Thursday, June 25, 2015


My youngest daughter has finally surpassed her mother in height. I guess that's what happens when you keep feeding them. 

It's going to be a fun next few weeks. Dave Matthews Band on Tuesday and then our annual family camping weekend 9 days after that. Fun times. 

I'm posting from my phone again. I can't figure out how to make it post higher quality photos. They just don't look right. 


Sunday, June 21, 2015


"Don't sweat the petty things and don't pet the sweaty things"
  - George Carlin


Thursday, June 18, 2015


"Our life is frittered away by detail… Simplify, simplify, simplify!" - Henry David Thoreau

Great advice from a man who was anything but simple. I've had an audio book CD set of Thoreau's "Walden" in my car for several years. I'll pop in a cd every now and then.  It's really good stuff. He sure gives you a lot to think about. I find myself pausing it after just a few paragraphs because it's so much to process. 

I really need to take his advice. Sometimes enough is enough already.


Tuesday, June 09, 2015


I've always only posted from my desktop computer. This is a test post directly from my phone. I'm curious how this will look from a real monitor. 


We have this white board on the refrigerator that we use mostly to write notes and reminders on. Occasionally, I'll write a note to one or all of the kids. Sometimes it's overly passive-aggressive. Last week I was off of work and had a few mornings of free time (I could really get use to that!) to myself. One morning I spent probably an hour writing and erasing a bunch of notes. I photographed a few of them with my phone, and have put them all together here:

How to be an Adult (in 8 easy steps)
1) - Clean up your messes - expecting someone else to do it is childlike thinking
2) - Pay your bills - we all have to work hard and no one feels sorry for you when you have to.
3) - Take responsibility for your actions - mistakes happen, learn from them, never pass the blame
4) - Realize that your actions have consequences - not just for you, but for others, "how will what I do affect others?"
5) - Respect your parents - Yes, they might actually know what they're talking about.
6) - Don't take things that don't belong to you - shouldn't you have learned that in 1st grade
7) - Be a contributor - to household (chores, etc.- without being asked), to community (volunteer, donate blood, etc), to each other (if you see someone in need, help out)

Emotions run high around here, lots of drama. I miss being bored.

Life is full - time to simplify