Monday, December 29, 2008
Friday, December 26, 2008
I asked them to (1) put away their clothes and (2) pick up their bedrooms.
Now that Mr. Rellim is helping to direct this effort, I've heard screams of, "Nobody loves me! Now I know you BOTH hate me! If you loved me you wouldn't put me through this torture!"
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
By the way, all our neighbors were given this small token of Christmas cheer. Don't you wish you were my neighbor?
Sunday after church, Rachel complained of her shoes smelling badly. Sunday afternoon, she threw them on the roof. Snowday Tuesday, Rachel threw a neighborhood friend's hat on the roof. "He was asking for it, " she stated simply. Iceday Wednesday I noticed a scarf on the roof and two wiener roasters. I wonder when this is going to end.
Please, please let there be school tomorrow.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Sunday, December 14, 2008
That's when he chuckled and told me about how he backed the van into the basketball hoop about three weeks ago! He'd been wondering how long it would take me to notice.
A few days ago he talked about how much he liked the confession stand at the basketball game. I'm pretty sure that might be illegal at the public school they attend.
Friday, December 12, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Tuesday, December 09, 2008
Sunday, December 07, 2008
Saturday, December 06, 2008
Thursday, December 04, 2008
Mike: (in response to some annoyance supplied by his son) "Quinn! Go set at the table!"
Quinn: (Runs for his life due to said annoyance, then begins placing napkins, forks, plates and glasses on the kitchen table.)
Marcie: "Quinn, what are you doing?!"
Quinn: "I'm just doing what Dad told me!"
Ah . . . a good test of new-found auditory discrimination skills.
Wednesday, December 03, 2008
Tuesday, December 02, 2008
I've apologized for not immediately feeling empathy, but he shouldn't have returned from the first chiropractor visit with these instructions: "Doc told me I should not put up any Christmas lights or do any Christmas shopping. I'm supposed to just lay on the couch and watch football."
Saturday, November 29, 2008
After taking approximately 65 photos this afternoon, I have a little more respect for photographers. I just didn't have the patience to continue with kind encouragement after about picture 26. I found myself shouting things like, "Smile with your teeth! Not that many teeth! Keep your eyes open! Act like you love each other! Stop poking your brother!"
I'm sorta surprised the neighbors didn't come out to watch.
Friday, November 28, 2008
Quinn's answer: "I always listen to n a k e d women."
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
I have. People are crazy drivers. Mrs. Bickerson found this Youtube video highlighting the driving skills of one of the best. My chauffeur, however, was one of the more highly skilled. Here is a picture of four great friends sharing a good meal and lots of laughs.
Monday, November 17, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Best Buy (612) 291-1000
Cabela’s (800) 243-6626
Kohl’s (262) 703-7000
Lowe's (704) 758-2304
Nordstrom (206) 303-6000
Pier 1 Imports (817) 252-8000
Toys "R" Us (973) 617-4040
Wal-Mart (479) 273-4000
Call to let them know how you feel about it.
Saturday, November 08, 2008
I sound like talk radio, don't I? Anyway, Rachel made this fancy "Skiving" snack box for a Harry Potter fan today. If you didn't read the Potter series, you probably don't know about the Fainting Fancies or Nosebleed Nougats. Ours taste pretty good because we used homemade chocolate truffles instead.
Friday, November 07, 2008
Thursday, November 06, 2008
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
Anyway, congrats to Obama and his magic team.
On a related note, Mr. Rellim is extremely concerned about a ballot initiative in California that passed, mandating "free-range" animal production. Get ready for some expensive bacon and eggs, people!
On another related note, Californians also passed a ballot initiative that will provide millions of dollars in funding to create a supersonic train between SF and LA. Hmmm . . . I suppose there could be some excellent road kill possibilities if any free-range pork producers live near the tracks - or not. I once witnessed a rabbit run across a NASCAR speedway during a race. There wasn't much left for the clean-up crew to clean up.
Monday, November 03, 2008
"The average man votes below himself; he votes with half a mind or a hundredth part of one.
A man ought to vote with the whole of himself, as he worships or gets married.
A man ought to vote with his head and heart, his soul and stomach, his eye for faces and his ear for music; also (when sufficiently provoked) with his hands and feet.
If he has ever seen a fine sunset, the crimson color of it should creep into his vote. …
The question is not so much whether only a minority of the electorate votes.
The point is that only a minority of the voter votes."
— G.K. Chesterton
Sunday, November 02, 2008
Saturday, November 01, 2008
This is me as Sarah Palin alongside a friendly Red Power Ranger, whose mother graciously loaned him to us for the evening whilst trick or treating. My kids are getting big and we thought a smaller child would help complete our ensemble. Not every home owner agreed to vote for me on Tuesday, but most got a chuckle out of the costume.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
I thought perhaps the statistics conversation could get no worse, when another fifth grader asked, "But how many people voted for Pollen?"
I think she meant "Palin," which caused me to wonder (and I know this sounds awful), "When she's 18, will her vote count the same as yours and mine?"
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
Lincoln's Ten Guidelines . . .
- You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift
- You cannot help small men by tearing down big men
- You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong
- You cannot lift the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer
- You cannot help the poor man by destroying the rich
- You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than your income
- You cannot further brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred
- You cannot establish security on borrowed money
- You cannot build character and courage by taking away man's initiative and independence
- You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do themselves
Friday, October 24, 2008
Of course the likelihood of that student ever getting to take his DS to school again this year is slim to none. Mr. Rellim votes, "slim." I vote, "none."
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Spelling is not Mike's strong suit, so I tend to blame him for our kids' struggles in that area. I asked him what bad stuff they inherited from me, but Rachel answered instead, "Mom, you know what I can't stand about Science class? All the partner work! Why can't I just do it myself? It's such a pain in the rear to have to convince everyone that my idea is the best and it wastes so much time!"
Monday, October 20, 2008
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
So, my friend said, "Oh! Hi, Steve!"
Her minister replied, "Uh, no. Who's Steve?"
The last time we bought a new car was in 1992. Within a few months, Mr. Rellim and his dad took it for a road trip and "broke in" the backseat by tossing Kentucky Fried Chicken bones back there. I thought nothing could top that. Then we had kids. After twelve years of kids, I figured I'd seen it all.
When Mr. Rellim pulled into the driveway today with his two-payment-old 2009 Ford Fusion, he scrambled to empty the trunk. Usually he doesn't do that, so I stood there to observe the cleaning frenzy. Eventually he admitted to having transported THREE baby pigs to the veterinary clinic in his trunk. I may have to go medicate myself.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
"Tell her what?" I said.
"Tell her we are leaving."
"Well, no. She left at 6:20 already with your father for basketball practice."
(And he and Mike are the "morning people" in this family.)
Monday, October 13, 2008
Does a family really need a rule about syrup and the computer?!
Saturday, October 11, 2008
"Plus, how can you really smile when the camera dude is asking you to put your feet in one spot, your hips in another spot, your shoulders in another spot, your chin in another spot?
I could barely concentrate!"
Friday, October 10, 2008
Wednesday, October 08, 2008
Tuesday, October 07, 2008
Quinn told us that he sat under his desk and cried today during indoor recess because he didn't have his DS, so there was nothing else to do. Oh, yeah! I work in a school. I had forgotten that indoor recess rule. I reminded him that he could study his spelling!
Mike told me he is ready to cave in to the boy's demand after only 48 hours. Not me. I may have to find a new location for the DS.
Sunday, October 05, 2008
Quinn argued that he should not be punished because "(1) Mom told me to go to the store (2) I found the canning lids all by myself and (3) Dad doesn't love me anyway."
Saturday, October 04, 2008
Friday, October 03, 2008
Thursday, October 02, 2008
Wednesday, October 01, 2008
An easy, worthwhile read. Randy Pausch knows he has only a few months to live due to pancreatic cancer. This book is for his students, for his wife, and for his three young children whom he knows doesn't comprehend any of this yet. A good companion book to "One Month to Live: Thirty Days to a No-regrets Life." I wonder what I would write in a "last lecture?"
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
"The mouth?" asked Rachel.
Quinn then turned his head toward her, snarled, and moved his mouth in a silent, "Nyay, nyah, nyah nyah!" Ah . . . How to win friends and love enemies.
Quinn then told us her name, which was obviously Asian-inspired and Rachel said, "Oh, she must be from Kansas."
(Yeah, I was thinking the same thing.)
Monday, September 29, 2008
He advised me to never talk about a coin toss at a basketball game again. I knew it must be a blog-able moment.
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Uh, no. Thankfully, we all got a good laugh out of it.
Note to self: Don't bait your son with a question that could possibly backfire.
Friday, September 26, 2008
Rachel asked, "Mom, do you know this great grandma?" I said yes and explained who she was exactly. Rachel's eye's got bigger and she exclaimed, "Well, isn't she d e a d ?!" I said yes, since 1986. Then Rachel took a deep breath and wondered aloud, "How do you think she knew I was getting basketball shoes this week? And that I had a cold?"
It was at that moment I realized the problem. Rachel thought the card was from some Great Grandma Stash. We don't have one of those. We shared hearty laughs for many minutes, then reviewed the rules for possessive s ('s).
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
2. Today is Carson's fourth birthday! Hope you got to have your cake and eat it too.
3. Today was Rachel's first basketball game. Her team learned valuable lessons already - (a) Next year they will not wear new basketball shoes for the first time at a first game. (b) Only five players per team are allowed on the court during a game. (c) Hair accessories should not be adjusted during the game - especially when the ball is passed to you. (d) Never wear pink and blue striped underwear with white basketball shorts.
Monday, September 22, 2008
Friday, September 19, 2008
That lady better find something else to do besides monitor my life.
Can't wait to plant some more ugly things on her property line. I wonder where I could get my hands on a corpse flower or something . . .
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
The trouble I have with cell phone storage in that manner, is that I often find my cell phone falls into the bottom of my shirt or shifts toward my underarm.
Ha! I guess you won't be asking to use my phone anymore, huh?
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
During the parent meeting for Rachel's seventh grade basketball team, the coach spoke at length about respectful cell phone use and how he will "bench" a player for using her cell phone during practice or a game. Seemingly on cue, Mike's phone rang - loudly. I'm laughing now, but at the time it wasn't so funny.
Monday, September 15, 2008
You guessed it. He's been using the same water bottles all month.
Houston, we may have found our problem.
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Friday, September 12, 2008
Today Quinn chose to take a mega dose oral antibiotic over one-stop penicillin shot. Next time - otolaryngology - where I will again make my case that kids with cleft palate (even submucus clefts) are not candidates for tonsillectomy. But, maybe there are newer techniques without the risk of permanent velopharyngeal incompetency. Maybe.
Thursday, September 11, 2008
We got home a little before 1 am. I unloaded my car and wrote a lengthy letter to the childcare center. I then re-packed the car for the new job that I was starting - later that morning. I must have gotten a couple hours of sleep (in between giving Quinn breathing treatments every two hours), but I can't be sure. At 7 am, with Mr. Rellim on the home front, I began the 50 mile drive to my new job, turned on the radio, and heard about the terrorist attacks.
The day was a blur for many reasons. I do remember seeing gas for $5.50/gal at our local Hucks and thinking I had chosen a heck of a time to start commuting. I do remember wanting to go home, lock the door and begin my life as an agoraphobic. (I probably would have done that if I hadn't been working part-time.) I remember Rachel coming home from Kindergarten, asking about "bad guys who crashed planes into tall buildings." "Didn't they get hurt or hurt other people?" she wondered, "Why would anybody do that?" I remember assuring her that all those bad guys were gone. I remember physically restraining Quinn in order to get the liquid prednisone into his mouth. I do not remember falling asleep. I guess we were all hoping that it was a bad dream.
Looking back, though, I realize we gained a new appreciation for family, a greater love for the Lord, and a renewed sense of patriotism. And although these attacks threw some into a panic, I think it actually had the opposite affect on me. I was finally convinced that I was not in control. (Yes, I just said that!) I started to give up the idea that I could personally control everything and everyone around me or that I was solely responsible for doing so. The events of that month really drove me closer to the One who is in control.
Tomorrow morning, Mr. Rellim will drive Rachel to basketball practice at 6:15 am.
Sunday, September 07, 2008
Friday, September 05, 2008
Now, I'm not saying I'll vote for that ticket just because of him, but if I were an undecided voter . . .
Wednesday, September 03, 2008
Tuesday, September 02, 2008
Saturday, August 30, 2008
The unfortunate side affect for Mr. Rellim was the rush of adrenaline as he was jarred suddenly from restful sleep by seemingly thunderous KABOOMS!
Friday, August 29, 2008
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Excellent book. Amazing lessons learned from his father that he hopes to pass along to his son. Many touching and funny stories. A person I would have liked to meet. Imagine - his father raised five kids by working two jobs. And rather than complaining about having to work so much, the man was thankful that he was able to have the jobs to support his family.
Over the years, we have talked about adoption, but it just seems so out of our league. We don't have a big house or a lot of money. I'd still have to work. And many days (like today) my patience runs out well before sunset. It's like I have a place in my heart, but not in my life. How selfish does that sound?
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Friday, August 22, 2008
Thursday, August 21, 2008
My son is worried that his teacher might be turning him into a SISSY! According to him, REAL gym teachers make him run and play basketball and do MAN things (like wearing nylons with flip flops?).
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Monday, August 18, 2008
Pastor Rick Warren: "At what point is a baby entitled to human rights?"
Senator Barack Obama: "Answering that question with specificity, you know, is above my pay grade."There are many issues for which the specific answers are "above my pay grade," but I still have an opinion about them. Just ask my husband or my principal or any physician who has ever treated my children.
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Suddenly, an unplanned entrance by the bassist was noted by everyone as his cable disconnected from the amp with a very loud "SDFLKJSDFKLJWWWWWWHHHHHAAAAAA!"
If I hadn't been singing, I would have been laughing. You should have seen all the people in the worship area who jumped in their seats. That's one way to keep people alert in church!
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Friday, August 15, 2008
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
So, I lifted my sleepy head to peer out the window and found my husband standing in the drive, hands in the air, singing his heart out to his car radio. Unfortunately, I don't remember what he was singing. I only know that his intentions were honorable. He just wanted to serenade his wife before leaving for work.
I know our neighbors are counting the days until school starts again and quiet will reign between 8-3 at our house.
Serenade Update: Mr. Rellim informed me that he was singing "Hooked on a Feeling" (I'm high on believing that you're in love with me.)
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Guess you had to be there - in a sleep-deprived state - for it to be as funny as I thought it was at the time.
BTW, Happy birthday, Jamie! This is your final year in your early thirties!
Saturday, August 09, 2008
Wednesday, August 06, 2008
We just checked out the middle school where Rachel will be attending in one short week. We found the lunch room, locker room, office and all her classrooms. We also learned (after a lengthy, sweaty, frustrating battle) that locker number 365 will not open with her locker combination. You see, her locker number is actually 563 or 653 or something. I hope she remembers.
Tuesday, August 05, 2008
Monday, August 04, 2008
(FYI: Pork loin tenderloin whole is a boneless cut taken from the inside of loin. The largest end is round and gradually tapers to the thin flat end. Very tender, it is usually prepared by roasting, baking, braising, broiling, or grilling. See photo below.)
2. Yesterday, Quinn pondered aloud, "How do people decide if they will be Christian, Catholic or gay?"
Wow! That about sums it up - and it's only Monday. Stay tuned, folks.
Saturday, August 02, 2008
Matthew 7:11 (NIV) If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!
Hmm . . . I've never made these before. Have you ever rolled up the dough before cutting into slices? The noodles are definitely more uniform than my typical haphazard pizza-cutter-roller-derby technique. We'll let you know how they taste. (recipe: 1.25 cups fresh basil, 3 cups flour, 3 eggs, 1/4 cups water, 2 tsp olive oil. blend together in food processor, knead for 8 min, rest for 30 min, divide into fourths, roll, cut, dry.)