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Frozen Moments: He-Man

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Frozen Moments: Vacationing in Dixie

Ten Things I've Done On My Trip

1) Tried to type my blog on an iPhone (gave up and waited for an internet connection).

2) Went to see Avatar in 3-D on Christmas Day.

3) Slept in nearly every morning.

4) Shopped at the outlet stores in St. George, UT (nice).

5) Driven 1,500 miles with 1,000 more to go.

6) Had my hair cut by my sister-in-law... short, short.

7) Put together a puzzle and played upteen number of word games. Scrabble rocks!

8) Watched my kids play Snatch-Grabs* at the Christmas Eve Party.

9) Argued about family LLC and considered burning all the land and cashing in on any insurance.

10) Ate my weight in chocolate, candy, cakes, cookies, chips and pancakes.... didn't get any fudge though ::sniffle::.


*Snatch-Grabs- A game in which the parents all chip in large amounts of change that are then thrown onto the ground for the children to collect--snatch and grab--thereby teaching them at an early age the importance of money. This years haul: Vicbowin $25, Albowin $31, Iyawin slept through it.

Frozen Moments: Just Like Magic!

Frozen Moments: WinFamily Christmas Traditions

The Stomach Flu.

Frozen Moments: Powerful Potions

"Drink this potion and you'll turn into a monster! A big green monster."

Contents: JoPaFar's 4 year old love, Cheetos and water

Frozen Moments: Never Compare Your Kids

Iyawin and his cousin... there is a one month age difference.

The Road Less Traveled

I told you Bilbo was a better traveler than I was. Well, I tried to make it a little more interesting this time. When I was stuck in my 15 hour Twilight Zone I kept a running log to share with you fine folks.

Dec. 17-18, 2009

1:35P We've been driving for 15 min. and Albowin announces he has to go pee.Classic! We haven't even made it to the next town.

He swears he went before we left. So I guess the real question is how much water did he drink AFTER that?

3:44P Albowin: We're going to another state!? But we won't understand what they say.

4:17P Vicbowin is quizzing us on state capitols . I'm failing miserably. Ralexwin has sworn to openly tease me for the entire Christmas vacation.

HaHa he's so funny.

4:33P Road sign: Worms, NE 9 miles --->

5:40P Vicbowin: Are we almost there?
         Ralexwin: Yeah.
         Vicbowin: Really?!
         Ralexwin: Yep, just 6 more hours.

6:49P I think Iyawin has a fever.

8:33P Just finished cleaning up a blowout diaper. It wa…

1,2.3...9,7... Ready or Not Here I Come!

I sure do love my kids.

Rubber Meets Asphalt

We are off to travel the great road like Bilbo Baggins:

The Road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
And I must follow, if I can,
Pursuing it with eager feet,
Until it joins some larger way
Where many paths and errands meet.
And whither then? I cannot say.

Unlike Bilbo I am not a fan of long trips, but I'm sure to get some great pics. I'll post some when we get to where we're headed.

Happy Trails!

I Can See!

I keep forgetting to post about Albowin's new glasses. So I got up extra early to do so today (okay, I really didn't get up because I wanted to blog, but I was up and thought this was as good a time as any).

So the story goes like this-- I went in for parent/teacher conferences last month and among the many things we discussed was a concern Albowin's teacher had about his eyesight.

I honestly had never thought of this. (Which is a bit odd since all but one of my siblings have glasses.) Albowin has never complained about not being able to see and I hadn't seen any signs at home of him not being able to see... I mean, sure he was a bit clumsy (okay he was REALLY clumsy) but I had always attributed that to not having the best coordination.

Well, his teacher said that he sat in the second row and was always getting up and walking to the front to see the board.

I decided that since the insurance pays fully for kids eye exams I might as well take him in.

I expected him to pass.


Are You A Princess?

Iyawin has a little quirk that I have to tell you... drives his dad nuts.

He constantly wants to be a princess. He loves princesses. He loves dresses. If Vicbowin leaves the door to her room open he'll raid her dirty clothes. If one of the women in the house wears a dress (me, MU, Vicbowin, or Remewin) he gets excited and asks, "You a princess?"

So yesterday Ralexwin did his studying at the house, to help me while I've been plum useless with this back, and he got to see the antics of his 2 year old full throttle.

"Me a princess!" Iyawin shouted as he bounced into the living room in his sisters pink skirt.

Ralexwin gave me a flat look. A look that said, what are you doing to my son when I'm not here?

I shrugged.

Later that day it got even better. MU had come upstairs from her little kid free utopia and was playing with Iyawin.

The sounds of their voices could be heard down the hall.

"Me a princess!" Iyawin exclaimed.

"No, a prince." M…

Confessions of the Rambler

I'm laying in my bed contemplating what it must feel like to learn to walk again. I'm sympathizing with the paralized. Why?

Cause holy cow do I wish my back would magically disappear.

It's my own fault really. I wore high heels to church yesterday when my back was still recovering from last week. So by the end of church I had to get Ralexwin's help to load the kids in the car (he has to stay late on Sundays). Then I came home and died.

So today I am laying here wondering if back pain is part of learning to walk again. What do you think?

I'm also reminiscing about how I'm never a complete person over Christmas. I think in the 9 years we've been married I've managed to avoid illness only once.

Which brings me to my bombshell of the week. My confession.

I'm not a Christmas person.

Sorry guys, but I'm not.

I get annoyed at having to watch nativity stories over and over and over again, (I'll qualify this by saying I'm not annoyed with the sto…

Kids Funnies

First off I'd like to show you what the Mischievite did to himself at 4 AM this morning.

Why would I stick a bleeding baby into the tub? Because it's not blood it's the contents of a koolaid packet. It was all over him, but mostly around his neck...which gave the impression that his throat had been cut. Not a pretty thing to wake up to.

So as I was getting the Irish Twins ready for school (including doing her homework which got overlooked last night) and feeding Remewin I was also bathing Iyawin. Interestingly enough it was a rather calm morning and everyone got to school on time.

Okay. Kids funnies:

Last night 10PM Vicbowin and I in a physical tussle because she will NOT stop screaming and kicking. In a very serious/livid tone:

"I'm not using all my strength Mom because I don't want to hurt you... but I could if I wanted to."

Iyawin yesterday in the car:

"Knock, knock."

Me: "Who's there?"



Plinky Prompt: Share Your Favorite Family Story

When I was a youngster I loved to make brownies. I think this may be a result of the fact that it was about all I could make. I made them frequently. Without thought as to what I was really doing. They were easy.

Step one:
Empty contents of box into bowl

Step two:
Add eggs and oil

Step three:
Stick in the oven

So one time my recipe didn't go as well as it should. I was missing something (I can't remember what, but it's rather irrelevant) and since I knew very little about the actual art of cooking I figured I could skip that step.

Note to readers: When there are only three steps, skipping one is not a good idea.

The brownies didn't turn out so well. In fact they were rock hard. A solid cubical shape of brown that made a loud thump as my brother and I dropped them into the garbage. We were amazed at the results of leaving out certain ingredients. It kept our attention for as long as any child's can be kept and then we were off doing whatever else we did in our small…

Winter Woes

I threw my back out yesterday. Something that happens rather frequently for me (not that I'm bragging) but it's seems to be a bit worse than is typical. So I did something I've never done in all the years of dealing with my stupid lumbar. I called a chiropractor.

I guess I had this vision in my mind that I would go down (hobble, shuffle) to their office, they'd pop my back a few times and voila! I'd be a healthy woman again.

Yeah.... right.

He popped my back. He popped my neck. He could change his profession to assassin with all the snapping and cracking he did.

Then he said, "I'd like to see you back again tomorrow."

What!? I wanted to cry. I felt so much worse than when I'd come in. He gave me some explanation about swelling and pressure and hammers and thumbs.

(When you take the hammer off the thumb, the thumb will still be swollen and painful, it takes time.)

So today I woke up, I felt a little better but then I tried to stand up. It wasn'…

The Understatement

It snowed.

Frozen Moment: Getting Ready

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Here Puppy, Puppy

"Thank you for calling ask-a-nurse, this is Jane. How can I help you?"

"Hi. My son bit his tongue pretty bad and I'm not sure what to do... I've never dealt with a tongue bite."

"How old is your son?"


"And what's his name?"


"Okay, and you're the mom?"


"Okay Mom, how did this happen?"

"He was pretending he was a dog."

"And what happened."

"He tried to jump onto a chair and went over it instead... and since he had his tongue out he bit it. There was ALOT of blood."

"Did you see this happen?"

"No, my daughter came running past me screaming like she'd seen a ghost. Then he came towards me with blood everywhere, so I got him to the sink and rinsed his mouth out until I could see what was going on."

"Is the cut more than a half an inch long?"

"No, but there's a cut on the top and on the bottom of his to…

The Understatement

Laundry sucks.

15 Books That Have Stuck With Me.

This was one of those Facebook tagging games... but I kinda liked the idea. So I stole it! (mwahahaha)

Simply list 15 books that have had a lasting impression in your life. ::cracks knuckles:: Easy peasy.

1. Black Beauty by Anna Sewell

2. Case of the Vanishing Boy by Alexander Key

3. Black Stallion

4. Exodus by Leon Uris

5. The Princess Bride

6. Dangerous Summer by Carolyn G. Hart

7. Boy Scouts to the Rescue

8. Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli

9. Profiles in Courage by JFK

10. A Gift From the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh

11. Book of Mormon

12. The Great and the Terrible Series by Chris Stewart (I know... that's totally cheating)

13. West with the Night by Beryl Markham

14. Persuasion by Jane Austen

15. Petersburg by Emily Hanlon

Is that all? Can't I write more?

Monthly Theme: Frozen Moments

Well I've finally come up with one for this month. The 'frozen moment.' I decided this would be fun since it's December and there is so much in the way of family and activities and parties and, well, life--exploding in every direction. Vibrant and happy.

What would be a better way to catch it all than in a photograph. Besides, I'm having fun with my arrows and notes.

So here is my second photo for you all in this months theme.

Stay tuned for many more to follow.

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One of my biggest pet peeves in the world is when people point out the negatives of their product right at the get go. An example would be when you are at church and the person who is supposed to speak says, "I didn't start this until last night."

Another variant on this pet peeve is when people announce what they are supposed to talk about in the first sentence. "Today I was asked to talk on Faith."

Okay... raise your hand if you forgot lesson #1 of writing an essay.

Lesson #1: Never state your topic out right.

When you do this you lose your audience. They don't need to listen to you because they already 'know' what your going to say.

Likewise, they will shut down if they 'know' you have nothing of value (hey, you just said you didn't start the project till the night before).

With this in mind I am going to throw aside all 8th grade English Lessons and inform you, I have absolutely no idea what to blog about today.

I could tell you that…

9PM... I Should be in Bed

The Irish Twins had a concert that ended around 8:30PM last night. I carried my zonked out nearly three year old mischievite to the car (on the other side of the parking lot... oi). When we got home it took about 30 minutes for my entire bunch to go out. Like little candles to weak to carry their flames.

Then I stayed up long enough to take this picture. A nice glimpse into the WinHousehold (I was tempted to show you the bedroom.... but it's so messy you might actually think differently of me).

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Is it Friday yet?