Fifty

He turned 50 yesterday. He was working out of town and didn't get home until really late. The children were all asleep as they had final exams today and needed the rest. I sat with him for a little while, fighting to keep my eyelids open. Five o'clock in the morning comes so fast. I…

I’m Here in the Volunteer Recovery Room

Hi. It's me. You know that crazy mother of five who uses her blog as a way to work through her issues because Groupon has yet to come out with a free therapy coupon. Yeah. I didn't fall off the planet. I've just been recovering from all of the exhaustion that running around like a…

Lazy, Hot Summer

It's about 4,000,000 degrees F outside (that's 2,222,204.44 degrees C, in case you were wondering.)  I melted four days ago.  But then I guess someone scooped up my big, ole puddle of body fat into a Nikki-shaped mold and stuck me back in the freezer.  Because here I am again....all corporeal and able to type.…

Summer Schedules

It's hot. (Yeah, Africa hot because it's only June. I expect it'll be Dallas-hot by August.) So I'm not a big fan of the heat because it's so doggone humid here and we don't have air conditioning. I can live with just ceiling fans and open windows. Probably, it's healthier this way. (And if it's…

My Little Sister

She is the third child of four, the youngest girl. She has bright red hair and if you ask her where her daddy is she will wiggle her pinkie and tell you, "wrapped around this finger." And if she's laughing, you're going to laugh, too. She was the tattle-tellingest, teasingest kid I ever knew growing…

Ready, Set, Jump into Summer!!

I went to pick up Ismail's report card from the school yesterday....and lo,and behold! HE PASSED. We'd been so worried because he really doesnot study much and I'm convinced he has a little dyslexia going on. At any rate, Ismail passed. We're soooo happy. No summer school. No morescreaming, yelling, begging, crying, grounding, etc. Yay!…