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What a difference a day makes

So, I love my husband. The man is swamped at work, he’s getting an MBA, works late, takes care of me when he’s home…he’s very busy! On top of all that, he cares about what I think and feel and when something’s bothering me, he wants to do everything he can to fix it. Flashback […]

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Madeline - March 3, 2008 - 9:19 pm

How wonderful to see the room taken care of for you. My husband is like that as well. We are very lucky. Your photos are beautiful. I am loving my telephoto lens (new in Jan.) as well.

Nicolas and I have been watching whole seasons of the series “House” and are completely hooed. We love “Dirty Jobs” as a family and “Mythbusters” I’ll have to tivo “The Universe”. Jesse recommends “Wizards of Waverly Place”.

whimsigal - March 3, 2008 - 9:26 pm

Hey Madeline!

I looooove House. How let me count the ways I loooooove that show. Wilson’s dead pan delivery of lines totally slays me. Every. Time.

Dirty Jobs and Mythbusters are two shows I keep meaning to watch with the boys because they do seem like things they would like. Iain just said he[s going to give WWP a try based on Jesse’s recommendation!


piscesgrrl - March 4, 2008 - 3:34 am

I had to call my kids over to see these pictures! Brady said “What the….” and Jonathan said, “That’s NUTS!” LOL

Your husband rocks.

whimsigal - March 4, 2008 - 4:33 am

LOL I’m glad your kids got a kick out of it! The boys will feel like they were visited by a celebrity. They’ve been fans ever since the debut of the potato video on YouTube.

My husband is a very good man and I love him!!

Nice to see you!


carri - March 4, 2008 - 11:48 am

Wow! Sean and your boys did a great job cleaning that room up! We didn’t achieve anything close to that over the weekend.

Hmmm, tv…I haven’t been watching a whole lot lately. I did watch Meet the Robinsons yesterday. I was as great as you said it was. We do watch Mythbusters nearly every day. But is seems like movies and video games are where its at right now.

mysocalledhomeschool - March 4, 2008 - 3:34 pm

Yay!!! for fantastic husbands! That would have made my day too. :)

We have also looked at the Ikea bed it looks so awesome and the kids are in love! I just know there has to be a better way. I’ll keep my eyes peeled for you and pass along a link if I find one.

whimsigal - March 4, 2008 - 4:14 pm

Carri! I just finished the book and I loved it! Thank you so much for sending that to me.


(using your code name)

You live close enough to drive to Ikea don’t you? I’m so jealous of you! I spent the better part of the day yesterday looking for loft beds and have yet to find one that can beat the Ikea bed, even with the astronomical shipping cost. If you do find something else, I would SO appreciate you letting me know.

Donna Boucher - March 4, 2008 - 6:00 pm

Your hubby wins hubby of the week!!!

How kind of him!!!

Cate - March 4, 2008 - 9:22 pm

What a man!

And what a bummer – we dismantled my overgrown son’s loft bed just at the end of last year & gave it away….now if only you lived on THIS side of the world!!

Cate :-)

childplay - March 5, 2008 - 5:59 am

We ordered two of those Ikea beds, one for N. and one for G., and now they perch up near the ceiling together with assorted crafty/golfing things underneath. They’ve been the best buy ever. :) (Even though we did have to assemble them ourselves).

And WOW! That is quite a room renovation! I don’t even know how all that stuff fit back into shape again! As Sassy would say, “They sure were working hard in there!”

I’m glad you have such great helpers around!

MamaK - March 5, 2008 - 1:53 pm

Whee look at that room! Fantastic job! My heart rate drops when i look at that room!
I will check out universe. We have been watching Monsterquest, animal precinct,ghost hunters,bizarre foods, and deep sea fishing of all things!

Joan - March 6, 2008 - 2:17 am

The room looks great! Recently I was so fed up at my kids sloppiness. I think I posted about it. I told my husband I didn’t want to be the nag/bad guy. He enforced a clean up night. I didn’t do a thing. I read a book and listened. It was heaven.

whimsigal - March 6, 2008 - 2:55 am

CP: I’m so glad to hear from someone who owns those Ikea beds and that they’re a good buy. It certainly helps in the decision making process. Oh, and my husband had a list of toys the boys were keeping, they had agreed to donate the good stuff and toss the rest. It took about an hour to clean it up!


I love MonsterQuest, too! I think Ghost Hunters would scare me but I do find that kind of thing fascinating. Please do check out THe Universe, I really think you’ll like it.


Isn’t it nice to step back and let someone else handle things every once in a while? :)


Playing with Play-doh

How funny is it that when I began typing the title of this post, it popped up automatically because I had used it before?! Oh well. The boys were busy last night as they rediscovered the joy that Play-doh can bring. It was an evening where their passion for all things Super Mario Bros collided […]

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Shell (in NZ) - February 25, 2008 - 3:06 am

I was just thinking about PLay-Doh this morning ,and you’ve inspired me :0) I ahvne’t read al lthe posts, but see you;re having a hard time…hoping things get better quickly. Of course the boys are leanring just fine, even if you are not there in the same way as usual :0) And it looks to me like yur eldest’s writing is beautiful!

whimsigal - February 25, 2008 - 3:30 am

Hey Shell!

Things are getting better here day-by-day and 4 more weeks until I’m given the all clear by my doc and we get back to “normal”. :)

Thanks for your comment about my eldest’s writing as I think it’s beautiful, too.

I hope you do something fun with Play-doh!


Cate - February 25, 2008 - 7:14 am

As usual, I love your pics! The colours came out really well.

How’s the tummy going mate?

cate (one of your NZ fans!)

whimsigal - February 25, 2008 - 12:13 pm

Hey Cate!

I love my Kiwi friends! Glad you liked the photos.

My tummy feels GREAT! I haven’t really been in pain for almost two weeks. I just get tired really easily. Do you remember how you were at this point and how long it took you to feel fully energized?


Rinnyboo - February 25, 2008 - 4:24 pm

Hi Evie!

I have been thinking about you a lot lately. I hope you are doing well-it sounds like you are starting to feel back to normal now.

I did my doula training this weekend and as one of our activities we were asked to design our ideal births out of art supplies like play-doh and pipe cleaners and markers. I made mine out of pipe cleaners but spent hours and hours playing with play-doh while my instructor talked.

There is something so satisying to me about working play-doh in my hands while doing something else at the same time. I bet I was playing with play-doh at the same time as Iain and Ryan.

Talk to you soon!

whimsigal - February 25, 2008 - 5:44 pm

Hey Marin!

I emailed you last week, did you get it?

Sounds like your class is interesting! I don’t know what I would do if asked to create my ideal birth out of play-doh!!!

So glad to hear from you!


kalurah - February 25, 2008 - 5:58 pm

Hey! We’ve been playing with Play-doh, here, too.
The youngest had it in his lap last night when he fell asleep in the car.
So, today I get to clean out his car seat, coat and pants!!

whimsigal - February 25, 2008 - 6:13 pm

Wow, it’s really wild how many of us are into the same things at the same time! Is that weird to anyone else but me?? I don’t envy you today, Kalurah. One thing I despise cleaning up is Play-doh that’s been out too long, not to mention stuck to clothes, etc! Hopefully it’s not too bad for you!


Joan - February 25, 2008 - 9:33 pm

I miss the smell of play-doh.

piscesgrrl - February 26, 2008 - 9:32 pm

Those playdough creations are super cool. YOu take great pics – what kind of camera do you have again? I think my husband is buying me one for my bday! But shhh, he doesn’t know that I know that I’m not supposed to know. Or something like that.

So… didja show your boys how to make a poop masterpiece out of playdough? Jus’ wondering.



This week’s theme by Mama Podkayne is “Delight”. I wasn’t able to find one photograph that perfectly captured that description so instead, I’ve taken a little license and am devoting this whole post to the delight we have found around here lately. First, the boys found a face painting kit in the playroom yesterday and […]

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My name is Stacie. - January 25, 2008 - 10:41 pm

Great pictures! I love the mustaches, and the T-shirts. My son would love both! And creating a comic book sounds fun too. Cute puppy picture! What kind of dog is she?

whimsigal - January 25, 2008 - 11:30 pm

Thanks! Our pup is a German Shorthaired Pointer. She’s so sweet.

MamaK - January 25, 2008 - 11:51 pm

So much cuteness! I can’t even pick a picture that like best. Well, that one of strong man was pretty sweet. I love the shirts, and I love the dog bed. Great stuff.-K

Colleen - January 26, 2008 - 2:40 am

What great photos. And what a lovely day! :)

whimsigal - January 26, 2008 - 2:52 am

Hey MamaK! I’m glad you enjoyed those. We had a lot of fun.

Colleen, it was lovely! Thanks!



Tara - January 26, 2008 - 2:57 pm

Hero shirts… great idea.
I’ll have to run that one past my 7yr. old- Owen.
I have a feeling he might like something to do with being fond of computers!
You take amazing photos.

Stephanie S. - January 26, 2008 - 4:37 pm

I think Trev would like the shirt, too.
He’s been talking (for the first time) of superheros and last couple of days.
He says that he has the DNA of all superheroes. Imagine that! :)
I’ll run it by him.
THanks for the idea!

whimsigal - January 26, 2008 - 5:01 pm

thanks for your comment! Mine love super heroes, pokemon, and the like. I’d love to see what your son comes up with!


I bet Trev would like it. The DNA of all superheroes?! Wow, now that’s really something. With great power comes great responsibility. :) lol


childplay - January 27, 2008 - 2:48 am

The Mario moustaches are great! and the shirts…too cute!

carri - January 28, 2008 - 12:49 pm

Hmmm, I commented yesterday, but I got in a hurry and probably messed something up.

Those mustaches kill me. Love them! And the t-shirts are fantastic! You did a great job sewing on those patches! The boys came up with a great design too.

dlyn - January 28, 2008 - 3:00 pm

Love love love the hero shirts – and the little shadow of a mustache! Looks like 5 O’clock shadow. :)

Gina - January 30, 2008 - 4:05 am

I’ve chosen you for the Excellent Blog Award (which is probably surprising because I never comment on your blog, but I do subscribe!) If you’d like to participate, check out my January 29th post:

Rinnyboo - February 3, 2008 - 11:48 pm

Are you back yet, Lady? We miss you! Hope you had fun….


Shell (in NZ) - February 6, 2008 - 8:02 am

I love Instant Mario and Mario…they are so adorable..what a cool thing to do together, especially for young boys :0) I will pass hte link on to my friend who’s boys are super-hero mad, and she can sew too.