Wednesday, May 23, 2012


It took me a while to figure out what "lol" means.  I'm the person who has to google phrases like that because I'm kind of oblivious to a lot of stuff and don't pick up on lots of details.  Let's blame it on 6 childbirths (which does make you forget lots of stuff), 10 years of teaching school and learning to filter lots of blabber to get to the important stuff, or living in a foreign country where I don't hear the latest lingo and don't watch hardly any TV.

So, for those of you like me, "lol" apparently means "laugh out loud".  (I just googled it to make sure, ha ha, i mean, lol.)  It is internet slang.  I guess it is just plain old fashioned to type in "ha ha" or "HA!".  Now it is "lol".

(on a side note - in Brazil it is "rsrsrsr" or "kkkkkkk" or "haiusdhaisuhdiausihus" - all of these mean laughter).

So when is the last time you "lol"ed??  Even though I don't consider myself a super serious person, sometimes it seems like I go too long without laughing (out loud).

HOWEVER - today I had some good giggles.

This video on our family blog makes me laugh everytime. Anderson made this by himself when he was 5 or 6 years old and it cracks me up.  I know it by heart and so does everyone in our family, but I can't watch it again without giggling.

Also, read this blog post.  Ansley showed me this this morning and I would have wet my pants if I hadn't been sitting down.

I love to laugh....ha ha ha haaa.....loud and long and clear! (a little shout out to Mary P.)

Anyway, I do love to laugh and I hope these little links have given you some giggles today, too.  If you have any funny links to share, leave a comment!!

Monday, May 21, 2012

Movie Recommendation: Oldie but Goodie

Oh yeah, I have a blog.

So, so much catching up to do on here.  I'll try to do better for the 3 of you who read this!

We have family movie nights at our house - usually on Friday night.  Since Ansley got home from Ecuador (yeah!) last Sunday, we watched a new movie that she bought there.

I had never heard of it.  It was called Iron Will.  It is an old movie - like Kevin Spacey is in it and he looks about 30.

It was about a young man, Will, who decided to race in a sled dog race in memory of his dad (and to save his farm and pay for his college.)  I'm not going to tell more because I don't want to give it away if you haven't seen it.

We LOVED this movie.  It was exciting enough that the big kids liked it, but not too scary or violent for the little kids.  No bad words or parts where you had to fast forward through.

So, if you are looking for a good family movie, this is a great choice!

Also, if you have family movie night too, you might want to enter a giveaway for a projector on this blog:  Whatever.  I can think of a million ways we could use this projector!

Friday, May 4, 2012

Awesome Book

I love reading and I love reading good books to my kids.  

I think that's mainly because I get to read the book again, too.

Here is one of my very favorites.  I used to read this to my 3rd grade class when I taught school.

Tonight I finished reading this to Anderson.  He loved it and I loved reading it again.

If you have boys, read this to them.  Girls would like it too, but it definitely has boy appeal.

I'm not going to tell you what it's about, but trust me, you will be drawn in and you will love it.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Falling Asleep?

We are an "early to bed, early to rise" family.

Kevin gets up at the crack of dawn everyday.  I am definitely more of a morning person than a night person. And our kids have always been ready for bed at a decent hour and gone to sleep easily, ready to wake up early the next day.

Except one.

He didn't get the memo about how the Blume kids are supposed to sleep.

He gets an extra spark in his battery about the time the rest of us are winding down.

Take last night for example.  Kevin went to read a few chapters of a book to Anderson while he was in bed.  After about 3 pages, Anderson was snoring.

At this same time, Garrett offered to read to Giovanni in his (Garrett's) bed.  After Anderson conked, Kevin walked by Garrett's room and listened in...  Garrett would read one sentence and Giovanni would ask a million questions about that sentence, the main one being his favorite:  "Why?"

Reading to fall asleep wasn't working.

Last week, Carys and Garrett had babysitting duty.  Carys needed to read a book for the next day at school, so she set Giovanni up with a bunch of his favorite books in bed beside her.

Good plan, and it made for some cute pictures.

How did it work out?  Carys ended up falling asleep reading her book.  Giovanni just left her there and went on his merry way.  Garrett had to get him to sleep later on.

Thanks for trying, Carys.