Thursday, June 28, 2012

Why My Daughter is Rad

Far too many times I have been told that my loverly (often times feisty) daughter should not be wearing pajamas in public. "Don't you know it's 110 out?" "Those are for private time." That last one, and ones comparable always get me. Really, at eight she has "private time"? She doesn't hold hands or kiss boys. These are pajama pants people....PANTS! Not a see through nightie. Not some camisole and thong.

At the park on her brothers birthday some little boy her age told her she needed "real clothes". He kept going on about it. But, she is so rad, she just ignored him. I caught her a couple times rolling her eyes at him.

Why else is my daughter rad? She is the only girl child in the house. She lives smack in the middle of four boys. She can hold her own. Her brothers know it. Some of things she does make her brothers stand in awe. For example when she rad flips on the trampoline, or swings high at the park and jumps off with no fear. Yeah, my daughter is rad.

She also has rad aspirations. Aspirations so she can buy us our own house. She wants to be the first woman American Ninja Warrior. She also admits have the title "ninja warrior" would be super awesome. We have been watching the show and she LOVES its L O V E S it! She says after she wins it, she wants to work with animals, either as a wrangler like Turtle Man or be a K-9 cop.

Despite her own things she has going on, like anxiety and some mood disorder of some sort, she is compassionate. She watches the show American Weed with me. She is confused as to why is still basically illegal federally if it can help so many people. Her older brother schooled her on it, she still wants to know why? Yeah, she is super rad!

Other things that maker her super rad!
  • She carries a first aid kit, "what is someone steps on glass?"
  • She once when by Shadow, you know from Sonic the Hedgehog.
  • She will hand feed a new hen.
  • She can calm a wild dog, and now Stan Lee is a big boo boo.
  • She will hold bugs, and put ants in their natural habitat.
  • She wants a pet bat, "they are good for the environment and their guano makes good fertilizer."
  • She has her own style.
So basically my daughter is way more rad at eight than I am at 36.


Tuesday, June 26, 2012

A Boy Turns Six


Meet six year old Waylon. Oh goodness, he is six now. He is full of remarkable comments and quite an imagination at times. Spiderman is his favorite superhero, and he loves iced tea. He likes chocolate cake and cheesy pizza on special occasions. For snacks he likes carrots and celery. He is learning to read and loves to look at the atlas on his iPad. He is fourth of my children and is a good brother.

Super Guy

Waylon spent his birthday playing superheroes with his sister, making crafts and enjoying "the best birthday ever." He played at the park and was excited to get Darth Vader ear buds. I wonder what the next year will bring for my curly haired, cherub faced child.....only time will tell.


Monday, June 25, 2012


There are times when everything seems just so perfect. When the screams die down and the anxiety of a little girl passes...this was one of those times. We had the couch bed pulled out for the littles, made all soft and comfy with thrift shop comforters and the felt sandwich kit came out. Hezekiah loves any kind of "toy" food. It's something he can "play" with that is like real life, not something he has to mimic from someone else.

Maggie and him played for quite some time making amazing sandwiches, laughing and smiling. The other boys were in the back room watching TV. I could her some laughter and occasionally the loudness of Waylons excited voice. It was a peaceful night with some music in the air and for once a clean livingroom before bedtime. A moment in time I was glad to share with my amazing kids.


I hope you get some calm after a storm....


Thursday, June 21, 2012

It's A Kids Life



We don't live in a big metro area with year round schools. What does this have to do with anything? Not much to do that is super local when it's not summer. We are taking full advantage this summer. It's nice to be able to do so, even when my body is just tired. The kids are involved in and will be involved in several programs this summer. It's a life they have always imagined, and so have I.

Comic book store reading club, geography themed craft classes, swim lessons and more. It's fun to know that we are free to do these things, enjoy life and get out into the real world. We go to the library and museums...we get to experience so much. Granted most things are indoors, this is best for Joaquin. The kids do take advantage of the pool their dad bought them and the trampoline. They run over to the park most evenings and play freely.

When people question how I parent or how the kids learn, I get mad. Then I remember that it should not matter what they say. My kids are happy. Sure the floor may have toys on it and the walls need to be washed more often...but, my kids are not robots glued to the tv. They are not meek little minions. They are real human beings, with minds, thoughts and opinions. ...sometimes ones that make me batty. Often they make each other batty... some days way too often.


Friday, June 8, 2012

Comic Book Stores and Being You



The older boys started the summer reading club at I.E. Comics yesterday. It's a pretty small group this week but, I'll add two more of my own next week. They can share a trade since they are early/pre-readers. This means I get to read the books to them...woot!

While most 12 year old boys I have come to know would steer clear of paper masks and shields, mine does not. He is true to himself, he is happy with who he is... even when girls his age are around. Why? Because, I want him to know it's okay to be himself, no matter what the situation is. I know he looks angry in this picture but, super heroes don't smile.

I hope that all my kids are comfortable being who they are. That they are not easily swayed to change for someone else, or change their opinions or beliefs. They are pretty awesome how they are, and yes sometimes it can be annoying....but, they are loved anyhow.

"Be yourself; everyone else is already taken."
~Oscar Wilde


Thursday, June 7, 2012







Tons has happened since my last update. First of all my garden is growing pretty good. Because, of the heat I have a limited time I can only do it at sunup or sundown. Yay pregnancy!

Maggie turned 8! Where the heck has the time gone. She wanted to go to pizza so we did. It was great fun for the family. Later that day we went to Angie's for a graduation party. That night I finally met my friend Jenn. We have been online friends since Joaquin was a baby. It was pretty great!

Hezzie has no speech all summer.........he said goodbye to Miss April.

I am still very tired all the will pass soon...I hope.

Love and Tomatoes