Blast from the past

So last night, I was combing You Tube for a video of Adam Lambert singing, “Mad World” on American Idol. I didn’t watch AI this season and am actually said now because I missed out on his stunningly beautiful performance of one of my favorite songs. What I didn’t know is, “Mad World” was originally a Tears for Fears song. Yes, I know. What kind of child of the 80’s am I if I didn’t know that? Believe me, my husband told me all about myself last night. LOL Well, that conversation started us down a path…one that kept us up until 1:30 in the morning looking up our favorite 80’s jams and I wanted to share a few with you. Just because. :)

Anyone remember this one?

I freaking LOVE this song!!!! It makes me want to get in my car, crank up the volume and just drive!!!

Here is another fave and I could give a flying crap whether they actually sang it or not. This was my anthem for my Senior Year Spring Break. And yes, I still listen to it when it comes on the radio. Loud.

This song is one that Sean and I bonded over the night we got together. All we have to do is hear this song and we’re instantly together in ’96 at Wal-Mart at 4am looking for a CD with this song on it. We found one and got back in the car, drove back to my house with it on full blast, making out at stop lights. Yes, we’re total dorks and will freely admit that.

What are your faves from the 80s or whatever decade had your fave tunes?

Stejphanie - May 21, 2009 - 11:45 pm

I love the third one, too!
A happy song.

What Have We Been Doing?

Not a whole heck-of-a-lot. LOL Well, that’s not really true but it has been so long since I wrote here that I’m not sure where to begin!

The boys have been growing by leaps and bounds physically and mentally. They are ready for the summer and all the fun things that go along with that like, swimming, fishing, canoeing, playing outside. Sean began a treehouse for them and got a lot of it finished Easter weekend. They have been enjoying that, too. The only thing none of us have been loving lately is all the ticks that seem to be finding their way in this year. Just last night, Sean pulled two ticks off Iain’s scalp. YUCK! Ticks seriously wig me out. Ryan has been exploring mathematical concepts by randomly quizzing me on addition and subtraction problems. He is fascinated with telling time and figuring out how things go together. It’s very cool to be around him and help him understand all these things. Iain is as sweet and sensitive as ever. He’s a lot like Sean and has great intuition about people and emotions. I really enjoy his insights and often marvel at his ability to really take a good fair look at any situation.

The only thing I think we’re not doing enough of right now is hanging out with other people. We do have some homeschooling friends that we see a couple of times a month but my photography business is making get togethers a little bit more challenging these days. Although I have managed to keep my shoots to a minimum, it’s hard to juggle a new business, a household, and my family all at the same time. I’m starting to get the hang of it but it has taken a while to get used to. I’m hopeful that going to the pool this summer will help the boys get to know some people who live in the neighborhood. It would be nice for them to have some friends who live nearby.

We’ve been trying to figure out where we might vacation this year and, in addition to visiting our family in PA, we’re talking about taking a trip to NYC and Disney World, too. We tossed around a BUNCH of different ideas before settling on those. We thought about driving up the coast all the way to Nova Scotia. We talked about taking the train to Montana and seeing the country while riding the rails. But in the end, it came down to what made sense to do and after discussing all the options with the kids, we settled on NYC and DW. The kids are so ready to go to Nintendo World in New York!!! I want to take them to the Natural History Museum. I think it’s going to be a great trip!!

Sorry I haven’t been around as much lately. Things have been hectic and crazy. Hope all is well in your world!!!

mamak - May 19, 2009 - 7:40 am

Hey you!
I am a stones throw from NYC and would love to host you for a night! Or even a long playdate/Dinner, and you can pee in my bathroom and see your lovely photo in there….
Anyway, you are a busy little bird, and I do miss your candid posts so very much. But I understand all about times and seasons.
Sounds like the boys are doing so well. The hanging out with others will happen once you iron it all out!

Jill - May 19, 2009 - 9:20 am

It’ll all come together and into a nice routine for you. Jamey & Conor keep wishing we lived closer so they could see Iain and Ryan every day! Ooh NYC would be awesome, loved your other ideas too. =)

Mama Podkayne - May 19, 2009 - 1:30 pm

Ticks. I hate ticks. I was just about to post about what we stumbled upon as a solution.

3 cups of vinegar (I use apple cider vinegar) and a couple drops of rose geranium oil. Load into a spray bottle and spray scalp after shampooing. the pickle smell goes away once your hair is dry (bonus is it is also a de-tangler and anti static. If heading out into the woods I also mist my pant legs and give my hair another squirt.

Better pickle smell than tick feasting, I say. ;)

Also, what about the Iowa State Fair for corn dogs? :)

Mama Podkayne - May 19, 2009 - 1:31 pm

Also, I too miss your posts!

joan - May 19, 2009 - 4:28 pm

Thank goodness I’ve seen you in person to know what’s going on rather than relying on your blog! I posted today for the first time since January 30th.

Marin - May 22, 2009 - 3:31 pm

Hey you! There you are! It’s good to see you posting again.

When are you going to DW? We are going in a week to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary.

I hope you and your guys are well!


Cate - May 24, 2009 - 3:11 pm

She’s back!!!


You were missed girl. :-)

Tina Findley - August 14, 2009 - 2:14 pm

I just found your blog and love it! The kids will love New York. We just recently spent 7 weeks in NY. If you haven’t already been there check out my site for some ideas :) Also has a ton of ideas for “free” and/or cheap things to do.

Ryan’s Birthday – A Year Without Drama

For those who were reading my blog last year, you may remember this time period was fraught with family angst and drama of unreal proportions. I was partially responsible, of course, and Ryan’s birthday was less than pleasant. A year later and all the drama has subsided and it was really lovely to be able to celebrate his special day without the specter of controversy looming over our heads. The only sad thing about Ryan’s birthday this year was that Sean couldn’t be here to celebrate it with us. Unfortunately work commitments pulled him elsewhere and we were left to our own devices yesterday. Where did we end up? To that mecca that all children long to visit, Chuck E. Cheese.

Long has Chuck E. Cheese been the one place I never wanted to take the kids to eat. It was always crowded and even normally well-behaved children act like their hopped up on an illegal substance when they walk through the doors there so we avoided it like Christmas fruitcake. Well, this year, Ryan wanted a party and since we homeschool, Chuck E. Cheese seemed like it would be an okay place to ring in his 7th birthday. And you know what? It was! We got together with my sister and her daughter, and a couple of other homeschooling families that we know and boy, did we have a great time!! One thing the people at Chuck E. Cheese know how to do is throw a party and make it incredibly easy on the parents. I really didn’t have to do anything except hang out with our friends and enjoy Ryan’s birthday. It was a blast!

the party started at 10 and everyone played games for about 45 mins. Iain’s favorites were the ones that are almost like slot machines. You drop in a token and hope you’re going to get a bunch of tickets in return. Well, Iain managed to find a machine and hit a rhythm and before we knew it, there was a puddle of tickets at Iain’s feet. Score! Ryan really liked a skee-ball game called “Dunk the Alien” and he played that one time and time again. By the end of the party he had gotten pretty good at hitting the largest scoring target and was quite proud of himself for that.

When we sat down to eat pizza, all the kids got along beautifully.
They all sat nicely and had the funniest conversations with each other! My niece was particularly involved here. I think she ate more pizza at this party than she ever has in her life!
Then Chuck E. Cheese himself made an appearance and led all the kids around the room in a big conga line. The smaller kids were really into it. The big kids like Iain? Not so much. LOL!
Chuck is no Mickey though and probably could have been a little more pumped up for the party. I guess it’s not too much fun dressing up like a big rat.

We got a cake for Ryan there too so he could blow out the candles.
Then when all was said and done, we all packed up and headed over to our house where the kids continued to play hard for the next couple of hours before everyone went home.

After a small break, and mental recharge for me, we traveled ’round the corner to my sister’s house where she had prepared one of Ryan’s favorite meals (mini corn dogs) and some blue frosted cupcakes. Look how CUTE these cupcakes were!!!
She did an AWESOME job decorating them!!!

Ryan sure did enjoy it:

Until he got a stomachache and we had to go home. But isn’t that how a birthday should end? That way you know you had a good time and ate a lot of good food!

It was a really wonderful birthday and I’m so glad we chose to have it at Chuck’s place. It made Ryan feel like a million bucks! Worth every single penny.

Hope all is well in your world!

Joy - March 28, 2009 - 2:50 pm

It looks like Ryan had a great birthday at Chuck E Cheese. :) I just found your blog through someone else’s, and I realized from your link to the “Article About Us and Unschooling” that you must be near me because that’s our paper! So…hello neighbor!

whimsigal - March 28, 2009 - 3:56 pm

Hello to you, too! Nice to “meet” you!

Carri - March 29, 2009 - 9:27 am

Happy Birthday Ryan!! I’m so glad that things went so much better this year. Chuck E Cheese can be a lot of fun!

S - March 29, 2009 - 11:56 am

Yay!! Happy Happy Birthday, Ryan!!

And I’m so glad you had warm fuzzy feelings this time.
:) Steph

Sheri - March 30, 2009 - 8:00 am

Yeah! I am so glad he was able to have sucha fun filled day. :)

Mamak - March 30, 2009 - 5:16 pm

Awesome Day! Happiest birthday to your little man!-K

Beth - March 30, 2009 - 8:30 pm

I’m so glad he had a great birthday this year. Makena had so much fun at Chuck E. Cheese and she can’t wait for his next party on Sunday!!!

Cate - April 1, 2009 - 4:44 am

Hi there Ryan – Happy Birthday from New Zealand!

Glad that all went well for you Evie. And sooooo glad that you are posting again :-)