Monday, April 24, 2017

Extrovert Benjamin

Last week Benjamin came in from his second job interview to tell us that they did more role playing than answering questions. Then he said:

' l have used all my extrovert points for then day.'

Then he proceeded to go to his room, shut the door, and only came out the rest of the afternoon and evening for dinner. 

Yep.  No more words left for this one. 


Thursday, April 13, 2017

Another One from Benjamin

Since Benjamin has gotten his driver's license, his next item on his (more like mine) to-do-list is to get a job. Last week he was to fill out an on-line application for a local fast-food restaurant that a friend owns. I asked Benjamin if he wanted me to help him with the application.   He said, no, that he would wait for Dad. 

I told him I would be glad to help him. His response?

'No, I'll wait for Dad. He has a real job.'

I was NOT happy with THAT comment! And neither was Melissa! We both were sputtering for a comment!

I finally said, ' I HAVE a real job! And a college degree you know!!'

Yea....he still just wanted his dad help. 


Pray for this child. Pray that he lives to leave this house. 

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Brown Thumb

 

Last spring I read that it was possible to grow tulip and daffodil bulbs in a container.  We really don't have a place here to plants bulbs, so this was a great idea as I love these spring flowers. 

But. 

This. 

They looked so promising a few weeks ago. But today? 

This. 

Practically dead. 

My brown thumb strikes again. 

But I'm ever hopeful. Today I planted some summer flowers in my front pots along with a little basil. 

May these live long....and prosper. 
 

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Sewing Projects

Last week I made aprons for a friend. Her daughter wants to make mommy and daughter cooking videos where they are dressed as Belle in the beginning of Beauty and the Beast. I was concerned that the mom's apron was too big and the daughter's was too small, but my friend was very happy with the end results. When my friend gave them to her daughter, the little girl ran to get a book like Belle has in the movie. 

 

This week I did the alterations to the Tin Man's costume for the school play. While I hemmed and added some darts, etc, the iron made the biggest difference. 

 
 

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Oh, How She Loves Us....NOT!

The other day I was telling Melissa about a new TLC tv show.  It's called "Meet the Putmans". It's about a family that has decided to life a little differently than the rest of us.  They have four adult children whom all are married with children. And they all live together. As in live together in one house.

One house...two bathrooms....only one washer and dryer....for 25 people.  Ten adults and fifteen children.   There is one daughter in this mix, and her husband decided to take HER name instead of her changing her name so their kids would have the same last name as their cousins.  Yep. That's very different from our normal American life.

The Putmans vote on just about everything...from design options to the house they are building (which will have more than two bathrooms for all those people) to whether or not the daughter and her husband can move away so they will be closer to the husband's work.
 
When I was telling my co-workers about it, they, also, thought it was weird as well.  One said it sounded like a cult.  Maybe so. 

Melissa asked me why. I told her they said it's because they love each other that much.  Melissa's comment?

"I don't love you that much."

So.  Benjamin's not the only one who tells it like it is!!


Friday, March 3, 2017

Another Benjamin Comment

Oh, that Benjamin. He does make me laugh. Last Tuesday Benjamin went to the dentist and did not get the best report on his gums. In order to help his gums they gave him an antibiotic that he gargles with for two weeks. 

This afternoon I asked him how it tasted. His answer?

"I feel like I'm chocking on acid."  

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

No Longer a Teenager

We have made it through the teenage years with our first.  This is the first birthday I was able  to spend with him in two years.  Last year he was at school finishing up his second quarter of college.  The year before that, I was gone with Benjamin on an 8th grade trip to New Orleans.  

He had a good day, I think.

First off - he's on spring break, so he gets to sleep in.  I think all college students love that!  Then in the afternoon he went with a few of his friends to pretend to be protesters in a training sessions for the local police. He's done this another time as well. I think today, he got to throw tennis balls at the trainees. 

Tonight we went out for dinner at a local Japanese place.  (We usually get Japanese on his birthday since he was born in Japan.)  After dinner we went home to hang out for a little while to wait for Drew to get home. He had been traveling, but got home just in time for cake and ice cream and gifts. 

And I think a good time had by all.....lots of laughing....and singing loudly in the car....love these kids...especially this one who made me a mom.