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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Four thousand words

I don't have tons to say, but there's always something to show. There's something about seeing photos of my kids that makes me cherish them so much more. I mean, they're always with me--constantly present and underfoot and sometimes driving me nuts. But a picture makes me pause, and really see them. They are so absolutely sweet!


Sunday, March 28, 2010


Every morning as I'm serving breakfast, I hear the cheerful chorus of "Tauts meeywi, xie xie Eetsa!" I hear it from all the kids, including Sammy. And just what is this merry greeting?

Why it's good morning, thank you mother, in the original combination of Mandarin Chinese and Nez Perce Indian! But like you didn't know that. Of course that's what it is!

I speak Chinese, or used to any ways. The kids pick up random words here and there, hence the xie xie. And by the way, you haven't really lived till you've heard a very small boy who can't really speak English yet trying to speak Chinese. Priceless.

The girls are in a club based on the American Girls, and we're studying Kaya right now. She happens to be Nez Perce, so there you get the rest of the mouthful. They have cradleboards for their dolls that they wear all over the house, they love to wear headdresses, but they really really love the language. I think it's because the words are so dang fun to say--for example, they called themselves the Nimiipuu. See if you can say it without giggling!

I wonder how many families get to start their days with this extraordinary greeting! Not many, I'm guessing.

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Thursday, March 25, 2010

Baby steps to blogging

Deep breaths, just keep taking deep breaths. I can do this. I can blog.

I'm coming out of my internet shell. Oh, it's not that I don't spend enough time on the internet--heaven knows that will never be the problem! I've just been in a bit of a funk as to having things to say. So in a rare, unprecedented move, I'm flooding the internets with my words. Facebook--oh yeah, status updates and even comments on other peoples pages. Message boards that I've lurked on for years? Commenting right and left. And even blogging.

I know, wonders never cease. But it had to happen eventually. I think part of the problem is that I have no idea what to make this old blog space. Food blog? I love to cook and I'm dang good at it, but the web is chock jam packed full of food blogs. Ditto with craft blogs, and I'm not creative enough for that. As a homeschool blog I fail completely, because our days are so completely haphazard. And mommy blogs are just boring.

So tell you what. I'll post smatterings of all of the above, and hopefully some of it will be interesting. At the very least, it will get me motivated to actually take some pictures of my children for posterity's sake. (I want that SLR so much I can taste it. I just know that when I have a beautiful camera, then I'll be a great blogger!!) ((same with a serger. I know the lack of one is the only thing keeping me from true sewing proficiency.))

What do you know? This is kind of fun! Spilling all my random thoughts out is actually kind of therapeutic. I just might have to keep this up!