Mildly Amusing, Parenting Gone Awry, Potty Training

The Poo Poo Driven Life

After years of extensive research, okay really just a few days, I have developed a thoughtfully considered potty training system. By thoughtfully considered I mean it came to me the other night while I was sipping Sangria. Actually it’s not really a system, but a plan. Well, actually it’s not even a plan. It’s more like a whim. A whim that I’m marketing as the “The Poo Poo Driven Life”. Since Sean began showing an increased interest in using the toilet, I decided that maybe I should just talk about it more so that eventually he…

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Makes Me Sigh, Mildly Amusing

Better Digs

Last Friday evening, we had dinner with some friends at their house. We had been remiss in keeping up with them for quite some time. You never think two years will pass by before you see people again that you enjoy so much, but it happens. Luckily, our friendship easily weathers the scourge of time. It was one of those magical summer evenings you see in glossy Southern Living layouts. The weather was mild and the breeze was gentle. The night air was sweet. We had a great time relaxing and sipping Sangria by their pool,…

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Mildly Amusing, Outsmarted, Snips And Snails

Sean Trump

At two and half, Sean has already become a very enterprising young man. Today we went out into the backyard to pick up some branches that a recent storm had blown out of the trees. He worked diligently at collecting every branch and arranging them just so in his teeny tiny wheel barrow. He was such a good helper that I gave him a lot of praise, but I also decided it was a good opportunity to talk about working and earning money. Antique Daddy and I haven’t arrived at a chores/allowance policy yet, so I…

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Faith, School, Snips And Snails, Sometimes Sweet

Sticky Prayers

“I remember my mother’s prayers and they have followed me always. They have clung to me all my life.” ~ Abraham Lincoln   Sean’s first school year officially ended last night with a little graduation ceremony for the five year olds who will be leaving the pre-school and moving on to kindergarten. The younger kids “sang them out” just as the losers on American Idol do. Well, more accurately, all the other kids sang out the grads. Sean stood on the stage and did an impression of Lot’s wife. As all the five year olds marched…

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Thank You Notes

I’m Mom of the Week!

Hey I was voted Mom of the Week over at Crazy Hip Blog Mamas! Thanks Mom for stuffing the ballot box to everyone who voted for me. I am astonished honored that you would choose someone like me. Hurry go look before they change their mind!!


Eat Tuna

The second in series that takes a look at life in a small town in Texas. People tend to think there is no culture in a small town, that there are no restaurants, no theater. Well, there is. It just so happens that the live theater is in the restaurants. Just not in a dinner-theater sort of way. And not really on purpose. Once again, we find ourselves in Greater Tuna, where my in-laws live. There is a restaurant there that can probably best be described as a shed. Only not that nice. The tables are…

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Faith, Mildly Amusing

WWJD? Laugh

We were visiting a church on Sunday and I took Sean to find his Bible class. The teacher was a fresh-faced pious 20-something with one of those soprano sing-songy teacher voices that would make you want to gouge your ears out with a sharp #2 pencil after about ten minutes. Before I left, she asked me if it were okay if Sean had some Goldfish while he was there. I said Goldfish were okay, but no cigarettes. And she just looked at me as though I had audibly passed gas. I guess I missed this one:…

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Mildly Amusing, Sometimes Tart

Silly Question #17

Someone asked me today if we would like to have another baby. I told her no, I thought we would just keep the one we had. He was working out fairly well and we were planning to renew his contract for another year. (Although there have been a few days I would have gladly traded him in for a Schipperke.)

Papa George, Tuna

Banking in Greater Tuna

Although I really enjoy living in the metroplex, sometimes when we visit my in-laws who live in a small north Texas town, I realize there are certain aspects to small town living that I really appreciate. Like banking. Awhile back, when we were visiting Tuna I decided that I needed to cash a check to facilitate my Main Street antique shopping. I parked right in front of the building and walked right up to the teller whose name was Floydine. As I was fumbling around in my purse for three kinds of ID, I informed Floydine…

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Antique Crazy, Mildly Amusing

Ignorance Is Bliss. And A Lot Less Work.

I’ve always prided myself on my thirst for knowledge, my quest for information. Information IS power. Ha. I used to really believe that. Sometimes information is a big pain in the buhtootie. Case in point: As I was putting away some things in Sean’s room the other day, I was wondering “What is that smell?” Then I realized that I didn’t really want to know. I could go on living quite well without that piece of information. Ignorance CAN be bliss. Or if not bliss, then at least a whole lot less trouble than tracking down…

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