Category Archives: That was fun

A Tantrum Throwing Tip, brought to you by Ethan

Have you ever had poor service?

Like your Mom is taking too long to get your lunch?

Or she had to put you down to take something out of the oven?

She didn’t get you the right snack?

Or, most egregious, she put your water in the wrong cup?

When these things happen, I suggest you throw yourself to the ground and wail it out.

The problem, of course, is that tile is hard. So, a little tip I’ve discovered is that in between starting to cry, throwing your cup or toy to the ground, and actually falling to the ground in despair, you look for a soft place to land.

If there are two choices, go to the one closest, so you’ll look more authentic. You might have to walk a little ways to get there, so keep crying and moving and when you make it to the rug, then throw yourself down. Try not to hit your head, though or you might start crying for real.

I’m sure no one will notice the delay. They’ll be so distressed by your great displeasure, they’ll be frantically trying to find the proper cup for your beverage.

(Although, come to think of it, I never did get that cup of water I ordered yesterday.)

I love my life.

I love my life.




Filed under Boys will be boys, That was fun, These are the things I want to remember, This is going to be really funny one day

Super powers

In my next life, I’d like to have the takes-good-pictures-of-kids-and-animals super power.

I mean, if we get to choose.

I don’t have that super power.


My super power is being able to leave dishes in the sink until the next meal.

Well, it’s something I’m trying out. I’m actually not that good at it yet. But, I’m trying.

Come to think of it, I’m really good at not getting overwhelmed by the laundry.

I think it’s quite a feat since I know people with only 2 kids who say they do laundry everyday and it’s overwhelming. I only do laundry twice a week and I find it quite doable.

Though I should probably admit that my kids do most of it.


Now I’m starting to think I don’t have any super powers.

And just when I was about to brag about not being depressed.


Anyway, here’s proof about the pictures thing.

(Not that you needed proof.)

Otherwise, I could’ve named this: Photoshoot Disaster.

But that has such negative connotations.

So, what are your super powers?


Filed under Apparently I have no shame, Pictures worth a thousand words, That was fun, The Dog, Why does no one get my jokes?, With tongue placed firmly in wall of mouth

Guess what?

Guess where we were on Saturday?

Besides sitting under chairs, I mean.


Guess what we’re doing this week?

It’s highly unusual* and I’m sure you’ll never* guess.

*on opposite day.


Filed under Boys will be boys, Moving is my hobby, Pictures worth a thousand words, Playing the Tourist, That was fun

One week, two days


Filed under Everyone's a photographer, She's having a baby, That was fun

But what will we joke about once this baby gets here?

Texts between the Mr. and I:

Me: How late do u think you’ll be tonight?

Mr. F: How frequent are your contractions?

Me: Every ten minutes. But they only last for 8.

Mr. F: Really?

Me: No

Me: We’re at the pool.

Me: 8 minute contractions? Really?

Mr. F: I thought you meant seconds.


Me: R we going to see that one tonight or not?

Mr. F: How frequent are your contractions?

Me: Every day.


Mr. F: Saying a bunch of stuff that’s not really pertinent to the story.

Mr. F: What is pertinent is that I couldn’t respond because I was driving.

Mr. F: Which left Mr. French hanging and wondering why I wasn’t responding.

Mr. F: So are you having a baby today?

Mr. F: Feelin’ sleepy for a nap?

Fifteen minutes later

Me: Sorry. These contractions are distracting. What were you saying?

Mr. F: Hahaha

Mr. F: You think you should pick me up then?

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Filed under Mr. French, She's having a baby, That was fun, With tongue placed firmly in wall of mouth

The Zoo

One benefit to homeschooling is that you can do things when everyone else is in school.

Back in April, we tried to go to the Zoo, two weekends in a row. And had to leave both times because not only was there no place to park, but there were so many people walking from distant parking spots that there was no place to drive. All because we decided to go to the Zoo when everyone was on Spring Break.

Homeschooling doesn’t necessarily make you a better planner. 🙂

Third time was a charm though.

These are just photos from my phone but I thought you might enjoy them.

Here we have the photo we take every time we go to this zoo.

As evidence, this was last year’s version:

We have an older version, but I couldn’t find it.

We went into the fish house and, I don’t want to scare you but…

the piranhas couldn’t take their eyes off of us.

The hippo was kind of cute, waiting patiently for his lunch.

Until he opened up his big mouth.

The other side of the glass is such a nice place to be.

And not just because it’s air-conditioned.


Filed under Playing the Tourist, That was fun, These are the things I want to remember

The OFFICIAL Name list

While we’re normally pretty secretive about our name choices, we figured since this is probably the last (famous last words) one, maybe we should be more open. Isn’t that what blogging is all about anyway? Openness and transparency? Spilling your guts in public? Hanging your dirty laundry out to dry?

Uh….on second thought, that sounds kind of ugly.

Instead, I’ll just tell you the names the boys came up with. (You can tell many of them come from books and movies.) (Or possibly just random words found on the floor, because seriously? Sock?)


  • Ill
  • Alien
  • Wally
  • Shirkley
  • Despereaux
  • Prince
  • Babe
  • Jello
  • Daniel
  • David
  • Jerry
  • Cook

For the Girls:

  • Lover
  • Girlies
  • Eve
  • Rose
  • Mary
  • Flower
  • Penny
  • Sock
  • Soft
  • Miffy
  • Cutie
  • Eugenia
  • Chat
  • Mercy
  • Feathers
  • Snow White (“or just White”)
  • Madeline
  • Rainbow

Thanks, boys. Don’t call us, we’ll call you.

Currently my two favorites are Ill and Lover. J said, “And we can spell it Love. Rrrrr.” With Alien and Chat coming in a close second.


Filed under Aren't my kids funny?, Boys will be boys, She's having a baby, That was fun