Brain Dump.

1. Kate is a shoe-flinger.  Her shoes are never side by side.  She just kicks them off as she walks somehow. 2. Gracie yells a lot.  Maybe just is going to be a singer? 3. Bean said Holy shit. Hope he doesn’t end up with my potty mouth. 4. Our computer is dying a slow, painful death.  I should fix it. 5. I had steak for dinner last night.  It was delicious. 6. I think Touch, that new show, is stupid. 7. I think The New Girl is the funniest…

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Chris Talks to a Nurse

Tomorrow morning at the butt-crack of dawn, we’re going to be heading to the hospital so that Gracie can get tubes in her ears. I feel really good about it. Gracie hasn’t had a doctors appointment since Thanksgiving when she hasn’t either had an ear infection, a double ear infection, or fluid in her ears. I am so happy that she will have some relief from the constant ear aches, and that we might have some relief from the constantly missed work. This afternoon, I had a voice mail from…

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Daddy.s Night In

Tonight I had a meeting at church and so Chris was on dinner and bedtime duty. As I sat in my meeting, Chris texted me pictures of their night. Apparently, everyone dog piles in Gracie’s crib at bedtime when Mom’s away… I try not to worry when I’m gone, but then I see pictures like this and I think, “What the heck happens when I’m not there?!?!” By the time I got home, though, everyone was in bed and sleeping soundly with no bodily injuries visible. So, while I’m not…

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Two Ways to Skin a Cat…or whatever

Chris and I parent very differently, but with the same end result. We figure as long as we both end up at the same destination, what does it matter what road we each take to get there? I guess that’s a good thing? I’m not sure yet. Time will tell. Lately, the biggest difference in our parenting style has been timing. And it is about to drive me cah-razy. How can I explain this? Chris moves at the pace of a turtle. Or as slow as a 90-year-old man. Roughly.…

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Mani and Pedi

“Gracie,” said Chris. “I think it’s time we cut your nails.” “Say whaaaaa?” “Now, don’t freak out. It’s not that big of a deal. Just give me your hand and sit really still.” “Oh, that sounds easy,” Gracie said. “Here, let me help you…” “No, Gracie. Just let me do it. I can’t see over your head,” said Chris. “No, Dad! I wanna do it!” “Gracie, look at me.” “Whaaaat Daaaad?” Gracie whined. “Please let me do this. It will be over in two seconds, I promise.” “Well…I dunno…” “Here,…

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My Husband’s Rut

One of my favorite characteristics in Chris is that he is unshakable.  Unstoppable.  Unflappable.  You know that phrase, “He takes a lickin’ and keeps on tickin’?”  They basically wrote that about Chris.  There hasn’t been any challenge I’ve seen him face that he hasn’t been able to rise to, take on, and move forward as a better person.  And usually, he does this while bringing his family to a better place, too.  He’s just that kind of person.  He believes in success and he believes that he can be successful…

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Funny Gracie

“Hey, Gracie,” said Chris. “Wanna hear a joke?” “Okay,” said Gracie. “Why’d the farmer bury all his money?” “I don’t know,” said Gracie. “Why?” “To make his soil richer!” “Bwahahaha! Good one, dad!” said Gracie. “Do another one!” “Why do bees have sticky hair?” Chris asked. “I don’t know. Why?” “Because they use honeycombs!” “Hahaha…whooo…haaa…” laughed Gracie. “Okay, here’s another one,” said Chris. “What do you do if a rhino charges you?” “What?” “Give him your credit card!” “Bwahaha!! Oh man, Dad,” said Gracie. “You’re funny!” “Okay, one more,” said…

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