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"Parents, Rearing to Go
Sunday, July 10, 2005; Page D02
Well, I admit it.
I tried to name my children with unusual names that were almost normal, and then with normal middle names. I fell into the trap too. What parent wants their children to fall in among the masses with nothing original? So, here's the names my children carry:
Today I was browsing others' blogs and came across this one:
It is very funny- the author looks on baby name bulletin boards and comments, not too nicely, on the names others want for their children. I thought it was good, striking a little too close to home, and then I saw this entry:
I think it's good to name your baby a name different from anyone else baby, because there is so many people who have the same name your baby have or it's very difficult. Also, it's hard to name your baby a different name, because when you think that no-one have that name there will be someone who have the same name your baby have when think you have named your baby different. so, you really can't have any name that's different from anyone unless it's something made up.
Now that is a good one. I guess it's good to know that even in the world of not wanting my baby to be the same as everyone else, I am the same as everyone else.
Don't tell Joel, but Denali's been pondering taking the new 70 meter climbing rope and running off with it. I even saw it in his mouth.
Too hot to be outside, but I HAVE to go grocery shopping. With two kids. In the 100 degree heat. And the guys say we have it easy.
On the other hand, I got to read my book for an hour and talk to my dad on the phone in privacy. Maybe I am underestimating my freedom...
And I am leaving town AGAIN this next week, this time to go on some sort of retreat thing with some friends from church (with our kids) while our husbands go backpacking in Colorado. Now who's really getting the vacation here???
I love my children. I love my children. I love my children. I love my children. I love my children. Maybe if I say it enough, I will remember it all the time...
I honestly don't know how single parents do it.
Or maybe I do- they put their kids in daycare so they can work to make $$.
I guess I don't know how military moms do it.
Being "in charge" 24/7 is so exhausting. Even when I'm asleep I still have to be listening for that cry (last night there were 5).
I begin to daydream about a trip to HEB all by myself. I look forward to going to the chiropractor so I can leave my kids with Amy. But she's already watched them once this week so instead I dread tomorrow's appt when I take both with me.
I start to hallucinate that maybe I am in a bad dream.
I go to bring in the lawn mower and get 18 mosquito bites and Emmy hears the garage door open and thinks her daddy's home. So I get to go up and tell her "no, he's still in Canada. He'll be back in a couple days."
Maybe I could get a job and then put them in day care.
Maybe I could just put them in day care and get some thinking time in with complete sentences.
Maybe I'll just go to sleep...
Toys are the bane of my existence.
I know that they are important for intellectual growth and role playing and all that, but we have so many! Most of them have been gifts from others because I don't buy that many toys. We also rotate toys in and out of the living room, with my closet being the storage space, but we still have too many.
Emmy has about 15 puzzles. Puzzles and books are the hardest for me because I love them and I know that they are really good for Em. But really, does she need 15 puzzles? But then I think the ones she's outgrown would be good for Denali. So I have 3 categories of toys: Current Emmy toys, Current Denali toys, and toys that are good enough to save for Denali but he's too young for them yet.
During quiet time today, instead of napping, I decided to clean the living room. Which led to sorting toys. Which led to sorting toys in the storage closet. Which led to realizing I have too many puzzles. So next I get to sort the puzzles and have a little discussion with Em about which puzzles we are going to keep and which are going to go to someone in need. Anyone need any puzzles???
EDIT: We kept 10 and "gave away" 9. So we have some puzzles up for grabs. Give me a holler and they're yours!
We get a pair of jeans out of the drawer. Put them on. They fit perfectly around the waist! Hurray! We finally have a pair of jeans that fit. Then I glance down at her feet. Oh no. She is definitely flooding. At least 2 inches of leg are showing at the bottom of her jeans. She could be wearing capris I guess, but the jeans aren't cut like capris. So I guess my daughter will just have to be a nerd today, flooding.
The joys of having a tall, skinny child.
This is funny. I don't usually do this sort of thing, but I relate to the lady a little bit. It's my turn to pick the next new car (Joel just got a Mazda Miata), but a couple weeks ago he told me I should get a pickup with 4 doors and a short bed. Anyone who knows me know this is the most ridiculous car for me. I would never buy it if it were my decision alone. So, here's a joke that goes along with that...
Dawson and his wife, Jennifer, had been debating buying a
vehicle for weeks. He wanted a truck. She wanted a fast
little sports-like car so she could zip through traffic
around town. He would probably have settled on any beat up
old truck, but everything she seemed to like was way out of
their price range.
"Look!" she said. "I want something that goes from 0 to 200
in just a few seconds. Nothing else will do. My birthday is
coming up so surprise me!"
Dawson did just that. For her birthday, he bought her a
brand new bathroom scale.
Nobody has seen or heard from him since.
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Well my baby is growing up. He is now in a big-boy seat- no more infant seat! So if you know anyone who needs an infant seat, this one is up for grabs. Never been recalled, never been in an accident.
And soon he will need a haircut from amy. His hair is hanging over his ears.
What am I going to do?
Here's my kitchen in its ideal incarnation. Unfortunately it's only this clean once every 6 months.
My new baker's cart and old plants
Sink and surrounding- notice there's only like 5 dirty dishes
The rest of the counter and stove- like our knife rack?
My new Pampered Chef tool turnabout
I like to clean and organize when there's new stuff around. Unfortunately there's not often new stuff around- it's usually the same old dishes you've washed 16 million times already...
Cross posted to my other blog.
Even with the rainstorm distracting me this afternoon, we still have an hour before life group gets here, and the house is clean! Sure, I could vacuum, but I think I'll let Joel take care of that. I guess I'll go fold clothes, or maybe play with my kids! Hmm. The rain sure was awesome!
I'm pretty sure this wins the prize for the most random recall ever...
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 13, 2005
Value City's Recall Hotline: (888) 278-6370
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908
CPSC, Value City Announce Recall of Blow Dart Guns
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in
cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary
recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using
recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.
Name of Product: African Blow Dart Guns
Units: About 300
Importer/Distributor: Value City Department Stores, of Columbus, Ohio
Hazard: Consumers may have mistakenly purchased the dart guns thinking
it was a decorative walking stick, posing the risk of injury if someone
used the gun for its intended purpose.
Description: The blow dart gun is a 51-inch long decorative wooden tube
with an attached pouch containing five darts. The brown, bamboo-shaped
gun has a black, small barrel-like container attached to the top.
All right- I cave.
No more will I put down the cute little bathroom rug in the downstairs bathroom, unless people are coming over.
As soon as I get it washed and dried, my dear, independent, bossy, precocious, frustrating 3 year old waits too long to go to the restroom and pees on the rug. I give up. I realize that linoleum is easier to clean, if not quite as formal and pretty.
Someday, I have faith, my dear daughter will go to the bathroom before it's so urgent.....
A poll please:
Our VCR has broken. We have ~60 VHS tapes, most of which are movies we really like and would like to have in our collection. Do we:
A: Buy a new VCR.
B: Sell our VHS at Half Price for small amounts of money and slowly replace the movies with the DVD version.
Well just got back from Half Price Books and they took more of my money.
I conversed with a creepy guy about sci-fi/fantasy books. He wasn't that bad, just looked as though he needed a bit more sun.
I bought 6 or 7 books, one or two of which is for gifts for other people. I couldn't find any for Joel, mostly because he's picky and I still can't pick good ones for him too often.
Now I'm going to go be a nerd and read.
Crossposted to my other blog. Blah blah blah.
Today Miss Manners addressed a similar issue in the Washingto Post. I read her column so I can learn some etiquette. Anyway I'll quote the article here because you have to register to join washingtonpost.com and I think that's annoying. Here's the link if you want it:
Sunday, July 10, 2005; Page D02
Friends are great!
The last few days I have had the opportunity to host different friends in my newly-cleaned and fairly well maintained house. Yesterday we had a small party for one of Emmy's friends who is simultaneously having a birthday and moving out of town. It's pretty sad when three families equals a party, but there ya go. We had snacks and the adults actually got to converse. It was nice.
Then today my best-friend-who-moved-who-is-not-my-current-best-friend-anymore-because-she-moved came over and spent the afternoon with me. Our children got to play together, we got to catch up on our lives, and at one point I said "we have a thing" and she knew exactly what I was talking about. As far as I know she is the only person who would have been able to tell what I was referring to. I think after almost a year I am starting to get some other good friends who might get to the point where they would know what I meant, but I am not there yet. Anyway it was a nice visit and I really wouldn't mind if she decided to stay here instead of going home.
This evening we're going out to dinner with the family who is moving. They really are also good friends and we will miss them.
An emotional few days but things seem to be leveling off now.
Cross-posted to my other blog because I'm too lazy to write enough for two blogs (I barely write enough for one!).
So I am coming to the realization that I have too many commitments. I commit to bringing others food when my own family does not get home-cooked food hardly ever. I commit to doing errands for others when mine go undone. I commit to "good works" for church groups when my family is in need of some from me. I cannot keep up with my house.
This is hard to admit, and harder still to change. I have been in this predicament many times before, and yet it still sneaks up on me.
I am not good at saying no, especially when it is a "good work." But I think for the good of my babies I am going to have to cut back drastically. I am thinking maybe one day for errands, one day for "visiting friends," and the rest of the days in a week will be committed to my family. The problem is I have many commitments right now that need to be pared down. I am going to be praying over this for the next few days and I would appreciate others' prayers as well. If I cancel on YOU, please know that it is not personal and I just really need to get my personal life in order. Thank you for your time.
Cross-posted in my other blog. http://www.livejournal.com/users/princessbride42/