conversations:: lifesavers and mythological creatures


BB: I know why LifeSavers have holes in them.

Me: Really? Why?

BB: So if you start choking on one, you can still breathe.


As we are driving along to our various 1,083 evening activities, the subject turns to BigFoot and other creature-monsters.

BB: Mom, do you think the Loch Ness monster is real or mythological?

Me: I think there is a possibility it is real. There are lots of species of creatures we don’t know much about or have little contact with humans. How about you?

BB: I’m not sure. I really just wanted to say the word mythological.



it takes a village.


This boy.


This little, blue-eyed boy with a BIG heart.

He steals MY heart.

His wish this Christmas is not for an iPod, Pokemon, or Legos. The one item on his Christmas list?



To raise $10,000 for clean, safe water for 500 people.

It takes a village, friends.

Can you help?

Will you help? Will you share his story on your blog, on Facebook, and through email? Or place a Pig with a Purpose at the center of your family gatherings this week?


Let’s harness the power of OUR VILLAGE to help another village thrive. We can do this, I know it.

Clean Water for Christmas.


We have had some issues in the past few years with BB sleepwalking. Not really issues, but it’s freaky nonetheless. One time, I was sound asleep and woke up because I felt someone staring at me. You know, that feeling. I opened my eyes to see him standing there, just waiting for me to wake up. Then, the gibberish started. I picked him up and tucked him back into his bed. Another time, he brought me a book to read to him after he had already been asleep for hours.

It’s so ODD. Really. To have someone walking around, eyes open, but not really conscious. I’m afraid that one of these days he will fall down the stairs or something. It’s a long way down from his room to the main floor!

So, last night, about an hour after he had gone to bed, he walks down the stairs and over to me on my chair where I am watching TV. He begins talking, only I can’t really understand what he is saying. Thanks to some quick-thinking on my part, I grab my phone and start recording, so I can show him in the a.m. He NEVER remembers any of it. I ask him questions and he answers them (sort of). Only he doesn’t know who I am. So.Weird. And when I ask him what day it is? I think he is trying to say “Monday” but it comes out sounding like German or something. Hah!

This seems to happen when he is overly tired. We had just completed our Run the ‘Hood 5K after school yesterday, and he ran the entire 3.1 miles, so I know he was exhausted.

He gave me his permission to post this video, so have a giggle {sorry for all the background noise}:


My twins are raising money for charity: water, and would be so happy if you could help:
Ashton’s Thrilling Drilling Campaign
Bridger’s Clean Water for Christmas Campaign

wise beyond his years

Who Me?

This little boys just melts my heart. He is barely seven years old, yet he is on a mission to do good and change the world.

When I told him a few weeks ago that I was going to do an Out of the Darkness walk to honor the daughter of a friend of mine, he decided he would do it with me. We registered online and he said he wanted to raise $50 for suicide prevention awareness. His twin brother found out and decided to sign-up too and raise $75. Together, in one day, they raised $315!

Last week, as we were sitting by each other, he told me he that a lot of countries think Americans are selfish. Then he added that he was going to start saving all his money to bring people clean drink water on every continent, except Antarctica and starting with his first $100 going to Africa.

I posted this on Facebook and Twitter and my friends were so impressed that they sent him money to help encourage him. Let me just tell you, he was a little excited when he received two envelopes in the mail on Tuesday.

Tuesday night, we decided that this charity is an excellent fit for his mission. Then I cried when he told me that instead of Christmas presents this year, he wants people to donate. Yesterday, he came home from school and the first words out of his mouth were, “I can’t wait for Christmas!”

This is my baby. My baby with a big heart and big dreams.

If you want to help him help bring clean water to villages and communities that desperately need it, this is his site: Can’t donate now? Spread the word by adding this button to your blog or website, pretty please. The code is over there ———–>.

BB's clean water project


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Too Cool.

He makes me giggle.


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Barb made his day!

You may remember this post

Today, his reply letter (thanks SO MUCH, Barb!) arrived. His face as he saw it laying in the mailbox was priceless. He was positively GLOWING. His questions are answered (for now!) and he is excited to continue his quest for space knowledge!

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Star Light, Star Bright…

 I have a child who is obsessed with all things planetary and universal. He calls himself a space scientist and will spend hours each day writing out space facts and drawing pictures. Not only can he name all the planets in order, which I can’t even do, from closest to the sun to farthest and vice versa, he knows how to draw their planetary symbols.

 Remember the moon-blasting mission? He came home every day from school and would ask me if they had any results yet. Oh, how exciting it was last week when I could finally tell him, “GUESS WHAT… There IS water on the moon!”

Last week, at his sister’s volleyball game, he sat on the bleachers and penned out a 5-page letter to NASA, complete with another page of illustrations. It is in the mail today. Can you imagine his excitement if he actually got a response??

Tonight, between the hours of 1am and 3am Central, the annual Leonid Meteor Shower will be at it’s peak. My little 6-year-old space scientist has asked me to wake him up during that time to observe the meteor showers. How can I say no to that?

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Bridger finally lost his first tooth today!! He has been waiting for AGES, his twin lost his first two almost a YEAR ago.

It fell out on the bus ride home and was never found. We told him he should write a note to the Tooth Fairy and he happily obliged. He wouldn’t let me see it before he folded it and put it in the pocket on the tooth pillow.

I love this boy.



To the tooth fairy. I lost my tooth. I just can’t find it.

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Snakes, Space, and Scorpions

With a Dad who was nicknamed “Mr. Encyclopedia” in his youth,


And a Mom who was quite the bookworm herself,


What else would you expect?


Optimus has Arrived