Tip Toe . . . Through the Snow

No Stopping This Gal!

No Stopping This Gal!

I saw this senior citizen in the grocery store. Check out her foot wear! I guess she HAD to run out at that moment! Guys, it is a frigid 21 degrees in MN! And we have about 18 inches of snow on the ground. I don’t know which is more important: the pedicure of the items needed at the grocery. In either case, she could not wait!

I followed her around, taking several pics before I got a good one.

Nothing personal to my senior friends. Hey, I already plan to do whatever I want at that age! You can get away with it!


This post is dedicated to Betsie. Thanks for laughing at and with me.

It has been over a year since I have used this blog. Life with the cave boys continues to be busy and stressful.

And it is because of the darling cave boys and the darling princess that I have decided to dedicate time to this blog once again. They provide me with plenty of material! The purpose of this blog is to blow off stress and in turn hopefully help you blow off stress as you read about the antics in this crazy American family.

I have also come to realize the true value of asking for (and taking) 5 Minutes Please.

Can you say



It’s my own fault, really. I am too good of a mom! I cater to my children. I put them first . (I say this light-heartedly/in fun. And I know that this is my own problem–not a fault of the kids.) And in catering to them and not taking the 5 Minutes I so naturally need to have a proper bowl movement and pushing it back too many times, I have been gifted with Hemorrhoids!

Starting now, each child will have to fend for themselves while I take 5 Minutes to poop!!

April Fooling the Kids–Part 2

Dress it Up a Bit

Remember that I made a sponge cake for the kids for April Fools day?? It worked!! Hee hee!!

My 12 yr daughter made plans to spend the night at a friend’s home, so I had to show her the cake. She saw the cake and then I showed her the pictures in reverse–as if un-decorating the cake. Her response, “That’s gross.”

The cave boys? Watch this . . . .

I do not think they really made the connection to the “sponge cake” but they did get that this little cake just wasn’t quite right. They were fooled.

And of course, I did follow up and treat them to the real thing.

April Fooling the Kids — Part 1

I so love to tease . . . and surprise.

Today is April Fools Day! I know it’s going to be a long day because the 4 1/2 year old will milk this “holiday” ALL DAY LONG! And he doesn’t quite getting the joking thing. So, being the good mom I am, I’ll have to go along with it ALL DAY LONG.

But I am going to get the kids good!! I made them a sponge cake. Now, in their short lives, they have had little experience. I do not think they have encountered sponge cake–so my April Fool trick might not go over as big as it should. Oh, well! I’m doing it anyway!! Be sure to come back tomorrow to read about the “playing out of the April Fool’s trick!”

Making the “sponge cake” . . . .

The Ingredients

Making the Cake

Frosting the Cake


And because I am a paper crafter, I dressed the cake up with this cake wrap that Eleanor created. You can find it at her on-line store, SVG Shop. (Love Eleanor’s creations, by the way!)

Dress it Up a Bit

REMEMBER, to come back tomorrow to read about the “playing out of the April Fool’s trick!”

One UN-lucky Leprechaun

I have been playing with my kids for over a week.

I made paper “gold coins” and shamrocks. I drop some on the floor at least once a day,exclaiming, “A Leprechaun must have been here! Look! He left more gold!” They come running every time! Then I say, “I’m going to catch that Leprechaun!!”

I was worried that my 4 year old is on to me!!

Today, that Leprechaun has been playing tricks in our home. From turning the milk green to rearranging furniture. The cave boys are both home today (1st grader is ill). The 4 year is enjoying this day. Now I have him convinced that the Leprechaun is indeed real. Any little thing that is out of place, is blamed upon the Leprechaun. And everything appears to have been turned to green through his eyes!!

Today is a good St Pat’s Day for me . . . Not so much for the Leprechaun!

Shortly after my daughter and her friend came home from school, I spotted that naughty Leprechaun. I chased the Leprechaun up the stairs as he dropped gold coins and shamrocks on his way. The children heard me shouting, “Catch him! Where is he?! Did you see that Leprechaun run by? I’m going to get him!!”

Ha ha! We caught that naughty little Leprechaun. Now, what to do with him?
I have included a video for you to see what that Leprechaun has done to our home!

Today is “John 3:16″ Day

Monday was Pi Day. Thursday is St Pat’s Day.

Today is the 3rd month of the year and the 16th day.

Today is John 3:16 Day.

God’s Word says,

For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten ([a]unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life.

I found this version in the Amplified Bible. I do not read this Bible, but the message is even more beautifully proclaimed!! I appreciate how it demonstrates that YOU are wonderfully loved.

Now I want you to re-read God’s words, out loud and insert your name where it says world. Go ahead. I’ll wait . . . You ARE worth it . . . .

For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the MY NAME that He [even] gave up His only begotten ([a]unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life.

Share this with someone you know. A family member, co-worker, clerk at the store. Help spread the Good News! Share the Holy Goosebumps!

Knock Knock

I lo-ove it when little kids are on the cusp of figuring out jokes! Especially Knock knocks. The 4 1/2 year caveboy thinks he is soooooo funny!!

Knock Knock
Who’s there?
Peach who?
(repeat 5 or more times)
Knock Knock
Who’s there?
Banana who?
Aren’t you glad I didn’t say peach?!

Two things that make this even better: Every time he says the knock knock line, he adds your name. “Knock Knock, Mom.” Every time (in the same joke)! And his 12 year old sister goes in to hysterics every time!

I love that my kids enjoy life! That they can find such joy in even the simplest!

Grammar Lessons, Science & Theology from the Caveboys

This is an old post that did not get posted. Hope you enjoy it.
At the time, Jacob was 6 ½ years. Zachary, 4 ½ years.

Brushing Up on Your Grammar
Be Aware of What You Put In Your Mouth
According to Jacob, my boys don’t take vitamins. They eat bite-amins or suck-amins!

According to Zachary, people use smokerettes.

Feelings, Oh-oh-oh, Feelings
It is fun to listen to the boys singing the songs of the pop artists that big sister Emma listens to. They know most of the words to the songs of “chick” singers like Hannah Montana, Katy Perry, that Firefly Guy, Tiao Cruz, Bruno Mars. Emma does play & sing them A LOT!

Katy Perry has a song called “Fireworks.”
Zachary sings: “Have you ever feeled like a plastic bag . . .”

I corrected Zach saying, “We say felt. Have you felt. You do not feeled. A field is where cows graze. Have you ever felt like . . . ”

Zach replies: “No, not that kind of field. Like you feeled it on your tummy.”

The God’s Teaccings According to Zachary
It is hard to know when the little ones grasp God.
One Sunday we were on our way home from Church and Zachary said, “You know God is everywhere. God’s in our body. God is pushing our heart.”
Fair enough. Then he said, “You can talk to God, but if you use bathroom words, He won’t listen to us.”
We have good teachers at our church!

In the Science Lab with Jacob
Solids Versus Liquids
Jacob tells me

When asked if Pluto planet? He replies, “It is a dwarf planet.” But does not know what that means. And that is the end of it! “Don’t ask!”

I asked him if he learned about the “new planet?”
“We’re not going to learn that.”

MinneSNOWta–You Can’t Slow Us Down (Story 2 in Pictures)

December 9-12, 2010
Snow Storm leaves Minnesotans in 20 inches of snow, below zero temps and winds, impassable city streets, stuck cars and closed schools.
So what do you do when your preschool is closed for the day and it’s too cold to go outside??
You push the couch aside, set a blanket in front of the snowy window, add your plants, turn on the Christmas tree lights, and have an indoor picnic with mom!!!

The Yummy Spread

Ah--Snow? What Snow? I'm Enjoying My Picnic.

Mom & Zach

MinneSNOWta–You Can’t Slow Us Down (Story 1 in Pictures)

November 23, 2010
First Snow Fall that Accumulates and Counts!
What do we do in Minnesota when snow arrives? We do not let it slow us down. We still have to get our play in. Or is that out? Depends on how you look at!

We create our own version of olympic sports--Curling with An Ice Chunk on the Driveway.


Snow Man Building Competition

A little snow on the slide? Doesn't bother us. Just shovel it off first.

Tire Throwing


Cute Kid Competition!

Cute Kid Competition!

Foot Prints on the Moon Competition

Mom gets in some Sun Rays and a "little" vitamin D while she judges the events.

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