Sometimes kids make it hard to discipline them for doing something wrong, by pairing it with something you’d be impressed by.

Perfect example: Tempest came out of her quiet time saying, “I need you to see what I drew on the wall.”
“… you drew on the wall?” I replied.
“No, not on the wall, on the place where you mark the heights,” as if somehow that made it acceptable. I recently marked her, and our, heights on a spot by her window so we could keep track of her growth.

Curtis and I exchanged a glance and then he went into her room.
“No, honey – don’t ever draw on the walls,” I heard him say. He came out a bit later and told me that he couldn’t make her clean it, nor did he really want to clean it himself. He had to let her know it wasn’t okay to draw on the walls, while simultaneously being incredibly impressed with her.

She had invited Xan into her room and marked his height on the wall, writing, “Xan. Yeah baby!” next to it.
She re-measured her own height, writing with perfect spelling, “Tempest, five years, November” next to it.
Then drew a butterfly with multi-coloured wings.

Nothing is straight-forward with kids, even when it’s breaking the rules.

I’ve been sick for over a week now and I feel like utter crap. I have barely eaten this week, and two days in a row the only thing I managed to down was a protein bar and three bites of cereal. I’ve tried eating other things, like crackers and fruit, but have literally spit them into the sink before swallowing the first bite to prevent the rising wave of nausea from overtaking me completely.
I’ve barely done a thing other than knit and sleep. Last night I gave in and took half a Gravol, then, in a narcoleptic fashion, passed out in front of my computer for 30 minutes having no idea I’d fallen asleep. That’s exactly why I don’t ever take this stuff.

Miraculously everyone else in the house has managed to avoid the sick, including Xan, who attracts germs like dirt on socks.
Today after pain meds and antinauseants we rearranged the livingroom to try and make room for the upcoming yule holidays, a tree and decor. Tempest and I sat at the kitchen table cutting snowflakes and creating paper chains, which we taped to the front window. This morning Tempest asked me as soon as she got up, “Are we going to make more Yule decorations?”.
I plan on making a wreath with her, too.

I received a number of client cheques all at the same time, and upon realizing that I can now pay the upcoming car insurance up front and have some left over. We planned on getting a digital video camera for a while now, and after a few noters suggested it I looked into The Flip. It fit all the criteria that I wanted, especially the price, and so we got it today.
It is truly as awesome as I was hoping! I love this thing! We haven’t taken any amazing video with it yet, but I am loving it. Anyone who is thinking about a digital video camera? This one, it’s cool. It’s so cool I want to knit it a cozy.

(Xan talking)

Tempest saying hello:

I’m so sad that I have all these videos of Tempest as a wee babe that I took with my Kodak, and almost zip from Xan’s babyhood outside of some grainy, horrible cell phone “movies”. Getting this makes me very happy and gives a little light to the Awful Week of Sick.

Links of the Day:
Pixels are like cupcakes – a fantastic article about the Megapixel Myth that breaks down in understandable terms how a camera’s sensor works and why having 15 megapixels in your camera is not better than having 10.

San Diego’s republican mayor has a change of heart on gay marriage – this conference that he held, explaining what had changed for him, is so incredibly moving. It’s long, but it’s worth it. I cried a lot.




  • azdesertrose says:

    I had a few issues disciplining Stephani when she was younger because she would misbehave in a way that cracked me up. It’s really hard to be stern Mom when you can’t keep a straight face for your immortal soul. πŸ™‚

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    They sound so much like my younger “siblings” (not really my siblings, but close enough, you know?) at that age that it freaked me out when i pushed the button for Xan’s without looking at the video. I was like “WHAT, BLAINE IS ON YOUTUBE AND I DIDN’T PUT HIM THERE?!”

    Edit: Except I think Xan is bigger than Blaine. My icon is Blaine at 3.

  • heliophobe says:

    That cupcake article was very useful. I’m going to send it onwards to a few people I know.

  • delababy says:

    Oh, I’m glad you like it! Mine has a rainbow cozy! πŸ™‚

  • superflippy says:

    That is the cutest camera evar!
    We already have a video camera, so I’m wishing in vain here, but I can still fantasize about toting around a slim, rainbow-covered Flip.

    We will be replacing our point-and-shoot, however. Stupid Kodak Easy Share broke (again) during the middle of the most recent DITL. Our old Olympus may have been slow as turtles, but at least it took great pictures (eventually) and never broke. Maybe I can find something new that works as well and is also small and attractive.

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  • Heather, thank you for sharing that video of the San Diego mayor. It made me cry a lot, too! As I plan my wedding to Adam, I have been thinking a lot about how lucky we are to have this opportunity, these rights, these responsibilities. This really reminded me of that.

  • Anonymous says:

    Just a thought…

    I’m not sure if this is possible, but just a thought I had when reading your blog tonight…might you be pregnant? Nausea that has lasted a week that no one else has sounds a lot like morning sickness to me! If that’s not a possibility, forgive my ignorance πŸ™‚ The kids are so adorable! I’m going to take a look at the Flip!


    • admin says:

      Re: Just a thought…

      A number of people suggested this. BUT–

      One, I have an IUD (copper).
      Two, I have been charting since I was around 15 and I know my cycles, I ovulated about a day ago, so that’d be a pretty fast pregnancy. πŸ˜‰
      Three, there is a high probability that I am quickly heading toward permanent infertility (check a few entries back about seeing the gyno guy).
      So, it’s impossible for quite a few reasons. πŸ™‚

      • iluvrob20 says:

        Re: Just a thought…

        i have had weird constant nausea for the last four or five days. nobody else has it i’m so far from there even a chance that i am pregnant its not funny (boyfriend is in the military) Granted I’m thousands of miles away but bugs can be all over.

        sending you less queasy vibes!

  • Great link. A friend of mine who knows Nick Nolte, said that Nick was taking photos of him and Nicks current g/f with his not-yet-on-the-market-20-megapixel-camera, to which I replied “It’s not the size that counts, but how you use it.”

    I have an 8 MP Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18, which is an OK hobby camera, but I really preferred using my Fuji, which was much more basic in every way, but I could use it in more ways.

  • marbyco says:

    I cried too
    Whatever he went through in his office that night must have been significant, if he had been planning on vetoing it and his own daughter is gay. It’s not like she would have stood by quietly and let him do that, there must have been some pretty big discussions/arguments with him, and he was still against gay marriage. Until the very last minute. Wow.

  • Anonymous says:

    I know what you mean about not knowing if you should punish or not. My son recently colored on his book shelf (he’s three) and when I asked him what happened he told me he was decorating it. I didn’t know if I should tell him not to do it and wash it off, or if I should tell him it looked great and he did a good job decorating. I ended up telling him that from now on he should color on paper. I haven’t had the heart to wash it off yet.

    I’m glad you got a video camera! These things are essential when you have kids.

    Also, I was wondering if you could point me somewhere, or explain what exactly you do for Yule? We are celebrating Christmas for the third time in our lives this year (we used to be in a religion that didn’t allow it), but we have no Christian or religious attachments and are pretty much an atheist/pantheist household. This year we were thinking of incorporating Christian, Jewish and Pagan traditions just so we can try out and get a feel for what we want to do with the holiday and establish our own traditions. The problem is, I couldn’t really find much about Yule or how people celebrate it. Any ideas of where to get this info?

  • Yeah for a new video camera! I just use the one that is part of our digital camera and it seems to do OKAY… I think it is important to try to capture moments of these little lives springing forth, but it is hard to remember to take videos sometimes.

    I’ve been feeling the same way since Sunday, part of the same stomache virus that has been making Rylan vomit periodically since Friday. mine has been just feeling like utter crap and on-going nausea that makes eating feel really gross. The number of people that have asked me if I’m pregnant… (I know I’m not!)

  • onelargecat says:

    Question! What format do the videos end up in on that Flip thing??? We got a digital camcorder after Lyle was born a couple years ago, but it’s kinda too fancy. Every video has to be “produced” in their software and then converted into a format that is playable by everyone else, and I find it confusing and a hassle. I want something I can record, download, and be able to play and upload to youtube without having to do any special conversions or anything. Is the Flip that easy???

  • gracified says:

    I just wanted to thank you for posting that video of the mayor. What a way to wake up! It touched me, and I’m so glad that he was able to stand up and do what he knew was right. You could tell he was scared and moved and all of that. You can tell that he’s doing something really important. I kind of love him.

    Your kids are so cute. I hope you feel better, too!

  • j_lew says:

    whaaaaa cuteness! amazingly enough I tend to forget about accents when I think about people I know On-line, so flipping cute and Tempest looking scarily grown up!

    hope you feel better soon

  • It’s so awesome hearing them talk! πŸ™‚

    I was hoping for a photo of the wall though, lol. I love Tempest’s logic for why it was OK – it makes sense to me!

  • admin says:

    πŸ˜€ I love that video, too. It was one of my favourites. She was so teeny!

  • smellykaka says:

    It’s so cool seeing them move and hearing them talk!

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