Tuesday, April 15, 2008

More Easter pics...

I'm not entirely sure why this won't let me move these around, but here are more Easter pics. My gorgeous nephew, his scrumptious brother, and their way too hot to handle mother. The mother, by the way, brought these confetti eggs over, which is what Monkeybutt is breaking over her head. Oh, and the other two hotties are my mother and little brother. And the girl in the pic with nephew's big bro and Girlchild is my little sister. We had a fun Easter.
By the by, my feet are no longer quite so freezing.

Monday, April 14, 2008


and by the way, I have this huge honkin' zit on my chin. The kind that starts out as a painful lump under the skin, and then you keep picking at it, even while you're asleep, and now it's a big nasty sore on my chin. And totally obvious, and purple and ugly. I'd take a picture, but even I'm not that weird. Eww.

Easter pics

My dear friend Donna reminded me that I never did post Easter pics. So, for your viewing pleasure I've included pictures of both kids egg huntin', a picture of Monkeybutt with an egg (we actually colored eggs this year. My friends, I had never, before this year, colored eggs with my kids. Have I mentioned MB's almost 11?), and a picture of Easter kitteh...

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Sharing is caring...

It's been awhile since I've posted any pictures. I just wanted to demonstrate my son's wicked climbing prowess (he conquered that rhino), my daughter's fab fashion sense...and look at how absolutely adorable my cat Finn is...

Cold feet

That title actually has no hidden meaning - I have really freaking cold feet. It's, like, 55 degrees in the house and I refuse to turn on the heat as it's supposed to be in the 60's by Tuesday. Refuse! So all of us are sleeping in piles of clothing and blankets...I've been reading the girl child the Little House books lately (we are on chapter 14 of Little House on the Prairie); this can give her a taste of 19th century life. It's actually been quite fun (reading these books, I mean), revisiting a family I loved as a child. The first several chapters of Little House in the Big Woods describe stocking the house with food for winter. They skin and smoke venison, and they describe the entire process of butchering a pig. I'm reading about the joy of blowing up the pig bladder and batting it about like a balloon, when I look up and ask the Girl if she minds what I'm reading. She looks at me like I'm crazy and replies, "it is where meat comes from, Mom." O-K. My daughter apparently will not become a vegetarian anytime soon.
So I've been worrying a bit about the Monkeybutt. I mean, he's doing well enough in school, he's playing baseball and loving it...but he has very few friends. He had a bit of a falling out with his best friend, and they are not hanging out anymore. And I don't have any problem with that. This "best friend" has become rather sneaky and mean lately...he likes to see fights develop, he'll ditch MB if someone more interesting comes along, and he's become rather into "cool". I think MB's better off without him, honestly, but that leaves him with nobody in the neighborhood that he gets along with. I'll be honest, my kid is not always the easiest kid to get along with, he has no interest in being cool, and he's never been the sort of kid to have a ton of friends. He does have a few kids at school he hangs out with, he gets along well with his baseball team, and he and this guy from his old school still hang out on days off - but none of these kids are a bike ride away. And his best friend is in Texas. How do you teach a kid to be a bit more social? Should I be worried? I've freaked out about this before and things got better - but he's older now, and...I'm just concerned for my kid's happiness. I hope this all calms down.
Yesterday my mom took the kids for the night. Studmuffin and I did the grocery shopping, cooked dinner, entertained each other for a little while (wink wink)...and then nothing. He watched TV upstairs and went to bed, I scrapped a little and watched TV downstairs. I found myself missing the kids. It's not like we had nothing to talk about or anything, but we haven't been alone, in the house, for over three years. Perhaps it will just take some practice?
Anywho, I must be on my way. Get my freaking freezing feet under a blanket somewhere...third pair of socks...

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Friendship, connections, independence...

For the second time - I have composed a long post and lost it before I could post it. I am starting to get very frustrated. I suppose I will have to take precautions.
For the last time, I will attempt to relay the past week or so...
Went to a movie last Saturday with a friend. Movie was ok. Friend was great. I am really enjoying having friends to see movies with. I did not have many friends in Chicago - have many friends here...very happy. Oh, the movie was "The Other Bolyn Girl."
Sister got engaged. Not particularly happy about it. Husband kept me awake all night, worried and angry. Decided not going to allow sister's decisions to affect my family. I can support her and not her choices.
Last night Mom blew out a tire. Called all freaky like. Went and changed the tire. (got help from nice passer guy when I couldn't find the right place to jack up the car, but that was it) I changed it myself. Haven't changed tire in 16 years. Proud and independent woman.
Not supposed to rain today. Hoorah!