Morning Discussions

Cameron won Citizen of the Month at his school, and today he will celebrate by having lunch with a mystery guest.  His lovely, handmade, stamped-and-die-cut invitation read “please dress appropriately,” and that is why I am typing right now as Cam is upstairs, irritatedly changing.

Somehow, Cam got the idea that “please dress appropriately” […]

    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 […]

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