Monthly Archives: October 2008

Then and now


When did this happen????


Like Big Bird!


I was putting the kids to bed tonight.  Our ritual is to turn out all the lights after we have read stories and the Bible and to sing a song.  I rock Jadyn in our rocking chair and the boys are in their bunk beds.   Tonight we were waiting for Tyler to bring a glass of water for Jadyn. While we waited, she became interested in my mole.  She always points to her own face and says “I have mole.”

Tonight I said, “No, you don’t have a mole but you have a freckle.”

Austin piped in, “Do Chinese people have moles?”

Before I could reply, Jadyn replied, “I Chinese!”

“Are you Chinese, Jadyn?” I asked.

“Yep,” she nodded, “like Big Bird!”

Guess what we have been watching this week?  Yep, Big Bird in China.

Technology is an amazing thing


Sorry to be so silent everyone…. we have had an upgrade in our internet speed over the last week.  So now we can watch YouTube videos without waiting 10 minutes for a 3 minute video to download.  AND…we can also watch Sooner Football without yelling “WHERE’S THE BALL??” every play.

We’re a little busy, y’all.

Could I get my money back? Please?


Before I moved to Albania, I bought carrots in a bag.  They always came in nice neat little bags and were very clean. They usually looked like this:

I even remember when they started selling baby carrots.  These perfect, bite sized carrots that you didn’t even have to peel and cut.  Like these:

If you needed something really fancy you could buy these:

I think at some point I forgot how to cut a carrot.  Seriously… I had even blocked out that fact that they grow in dirt.

I did a little grocery shopping today. When I bought the carrots they looked like this.

I got started on cutting and cleaning them, I had a pile of this:

and this:

I really think I paid twice as much as I should have to.  My ego-centric self cried with indignation: IN AMERICA I DON’T HAVE TO PAY FOR ALL THIS EXTRA STUFF THAT WE ARE NOT GOING TO EAT!!  I WANT MY MONEY BACK!!!

How do you think you say that in Albanian??

Shout Out for Homeschool


I have a handful of blogs I love to read.  My newest favorite I learned about through Shannon at Rocks in My Dryer.  Head on over to visit Ree at Confessions of a Pioneer Woman. You won’t be disappointed with her story; a city girl raising four kids on a cattle ranch.  It’s about as adventuresome as living in a foreign country.  It might even BE a foreign country.  She is homeschooling her kids and in her “spare time” she has made up some t-shirts for all you home school heroes.  I admire you!   Check out other t-shirt editions here.

What’s wrong with this picture?


This is the hot water heater that was under my kitchen sink.

This is the space that is now “all clean” under the kitchen sink after the whole thing emptied out onto the kitchen floor.  🙂  I was thinking that I had a little too much drama in my life until I read Kristi’s post today.  I think she wins: selling house, moving, packing for China and ER visits.  What do you think?

Rat Residence


I have been laughing at my friend Krystal’s posts this week.  I am not laughing anymore.

Yesterday I noticed little pieces of foam on the floor around the hide-a-bed sofa in the office.  I made a mental note to talk to the kids and be sure they were not picking at the foam mattress when they were watching TV.

Tonight I heard a little scratching under the couch while I was catching up on e-mail.

The light dawned.

We have a rat.

I called Robert and he came in and took the cushions off the couch.  We could see the little bugger running back and forth along with a some dog food he had been stock piling over the last few days.  After a few broom sweeps and squeals (yeah, that would be from me), he ended up in the toy box.  Robert took it outside and dumped it over and we watched him scurry away.


This is what we found behind the couch.

Snack anyone?