A moment of peace

update: Evidently I’m not the only one affected by vacation.  WordPress is acting mighty strange too.  It choked and combined 2 separate posts, even putting the comments together.  I’ve forgiven WordPress and even covered its tracks by digging up both posts from the revision records.  Now, even more disjointed than before.  Enjoy.

Vacation was fun, but I’ve decided to a make a comeback.  It works for TV celebrities, right?  Except the ones who are pegged as has-beens.

So here I am.  I came back from vacation.  That makes it a comeback, right?  Now I’ve got to think of something to blog about, or else get a contract to star in a new movie.  But I’m thinking I make a better blogger than a movie star, which is part of the reason we didn’t follow up on the inquiries we have received in the past year from Wife Swap, MTV, CBS News, or the local news station that I can’t remember at the moment.

Really, we received inquiries from all of the above and probably more.  If we had received one from Extreme Home Makeover we would have jumped on it, because we already have an extreme view from our deck, so we’re halfway there.  Hubby would love to have a 3,000 square foot gameroom and a master bedroom suite with a shower that you could lost in, and the kids would love 7 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms and a pool, and as for me – well, baseboards would be nice.  I’m easy to please.

Wow.  Vacation is not good for increasing the attention span, is it?  It probably doesn’t help that I got back on caffeine over the past week and am now 2 days into quitting cold turkey, mostly because I forgot that I had been drinking real coffee all week.  My head hurts.  And you may have noticed that I’m not quite myself.  I do like to think that I’m usually more coherent than this post.  Please just nod in agreement and send your condolences.

Maybe this will help my frame of mind.  At least it makes me forget the headache:

We used to have an aquarium with a variety of freshwater fish.  They varied from one week to the next, depending upon who had eaten whose eyeballs and fins.   Maybe it wasn’t an entirely peaceful existence for the fish themselves, but I used to love to sit and watch them.
Since daddy longlegs like to congregate behind fish tanks and other sources of moisture here in south Texas, we won’t be setting up an aquarium anytime soon.  It wouldn’t be so bad if they had small congregations like our church, but these daddy longlegs seem to prefer mega-churches.

So I’ll settle for low-moisture setups like this one.   If you like it, you can set up one of your own.  I highly recommend it.


  1. Although…not SHAG baseboards. Now that sends shivers down my spine. 🙁

  2. Aaaah…baseboards. So we share the same dream…

  3. I’m so happy you are back to blogging! I’ve missed reading about your wonderful family.

  4. Lisa in ND says:

    Glad to see you back Kim! I battle the caffeine demon myself and I can relate.

    Please, please stay off reality television. I am embarrassed to admit I’ve seen more of it than I should. It’s not kind to large homeschooling Christian families, Wife Swap in particular.

    Have a great week!

  5. Think of something to blog about? What about the rest of the trip? Did you make it to the big river cookout? Was the stomach virus finally vanquished? Was the Laura Ingalls Wilder home all you dreamed it would be in more? I’m on the edge of my seat here…

  6. Leanne,
    What a fun and crazy story! I wish we enjoyed getting tickled by our daddy longlegs as much as your girls did. I hate to wake up to one crawling across my face!

    They were doing a show about the daily lives of large families and sent an email inviting us to apply. Needless to say, we weren’t interested in being the freak show du jour for the MTV world.

  7. Welcome back, sorry to hear about the caffeine withdrawal headaches. My condolences, I mean congratulations for going off caffeine!

  8. MTV? Is there something we don’t know?

  9. Glad you’re back – glad you survived! In 20 years, you’ll look back on this and laaaaaugh….. 🙂 Baseboards?!

  10. Samara and Amber,
    The first 2 comments belong on the previous post, which – er, disappeared. I think it got overwritten by this one when our server went down. Weird. I just remixed the two posts into one, so everything should make sense now.

  11. How come you deleted the prior entry?

  12. Speaking of daddy long-legs….

    We used to have several very large sunflowers out back, growing out of the space in the concrete, from birds who had eaten the birdseed out front then, umm, you know, recycled it. One day I heard my girls just giggling hysterically out there. Going out to check on them, I discovered them by the sunflowers, vying for the title of most beautiful, all the while dropping daddy long-legs down their dresses!!! Kellie, who was about three at the time, looks at me and says, “Mama, we’re dropping spiders down our shirts and it tickles!!”….

    Fond memories!

    And the only fish we had were Russell’s and they both were Betas and died.

    He wants a great big 50 gallon tank filled with salt water fish. We have a friend who is a fish expert….maybe when he’s 18!!!

  13. Perhaps a tank of insect-eating fish would provide for amusement in South Texas. Plus you wouldn’t have to buy fish food.

    I don’t get the previous two comments- did the post change?

  14. armymamma says:

    Can you imagine what would happen if you went on wifeswap? They would stick your family with a rock-and-roll tarot card reader living “an alternative lifestyle” and then edit your film to make you look like another “crazy Christain”.

  15. Wow, how did those shows locate you? Just online? I suggested to my parents theat they could tell Extreme Home Makeover that Michelle was dying if they really needed a remodel but I don’t think they were crazy about the idea 😉

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