Tuesday, November 18, 2008

What's With The Shoes??

Every so often I'll drive by a power line that has a pair of tennis shoes hanging from it.  I don't know if this is a teenage thing or what.  I wouldn't want to be the son that goes home without his shoes though.

I looked up this phenomenon and would you believe it is a sport?  Alrighty then.  Go figure. 

Then today, I'm driving to town and there in the concrete median, about 20 feet apart is a pair of brown casual shoes.  So, I'm wondering if there's a body on one side of the road down in a ditch.  I'm thinking surely someone important, like a police officer, saw the shoes and decided to check out the sides of the road.   I would hope. 

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Our Dog


Sam enjoyed watching Jeff and the kids working in the leaves on Saturday.  On Sunday, we looked outside and saw her enjoying herself.  Looks like she thought they were just making her a bed. 

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Saturday, November 08, 2008

Be Careful Little Eyes What You See

As Daddy was scanning the newspaper yesterday, our kindergartener thought he'd join him and so he picked up the front section and read a small headline aloud.  He read, "Voters say no to guy manager." 

Hmm, interesting....  let me see that.  Oops, it said, "Voters say no to gay marriage." 

Good thing he's not up to speed on his reading.  We are not ready to trying to explain that subject yet. 

Thursday, November 06, 2008

How Well Do You Spell?

I'm a poet and didn't know it. 

Here's a fun quiz to test your spelling.  I found that I am a better speller when it is NOT multiple choice.  I took the test too quickly and too confidently.   Have fun and let me know how you did.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Toys Worth Buying

Need good ideas for Christmas gifts for your kids? 

One statement I heard once but refused to believe is "Less is More."   Truer words were never spoken regarding how many toys kids really need.  Also true is that the more they have, the less they will play with any of them. 

In order to keep toys interesting, it's a good idea to rotate them every so often.  Keep a large storage container (or a few) for this purpose. 

Now for my choice of favorites for gifts.  Leapsters are a great learning toy for kids approximately ages 4 to 7.  My kids never have spent much time playing with other toys that are electronic but they love their Leapsters.  They are great for riding in the van, waiting for an appt. and so on. 

Other favorites are Legos.  Crayola Wonder coloring books and markers have gotten a lot of mileage at our house.   An assortment of board games are great also but you must be committed to taking time to sit down and play the games with the kids.  They will treasure this time with you. 

Stop by Works For Me Wednesday for more ideas on the Toys Worth Buying Edition. 

Tuesday, November 04, 2008



I came home from voting today (which meant an hour of standing in line, by the way, but hey, it's for my country!) and was surprised by the neatly picked up entry and kitchen and stairs.  I looked at my oldest and asked, in a shocked voice, "You cleaned?"  She shook her head and told me her brother did.  That would be my 6 year old with a sore throat virus.  "What kind of virus does he have?", I wondered.   I then noticed how uncluttered the stove and counter were.  Wow, how cool....oops.  That was when I saw that every dirty dish, glass, pan, etc. was now piled high in the sink filling both sides.  It wasn't even possible to turn on the water, the dishes were so high. 

Not wanting to dampen his spirit, I told him what an awesome job he did picking up.  Then I pointed at the sink and gently said, "Never do this again." 

Now I'm waiting to see if I catch this virus that puts people in a cleaning mood.  I could use a mood enhancer like that.  :)