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…

At ease

A went at her own hair with scissors about 3 times before J started recommending that I take her in for a haircut. I was quite set on a little girl with long hair.     But while taking her pic one day I saw what a scraggly little thing she looked with these ridiculous…

Things that change people forever

I had a friend when I was younger. G and I would talktalktalktalktalktalk talk about everything, but mostly about religion. I never was one of those “The bible said it, I believe it and that is the end of it” sorts. I had to think about it, turn it over and look at it. Scratch…

Admit it

C’mon, admit it. If a little girl pressed her face into your cheek and said “Kiss? Happy! Happy! Happy! Thankyou Momma,” wouldn’t you play her stupid music like The Wiggles just to see her smile? I am listening to this stuff, and it is just really a basic cross between the Cab Calloway (which she…