Cheating at Laser Tag Should Be Allowed for Parents… I’m just saying…

So, I got to play laser tag tonight at a graduation party. I’ve never done this before, and I don’t think this time really counted either, but it sure was fun! And when I say “played laser tag” I mean cheated, got armed by Guy In Charge #2, and sniped at The Boy and all the other teens at The Boyfriend’s party. I would have taken out The Girl, too, if I could have. I tried to get Joseph, our favorite snack food guide, buy he blew me away before take out any more kids. Stinker.


I’m a cheater, I admit it. And when the kids all figured it out, which was immediately since discretion is NOT my forte, I passed the laser gun off to The Husband. Now, HE was good at hiding it in his jacket and picking off the teens discretely.

Until Guy In Charge #1 came and took it away. Spoil sport. It seems that once savvy, the kids weren’t happy about the Rogue Mom sneaking through the house (definitely against the rules) and colluding with Guy In Charge #2 to reset her weapon multiple times.


Cry babies!

(if you like the “Keep Calm and Pew Pew Pew image up above, I found it on a poster website:

Graduate Weekend #1: The High School Graduation

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
Nelson Mandela

IMG_6723Decorated part of the house today, along with cleaning and attending the Senior Luncheon with The Girl. More hugging and prelude to the bawling that we will see on the date of the REAL event- the Graduation Ceremony.


There’s a few more decorations around the house and in the front yard… but I’m kind of feeling a bit dazed by it all. The ceremonies to wrap up four years of edifying and uplifting experiences at a very special high school have been well done for the Class of 2015. Wow. Just, wow.

Baccalaureates, Graduations, and Other Things I’m Not Ready For…

A Prayer for Parents:
“Lord, teach me to be kind to my kids in their seasons of change just as You are kind to me in mine.”
Lynn Cowell

I probably did not iron even my own graduation robe exactly 30 years ago… ha!

I’m not ready to cry, or say good-bye to these fabulous young adults. I ironed (I don’t iron!!!) a graduation robe even though I felt that if I put off the chore, maybe time will slow down. Just a bit. I have about 60 new photos on my computer of all these children who are ready to take their own steps in the world. I am more than excited, and terrified, all at once.

Fruit Flavored Waters- Easy from the Freezer

Click the pic for the Amazon link…

I know that fruit flavored waters have been A Big Thing for a while. You can tell how Big of a Thing by how much stuff you can buy to support this latest Big Thing, or how many hits you get with a web search. Go ahead, Google “Fruit Flavored Water,” and you will see recipes even. Want a water bottle to take on-the-go that has a strainer to hold back your flavorings? It exists. But, as always, I’m slow to incorporate the latest Big Thing.

I’m part camel and decided this when I was quite young, maybe six or seven. I never drank very much water or other beverages. Even as an adult, one of my favorite lines to explain why I don’t drink a lot of Adult Beverages is to say “Everyone has to drink a few to catch up to my level of obnoxiousness au natural.” I think the simplicity of a simple slice of cucumber, lemon, and a single mint leaf may have me finally hitting somewhere in the six to eight cups we are recommended to drink.

Berries, Citrus and Mint for your water, yum!
Berries, Citrus and Mint for your water, yum!
Fruit from the freezer…

When making several lemon recipes in February I was smart and sliced the leftover rinds, now squeezed of their juice. Into the freezer they went. When I was slicing limes recently to freeze, too, I remembered the frozen lemons… and the cucumber that I had sliced up for hummus (yum). AND I just bought a mint plant (who buys a mint Plant? It grows like a weed! I do… I can kill mint, I have that little luck with herb gardening).

Drink up!
Drink up!

Voilà. Flavored water. Sit a bottle of water in your fridge with a few slices of fruit and a mint leaf or two. Drink right away, or let the flavors steep overnight. I love this stuff, and hope I remember to keep sliced citrus in the freezer from now on- there’s room by the strawberries for smoothies.