My Precious Darlings

December 15, 2007 - How to Multi-Task in Sixth Grade

Eleven-year-old, multi-tasking: decorating gingerbread men and compiling her class Christmas card list while making three-way phone calls discussing such things as the pros and cons of dating eighth graders. Talking to this girl, talking to that girl, lots of giggling and screaming, hurting each other’s feelings, making up, hanging up, calling again. Then– Princess: “I...
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November 16, 2007 - Why I Can’t Take Them Anywhere But Do Anyway

Yesterday I took 14 and Princess to the orthodontist. This would have worked out so much better if it hadn’t turned out that their appointment had been Tuesday. So since we were in Charleston with no braces to tighten, we went to my favorite restaurant, Soho’s, at the Capitol Market. It’s a really cool restaurant...
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October 25, 2007 - Halloween Party With Graveyard Cake!

THIS IS NOT AN ANNUAL PARTY. Last year I swore we weren’t going to do this again, and yet we did. Princess was sure that doing it once made it annual, and doing it twice is bound to make it a tradition. :shocked: The party menu included chili dogs, chips, pumpkin cupcakes, and of course,...
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October 11, 2007 - Postcard From The Edge

The view from our future front door……. When the only thing dirty in the kitchen is a pizza cutter, you know I’m in the final throes of a book. It’s due in less than a week. I can remember my own name. That’s about it. I offer you three-day-old news. It’s the best I can...
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September 25, 2007 - Who Says Playing With Blocks Is For Boys?

Princess loves blocks! They’re good for walking here…. Good for walking there…. Good for walking everywhere! She likes tractors, too. 🙂

September 18, 2007 - Hi!

Don’t you want to be eleven and have nothing else to do with your time than paint “Hi” on your hand and show it to people? Princess says “hi” is a really cool word. It’s fun to say, it’s short, and it’s easy to spell!!! If you google “hi” you’ll find it’s an expression of...
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September 3, 2007 - The Princess Speaks

Happy Labor Day! Indulgent mother that I am, when the Princess asked if she could write a post for my blog, I told her yes. She, of course, wanted to talk all about animals. Here it is: “Hi, this is Princess and I want to write about Butterbutt A.K.A Buttercup. He likes to be the...
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August 27, 2007 - A Day of Firsts

It’s the first day of school!!!! The Princess, hair glamorously brushed for her first day of middle school…. ….14, getting on the bus for his first day of high school…. ….and 16, driving off to school in his first very own car! Yes, he’s finally driving again, people. Stay home and bar the doors!! It’s...
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August 8, 2007 - 16, Thinking

FoodFoodFood CarsCarsCars FoodFoodFood CarsCarsCars Stop taking pictures. I’m eating!!! FoodFoodFood CarsCarsCars FoodFoodFood CarsCarsCars Wait. Pretty Visiting Writer Friend is touching me for the camera. KEEP TAKING PICTURES!!! Why do I have to be only 16? Random “RWA Loot” giveaway–an autographed copy of Swept Away by Toni Blake! (Interested?)



June 13, 2007 - Special

His latest trick: putting his entire fist in his mouth. I’m not kidding, he can put his entire fist in his mouth. He showed me. Straight A student, county math field day winner, all-around sports star. And he spends his spare time learning to put his fist in his mouth. Maybe I should show him...
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June 11, 2007 - Camp!

Dropped my three kids off at 4-H camp this morning. They stay till Friday night! Princess Pea was packed three days ago, she was that excited. She goes for the socialization. 14 went for the shotgun class. 16 goes for the girls–I kept telling him he should sign up for the sewing and cooking classes...
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June 6, 2007 - All 36 of Them

Eighth grade graduation at the tiny little school in our tiny little town. When there are only 36 students in the entire grade, as #2 says, “You have to be friends with everyone.” Like that’s a hardship, LOL. The truth is, he’s made some really close bonds as a result and I’m happy about that....
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May 29, 2007 - Mom, I Wrecked the Car

Not one of those phone calls you ever want to get. Seems as if it was only last Tuesday when I was posting that Ross had gotten his driver’s license. Yes, wow, it WAS only last Tuesday. He got his license on Monday and he totalled my car on Wednesday. THAT DIDN’T TAKE LONG. He...
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May 22, 2007 - Parallel Dimension

He did it! He passed parallel parking and here he is with his brand-spanking-new license to drive! So then he could barely contain himself. He had to drive by himself! Alone! Without me in the car! In fact, when I dropped him off at school he suggested I just leave the car there for him...
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May 15, 2007 - Brace Yourself

She’s got braces!! And not just any braces. Walton Tigers braces. Yes, now you can pick the color of the bands that go on the braces. She has so much school spirit, she needed to stick some of it on her teeth. So she has alternating green and white bands, her school colors. I don’t...
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May 10, 2007 - My Hugger-Bear

So he climbs up in a tree and says, hunh, I’m up a tree and I’m hungry. MOMMY!!! Yes, he’s 14 and he still calls me mommy. You’d bring him a sandwich, too, wouldn’t you? He’s still my hugger-bear baby……. :heart:

May 7, 2007 - My Fair Girlie

Who doesn’t want to spend twelve hours straight at the civic center? But, she won the school social studies fair, then the county social studies fair, so off we went to the state social studies fair in Charleston. It was a big deal. It involved two different kinds of lip gloss and everything. She even...
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May 4, 2007 - Free Book Friday: Driving Me Crazy

He’s going to be sixteen on May 13th. He’s driving. He’s driving around on the twisty, turny West Virginia roads. I sit in the car beside him and look at that profile and see, not an almost-sixteen-year-old, no, I see a three-year-old in a Batman costume that he insisted on wearing for weeks on end,...
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February 13, 2007 - On Thin Ice

Skating on the creek! Country children know how to make fun anywhere, don’t they? The creek is only several inches deep in places, so it freezes hard enough to skate on even though it’s thin. They skated all the way up and down the creek at the end of the meadow all weekend. Me, I...
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January 25, 2007 - A Very Blonde Day

So, the TV in my bedroom wasn’t working. I decided it must have something to do with the electrical plug since everything else in the house was working normally. But believe it or not, I couldn’t find the plug. (Things are a bit crowded behind the TV.) I needed a Little Person. I called my...
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January 23, 2007 - Woof-alicious

Puppy dog cake! She loves dogs. Loves, loves, LOVES dogs. And horses. And cats. And, well, anything that moves and she can pet. This was a real simple cake–two cake rounds with two cupcakes for the paws, and I used icing to make the ears and mouth etc. It was fun, and she liked it....
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January 22, 2007 - Eleven!

Is this any way to treat a princess on her birthday? Life is rough with brothers. Good thing she has a week-long birthday celebration to make up for it. Last night, her pre-birthday present was the DVD of High School Musical, which we watched together. Tonight, it’s hamburgers and puppy dog cake, and more presents....
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January 19, 2007 - Free Book Friday: The Big Conundrum

Can you tell she’s a fifth grader? How does she manage to have food in her mouth every time I take her picture? Princess is having a birthday! Monday, but she knows how to spread out the birthday cheer over as many days as possible. She had her class birthday party yesterday (with cupcakes and...
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January 18, 2007 - Bill

Charges for services rendered. Cat poop cleanup = $25 Folding towels = $1 Setting up litterbox = $1 Taking pictures for me = $3 Vacuuming = $5 Tree limb chopping and removal = $10 Carrying groceries = $1 Carrying dogfood = $1 SUBTOTAL = $47 TAX (7%) = $6.71 TOTAL = $53.71 :rambo:He’s charging TAX...
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January 12, 2007 - Free Book Friday: Make It Stop

Look! New smilies!:flying: Is that fun or what? Almost as fun as a middle school basketball game where our team kicked ass and took names! That’s my boy making the free shot there. :elephant: Not that I’m that excited about basketball at this point. Every night. Game or practice. Every night. Did I mention the...
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December 11, 2006 - Stimulating Conversation

Iron fence around a cemetery in Cornwall. “I’m going to eat ALL the chocolate ice cream and leave none for you!” “Who’s dollar is this? I’m taking it!” “She hit me first!” “WE’RE OUT OF COKE!” “I think one of the cats just pooped on your bed.” “I CAN’T GO NOW, I’LL MISS HANNAH MONTANA!!”...
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