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I asked Pi to get the baby dressed, and rather than choosing, you know, clothes, this is what she came up with:

“Oh please! Mr. Tiger, don’t eat me up, and I’ll give you my beautiful tie dyed bandana plus a little sass to boot.”


Not to be outdone, here is Ood a couple weeks ago

sporting manly pajama pants on his head, what else? The world looks to Ood when they are wondering what to wear–especially for fancy occasions like holidays.


Thumbing through these photos, I kept wondering where these people get their idea of what makes a legitimate outfit? Of course, this is what I dressed the baby in the day Ood chose a raccoon suit:

Nice tie dye, no? Especially with those clown socks, I think. I guess the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.


Pi is publishing her novella in her blog!!! Read the first chapter and a half here.


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creative play

My children’s creative use of toys gives me a glimpse into the inner workings of their young minds.

Mr. Potato Head has hairy armpits.

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Wait, Haiku Friday!
The clock says it’s a bit late.


receding slowly
mountains of snow grow porous
revealing treasures


Why did no one tell
that this was available
instead of strained peas?

(I know, I know, I just posted a foody baby face. It’s refreshing to see a theme begin to emerge from this blog, no?)

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grandma's hearing aid

…and then is reluctant to give them back. Whether worn as a game or a fashion statement, we cannot tell, but it certainly takes a very kind and patient Grandmother to entertain these whims.

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Chef Ood

As the holidays approach, I think we all get in the mood for some festive recipes. Luckily, Chef Ood has been in the kitchen whipping up something totally new and exciting.


No, it is not that cold in our house. Remember Ood is also a fashion expert; everybody will be wearing fleece hats indoors next season. Anyway. This little dish, invented and cooked up by Ood, was written down by Pi to be sure we could replicate it next time we have guests for dinner:

Ood’s Recipe

Get a silver dish. Pour milk in dish. Dump peanuts in dish. Place four broccoli trees in. Stir with a wire whisk. Let it sit for five minutes. Enjoy!


And as long as we are talking about enjoyable food, I had a proud mother moment today. The children were gathered around the table for shepherds pie when Ood hungrily scooped into his potatoes with his little finger. “Potatoes are pinkie food,” he informed the others, who were all too happy to follow suit.

I wondered where he learned such a thing? Turns out it was from me. I had reheated some mashed potatoes for him the other day, and I checked them for warmth when they came out of the microwave with my little finger. I’m sure I licked my finger off on my way to the sink to wash my hands, being civilized and all. That Ood, he’s an observant student.

So, anybody want to have dinner with us?



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I asked Isp what he wanted for his birthday dinner. He started to automatically quip, “Pizz–” but stopped short and revised hiself, “Yams! We never, never have yams. Why don’t we ever have yams?”

“Are you saying you want yams for your birthday dinner?”

His face brightened. “Yes!” He ran off giggling.

birthday yams

Who am I to argue with a kid who knows what he likes? We had pizza, yams, broccoli (shut up, Isp loves broccoli too) and dirt cake.

dirt cake

The dirt cake is crunched up oreos, gummy worms, and lolly pop “flowers” on top of a frosted chocolate cake. A from-scratch chocolate cake that we love and dream about and wake up drooling on our pillows for. That cake. This is what you do:

Chocolate Cake
Stir together:

  • 2 C. sugar
  • 1¾ C. flour
  • ¾ C. cocoa
  • ½ Tbsp. baking soda
  • ½ Tbsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt


  • 2 eggs
  • 1 C. milk
  • ½ C. vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp. vanilla

Beat with a mixer for two minutes. Then stir in:

  • 1 C. boiling water

You could be microwaving that water while you beat the cake so it will be boiling at the end of the two minutes. Your batter will be so thin, you’ll think you ruined the cake, but relax, it is going to be superb. Pour into greased pans and bake at 350°F. for 35-40 minutes for a 9″x13″ pan, or 30-35 minutes for two 9″ round pans. Voila. Best chocolate cake in the world.
Just in case you are feeling sorry for poor Isp and his yams, yesterday we also went for some birthday fun at the airplane museum.


I love that Isp.

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all Ood, all the time

And thus spake Ood (4):
“I have to wash my hands so I don’t get spear.” (staph)

“A pokeek!” (peacock)

examining a cut on his finger: “Those little round red things that are dark in the middle will come out!” (Yes, red blood cells.)

“Mom, even when you do nice things, you are still a bad guy!”

me: “Yeah, I’m a bad guy. Bad guys love you.”

(singing to the tune of “Bingo”) “There was a man with a little, white pet and naked rat was his name-O…”

He’s a natural.

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