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HAPPY HOLIDAYS (or some such thing) November 23, 2012

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It’s that time of year again!


No, not the time to be jolly, merry or loving towards neighbors, but instead to sue, yell, scream and threaten one another because they dare believe something different.


Already we’re having Nativity scenes taken down in the public square by people who believe it’s the governments way of pushing a religion, even though they have multiple holiday depictions of varying types in the same square.





I once had a Jewish woman get angry with me for offering her a candy cane during this time, while I worked as a cashier.  It’s candy – I’m not passing out the New Testament!





While people of the Christian faith get their tighty-whitey’s all in a bunch because someone at the store dare call it “Holidays” and not Christmas.





This country was founded on freedom *OF* religion, not from religion.  Which goes all ways.  Just because someone may not believe, even if it is the foundation of the country, doesn’t mean everyone has too.  That was the whole purpose of this country!  (Well, that and gold, but that’s another blog.)

As a people who don’t have a faith – is looking at the Nativity scene a requirement by law?  Why doesn’t the Menorah bother people as much?  If all the religions, or lack there of are represented, why the big hissy-fit?  If it’s public grounds, shouldn’t we all have access to it, even if it is those blasted, crazy religious people, or is that just a right given to those who choose to believe in nothing?

As a person of faith, why in the world would someone be bothered by a loving, caring gesture by someone from another faith?  Do you get upset when someone says they’ll pray for someone?  Or wishes someone luck?  No, but hand out a piece of candy or wish  a good time of the year in the wrong way and the troops are rallied to boycott!  Getting upset over people who don’t believe, foisting their beliefs or lack-there-of on others and then turning around and doing the same thing makes is just plain silly?





If you believe this time of year is nothing different, then allow the rest of us to enjoy the beauty and love of the season.  I personally promise you don’t have to enjoy any of it.


If you believe it’s just a good time to love your family and friends and that’s it.  Lovely!  Please allow the rest of us to enjoy the same season in our own way without being sued because of the injustice of a bell-ringer at the grocery store doors said “Merry Christmas”.


If you believe that this is the solstice, this should be the time to renew and to let go of the old ways.  This should be a time to gather loved ones near and appreciate the old year and the new year to come.  Not a time to shout out that this holiday was hijacked by those darn “people of faith”.


If you are Jewish, this is a time to be thankful for what God has done in this last year and in past times for your people.   And though those of us buzzing around may not share the faith, but believe in the same loving God that protects His people, we can share Him – I promise!  And candy isn’t going to ruin that protection.


Christians, which I am – Man, sometimes we all can be so uptight!  Yes, He is the reason for our season and yes, as a country founded on mostly Christian beliefs it would be nice to have that acknowledged everywhere, but just as God has given us freedom, our country gives everyone the right to believe or not believe and yelling “JESUS IS THE REASON FOR THIS SEASON!!” at the 16-year-old stock girl at Walmart who just wished you a “Happy Holidays”, isn’t exactly spreading the faith.  Besides, if we really are THAT upset over it being the “holidays” in the first place, we wouldn’t be at Walmart on Thanksgiving evening buying everything on sale – we’d be at home, with the people who matter and remembering that Christmas isn’t about the gifts from the store, but instead about the gift given to us so long ago.



Now go out and have a ginormously good Christmas, Holiday, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Winter Solstice, or what ever else you choose or choose not to celebrate.  I for one am going to love the freaking crap out of my fellow revelers (or non-revelers)  whether they like it or not!




Terrible Toothfairy July 27, 2012

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We have the most horrible Tooth fairy ever – I swear she needs to be fired! 


She must belong to a union?


We’ve had four boys lose teeth and are coming up to the last few teeth on the last boy and for the first time ever, she made it on time!






There was the time that she forgot the tooth at Christmas – we told our oldest it was because Santa and the Tooth fairy couldn’t be in the same house at the same time.  Too much magic would make the house explode.  He kind of liked that idea.







Or the time that the Tooth fairy didn’t show up for several days after our second son knocked the loose tooth out of the fourth son’s mouth launching it somewhere (we still don’t know where – that was 4 houses ago) and we used the excuse that she wouldn’t deliver until the tooth was found or a note left to explain.







She once forgot for several weeks…. I just finally admitted that we had a crappy Tooth fairy and she’d need to be fired.







The boys agreed.







Our youngest just lost a tooth this week and he was astonished that she made it in the first night.  So was I for that matter – our complaints must have finally made it to management.





A little of this July 7, 2012


…. a little of that.





With so much going on, I was having a hard time getting my thoughts straight on what exactly I wanted to talk about.

I could always fill you in on the 101 things I’ve got to get done before tomorrow or the world will end as we know it, but instead I’ll just throw out a few of the high points.


As my dentist man was sailing off into the sea, the first-born had made it back safely from his mission trip.  In spite of wild fires, power and water outages, and extreme heat, they managed to get the houses painted and fixed up for the folks on the indian reservation.  In between meeting new people (read: girls), seeing a section of the country he actually hasn’t seen yet (that he remembers) and a day off at a hotel to wait out an evacuation order – hearts were changed. 

He came back with some great stories of new friendships, teenage drama’s and maybe a few new followers. 


He also came back bearing gifts for us all!  Tea for his tea loving dental dad, a new pocket knife for his brother who can’t eat anything and chocolate “bear and deer poop” for his two youngest brothers. 


And what does he get his mother while on a mission trip?




No worries; This was paid for, stored, transported and delivered by an adult.  The son just thought of me when he saw it and shelled out the money – HA!


He cracks me up!


While he’s been catching up on his sleep and attempting to remove paint from his hair, I’ve been working on a costume for VBS.  It’s a robot – can’t you tell?




For the wrists and neckline.












I was given the skirt and shirt that were bought from Goodwill to make into a “Rosie” type costume from the Jetsons.  (I wish I would have taken before shots.)  It will be worn over one of these creepy things –







Can’t wait to get photos!


And topping that off; the youngest is nursing his manly wound from our celebrations on the fourth.  Our neighbors across the street have an awesome Independence Day show.  You know – nothing says Independence from tyranny like drinking heavily, eating too much and lighting things on fire!!   While we have a few big ones, they have ones that make your hair blow back!  This year they had a few rounds of beer pong to get lit-up before they lit things up. 

After several odd rounds going into trees, under cars and one even blowing up before it launched.  What ended it all was one of the mortars getting kicked over while the lighter attempted to stumble away before it had time to launch into the air.  It shot straight at our house, with all of us in the driveway.  Not only did it end up in our garage, under our cars, in our grass and on us, but it caught the youngest on slightly on fire!  After ripping his shirt off of him, this is his manly “war wound”.   (While I don’t think the situation itself was funny, we did at least walk away relatively unharmed and he’ll have a great story to tell!)

His oldest brother and I are teaching him the manly art of “embellishment”.  By the time dad comes home he’ll have been “Totally on fire!  Having saved the whole family from total destruction, he’ll have put the house fire out completely alone – and all he got were these measly… little… scars!”  He’s showing them off to everyone and I can’t get the shirt with the hole in it away from him.  HAHAHA!





He says he can hardly wait for next year!




Since that is over and done with I can move on to the other 98 things that have to be done before tomorrow.  I don’t want to ruin everyone’s day by ending the world after all!





Remembering…. May 28, 2012

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It’s Memorial day – a day for picnic’s, family and friends.  Maybe a day at the lake, camping or good shopping.






For a lot of people it’s a day to remember those who’ve been lost, even if not personally.







It doesn’t matter if you agree with this war or any war.  Even you don’t believe in it  – war still happens and these men and women still choose to defend.


I won’t be asking anyone to go and find a military burial site or hunt down a veteran, I’ll just ask that you take a moment today to remember why you have the day off or get paid extra.  If you don’t get either, just take a moment anyway –





– some of us get the reminder everyday.






Thank you to all who’ve given up so much!


Make a Merry Christmas December 28, 2011

Filed under: Boys,Church,Family,Hubby,Knitting,Sewing — blankenmom @ 7:41 pm
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Another Christmas has come and gone and as my first-born has pointed out…. frequently, through-out the whole season “It’s just not as much fun as you get older?”  I tried to explain that it’s all in what you make of it, but his reasoning of “Ok then – We get to stay home for Christmas, books are paid for, for the upcoming quarter and it snowed on Christmas”, just didn’t quite cut it.  I didn’t say tap your heals and wish – I said  *make*!

But let’s face it, we all know what he’s getting at.  What happened to the spectacle and awe from when we were kids?  I don’t remember getting a ton of gifts that my parents couldn’t… or wouldn’t buy.  But it always felt warm, fuzzy and just right and trying to give that to my boys sometimes falls a little flat – especially when you’re expected at 2 or more houses in one day, at the same time or you love someone less?

They did have a great Christmas though – even without a ton of gifts and being shuffled from house to house.  I tried to keep it as close to the “normal” as they’ve grown used to while we were away, even during the 3 hour drive to and from family and without their dad.


Before all the driving, hugging, wrapping, unwrapping and food, I mentioned I was making Nativity costumes – it turned out to be 25 tunics + accessories and 6 stars.  Two weeks of going to bed at 5 am and getting up at 9 and 10 am.  Two weeks of dragging serger scraps with me in my pockets, on and in my shoes, and on occasion in my hair and scattering glitter behind me everywhere I visited!

 They turned out great though and so worth it!




There is now glitter permanently attached to every molecule of this house!



Christmas IS what we make of it and in spite of the travels and my missing handsome dentist man, I chose to make it a wonderful one!


I had planned on putting us into the 21st century by pitching our 7 and 15-year-old 32″er tanks and buying us a large flat screen for upstairs and a smaller one for the boys, but opted instead to get a medium one for just upstairs and just stick my toe into the new era.  A few small kitchen appliances that we have no room for in our kitchen, that the boys (yes, the boys) requested, kindles all around (at the rate the boys read, this was cheaper than buying them books – they pay themselves off in about a month.  Not to mention no arguing about who get’s to read what book when!) and a few Hex bugs to top it all off!  Smaller really is better.

A wonderful surprise happened for us that I couldn’t have planned better, when the hubby happened to pop up on FB as we were about to open our family gifts at home the next day.  He was able to “be here” as we opened his gifts and our gifts to the boys and later on see the pictures.  That was a pretty cool treat I must admit and it made the whole holiday for me!

I managed to get Granny’s scarf done in time and it’s fabulous!

And of course, what truly makes the whole season what it is for our family. Candle light service –

Ok – for me it’s the reason, for the boys it’s getting to play with fire.  They’ll get there….




I hope everyone made themselves a wonderful Christmas!