Saturday, July 30, 2005

Please Help

How do I delete duplicate entries in my blog?


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:
Emlyn Grace
Denali Jacob

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.

Thursday, July 28, 2005

My little climber

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...

Sunday, July 24, 2005


Well I had a big iced tea from McAlister's Deli tonight and now I'm hyped up on caffeine. Guess I'll go clean the garage.

Joel is back!!! (and it's great)

a cool site

this is neat. visited countries.

Thursday, July 21, 2005

I am so tired

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...

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Who IS This?

Somebody continued to sleep even after I brought her inside. I think the gnomes traded her in...

Too. Many. Toys.

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.

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Tee hee

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.

Received from Emmett C McKowen.

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Monday, July 18, 2005


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?

Saturday, July 16, 2005


Careful... They'll eat your money! (and I don't mean figuratively).

We've been teaching Emmy about saving money. It's going fairly well. Denali, on the other hand, just wants to eat it...

Friday, July 15, 2005


Here's my kitchen in its ideal incarnation. Unfortunately it's only this clean once every 6 months.

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My new baker's cart and old plants

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Sink and surrounding- notice there's only like 5 dirty dishes

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The rest of the counter and stove- like our knife rack?

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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.

Thursday, July 14, 2005

Too Clean

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!

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

What in the World?

I'm pretty sure this wins the prize for the most random recall ever...
July 13, 2005
Release #05-225
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.

Incidents/Injuries: None.

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.

That's It

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.....

Tuesday, July 12, 2005


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.


Monday, July 11, 2005

Singin' in the Rain

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What a glorious afternoon!


I love rain.
Thank you God for the rain!

Sunday, July 10, 2005

New Books

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.

Continuing the Discussion of Parenting

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 and I think that's annoying. Here's the link if you want it:

"Parents, Rearing to Go

Sunday, July 10, 2005; Page D02

Parents will do anything for their children. Anything, Miss Manners has observed, short of actual childrearing.

It's not that parents don't realize that their children need to learn manners, morals, and how to refrain from repulsing those in a position to give them degrees, riches and happiness. They simply do not see teaching these as being their job.

Anyway, they have their hands full complaining and protesting that others are not doing it.

Concerned parents are especially vehement about the failure of the entertainment industry to exhibit well-behaved role models to inspire children to follow them into the magic land of decorum. Of course, they also expect television to entertain their children while they have other things to do. Conflict being the essence of drama, how long do they expect those children to be mesmerized by the spectacle of characters being polite to one another?

But then couldn't the actors and athletes who are known and admired on television conduct their personal lives so as to provide the young with examples of dignity, honor and restraint?

Never mind that the public has already taught them that modesty and sportsmanship, far from being admired by their audiences, are considered dumb, if not actually unhealthy.

Fortunately, the public does admire philanthropy. So it is not uncommon to see entertainment and sports figures touting, and perhaps even supporting, causes and charities. It is just that when it comes to the exemplary private life, young people who have made sudden, vast amounts of money are not the likeliest candidates for practicing financial or romantic restraint.

Politicians should be more responsible, parents have charged. Surely they should be examples of upstanding citizens. How is it that so many of them get involved in scandals for love or money? And how is it that the ones who have not morally transgressed have such poor manners, insulting and cursing those who disagree with them?

Miss Manners has to point out to whom those politicians are responsible. As long as voters mistake belligerence for high-mindedness, they will keep putting rude people into office.

This leaves teachers to do the job of civilizing children. They, at least, are undistracted by money and adulation. And goodness knows they try to do the job.

So when even they give up, parents are outraged. News reports that it was not uncommon for schools to expel 3-year-olds produced general shock. Of course they're unruly, people responded indignantly. What do you expect of small children? Isn't preschool supposed to teach them to behave?

Not from scratch. In three years, parents were supposed to teach them respect for authority and not to hit and scratch others. Lapses will occur, but they need to know and accept the principles.

If not, serious, one-on-one remedial work needs to be done before any other socialization can be taught -- let alone the beginning academics that parents now want in the curriculum. Now that there may be more than one such child in a preschool class, teachers -- who hate to give up on any child -- can no longer do that job.

Parents are just going to have to find someone else to blame for not parenting their children."

So continuing the discussion held in Amy's journal, we see from Miss Manners, and I agree, that parents need to take responsibility also for their children's conduct. I don't think stores should be selling hooch clothes for children, but if no one bought hooch clothes the stores would not sell them. As a mom of a girl, I have the responsibility to buy her modest clothes and make sure she understands why it's important to be modest. I do not have the right to place the blame solely on the clothing manufacturers. Our society as a whole needs to take responsibility for these matters. Unfortunately we are in a fallen world and so that is unlikely to happen.

I will endeavor to send my children to school with good manners, and try to teach my children to not bite people or be rude. Then when they reach school, it will be a partnership between my husband and I and their teachers to help them become good citizens without losing their Christianity.

I hope this was not too preachy and that it made sense.

Friday, July 08, 2005


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!).

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Too much to do

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.