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I’m sorry…

I’m sorry for the graphic nature of this post.  But I have a story to tell you.
We have a standing rule in the house that says “when mom is in the shower you don’t TOUCH or open the front door.”  You would think this is a fairly obvious rule, but a few weeks ago we had an episode where the kids tried to invite some Jehovah’s Witnesses into the house while I was showering.  Thank goodness I shower with the door open and the fan turned off so I can hear everything that goes on while I’m unavailable for 3 minutes a day.  Thank goodness the JW’s had the sense to say “No thank you, we’ll come back when your mom isn’t in the shower.”

So today before getting in I made sure the front door was closed (which means it’s locked from the outside).  I was just ready to get out when I heard the front door open and close a few times.  I screeched for Buddy and it took 3 or 4 yells before he came running.  I asked him if he had opened the front door.  he said no.  I asked him several more times and when he said no again I told him “If I go out there and the door is open you are going to be in really big trouble for lying to me.  Are you telling me a lie?”  He of course then said “Oh! I’ll go shut the door then.”  Yes…he lied about it.

So while I’m getting out he says in an oh-by-the-way voice “Mom, I need you to wipe my butt.”  I’m like “What??  Why do I need to wipe your butt?” (Since I know he didn’t use the potty while I was in the bathroom!)  He then says that it’s because he went poop.  When I asked him where he said “Outside.”  Yes, outside.  When I asked where outside he confessed that he went on my front steps.  MY FRONT STEPS!!!  Where approximately 37 neighbor houses can see!  Never mind that he pooped on the brand new door mat I picked up last night.

What the heck was he thinking???

So I made him clean it up.  Yes….HE had to use paper towels and a walmart bag to scoop it up.  You know how he is…so he gagged, choked and retched the whole time.  That was probably the best punishment ever actually.  He hates anything that smells bad so he wont forget cleaning it up any time soon.  Which, hopefully, means that he wont poop on my front steps again.

Do you wonder what I do all day while Little Miss Sassy Pants is at school?  I simply TRY to keep up with Buddy.



(more photo fun.  Click to see them larger 🙂

two of our nieces, S & L 🙂

new hair cut...

Little Miss Sassy Pants love to climb the tree in the back yard.

L. Truth knows how to blow it up!

L. Truth giving Sassy Pants a hug...SO SWEET!

Lilacs from our yard


cousin movie time!

they are the same height!!

she loves me

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Posted by on May 1, 2012 in brother, kids, letter, life


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Christmas time!

Well…it’s December. Christmas is around the corner.  I’m missing you a lot and you’ve been heavy on my heart and mind.

It’s been SO cold here!  My blood must have thinned down South because I am not enjoying the cold!  Little Miss Sassy Pants thinks she’s still down South too.  Every day when I pick her up from school she’s not wearing her hat or mittens and a lot of times her jacket is unzipped.  It doesn’t matter how many times I tell her that it’s important to wear her hat, mittens, scarf etc. she still comes out under-dressed.  So last week after we got home from school I squated down to her level and said “Honey, do you know what frostbite is?”  Of course she shook her head no.  So I said “When its really really cold out (temps have been in the teens here) and you don’t wear your hat and mittens and scarf then when your fingers/toes/nose get too cold they can turn black and fall off.”

Now you may think this is extreme…but keep in mind that I DAILY am reminding her to wear her cold weather gear and she just ignores me.  I know that when she’s at school I can’t remind her, and I’m sure she doesn’t realize how important this is.

I explained to her that if people stayed out for a LONG time in the cold and didn’t dress warm enough that they could die from it.  I didn’t want to scare the living daylights out of her, but I needed her to know that it’s so so important to stay covered up.  Well, her eyes got really big and she wanted to know if that was for real or if I was teasing her.  I assured her that I wasn’t teasing.

Guess what?  it worked!!  Sassy Pants now dresses up in her hat, mittens and scarf every time she goes outside!  After I knew she got the point I made sure to explain to her that 5 minutes outside wasn’t going to give her frostbite but that it’s just better to dress warm so you don’t have to worry about it.  It might have worked too well…even though she knows she won’t get frostbite from walking from the house to the car without mittens on she still wears them!  When our 80 year old neighbor brought a coffee cake over to us the other day she promptly asked him “Where are your mittens and scarf?  You should wear them so you don’t get frostbite!”

oh my…it’s the age old struggle of protecting your kids (from frostbite OR too much information!) verses freaking them out with too much info.  I’m not sure I got the balance quite right on this one!

The Dog is doing awesome!  You would never guess that he has only been an outside dog until getting here!  He hasn’t had one potty accident in the house, and he’s inside %95 of the time..  The kids love having him in the house.  Or at least Little Miss Sassy Pants does.  Buddy likes him sometimes, but gets annoyed with him too.  The cat seems to have taken it in stride. I saw her (the 6 lb. cat) make him (the 60 lb. dog) back away from his food yesterday because she wanted it!  Lol, I let them work it out for the most part.

I guess that’s about it for now…Hubby is home and the soup on the stove is ready to eat.  Kids are playing upstairs and I guess I need to feed them soon.  I’ll wirte again soon, and I am going to leave you with a bunch of new pictures 😉

love you so,


I've been loving our fireplace!!

He's made himself at home.

Sprite thinks he's 6 pounds instead of 60.

itty bitty christmas tree for an itty bitty house 🙂

Decorating the tree...Buddy's hair is so long!

ready to go frostbite lecture worked!

Peanut went to Arkansas with us for Thanksgiving!

at the Hotel on the way to Arkansas

me and Peanut in the car

Buddy and Little Miss Sassy Pants liked the hotel pool...

Buddy loves to help me cook...maybe he takes after you!

the mittens that I made for Sassy Pants

she really loves her mittens.

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Posted by on December 12, 2011 in brother, deployment, kids, letter, life


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