February 20, 2018

Living On The Edge


Me: “Ane, how do you feel about living on the edge today?”

Ane: (slowly) “I would be open to that…”

Me: “When I say ‘living on the edge,’ I mean taking Thumper to the mall in underwear instead of a Pull-Up.”

Ane: (eyes wide) “Yeah, let’s not do that.”

For the record, we went forward with our risky proposition, and Thumper was perfectly well-behaved and had no accidents!

February 19, 2018

Thumper, Budding Engineer


I had a parent-teacher conference a little over a week ago for Thumper.  You may not be able to believe it, but he is turning FIVE next month, which means he is going into kindergarten in the fall.

I can hardly believe it either.  I’m going to have a kindergartener and a high school freshman next school year.

Thumper’s afternoon teacher had this to say: “All kids at this age are highly efficient.  And Thumper is one of the most efficient kids I’ve ever seen.  Not a word or action wasted.  He has the mindset of an engineer.”

“Or a ninja,” I remarked.

“He can be a ninja engineer!” she laughed.

“Efficient” and “self-sufficient” are definitely two good words to describe Thumper.  For example, he has decided that he’s not waiting for anyone to help him anymore when a battery needs replacing in his favorite toy-of-the moment.  He knows where I keep a basic screwdriver.  He’ll just fix it himself!

There are two problems with his method here…

1)  That’s not the battery compartment, and

2)  This toy doesn’t need a screwdriver to get at the batteries.

I almost hate to tell him that he’s doing it wrong.

Now, if Mr. High-Efficiency could learn to use a toilet properly all the time, that would be an excellent use of his skills!

February 16, 2018

Flashback Friday


I can’t believe it’s been almost a year since we said our good-byes to the cousins.

That was an emotional day.

Living overseas in Okinawa has definitely been an adventure for them!  And we miss them, but we know that they are enjoying themselves!

February 15, 2018

Rerun Speaks – Temperature


We’ve had a few clear cold days here, and it’s been cold enough that the kids really needed to dress a little more warmly for school.

On Monday, I handed Rerun a sweatshirt.  “You really need to wear this today.”

Rerun: “How cold is it?”

I pulled out my phone and checked the weather app.  “Right now, it’s 29 degrees outside.”

Rerun: “Is that Fahrenheit, Celsius, or Kelvin?”

Honestly, I can’t keep up with this smart aleck.