes up the stairs.  If I go to the bathroom, she sits outside the door.  If …

Wait, where did the last 20 years go?

Life is full of excitement and “firsts” with teenagers/young adults.  Today we took our son, Nolan, to college for his first taste of dorm life.  His younger sisters have told him they’re going to miss him so much when he’s gone. Life is like some kind of electrically charged atmosphere when the three of them are together, playing “got-you-last” all through the …

Suede jumpers and other homeschool preconceived notions

Some people maintain the mindset that homeschoolers are an enigma, wearing suede jumpers, geeking out over science projects, and getting their kicks on singing Kumbayaa around the family fireplace at night. I guess maybe this could be said of a few, but my kids aren’t among them (and neither am I). No, I don’t wear suede jumpers and my kids …

Make the bed as soon as you get up, shower – optional

My mom always told me, “Make your bed first thing when you get up, that way you don’t have to come back to it later”.  Every time I actually do that, I think of her saying that.  I wish she’d have taught me to go directly to the shower after that and get myself presentable, because these homeschool days are …

Long Wednesday

Jim is out of town with work for the fourth week straight (home on weekends). 5:00 AM and I’m wide awake – what is UP with that?  I don’t even have to get up that early! I started the coffee IV drip and went with it. (He usually makes the coffee – I know, I’m spoiled!) The school day was going …