Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Good Mom Lunch

For lunch, I fed my kids mostly carrots and broccoli.  You can see what is left of the large broccoli head Rhys was eating.  They each at most of their carrots, too.  I think a large part of the appeal was the size of the food--whole, long carrots were very exciting.  That and Ranch Dressing.  Thank you, Hidden Valley.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Helpers of Helpful Help

It's way after the fact, but I though I'd get in a photo of the kids painting.  This is my daughter and my nephew.  You can see my son's arm on the left of the picture.  They are so eager to participate in a way they label "help."  It is so hard to figure out the balance between fostering their work ethic and getting things done.  This day, I gave in to helping the helpers learn to help.  And there was much rejoicing.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

On Names in the English Language--an exploration very limited in scope

On Names in the English Language--an exploration very limited in scope

Today I made a joke to myself that among Lists of virtue names that come to mind: Prudence, Faith, Charity, etc, there are two I have never heard included: Karen and Sharon. Ha, ha--caring and sharing. Ha, ha.

And then I kept thinking about those names, because Karen sounds very similar to Carol, so I am naturally interested in it, and Sharon has it's similar--Cheryl--as well. And then there are Sherry and Carrie also. And as I thought about this I realized that not a single one of those uses the same set of letters to spell "care" or "share"--CARol, KARen, CARRie; SHARon, CHERyl, SHERRy. Of course I only used the most common spelling. I am fully aware of Karols and Sharyls, but how marvelous and convoluted our language is that the presumptive spelling of such similar sounding names are so very divergent.

And speaking of virtue names--anyone have a particular favorite, or one they wish they would see (though perhaps wouldn't want to name their own child). For a long time, I have felt fond of Peace for a name--but it sounds like a boy to me and I don't know if I could get away with giving it to one of my sons. Maybe as a middle name. I also like Valiant and Vigil, but would have to use them judiciously because of our last name. What are your thoughts?

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Thursday, July 5, 2012

Channeling Martin Luther

Neoma wasn't home when we drafted our Declaration, so I felt the need to post it in a very prominent place.  I didn't have a nail or a church door, so tape and the microwave door had to suffice.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

How We Are Celebrating Independence Day

Declaration of Independence

When in the Course of family events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the residential bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the households of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, etc, etc, etc. This being the case, and we having enjoyed our time immensely here in this house and with these people, we catagorically state that we have suffered under no form of abuses, userpations, or attempts at absolute Despotism from our kind and generous Householders. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.
They have allowed us nearly half the space in their home, though we did not contribute half of the household's costs.
They have provided babysitting almost whenever we needed it, with no thought to ask for remuneration.
They have allowed us to eat their food without a just reckoning of expenses.
They have lent us their more reliable car for long road trips.
They have repeatedly put themselves to considerable inconvenience in order to aid in our endeavors.
They have loved and served us in all ways with selflessness and compassion.
In every stage of these Generosities We have Expressed Meager Thanks in most weak terms: Our repeated Expressions have been wholly inadequate. A Family whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Saint, is in need of Greater Thanks.
We, therefore, the Members of the Vezzani Family, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, by Authority of the good People of this Family, solemnly publish and declare, That this Family is, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent; that the Gould Family is entire absolved of all responsibility to provide Shelter, Sustenance, and Live-in Childcare Services; that the Vezzani Family has full responsibility to Maintain a Home, Feed Themselves, etc, etc . And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the ever continuing family ties and generosity which will undoubtedly continue even without co-habitation, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.
Carol E. C. Vezzani
Kevin L. Vezzani
Willow L. Vezzani
Rhys M. Vezzani