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November 2009

A Thanksgiving Prank Gone Bad

It was the night before Thanksgiving, and all through the house, not a creature was sleeping, except for the boy and his, well, that's our Doofus Dawg and he is WAY bigger than a mouse. Then, someone suggests, quite innocently,"Wouldn't it be funny, if we painted his toe nails?" Now, most people would probably think, "Yes, but it wouldn't be very nice." "Why yes, yes, it would, I'll get the nail polish!" Then again, we are NOT most people, he IS the only boy in the house and, well, the kid pretty much pranks us...ALL THE TIME...so, it's all in the name of good, clean, fun, right? "You're gonna make him cry." Apparently, my 13 yo did NOT think it was such a great idea, but went along with it, anyway. "That's just not right." Neither did my husband, Garth [not his real name] who woke up with his fingernails... Read more →

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Ghosts of Thanksgiving Past

Bud and Pam's 1st Thanksgiving 2008 Over the years, I've grown accustomed to having family over for the holidays and, as the kids get older, I find myself worrying less about the table setting (nope, it doesn't match) or, the food preparation (yes, some of it comes out of a can) not to mention, I don't bother too much about making lists, anymore (seriously?) or, worry whether I've managed to hunt down each and every dust bunny (they're sort of like pets, really and I've even named a few) or not. Because, no matter how my husband, Garth [not his real name] and I try, we've come to accept the simple fact that, with a family as big as ours (direct and extended) somethings just don't go right and, before you can say, "Pass the potatoes," someone's puking all over your nice, clean and shiny floors. Last year? I pretty... Read more →

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Of Cats, Brothers and a BITCH Called Cancer

Yeah, the poor guy's got 3 sisters, but all 3 of our pets are boys and, well, that's close enough, right? Cats. You either like them, or you don't. They do have a reputation of being a tiny bit self-absorbed (pot calling the kettle black, I say) and, often times, are considered not very good, you know, people-type pets. Still. There are those times, during their seemingly endless days of captivity, when a cat can sense that something is off and their owners aren't feeling quite right, or perhaps the planets are out of alignment, the earth's rotation shifts just a tad, and they simply slip out of character. On the other hand, there is nothing more humanizing than staying up most of the night, taking care of a sick pet. The Old Man (a.k.a. Pumpkin) belonged to my grandmother. She moved in with my folks -- 5 years before... Read more →

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Mothers Working Against Guilt Need Not Apply

Behind every successful woman, is a basket of dirty laundry...Sally Forth Except, in my case, it IS a "pile" of "clean" laundry and, well, success is a relative term, isn't it? According to some members of my family (especially, those who are, you know, mostly, women) I should consider myself lucky, whenever my husband, Garth [not his real name] is brave enough to come home and "actually" gets out of the car, at night.I get that. Still. Why are we women (mothers or non) so gosh-darned hard on each other? That's right, I said it, being a woman should feel really, really good, right now and, honestly, I can't remember the last time I felt good-ish about myself...most especially, in the company of other women. I mean, the minute something goes right in my life (yes, if you haven't guessed it, already, this post is NOT about the kids, so,... Read more →

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Mom Sends the Msg: Never Drive Faster Than Your Mom (or Dad) Can Text

If you were to ask me to list the scariest words in the English language, a few years ago, it would have looked something like this: Strep throat It's probably viral Check E. Cheese Parent-teacher conference I couldn't find any clean underwear (don't ask) Then, I picked up my oldest daughter (she turned 16, last week) and she laid 6 more on me, right in the middle of the high school parking lot: "I started driver's ed, today!" I knew this day would come. Dreaded it more than anything (even hot flashes) actually. [the sound of brakes, screeching to a halt] Then, she showed me the Parent Resource for Teen Driving Safety manual she received and I was all, like: "You wanna drive home?" Seriously, my legs and arms went all numb. It seems like only yesterday, I blogged How to Survive a Day in Jersey on a goof, sort... Read more →

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Bittersweet Sixteen

Happy Sixteenth Birthday, Holly! Today, you are sixteen. Sixteen; how is that possible; I mean, wasn't it just yesterday, I blogged about how frightened I was about becoming a mom of a teenager? I still remember blogging about the year you turned ten! Today, you are sixteen and, well, I'm still waiting for someone to invent a special time machine. You know, something we can simply strap ourselves into and travel back to a time when, I don't know, life seemed a whole lot easier. Remember when you and Heather would come home from preschool and how the three of us would spend the rest of the afternoon, curled up on the couch, watching television and pretending that we lived in a small cottage, in the woods, like Little Bear's grandmother? How about the times we would visit Mama and Papa, when they still lived in the house I grew... Read more →

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Veteran's Day Project: Children Give Thanks

Her 3rd grade class was asked to create posters, giving thanks to a soldier, for the Veteran's Day Parade, today -- she chose her Uncle John. Each of her classmates has a poster, just like it. A special thanks to ALL of our troops and big HOOAH to my twin brother, SFC Kat, who has dedicated each and every one of his medals to our parents -- they risked their lives for the promise of freedom and love America more than anyone I know! © 2009 This Full House - All Rights Reserved. Read more →

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