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

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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...

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Breathing Again.

These allergies. Oh my goodness I feel like I may lose my head. Non-stop itchy nose, nauseating drainage, sinus pressure, sneezing thirty six thousand times in a row. And let me just say sneezing thirty six times in a row can be very extremely seriously dangerous after giving birth three times. I will spare you the details of the day I sneezed while in mid trampoline jump. I do not wish to repeat that awkwardness, bless my heart. Luckily I was...

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Sweaty Milk.

Nothing much exciting is happening here at the moment. My refrigerator decided to die. For the past month or so I’ve noticed that sometimes things in it don’t feel that cold. Then I would check it again a few hours later only to find food frozen. I was beginning to think I was crazy! But this same thing happened to our refrigerator last year at the cabin. (Oh Lord, remember that saga?) It leaked water from the top of the inside...

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Taxidermy.

Today in The Life of Weird Homeschoolers: The children spent at least half an hour petting taxidermy victims in the feed store this morning. Nothing like getting up close and personal with an alarmingly large dead beaver! Or if you’re a certain four year old girl there’s nothing quite like forcing your mother to yell, “For the love of all that is holy stop kissing that poor fox. No we cannot buy it. No you cannot pretend it is still alive and...

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Fun Times.

Saturday was family day for Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky. They buy out King’s Island, an amusement park in Ohio, for the entire day. Everything is free–tickets for everyone on your health insurance plan or an equivalent number of guests, parking, and unlimited drinks. Tyler and Rosie go every year, but this was the first year Ada has been. It was Henry’s first year too, of course. Tyler’s parents also came along and brought my BIL’s daughter Lauren. Rosie and Ada adore...

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I can’t believe this happened.

My Accidentally-Knocked-Up-Kitty gave birth to her kittens too early yesterday. Too much sad. Way too much sad. There were four of them. She tried to get them to nurse and she kept looking at me like, “Why is this not working?” She was purring so loudly, licking them, cuddling them. Ada kept telling her, “I’m so sorry. I’m so, so sorry.” Rosie is still holding out hope that there are more kittens hidden inside of her that will be born later,...