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We saw Disney’s Frozen before Thanksgiving.

We LOVED it!

I shivered the entire movie because of how  believable they made the cold seem.
And, oh by the way, it was actually cold outside.
Or what we thought was cold.
At the time.

Today is the second day in a row that school has been cancelled due to the sub-human temperatures.
I decided to take the girls and their friends to see Frozen again.

And AGAIN, I almost froze too death  in the theater watching the movie. 
Like I kept my coat and gloves on  and wished I had a scarf for my nose  kind of cold.
The movie was just as good the second time around.
That song, “Let It Go” is something else, isn’t it?
After a winter of lots of snow and dangerous cold,

I have a different version of this song I’d like to sing.

Winter, I mean, not you.
You stay.
But seriously, how prophetic were the powers that be at Disney to release this movie THIS winter when many schools across the country have already exceeded their number of snow days and it is not…

Silent Sunday

“Winter Storm” (featuring Audrey Assad)

Could've come like a mighty storm
With all the strength of a hurricane
You could've come like a forest fire
With the power of Heaven in Your flame

But You came like a winter snow
Quiet and soft and slow
Falling from the sky in the night
To the earth below

You could've swept in like a tidal wave
Or an ocean to ravish our hearts
You could have come through like a roaring flood
To wipe away the things we've scarred

But You came like a winter snow, yes, You did
You were quiet, You were soft and slow
Falling from the sky in the night
To the earth below

Ooh no, Your voice wasn't in a bush burning
No, Your voice wasn't in a rushing wind
It was still, it was small, it was hidden

Oh, You came like a winter snow
Quiet and soft and slow
Falling from the sky in the night
To the earth below

Falling, oh yeah, to the earth below
You came falling from the sky in the night
To the earth below

The Arrow, the Song, the Poem and Buttonholes

I love poetry,

but it seems somehow I forgot that
in the middle of doing this thing called LIFE.
McDaniel recently brought to my attention that she needed to memorize a poem for school.
That old love was immediately awakened.
She had to choose the poem from a website of lots of different eras and styles and poets.
I told her it would be easier to memorize something that made sense to her.
We read A LOT of poetry that day that did not make any sense.
There was an opportunity to enter a competition reciting a poem with feeling.
We watched some videos of kids doing just that.
They were amazing.
McDaniel chose this poem:
"The Arrow and the Song" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
I shot an arrow into the air, It fell to earth, I knew not where; For, so swiftly it flew, the sight Could not follow it in its flight.
I breathed a song into the air, It fell to earth, I knew not where; For who has sight so keen and strong, That it can follow the flight of song?
Long, long afterward, in an oak I found th…

The Pants with No One Inside Them

Remember that Dr. Seuss story about the green pants with no one inside them?

Well… I was walking in the night And I saw nothing scary. For I have never been afraid Of anything. Not very.
Then I was deep within the woods When, suddenly, I spied them. I saw a pair of pale green pants With nobody inside them!

That used to give me the heebie jeebies!
Monte too.
Later in the story:
I said, “I do not fear those pants With nobody inside them.” I said, and said, and said those words. I said them. But I lied them.

Monte had a incident with a pair of pants with no one inside them.

And it creeped him out. 
Like in the Dr. Seuss story.
He called me from work a few days ago and the first words out of his mouth were,

"Something just happened that is blog-worthy."
Which is basically a signed waiver  giving me permission to post this.
I asked Monte to write this post from his perspective but he suggested an interview type format instead.

So, here goes.

Me:  What happened?

Monte:  On my lunch break at the gy…

The Lost SIZE 10 Basketball Shoe


This is just so

and infuriating.
But this is our life.

Once upon a time…

it came to my attention that McDaniel left a basketball shoe in our neighbor's car who we carpool with.

"A" shoe.
As in one.
Why just one?

Good question.
The answer came to me in a mumbled mess of I don't know's and something about a zipper not being completely zipped on a gym bag.


somehow a SIZE 10 high top basketball shoe "slipped out" of her unzipped gym bag and was lying in the car of our neighbor who then gave it back to McDaniel on a day she didn't have basketball practice right after school.

So McDaniel didn't have her gym bag with her.
On that day after school, she and her friends were being picked up by a friend's dad and taken to the mall to shop for a gift for another friend who was moving away.

So this one SIZE 10 basketball shoe was loose in her friend's van.
It was too big to put into her
already stuffed backpack.
When McDaniel was d…


Lots of people choose one word to focus on for the new year. I tentatively gave it a go last year with the word "link".

I thought I would forget all about it by, like, February 1st.

But I didn't.
I thought about it a lot 

or something would happen to remind me of it.
I have to say, on many levels, that word really did sum up my 2013.

So much so that I didn't want to ruin it by choosing the wrong word for 2014.

I really wasn't "feeling anything" for a new word.

I wanted to stick with "link".
It was working for me.
I prayed about it.

Then, what seems to be my thing lately, I noticed I was humming this song.

Seek ye first the kingdom of God And His righteousness; And all these things shall be added unto you. Hallelu, Hallelujah! Ask, and it shall be given unto you; Seek, and you shall find. Knock, and it shall be opened unto you. Hallelu, Hallelujah! Man shall not live by bread alone, But by every word That proceeds out from the mouth of God…

Twas A Few Weeks Past Christmas…

’Twas a few weeks past Christmas And all through the house Christmas was all packed away The creature stirring? A louse!
Yes, for those of you that have been through it

or just for those of you who would ROCK at Jeopardy or Trivial Pursuit,
a louse is the singular of LICE.
Yes, I said that correctly.


Apparently other than a sleepy girl and crunched up pretzels on the basement carpet, one can also expect LICE to be left behind after a sleepover.
For the love of Pete!
Ellie came down Saturday night after her shower and weepily announced she found a bug in her hair.
Monte whipped out this magnifying contraption thingy I got at Restoration Hardware that I stuck in his stocking thinking it would look good on an end table or shelf not realizing how much he would actually use it.

Which is a lot as it turns out--
from fixing a necklace of Ellie’s Christmas morning,

 to digging out splinters 
and, oh yeah, seeking out and identifying lice.

For the love of Pete.
Monte determined Ellie did in fact …


First of all,

Happy New Year!
I have taken a nice break from schedules and carpool and blogging to spend time with family.

I will recap all that later.
I have to tell you about my morning.

First of all, it is COLD here. 

Like single-digit cold.
Like wear gloves and a coat even if you are just sitting in your car with the heat on waiting for basketball practice to let out eating a breakfast wrap with this yummy roasted red pepper paste.

But eating a breakfast wrap with this yummy roasted red pepper paste and drinking a coffee with large ski gloves on is difficult

and resulted in a red and brown stain  on the front of my white ski coat.
After Ellie and I dropped McDaniel off at home after basketball practice, we went to the grocery store to load up on a seemingly endless list of “special requests” from her friends for the sleepover that was to take place that night.
I said no to the pop tarts
and cookie dough ice cream 
because, well, gross.
As we were filling our carts with still quite a bi…