Look out for those Cloud Men


Zoe, explaining her picture:

Daddy had warned us about the Cloud Men, but we went to play on the hill anyway. Then the Cloud Men came down and snatched us up and put us on a tiny island cloud but we kept falling through and they kept putting us back up. But the silly Cloud Men didn’t realize we were too heavy. So we went back to the hill and picked flowers for our mommy and went home and never went back to the hill again. The End.

Oh yeah, and when the cloud men cry they have blue eyes that’s when it rains. And when they have black things in their eyes they’re angry and that’s when the thunder comes. They get angry because the lightening men come and take their fish. And there’s one other thing about the Cloud Men – they always start out young and they are invisible and they are white.

Parenting Story: Christmas Presents

Having kids at Christmas is awesome – it’s also really stressful, when it comes to getting presents.  Not picking them out so much, but trying to not get too many things and overspend. Every time I go to a website or store, everything looks so amazing and it would be super easy to just go into debt and buy the kids a bajillion things they don’t have room for anyway. Not to mention that this completely dilutes the meaning of the season.  So, to keep ourselves in check and manage the kids expectations, they get 4 gifts from us and one from Santa.  Their gifts are:

Something to Read
Something to Wear
Something you Want
And Something to Share

Share items can be a donation to a favorite charity or a play-doh set they all three use together. So far, so good!