Friday, December 21, 2012

No Dueling Banjos at this House

Oh there are no dueling banjos at this house.

Try instead: dueling vacuums!



Last year one of the children wanted a vacuum.  So we bought her a cheap little vacuum that "works." Keep in mind "works" is a relative term that simply means it's a vacuum, it turns on, and the kids feel like they are helping but really it isn't functional!  What it does do is teach them to start doing chores around the house - and that is well worth the less than $20 price tag of a cheap vacuum!

The Rule of Rules

Rule making among the children goes like this:

The 7 year old makes the rule for all the children to follow.

The 5 year old makes an amendments to the rule.

Then 7 year old makes an amendment to the amendment.

The 5 year old and the 7 year old then debate the rules.

The first rule is struck down and replaced with a different second rule that bears a striking resemblance to the first rule.

The rule is then amended by the 5 year old.

Then the rule is amended again by the 7 year old.

The rule is finally accepted by both parties and ratified.

Then the 2 year old ignores all the rules...


Sound familiar?

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Abbott and Costello Meet Vanilla Ice

Yeah you wouldn't think it possible but in the dinner time conversation arena pretty much anything goes.  One tangent leads to another then you find yourself showing the kids videos on YouTube of Abbott and Costello doing their "Who's on First" act and demonstrating how bad Vanilla Ice really is as a music artist!  Can I even use the word artist to describe Vanilla Ice?

With that let's post a video of Abbott and Costello's 'Who's on First" comedy act.  It's a classic and these days we can all use a laugh!


The Land of Laundry

Parent-land: 

Where children helping with laundry looks something like this...



While attempting to help me with the laundry the children decided to grab handfuls of clothes to take them to their room - then fold them. Nevermind that there was a laundry basket available!

You've been there haven't you?

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Funny Things They Say (Parent-land Update #2)

You know what's funny? Listening to a 2 year old try to say "electric thing-a-ma-jigger!"

Friday, December 14, 2012

Never Fails (Parent-land Update #1)

It never fails, after a parent utters the words "be careful" a head injury occurs.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Randomness and Business

It's been a while since I've updated this blog.  It's been rather difficult to do.  I started this blog to talk about our kids, being a stay-at-home dad, and life in general.  When dad died last year it was difficult to write about life and everything else.  Things have gotten better but there isn't a day that goes by I don't think about what happened and how much I wish he were still here. There are so many things he could have helped us with and the greatest thing would have been to have his council. 

I used to bounce ideas off my parents.  Dad would always offer suggestions and whether I liked them or not they were helpful in eventually deciding what to do. One of the last ideas we talked about was my Home Garden nursery business which I actually began this year.  I think he would be proud of what we're attempting to do.  He always wanted to own his own business and was in fact on his way to doing that when the cancer intervened.

Life is never predictable.  Or maybe I should say the only thing predictable is that life is unpredictable. 

This is a busy time of year for us with the new nursery which is good because it takes away time to think about who we've lost. I've spent more time getting other people's plants ready than planting my own vegetable garden. In a couple weeks we'll be delivering and selling our plants at the Spring Hill Farmer's Market.  I sure wish dad could be there with us as we sit under the shade of the pecan trees at the Farmer's market this year. He would have enjoyed it!

Friday, January 20, 2012

Nice Post About Being a Parent

Here's a great post that sums up what it means to be a parent with multiple children!

To the Mother With Only One Child.