Rest, Reflect, Rejoice … Repeat

We are nearly halfway through January. How are your New Year’s resolutions going? That good, huh? November and December were full of parties and celebrations, feasts and gifts. Our full hearts and bellies are stopped short in January like an icy blast to the face. Back to work. No parties or breaks until … Valentine’s…

White Elephant

We are smack in the middle of Christmas party time. My family attended a small group Christmas party this week. The dinner and dessert were wonderful, but the most enjoyable part of the night was the white elephant game. If you’ve never played this game, here are the rules. Each person brings a wrapped gift…

Messes and Mishaps

A few years ago my son Kaden and I were shopping in Target during the holidays. I made the mistake of going down the aisle with the gingerbread house kits. My creativity is limited to writing, scrap booking, and home design. Even still, a theme of “less is more” carries through those categories. Crafting is…

No Bonus Features

“This play does not offer bonus features.” A few years ago, my sons and my nieces put on their own nativity play to entertain the family on Christmas Day. As they were bowing to a standing ovation, seven-year-old Hunter announced, “This play does not offer bonus features.” He apparently wanted us to accept the play…

30 Days All Rolled Into One

I’m an all-or-nothing type of person. I have days when I get more work done in a day than another person would in three or four days. Other days it seems like too much work to go upstairs to get my phone that’s charging so I just put off the call I needed to make…

Traveling Woes

Shouldn’t we all have jet packs by now? Considering the difficulty of traveling, it seems like someone much smarter than me should’ve developed them. First, we have to find plane tickets. With so many options, why does the price go up so much from leaving at 7 a.m. to leaving at 10 a.m.? Does it…

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Step…step…step…step….turn…click…shift…repeat. This is the process a guard from the 3d Infantry Regiment follows while on duty at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington Cemetery. During a trip to Washington, D.C. with my son’s eighth grade class, I was awestruck as we watched a particular guard pace twenty-one steps, face the tomb, turn, click…

You Like It. Just Admit It.

One of my sons has become obsessed with a new show and wanted his brother to like it as much as he does. This is the argument I overheard the other day. “You do like this show.” “It’s ok. But I’d rather play my video game.” “You were laughing the last time we watched it.”…

Accident-prone

Our family has been very accident-prone lately. If I’m honest, two of us, in particular, have been accident-prone. My son was playing with his friend — rough-housing as boys do — and either sprained or jammed his ring finger and pinky finger. The last time he complained of pain after rough-housing we told him to…

Tattoos

Tattoos. Many of my friends and family members have tattoos.  Why do people get tattoos? I personally don’t because … well … I don’t like pain. In fact, I try to avoid pain as much as possible so the idea of paying an artist to stab me repeatedly with a needle doesn’t appeal to me….