Tuesday, November 30, 2010


I must have been precient when I had the kids memorizing Shel Silverstein's "Sick" last week. I thought was just bringing up old childhood memories as they recited the words, "I cannot go to school today, said little Peggy Anne McKay..." but apparently I was actually summoning the sniffle fairies, who arrived Thanksgiving evening.

The four year and the two year old started with drippy noses first, and then JH began running a fever and snot, all after our friends arrived for dinner. By the time our guests left, I started feeling worn out and sick and my husband had lost his voice. We're still sniffly and drippy, and I wish I had a neti pot for every family member.

It could be worse though. Some of our friends had a stomach bug going around just before Thanksgiving and failed to mention it before showing up at our house for dinner last Thursday. We've been waiting and hoping and now I'm feeling fairly sure that we would have been throwing up by now, had we acquired that particular hostess gift.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Quick Takes


It's mouse time once again in the Big Purple House.  Ugh. Saw two or the same one twice last week.  We set out traps, but apparently we have smart mice.  I hate mice.  I hate them more than most spiders and probably as much as snakes, which usually leave me alone.  Cockroaches might be worse, and I am thankful I haven't seen any rats in the house.


Maybe it's PPD or maybe its SAD, but this past week of cold, grey weather has been really hard for me.  When it all gets overwhelming, it is hard to get anything done.  And yet kids still need to get their school done and they still demand to be fed. For some reason this is always when the tasks I must perform seem to expand and relatives start complaining all at once that I have been terrible at keeping in touch.

Fortunately, in the last few days the sun has come out and my husband shoved me out the door and made me go to my homeschooling friends Mom's Night Out.  The last days haven't felt quite so much of a slog, but I'm still not very good at keeping in touch with people, because all the things that need to get done are still there. Sigh.


Thanksgiving's next week. Ack!  Talk about things to get done. I think we're going to have a house full of people, which I love, but which means I need to get the place marginally clean.  And I need to buy a turkey or two. And make pumpkin pie and cranberry sauce.  I hope everything else is being brought by someone else.


I think there must be a four month growth spurt going on, because JH is wanting to party all night long at the Milk Bar.  Not getting sleep isn't helping my mood either, and that whole, "Sleep when the baby sleeps" thing doesn't work when you have six kids at home, and the four year old and two year old would think nothing of destroying the house while you slept.


I'm way more excited than you would imagine that my husband bought paneer last week, so that I can make Mattar Paneer for dinner tonight.  Does going meatless on Fridays count, when it isn't particularly penitential? I'm making lentil curry, naan and mango lassis too.


Unlike some years where I'm organized, this year I have no idea what to do about Christmas.  Urgh. Nothing like leaving these things until the last minute.  At least, I do have some nice plans in place for keeping the season of Advent -- poems to memorize for circle time, a few cookies to bake, and we'll read either Jotham's Journey or Destination: Bethlehem. The former we've read before and the kids love it, even if it is somewhat trite and poorly written. We haven't read the latter, but I bought it last year, so I'm thinking about trying it out this year.


It's very important to know how to have "the talk" with your kids. You know -- where you explain to them that Jar-Jar is evil and that Greedo didn't shoot first.

More Quick Takes to be found at Jen's place.

Monday, November 15, 2010

I'm trying to keep my head from exploding with kids who seem to remember nothing, crying toddlers, fussy babies and a dark, dismal day. But in the midst of it, this video from my brother brightened my day and entertained the kids -- since they love both Harry Potter and Tom Lehrer.

Friday, November 12, 2010


It came to my attention that perhaps I should add the latest Adams child to the header.  I don't like to rush into anything, but since we are pretty set on keeping him, I guess it was time for a change.  Not that I changed things all that much.  I like to be conservative in my changes.

Thursday, November 11, 2010


Today, I'm thinking about my grandfather and all the other men and women who have served this country. 

It Ain't All High Brow Around Here Folks

I have two kids in diapers.  One who needs help after using the toilet.  And the rest of them think scatological humor is the best.

My two year old, who is still in diapers, has decided that when she's sleepy and feeling belligerent, it is good to go around insulting people by saying, "You poop in your diaper!"  Thanks to her siblings, she's also learned lovely phrases such as "Poo-poo head."

My older, classically-educated children, have been thoroughly enjoying their Latin class. Especially when they learned that boy was puer.  Or as the girls like to say, "Puer. It's like poo-air. Therefore our brother is really flatulence."

I suppose that's what I get for keeping a copy of Everybody Poops in the house.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Lesson Plans: Phase 2

I'm sure you've all been waiting with bated breath wondering when I would post my second quarter lesson plans. No?  Well, why not?  Anyway, I've uploaded the plans we started using at the beginning of this week and added a bunch of useful links as well.  You can find them up at the top of the page under the appropriate tab. Carry on.

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Home Again and a New Family Member

Photo by Patrick Hoban

We're home after a whirlwind trip to Ohio, in which I gained a new sister, who was in fact already a sorority sister and my best friend from college.  Long, long ago, I asked my senior year college roommate to be my maid of honor.  Also at the wedding was my older brother.

Being the clueless type, it never dawned on me that in the ensuing almost thirteen years, that there might be any particular reason why my friend would ask me how my brother was doing.  Nor did I particularly find it weird when my brother asked for my friend's phone number so that he could call her up whilst at a conference in her city.

I only seemed to get a clue when my friend called me a week or so after that and mentioned that she and my brother had been talking a lot since then.  After that, the rest is history.  Less than a year later, they are married and I couldn't ask for a nicer sister-in-law.

And don't you think the above picture is an awesome family photo?  I know you may not all know my children as well as I do, but I think their personalities show clearly through this shot.

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Rainy Day

Although these days it sometimes seems as though I never leave the house, I did have to go out this wet, grey morning. I'm always surprised, although by this point I should no longer be, by how many people don't turn on their headlights when it is raining. People this is a no brainer. Do you remember nothing from driver's ed? Turn on your lights. It's hard to see you when the rain is pouring down.
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