Category Archive: The Family

The Family: My Handsome Prince, 4 Excellect Kids, A Dog that might be more human than we think and a Bengal Kitten that brings laughter where ever she stalks!

September Fly On The Wall

There is no such thing as fun for the whole family. ~Jerry Seinfeld It is time once again! For a September Fly on the Wall post! Today, fourteen bloggers are inviting you to catch a glimpse of what you’d see if you were a fly on the wall in our homes. Come on in and …

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More From The Wall

People who avoid the brick walls – all power to ya, but we all have to hit them sometimes in order to push through to the next level, to evolve. ~Jennifer Aniston It is time once again! More From The Wall- a Fly on the Wall Friday post! Today, eleven bloggers are inviting you to …

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Let Me Sleep!

“Insanity runs in my family. It practically gallops.” ~Cary Grant It is time once again! Let Me Sleep– a Fly on the Wall Friday post! Today, twelve bloggers are inviting you to catch a glimpse of what you’d see if you were a fly on the wall in our homes. Come on in and buzz …

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Relatively Normal

“Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal.” ~Albert Camus It is time once again! For Relatively Normal – a Fly on the Wall Friday post! Today, twelve bloggers are inviting you to catch a glimpse of what you’d see if you were a fly on the wall in our homes. …

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The Less Than Grand Canyon

Baseball, it is said, is only a game. True. And the Grand Canyon is only a hole in Arizona. Not all holes, or games, are created equal. -George Will (All the pictures in this post were taken by The Handsome Prince his freshman year at NAU and rephotographed badly by me with his permission. Thanks …

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He Puts The Must In Mustache

“What’s interesting is a man with no facial hair is less intimidating than a man with facial hair, and a man who is bald is more intimidating than a man with hair.” -Bryan Cranston The Handsome Prince has been up to silly things. He puts the must in mustache this week. Just before Halloween 2013, …

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Snake Slap

Life’s full of tricky snakes and ladders. -Steven Patrick Morrissey I spend several hours each week hiking in our local mountains. I am particularly fond of Corriganville Park and the mile loop of amazing scenery it provides to clear my head and find inspiration. With Luc now homeschooling, we decided to incorporate our mutual love …

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Making Memories On A Budget

Take care of all your memories. For you cannot relive them. -Bob Dylan When the kids are out of school for break, everyone is now racking their brains to figure out what fun activities they can make work into their budget. We want to do “fun” stuff with our children but sometimes it seems like …

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It All Began When The Teacher Started Spitting…

  You know when you have found your prince because you not only have a smile on your face but in your heart as well. (Our anniversary is really tomorrow 8/9 but that falls on Secret Subject Swap Friday so I’m starting the anniversary festivities a day early.) He picked up my backpack and moved …

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The Will

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Thrift is not an affair of the pocket, but an affair of character.  ~S.W. Straus There is a magical place where all types of wonderful treasures can be found, haggled over and purchased at a rock bottom price. This fabulous fun place of savings has affectionately become known as “The Will” around these parts. “The …

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A Sandy Way To Spend A Day

The waves of the sea, help me get back to me. – Jill Davis Wordless Wednesday- A Sandy Way To Spend A Day  

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Let The Good Times Roll

“You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.” -Plato It’s summertime! Let the good times roll! It all started with the Handsome Prince and I being cheap. Well… let’s rephrase that a tad. Like every other hard working stiff, we don’t have cash to waste …

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Bliss

“Nothing is more important than reconnecting with your bliss. Nothing is as rich. Nothing is more real.” -Deepak Chopra I am thrilled to share with you today the poetry of a beautiful young lady, my oldest daughter Marin. (AKA Min) She has filled notebooks full of her poetry and short stories but she’s been a …

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Celebration of Awesome

A birthday is just the first day of another 365-day journey around the sun.  Enjoy the trip. ~Author Unknown It is time once again to host a celebration of awesome, my friends. On this day thirty four years ago there was a most remarkable individual that entered the world in the usual way. Aside from …

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Welcome To California

“The family.  We were a strange little band of characters trudging through life sharing diseases and toothpaste, coveting one another’s desserts, hiding shampoo, borrowing money, locking each other out of our rooms, inflicting pain and kissing to heal it in the same instant, loving, laughing, defending, and trying to figure out the common thread that …

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It’s Just Too Hard

Behind every small business, there’s a story worth knowing. All the corner shops in our towns and cities, the restaurants, cleaners, gyms, hair salons, hardware stores- these didn’t come out of nowhere. -Paul Ryan I had the pleasure of putting together a marketing campaign for a local small business last Fall. Great idea, cute company, sharp …

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My Messy Room

“Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion; it is not the expression of personality, but an escape from personality. But, of course, only those who have personality and emotions know what it means to want to escape from these things.” -T.S. Eliot *For the millionth time I requested that …

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Swimming In Chocolate

  I had paddled my surfboard out into the warm blue waters off the coast of a beautiful Hawaiian Island. Closing my eyes and enjoying the gentle rocking of the water for a moment, I inhaled deeply. Mm what a wonderfully chocolaty aroma. Did I catch a whiff of peanut butter in there too? I …

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Magic Napper

Think what a better world it would be if we all, the whole world, had cookies and milk about three o’clock every afternoon and then lay down on our blankets for a nap. -Barbara Jordan Where do I sign up to learn how to become a magic napper? I have some serious nap envy. The …

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Soul Mates

Young Lovers seek perfections, Old lovers learn the art of sewing shreds together, and seeing beauty in a multiplicity of patches. -How To Make An American Quilt Walking along the path of one of my favorite local hiking trails, I sat for a bit to watch some squirrels perform their comedy act along the leaves …

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Dream Crushers

  “There is a vitality, a life force, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique, and if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium; and be lost. The world will not have it. It is …

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April Fly On The Wall

Fly on the wall-  This is an American phrase that originated there in the 1920s. The first citation of it that I can find is from The Oakland Tribune, February 1921: I’d just love to be a fly on the wall when the Right Man comes along.” Welcome to the April Fly On The Wall …

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Something Upstairs

“Uncertainty and mystery are energies of life. Don’t let them scare you unduly, for they keep boredom at bay and spark creativity.”   -R. I. Fitzhenry There is something living in my attic! It’s not paying rent! It’s, them, whatever is going down!!!!! I paid the “Rat Guy” a ransom to go up there. He said we …

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Teens Are Like Dinosaurs

The dinosaurs disappeared because they could not adapt to their changing environment. We shall disappear if we cannot adapt to an environment that now contains spaceships, computers — and thermonuclear weapons. -ARTHUR C. CLARKE, forward, Collected Stories The Handsome Prince and I had tucked into bed to watch the first few minutes of a movie …

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The Snack That Maimed Easter

Just as a puppy can be more of a challenge than a gift, so too can the holidays. -John Clayton Welcome to Take One of April’s Secret Subject Swaps! This week, Baking In A Tornado handed 12 brave bloggers a secret subject from someone else and assigned a secret subject to interpret in their own …

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About To Get Goosed

“If you feel the urge, don’t be afraid to go on a wild goose chase. What do you think wild geese are for anyway?” – Will Rogers When my people were small, I spent a lot of time at parks so they could run and play. The older versions of my little people prefer to …

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The Handsome Prince

“Only those who truly love and who are truly strong can sustain their lives as a dream. You dwell in your own enchantment. Life throws stones at you, but your love and your dream change those stones into the flowers of discovery. Even if you lose, or are defeated by things, your triumph will always …

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If You Give The Prince A Project

If you give The Prince A Project, You can bet if it’s around the house you might have to ask twice. Possibly beg, cajole and often times barter to get the honey-do list done. I give the guy TONS of credit as he is terribly short on time and when he is home he’d rather …

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When Feet Attack

I’m  not clumsy, I’m just accident prone. -Daniel  Radcliffe It happened again. This is becoming an epidemic. When feet attack! You remember a few months ago how K decided to Have a nice trip, which then landed her having surgery and being casted with wires holding the bones together for weeks. Good grief! A time …

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