Saturday, March 08, 2008

Random things about my life

Emily and I are having the same dilemma--we want to post but don't know what to post about.

So I'll be random.

Paul took his three boys skiing today. None of them died, so that was pretty swell. They all came home with red faces, however. My first thought when I saw them was, "oh my, are they really that embarrassed about where they live?" I began to make a mental list of all the things I could do to make our house a nicer place. I do this quite often, but rarely does anything on the mental list actually get done.
It turned out that the redness was actually due to sunburn. I felt like such a bad wife and mother that I had forgotten to send sunscreen along, but then Paul informed me that if I would have sent some along, he wouldn't have used it. I gave him a look that was supposed to make him feel like a bad father for not being more concerned about the condition of his/his son's skin, but I don't think it worked.

I am beginning to think that my wonderful middle children should travel around and give meetings when they are older...the Smucker triple threat. Steven could sing, Ben could preach (since he has a loud Smucker voice and is the most like Paul of all my children) and Emily could do original, entertaining, and educational skits for children's meeting.

There is a stalk of celery in the kitchen, sitting in a jar of purple water. The idea is, the celery will drink up the purple water and, consequently, become purple. Quite fascinating the first time you see it, I am sure, but I have done the experiment six times to date. Sometime during the third grade, each of my children brought their science books home and informed me I was supposed to help them with this experiment. It is beginning to lose it's charm.
But as Jenny is my last child, this is probably the end of the celery in colored water experiments. Unless my children do horrible things, end up in jail, and I have to raise their kids, that is. But I don't really like to think about that possibility.

Now before I tell you the quote of the day, I would like to inform you that this is Dorcas' daughter Emily writing this post, since Dorcas couldn't think of a single thing to post about. Then Mom wrote a post for me, which you can find here.

While I was halfway through writing this, Dad came up and said that he had something to do on the computer. When he was done, but still on the computer doing nothing, Mom and Dad had this conversation.

Quote of the Day
Mom: Can Emily finish that up? (meaning this blog post)
Dad: I'll be with you in just a minute!
This is the time where you can sit quietly for a minute and just be thankful for your husbands that listen.


  1. I wonder if there's anyone in this household whose arm could be twisted to do a blog post for me. I actually think it might be a bad sign if he was willing, since it would be so out of character that some sinister agenda would likely have prompted it. I enjoyed both of your posts.

  2. So now is Dorcas going to ghost-write a post for Emily? You should add that as a fun regular feature - this was too funny! Kind of like the original "Freaky Friday" movie.

  3. JustMe--there's a link toward the end that takes you to the post I wrote for Emily.

  4. Hilarious!
    As a functioning Mennonite, I must say that the Emily post written by Dorcas actually had a couple "dutchy" undertones in it if I read it out loud!

    I've never commented, although you're on my blogroll. I missed hearing you speak last time you were in Lancaster. (Although, if we searched far enough we're probably related. If we play "the game" long enough.)

    Anyway, it was a great idea to ghost post for each other!

  5. Oops, forgot the link.

    That's where I surf from.