Monthly Archives: March 2008

How Duran Duran Helped My Parenting Skills

When I was in elementary school, I had to ride the bus. It was ok, but it could get dicey at times. One thing that stands out strongly in my memory is someone bringing a radio on the bus. They were playing that song by Queen, “Another One Bites the Dust” and all the big […]

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Stephanie S. - March 23, 2008 - 2:57 pm

Happy Easter!

My friend Julie and I were talking on Friday about that it (unschooling) is sooo much more than an home-ed style.
As Sheri said lately, it’s a life style to be sure.
I think that really, we start heading toward this road when we were young, as you said.
We can be (and are) inspired and furthered along toward it from so many things and people.
Just little things that made an impact on us.

I’m so thankful, too.

Have a happy, happy day!

Joan - March 23, 2008 - 11:04 pm

You know I loved and still love John Taylor! As far as buckling down and studying – it seems like I spent more time sunbathing at Lake Daniel Park than in class. I still got into the college of my choice. It is so different in these times. Such pressure as I am seeing with a high schooler now.
As Duran Duran would say “Save a Prayer” for me.

piscesgrrl - March 24, 2008 - 2:45 am

I loved Duran Duran!

Happy Easter back, my friend. And come visit sometime and I promise to serve bacon cheeseburgers for breakfast!

Jill - March 24, 2008 - 3:49 pm

Very inspirational post! I need to listen to that song.

dharmamama - March 24, 2008 - 4:35 pm

I love the title of this post! And the idea behind it. This line especially: “children are exalted by those interests, not impeded”. Amen, sister! AND they’re exalted by our respect of, and attention to, those interests. It’s great how our own not-so-great experiences can lead to better ones for our kids.

Deeg - March 25, 2008 - 12:41 am

oh my god (it was so important i just had to spell it out haha) I just love Duran Duran!

I have recently started adding a ton of 80’s music onto my ipod…mainly I suppose because the new man in my life has ten years on me and was a teenager during the 80’s and so therefor it is his “feel good” music. I was just a youngin, but my parents were young when they had my brother and I so bands like U2, REM, Duran Duran etc…those were all major staples for me growing up…so its my “feel good” music as well

I’ve recently become addicted to Oingo Boingo and Depeche Mode…

Cheerier Times

Before I get into the good stuff, I have some bidness to handle first. I will never utter words about my in-laws again. I have apologized for hurting their feelings and hope that will be enough for them. I also told them that they would never be discussed here again. So, that’s it on that […]

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Maria - March 23, 2008 - 2:39 am

What beautiful pictures!! How completely wonderful to see signs of spring. Like grass that is green. My husband has twenty fits over IKEA’s quality “I can make it better…” yes, dear, but will you make if faster or will I turn completely gray first?

whimsigal - March 23, 2008 - 2:45 am

LOL Maria! I kept telling my husband that the beds were so cheap at $149 each that we really couldn’t complain about it.

I’m glad you liked the pictures. We’re glad to see spring, too. Our grass will be brown again once summer gets here because we’ll be in a drought again so I try to enjoy it while it lasts.


childplay - March 23, 2008 - 5:55 am

There was much cursing when hubby put together our IKEA beds. But, I still recommend them because the kids enjoy them SO MUCH every day and night, that one miserable day doesn’t really seem like that big of a deal. (for me, since I wasn’t the one sweating over missing bed pieces/wrong parts.

It looks great!!

One more time, then I’m done

So, I really don’t want to devote too much time to it but it’s on my mind and this is where I go to express what’s on my mind. You may or may not know that recently my mother-in-law was upset about something she read on my blog. And now, because she’s upset with me, […]

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Mama Podkayne - March 22, 2008 - 2:17 pm

Sometimes the hard thing to do is also the right thing. A lesson that is sometimes painful, but keep strong, friend.

Momo Fali - March 22, 2008 - 4:00 pm

I’m so sorry to hear this. Especially, given that Easter is a time for celebration. And, your poor son. It’s a shame. I hope your MIL can somehow redeem herself for his sake. Good luck. Makes me feel really thankful to have great in-laws!

whimsigal - March 22, 2008 - 4:01 pm

Thanks so much. I just got word this morning that now my sister-in-law isn’t coming either.

Thanks for your support.


Mama Podkayne - March 22, 2008 - 4:28 pm

That’s a bugger.

Have a good holiday anyway! May the Easter bunny bring you many Cadbury’s! :)

whimsigal - March 22, 2008 - 4:56 pm

Hey, Momo Fali, I hope so,too.


Joan - March 22, 2008 - 6:56 pm

I’m so sorry. It’s not right to take it out on your son. I blogged about a family situation a few weeks ago that was upsetting. It was on my side of the family. For good or bad, we have limited contact with my husband’s family. I hope your precious son has a great birthday regardless.
Take care,


Stephanie S. - March 22, 2008 - 9:37 pm

I’m sorry, sweetie.
Pretty amazing that family can’t take us when they actually come to KNOW us.
Screw ’em.

Loves and more loves to you and yer three boys.

piscesgrrl - March 24, 2008 - 2:48 am

Aw gee, I hope things get smoothed over somehow, sometime. I find family strife pretty stressful. Which can sometimes turn one into a doormat.

And being a doormat ain’t no fun.

Jill - March 24, 2008 - 3:46 pm

I am sorry you have to be going through this and that she is taking it out on Ryan like she is! I hope it will all get better soon.