Saturday, June 23, 2012

Dominic's Lego Cake




Dominic wanted a LEGO cake for his birthday. See, that's the problem with letting your kid explore Pinterest. They get ideas. So, I got to play with fondant for the first time today. Also, we had a gluten free cake for the first time. It was Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Vanilla Cake Mix, 19-Ounce Packages (Pack of 4). It was quite tasty.

Friday, June 22, 2012

The Birthday Boy

Today is my baby's birthday. That's right, my baby turned 9 today.




He blew through the first 9 years. I can't wait to see what the next 9 years bring.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

10 Things Not to Say

I've read several of these posts. I have loved them all, even though I don't always get the amount of angst some people feel from idiotic comments. Since I've heard several idiotic comments recently, I thought I'd share a top 10 of my own.

1. "Why are you all dressed up today?" You may think this is a compliment, but it's not. It infers that the person does not usually dress in such a way as to warrant a compliment. Instead, just tell them how nice they look.

2. "How much did she cost?" (To an adoptive parent) I know what you mean. What you're really trying to say is "I've thought about adopting, but I don't know if I can afford it. Can you help me by telling me how much it costs to adopt?" What you said to the adoptive parent, "How much did it cost to buy your child?" *sigh* Just don't say it.

3. "I'm buying a pair of combat boots." Chances are you already own three pairs. They're not cheap. Sell a pair first. They take up a lot of room in the closet. ;P

4. "What? No school today?" Well, no. Actually, we don't do school on Mondays. Not that it's any of your business. In fact, even if my children were in public school, it wouldn't be any of your business. Just relax and realize that children do exist in the world, and sometimes they get to get out in public. Oh, and you probably already know the answer to this, so don't act all innocent.

5. "I would never have the patience to homeschool my children." This is not a compliment to the other parent. Trust me, I have very little patience. It also doesn't reflect well on you. Homeschool parents aren't perfect, just dedicated.

6. "Don't you know how that happens?" If a mother has 5 children, she probably knows how she's been getting pregnant. This comment is inherently derogatory. A better thing to say is, "Wow. You are so lucky." Yes. Lucky. Just do it. The look on her face will be priceless. You'll be unique. You don't want to be like every other jerk in the world, do you?

7. "Really?" Really. I wouldn't be saying it if I didn't mean it. Stop saying, "Really?" when what you actually mean is, "I can't believe that!"

8. "I could care less." This means that you care about something, when, I'm pretty sure, the message you're trying to convey is that you don't care. The proper wording is, "I couldn't care less."

9. "They're in a better place." This doesn't make me miss them any less. It doesn't help my grief. It doesn't make them come back. It still means they're gone. It means being away from me is better for them. It's not a really nice thing to say. "I'm sorry for your loss," works every time.

10. "When are you going to have kids?" Well... maybe they're not planning to have kids! Or, maybe they've been trying to have kids for 5 years. Or, maybe they have kids and they're just not telling you. A better question would be to ask, "So, what are you guys planning to do this summer?" If they're planning to adopt, they'll let you know.

What comments have you gotten that make you do a double take? I don't tend to get my panties in a wad over these things, but I am out to promote tact. Tact, it's a wonderful thing.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Going to Pern

Dominic keeps asking me how to email NASA. He wants to ask them about the timeline for going to Pern.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Kick Shoes

This is what most people think of when they think about kick shoes. Comfortable, soft soled, flexible shoes. Perfect for kicking in, one might say.

In my opinion, these people are thinking inside the box. Maybe they need to widen their perspective. Take a walk through the shoe department at their local store. That's what I did to find the perfect kicking shoes.

Spinning wheel kicks:
Now that I'm finally developing a good spinning wheel kick, I think it's important to always be prepared to throw one. This means that I will have to be able to spin on the toes of one foot, while clobbering my assailant with the heel of my other foot. 




I think these shoes perfectly embrace this need. Spikes on the heel may be a little overdone, but they add a little something, wouldn't you say?



And, for Casual Friday, we have flats. These are also good for the farmer's market, a picnic, and a trip to the zoo. More practical for walking than heels, they still have a certain panache that regular kicking shoes are lacking. These shoes would also be great for landing a particularly hard back kick, since you can get good traction for a hard kick.

Roundhouse and Front Kicks:
For roundhouse and front kicks, we need something a little different. We still need that great pivot on the toe, so a heel is almost required. But, for this kick, we can kick with the top of our foot. While these shoes would not be particularly useful for an ax kick, they would certainly work for a push kick.


The next time you're out shopping for a blender, be sure you stop by the shoe section. You may just find the perfect kicking shoes.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

The TARDIS

As any good Dr. Who fan knows, the TARDIS can go anywhere anytime Xavier's universe is no exception.

This is the evolution of the TARDIS in Xavier's room.




Xavier said I was cheating by using tape to make my lines straight.



I used all 750 ml of this blue paint. I'm glad I got the big bottle!

Friday, June 8, 2012

Resistant to Change

While driving home, I noted my car was not shifting gears. Since the possibility of my children possessing the car was slim, I glanced at my shifter. Sure enough, I'd accidentally put the car in 2nd gear instead of drive. Problem solved. Children exonerated. The day can go on.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Xavier's Space


When Xavier was little, he had a motorcycle. We're pretty sure it was illegally modified. It was loud! One night, when it was time for bed, I asked him to park his motorcycle for the night. As he zoomed around, he told me that his brakes had failed. "But," he said, "it's okay. I have an emergency parachute." 

As he pushed the button for the emergency parachute over and over again, he announced, "The emergency chute must have failed. I'm sorry; I can't stop the motorcycle." 

He was 2 1/2. He has been fascinated by motorcycles for as long as I can remember. Recently he became interested in the night sky. The idea for Xavier's space was born.


First up, I painted "Starry Night" on his biggest wall, directly opposite his wall.


Mogo went behind his bed. Remember, this is Xavier's space. It has imaginary planets. This is not a finished picture. The space around the green lantern symbol is all white, now.


Beside the Starry Night wall went 11 pictures. They are from an old calendar.


To the right of Xavier's bed, I added a drunk Saturn. How else can you explain the wobbly rings?
Oa, another green lantern planet, Pern, and the Death Star joined it.



On the same wall as the calendar pictures, I painted Earth, Tattooine, and Venus. And then, I got stuck for what to paint for the one planet remaining. I could not come with a good idea. It was originally supposed to be Mars, but Mars looks so similar to Venus that I really didn't want to do that. So....








I painted a gyroscope. I need to get rid of the chalk on the wall, but I love the gyroscope.



I'm working on my next to last project. Does anyone know what this is going to be? After I finish this, I will add glow in the dark stars to the ceiling. But, oh, this. This should be done tomorrow. I hope so. I'm very excited to be done with Xavier's room.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

To My Favorite Sister


An Ode to My Sister
You're my favorite sister,
And, after much considered thought,
I'm pretty sure, sister,
It's not 'cause you're the one I've got.
I love you more than pumpkin pie,
But that's not saying much,
'Cause the love I feel for pumpkin pie,
Is really not a bunch.
I love you more than grocery stores,
And that can be no lie.
'Cause when it comes to grocery stores,
I'd rather say goodbye.
I love you more than mornings,
But that's no news to share
'Cause when it comes to mornings,
I can be quite a bear.
I love you more than chocolate,
And now we're getting somewhere.
'Cause though I used to hate chocolate,
I crave it now; I swear.
I love you more than tea,
And you know that means a lot.
'Cause a life without tea,
Is just a horrible thought.
I love you more than knitting,
And now you know you're tops.
'Cause we all know that knitting
at my house never stops.


Because I Love a Good Game of Tag

I love memes. Really, I do. They make blog posting so much easier. Plus, they usually give me a chance to talk about me.

Two different people tagged me, M at The M Half of the M-n-J Show, and the Tatted Mom at Inklings of Life. That means I'm really loved, right, since everyone on the playground is chasing me? The only bad thing about being so loved is that you really have to stretch yourself thin, or in the case of this particular game of tag, answer twice as many questions.

Every game has rules, and this one is no exception. First, you have to give 11 random facts about yourself. Then, you answer the 11 questions the tagger asked you. Form 11 questions of your own. Finally, you tag 11 people. I always play to win, but I'm pretty sure this is a cooperative game. Darn it. Oh well. I'm still willing to play along.

Facts:

  1. I am slowly discovering the artist hidden away inside me. When I was a kid, I loved art right up until I discovered I wasn't any good at it because I am horrible at drawing realistic things. I'm a grown up now, and I realize I don't have to be good at drawing things to be an artist. In fact, I'm a very good fiber artist.
  2. When I received my black belt, I thanked Yoda for his inspiring speech, "Do or do not... There is no try."
  3. I don't drink, because I don't like the way it makes me feel, but I have a tattoo of a whiskey bottle.
  4. I firmly believe in telepathy, and precognition. This is because I have had too much real life experience with it not to believe.
  5. My 8 year old son makes much better smoothies than I do. He is thinking about opening a stand.
  6. I love many of the rituals of Judaism. I've considered becoming a secular Jew. It would be a little awkward, considering the fact that I'm not a Jew.
  7. I have never been formally diagnosed with Celiacs. But, considering the fact that even a small amount of gluten consumption gives me a migraine, interferes with cognitive function, and causes me to have full body tremors, I'm pretty sure Celiacs is the diagnosis. I'm not willing to consume gluten to get the diagnosis.
  8. I have a love/hate relationship with homeschooling. If I could send all my children to school and know they were getting the education they need, they would be enrolled tomorrow. Preferably, they would start school this summer. I could use the break. I might even sew.
  9. I love chickens and cows. Passionately. I want them in my life.
  10. I enjoy learning languages. I'd like to know about 10.
  11. I have always wanted to have a lot of children. I wanted to have 12 or 13. You can blame M's in-laws. I grew up 'with' them, and wanted a bunch of children like them. Seriously. Only having three has been hard, but I've finally come to grips with it. I'm not even grieving anymore. I'm thankful for that.
M's questions, since she asked first.

  1. Grass or flowers? Fruits and vegetables, with flowers thrown in for beauty
  2. You run into someone you don't remember, but who clearly remembers you. How do you find out who this person is and in what part of your life you knew them? I ask them. I'm rather blunt that way.
  3. Boxers or briefs? boxers or boxer briefs. I love Captain America, but I prefer Batman.
  4. If you were given the chance to spend 1 million dollars (Canadian, American, Euros, whatever) and you were required to spend it on yourself, how would you spend it? If paying off the house is an option, that would come first. Then, laser hair removal for my legs. After that, I would travel all over the world. Oh, and outfit my house in bookshelves. And, I'd like to go back to school.
  5. Classic or contemporary? Gosh. It depends on what we're talking about. I'm very eclectic, and like both, in almost everything.
  6. How do you do it all? Poorly. I'm currently ignoring the fact that I have children.
  7. Beans or cornbread? Cornbread. The boys eat all the beans.
  8. What's playing most often on your CD/mp3 player/internet radio station? Audio books, also "We Are Young" by Fun, and lots of Beastie Boys. Kid Rock features a lot in there, too.
  9. Meat or veggies? Meat
  10. You are the star in a Hollywood blockbuster. Who is starring opposite you? Why? Jackie Chan- I'm always a spy in my dreams. I think a comedic action movie would be the best thing for me.
  11. Dessert or coffee? Dessert. I can't stand coffee.
And, because the honeymoon may be over with Tatted Mom, but I still love her:

  1. What motivates you to write? It makes me feel good. Kind of like chocolate.
  2. Dark chocolate, milk chocolate or white chocolate? Milk chocolate, unless strawberries are attached, and then white.
  3. What's one thing, when you were growing up, you swore you'd never do, but now that you are older, you find yourself doing all the time? Honestly? I can't think of anything!
  4. Uniforms: Hot or not? Hot, in more ways than one.
  5. What's one thing you would do if you were President? Didn't I already answer this in a really long comment on your blog? sheesh Now, I have to think again. I would kick all the education idiocy they've come up with over the last 12 years out the door.
  6. Sushi: Yes or no? NO!
  7. What celebrity do you have a major crush on (keep in mind, Ryan Gosling is taken)? Gerard Butler- It's the accent. His chest isn't too bad, either.
  8. Which current fashion trend do you wish would die? Skinny jeans on men.
  9. What's a nickname you've been given? Krissy, Teeni, Kris, Bourbon- none of which I'm called now, weird.
  10. If you crash landed on an island, which items in your purse would help you survive? My knitting needles and scissors. Time to repack the purse! Thanks a lot for adding to my paranoia.
  11. Would you ride a broomstick to get around instead of drive a car, if the option were made possible by modern technology? Anything that would allow me to fly is a must do in my book. But, who needs modern technology when you can have magic?
Whew. If you're still with me, I'm getting nosy about: 
  1. Sally at Chancellor Manor
  2. Cindy at Elephant Soap
  3. Jennie at Cooper Family Farm
  4. Michelle at Rosetta Stone, because she clearly doesn't have enough to do
  5. Jennifer at A Different Path 
  6. That's it. If you weren't tagged, and you want to play along, please do. Leave a comment to let us know, or just play along in the comments.
Questions to answer, should you choose to pick up this life changing challenge:
  1. How are you preparing for the zombie apocalypse?
  2. Do you remember your dreams? If so, what do you dream about the most?
  3. If you could live anywhere in the world, assuming teleportation was available and cheap, so that visiting friends and relatives in far off places would be easy, where would it be?
  4. Did you ever want to be a pioneer to settle other planets?
  5. Cake or pie?
  6. If you could pick one chore, and never have to do it again, what would it be?
  7. City or country mouse?
  8. Shoes or no shoes?
  9. Would you accept your invitation to Hogwarts?
  10. What do you like in your smoothies?
  11. What is your favorite form of exercise?

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

In Other News


  • I started laser hair removal on my underarms today. I'm very excited about that. Hooray for Groupon.
  • Dominic also lost quite a bit of hair today, when we cut off all his hair due to finding some unwelcome visitors.




  • We missed a once in a lifetime opportunity to view Venus transiting the Sun, thanks to a cloudy sky and lack of planning.
  • Our family was exposed to pertussis, and all of the children are now on antibiotics. Dominic is under quarantine, which is fortunate re: the lice.
  • I've never had to deal with lice before. It's irritating.
  • All of my children are boys, and immediately agreed to cutting off all their hair to help with the lice problem.
  • My hair will be thoroughly coated in oil for the next two weeks. I think that washing my hair in vinegar probably helped me dodge that particular bug.
  • Tae kwon do has taken over my life. Between preparing for a big competition and preparing for black belt testing, my boys are busy. It's a good thing it's summer.
  • We're done with school for the year.
  • Except for Gabriel. He still has a few subjects to finish up. 
  • He's extremely focused, though. I think he'll finish them in the next couple weeks.


  • I have never been so thankful for having boys.
  • All photos for this post were taken by Xavier.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Waiting







Dominic has been exposed to pertussis. So, today we went to the doctor. First, we went to his pediatrician where we waited. Then, we went to the hospital, where he had to don a mask due to the nature of the illness. We waited. We don't know yet whether or not he has whooping cough. We're hoping the answer is no. Still, it was a fun afternoon.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Leaving While Standing Still

Four years ago, I had a couple friends in the area. Over the coming year, I formed this deep friendship with a group of about 6 women. Slowly, we began to see less of each other, as first one moved away, then another got a job (we were formerly all homeschool moms), then one went back to school, and then another. We found that we didn't have time for each other. No one was available to go to park days anymore. The evenings were filled with family things.

For a while, we made a conscience effort to see one another. But, as life got in the way, and schedules got busier, we saw less and less of each other. Three of these women, whom I love so dearly, I haven't seen in at least six months. They mean the world to me, but their lives have moved on to other ventures.

Today, I saw something on Facebook that brought this realization home. I had been, I suppose, ignoring the fact that we never had time for one another, that we did not find our friendship important enough to make time for one another. Suddenly, my world has fallen apart. I feel like my heart has walked off and left me, while I stood silently, not seeing the danger. They were leaving, while standing perfectly still. 

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Happening at Our House

Photo by Dominic- at a free movie

Photo by Dominic- Xavier and Dad

Photo by Xavier

Photo by Gabriel

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