Category: Relationships

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Fall Break? More Like Fall Test of Will…

Fall break. Break feels wrong. Fall trip? Fall travels? Fall test of will? That feels closer.  We made it. We are speeding up, I don’t want to sound braggy, but we knocked out a 5.5 hour trip in 7 hours, which by my calculations and my strong back bone in common core math, we basically arrived early.  It wasn’t all smooth sailing. Clara Jane asked if we were there yet about 6,000 times, including an unbelievably early query, as we...

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Busy Seasons…More Like Busy Years, Right?

We are busy. …and I mean busy, so busy in fact that I may not have time to actually write the rest of this… I’m back, the toilet just broke, no really. The plastic thingy disconnected from the tube thing that connects to fill the tank with the water (obviously, I’m a plumber). It broke clean off. My first repair option involved super glue and some duct tape, that combo can’t possibly fail, right? Busyness rightfully gets a bad wrap...

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I Miss Cheese: The Perils of Getting Older

We are prepping for a garage sale. And have been moving things around in preparation for the biggest sale of the year. I am beat, I woke up feeling like I had been in a fender bender, followed by a heavy workout, followed by being the victim of a bear mauling. So, of course, that got me to thinking about how smoothly I am aging. When I get out of bed in the morning, my entire body sounds like I...

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Josephine Beauty Queen – Man’s Best Friend

This is Josey… Well, her full adoption record says, “Josephine Beauty Queen Toler”. Beautiful name, huh? The person who helped us fill out her adoption paperwork wasn’t so sure either, but look at her, just not right at her. It’s the perfect name. She’s not eye candy (neither am I) and she’s definitely not your typical “family dog”, but she’s the best dog I have ever known. We adopted her 11.5 years ago when she was around the age of...

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Bennett’s First Day of School

Bennett heads back to “school” tomorrow. Well pre-school, or pre…pre-k. I haven’t seen the curriculum for this year, but I think it is pretty standard, some light bio-chemistry followed by a snack of animal crackers and so on and so forth. But, no matter what they teach or learn or do Bennett James Toler will be up for it, and I mean WAY up for it, anything and everything. I tell the kids sometimes that, “If everything is a big...

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Back to School, A Parent’s Fresh Start

“Back to School,” the three most complicated words in the parenting lexicon. Expectations for a new year of growing and learning are always high, and a fresh chance at a great start is refreshing in a world that is exceedingly moving towards one strike, and you’re out. Some parents are so sad that summer is over while others have been camping out with their kids in front of the school like it’s a Best Buy on Black Friday waiting for...

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Mamaw Turned 87…We Think.

Last night we were headed to celebrate Mamaw’s 87th birthday. We think… An important note of clarification: Mamaw disagrees (and pretty much always has) with the age on her birth certificate and steadfastly says her name is wrong on it, too. So this may or may not have been number 87…and you know what? I am with her! I disagree with the height and weight on my license so who am I to start drawing lines in the sand? As...

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Adam in Public – Checkout Line Awkward Run-in

It’s that time again, pull up a chair and put on your Snuggie, it’s time for another awkward run in… — Last December I went into my local super business store to buy large boxes for some orders I needed to ship. As I was checking out, the counter person and I had a glorious exchange. I could tell when I arrived at the desk I was dealing with a serious, no-nonsense operator just like me. Important: From here on...

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Things My Kids Do That I Can’t…

There are things that kids can get away with that the rest of us cannot. It’s not fair it’s not right, it’s downright selfish. I, for one, am jealous because of the things my kids can do that this “adult” cannot: 1. Touch their toes without bending their knees. They are like little gumbys. My hamstrings are so tight they sound like a car with bad brakes when I try to bend over. I’m like the tin man without his...

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Future and Current Parents, You’ve Been Warned

Current and future parents! Lend me your ears! Well, your eyes! Having a baby is beautiful, it’s rare, it’s incredible, it’s truly unbelievable, and it’s flat-out exhausting. Mentally, physically, gag reflexically (I tried), and so many other callys… 1. Everyone will smell your baby and say they LOVE that smell. That smell is spit up. 2. You will be able to blame most, if not all, of your flatulence on the baby. They won’t care (they will probably join in)...

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