“Mom! Check it out. When it’s night time, the front window’s like a mirror and I can totally practice my Michael Jackson moves and see myself at the same time! Sometimes I spin into the couch, but it’s cool.”
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“Okay, Bob. Good night. See you in the morning.”
“Wait, Mom? Can I get a drink of water?”
“Your water is right here on your desk.”
“Okay. Good night. Mom? Don’t we need to get new soccer shoes?”
“Yes, Bob. Now it’s time to stop talking and start sleeping. Goodnight.”
“Mom, one more thing.”
“Where do babies come from?’
“Hahaha. Just kidding! Good night, Mom.”
The Younger loves stuffed animals. She refuses to part with any of them, and that leads to messes like this:
The rooms in our house are pretty small, so any sort of clutter immediately looks like a disaster area. We pick up our rooms almost daily, so it gets frustrating when no matter what you do, you can’t make a room orderly! The Younger gets especially frustrated, so I looked around for ideas online to help her keep her room neat without making her get rid of her animals.
I came across an idea somewhere out there (I’m guessing Pinterest, but I’m not entirely sure that was it), and I finally got around to getting what I needed to complete the project. Granted it was only one thing, but you know how it is… Read the rest of this entry »
“So, Mom! Come look at the cake me and dad made you! It has dark chocolate, peanut butter pretzels, peanut butter, and coconut oil, and some other stuff but those are the main things. We followed a real recipe, kind of. We smushed everything up and then pushed it really hard into the pan and then we put it in the freezer. When Dad pulled it out to move it into the fridge, he dropped it so it broke all up, but you’ll still eat it, right? It tastes really good, I had a tiny chunk off the top. Just a tiny one. Or a couple.”
I read a beautiful blog called “An Inch of Gray” which is authored by a mother who lost her 12 year old son a couple of years ago in a freak accident. Weston was the exact same age as her son, Jack when the accident happened, and the horror of that event really stuck with me. Anna has handled the whole experience with more beautifully honest and raw grace that I could have mustered in the same situation.
Today she linked up with this blog to do some:
Since I am feeling too lazy and perhaps still anesthetized from my procedure yesterday, I decided to play along.
What is the last thing you watched on TV?
So embarrassing, but it was “The Real World: EX-plosion”. Yes, I am in my mid-forties and still watching reality television on MTV. The premise is so good, though! They did the whole, “seven strangers, picked to live in a house…” and let them do their thing over a 6-week period. Just as they started to bond and of course – hook up(!!) – the producers brought all of their ex-girlfriends/boyfriends back into the house! DRAMA! Just as the title promises, when you put a bunch of horny 20-somethings with limited brain-power and penchants for making bad decisions together in one house….EX-PLOSION. My life is pretty mundane – I gotta live vicariously somewhere. Might as well be on MTV. Read the rest of this entry »
“Here you go, Mommy,” Andrew said with his ting 2 year old voice, setting the trowel down beside me. I smiled brightly down at him. “Scooping.”
“Thank you, Andrew!” I exclaimes, and he grinned back.
“Welcome, Mommy! Bye bye!” He trundled off and hopped into his little plastic car. Shutting the door, he turned the key, cranked over his shoulder, backed up a little, then “drove” away.
It was a moment, a flash, of the future to come. Today, he went about 4 feet, but it looked so real…and one day, crazy enough, it will be.
But today, I’ll just enjoy the littleness of him.
My name is Robert.
I like to be called Bob.
I am 8 years-old and I am in 1 grade.
I have 0 sisters and 1 dog brother.
My favorite food is ovcotoe.
My favorite color is blue.
My favorite sport is handball.
My favorite game is Minecraft.
My favorite book is Harry Poter.
My favorite TV show is Sponch Bob.
My favorite musical instrument is droms.
My favorite animal is Harpy Egl.
My favorite subject in school is math.
What I do best is being myself.
Friday night I had the great pleasure of reading one of my blog posts aloud, at the 2014 BlogHer Conference in San Jose. My post was chosen, along with eleven other blogger’s work. The writers participated in a live reading called, Voices Of The Year. The post I read is titled “The View From Here,” and I originally ran it on the blog last October. Since Friday’s reading, a number of people have asked me to re-post it. Here it is.
The View From Here