Friday, February 27, 2015

7 Quick Takes about Conquering the Deathly Cold, Viral Awesomeness, and Carrots of Questionable Moral Character

It's 7 Quick Takes Friday! How was your week?


Probably the most unusual thing that happened this week is that Phillip, who is a leader for the boy scout troop at our church, took the boys on an overnight campout.

This is unusual because it's February in New England and the weather forecast looked like this:

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Apparently someone missed the memo that normal people who live here are supposed to just hide inside until spring comes.


In addition to the single digit temperatures on the campout, there was also a -40 degree windchill on the mountain. I can imagine this made it feel slightly colder.

Allow me to paint a picture for you: To avoid having their water freeze during the night, each person had to sleep with their water bottle tucked inside their shirts. True story.

Surprisingly, the report was that the leaders and the boys all had fun. And despite my predictions to the contrary, each of them also survived.

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Did not win the 2015 Darwin Awards.


Because of all the snow we've gotten lately, most of our neighbors have also had a visit from the ice dam fairy. The ones with money lying around are hiring ice dam removal companies to shovel off their roof.

It's funny how you can get used to things. At first my kids were excited to see guys walking around with shovels on a rooftop, but now they don't even look twice. It's old news.


This has been an interesting week on the old blog. My piece "Why I Make My Kids Go To Church" has been getting shared like hotcakes on Facebook and was also picked up by the Deseret News, a Utah-based faith and family newspaper and news site.

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Click me. Read me. Love me.

If you're one of the people tweeting, pinning, or sharing, thanks a lot! If you aren't, I still like you, but maybe slightly less than the other guys.


At heart I think I'll always be a technophobe, but you can't really be a blogger without social media. So I bit the bullet and started accounts for the blog, first on Facebook and this week, on Twitter.

To those of you who've taken pity on me and offered kind words of encouragement as I've ventured into the world of social media about 15 years late, I appreciate it.

All I ask is that you not be offended if I don't respond to your messages (I probably don't even know I have a 'messages' section,) and don't assume that I know what a re-tweet is or how to do it.


My 3-year-old has a bad habit of leaving her coat in the car, creating intense panic when we're heading out the door and can't find it. Since I like asking 3-year-olds "why" (I find it always yields such well thought-out and logical answers,) I asked why she did that.

In response she smiled at me, shrugged her teeny little shoulders, and said cheerfully, "I'm just a bad girl!"

Now, how do you argue with that?


Ummm... I don't know exactly what to say about this because I was made aware recently that minors are reading my blog, but... what is up with these carrots?

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My usual brand of carrots, never looked at the label until now.

And here I was, thinking I shopped at a family-friendly grocery store.

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Unknown said...

My 3-year-old and 5-year-old and I have the same, but opposite, conversation. I want them to just leave the coat in the car so it is there! The rest of my kids NEVER bring anything in from the car, so here we are all dragging to little kids around with no coats!

Unknown said...

Wow that camp-out sounds like it was freezing, but I'm glad everyone had fun! Congratulations on your post going viral, too! It is fantastic! And haha I never realized how questionable those carrot's label was either. I buy that brand too ... or at least I used to. hahaha jk

Thanks for sharing!

Unknown said...

What a great blog you have! This post made me smile! :-) I am in the same boat with the social media, you could not pay me to sleep outside in this weather, and I totally never looked at the label on the carrots. :-)
I am your newest follower-figured I would say as much just in case you didn't realize! ;)
Cathy@three kids and a fish

Jenny Evans (sister, not author) said...

I love the 3-yr-old's answer, she's such a hoot! Megan had the kids Skype me for my birthday, it was fun seeing what a chatter box she is.

Jenny Evans said...

Maybe we could trade for a few weeks and see how it goes?

Jenny Evans said...

Tell me about it! Her favorite thing to do is follow me around talking at me. I asked her once "Do you ever stop talking?" and without missing a beat she said, "No, because we can talk in our house. I can talk in my house and you can talk in your house and we can all talk in our house because it's our house! And..."

Love it, though. It's going too be eerily quiet around here when she goes to school in a few years.

Unknown said...

LOL what a naughty bunny! Congrats on the viral post! Stopped by from Crazily Normal link party :)

Anonymous said...

It's so refreshing to read your blogs because there are no swears and sexual innuendos. Thank you. I think it is okay to buy the carrots, however :) Bunnies do like carrots.

Unknown said...

What a great/fun update. I get those carrots all the time too! I never noticed that naughty bunny before. For shame!!! LOL

Congrats on the great post getting all the buzz (speaking of buzz... I'm following you on Twitter now- I was already following you on Facebook).

AiringMyLaundry said...

Haha, that carrot brand is hilarious.

I am so ready for warmth.

Mrs.AOK said...

:D Naughty carrots!
Congratulations on having your post picked up!!!

Unknown said...

Haha! I have the same type of conversations with my 2 year old. Congrats on having your post picked up! That's exciting! :)

Let's Talk Mommy said...

I love this! The carrots really made me chuckle though. Conversations with my two toddlers are the same. Congratulations on your blog! exciting. Thank you so much for linking up to Share With Me #sharewithme