Archive | October, 2009

Happy Halloween

31 Oct

From me and the Army!

Everyone at our house loves Halloween. A holiday all about candy and costumes?! COUNT ME IN!!!

Our Halloween tradition is usually a home-cooked dinner, trick or treating afterward, and then we come home to survey our loot! After the kids have sufficiently stuffed themselves on candy, they get a good teeth-brushing and into their pyjamas for bed. Then Johnny and I curl up on the couch and watch our favorite scary movies like the “Nightmare on Elm Street”  series. (Made even  more exciting this year since our new house? It’s on Elm Street. I kid you not!) We also love “The Others”, the “Saw” series, “The Ring” and stuff like that. After I’ve been scared to the point of sleeping with the light on (not hard to do these days…) then we go to bed and I proceed to drive Johnny crazy by waking him up every time the house creaks in the wind.

Isn’t that a great tradition?!

What does YOUR family do for Halloween?


I Interrupt This Blog For An Important News Bulletin…

28 Oct

My friend Gini Koch’s book “Touched by an Alien” is now available on and for preorder! Only $7.99 (US) and since I’ve read Gini’s writing since before she was published let me tell you this will be worth reading! Go now and preorder your copy. Heck, preorder copies for your entire Christmas shopping list!

Go! Preorder! Read!

(I now return you to your regularly scheduled…whatever.)


19 Oct

Hayden has a reddened eardrum that could possibly be an infection. We have a prescription for antibiotics with strict instructions to fill it at the first complaint of pain.

Silas has a cough and congestion that may be pneumonia. He’s also on strict observation by Johnny and I who have strict orders to bring him back if he doesn’t improve in the next couple of days. It’s the first time he’s ever been sick in his life.

This week is the epitomy of suck.

One of Those Weeks

13 Oct

Ever have “one of those days”? You know, the kind where you really don’t feel like doing anything except curling up with a blanket and a good book and maybe having a nap or twelve? Well, I’m having one of those weeks. Ever since last weekend I haven’t felt like doing a darned thing except possibly some extensive sleeping.

The worst part is, what little I did manage to accomplish in the past few days seemed to be undone in a matter of minutes. Clean the kitchen, go to the bathroom, return to find out that a tornado swept through while I was brushing my teeth. It was frustrating, and what’s more – depressing! Then I felt even less like putting an effort into getting off my lazy butt and doing anything…and so the cycle continued.

Today I managed to be minorly productive. The dishwasher got reloaded, my laundry got washed, my bathroom got at least a once-over. If I can manage to get one step farther tomorrow, then I’ll feel even better. Who knows? Maybe I’ll get those cookies baked that I’ve been intending to do for a whole month and a half.

I always feel so guilty when I have a day that is so low on productivity that I think a well-trained chimp could do better. My mom always did better than that. She always had a spotless house, a perfect dinner, clean and pressed clothes…or did she? Did she really have all those things that I remember, or is that just the way I remember it?

Even if that is the way it was…SO WHAT? I’m not my mother, I’m me. Silas and Hayden don’t care if the floor is clean enough to eat off, nor if there are four loads of laundry downstairs in my laundry room. They don’t really mind if we have Kraft Dinner (ptooey!) for dinner instead of cuisine. They are happy, healthy little boys who know that they’re loved more than anything. That’s what matters.

So sorry about the delay in blog posts but…it’s been one of those weeks.

His Best Friend

7 Oct
Some pictures need no explanation

Some pictures need no explanation

It can be done, it should be done, it shall be done…Tomorrow….

6 Oct

Ever have “one of those weeks”? You know the type. The kind where you really feel like no matter what, you are going to fall over at any time and just spontaneously nap? I’m having one of those weeks.

I suppose I have a bit of a sleep debt that it’s time to repay. Last week was a busy week full of late nights and I suppose I’m paying the price this week as a result. The good news is that Johnny is on day shifts this week, so there’s no reason we can’t go to bed at a decent hour all this week and catch up. The bad news is that right now I feel so hopelessly tired that I’m not getting any of the things done that I want to do. Today, for example, I had planned to vacuum my rug and wash all my floors. Instead…well you see what I’m doing. I want to bake cookies, put laundry on the line, rearrange my linen closet. Instead I’m sitting here whining to all of you.

Maybe in an hour or so I’ll feel better. Maybe I’ll get a surge of energy that results in empty hampers, sparkling floors, fresh baked goods and a tidy linen closet.

If not, there’s always tomorrow.


3 Oct

I took Hayden and Silas for haircuts today. Usually this is kind of an ordeal but today was pretty easy! I’ll skip the story and just skip straight to the finished product.

Much shorter!

Much shorter!

My little punk!

My little punk!

So…what do you think?!