Crazy Cat Conversations

This morning started very calmly.  It’s Friday, it’s April, so we aren’t “up and at ’em” in the schooling department.  Instead, my kids have had breakfast (Cinnamon Toast Crunch in a ziploc bag while watching a movie), and I have enjoyed coffee and my time in The Word quietly and uninterrupted in my room.  Everyone then got ready for the […]

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What Would a Cowboy Do?

This morning I was helping Mack button his jeans.  I noticed dirty fingernails and toenails and suggested that he start the day off with a shower.  (He was already putting on his favorite shirt and the same jeans from yesterday.) ME: “Mack, look at your feet, buddy!  I think you need a shower!” MACK: “But, MOM, this is what cowboys do.  They be dirty.  And I’m gonna have my boots on anyway.” ME: “Ok, but go put your socks on first!!” (We have stunk up our fair share of shoes by going sockless!  And when I say “we” I’m talking about Mack.) MACK: “Cowboys don’t wear socks, MOM.  They don’t.” ME:  “Oh yes they do.” (because I know so much about cowboys, let me tell you…..) OK.  He later was told to go brush his teeth. “But, MOM, cowboys don’t need to brush their teeth.” I told him that Oh Yes Cowboys do need to brush their teeth.  Horses don’t let Cowboys ride on them if they haven’t brushed their teeth. (Again, I know about cowboy stuff…..) Mack asked me if this was true. I said, “Of course…I mean, if I were a horse I sure wouldn’t let you ride on my back with nasty teeth.” So my little Cowboy Mack brushed his teeth, but his fingernails and toenails are still gross.  And I didn’t watch him put socks on his feet, so I am not sure that under those […]

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Bad News, Good News and a Confession

BAD NEWS: Ruby and Mack wet the bed last night. GOOD NEWS: They were sleeping in the same bed last night. As I was sharing this bad news/good news business with Josh and saying, “At least I only have one set of sheets to wash this morning!,” he decided to capitalize on my “half glass full” mentality. CONFESSION (from Josh): “I guess this would be a good time to tell you that I took them to Dairy Queen last night.” Really?  See, I met at friend at about 7:00PM for coffee.  I came home around 8:50PM and found everyone together happily watching a movie in the dark. (translation: everyone was up/awake/not in bed and the house was dark which is gross to me…I don’t know why exactly, but I like lamps ON if I am awake.) And when asked, “How did the night go?”  and later asked “Did the kids do ok for you?”— it didn’t occur to ANY ONE of the four stinkers to say, “We got an ice cream tonight!!!!,” which now that I am thinking about it is just plain weird….and makes me think that MAYBE, just maybe they had a little talk about “let’s not mention this to mom when she gets home, ok kids?” Interesting. So, there you have it.  A little bad news, good news, and a confession on this beautiful Tuesday morning. Anything you need to confess?  They say it’s good for the […]

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MONDAY.

I don’t know if I’m the only one, but Monday mornings are ROUGH around here.  Sundays are usually full and fun and late.  And then there’s the laundry that multiplies over the weekend.  And the car that has more stuff in it than…than..um, I don’t know.  It’s a lot of stuff.  And the kitchen.  Let’s not even talk about the […]

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Early to bed

Tonight on the way to dinner at a friend’s house Mack was jabbering and jabbering and making endless, unnecessary noises.  After two warnings to stop, Josh told him he would be going to bed earlier than the girls tonight.  This brought on fake tears and whimpering until I turned around to acknowledge his pitiful face. Fast forward to our drive home… Mack:  “What are we doing when we get home?” Josh:  “It’s 9:45 so everybody is going straight to bed.” (clearly not even remembering the pre-dinner consequence he had delivered to Mack about an early bed time) Mack: “Oh, so it’s late and everybody is going to bed together??” Josh: “Yep.” Molly:  “He was supposed to go to bed earlier!” Josh: “Well, it’s too late to do that, so everybody goes to bed and we’ll have Mack go to bed early tomorrow night.” Mack:  “What if you forget?” Josh:  “Then you won’t have to do it.” Molly: (said in a very serious tone) “I’ll remind you.  I’ll write it down.” Mack:  “Then I’ll scribble scrabble through it.” Molly: “I”ll write it somewhere you can’t see.” Mack:  “I’ll follow you.” Gracious.  Those two are a pair. Of course upon arriving home Molly went straight to her room to lock her door and write it down. Mack beat on her door and demanded justice. We laughed at them. I wish someone would send me to bed earlier than everyone else in my […]

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Happy Birthday to Gran!

Today Gran would have been 65 years old!  It’s been such a strange year and a few months without her.  As the kids grow up I realize that I miss her more and more.  She  would love to see how they are learning and maturing…and how they challenge us!   I know she would have loved having them down at […]

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