Friday, October 21, 2016

Cold and Cruel

Mothers are some of the most heartless people in the world. It's really not fair, if you want your children to turn out as decent people you have to be constantly denying them their hearts desires. There is a kind of horrible power in it; I can walk through my house and in one pass leave a wake of sorrow and despair. For instance:

"No, you may not have ice cream for breakfast."

"It doesn't matter if he looked at you, you cannot break his Lego's"

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Life Will Find a Way

Just a few pictures from our summer, and all the growing that happened. 

                  The first fruits of our garden.  Not a lot this year, but it was tasty.

Maximus and Minimum are really growing up. . .

My butterfly bush took some abuse this year, but it's still holding on.

A little rain helps everything grow. 

The kids smashed pumpkins in the yard last year, this year the seeds took off by themselves.
Unfortunately, a bear took off with the pumpkins.

Once the pumpkin vine gave up the flowers took over. 

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

A Dairy Free Fairy Tale

I love coffee. And I love flavors in my coffee. I feel for those who have allergies and cannot have the tasty things. I understand how hard that is; I have food allergies when I am pregnant. So when I eventually start my bakery I'm going to cater to people with allergies. It's going to be challenging, but oh so much fun!

<--This is chocolate coconut creme for my coffee. I've been holding off cooking with coconut oil because a)I don't want to be part of a fad, b)it's so expensive. But someone gave me a jar of it and I'd been using it for lotions, chap-stick, and the like (it's great as a nursing lotion!!). I even did the toothpaste.

Friday, June 17, 2016

A Joyful Face

We had the most wonderful encounter last night. I don't normally take the kids shopping because it is easier for Nick to pick up the groceries on his way home from work. But we were in town yesterday and decided to stop by "Kloger" (as Mimi calls it) in advance of the coming storms. (I love Kroger; and I'm sad that they have a bad reputation as an employer). 

Maximus and Minimus had the child-sized carts and were racing up and down the aisles getting watermelon, peanut butter, and taco shells. I was pushing Mimi and Elly in the cart with the race car on it, and dragging the stroller behind me with the twins. It was also after eight on a Thursday night, so the store was blessedly empty. 

We turned down the frozen foods aisle and there was an elder gentleman about half-way down. He took in the older children and turned to me with the biggest grin on his face, and held up four fingers to ask if they were all mine. I smiled and indicated the stroller behind me. He gave a surprised look and then smiled even bigger as he held up a fifth finger. I ducked my head and laughed as I waited for him to come around so he could see inside the stroller. 

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Friday, May 13, 2016

Quests and adventures

We have reached a brand new milestone this week. In their quest for self awareness the twins must also become aware of each other. Octavius has become aware of Jacques; he knows that Jacques is not like the other children or like Nick and I. He seems to recognize his brother, though, and is finally noticing him. It's really weird to watch. 

Are we allies, or enemies? 

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

In Brief

Oh golly, I started this post a few days ago in my head, but when I tried to write it my tablet was updating something. And now I forget most of what I wanted to write. Life continues to be rough in the extreme, but it is also wonderful. And we have apples on our trees!

Monday, May 9, 2016

The Insanely Normal Family has a YouTube Channel!!!

We are now on YouTube! Check out our channel here.

Oh, and here's our intro video. It was a Saturday, and it was fun.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

The Adventure of an Afternoon

It was a bright and sunny day in the kingdom, and the annual kite festival was scheduled for that afternoon. The Royal Children were all in a frenzy to finish their various tasks before they were allowed to attend.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Craft Day

I just have to share these pictures of what I've been working on. I saw this Pattern on Facebook and since I love peacock feathers it was something I just had to make. Then I went yarn shopping for my birthday and got a bunch of new colors (I still need a few more though), and I was all set to start crocheting!

This is the finished product. I love how it turned out! It's meant to be a bookmark, but I stuck this one on a floral pick and put it in a mothers day bouquet.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Twin talk

Jacques is really good at sequential pictures; I have the funniest ones from the recovery room after Octavius' surgery, I'll try to upload that one later. This one is probably the first sequence I got, back when they were only a few weeks old. My brain isn't working tonight, so you can fill in the captions. 

Wednesday, April 13, 2016


The weather is getting warming, and fun things are happening. 

Friday, March 25, 2016

Good Friday

Catholic problems: #1 There it's no consolation in an empty church!

It's Good Friday, the most devastating day in history, and I cannot go to church for comfort because Jesus is not there.

I was raised Catholic, and throughout my whole life I have always been able to walk into any Catholic church and feel the presence of Jesus. I knew I was not alone. I was sitting with a person, the person I love the most. I could feel him as close as if he were sitting right next to me. Always. Except on Good Friday and Holy Saturday. Then I can only feel his absence.

I've been to a few protestant churches over the years. It saddens me because it's an empty church; there is no one there, waiting for me. I walk into a Catholic church on Good Friday and I think I know a little of what Mary Magdalene felt that morning when she saw the stone rolled away. Where is my Lord?! Please! Where have you taken him?

Today I cannot go to church and feel that absence. Today I'm in the out patient waiting room; while my baby is in OR. He's okay; they say it's a common hernia in preemie and it's a simple procedure. I'm actually not very worried about him. But I'm emotionally compromised just because I'm a mother. And it's Good Friday. I always cry on Good Friday.

I want to end this ramble on a happy note, with hope. I know intellectually that there is hope because the Resurrection has happened. The glory and the joy of Easter is coming. But is a day to accept the devastation of our human condition and the loss of the Savior. Today, I will smile when people tell me how cute the twins are, and I will let my tears flow.

Thursday, February 18, 2016


The following is an actual conversation of the twins, heard when I put the older one down after nursing him.

Teddy the Younger: Theo my Brother, where did you go? I was ALONE.

Theo the Elder: You were fine, my Brother. I checked to make sure of that before I left; you were deep in slumber. Besides, our Fair Mother looked like she wanted to do something productive. I had to intervene. But now my tummy is full and I am sleepy. It's your turn.

Teddy the Younger: No. Since you are with me again I am going back to sleep.

Theo the Elder: NO! That is not fair. Mommy! MOMMY! IT'S NOT FAIR! MOMMYMOMMYMOMMYMOMMY!!

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Maximus, and the Missing Mousetrap

"Father!" Maximus came running into the throne room. "Father! Father!"

The Royal King and his advisors all looked up in alarm as Maximus slid to a stop in front of them--he had no shoes on and his stockings were perfect for sliding across the polished floor.

"Oh my Father," Maximus gasped. "You must come; quickly!"

"Maximus, compose yourself. Calmly tell me what has happened."

Thingus Maximus pulled himself up straight and took a deep breath before he spoke again. "Father, I have seen a mouse!"

Thursday, January 21, 2016

The Best Part of Waking Up...

Thingus Maximus and Mimi the Cute have always been the more caring of the four kids (I started writing this before the twins were born). Not that the others don't care, these two are just more people oriented. Proof of this is that these two are the ones who make my coffee.

One of my favorite stories is about when Maximus was about a year old; Minimus was just crawling around. One day after church the four of us were just sitting on the living room floor playing together, and Maximus made his first cup of pretend coffee. He carefully brought me the pretend cup and put it gently in my hands. However, he was so excited that he'd made coffee that he had to help me drink it. He lifted the pretend cup and poured the coffee down my throat.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Holidays and Birthdays: A Life Changing Photo Reel

The holidays have come, and mostly gone. And, this year, things will never be the same. I guess things never are, from year to year; and things that only happen once, like the eldest turning seven and new babies, are certainly life changing. 

Thingus Maximus made this during Advent. I
did not put it away with the Advent decorations. 

Sunday, January 10, 2016

A Couple Of Twins

Pardon our silence on the blog this week, but we've been busy for a couple days now working on evicting the twins from their comfy warm home in the womb and bringing them into their mother's arms. There will be pictures aplenty when said twins finally make their entrance. Until then, prayers are much appreciated!

Friday, January 1, 2016


As we start a new year, I'm trying to reflect on how grateful I am for the good things that happened in 2015. I'm still pregnant, and my brain is still fried; it's hard to think of much of anything.  I do know that I have a lot to be thankful for.

There are the obvious big things: that my husband and my children are all happy and healthy, that we have a warm house and a working vehicle, that Nick has a job, for the precious gifts of new life given to us.

But there are so many little things that have happened, especially in the last few months of the year. And those are the things that I am specifically grateful for.