Christmas Classics for Kids

When I was little, I looked forward to watching the Christmas specials every year. We didn’t get cable until I was an adult, and so we watched on this poorly tuned staticky TV (I thought all TVs had “snow” for a long time). These shows have been around since long before I was born. OneContinue reading “Christmas Classics for Kids”

Things I Automatically Do Even When My Kids Aren’t Present

I was thinking about this today when I caught myself doing several of these things. Then I stopped and thought, Wait, I don’t have any kids with me, I don’t need to do this! When I turn on the TV, I automatically change it to Disney. When I get out of my car, I openContinue reading “Things I Automatically Do Even When My Kids Aren’t Present”

Dilloway Grand Canyon Family Vacation

Last week, we got the harebrained notion to go to the Grand Canyon. We also decided to go to Tonto National Monument to see a cliff dwelling, and the Tonto State Park Natural Bridge. We filled a cooler with ice and water bottles and took off. In Date City, or Date Town, or Date VillageContinue reading “Dilloway Grand Canyon Family Vacation”

Because My Husband is 12

^^I can’t *wait* to see what searches bring people here, with a title like that! You try to set a good example for your kids. Don’t drip on the hardwood. Keep the water in the pool, where it belongs. It’s hard, though, when Dad is the instigator of mayhem. I was inside and Cadillac wasContinue reading “Because My Husband is 12”

Death of a Bougainvillea

Three trips to the dump later…that wretched plant is out of the yard. That was Cadillac’s weekend, putting the plant on the trailer he borrowed from his dad. The bougainvillea is the devil plant. Thorns EVERYWHERE, some three inches long. Paper flower leaves. An old-timey neighbor stopped by. “They’ve cut down that plant at leastContinue reading “Death of a Bougainvillea”

Angry Daddy vs the Bougainvillea

There is…was…a bougainvillea growing in the front, over an overhang. Two building inspectors said it should come down. Cadillac got a chainsaw and went to work today. Me: Maybe we shouldn’t cut the whole thing down today…after all, we have only one trashcan. Cadillac: I’m not. I’m just going to get this one part down.Continue reading “Angry Daddy vs the Bougainvillea”

What Kids Are Reading

Today there was an article on NPR that said not only do kids choose easy books to read for pleasure, the reading that high schools assign is getting increasingly easier. This is the opposite of my kid’s experience. This year, at the public high school, my 9th grade daughter read THE KITE RUNNER, UNCLE TOM’SContinue reading “What Kids Are Reading”