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I don’t often buy cheese puffs anymore, though I do love them.  And….that’s probably why.  I could consume a bag in one sitting if left to my own devices.

So, my kids were excited that I picked some up from the grocery for them today.  I placed some on their plates for dinner.  The following conversation ensued….

Me: “There are some cheese puffs for you.”

Luke: “Remember when Dad had those and they made him sick?”

Me: (Searching my memory) “No.”

Luke: “Yeah.  Remember?  And we had to buy him oatmeal?”

Me: “No.  Seriously.  What are you talking about?”

Luke: “Remember?  He was sick and he had red dots all over him?”

Me (aha!): “Luke, that was chicken pox, not cheese puffs.”  😛

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Merry Christmas :)

Hey all!  So glad some of you are still hanging around here.  I’m missing writing, but life is so full of other good things, too!

Speaking of which, I chose to forego Christmas cards this year.  I usually send out between 60 and 70 cards.  I hand write in each one, and address by hand (because I still don’t seem to have one database with everyone’s info!) and sometimes it’s just overwhelming.  I decided to take a year off from them, and just post a card-ish thing here.  That way, no one has to feel badly about putting our beautiful faces in the trash, or keeping around a photo that they they don’t really want for the next decade until they are cleaning out a junk drawer and see our photo and can’t even remember who we are and why they still have the photo and then throw our beautiful faces in the trash.  See how much stress I’m saving you, too? 😉

Anyway, here we are this year:

Aldrich Family 2008

Aldrich Family 2008

Hey look, a photo where we all have our eyes open and no one is making a silly face!!!  (Seriously, any hint of a silly face there is just what our faces actually look like.)  And it only took about 15 tries!!!

Life is good here.  Challenging, joyful, and a constant roller coaster ride!  Kids are good.  Normal, fun, frustrating, loving, energetic, busy, normal kids.  We couldn’t love them more, or be more thankful for them.  I think it’s gonna be a blast enjoying Christmas with them this year.  I’m so excited.

Hope you are all doing wonderfully, that you have a beautiful holiday, and that 2009 is your best year ever.

Merry Christmas,

Kerri, Cory, Samantha, Jake and Luke

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HB to me…

It was my birthday today.  Bald Man took the day off.  I woke at 11 and had breakfast and went back to bed until 2:30.  Then we took the kids out for a bit.  Then I went to a nice dinner at The Meadowlark without the kids.  Yum.

Have I mentioned my love for Facebook?  They tell (or remind) a bunch of people that it’s your birthday.  And then they say Happy Birthday.  And you feel special.  If you just don’t remind yourself that they would have forgotten otherwise. 😉

The only thing that would have made the day better is if I could’ve made my hair more grey before seeing my mother.  That would have made her batty.  And that’s always fun for me. 😛

I’ll be back soon. 🙂

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Purple Nurple


Your Mind is Purple


Of all the mind types, yours is the most idealistic.
You tend to think wild, amazing thoughts. Your dreams and fantasies are intense.
Your thoughts are creative, inventive, and without boundaries.

You tend to spend a lot of time thinking of fictional people and places – or a very different life for yourself.

Strangely, very accurate.

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NEXT!!!

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And the question is……..What is it?

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Hsien shared this little questionairre that she found in the Supernanny magazine. Here are my responses:

The last time my child(ren)…

…made me laugh?

My 14-month old today when I said, “Are you really poopy? I just changed you.” And he started laughing at me.

…made me proud?

When they figured out how to share amongst themselves (after I threatened them with just taking the toy away!)

…had a tantrum?

Anytime you tell my 2yr old that it’s nap/bedtime. “I not sweepy!!!”

…said they loved you?

Quite often, actually, right after I give into whatever it is they want at that moment. (“I love you mom! You’re the best mom EVER!”) And even sometimes just out of the blue.

…learned something new?

Samantha has figured out how to speak “Ubby Dubby” today and was trying it out all the way home from the grocery store. (Hey there, all you Zoomers!)

…embarassed you?

I do that plenty on my own. Walking into the men’s bathroom at Tim Horton’s last week, then not being able to see the WALL of baked goods behind the cashier that I was standing RIGHT IN FRONT OF. Who needs kids to embarrass me?

…made you cry?

Gosh. Probably sometime when they were fighting non-stop and I’d had enough. Apparently, it’s been long enough that I’ve forgotten. Or I’ve gone with that “repressed memory” thing to block it out and preserve my psyche. That explains the facial tick.

…made you feel guilty?

When my daughter asked for something, and I answered, “I don’t know, we’ll see.” She responded with, “I know what that means. It means ‘no’.” And I realize that I use that phrase, and others like it, just to get them to leave me alone for a minute, though I have no intention of letting them have/do whatever it is. Ugh.

Share some of your responses in the comments!

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