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It’s a tradition in the making. No, not the incredible turkey I brined for Thanksgiving. It’s the basement hockey addiction that resulted in a Thanksgiving Day playoff. Team Uncle Brian vs. Other Team Uncle Brian. Confused? Don’t be. Because you know Uncle Brian won. It was decided there had to be protective head gear for the goalies due to the important fact that their heads were at stick level for the rest of the players. A point that was driven home in earlier warm up games. Although Uncle Brian Wilson had the most impressive head gear, his game suffered due... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2010 at The Daily Fire Drill
Every day I sit and wait for the rabbits to come out from under the deck. This is my job. I am patient but fierce. When they come out I will chase them and show no mercy. I will stand guard no matter how long it takes. I am tired. I think I like bunnies. There’s always tomorrow… Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2010 at The Daily Fire Drill
They say the apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree. I don’t know what the hell they’re talking about. There are times I can’t believe my husband and I had anything to do with these people who keep calling us mommy and daddy. But first let me mention that Ben and Jilly had this incredible guy come to their 7th birthday party. His name is Chris from Traveling World of Reptiles . Everyone loved the show, from the seven year olds to the seventh graders, to my seventy seven year old dad. The man needs his own Animal... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2010 at The Daily Fire Drill
My Dearest Jilly Bean, Oh how proud I am of you and your independent nature. I love that you march right downstairs and get your own breakfast. Oh sure, I might cringe a little when I hear the crashing of dishes and slamming of the fridge door. But who am I to put a damper on your willingness to do things on your own? Yet I just have to ask one thing because it is a little concerning. Did the pack of wild dogs enjoy the new box of cereal? I'm really hoping they did. Because if there’s a six... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2010 at The Daily Fire Drill
Another summer has come to an end and once again it completely got away from us. This summer, Ben and the Jilly Bean were going to learn all their first grade sight words and there were going to be math flash cards and all sorts of stuff. But it never really happened. And Brooke was going to practice her violin and keep up with her weekly lessons. But by mid-summer the lessons were cancelled because we were always at the lake. So now we’re wondering where the time went. How come we didn’t get any of that really important stuff... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2010 at The Daily Fire Drill
9am Saturday morning. House is buzzing with activity. The cousins are coming later so Ben and Jilly are in warp speed preparations. Dance Party Bash sign goes up on basement door. Guest list goes up on basement door. Check it twice. I am not invited. Brian is leaving for Sturgis, South Dakota. It’s Bike Week and he needs a lesson on my camera. He promises Ben and Jilly pictures of buffalo and wild donkeys. Then he is gone. Leaving me with only my iPhone camera. Brooke is asleep. I have not been invited anywhere. No one is talking to me.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2010 at The Daily Fire Drill
And here’s why. Just yesterday we are driving down the road. Car full of kids, mine plus I think we picked up a few extra. Ben and the Jilly Bean are in the “way back” which I think you all know is behind the middle seats. Like that makes sense. They are screaming, “George WASHington! George WASHington!”. And in accordance with the international child humor standard, the louder it is then the funnier it is. This chant continues until Brooke spots Crazy Power Walking lady. She is a lady we see out all of the time who can power walk... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2010 at The Daily Fire Drill
#1 Jars to catch fireflies at the lake. #2 My new Shey B camera strap cover. #3 Michelob Ultra Lime Cactus very cold. #4 Our kid posse made up of children of our dear friends and my beautiful nephews. To quote Mr. Dan, “There’s not a stinker in the bunch”. They range in age from 4 to 12 and act like they’ve been hanging out together their whole life, because for the most part they have been. #5 And finally, the wicked wipeout contest that seems to be brewing between Brooke and Uncle Brian. Don’t have a picture of Uncle... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2010 at The Daily Fire Drill
Me: Why is there a footprint on my oven? Silence from the children. Me (clearly in need of a more direct line of questioning): Who put their foot on my oven? Ben: I did it. Me: How exactly does this happen? Ben: I don’t know. It was actually really hard to do. If this can happen in my house, then what happens when they go to other people’s houses? Before they get out of the car for a play date, I already have a list of guidelines. Please be nice, remember to flush and wash, don’t ask for a snack,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2010 at The Daily Fire Drill
Oh no. I just ate the last piece of chocolate in the house. I busted into the Tooth Fairy stash and before I knew it the last Hershey kiss was gone. I keep a little box of Tooth Fairy stuff so I’m always ready to roll. Dollar bills, glitter, kisses. Because when one of my kids starts losing teeth, it’s like a freak show. Teeth just start falling out all over the place. Brooke started losing teeth in preschool and was done when she was in second grade. Never any warning, and only a few that required Daddy’s attention (Hey... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2010 at The Daily Fire Drill
Monday morning should always look like this. But then again, if we lived like this all the time then we would probably be sleeping in a tent on the beach picking sand fleas out of our hair and brushing our teeth with sticks. Someone has to go to work, pay the bills, buy the groceries, cook the bacon and take care of the baby ducks. The grown up stuff. But last Sunday night, it was just too nice at the lake. So we played hooky. Stayed the night and spent another day fishing and swimming. Missed swim team practice so... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2010 at The Daily Fire Drill
Happy Father’s Day to my boyfriend, who I was smart enough to marry 14 years ago. We love you so much! And not just for all the fun boating, fishing, baseball, dance move stuff. But also for the important stuff your kids can’t thank you for yet because they’re just not old enough to understand. All the things you plan for and think so much about, like education, good morals, strong character, and the possibility of a rainy day. We’re so lucky. Hope you enjoyed your day. We know we did! Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2010 at The Daily Fire Drill
First, a quick thank you to all who voted for us in the Matilda Jane Art Fair contest. We didn't win, but buy did we get an ego boost from all the wonderful comments and messages that were sent our way. Love ya right back! How is it possible that we have completed only one week of summer vacation? We have done pool, dentist, soccer tryouts, baseball game, swim team, groceries, Hawks win!, violin lesson, summer tutor, Costco hot dogs, US ties England!, library reading club, crafts, renewed Club Penguin membership, and car wash. And most of that was done... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2010 at The Daily Fire Drill
Smell this. Eat this. And s’more of this. Drink a little of this. Do some of this. And thank someone who fought for this. Hope your holiday weekend is as much fun as ours. Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2010 at The Daily Fire Drill
I absolutely love Mother’s Day gifts because they have to really come from the heart. It’s one of the few days of the year where your kids have no choice but to sing your praises, because Hallmark says it is so. My gifts this year included turtles made by Ben and Jilly. Ben was giggling so hard when he gave me his that I couldn’t understand that he was saying, “He has no head! He has no head!”. A furry pillow made by Brooke. We have to hide it from Petunia because she’s sure it will attack and is committed... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2010 at The Daily Fire Drill
What a perfectly beautiful spring afternoon. I’m entering the Matilda Jane contest again this year (many, many thanks to those who voted for me last year!) and I needed a photo of the Bean in her favorite Matilda Jane outfit. Everyone whined the whole way to the park, then begged me to take their picture. So after lots of pollen. And a million shots of the Bean. And each kid was allowed to use my camera and take a shot of me. (This is the only one in focus that contains my head.) And a lot of running barefoot... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2010 at The Daily Fire Drill
Violence. The Jilly Bean gave. Ben (in blue) received. And Brooke did both. This is her right before The Girl With No Ankles took her down. Which was actually justified retaliation for what Brooke had done to her five minutes earlier. Now Brooke is lying in bed next to me asking for Advil because she thinks The Girl With No Ankles gave her a concussion. I told her that next time she should consider outrunning The Girl With No Ankles, or any other person she has just slammed to the ground. You're never too young for a lesson on revenge.... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2010 at The Daily Fire Drill
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Mar 15, 2010
Yesterday, I’m on my way to Walgreens, all alone in the car. I sang every word to Thomas Dolby's "She Blinded Me with Science". Out loud too, because I am passed the point where I care who sees me (as long as they can’t hear me). I’m in my happy place. Then I walk into Walgreens, and imagine my luck, the Pina Colada song is playing. Not the Muzak version, but all the words. And yes, I know every freaking word. I’m still not sure why a couple would want each other after they both placed personal ads in the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2010 at The Daily Fire Drill
Brian played this for Brooke the other day. There's a reason it has received over 10 million hits on YouTube. It certainly raises awareness about the images we see in magazines versus how beauty exists in the real world. And this is such a critical piece of information for a young girl who, by the time she is twelve years old, has been bombarded with countless images that define “true beauty”. But after I show this to my daughter and provide all the appropriate parental commentary, I realize that I send such mixed messages. Embrace your inner beauty! All you... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2010 at The Daily Fire Drill
In the days leading up to Christmas, it’s all about killing time. It really makes no sense. Everyone is home from school and looking for something to do. Under the tree there is plenty to do, but it is wrapped up and won’t be opened until Christmas morning. Torture. So we do the annual gingerbread house. Great passion went into the bickering over the decorating scheme, then the shocked look when I explain that we don’t actually eat it. Same look, every year. Brooke is asked to shovel the deck for the dogs and all of our back door neighborhood... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2009 at The Daily Fire Drill
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