Do you want to know what I think of you?

In the middle of math today, Mia asked me, “Mommy?  Do you want to know what I think of you?”  That was a scary question!

My mind started racing… “Oh dear, did I yell at her earlier for something and she’s really gonna give it to me and let me know what horrible mother I am?  Is she going to tell me that my homemade macaroni and cheese tastes gross and that she wishes I’d just get the blue box stuff?  Is she going to tell me that she wishes I wouldn’t homeschool her and that she wants to go to public school?  How do I answer that?  Do I REALLY want to know what she thinks of me?”

I said, “Um, yeah?”. I held my breath.

That little girl said, “I think you are really good at teaching me how to read and that you are a nice and really good Mommy for all of us.”

Exhale!  Fighting back tears.  “Aw, thanks Sweetie!”, I replied.  “Do you want to know what I think of you?”

She smiled and said, “Okay.”

“I think you are strong and smart and I love how caring and sweet you are to people!”  I told her.

Her smile got bigger.

Proverbs 16:24 says “Pleasant words are like honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.”

How often do we only let people know what we think  when they are doing something wrong or that we don’t like, but we don’t point out the things that we think they are doing really well?  Probably too often.  Go tell someone honestly how great you think they are… give them some encouragement.  Go give them some honeycomb.  :)



Use “homeschool” in a sentence…

A recent post on a homeschool blog I follow pointed out the example sentences that pop up when you look up the word “homeschool” on  What are your thoughts on this?

“If she can’t find anyone willing to validate her helicopter parenting, she’ll homeschool.”

“If you want to keep your kids from reality and turn them into mindless automaton copies of yourself, homeschool them.”

“If you wish to teach your children such nonsense, then homeschool where lame propaganda can remain unchallenged.” (this one shows up on the mobile version of


I’m not exactly sure how they choose their sample sentences (I can’t find any info on their site), but I read from another person that they are randomly picked from sources online.  However, the bias of these sentences doesn’t seem all that random to me.






Kai had a potty accident tonight because he was too busy playing a game with his sister.  I told him, “Don’t pee in your pants!”.  He said, “I  just a little kid!”.  Touche.  I forget he’s not even 3 yet.

See Kai Play

Kai and I were playing around and I pretended to fall asleep.  The next thing I know, he is opening my eyelids with his fingers, putting his  face really close to mine, and saying, “Do you wanna build a snoooooowmaaaaaan?”.  We proceeded to spend the next 10 minutes doing that to each other and taking turns pretending to sleep.  Try it… it’s funny.  :)


Big Mean Bugs

Kai seems to have gotten a bug bite on his ankle that got infected.  He told the doctor that he got bit by a big, mean bug (we don’t know what bit him).  Since the infection has spread since last night, and he is complaining about the pain in his foot, they prescribed antibiotics for it.  Doc said it should start looking better by tomorrow.  In the mean time, Kai is getting lots of piggy back rides and being carried around a lot by the folks he has wrapped around his finger.  :)

Bad Mommy Morning

I was grumpy this morning because 2 of the kids woke me up way too early.  Since I was grumpy, Kai told me, “Mama, you not love me.”  Ouch!  Dagger right through my heart.  Bad Mommy!  After some snuggles and apologies, I asked him if Mommy loved him.  Then he said, “uh-huh!”.

He Wins!

Kai is potty training and for the longest time, it has been hard to get him to poop in the toilet.  Tonight, he finally agreed to using the toilet and when he was finished, he yelled, “I win!  I win!  I win!”.  He then told his sister, “You lose!”, and she was gracious enough to give him the victory without dispute.

It’s Spring!!! Is it time to plant yet?

Once the fruit trees start blooming, I start to get excited about planting things in the garden.  Last year I made the mistake of starting a little early, which caused me to have to cover my plants at night for a few weeks when we started getting frosty nights again.   They never did seem to really take off, so I think they still got some frost damage.   This time I’m trying to wait it out.  I’m planning on Tomatoes, container herbs, some flowers, a couple roses and several pots filled with annuals.  I may also try some chile peppers.  I’m excited!  What are you planing this year?

Kai, the Jedi?

When Kai asked for a peanut butter and honey sandwich (he calls it “peanut pie”) this morning because he didn’t like his cereal, I said “no.”  He took my hand, looked me earnestly in the eyes, and said “yes, Mama.  Yes, peanut pie.”  Then he gave the cutest, sweetest grin I’ve ever seen, with his eyes all squinted and his nose all scrunched.  I still said “no” and I told him he is not a Jedi.  He started crying.

10 Day Detox Book

The word “detox” normally makes me cringe, but I picked up The Blood Sugar Solution 10 Day Detox Diet book the other day because it came recommended by one of my favorite fitness DVD people.  I started reading it and while I agreed with the points being made in terms of the food they suggest eating (REAL food, non-processed, no sugar added, no artificial sweeteners, high fiber, lower carb, etc.), I was annoyed that it wasn’t until several chapters in that they tell you that you also need “supplements” for the detox diet.  Also, the most important supplement (PGX) is one that they sell on the website for the book and it is expensive (Surprise!).  This PGX supplement is said to be a very important part of the whole “diet”. Grr! I didn’t get the book because I wanted a magic pill. The funny thing is that the “pill” that is so important isn’t really magical either.  It’s just a fiber supplement that will make you feel full and prevent spikes in your blood sugar since it takes longer to digest any food that is taken along with the fiber.  How about instead of taking a fiber supplement you just eat more healthy, fiber-rich foods?  That seems more logical that popping a pill that has claims that haven’t been FDA approved and has barely more than small scale “studies” and personal testimonials to back it up.

All of that being said, I will try the food recipes because they look tasty.  Also, the book reminded me that losing weight isn’t necessarily just a matter of calorie intake versus calories burned.  It matters where we get our calories from since the body reacts to spikes in blood sugar differently than if you get your calories from foods that don’t cause the spikes.  So having a milkshake and a salad isn’t the same as having chicken and salad, even if it’s the same number of calories.

I will continue to increase my fruit and vegetable intake and eliminate processed and sugary foods form my diet.  I won’t be trying the fiber supplement since it’s expensive and it seems healthier to just adjust your diet with actual food instead of trying to take a short cut with a pill.  If any of the recipes are great, I’ll probably blog about it.  If not, this is the last you’ll hear of this book.  Overall, the book is an interesting read, but I wish I borrowed it instead of bought it.  Anyone want to buy my used copy when I’m done with it?  Can you return books to Costco? Oh yeah, it’s cheaper at Costco than Amazon.  Just sayin’.

I used to be addicted to soap, but I'm clean now.