My Little Bookworm

Posted on February 27, 2009 - Filed Under Homeschool, Kids | 2 Comments

Dante has never been much of one for books, he`s usually too active to sit for very long. The other day, though, this is what I found him doing . . .

Reading aloud.

I have to admit, I would love it if he`d do this a little more often. We`re all sick with colds right [...]

Moving On Then . . .

Posted on February 26, 2009 - Filed Under Guatemala, Kids | 5 Comments

Ok, enough of the wallowing. Before my blog ranks #1 on Google for “evil mother-in-law” searches, I`m going to move on to a more benign topic.
Which would be . . . drumroll please . . . independence! (how appropriate, huh).
Dorian has been really, really pushing the limits of independence lately. The other day, Irving was [...]

Some Things Left Unsaid

Posted on February 26, 2009 - Filed Under Guatemala, Personal | 3 Comments

A lot of you have been wondering why I don`t just celebrate with Irving`s family and that`s a valid question. There are some things that I haven`t talked about here on my blog and a recent altercation with Esperanza is one of them. I`m not going to go into details, but let`s just say it [...]


Posted on February 25, 2009 - Filed Under Food, Guatemala, Mom Stuff, Personal | 10 Comments

Hijacked, more like it. I shouldn`t have been such an idiot to think that Esperanza would actually let us have something of our own.
It`s 7:30. Two lbs of meat is marinating in the fridge, a salad is wilting in there, too. The boys ate up the potatoes that were meant for the birthday dinner. And [...]

Happy Birthday, Cariño

Posted on February 25, 2009 - Filed Under Fun, Guatemala, Personal | 3 Comments

Today, Irving is 30. Surprisingly, he`s totally freaked out about it. Which makes GREAT fodder for teasing him (don`t worry, I hit the big 3-0 next year and there will be plenty of retribution!).
I met Irving six years ago tomorrow (well, technically we met a week earlier but he says it doesn`t count because [...]

How to Make Super Simple Potato Stamps

Posted on February 23, 2009 - Filed Under Fun, Kids | 5 Comments

I like sculpting as much as the next person, but when it comes to carving up potatoes while kids impatiently wait for their stamps, it seldom turns out. I end up with smaller and smaller designs as errors are made and another bit is whittled away and the end result is just less than decent. [...]

A Potty Training Conversation

Posted on February 23, 2009 - Filed Under Kids | 4 Comments

Mama: “Hey, Dorian, look at these cool underwear!”
Dorian: “It`s red! And there`s a train!”
Mama: “Yeah, you want to try them on?”
Dorian: “Um, I think they get wet.”
Mama: “Well, that`s why you use the potty. If you pee in the potty, the train won`t get wet.”
Dorian (losing interest): “Uh, no, Mama. No use potty. I want [...]

Construction. It`s Going. Sort of.

Posted on February 20, 2009 - Filed Under Simple Life | 9 Comments

I feel like we`ve been building forever. It`s only been 3.5 years, but still. Now, we have the house done, main living room/kitchen with two bedrooms, but we`re still waiting for the bathroom. The walls have been done for several months, but until recently we didn`t have the money to continue.

Now, foolish me decided it [...]

Scrapbooking Galore

Posted on February 19, 2009 - Filed Under Crafty, Fun | 1 Comment

I write a couple of posts each month over at My Baby Photos on scrapbooking. It`s great, I really enjoy it and it forces me to actually do something with the billions of photos I have of my kids! So, today, I thought I`d share a few of my favorite layouts.

Hacked YET Again

Posted on February 17, 2009 - Filed Under Personal, Simple Life | 2 Comments

I was having a great day until I went to log into my Google Reader to read all your awesome blogs . . . and couldn`t. I knew I`d entered my email correctly. I tried again. Nope. I started to panic. This isn`t the first time this has happened and last time, I lost my [...]

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