Life just doesn't get any better…

Now that’s a good song!

Summertime is fun time!  Framing Grey is booking gigs for this summer in Houston.

Can I just say how excited I am?  They sound good!

Nick on vocals ——->>>>>>>

“The Widow” by Mars Volta

Nick Blevins – Vocals, Guitar
Jake Blevins – Drums
Herb Ochoa – Bass


My girls being cute

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When they get on your last nerve…


I was all irritated with Froglet and I had a long post written complaining about it, but I decided to get a new attitude and play around with my movie maker.



I’m all cured of my bad mood.  Now I’m all warm and fuzzy inside.


Dr. Seuss had a good grasp of the world


My favorite quote from Dr. Seuss is number 21.  “Be who you are, say what you mean because those who mind don’t matter and those that  matter don’t mind.”


Girl Power

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The timid little froglet

She is hunkered down on my bed, rifling through her backpack making sure she has everything she needs for school that day.  My child, my pre-teen angel.  Her long wavy hair hangs in a perfect thick brown shield hiding her pained expression.  Her things now in perfect order, she slowly looks in my direction, tears brimming on her lashes.

“Mommy, I can’t do it.”  We’re talking about P.E., of course.  The quintessential nightmare of pre-teen girls everywhere.  “We have to run the whole time and I can’t even breathe!”  The discussion quickly turns into a detailed description involving dramatically dropping dead from oxygen deprivation.  Sweat droplets are actually acid and will burn right through her skin and eat her flesh until it reaches her bones.

I feel her angst.  I remember being 12 and feeling self-conscious and uncertain.  The inclination that everyone,  everywhere is watching your every move and taking notes.  We had to practice changing clothes for P.E. so that there was no exposed skin showing upon the removal of shirt and pants.  We had many discussions about the other girls feeling exposed and they would not be looking at HER changing, they are worried about her looking at THEM changing.

We talked about it so much that we were able to finally joke around.  Picking her up from school in the afternoons, “Did you get naked in gym today?”  “Not today,” was her pat answer.  Until about three weeks into school a triumphant Abby says to me, “We got naked in gym today!”  Success!  No more tears, fears and worries about changing in the locker room.

What do I do about this new problem?  The truth is, not much.  Abby is a shy, sensitive child.  If a teacher even speaks her name or a friend says “hello” in the grocery store, her face turns pink.  Here we are faced with the reality of running around a racetrack, in front of a group of her peers, huffing, puffing, sweating…  She doesn’t want to race or compete; she wants to live through what she sees as her public humiliation.  What’s a mom to do?  Write her a note of course….


Howdy from Houston!

Not sure how this blog is going to develop so I’ll start with telling you a little about me.  I am a 41 year old southern lady who’s been attached to a fantastic fella for over 20 years. I have four great kids (AKA The Froglets.)  I have a son in college, a son in high school, a daughter in junior high and a daughter in the Elementary school.  I have all the flavors of the parenting experience and I love it.  More on them later… much more!

Being a Mom is my most important job, but it is only part of who I am.

I like to write and I like to talk, A LOT.  I expect that I will be long-winded and belabor most any point I need to make.  I know all the grammar rules and like to break them on purpose.  I love to use sentence fragments and put commas where I damned well please.  I’m a rebel that way.  So no need to call foul on my flagrant abuse of grammar rules.  (See there?  I just fragmented a sentence.)  I will alliterate, use clichés and end sentences with prepositions, bank on it.

I am a voracious reader and I love it when I come across a writer who has a talent for writing in a way that is unique and interesting.  Dean Koontz is so quirky in his Odd Thomas series that it just makes me laugh.  I enjoy him so much.  As this blog develops, I am going to figure out an interesting way to share what I’m reading and find out what everybody else is reading.  (Might be fun to have an online book club or discussion.)

Since I find myself with “free” time in between shuttling kids around, I decided to familiarize myself with social networking, blogging and how to build a better website.  I love independent study!  The only pressure I feel is the pressure I put on myself.

I’m a curious person.  I like to know things about my world.  I like to have a question and answer that question with multiple angles.  I am interested in the dynamics of our society, what makes people tick, my children; their issues and the issues of their friends.

And I’m annoyingly thorough.  Ask my kids.  If you are a friend of one of my kids on facebook, I will know your business.  Don’t post something and then be all bent out of shape because I read it.  Honestly, that’s what the filters are for.  If you don’t want every joe-schmoe reading your personal business, either add security or don’t post stupid shit!

I have a strong mind and I am not looking for child-rearing or relationship advice.  And it is a bad, bad idea to try to convert me to some religion or share an opinion about my spiritual life or percepted lack thereof.   I have a brain and I use it, end of story.

So there’s enough about me for now.

Howdy from Houston!


(I had a different introduction prepared but Super Frog read it and was less than enthused.  Guess that means it was boring?)


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