A Beautiful Mess

The last month has been a whirlwind. We’re in California now, but I’m not sure for how long. We made the decision to come here based on some things that have now apparently changed since we arrived. It’s a total mess. I hate to say it, but this was a horrible horrible mistake. It feels like a long series of events happened that were never meant to be. I’m praying that there will come a time very soon that we can get back on track, my kids can get back on track – and we can all live our lives with minimal damage from all of this – both financially and emotionally. I keep trying to find the bright side and at the moment it’s not real clear. Aside from my getting to spend some quality time with my parents for the next 6 months or so – that’s about the only good that I think will have come from this.

We may still yet be headed to Portland, OR. I’m not sure. Our lives are completely up in the air, but I’m done destroying my kids academic year. We won’t make any more changes in their lives until the end of the school year. Then I’ll work on righting the wrongs. Until then we have to live with the mess we made.

10 Years ago…

Happy Birthday Rachel!


and now:

Seriously, 10 years?? Who put life on Fast Forward mode?

Sure Sign of Overtiredness

Zach was throwing up most of the night last night. When he wasn’t throwing up, I spent the time trying to fall back to sleep, a wasted effort. So I’m really short on energy today – and brain power. While I was driving Rachel to her day-camp, Sam stayed with Zach back at the house. In my head I was mentally listing off what I needed to do that day, how I would juggle it all with Zach staying home. On one mental item, I thought “we should feed him the BRAT diet today – I think that’s what they usually have you do with a kid that is recovering from vomiting, etc. Ok. BRAT diet… Bananas… Rice… Apples? No Applesauce, right…? And something starting with a “T”. What the hell is it. Tofu?….Turkey?…  Tepid water… How many foods could possibly start with the letter “T” – what the hell is it??

I kind of gave up thinking about it and figured I’d just look it up on Google when I got home. So I get home, Zach asks for some toast, I say sure. I’m making him the toast and while I’m getting it all together I start thinking again… What the hell is the “T” word??? GAH!! Why can’t I remember what it is?!


It wasn’t until I finished making it and handed it to him… TOAST!

Oy. It’s going to be a long day.

Oh, The Places You’ll Go! – eBook for the iPhone/iPad

IOh! The Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss, then it’s no surprise. The story is great for children as well as adults – an inspiring view of life’s various adventures. The advice and encouragement the book gives is timeless. Released in time for Graduation, the ebook has three options: read the book yourself, have the book read to you (and you manually turn the pages), or put the whole thing on autoplay and have the book read to you and pages turn automatically.

Oh, The Places You’ll Go!: $3.99*

*price at time of this writing

Dr.Seuss Earth Day iPhone Apps

I‘ve already posted a review of The Lorax and Lorax Garden, but in honor of Earth Day thought I’d mention again how great these two are. They actually compliment each other really well. I particularly like the narration in The Lorax. It’s really well done. In general, I love Dr. Seuss books, but there is definitely a “downer” aspect to The Lorax story. The Once-ler destroys everything and leaves it up to YOU to clean it all up, or else nothing is going to get better. But the Lorax Garden iPhone app game is a pefect follow up to the story, as it picks up where the book left off and has you planting Traffula trees and flowers and rebuilding the forests. It’s definitely fun to have both of these two together.

Here again are the links if you’d like to check them out:

The Lorax eBook: $3.99

The Lorax Garden: $2.99

Happy Earth Day!