Photo essay: Twin Rocks

This weekend our family went to Twin Rocks to RETREAT!!!!  That is really a good word, it’s like treat and re-treat. It was a treat.  Sylvie and I just hung around while A and J brushed up on their putting. Since A was sporting a Mr. T look, I kept trying to get her to…

Pre-birthday: For baby A

My firstborn, A, has been praying since last summer like this: “Dear Jesus thankyou for mama, pappa and my birthday coming to march with birthday hats, birthday cake, ‘fari Sams and balloons …” at which point we often direct her prayer: “Honey, say thankyou for the food,” “Amen,” And that is at the dinner table. …

Mama fatigue

  When I was a kid, one of the scariest things my mom would do is leave without clear intent or destination.  She did it seldom, once, maybe twice, but one always knew when it was happening because she said she was going to Texas. We knew no one in Texas.  Thus is the sense…

Halloween 08. All family style.

I saved the carving till Halloween. A is only 3 and so I knew I would be on my own. First I had to kill the punkin. This is nice happy punkin. I am aware that it will win no awards for creativity. This is monster punkin. I guess it was a sort of comedy/tragedy…

For tha gramma’s

Because there are only a few people that can appreciate these pics properly, this post is for the grandma’s.  Sylvie. Addy (aka AJ, Ads, Addybee or Adeline Joy) The inspiration for these poses was from one Ms. Klundt. photos taken at about a week and a half of age by yours truly, Ms. ChezWhat.

Set to pop.

I haven’t posted in awhile because none of my thoughts have really had enough substance to spend time proofreading. And if you ask J, he can confirm that mostly what I am doing is as little as possible, while still managing some baseline level of productivity. What’s wrong with me? I am 39 weeks pregnant,…

Merit pay for teachers

We have a cool show here in Portland called Think Out Loud. They pick a subject and then have a panel of knowledgeable folks on the radio and let people call in with their thoughts, opinions etc. You can even post if you would like to join the conversation. edit: in my haste I didn’t…

Exhaling: Domestic life.

June ranks right up there with December as one of the busiest months for us, because the kids come, school ends, we go to Redding and this year both Jeff and I took 2 trips to California. While the calendar doesn’t say so, June, for us is over. And that is alright by me. All…

Stepmom (for a few weeks) and high school reunions.

I am a stepmom for about 3 weeks of the year. Is it strange? Well of course. How can I pretend to be anything more than a prosthetic of something these kids already have? But for 3 weeks of the year, they leave the Wyoming RV park they call home and they come to the…

home sick.

The end of the school year. It changes the dynamic of everything just enough. We went to the beach for Memorial Day, and I came home with quite the cold. So I am home, posting at 3:30 pm. And I am seeing the dust that has collected in this house after 9 months of 2…

Minnie Jean & how to get your kids to act right.

Such everyone called her.  We had the honor of hosting Minnie Jean Brown Trickey at our middle school last week.  For the uninitiated (like myself) Minnie Jean Brown Trickey was one of the Little Rock 9 from Central High when the U.S. desegregated schools.  Her story is pretty amazing so it was cool to have…

What me worry?

Back when I was young, carefree in college, I worried about things like making rent, making grades, making it to work on time. I didn’t create things to worry about, like what would happen if… And the quality of worry was that I could more or less control these things, so it compelled me to…