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The Living Without Series

This is a series of posts that I wrote back in 2006 on living with less stuff. Check them out: liv011Living #2liv031liv04

Coal Creek Farm on Facebook

The Chicken Doctor


The Architect


Our Cartoon Selves


I have a friend that surprised me with a drawing of my family for my birthday.  It was one of the funniest, sweetest gifts I’ve ever received.  My favorite is the drawing of our 8yo Isaac.  All the little details; the sticky out ear, the too short pants, the shirt buttoned all the way to the collar and tucked in tightly, the spikey hair, the light bulb shaped head…it’s perfect.  I swear if pocket protectors were still in style this kid would have one.


My friend drew me as the exasperated mom and Clay as the patient consoling husband.  So very true of us.  I’m leaving out what we’re saying because it wouldn’t make a lick of sense to any of you and also…I’m sparing you, believe me.  Someday, if I get my act together I’ll make Clay Photoshop all the lines out of the picture, but that’s probably not going to happen anytime in the next fourteen years.


This is what Seth looks like now and it’s what Seth looked like when he was three and four and five and six and…you get the idea, but he’s on the verge of changing pretty soon people will stop mistaking him for me when he answers the phone.


Ellen with her messy pony tail, t-shirt and jeans.  The pose makes it appear that she’s trying to balance that big head on her body.  Have I ever told you my kids have gigantic heads?  I can thank Clay for that.  And no the bubbles are not her farting, they’re her thought bubbles….at least that’s what we’re calling them these days.


And finally Animal, uh, I mean Levi.  Yes, that’s a mace in his hand.  Levi spends most of his days with something in his hand making explosion noises and at some point it turns into a meat tenderizer of sorts with him banging on the wall, the floor, other toys…pretty much whatever is in arm’s reach.  I see drum lessons in his future.

And that my friends is the explanation for these pictures on my sidebar.  I couldn’t help but put them on the blog to share with all of you, because holding back anything this ridiculous in my life would be, well, ridiculous.

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