I Have So Many Questions about Paw Patrol

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Back in February, my now-4-year-old son, Joshua, was pretty sick. He didn’t have the flu, but he might as well have, because he ran a high fever for about 5 days straight. He was REALLY puny. And so I let him lay on the couch and watch what he wanted. And what he wanted was – what else? – PAW PATROL.

He’s more than slightly obsessed. And if you’re anything like me, you find yourself wondering so much about the logistics of these kids’ shows. 

To see my 8 burning questions, visit the Chattanooga Moms Blog, where I am a regular contributor.

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Top Ten How I Met Your Mother Moments

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I found this post in the archives. I think I wrote it originally in about 2010, before many of the HIMYM seasons aired. Even though the show is long gone, and I mourn the ending quite regularly, I thought it might be fun to stir up some old show memories. 

Have I mentioned lately that Mr. V and I are a wee bit obsessed with How I Met Your Mother?  Even if it hasn’t been great since, say, season 3, we are still devotees. And it definitely has its great moments, still. Last night I caught “The Pineapple Incident” episode in syndication and laughed my way through it.

In honor of Top Ten Tuesday, here are ten of my favorite moments from my favorite TV show. (Although I’ve been watching Modern Family and am almost caught up. And it’s definitely in the running for Best Show Ever.)

1. Marshall’s charts. (Season 4, episode “Right Place, Right Time.”) This is probably my favorite five seconds of the whole show.

2. Convincing Ted to go blonde. (Season 5, episode “Doppelgangers.”)


3. Unveiling of Slapcountdown.com. (The first clip on this video.) (Season 3, episode “Wait for It.”)

4. Marshall’s tribute videos. (Season 5, “The Sexless Innkeeper.”)

5. Barney makes up stories about his first time. (Season 2, episode “First Time in New York.”) – Barney tells the story of Dirty Dancing like it was his first “experience” because he was embarrassed about the real story.


6. Barney’s one-man show. (Season 2, episode “Stuff.”) – Barney makes Lily take back her word about saying only nice things about a friend’s play by putting on a long, one-man show mostly consisting of him saying the word “moist,” spraying people with a water gun, and being a robot.


7. Marshall “doesn’t sing everything he does.” (Season 3, episode “Spoiler Alert.”) – The gang spoils everyone’s views of the others by pointing out their biggest flaws.


8. Everyone makes fun of Ted as he shaves. (Season 3, “Wait for It.”) – As he shaves off portions of his “break-up beard,” Marshall and Lily mock Ted.


9. Revertigo (Season 3, episode “Sandcastles in the Sand.”) – Revertigo: when people revert to old versions of themselves when they’re with people from their past. (Language warning on this video.)

10. Barney’s weird proposal (Season 8, episode “The Final Page.”) – Yes, it was crazy. But sweet. In that Barney kind of way.


I realize this is so weighted toward the beginning of the series. A, because the beginning of the series is way better, especially season 2. And B, because I wrote the majority of this before about half the series aired. There are so many moments that I haven’t mentioned! If you’re a HIMYM lover, what’s a favorite moment of yours?

What I’m Into: March 2015

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I’ve always loved Mary‘s What I’m Into posts, so I thought it was high time I joined along. This carnival is hosted by Leigh Kramer.

We finally rented Big Hero 6 from Redbox. Our whole family loved it! We’re searching out a great deal to buy it now, so if you hear of one, let me know! Mr. V and I also watched Divergent and Birdman. I think I may have liked the Divergent movie better than the book. But – hate me if you must – I didn’t like the books very much and never even read the third one. Still, the movie was well-made. Although I like Hazel Grace and Gus better as love interests than as brother and sister. (Or I just liked TFIOS better, and then it was weird seeing them as siblings.) I have to say the acting in Birdman was very good, but I am not sure I “got” it.

One of the only shows I miss watching on cable is Top Chef, so I was excited to see it on Hulu Plus. I’ve been watching Season 11, New Orleans, and getting my foodie TV fix. I also started watching Jane the Virgin on Hulu Plus and LOVED it, but they only had the first four episodes and then the last few that had aired. Bummer! I’m hoping I can watch the whole season this summer on Netflix or Hulu. Silly CW. I really don’t watch a lot of TV, but I’ve decided what I love other than food shows are quirky shows with narrators (see: Pushing Daisies, A to Z).

You can see what I read in March here. My favorite book was The Nesting Place, and it really got me thinking about making our little apartment a truer home. I’m ready to settle in after three years here; the longest we’ve ever lived in one home before this was 3 1/2 years, so maybe I am just afraid of having to leave again. (Which is always possible, given that we live on a campus and everything.) But even if we were to move out in a year, I want our apartment to reflect us. Even if that involves having to drill into cement walls (my main decorating obstacle). You may be seeing some room re-do posts here, if you’re interested in them. (Decorating for Dummies?)



As for family news, a lot of our March was spent planning for and traveling for my dad’s heart surgery on March 19th. He had one valve replaced and one repaired, and I was very glad to be able to be in Greensboro with my parents, thanks to some kid-shuffling between my husband, my in-laws, and my aunt and uncle. Dad is recovering really well, which is, of course, wonderful.

For Spring Break, we stayed in Chattanooga and did some practical stuff (shopping, haircuts, rest) as well as some fun stuff (Creative Discovery Museum, the zoo). We played games, took naps, read books, got outside. It was nice. For Easter, we went to church, then quickly tripped to Nashville and back to celebrate with the same friends we’ve had Easter with since 2006.



A few random things that I am loving.

I found this tea infuser at Hobby Lobby one day. I have a tea ball, but I’ve always had trouble twisting it apart after use and thus just had loose tea hanging around in my cupboard. This one is much easier to clean, and I’ve been enjoying some loose tea I bought at The Salt Table in Savannah last summer!

I love my essential oils more every day, and in February or early March I started using Progessence Plus, which has natural progesterone in it. My mood has totally changed for the better, and I am thrilled with the product so far! I also did a little Facebook class on essential oils and emotional health, and I was really happy with how it went. If you are looking for that info, let me know, and I can send you my document.


Beefy Enchilada Soup

Because of Spring break, family stuff, and the fact that Joshua’s pretty much stopped taking a nap while David is at school, I didn’t blog very much in March. But here are some highlights.

What’s one interesting thing that happened to you in March?

Streaming Kids TV for Valentine’s Day

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Since I spent an hour this morning look for this information, I thought it might be helpful to you all, too! We have two sick kids, snow on the ground, and are pretty much camped in front of the TV today.

Here are some kids’ TV episodes about Valentine’s Day you can stream using Netflix or Amazon Prime. (I say the “free” ones – if you pay for these services!)

On Amazon Prime

On Netflix

Hope this helps you out! And if you dig up any more, let me know and I’ll add them to this list.


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32 weeks pregnant


Perhaps it’s a gift from God that we sort of forget about this phase, the oh-so-pregnant one.

Right now, my hip has totally bummed out and most of the day I’m finding myself stuck on the couch or in my bed. Which has inevitably led to new distractions.

Distractions? Obsessions?

In the last 10 days or so, I’ve watched the first 13 episodes of Downton Abbey (OBSESSED and realize it. Have to remember they aren’t real people). Less exciting, I’ve picked up Candy Crush Saga on Facebook. Not to mention I’ve read an obscene amount of books in January.

I’m trying to recall if I had these same issues with my other pregnancies. With Libbie, it was Project Runway and Scramble on Facebook (I was GOOD, too, and I’m mad you can only play it as an app now given my smart-phone-less status). I’ve read through some old blogs and I can’t figure out what it was with David … I know we had a new DVR, I sat on my birth ball a ton, and I listened to a lot of Hypnobabies.

I can’t imagine sitting on the couch for the next 7 weeks, but I know it’s going to end up that way. I can’t imagine my belly being stretched any bigger, but I know it will. I can’t imagine being any more tired, but I know I sure will be.

God’s grace to women – He lets us forget a little bit in between these massively pregnant times.

Have you suffered from any pregnancy obsessions?


What I’ve Been Into: July

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I love these posts Mary does wrapping up her month, and since I’ve been a little low on writing inspiration lately, I thought I’d chime in for July.

Moving and travel summed up a lot of July for us. I was in Ohio and North Carolina, and moved apartments in the middle.

Here are some the books I read in July. City of Bones is the first in the Mortal Instruments series. It’s a young adult, fantasy series. I liked it enough that I think I’ll read at least a few more, but I wasn’t in love with them.

Pearl in the Sand by Tessa Afshar took me a while to get into, but I found it incredible. It’s a retelling of the biblical story of Rahab and really going into what it would have been like for a Canaanite to become part of Israel. There was so much Truth in this book without it being preachy.

I listened to The Crowning Glory of Calla Lilly Ponder in my car during all the travel. It’s by Rebecca Wells, the author of Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood. I keep reading her books, hoping she’ll crank out another Ya-Ya book. No such luck. But it was enjoyable to listen to.

The last week, I’ve delved into my every-so-many-years rereading of the Harry Potter series. It just needs to happen. It makes me happy.

I’ve read a few other books, too, but you can read about them on my Read This Year page … when I get around to writing about all of them.

We’ve been making good use of our new Roku and watching Doctor Who on Netflix and New Girl on Hulu Plus. We’ve been itching to watch New Girl forever after missing it when it was on, and it definitely lives up to the hype. Hilarious. Doctor Who can be pretty amusing, too, and while it’s more Mr. V’s type of show, I really do like it, too.

I’m sort of having a hard time remembering whether it was in June or July, but we did go to see Brave in the theater (sans kids). Definitely loved it.

Other things I’ve loved this month:

  • listening to David try to sing the VeggieTales theme song. It is the CUTEST THING EVER. “Cer-eh-ree!”
  • Seeing my babies on the beach for the first time.
  • Swimming.
  • Wearing my two new maxi dresses to death.
  • Trying to stay up late enough to watching gymnastics on the Olympics.

What have you been into during July?