Friday, November 29, 2013


We had a great Thanksgiving, and, if you celebrate it, I hope you did too. We had a ton of food, friends to laugh with, children's antics to roll our eyes at, and a nice mess to clean up after. It was great. I hope your day was special, no matter what you did.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Wake Up, Little Bird

 In addition to looking like my miniature counterpart, the J-bird takes after me in his night owl ways. This boy loves to stay up as late as we'll allow, reading books in his bed, and mornings are NOT his jam. That makes getting him up for school a challenge. I turn on the light, play music, tickle his feet...and today, I deployed the sister.

 (Yes, she is sticking her finger in his ear.)

 It worked.

The J-bird said, "Mom, next time don't hire an employee. I was getting some beauty sleep." Ha.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Shave and a Haircut

One of the teachers at the J-bird's school takes the school photos each year. I think she did a nice job, don't you? We picked this up yesterday afternoon, and then we headed to the barber shop, where the J-bird got a long overdue haircut.

Be still, my heart. He hates it - says it "isn't rock 'n' roll enough" (um...what?). I showed him an early photo of the Beatles and told him to deal.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Monday, November 11, 2013

So. 50

I don't really talk about this a lot, because...well, because I think it's kind of obnoxious. I weighed myself last week though and found that, after a little over a year of working at it, I've stepped out of fifty extra pounds. Coincidentally, that's how much the J-bird weighed at his check-up last week. So. I was hauling around a six and a half year old on my thighs and butt, basically. Charming.

Here's the deal, I don't care at all what people weigh or how they look. I've never cared. That's part of why I don't talk about this much. I think it's all about how you feel in your skin. If you're dancing your dance, then dance it and be very happy and know that you are beautiful in your joy. If you're like me, unhappy and shrinking inside and making lots of excuses for unhappiness, then there's not much dancing going on, and that's no way to live. So I made some changes, and there are results, and I'm happier, and now there's more dancing. And that works for ME.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Friday, November 1, 2013

Howling At The Moon

 This was the first year that I didn't hand-craft Halloween costumes for the kids. I bought a Mario costume for the J-bird when he saw it at Goodwill (new in package) for $10, and we found a Princess Peach costume for Miss V online. They are convinced that these cheap-o, terribly made costumes are the best costumes they've ever worn, ever. *sigh*. FINE. Anyway, we just went with it. I had a power flower on my shirt, and James had a question mark power up block on his shirt. The kids were very, very excited that we were all going as a group theme.

Our first stop was the Downtown Forest Grove Merchant Trick or Treat: All the downtown merchants hand out candy to trick or treaters for a couple of hours, and the whole town goes. It's great.

Our church friends put on the as well.

We grabbed some supper and headed on home, and then we went out to trick or treat our own neighborhood.
 (My jack-o-lantern)

 We started with Aunt Amy's house :)

And then we wandered the neighborhood until we got tired and the kids' buckets were full.

Eventually, we came home, surveyed the (ridiculously huge) haul, and handed out some candy ourselves. It was a pretty great night.