half heard in the stillness-- between two waves of the sea.

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Halloween & Potties.

Halloween was indeed cold, but the rain stopped just in time for trick or treating! The Poky Little Puppy totally got the concept of going to doors, saying something sort of like Trick or Treat, then saying, “Dank doo!” for thank you. As soon as we would walk away from each porch he would frantically sign, “Eat! Eat!” and try to reach in the bucket. He also kept pointing to himself and saying, “Woof woof!” The make-up, which was actually just...

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Nearly 15 Months.

This boy. Is. Trouble. Trouble on legs. Hell on wheels. He’s so busy. And he hates toys! Unless he’s breaking them. Help. Send help. Lucky for him, he’s also super adorable. He loves to eat. Molars were totally the best thing that ever happened to him. Hold me! Denied, until de-Mexicaning your entire body is complete. Sorry son! Which turned out to involve a bath. What are you looking at? How about NO? No way, tiny human. No. Mhhmm, dry human...

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Mortality & Also Some Pictures.

For some reason I started reading The Fault in Our Stars tonight. I’ve been avoiding it, and I clicked on it, and got I got sucked in. No. No. No. No. Why do I do this to myself? I can already see where this is heading and I don’t want to go there. Nope. It reminds me of middle school, and maybe high school, when I would read those Lurlene McDaniel books about teenagers who die of cancer. Raise your hand...

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Ebola: Fun & Games!

I am over this Ebola business. Can we please go back to a few months ago before a disgusting viral plague started sickening people? Here’s the thing that I don’t get–ok, well actually there are several things I don’t get. First of all, why is Ebola being compared to things like the flu or diabetes? Newsflash: People die from the flu, but not 50-90% of those who come down with it. The majority of people who get the flu are healthy...

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Sing to me the song of your people, tornadoes, and other unfortunate messes.

The other night we had scary weather. Tornadoes all around us! One to the west, one to the north, and one to the east. In October. Why? Very weird. The hail was huge. This is a picture of melting hail that I grabbed between tornado warnings. It was actually golf ball to baseball sized when it came down. I’ve never seen such large hail in my life. Some people experienced a lot of hail damage, but luckily we didn’t have anything...

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Informal Poll:

Say you lived in a downtown area with a lot of people walking around, and a lot of drugs and other unsavory activities. Often these people throw trash in your yard and all over the ground outside while they are walking past. On this particular day you go out to your trash can outside and find the lid open. Often you rant to your husband that you wish these trash-throwing people would just put the trash in your garbage can, so...

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A bit of home decorating.

Who knew picking out a rug could be so overwhelming? I decided to just get something semi-cheap since not only do I have almost no money to spend, I also have three little kids. I found a bunch of rugs for $99 an under at Garden Ridge. It’s not called Garden Ridge anymore, but I can’t remember the new name. At Home or something lame. Garden Ridge was considerably catchier. Henry was crying and Ada was overstimulated and I could not...

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The Japanese Came.

Everything went really well last night with the Japanese guys! Tyler said they had a great time. They stood up when I entered the room and bowed to me, and thanked me profusely for the wonderful meal. I am like a princess. I should have married a Japanese man! (Just kidding.) Tyler wanted to serve them American Thanksgiving food because they had never had those foods before. They’ve had steak and typical nice restaurant foods during their stay here, but not...

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The Japanese are Coming!

Apparently we are having the Japanese business men over for dinner on Sunday. They expect a classic American meal with an ample amount of liquor. Cue panic. So I decided to start in the most logical place: Rearrange a few things so that it doesn’t look like an insane tribe of feral children live here. Beginning with the living room. Dear God, it’s not going well. Part of the problem is that we can’t afford adult furniture. Please tell me I’m...

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Better Watch Out!

This past weekend we we shooting with the two Japanese guys who are currently over from Japan to implement some Toyota training. Apparently in Japan they don’t have access to guns. Only police have them. Shooting guns in America was a huge deal for them. Asai San is around my age, near 30 give or take a few years. Ito San is a tiny Japanese man who is probably in his 50’s. They are fairly adorable, and every time I’ve met...