The best idea I’ve ever had

Do you ever have a brilliant idea and want to run around outside with your hands in the air shouting to the world about it?  I did.  Last year.

Then I forgot about it.

Until last night.

I’m so excited I remembered!


The kids are not… Although…

shhh… don’t tell the other kids…

Lil’ Sport said…

You know, there’s something satisfying about getting to take out one of the jobs cards and moving it into the “Done” pocket.

I rest my case.  Mom’s do know best!


P.S.  Here’s what you need to know to make one of these yourself:

  • I used poster board
  • The pockets are just transparencies cut down to shape and glued with Elmer’s Glue (but make sure you glue the textured side, not the smooth side)
  • I used Sharpies for the writing
  • Kids around the world will be thanking me.

P.P.S .  Remember The Dentist saga?  Well, today was the day and I survived.  Although the decided to put me “under” this time.  Yeah!

And the verdict is…. (yeah me!)

The million dollar question finally gets answered

Do you remember The Million Dollar Question?  The question of my hearing and whether or not my kids mumble or whether I truly cannot hear.

Guess what?

I win!  I win! I win! I win! I win! I win!  I win!  I win!  I win!  I win!I win! I win! I win! I win!

The long and short of it is “yes” I do have slight hearing loss.  And yes, that exact hearing loss means I really DO have a difficult time hearing when there is background noise (like the mall, the car, restaurants, schools, when the TV or radio is on, pretty much anywhere I am and everything I do…)

And then my doctor said one thing that made my heart sing and one that made it sink.

#1: “There is NO reason you can’t hear your kids.”

#2: “Hearing aids won’t help.”

I hate to admit it but for some crazy reason I actually kinda sorta wanted hearing aids.   But then again this could be wishful thinking because I also wanted braces and glasses as a kid.  (Can you believe Wiki-how actually has directions for this?)  And I’m not alone – I’ve seen Lil’ Sport do this too. 

So yes, I win the argument (“Is it me, or is it you?”) but I don’t win overall because I still find myself saying, “What?  I can’t hear you.”

*sigh, double sigh*

Poetry Night

My son’s school had a poetry night tonight.  He warned me that we’d have to write poems.  I have to admit, I wasn’t looking forward to tonight.  The thought of reading poems, let alone writing them transported me to my college years faster than a red cup next to a keg.

But I actually had fun!  Go figure.  And The Fonz’s poems where really heartfelt and left me feeling all squishy with pride.

Then we (the parents) were taught how to write poems by our kids.  Here are mine:

Assignment:  Write an “Ode” Poem
On Oracle Library ThinkQuest they describe and Ode Poem like this:  “An ode is a poem that is written for an occasion or on a particular subject. They are usually dignified and more serious as a form than other forms of poetry. Unfortunately, today’s society has distinctly less respect for propriety, morality, and dignity.”my trusty shower cap

Title: Ode To My Shower Cap
The friendly protector of the soul of my hair
Eases me in my morning ritual

Ample time leads to one more cup

Starting the morning resembling
A nursery rhyme character

Entertains my family


Assignment: Write an Acrostic Poem
Wikipedia describes an Acrostic Poem like this: “An acrostic is a poem or other form of writing in which the first letter, syllable or word of each line, paragraph or other recurring feature in the text spells out a word or a message[1].

Title: Henry Island
(Note:  Henry Island is an island in the San Juan Islands in Washington State.  My parents built a cabin there before I was born.  I’ve spent every summer up there and continue this tradition with my family and their families.)

Henry Island Crew
as my heart
Escape the world
Never changing, always changing
Running on the path
Youth restored

I’m happy when I’m there
Summer days
Lazy days
Always a part of me
Now it’s my kids’ turn
Dreams unfold and blossom