Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year!

I hope you all have a safe and happy New Year's Eve!
Best wishes for 2010!

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

The bubbles! The bubbles!

Word to the wise: chocolate milk is very sticky when it dries.
Might want to clean that up before Mom finds out.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Thanks for the gray hair, Santa!

I know he has to go out there and do his thing.
I just want to encase him in Nerf first.

Monday, December 28, 2009


Shannon is the other half of the bit of awesome Barney duo!
They visited us very recently, and it was all I could do to keep the kids from stowing away in the Barney's luggage. "Can we keep them?" was the kids' phrase of the day.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Two schools of thought

Some of us enjoy the unwrapping more than the actual gift.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

I am not left handed

The best thing about all this wrapping is epic cardboard tube battles.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Return of the sleepy sleepy

The holidays can be rough for the little ones.
All that excitement and running about, it makes a boy very very sleepy.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009


I am rarely a gum chewer these days, but when I get a hold of some bubble gum, I have "skillz".

Monday, December 21, 2009

Naughty list

Actual conversation this weekend.
It's a fair question.
"There's room for everyone on the nice list."

Friday, December 18, 2009

Thursday, December 17, 2009


This is why we have carpet; Because laying on the hardwoods isn't as much fun.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Fix you

Papercuts require at least 6 bandaids I'll have you know.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Back, foul arachnid!

We have HUGE spiders here in Texas. They love to invade my house when it gets cold. Generally, I favor a gentle catch and release program, but some of the beasties require a firmer, um, foot.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Did I scare you?

Sometimes, I get an answer to my question.
Sometimes, I'm just left wondering if there is a booby trap somewhere.
Sometimes, kids can be very creepy.

Friday, December 11, 2009

A very tacky Christmas

Wanna know what true love is? Its my husband putting up with my Christmas decorations. The tackier, the better. Years ago, my friend Asia gave me a 4'multicolored tinsel Christmas tree.
It's going to be a family heirloom.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Reap what you sow

I'm making an attempt at forcing bulbs this year. Since my only real experience with plants is in the carnivorous kind, this should be an entertaining experiment.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Tuesday, December 8, 2009


I'm reading "The Affinity Bridge" by George Mann at the moment. So airships are on the brain. :)

Monday, December 7, 2009

Idle hands

Mister is fond of hair products. Extra firm hold is his preferred medium.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Big bed little sleeping space

We have a brand new GINORMOUS bed. And yet I still manage to push Mike over onto the last 6 inches of space.
I'm talented like that.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009


My grandfather passed away yesterday. I am glad that he is freed from his ailing body and is no longer in pain. I am saddened for the loss felt by those left behind. So I say a bittersweet goodbye.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Mister Puppy

Mister Boo spends at least half of his day pretending to be a puppy. I would not be surprised at all if I learned that he was in fact a Were-Retriever.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Mommy's favorite game

He keeps track of all of my *really* important appointments and activities.
For example, in the morning, I have an appointment at the swings in the park.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Impervious to cold

He likes to think he's immune to Frost Damage, but this does not make it so.

Thursday, November 26, 2009


I am thankful for every one of you.
Thank you for reading.
Thank you for your kind words of encouragement.
Thank you for your support.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Who stole the cookie...

I am the only one of my family members that can eat an entire jar of cookies in one sitting. Which would be awesome, except that I have no one to blame when the jar is mysteriously empty.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Fort Livingroom

I feel like living room forts are an investment in my retirement.

"Architecture is F-U-N! Fun! Who wants to be an architect when they grow up?! You do, right?!"

Monday, November 23, 2009


Mister Boo brings a whole new dimension to the game of tag.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Co-op play isn't

We're a gamer family. While we try to steer the kiddos away from the FPS games, I will admit that Miss Boo has gotten off a head shot and then screamed "I totally OWNED you!".
My outside voice was saying, "That's just wrong.", but the inside voice was saying "Hell yeah, she did!".

Thursday, November 19, 2009


The cure for bad weather blahs? Pantshead!
Pants- apply directly to the forehead
Pants- apply directly to the forehead
But seriously, this tactic has always charmed the grumpiest of toddlers.
Door to door salesmen, however, are immune.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009


Sometimes, a little cosplay can really lift your spirits.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Chatty chatty chatty

Sometimes we stay up waaaay too late talking about silly stuff.

Monday, November 16, 2009

With my freeze ray..

Based on an actual conversation between Mister Boo and our friend Barney, I believe this is fair warning to the rest of the world.
Side note- Barney is also a little bit of awesome.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Walk or expedition?

On our walk today, somehow the stroller transformed into a pack mule.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Recycling is fun

Sometimes I can be a little premature in my recycling efforts.
But you can't let a really really cool shirt go to waste.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Bowler Derby

Ok, so this has never actually happened. BUT! It has come so close to happening so many times that I wince whenever I watch someone else bowl.
I would love to see a pro do it once though. *Runs off to YouTube*

Monday, November 9, 2009


As demonstrated in the very first Napkin People, my daughter has a very special relationship with words. In this instance I was asked to proofread the letter in question. I left in the word "pimp". It made me giggle uncontrollably to picture Voltaire uttering the word. I really have no idea where she picked up the word as a synonym for "wonderful" or even "awesome", but it's been the source of much humor in these parts.
"Mom! These cookies are PIMP!"
Voltaire is a singer, writer, artist, creator of toys, and animator of films. He is fantastically witty and charming, and if you ever get the chance to attend one of his performances, go!
Laugh, sing along, and buy him some rum!
Voltaire's web site :
See his character Deady the Malevolent Teddy at :

Friday, November 6, 2009

Living room Iditarod

Give a kid a laundry basket, leave the room for 5 minutes, and you never know what you'll come back to. Other than a gleeful kid.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Wednesday, November 4, 2009


Sometimes, I have more fun with Mister's toys than he does.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Friday, October 30, 2009

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween!!!
Eat lots and lots of candy!
It's a moral imperative.

Thursday, October 29, 2009


I'm one of those people that is *always* startled by the toaster. Even if I stand there staring at it, when it finally pops up, you'd think it was a hand, ala "Carrie". They really need a gentle chime before the jarring "KA-PANG!" of toast flying up. I'm almost 23% positive that it would cut down on morning heart attacks.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Best bookmarks ever

If you have not seen Henry Rollins "She's a reader!" bit, you should go look it up now. This phrase is used often in our house. We are readers, and we love our reader friends. I'm always stunned to hear people confess to being non-readers. My life would not be the same without the amazing books I have read. From The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, to Brave New World, to Catcher in the Rye, to Harry Potter, each has left a mark on me. Thanks to all the authors in the world. I love you!!!

Monday, October 26, 2009


I love love love asian horror. BUT, I have no delusions. I'm not the kind of jaded horror fan that can sit calmly through any "gotcha" moment. My body is a tightly wound coil ready to spring off of the couch in full fight or flight mode at any moment. And yet, I still insist on drinking hot tea while watching a movie. As you can imagine, my husband is a very patient man.

Friday, October 23, 2009


This is not all based on real events. Nope. Never.
I'm always on top of it.
Although, sometimes, I do plant a little flag when I reach the summit.
Oh, and for future reference, it isn't called "Giant Insurmountable Pile o' Laundry". It's "Mount Maytag".