A brown belt for Big Guy – not that it’s important
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It was testing week in karate and, as usual, Big Guy was under the gun. Not as much as he used to be, when he didn’t have a clue and had to frantically cram, but …

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I can’t wait to see what 2011 will bring
Friday, 31 Dec, 2010 – 9:53 | 2 Comments
I can’t wait to see what 2011 will bring

I’ve had friends in my life who have done pretty interesting things – feats that make the guys roll their eyes and think “why can’t I have a cool mom like that” when I tell …

Merry Christmas, Dad
Friday, 24 Dec, 2010 – 7:46 | Comments Off
Merry Christmas, Dad

My heart goes out to anyone who I think is going to have a less than spectacular Christmas.
I hate it for the soldiers I still see using the WiFi in Starbucks on post. I fear …

A SWAT for hooping it up on a holiday
Thursday, 23 Dec, 2010 – 17:34 | Comments Off
A SWAT for hooping it up on a holiday

Having logged more office hours on holidays than I care to count, I get  Phil Jackson and LeBron James when they complain about working on Christmas Day.  Even the Grinchiest of us get a bit …

The Christmas … pizza?
Thursday, 23 Dec, 2010 – 11:22 | One Comment
The Christmas … pizza?

I managed to corner a neighbor for a hushed conversation this morning as half the households on our street rushed to get garbage cans out to the curb in time. Without the kids in school, …

If you send a kid a Christmas card …
Wednesday, 15 Dec, 2010 – 12:35 | Comments Off
If you send a kid a Christmas card …

(In the style of “If You Give a Mouse A …,” with apologies to Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond.)
If you send a kid a Christmas card, he’ll oooh and aaah over the cute and cuddly …

Hey, you. I have a kid up there, too.
Tuesday, 14 Dec, 2010 – 12:31 | 2 Comments
Hey, you. I have a kid up there, too.

I have a preschool graduation video in which a woman’s rear plays a prominent role. Camouflage is not a flattering pattern for her.
I have footage from a karate demo that shows more of a mom’s …

The kids are gonna be all right
Friday, 10 Dec, 2010 – 14:02 | One Comment
The kids are gonna be all right

I was grumpy and sleep-deprived after “The Sleeping Doll,” a book that was supposed to help me get to sleep at 9,  kept me awake until 1 when I couldn’t put it down.
I was a …

Feeling the magic – for at least one more year
Thursday, 9 Dec, 2010 – 13:11 | One Comment
Feeling the magic – for at least one more year

“At one time, most of my friends could hear the bell, but as years passed, it fell silent for all of them. Even Sarah found one Christmas that she could no …

Deadlines put others first at Christmas
Monday, 6 Dec, 2010 – 14:00 | Comments Off
Deadlines put others first at Christmas

We’d bought the Christmas tree just days after Halloween – a two-footer that took some bending to fit in a box that wouldn’t cost an arm and a leg to ship, but we did it. …

Thanksgiving
Wednesday, 24 Nov, 2010 – 11:41 | Comments Off
Thanksgiving

I am thankful for my family. We are getting a turkey. I am also thanking for after this is Christmas. Thanksgiving is my third favorite holiday. Thanksgiving is the most thankful holiday.

It turns out there was a reason to buy a turkey
Wednesday, 24 Nov, 2010 – 11:30 | One Comment
It turns out there was a reason to buy a turkey

I bought a turkey two weeks ago, and at the time I had no idea why. It was a 13 pounder, because the commissary didn’t have anything smaller, and I had to cram it into …

Because pumpkin guts is a man’s work
Saturday, 30 Oct, 2010 – 11:26 | Comments Off
Because pumpkin guts is a man’s work

I hadn’t planned on carving a pumpkin this year. I just wasn’t up to it.
And no, this isn’t another one of those grating “waah, he’s not here on special days” whines, though pumpkin carving is …

When mom goes for glam instead of gore
Friday, 29 Oct, 2010 – 14:16 | Comments Off
When mom goes for glam instead of gore

Big Guy couldn’t conceal his disdain when he ripped open the package that had just landed on the front stoop.
“What’s this?” he asked in a tone usually reserved for finding dog poo on his shoes.
“It’s …

A SWAT for sucking the fun out of everything
Thursday, 28 Oct, 2010 – 21:54 | Comments Off
A SWAT for sucking the fun out of everything

I was about Big Guy’s age when apples again became the forbidden fruit.
I’m not sure where it happened, but I can guarantee you it wasn’t  in our town. I didn’t spend my childhood in Mayberry, …

Happy Fourth of July!
Sunday, 4 Jul, 2010 – 12:13 | Comments Off
Happy Fourth of July!

Big Guy’s shorts have been in a wad since late last week, when I came home with a t-shirt featuring a baseball and bats arranged into an American flag. “No fair! I need a Fourth …

He’s not our soldier. He’s our daddy
Sunday, 20 Jun, 2010 – 10:40 | 2 Comments
He’s not our soldier. He’s our daddy

“When fathers are not present, their children and families cope with an absence government cannot fill.” – President Barack Obama, Father’s Day proclamation.
If there’s one thing the Army does that scrapes fingernails down my mental …

Happy Mother’s Day!
Saturday, 8 May, 2010 – 23:59 | One Comment
Happy Mother’s Day!

Dear Mom,
I love you! Happy Mothr’s Day! I love it when you clim the montin. Have a special day! I like it when we ride bikes.
Love,
Big Guy

Happy Friendship Day – but I still want chocolate
Friday, 5 Feb, 2010 – 12:31 | Comments Off
Happy Friendship Day – but I still want chocolate

Valentine’s Day has been canceled according to Boots’ school, which should save a few relationships that normally would shatter in the “I don’t want to buy a present” pre-holiday breakup rush.
Don’t breathe that sigh of …

More time for tiggity-boo in 2010
Thursday, 31 Dec, 2009 – 14:42 | Comments Off
More time for tiggity-boo in 2010

I’m not a New Year’s Resolution-type person, though heaven knows there are plenty I could make this year.
Shed those extra pounds added due to recent weeks of baking cookies and making fudge – which Boots …

Please Santa, can we skip the Moon Sand?
Thursday, 24 Dec, 2009 – 9:40 | One Comment
Please Santa, can we skip the Moon Sand?

Warning to anyone who bought the guys Moon Sand for Christmas: Take it back. Take it back right now and no one will get hurt.
Admittedly, I have no actual experience with Moon Sand, but I …

Beware falling objects!
Tuesday, 22 Dec, 2009 – 15:46 | Comments Off
Beware falling objects!

I’m a fairly safety-conscious parent who pays attention to the product recalls and knows all the traditional advice: Don’t use lights with frayed cords, keep candles away from flammable objects, etc.
But never did I imagine …

The perfect Christmas dinner is … none
Tuesday, 22 Dec, 2009 – 10:30 | 2 Comments
The perfect Christmas dinner is … none

For a few years, I did Christmas dinner right: Appetizers, followed by prime rib, salad potatoes, fresh green beans and homemade rolls with two different cheesecakes for dessert. We used the Christmas china that had …

The best Christmas present ever
Monday, 21 Dec, 2009 – 15:33 | Comments Off
The best Christmas present ever

So you know all that blah, blah, blah about the best gifts being free?
It’s true. And the proof is in what landed at our house this afternoon fresh from the East Coast – as fresh …

Fa la la la blah … I’m just not feeling it
Monday, 14 Dec, 2009 – 15:03 | 2 Comments
Fa la la la blah … I’m just not feeling it

An inflatable snowman and Santa stand guard outside, and the tree lights up  the living room. The gifts are wrapped, and the guys have seen Santa twice. We’ve made gingerbread houses, and the Christmas programs …

Temperatures aren’t the only things that freeze in the winter
Thursday, 10 Dec, 2009 – 13:41 | Comments Off
Temperatures aren’t the only things that freeze in the winter

You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen. Comet and Cupid and Donder and Blitzen …
But do you know how scary it is up here? Even when the audience is all mommies and daddies …

Can we build an egg-free gingerbread house? Yes, we can
Wednesday, 9 Dec, 2009 – 22:29 | Comments Off
Can we build an egg-free gingerbread house? Yes, we can

Somewhere, there’s a”Max and Ruby” episode that involves gingerbread. I haven’t seen it but Boots has, and it set him clamoring to make houses. Foolishly, I promised him last week that we would over the …

If you’re playing Santa, please know how you got there
Monday, 7 Dec, 2009 – 14:03 | Comments Off
If you’re playing Santa, please know how you got there

Maybe it’s because the guys ask every year, but for me “how did Santa get here” is a far more predictable question than “what do you feed the reindeer.”
It’s also far more likely to cause …

Hearing the lies that tumble off my tongue, I want to puke
Friday, 4 Dec, 2009 – 14:43 | Comments Off
Hearing the lies that tumble off my tongue, I want to puke

It was my mistake, I suppose. I let the guys watch “The Polar Express” and “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” in the same day.
Big Guy being Big Guy, he immediately picked up on certain …