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    July 28, 2011
    White Cloth Diapers Are So Old School

    I used the old white cloth diapers for burp cloths when my daughters were babies.  I suppose I could have been created and made pretty ones, but I was too busy washing bottles by hand and boiling them to sterilize!

    However this really is pretty in pink,

    Yay!! I finished the burp cloth in record time. I’m not going to lie – I pushed myself through this one so I could check it off the list. It turned out great though!

    Very nice, J.

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    July 27, 2011
    Wordless Wednesday: Momma Loves Her Boy

    Photo by Kathy Tyson. Family Reunion July 24, 2011.

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    July 26, 2011
    Win a Prize with Your Awkward Photo

    I have some awkward family vacation photos.  I don’t believe it would win a great big awesome prize, but I’m going to send it in anyway.  Is YOUR awkward family vacation photo good enough?

    “We’re looking for photos that have great stories and are surprising, interesting and awkward in a way we’ve not seen before,” said Mike Bender, who co-founded in May 2009 with his friend Doug Chernack. “And we’re looking for something that really captures that awkward family vacation dynamic we’ve all experienced at one time or another.”

    I’m showing my cards by putting my photo here.

    Good luck going through all your old photos!

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    July 25, 2011
    Blogging for a Lifetime

    My pal Finn just celebrated Sam’s third birthday and realized she has been blogging for her daughter’s entire life.  First, Happy Birthday to her little bundle of toddler!

    I can’t believe I have a three year old. You’d think I’d get used to it eventually but so far, nope. She’s a blessing and a source of much love and frustration in one tiny fireball of a quirky little girl package.  …the rollercoaster continues but we’ve made it three years! Fifteen more and she has to pay rent right???

    Second, what?  You can charge kids rent once they turn 18??

    Third, it made me think about how long I have been blogging and I know for one child it’s at least half her life.  it has been a long time.  I began writing on an old site – I can’t even remember what it was called – in about 1998 or 2000.  I finally graduated to Blogger and then to WordPress.  I’ve also kept a LiveJournal site alive, though I have not been there in maybe a couple of years.  Maybe it’s time to delete it.

    So I have been blogging at least half of my kids’ lives.  I’m sure when I’m gone, my words will be lost among the billions of other web sites.  But for my kids, maybe they’ll come back and look around every now and then.

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    July 22, 2011
    Cursive Fail

    I am an old old woman.  Well… if you consider just past the half century mark “old” then yes.  Regardless, when I wrote in cursive while in school, my handwriting was usually half printed, half cursive.  Yes I did it correctly when we had to do line after line of the always lovely “Q” and “S” but when the rubber met the road and I had to write a paper (this was before computers – before typewriters were common even – YO), my handwriting was half print, half cursive.

    Perhaps this was a sign of things to come for future generations, as actual pen to the paper became more and more rare … the slow demise of cursive handwriting.   But is cursive really obsolete?  The weblog Seconds talks about it,

    Kids will drop cursive writing if they see its need go away , but that’s not the point. It’s what they’re learning simultaneously when engaged in learning cursive. Purposeful formation of letters has to have some intrinsic value, let alone stimulate all kinds of connections in the brain. When, for example, do we stop teaching kids how to tell time on an analog clock? Even though I haven’t worn a watch in the past 6 to 7 years, I hope the answer is never. If nothing else, reading dials is an important skill.

    On a different subject altogether, it’s probably been years since I’ve received a letter – written in cursive – in the mail.  And we know where Saturday delivery of mail is headed!  Down the same road as cursive, apparently.

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    July 19, 2011
    Push Through the Crazy

    Push through the crazy, my divorcing friends… for the kids!  My family is probably one of the most rare ones around in that only one person has ever been divorced.  One out of ten marriages for my family where the national average (for first marriages) is 50 percent.

    A friend of mine is currently going through a very bitter, vengeful divorce but they are keeping the kids out of it for the sake of the children.  While the anger is seething, one did take the step to cancel his Facebook page because – frankly – the information should not be public.

    A Pennsylvania judge agrees that some things should be private and ordered the “Psycho Ex Wife” website shut down.  Mom Crunch agrees with the judge’s decision,

    Can I just say that I am really, really glad to hear this?

    I remember distinctly the first time I somehow stumbled onto “Psycho Ex Wife” myself, a few years back. My jaw dropped as I realized that this guy and his wife were running a very active blog and online community based entirely around public bashing of the mother of the guy’s children. Even the title was a direct insult against this mom, and the blog’s icon depicted a cartoon drawing of an insane, banshee-looking woman waving her arms in the air. The ugliness astounded me.

    Again, never having been in the middle of an ugly divorce, I tend to agree with the judge as well.  Yes people should exercise their constitutional right to free speech, but defamation of character, libel, and slander are also very real issues to be considered.

    Along with the kids.

    Photo by Kevin Dooley.

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    July 18, 2011
    Jo To You

    I have not yet seen the newest Harry Potter movie, but I am very much looking forward to it.  This weekend maybe?  With my own daughters I read every book… we dressed up for midnight releases of the books at the local bookstores.

    Given my own love for the series, I was especially touched to read this letter to J.K. Rowling from a young fan,

    Not only do I wear glasses and have green eyes, thus sharing a bit of his physical appearance (I realize I speak of Harry as if he is a real person, but to me he is very real indeed, as I’m sure he is to you), but I’m also an orphan, both parents having been murdered when I was younger. In addition, I was always picked on before I went to my new school, as Harry was by Dudley and his cronies before he went to Hogwarts.

    And then the author responded,

    Being a teenager can be completely horrible, and many of the most successful people I know felt the same way. I think the problem is that adolescence, though often misrepresented as a time of rebellion and unconventionality, actually requires everybody to conform if they aspire to popularity – or at least to ‘rebel’ while wearing the ‘right’ clothes! You’re now standing on the threshold of a very different phase in your life, one where you are much more likely to find kindred spirits, and much less likely to be subject to the pressures of your teenage years.

    How I love J.K. Rowling!

    H/T Brittney G.

    Photo by Kevin Dooley.

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    July 15, 2011
    Friday Fun Video: Baby Loves the Kitty

    Awwww… that baby sure loves the kitty.  And the kitty should achieve sainthood!

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    July 14, 2011
    Who’s Seeing Harry Potter?

    Who’s seeing the final Harry Potter tonight or this weekend?  My 20-year old Annie, for one.  She’s dressed up as Luna Lovegood tonight…. quite cute! I hope to see it at some point in the next seven days.  While I did not grow up with Harry, Ron, and Hermione, my own kids did.  And I read the books right alongside them.

    I don’t think there are any spoilers in this for anyone who has read the book, but here’s what says about “Deathly Hallows 2,”

    Fully justifying the decision, once thought purely mercenary, of splitting J.K. Rowling’s final book into two parts, this is an exciting and, to put it mildly, massively eventful finale that will grip and greatly please anyone who has been at all a fan of the series up to now. If ever there was a sure thing commercially, this stout farewell is it.

    Are you going?

    Photo by Joya Wu via flickr creative commons.

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    July 11, 2011
    Gone Fishing

    Children, heed my advice.  As your kids grow older, you’ll find that you start missing them even before they move out of the house.  They start growing away from you – which is normal – to start their own lives, make their own decisions, go the direction they choose.

    So as my aching has begun as I watch my oldest Annie turn 21 in just a few months and the youngest turn 16, when my parents invited me to Destin, Florida for a vacation with them I jumped at the chance.  All this to say a kid scared me while fishing today.

    I was sitting in a lawn chair looking at the bay – minding my own business as I read a book and listened to some music.  This boy who had hundreds of feet of waterfront to choose from decided he wanted to fish right in front of me.

    As I kept imagining his hook catching my nostril or ear, I got up and moved.  I didn’t want any of my body parts to be fish bait.

    And that’s my story for today!

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