Forever Family: 5 from my Tribe 5/26/17

BrightSide:  Why is this called 5 from my Tribe?

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BrightSide:  Why don’t we do four questions?  There’s four of us –

T-man:  That’s what I was wondering!

me:  You would bring that up.

Bear:  Dad!  Because five rhymes with tribe!

BrightSide:  Five, tribe – well, it’s a slant rhyme…

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Yep, we were off to a roaring start that night.

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cheeky, extra cheeky, and the pursuit of full coverage

Bear’s turning out to be a pretty fun chick.  Funny, smart, silly…opinionated and not the least bit afraid to say what she thinks.  Hanging out with her is a good time.  Can she be a little hormonal at times?  Sure.  But then again, so can I.

Me and my girl, my girl and me.

Which is how the two of us have managed to survive not just jeans shopping but the pursuit of the ultimate retail unicorn:  swimsuits.

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gratitude: our happy dance on the downhill slide

I know I’m not the only one doing a jig these days.

Parents, teachers, teaching assistants, club leaders, students, PTO, administration, bus drivers, cafeteria workers, custodians…we’re all doing the happy dance.  Some of us right out in the open, some when no one’s looking, but feet are tapping all over the county.

We are on the downhill slide to to summer.  Can I get a hallelujah?

I know, I know…the end of the school year requires a frenetic pace, kind of like a mouse hopped up on amphetamines, but the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow is so worth it.  Down days, no homework, a change in plans.  There may be schedules to keep in the summertime, but the idea of getting to basketball camp instead of rushing to homeroom is much more palatable.

It’s so close you can almost taste it.  Are your dancing shoes ready?


My post as part of Colline’s Gratitude Project.

when canine hijinks cause property values to drop

I can admit it – I’m ridiculous when it comes to these dogs.  I mean, Gracie eats anything that’s not nailed down and Phoebe can be as jealous as a toddler.  In the end, though, it doesn’t matter what havoc these guys wreck.  I’m like a cult member who’s drunk the Kool Aid.  Dogs Rule.

And yet, when I look around this house and see the damage they’ve done…well, there are days it’s a miracle I haven’t thrown them out the front door and said good riddance.

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Share Your World 5/22/17

What one thing have you not done that you really want to do? 

This will have to wait, but I’d love to take a writer’s sabbatical.  Dedicate a block of time solely to writing and see where it takes me.  That would be amazing.

How often do you get a haircut?

I go every five weeks now, mostly for the color.  But when I go my hairdresser trims the split ends off so I guess that counts.

In regards to puzzle what’s your choice: jigsaw, crossword, word search or numeric puzzles?

So funny!  I’ve gone through stages when I’ve been obsessed with the first three, but I’ve never been drawn into numeric puzzles.  If I were to pick one I’d go with word search.  I try to explain to kids what a valuable skill this is – being able to scan blocks of print for letter combinations or patterns – but they don’t seem impressed.

How many cities have you lived? You can share the number of physical residences and/or the number of cities.

Childhood:  Philippines, Hawaii, Virginia (Fairfax), New Jersey, Virginia (Virginia Beach), Massachusetts (Cohasset).

College:  Virginia (Charlottesville), Massachusetts (Scituate).

Adult:  Virginia (Burnt Chimney), Missouri, North Carolina (Burlington), North Carolina (Graham).

An even dozen cities since birth.  Cool.

Optional Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? 

We celebrated kids over the weekend.  Friday Bear picked her restaurant for a birthday dinner (holla, Texas Roadhouse) then opened her presents that evening.  Saturday we hosted the family dinner for her.  BrightSide made his dad’s turkey (um, YUM) and Aunt Bee rocked the cake again which is pretty impressive considering Bear asked for a tree.  I swear, sometimes I think they throw stuff at my sister just to pull a nutty.  Then on Sunday evening T-man had his confirmation class cookout to celebrate the end of their year’s work together.

This week looks much slower, so I’m looking forward to taking a breath.  I need to get my feet under me before we hit the end of the school year, but the calendar doesn’t look like I’ll be sprinting headlong toward the weekend.  I’m also looking forward to relaxing a bit over Memorial Day weekend.


Cee’s blog hosts 5 questions weekly for Share Your World.  Pop on over and check it out!

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seriously? you cannot possibly think this plan is going to work

Last I heard Bear was aiming for professional basketball player or a brain surgeon when it comes to life goals.  Basketball.  Or surgery.

After I was fully supportive of my daughter’s ambitions I tactfully slipped in that she might want to consider becoming a lawyer.  What with her proclivity of arguing things into the ground and all.

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what separates us from the primates (besides opposable thumbs)

The debates are endless and will forever rage on because food.  Who doesn’t have an opinion about food?  No one, that’s who.  I’ve yet to hear someone say, “You know, I have absolutely no preference when it comes to food.  I’ll eat anything…hell, feed me Cream of Wheat three times a day, I’m just fine.”

Nope.  Folks have their opinions, and they tend to be pretty hearty ones, too.  Here are some of Paul’s.

“So the debate around here lately is about whether or not pineapples belong on pizza. It’s gotten heated.

I don’t really want to pick a side because I’ve agreed with both sides at one point in my life. And honestly, I don’t really care. People have been putting pineapple on pizza for a long time. Why is it an issue now?

Trust me, I’m the first person to speak out on food faux pas. If I see someone spread ketchup on top of their fries, I cringe and then walk over to them and throw their fries out.

But this pineapple debate is just silly. Do what you want.”

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