Monday, September 21, 2009

September Grass

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Sunday, September 20, 2009


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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Do Over

My Sailor-man & I have entered into a new stage of parenting called "Parenting teenagers". We entered this stage with our knee pads strapped on tightly. We know they'll help ward off the ache and pain that comes from spending much time down on our knees. Suddenly, we don't have the same amount of cushion around those joints that we used to. Bummer! Hopefully, no medication will be required to bring us out of this stage! (I jest!... hopefully!)

Months ago, I came across a piece of wisdom from another parent who has successfully survived parenting four teenagers across these churning seas. They explained their greatest tool- the DO OVER.

It makes sense. During this heightened time of change, our children are trying to become adults. It comes with much trial and error. And one of the areas that seems to be universally difficult is communication. The child now stretches his arms and attempts to express his own ideas. The problem is that they don't always express themselves in a manner that is truly "adult". When it comes down to it, some adults are still struggling to express themselves with maturity. So how can we expect them to get it right the first time? They need practice. And so...
the DO OVER!

Our teenager's failed attempt to express herself has a natural tendency to produce a response that might sound something like this: "How DARE you talk to me that way? I brought you into this world and I'll take you OUT!" (hahaha... I loved The Cosby Show! Do you remember that episode where Bill Cosby tells Theo that? Hilarious!) And of course, what this produces in an already explosive set of hormones is worse than the original failed attempt. Typically, fires flare up like wild fire and before you know it, someone is running for the closest fire extinguisher. It's not pretty.

But with this great tool called the DO OVER, a parent can simply remain calm and grant this "adult-in-the-making" a DO OVER. There are many ways to successfully activate the DO OVER. You can be long winded..."I understand you're trying to explain yourself but that wasn't the best manner in which to do it. How about a DO OVER?" This is good when you're feeling patient, having a great day, and in a nothing-can-make-me-mad mood. BUT! The DO OVER also works in a short version... "How about a DO OVER?" or simply "Wait. DO OVER." This is good when your day hasn't gone so well, you've next to no patience left, and you feel your blood pressure rising rapidly. Just take that one quick breath needed to get "DO OVER" from the tongue and past the lips.

And even better...
There are NO LIMITS to the DO OVER! I mean... this isn't baseball where it's three strikes and youuuuuuu'rrrrrrreeeeee OUT!
You can give as many DO OVERS as needed.

What a wonderful gem!
Give it a try!

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P.S. DO OVERS don't have age limits either! They're like Roll-over minutes! They never expire!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Understood Milton.

I may not "get" cats but I do understand dogs.

I understand my little, Milton.

He doesn't miss much around here.

Not even a cat under the bushes escapes his watchful eyes!

Yes. I like, love AND understand Milton.

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Sunday, August 16, 2009

Copy Cats

Admittedly, I'm not a "cat person".

Don't get me wrong. I like them... even love them... but I don't understand them well. So when Hair-tied-in-knots yelled for me to come watch her climb a tree, I giggled.

Seems she had competition for my attention.

Little copy cats!

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Friday, July 31, 2009


After a long, rainy day, we took a walk in the lingering mist.
Quiet fog and mist rose from the lake and surrounding landscape.

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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

We've been spotted.

A phone call first thing this morning.

The front page. My little lawyer says her elbow is "now famous". LOL

We really admired watching the K9 unit.

Oops! Something is wrong with this picture.

Lights on + engine off = dead battery.

Everybody needs a little help from time to time.

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Monday, July 27, 2009

Adventures Abound at the Library

This is the last week for the summer reading program at our local library.

The girls have been reading passionately and having the best adventures this summer. They've enjoyed it so much that we plan to have our own reading adventures incentive "program" this year.
But I digress... today brought the most unexpected adventure.
And I'm pretty sure that adventure isn't the most appropriate word for it but it is the word we're using.

We spent almost an hour inside the library- each girl choosing books to read this week. Some days I have to work hard to be patient while they make their choices. Today, I didn't have much trouble giving them each time to explore and choose just the right pieces of literature they wanted to dive into. Finally, arms full... and carrying the extra stack that wouldn't fit into their library bags... we huddled together to organize for the checkout desk downstairs.

Unexpectedly, a voice was heard over the P.A. system. "Attention! We need everyone to exit the building immediately." Something was mentioned about "code black" but I'm not even sure if anything more was said. There we were, arms FULL of books and the girls full of questions and confusion. I think I heard, "What's going on, Mommy?", "What do we do with our books?" and a few dozen more questions. But like a German Shepherd diligently herding its flock, I kept the three of them in front of me and instructed them to just do as we were told. "Hang on to your books and follow everyone OUT."

As we descended the stairs, I noted the lobby was FULL of police officers. MANY thoughts swirled in my head (Is there a fire? Has someone decided to use the library to hide? Bomb threat?) but my primary goal was to get my kiddos out together and safely.

Exiting the doors, we immediately discovered the block was closed off and there were police and fire trucks everywhere. (Gosh! I guess I was really focused because I don't recall hearing sirens) We were sent across the street. Everyone was calm and everyone exited the building exactly as instructed. It was all very quick. Fortunately, I recently decided that I should start the habit of always having my camera with me. Today I debated it but am so glad that I stuck to my new resolve.

We patiently watched and waited with no knowledge of what event had led to our unexpected evacuation.

At least they had something to read! ;o)
Others waited as well.

The whole group of us were instructed to move across the street- a little farther away from the building.

And we watched and waited some more... lots more! We had no choice! Look at the stacks of books- unchecked!

I noticed the "bomb squad" when they arrived- now called the Hazardous Devices Unit- and the K9 unit was also on the scene. We sat and admired the obviously dedicated dog as he entered the building with his partner.

I entertained myself with my camera!

An hour later the library was "re-opened". We checked out our books without discovering anymore information but thanking the Lord for watching over us and keeping us safe.

Adventures in reading!!! LOL

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End note: As it turns out, there was an explosion in the library. Here's the link to a local report of the incident. Thanking the Lord even more!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Sharing Humor

And without hearing,
I'll bet you still felt it.
And then you smiled too.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

The Master's Canvas

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