Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Tunes on Tuesday!

Oh, we do love a good dance party.  On days when we're all about to blow our tops, sometimes the best thing to do is to put on our special Telford Family Dance Party Mix and let loose.   I love, so very much, watching both boys go crazy.  It's the best solution to a bad day, sometimes.       

Grooveshark is one of my favorite places on the internet- it's like making those mix tapes from high school without having to wait for your favorite song to come on the radio, and run to hit record just in time.  Oh, the things my children won't ever know the joy of. 

 You can find our family mix here.  I hope you'll enjoy it, too. 

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Week of Thanksgiving: The Center of our Home

It was a  $20 thrift store find.  I saw it and it stuck in my head all day long.  Sure, it was worn and halfway through a really shoddy finishing job, but I knew it would be perfect.   I brought WBH back with me, crossing my fingers it would still be there, asking if it was something he could take on.  That night it was in my car, travelling back with us.  WBH refinished the top, sanding away remnants of red and neon green to showcase a pretty, herringbone top.

I love our kitchen table. It sits in what is probably the closest to the center of our home that anything could get.  It is where we play play dough, fold laundry, and work on work on projects.  It is where we make and break bread.  I love our kitchen table and all of the living we do there- as I wiped it down four or five times today, I became grateful for it, and the life it is witness to.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Week of Thanksgiving: Rotten

I am grateful for my Rotten. 

He is my sour patch boy:  first sour, then sweet (then it starts all over again), but when he is sweet, he is oh, so sweet.  He is playful and teasing and snuggly.  He expresses himself between signs, words, and expressions that can't be categorized by either.  He loves to wave and talk to everyone he sees.  His strong will is going to serve him well, someday, if only we can survive it now. I'm especially grateful for the way he's been sleeping almost through the night most days.  I love his ginger hair and funny attitude.  

Monday, November 21, 2011

Week of Thanksgiving: Stinky

I am grateful for Stinky. I am so lucky to be his mother.  I am grateful for the opportunity being in a play with him has allowed us to talk about faith. He always surprises me with his understanding and unique perspective. His sense of humor and irrepressible desire to be a friend make me so happy.  His tender and loving heart make him sensitive, and make me incredibly protective, but I am grateful that he has that trait- it makes him kind and will bring him great things,  

Saturday, November 19, 2011

A Very Important Issue.

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my baby and my puppy.   darn cute

There are many important issues facing us today.  The Republican primaries, Occupy Wall Street, Demi and Ashton splitting.  Today, though, I would like to talk to you today about an epic battle you may not know about: Puppies vs. Babies.  Specifically, the war to be named cutest.  

You know I'm going to side with babies here.  Have you seen mine?  Even on their stinky, rotten, terrible horrible no good very bad days, they find a way to be cute.  Then again, I know some dog mamas that would argue in favor for their four-legged children (some days, even over their children with just two legs).  They're furry and sweet.  They give you unconditional, slobbering love, and best of all, they don't really talk back at all.  

As for me, I'd love to be Switzerland and say that the cutest thing that you'll find is a baby WITH a puppy.  Look at Rotten up there with Clyde.  Can you tell me that their cuteness doesn't multiply by being next to each other?  

Unfortunately, the time to submit photos has come and gone, but you should make your stand in in the Puppies vs. Babies online contest.  Tell me, which way would you cast your vote? 


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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Heads Up!

Yes,  my dog's bed is a futon mattress.  It's the only thing big enough and that he can't tear up.  well, can't tear up too easily.

The play (and life) has kept us super busy this week, but I've got some more opportunities for compensated posts, so those are coming, just giving a heads up.  Next week, I've got Week of Gratitude coming up and other things.  Have a great week, drop in for some interesting things to check out, and we'll see you soon!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Hell's Angel

It's pretty clear that after last night's rehearsal, Stinky is more likely to be named a hell's angel rather than any other kind, but he sure is a cute one.  You're invited to come see us in "Savior of The World" for the next two weekends.  I'll try to make sure that he doesn't sing peace on earth with the peace sign, but no promises. 

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

I'm just wearing this. It's still me.

T Family Rule: Cross-dress all you want, but you can be sure I'm getting a blackmail picture. 

Stinky wore this at preschool, while driving cars around.  It was a kind of awesome preschool day, kids cross-dressing and cursing (F was the letter of the day. What starts with the fff sound?).  Like he did on Halloween, when in costume, he was quick to correct people "I'm just wearing this costume.  I'm still me."  

Sunday was hard.  Mom crying in empty church classrooms hard. Part of it was bad choices on his part, the effects of time change, and a conflict that I don't look forward to addressing, but has gone on long enough. Both boys were sent to nap immediately after we returned home, while WBH and I regrouped and discussed the fiscal benefits of eating our young.  (It's a good thing they're a tax credit.  Meat is expensive) That night, with Rotten in bed, Stinky was back to himself.  Having lost screens and other privileges that day, he became a one-man art machine, helped me bake cookies, and went to bed easily. 

Monday, he was like a different kiddo.  He was helpful, and kind. He listened.  We spoke to an elderly woman as Stinky pet her dog at a store.  She told us that the dog was her only family since her sons had died.  He quickly said "I'm sorry that happened to you.  That's very sad."  He was helpful and kind to his brother.  Then, when we got home, he put himself to bed.  Monday, his attitude changed, as if to say "I was just wearing the naughty kid costume yesterday.  I'm still me."  It would be easier if he could just put on a villain's costume, though, to remind me that those choices aren't the real him- the empathetic, incredibly likable kid, full of creativity and kindness. 

Monday, November 7, 2011

I Made it Monday: More Socks

These lovelies are a pair for my mother, whose feet are almost always as cold as mine.  They're a little uneven, but better than the first pair.  Rather than being toe-up like the first, though, these were top down, and I really prefer the toe-up technique.  So much easier to finish.  Anyone else?  My next pair will be for me.  A really pretty variegated pink and yellow.  It's so cheery and bright.

They'll have to wait a while, though.  I have so many irons in the fire right now.  So many projects that need completing, so little time to do it in, so many ideas with out the time or resources.  And that's not even mentioning Christmas  or a play that just happens to be opening this weekend.    Nonetheless, things are being crossed off the chalkboard and that feels good.

Where are you at, creatively?  Too much to do, or too little inspiration?

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Pumpkins by WBH: 2011

This year WBH offered his pumpkin carving services at really reasonable rates- here are several of the ones he finished.  Enjoy!