Monday, February 4, 2013


This past weekend we went hiking in the Petrified Forest and the Painted Desert. Caroline chattered away the whole time, as always -- she saves it up, apparently, because her teachers always complain she's too quiet in class. Spending the weekend with her and Calvin, laughing and talking and exploring natural wonders was such a relaxing way to spend our free time. Here are some photos of the trip.

Friday, February 1, 2013

She's Got Your Number, Draper.

   Commissary day. Caroline was helping me do the grocery shopping, and we were almost finished when I realized I'd forgotten to pick up peanuts eight aisles back. I explained to Caro what kind to get and asked if she'd run back to the snack aisle and get them for me.  She cheerfully ran off, always happy to help.

   I finished the final two aisles, and still she hadn't returned, so I went to the bakery for the breads and finished that. Still no Caroline. I was just about to go find her when she came back, breathless.

"What took so long? I was about to come find you."

   "Sorry, Mom. I got distracted by the snack foods, and the more I looked the more I was struck dumb by the sheer amount of dishonest advertising! Snack companies think we're so easy, don't they!"

How do I tell her that almost everyone falls for it?