Month: November 2010

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 them hounded me for toys from the Cracker Barrel store – specifically, two new Webkinz. (Because six isn’t enough!) I kept them at bay until we sat down… Read more →

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 tough), so the fact that all of our holiday decorations are in a storage unit in Chattanooga is pretty annoying. It would be comforting to lovingly unwrap… Read more →

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 between. It is usually while we’re eating a meal that we’re already planning the next. Even as we scarfed down Aunt Gloria’s homemade spaghetti on Wednesday we… Read more →

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 wanted a quick drink of water… No matter the house in which these trinkets sit, all it takes is a quick glimpse and I’ve all but time… Read more →

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 if only I had the power to impress my little owl interest upon the boys. They’d rule this out immediately, no matter the argument that IT’S SO… Read more →

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 make-shift sleeping arrangements and all that was required of him throughout the week. Jeremy is a thinker. He will ponder something at length until his brain is… Read more →

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 (which ended up being a non-diagnosis). Anyway, as his speech and cognitive understanding have improved greatly in two years, one thing that has remained is his arm… Read more →

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 explanation. “No,” he answers, as I watch him give Jack a once-over in the rearview mirror, just to make sure, of course. “He’s tan. He’s not white… Read more →

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 and said we needed to talk. Jeremy chose to sit opposite me while Jackson chose not to sit at all. I didn’t skirt the issue but instead… Read more →

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 happy dance in the middle of Barnes & Noble, I showed it to the boys and we all cheered. We’re big Llama Llama fans. – I am… Read more →

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 both boys to maintain upmost silence come morning, because if they valued their lives, they would not wake up Mommy before she was ready. With that, I… Read more →

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 a part of her second visitation and funeral service in Maryville on Wednesday and burial on Thursday in the family cemetery in Townsend. In between each event… Read more →

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 two long years fighting her illness and by her lengthy passing you can tell she’s a woman who doesn’t give up easily. At seven and four, my… Read more →

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