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Proposal Story by Gretchen S. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting I was asked yesterday how he proposed an realized I'd never put the story here: I came home from work with a horrible sinus headache and fell asleep on the couch. H ... Read on »
Next project! by Gretchen S. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting So, this is an awkward space in my living  room.  Made all the more awkward because the heater does not work.  I got these chairs at a garage ... Read on »
Christmas Eve by Gretchen S. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting Ten years ago tonight I was nine months pregnant. I was sore and miserable, waddling and tired. It was my first Christmas to not be at my parents' house and the house seemed ... Read on »
It's a disease, I tell you by Gretchen S. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting So we got all my sewing stuff out of the playroom and this meant that the playroom had to be organized.  And I'm glad to have it all clean. Anyone who has seen th ... Read on »
I didn't know that was a part by Gretchen S. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting "You elbowed me in the PopTart." ~Melody Anne Read on »
Shrine to Temple by Gretchen S. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting After another day's work; Read on »
Barn renovations by Gretchen S. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting Our 82 year old farmhouse has a 30+ year old 25x20 barn in the back. It's divided into a front work section and a back storage section.  We don't know exactly what year it ... Read on »
Before pics by Gretchen S. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting I'm already about 20 lbs down, but I don't really have any pics I can dig up, so here are my before pics.  Read on »
Plan B by Gretchen S. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting For quite awhile, Charlie has been on a distinct career path: he will be a firefighter and save cats from trees so he can take them home to Dixie for her to love. He will ma ... Read on »
The Torch is Passed by Gretchen S. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting This is a post I’ve been putting off writing for about a year now. It’s strange finding myself to be an Actual Grown Up. As an AGU, I’m expected to do all sorts of thing ... Read on »
Changes Afoot by Gretchen S. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting One month from today, I will have gastric sleeve surgery. For those of you not familiar, this is a procedure similar to gastric bypass or lap band surgery. They surgically r ... Read on »
FYI by Gretchen S. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting Charlie: A zombie is a creature without a brain that still walks around. We think of them as humans, but any creature can have its brain eaten by zombies and become a zombie ... Read on »
Now that's a visual image by Gretchen S. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting Charlie excels in many areas. Keeping food in his stomach is not one of them.  We've had everything checked out. It seems to be more of a sensory issue/gag reflex tha ... Read on »
Go Cheese! by Gretchen S. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting The school I teach at (and Charlie attends) feeds into a high school whose mascot is the Chiefs. Today, the Chiefettes (cheerleaders) came and cheered at a pep rally at our ... Read on »
Avocado Theology by Gretchen S. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting Charlie: Holy pockamoley! Melody: Charlie! That's inappropriate! Mommy: 'Holy guacamole' is fine to say. Melody: But guacamole isn't holy. Mommy: Yes it is. It's t ... Read on »
Opposite Day by Gretchen S. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting The girls are gone to Girl Scout camp this week. When they went to camp last year, it was Friday before Charlie first mentioned the sisters, then looked puzzled and asked wh ... Read on »
Planning Ahead by Gretchen S. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting Charlie likes to plan ahead, perhaps moreso than is actually practical. He will save a sucker 'for dessert the next time that it is Tuesday and we eat macaroni and cheese' o ... Read on »
Performances, Planned and Impromptu by Gretchen S. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting So tonight is the fourth grade music program. Six songs, twenty speaking parts, one song has three instrument parts and they break out into singing in four parts, one song ... Read on »
9:32 a.m. by Gretchen S. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting As I sit to write this, it is 9:32 a.m. I awoke at approximately 8:00 this morning, and have therefore been awake for 92 minutes. On August 1st, I had sinus surgery. I'd ... Read on »
Only Melody by Gretchen S. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting A few weeks ago, we were all in The Betty, driving to church.  I don't think I've introduced you to The Betty, Dowlan's car. It's a 12-year-old white Buick that we bought ... Read on »