I’m a little unsettled….

…Cam just finished his homework, which included several corrections by me, with no complaining or throwing himself around or acting like I was killing his soul.  Then, Addie J asked me if she could clean her room.

Maybe we should keep an eye out for apocalyptic horsemen?

    Schooled by my fourth-grader

    I left my home page open today, and there was a photo from the riots in Cairo featured prominently on that page.  Cam looked at it for a second, then read the headline: “Journalists Attacked by Mob.”  We had this conversation:

    CAM: Mom, is that a picture of a mob?

    JULIE: Yes.

    CAM: An […]

      Call in a specialist?

      I just found a half-finished worksheet of Cammy’s from Thanksgiving, detailing the things he is thankful for.  I’m trying to figure out whether I’ve gone horribly wrong as a parent, or if I’m fine but Cammy is addicted to crystal meth:


      1. Umbrellas

      2. Chicken

      3. Hairy Monkies

      4. Race Cars


        Points to Ponder:

        When kids are standing in the bathroom, and they realize they’re about to throw up, why do they then immediately run to a room that is carpeted and throw up on the floor?  Does it have anything to do with the reason a 14-year-old dog lying on the kitchen floor will suddenly jump up […]

          Favorite Things for Wednesday….

          ~Addie J’s lisp, and the way she asked me tonight if, tomorrow, we could “Thtay home and chill out.”

          ~The fact that Cameron thinks we somehow can’t hear him playing games on his Zune after we send him to bed. 

          ~The fact that, some night soon, I’m going to sneak upstairs and catch him in the […]

            Are You There, God? It’s Me, Julie…..

            This is an artist's rendition of what happens at my house during a game of Memory. I may or may not be represented by Beavis.

            …I’ve got just a couple of things here for you:

            1. Thanks for making me aware of that diner on State Street today.  I had no idea there […]


              This evening, I told the kids all about fingerstaches.   This is the result:

              Please note that Addie J's fingerstache was actually on her left hand. Also, that shirt is way too small.

              Dad update: once his blood pressure rises above the insane 80/41 it was today, he gets to come home.  So if you […]

                Here are the reasons I am a terrible mom:

                "Get your ass back to that piano!! An A-minus is not an A!!!"

                ~According to Cam, I am a terrible mom because I don’t let him stay up until 10pm on a school night.

                Also, I make him do his hair instead of going to school with bedhead.

                Also, sometimes I call him […]


                  This looks hilariously similar to Dave when he's mad.

                  This morning, Dave and I successfully convinced Cameron and Gabby that Dave used to be a pirate.  Strangely, it wasn’t even that hard.  It came up when Cam asked Dave if his ear was pierced, and Dave replied, “Yeah, back when I was a pirate […]

                    Cam the Entrepreneur

                    Cam and his friends have launched a business.  They operate during recess every day at school, and as clearly as I can tell, the business serves the entertainment market: they set up targets at which people can throw things, and then give away prizes to the top scorers.   

                    Up to this point, I can see my […]

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