Tuesday, February 24, 2009


I'll admit that I'm a little clumsy. I seem to have little accidents that I'm embarrassed to admit. Well, I've done it again... and this time it's not just my ego that's been bruised.

We have a half-wall in our house and our couch is positioned right in front of it. Yesterday afternoon I plopped down on the couch and my head went back and hit the the corner of the wall right where the trim comes to a sharp point. I ended up cutting my head open and had to go to urgent care to get it glued shut. Friends, it hurt like a mother and it's still throbbing this morning.

Out of all of the silly things I've done, I can't decide which is worse. This one, the time I slammed MY OWN hand in the van door, after my hysterectomy when I slid/fell down the stairs, ... I'd better stop now, there are just too many to list!

Friday, February 20, 2009

one more reason I love DVR

So I'll admit it... I called in and voted for a contestant ONCE on American Idol. It was season 2, down to the final two and I had to support my favorite that year: Reuben Studdard. He beat Clay Aiken. Probably because of my vote, too. :) Where he is now I have no idea.

I don't think we've watched more than a few shows of any other season. Our family started watching one of the seasons a couple of years ago but my kids were genuinely upset anytime the judges came down on a singer (which is quite often) so we quit.

We started watching again this year and it's gearing up to be a good one. We set the DVR to record all of the shows and I've come to realize that I will never watch the show live again. What aired as an hour long results show this week took the kids and I about 10 minutes to watch. They fill the show with so much extra stuff that we don't care about... we just want to see who is moving on to the top 12!

As a side note here, Dustin watched the beginning of the season with us but vowed never to watch again when one of his favorites didn't make it to the top 36. I can't think of the dude's name but he was best friends with Danny... and he really should have gone through.

Anyone else watching this season?

Saturday, February 14, 2009


I thought our family had made it... no one had really been sick all winter. Then, over the last 2 weeks, the kids have fallen one by one. Linus was the first - about a week and 1/2 ago after eating a large dinner he informed me (a little too late) that he felt like he was going to throw up. I won't go into every detail but let me say that projectile would definitely be an appropriate adjective here. And I was in his path. 'Nuff said. On Monday Greta came down with a fever that lasted until last night. It got as high as 103.3 but was hovering around 102 most of the time. She had a terribly swollen throat and glands and had two isolated instances where she vomitted. I ended up with her at the clinic where they did several tests, all of which pointed to - you guessed it - a virus. Then this afternoon, in the middle of Linus' birthday party with his friends from school, Miles threw up. He's been in and out of the bathroom all evening and I feel terrible for him.

It's been a long week.

school project

A week ago Miles brought home instructions from school that we were to construct a swan at home and he should bring it back in and they would paint it. Now, every parent knows what this means... I was to make it and he put his name on it. We gathered up some supplies from my mom and dad's house (it's common knowledge that in the Youngs family if you're in need of anything, that is the place to go) and came home to get the job done. The swan was based off of one from the book The Lorax by Dr. Seuss. Without further ado, here is our masterpiece.....

Friday, February 06, 2009


I can't believe my handsome boy is 7 today!

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

You're Hired!

When my brothers were in grade school they showed the promise of great entrepreneurs. They would buy a pack of Hubba Bubba or Bubbalicious for $0.25 at the store and then turn around and sell the gum for $0.10 a piece on the school bus. A $0.25 profit off of one pack of gum is not bad for a couple of kids, especially in the 80's. It's too bad that the school found out about their gum business and put a stop to it. I could have been an heiress.

That being said, I think that Miles' classmates could give them a run for their money.

Maple Lake school (who are the 'Irish') has a reward system that involves giving "shamrocks" to a child in a 'caught being good' moment. The child then turns them into the office and names are drawn for prizes from said shamrocks every so often. I've been finding shamrocks around the house lately and in Miles' backpack. When I asked him why he hasn't been turning them in he told me of the shamrock racket that has hit the 3rd grade. Instead of turning them in, kids have been stock-piling them and using them like cash. Miles has, like, 15 of them right now and he wants to keep them in case anybody has something "good to sell." And he wanted to bring in stuff from home to sell... he even started making price tags (written in shamrock currency, of course.) He had several made before I put the kabosh on that idea.

I guess that if Miles has learned nothing else this year at school he will certainly come away with a sense of business, right?