7QT: Buffalo Plaid and Bailing on Dad


I am scheming ways to get my hands on a scarf like this. Scheme with me.



My dad and I took the kids to the splash pad at his community center pool. We got the kids all swim diapered and suited up, and got them in the water. Ellen LOVED it. We swam for evuhhh until my dad looked down and saw that someone had figuratively dropped the kids off at the pool. Nice.

So, we dragged the kids out of the pool while everyone else evacuated. I had to get the kids all showered off because – poop. It was exactly how I envisioned the trip.

People were chatting in the locker room about how some kid had pooped in the pool; how mortifying for that mother!

Oh, and by the way, that mom was me.

And I totally bailed on my dad so I could change the girl child in question and let him do the real dirty work of telling the lifeguard. ha.

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If you don’t know, Cari is doing a stitch-a-long for Quilts of Valor. Head over to sign up. The more you know…


I took a long break from writing hot button posts. After having Sam, it was just too mentally exhausting. Methinks it is time to revisit the ol’ controversy side of life. New Evangelization and all that jazz.


So, this isn’t an official announcement or anything, but I’m pretty sure that this February (once Mike is done with his crap-tastic traveling schedule. You know I’m straight jealous of this vacation he calls work.) will see the opening of an Etsy shop full of embroidery goodery. If you have any requests, lemmeno.


See this beauty? She is all mine. Load me up with yer ressies.



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And say a prayer for her son James while you’re at it.

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  1. says

    Love that scarf! Maybe you could make it if you found the right buffalo plaid fabric? Or even from a flannel shirt (My sister found a great buffalo plaid one at goodwill). Our crockpot from Crate and Barrel is my absolute favorite wedding gift that we got (not sure that we would eat without it, ha).

  2. says

    Poop in the pool!!!!! My worst nightmare when my kids were younger. That never happened to us but my son did have an explosive and very leaky poopy diaper in a Chick-Fil-A play structure. Which resulted in my hiding in the bathroom changing his diaper while I sent my brother to inform management that a clean-up and good disinfecting of the entire structure was necessary. Good times!

  3. says

    Poop in the pool is one of my biggest fears. My husband laughs at me, because we swim at a nearby lake, where there is surely the poop and pee of many different species, but a human poop in a public pool still haunts my nightmares.

  4. says

    Poop in the pool! Oh no!!! What kind of swim diaper do you use? You gotta get the cloth ones with gussets – no poop’s escaping those unless you’ve got serious stomach issues…

    Also this recipe is my all-time slow cooker favorite: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/busy-day-barbeque-brisket/

    Brisket’s a pricey cut of meat but it’s soooooooo easy and delicious and a little goes a long way.

    You can also just stick a whole chicken in there, toss whatever spices you want on it, and cook on low for 8 hours and it’s falling off the bone. THEN you throw the bones back in the pot, add a bunch of onion ends and carrot ends and cook it on low overnight and you’ve got amazing chicken stock.

    I also love to brown a bunch of stew meat (because it’s cheap) and toss it in, then use the pan to sautee a bunch of diced onions and minced garlic and make a sauce with chicken broth, red wine, and a little tomato paste – toss that over the beef and cook on low for as long as you want (at least 8 hours) and it’s soooooooo yummy (I prep it the night before and start it in the morning).

  5. says

    Ahhh, your poop story had me cringing until you revealed the mom was you! Your confession almost made me burst out loud in the office!! Good luck on the etsy shop, can’t wait till you open it!!!