Archive for October, 2008

Halloween in the real world

Posted on October 31, 2008. Filed under: The Parenting Thing |

Too many times we have ideas of perfection in our head about every little thing.  Our house will be decorated like Martha Stewarts.  Our treats will be in perfectly scary (but not too scary) treat bags.  Our children will be dressed in perfect costumes without a hair out of place.  Then reality sets in.  Warning — the rest is not for the faint of heart.




Halloween eve, my husband has picked up the children from day care and is on his way home….when our almost three old daughter Punk lets out a sound that tells him all is not right.  Then the vomit flies.  We’re so lucky our son could hold his cookies in — normally he’s a goner at that point.  Unfortunately, it wasn’t just too much candy at day care – it was the dreaded stomach flu.



It was such a beautiful night out (65 degrees when it could have been 20 and snowing) there was no way ChickenFried could miss trick-or-treating.  So, we snuck his costume out to the car and told Katy that Carter and Dad were going to the store.  Punk and I put Cindarella in the DVD (a princess movie always makes you feel better), grabbed some emergency supplies and settled into the couch. A while later, the boys returned, having actually gone to the store … and a few stops in between.



So it wasn’t the Halloween anyone had hoped for, but I got some good snuggle time with Punk, and Chicken Fried and BigD had good boy bonding time.  ChickenFried appreciated it.  When we were tucking him into bed I heard him say “Dad, thanks for taking me to the store!”  What could be more perfect than that?

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And now, the latest from the blogosphere

Posted on October 30, 2008. Filed under: Introductions Please |

Welcome to my newest endeavor and first foray into blogging.  What is this blog all about you may ask.  Some days, it might be a little bit ‘wiki’ and I’ll talk about everything, and other days, it might be a little bit ‘Seinfeld,’ and I’ll talk about nothing at all. 


Most of the time I’ll share my experiences from the many roles of my life, and some of my best stories will be from my family.  We have the husband, “BigD” and two children.  Our son “Chicken Fried” is 6…. and 1/2!  Then there’s “Punk”, our almost 3-year old daughter.  Of course me — Cris.  Oh yes, and we have a dog named Scout and cat named Stoney.  

I also want to share with you ideas for creating, capturing, and keeping family memories.  As you can probably tell from my webstore, Elemental Baby, memories are important!

 So, stay tuned.  Introduce yourself.  Share your own thoughts and experiences.  I’m looking forward to it!  You can send comments or questions to me at blog(at)elementalbaby(dot)com.

.Here’s our happy family (not our backyard by the way!).

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