Monthly Archive: November, 2010

DIY Christmas – Day 1

It all began with the hanging of the cookie cutters and patio lights.

Over the River and Through the Woods

To Grandmother’s house we went. And I’m pooped. Our Thanksgiving trip to West Virginia began as a far-off idea, one that I’d eventually nail down for details and form into a concrete plan.… Continue reading

How Much Did I Cost Anyway?

So the boys and I were sitting in Cracker Barrel tonight for dinner when Jeremy took the conversation in a different direction. (What else is new?) It all started when the pair of… Continue reading

Made-from-Scratch Christmas

Decorations are going up all over the place, something that usually ignites my holiday flame and gets me in the mood for All Things Christmas. However, this has been a tough year (really… Continue reading

The Tradition of Food

Whenever a family gathers, at least in my bunch, there is always food. Lots of food. Savory and sweet, meaty and starchy, breakfast and a big midday dinner with a few snacks in… Continue reading

A New Keepsake from Mamaw

There are things that trigger memories of childhood – the random wall hanging, the collection of knick-knacks in the China cabinet, the tin ladle Papaw used to keep by the sink when he… Continue reading

Meth, Crack Cocaine or Just Regular Old Cigarettes?

I’m in the market for a new form of stress relief because binge-eating Halloween candy followed by torture runs on the treadmill isn’t working anymore. I spent most of yesterday and this morning… Continue reading

I don’t know about you, but I need the laugh.

Best website to waste time and get a good laugh: Awkward Family Photos Some are funny, some are weird, and some just make me smile. Enjoy.

Oh, Owls! Oh, Wallpaper!

I’m still wasting time on the internet looking for delightful wallpaper, because I am bound and determined to find a few prints to use in my next house (with flat, non-textured walls). Oh… Continue reading

Jeremy, on his nana’s death

My concerns for Jeremy regarding Brenda’s death were entirely different from the ones I had for Jackson. I knew his behavior would be on par, that he could endure the travel schedule, the… Continue reading

Fly, Fly Away

When Jackson gets excited, he flaps his arms. It’s one of those things on the Autism Checklist that landed him in the “gray area” in 2008 when we took him for a diagnosis… Continue reading

On Ethnic Diversity

In the car this morning, Jeremy asks, “Mom, why isn’t Jackson white? He should be white since we’re brothers and I’m white.” “You don’t think he’s white?” I ask, skirting the whole Caucasian… Continue reading

November Snow

It is absolutely lovely. The holiday season has now begun. Happy Weekend!

Jackson, on his nana’s death

This is long, so kick your shoes off and stay a while. When it was time to tell the boys that Brenda had passed, I sat them both down in the living room… Continue reading

A Smattering of Unrelated Things

- The boys and I went to the bookstore to pick up the second book in a trilogy I’m reading and ended up seeing Llama Llama Holiday Drama on display. After doing a… Continue reading

The Lesson of the Big WALL-E

[Video at the end.] Jackson has had a thing for WALL-E since last year, and it is at least every weekend he asks to watch the movie. A couple of months ago I… Continue reading

Day of Leisure

My first goal was to stay in bed this morning until the very last second possible – until a) Salem demanded I wake or b) I had to pee. I had already instructed… Continue reading

There and Back in a Blink

Thanks to some very generous people here in Amarillo, the boys and I were able to fly home quickly in time for Brenda’s first visitation in Chattanooga on Tuesday night, and thereby be… Continue reading

Explaining Death

The conversations I’ve been having with Jeremy the last few days have very little to do with spiritual matters. He is content with the knowledge that Nana is in heaven. What he wants… Continue reading

Time for Goodbye

My mother-in-law lost her battle with cancer yesterday afternoon, news I kept from the boys while they ran around the neighborhood with friends trick-or-treating and enjoying a night of childhood oblivion. Brenda spent… Continue reading