This is a screenshot from a really great looking website.
But how does everyone miss the word in one of their most important questions?
I think they should probably stick with “Bar” since it’s easier to spell.
The Grunter is still here living with us. He really does take care of almost all of his own needs. I don’t buy his shampoo, deodorant and various other sundry items. He pays for his own haircuts, car insurance and almost all his own food. He really does support himself except for the room and board part. I do feel the need to give him credit for this in an era where many young people his age are still being fully financially supported by mom and dad.
He keeps his quasi-bachelor pad in the basement decent. He comes upstairs occasionally for a meal or to sit and talk to us.
After one such visit upstairs to our main level, he went upstairs to the bedroom level and came back down with one roll of toilet paper.
I’ve worked hard to teach independence and imparting the importance of how they need to learn to take care of themselves. There are still some little things I try to do. One of those is supplying toilet paper for anyone at our house using our bathrooms. Because I have a generous heart like that.
So I say to The Grunter, “You can take more than one roll of toilet paper for your bathroom.”
He has a quirky smile and turns to go down the basement stairs.
And now you understand the title of this post and the intentional bad pun.
Yes, I made him back up and re-enact this moment so I could take pictures.
Because funny is really how we roll…
And I love when my kids make me laugh.
Well played, Everett, well played.
There is nothing better than blog reader supplied Typo Tuesday photos.
Except when the photo is from a blog reader’s son.
A college son who knows and still cares about apostrophes.
And takes a photo of a professionally printed sign and sends it to his mom. Thanks Ethan!
Good job Karen – there is still hope when moms like you still care about the English language and instill that in your kids.
After I hit the 500 blog post milestone, it certainly appears that I’m become a once-a-month blogger. Never my intention but…
I can’t really blog about the trivial stuff of our summer and ignore one of the worst tragedies we all woke up to on Friday last week. Sad, sad stuff and my heart goes out to all those families in Colorado.
We are all fine, fine, fine here.
It seems a little funny to think our summer is busier this year with one 13 year-old at home and the 3 college kids mostly managing their own lives than when we had all 4 kids at home. Feels weird to me anyway.
More to come because I really don’t want to abandon my neglected little blog. Until then, here are some snippets of the Humpfreeze summer memories.
Reminder/Disclaimer: Food pictures follow even though this is not a food blog which is obvious when you look at the pictures.
Even though we’re working hard to stay away from boxed foods and make homemade things as much as we can, I will confess that many convenience foods were used to make the darling twins birthday dessert requests.
I used The Best Chocolate Cake Ever recipe and cheated with a box of Jello chocolate mousse I didn’t even remember buying that I had in the pantry. Homemade no-bake cheesecake filling and homemade whipped cream. We all thought it was one of the best cakes ever!
Rachel’s dessert request took on a life of its own. Recipe inspiration came from this crazy Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie Oreas ‘n Brownie Bars recipe. It was surprisingly edible. Even at 21, who doesn’t appreciate monkey party hats and plates I brought to as well as the princess napkins? It’s a twin thing to pick a few special things for each twin and I picked things that match their personality.
We delivered their cakes after making them cut them so we could bring 2 pieces home for Scary Baby and took them to dinner.
Forgot to take a picture of Rachel’s monstrosity after we cut it.
I bravely cooked again at 4th of July. The summer heat has us avoiding turning on the oven so I opted for crockpot shredded pork BBQ.
I used two recipes from Monica’s blog, The Yummy Life and we all loved the BBQ. I really liked it because even though “they say” the fat from pork roast adds flavor, I don’t like it and don’t like to strain it all off. Picture of the pork is before I added the Sweet Baby Ray’s Barbeque sauce. Here are links to both recipes:
We also enjoyed the super sweet variation of strawberry shortcake that my friend Leigh Anne had posted. It’s hard for me to say anything is too sweet but the frosting layers on this cake were very sweet! I loved the butter almond cake but would use a lightly sweetened whipped cream with the lemon curd next time. We shared half the cake with neighbors who raved about it.
It’s rare that all six of us are all in one place at one time with the 3 college kids’ summer work schedules but whenever we can capture any of them it seems to usually involve bribing them with food.
How are you surviving this summer heat?
While November of this year will mark my 5 year blogging anniversary, today marks a different milestone.
I’m sure that many bloggers hit that mark much more quickly than I have. I’ve gone through surges of regular, consistent blogging. And I’ve been inconsistent and gone missing for weeks because real life comes first and I can’t always blog about it.
I’ve blogged through the ups and downs of the teen years of our first three darlings. This flew in the face of the millions of mommy blogs out there with young babies and toddlers. I see them now questioning how much they can blog as their kids hit middle and high school. They are getting uncomfortable with blogging. It is a parenting season that can be the hardest.
I’m here to say to hang on – there is a light at the end of the tunnel and we can see it. With our
strategic family planning, those teens are now “the twenties” which is reason to celebrate. My parenting goal was to get them to 18 so they could be solely responsible for their own actions.
Then PhilBillPaul and I woke up on April 22nd of this year, only to find we are fully immersed in raising teen #4. Scary Baby at 13 may be more work than the first batch of 3.
The blog material never ends. It’s the time it takes and trying to figure out the balance of real life and some level of privacy.
The good news – I’m still not drinking.
The bad news – I’m still not drinking.
Special thanks to my friend Leigh Anne who encouraged me to start a blog. Thanks to my friends who keep up with me through the blog. Thanks to my new friends who found a kindred spirit through the blog. Thanks to everyone who has ever left a comment because the “google gods” pay attention to that.
We’re having an ice cream celebration here.
Photo by Scary Baby who believes ice cream is a grocery staple.
Disclaimer: We did have 7 college kids here on Thursday night and they made sundaes. Just didn’t want you to think it was all for us. My favorites are in order from the bottom to the top.
This blog has become our online digital family photo album where I can write the stories and upload photos and then print the whole blog as a book to add to our shelf of family scrapbooks.
Capture the stories. Even the bad ones. It’s what makes us family. And some day, sooner than later, I hope you will be able to laugh about the times that make us all stronger.