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Happy June!

Happy June!

June 2, 2008


I am turning comments back on and crossing my fingers that the unrelenting spam that crippled my site has let up. It was very odd not having comments. I missed all of you. Well, most of you.

We had a busy weekend working on the house, watching baseball games, and soaking in the vitamin D . Eating snowcones was an integral part.

So tell me, how have you been?

Posted by Chris @ 8:40 am  

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  1. Erika says:

    They just grow up so dang fast, don’t they?! She reminds me of my now eight year old with her painted nails and hair that she prefers down now instead of up in a ponytail. That growing happens right before my very eyes and yet I still manage to miss it. Great picture!

  2. cristen says:

    We’re good! Heavy rain yesterday, so we went down into the woods behind our house and played in the mud in the ravine back there. Saw some crawfish. Came home and had oatmeal and smoothies for dinner (except for the child who dropped his on the floor, and all over his sister). That’s us!

  3. Amy says:

    I used to get all kinds of crap, turned out most of it was Pingbacks, not comments. You can see the difference from your Dashboard.

    The next thing I did was get the Bad Behaviour plugin [http://www.bad-behavior.ioerror.us/] - it has virtually eliminated spam for me. I also have Askismet [http://akismet.com/download/].

    Glad you are letting us comment again!

  4. Headless Mom says:

    Glad to have you back.

    I have a sunburn. Thanks for asking.

    And she is just getting too big. Looks so grown up all of a sudden!

  5. Camilla says:

    Weirdly, despite hardly ever commenting, i still felt distinctly muted during the commentless period! Strange. Hope the spam subsides.
    Gorgeous photo (i love seeing your new photos every time you post) - i’ve never had a snowcone and i think next time i visit the USA i’m going to have to rectify that!

  6. suburbancorrespondent says:

    Snowcones here, too. And Italian ices…and my husband has turned our little backyard into a mud pit that, in theory, will someday metamorphasise (sp?) into a flagstone patio. But right now? It’s a kid-magnet mud pit.

  7. Sara says:

    Living at the baseball fields and wallowing in and swallowing the dust of a thousand civilizations from said fields. Preparing our house for sale. Dealing with the children and the first week of “there’s nothing to do” since school is now out.

    LOVED Miles’ trip to the dentist, by the way. Fabulous.

  8. Bryanne Mayhew says:

    Missing you too! I don’t comment much, so I didn’t miss not being able to comment, but I sure have missed the posts. I completely understand that this time of year gets busy busy busy tho, and I don’t even have ONE kid.

    Glad you’re back open.

  9. wifey says:

    can it be that i am the first???

    Great to see comments back.
    And the snowcone - looks delish!

  10. Eden says:

    I was waiting for you to turn it back on so I could tell you my interesting tidbit of info. I recently started reading your blog and I love how you write about your family and take amazing pictures. I was recently reading the Modesto Bee and there was an article on blogging, and one of the blogs they mentioned to read was YOURS!!!!!!! I got so excited and when I went to comment to you about it, they were turned off…..

  11. Nicki says:

    The snowcones, brings back alot of memories and makes me crave one.

  12. Leeann says:

    OMG this is SOOOOOOO much better! I felt like I had my mouth duct-taped shut! lol

    I remember snow cones being my favorite part of my brother’s baseball games. :-)

    Now, more often than not, we are grabbing Gatorade and hot dogs since we live at the ball field. And I know you know exactly what I mean!!


  13. Jennie says:

    Is there anything better than a grape sno cone?

  14. Penny says:

    Happy June to you!! Your weekend sounds like the perfect June weekend!! We’ve had rain, rain, and more rain!! At least it saves on our water bill!!lol
    Have a blessed week :o)

  15. Jenny says:

    If you’re using WP you can get defensio or askismet and the spam should stop.

  16. Tranny Head says:

    A blog without comments is like rain without wetness, damnit. I hope the evil spammers stay away . . .

  17. Liz says:

    YAY!! Comments are back! MM had a sno-cone yesterday, too. Totally made the whole day an unqualified success.

  18. Heidi Malott says:

    What a fun, sweet picture of Summer. We live in Indiana and are happy that summer is here! Our weekend consisted of similar times, baseball, more baseball, BBQ, unpacking more boxes from our 9 min move from one part of town to another. We lived in our previous home, that we re-did from basement to attic for 14 years, so this was a big move for us. All while 34 weeks pregnant for number 4 (our youngest is 10) We are expecting our 3rd boy! Lots of catnaps too :)

  19. Amanda says:

    We had the heater on all weekend. I can’t wait for snowcones.

  20. Sarah says:

    I was sorry to hear about your colonoscopy. As a Crohn’s patient, I’ve had plenty of those and while they are never something HORRIBLE and MISERABLE, neither are they something pleasant and wonderful - like a snowcone at the beginning of June - to look forward to.

    Hope your kids are enjoying their summer!

  21. Danielle says:

    the tiny pink fingernails, they are so cute.

    and omg why doesn’t england have snowballs?! i miss those.

  22. Tiffany says:

    I am a fairly new reader of yours. Since you have enabled comments I thought I’d say hi instead of lurking! Love your blog. Tiffany

  23. jennielynn says:

    Peachy keen, jelly bean. Miles in the dentist’s chair just slayed me. They grow up far too fast, don’t they?

  24. Cathy says:

    Well, I’ve got a cold sore, a virus of some sort ravaging my system and small pains in large places. Oy. I’m fine otherwise. Thanks for asking.

  25. Kelly says:

    Sno-cones= summer! I don’t comment too often either, but as soon as those comments went off I had a mouthful to say. Hope you nasty spammers have left the building.

  26. peepnroosmom says:

    Hey! It has been hot here. We have enjoyed being outside in the mornings and swimming in the afternoons. And we got a Wii! That makes it considerably harder to get the kids outside instead of in front of the TV.
    I love your sno cone picture. I will have to get our Wal-Mart sno cone maker out and crank it up.
    Good luck with the spammers.

  27. Angella says:

    Hooray for comments! I have been lazy with them, yes, but I like the option :)

    That photo makes me want to run out and get a snow cone. Or two.

  28. Jenn says:

    Been lurking for over a year, thought I’d say hi and your little fella was just too cute at the dentist !

  29. flipflop says:

    We live and breath baseball/softball this time of year. Love the pic!

  30. Debbie says:

    My husband has a web page and we turned off the comments because people write mean things on blogs. I enjoyed reading how other people enjoy your blog like I do. I enjoy seeing your family and know this is the best time of your life when your children are still at home!

  31. Jennifer says:

    Don’t you love those pictures of little girls where you can see a much older version peeking out? It always reminds me to cherish this time because once they look like that all the time, I’m afraid they’ll be unbearable.

  32. Mary says:

    Glad to have the comments back. I wanted to tell you I’m glad your testing went well. DH has is intial one soon (poor baby is over 50) and I was able to give him a blow by blow account of what he’s going to go through… I spent my weekend watching the Women’s College World Series and thought of you often as I watched the kiddies running around in the stands…

  33. Sandra says:

    Wow. Do you realize how insensitive this comment sounded from your last post? I’m assuming you were trying to imitate — or poke fun of — African-American vernacular with this ignorant comment? You should keep in mind you might have ethnically diverse readers. It was almost as bad as your post about your summer abroad in Africa and how absolutely isolated it felt for a white, priveleged woman to be surround by — ew — poverty and — ew — people of color.


    Chris says:

    Um, I think it was supposed to be LOLCAT speak first of all. Second of all, how do you know that the person who said it was not a person of color? Isn’t that a little presumptuous of you?

    AND further more, I did not write anything about being a privileged white woman. I wrote:

    The culture shock was, well, shocking. Some things were hard to process because there was no framework for which to put the experiences into. And so some of the memories sort of hang out there in my brain, alone, until something triggers them and pulls them back to the forefront of my memory.

    Have you spent time in a third world country? There was a culture shock. It had nothing to do with poverty or people being black. It had everything to do with having everything that your are used to stripped away, that includes the good and bad. I missed stupid things like soda and ice cubes. After a few weeks I missed my friends and family. I loved the time I spent there, life seemed much more vibrant. Perhaps the term “culture shock” has connotations that I did not realize or intend.

    And quite frankly it was a post about NEIL DIAMOND for crying out loud, not one where I delved seriously into a definition of culture shock.

  34. Char says:

    I have been cranky, thank you for asking. I keep saying that I’m too old to have more kids and I thought I was too young for peri-menopause. Teach me to think!

    I don’t comment much but am glad to have the opportunity to do so again!

    Thanks for the great photo!

  35. Amanda says:

    We’re doing the same minus baseball. Snow cones and popsicles are vital parts of getting your vitamin D.

  36. Rebecca says:

    The pictures you post here are amazing. I hope the spammers stay away!

  37. DramaMama says:

    It’s our first day of above 65*!! FINALLY!! The sheets dried in like an hour outside =) I think it’s finally safe to garden - we had frost last week! Gotta love the midwest…glad to hear we can comment again and I’ll keep my fingers crossed you have good luck from here on out. Hope you enjoy reading the oodles and oodles you are getting on just the first day!

  38. Fina says:

    Missed the comments. I’ll try and start at the beginning - your little girl w/”her” horse - adorable. Baseball brothers - way cute. I dont eat black beans but thanx for recipe. Colon stuff - yikes, but glad they found nothing! Miles at the dentist - made my heart melt. Not sure what was cuter - the new buzz cut or his smile. Snow cone and your only daughter - another beautiful shot of another beautiful child. Thanx for giving us back the comments. I get so bored at work!
    Fina/Sayville/Long Island

  39. Fina says:

    And right-on to your Sandra reply. I never thought it was an off-color remark or a remark of color of any color relating to your jug o’pee or your stint in a 3rd world country. Jusy my 2 cents (or .13 in todays economy)
    Fina/Sayville/Long Island

  40. poppy fields says:

    Hi, thanks for asking, we’re into dance recital season…only girls at my house :) I sure could go for one of those snowcones!

  41. Carolyn says:

    We finished baseball last week (played with the JR HS). HOWEVER…the next 8 weeks have Mon, Tues, Wed and Thurs nights set aside for softball. The 12 year old’s team is entertaining. The 9 year olds…well…it’s something akin to watching paint dry. OY! EVERYONE bats. EVERYONE hits…regardless of the number of strikes and balls, cause heaven forbid, their li’l psyche’s are damaged by being called out with 3 strikes.

    Aside from that, put on a tea party for youngest’s 7th birthday on Sat. Made bonnets, got my FIL to dress up as a butler, I even let them use my good china and ironed white linen table cloth (which is now soaking in bleach as I type). WOW…are 7 year olds loud.

    Took the boat out for its maiden voyage this year on Sunday…it was perfect! Water too cold to be in it very long. But was LOVIN’ the 80+ degrees (which in a normal year we may have seen 5-6 of by now but this was one of the first).

    And I agree with most of the posters…your DD is looking VERY grown up (neon pink polish notwithstanding).

  42. Amy says:

    Love the picture. They get better all the time. Glad the ‘butt probing’ went well. I loved the Neil Diamond post. I don’t even remember all the AFrica stuff. My eyes glazed over and all I could think about was Neil’s manly chest. You mentioned poverty? xoxo

  43. Y says:

    Sandra– First of all, I’m the one who typed that, not Chris. Second of all,I think you’re the racist one here because you assumed that it was “African-American vernacular” Have you never heard of lolcats? I was speaking lolcats.

    Now, I think you owe Chris an apology for making such awful assumptions about her. Also… Project much, Sandra?

  44. catnip says:

    Mmmm, snow cones! Okay, it just about killed me not to be able to comment on the colonoscopy post! Hope your spam problem is better.

  45. Bronnie says:

    Lucky you! I miss summer!!
    June means winter for me :(

  46. Kristie says:

    And even though I do not comment often (enough), I also missed reading the comments at your site. Hopefully you can leave them on this time, both for your own personal pleasure, and the rest of us out here. :)

  47. Irma says:

    re: putting comments back up, good for you for taking a chance.Must confess that I have been a lurker for quite a while,so I really didn;t even notice you had closed comments. Sheesh. Anyway, forcing my way out of Lurkerdom to thank you for a really fun site!

  48. Fancypants McGee says:

    Your children are so deliciously cute. I want to eat them up. And the snow cone too. I wouldn’t even know where to get a snow cone. I live in Atlanta. They melt as soon as the putrid, hot, humid air hits them. Alas. We get a paper cone filled with watery sugar water.

  49. Nextcommercial says:

    I missed the comments too. It’s always been a big part of why I like blogs. I tend to go to blogs to see the comments.

  50. Denise says:

    Thank goodness. Not being able to comment almost caused me to inundate your inbox with comments. Lucky for you, I controlled my impulses.

  51. HeatherK says:

    We just went for our first water ice of the season here. It’s been ages since I had a snow cone!

  52. Victoria says:

    *typing carefully so as not to break the comments!*

  53. Shannon says:

    Okay, just ignore Sandra. I LOVE your blog and each picture is adorable. My mom and I laughed hysterically over the jug of pee, lol.
    The dentist pics are just too precious!! My little ones get their kindergarten physicals tomorrow, time has flown.

  54. BetteJo says:

    I don’t comment often but not being able to is like some kind of torture. :) Ass cam made me laugh out loud and the pictures of your daughter with the horse were SO sweet!

  55. Haley says:

    Yay for comments and snow cones!

    Boo for Sandra’s soapbox…can’t we all just have fun!? I mean, the comments section is back after all! Enjoy it.

  56. CaliforniaGrammy says:

    Hip Hip Hooray . . . comments are back! We’re busy building a chicken coop, of course, doesn’t everybody need a chicken coop?

  57. karen says:

    The only thing better than a purple snowcone is a sky blue snowcone. Purple is second best.

  58. Jaime says:

    LOL - I too rarely comment but felt sad to see I COULDN’T comment and now I’m happy I can! :)
    Missed being able to “talk” to you Chris.
    I too love your blog and find it sensitive, insightful, intelligent, creative. Keep it up!
    Oh and BTW I personally think that one day, not too long after the doctor tour is done, you will heal on your own and be back to your old healthy self in no time. :) Are you still avoiding allergens? Or cautiously adding them back in?

  59. Stephanie says:

    Is it just me, or did your daughter age five years since we last saw you?

    So cute, the kid pictures and anecdotes; the Miles at the dentist story? Adorable.

    The story re: your own personal Discovery channel special? (when they took the camera into the heart of darkness) I was laughing so hard I cried. And then I weed myself just a little.

    As for that “comment,” boo…let’s all just be friends.

  60. dynamitt says:

    glad the comments are back. I missed them. And sitting here in the middle of winter (I’m in Australia) that snow cone look way to cold.

  61. melissa6 says:

    what the heck is up with sandra…..i read that with my jaw dropping on the floor.Never, for one instant did i get the impression that you chris consider yourself to be a priveleged white woman. SANDRA STOP BEEN A HO an jus chill dawwg!

  62. Brigitte says:

    Well, Chris DID say she only missed MOST of us! ;-)

    I missed being able to leave comments terribly, as those were some choice posts last month. Then again, the subject matter on some was probably particularly attractive to spammers. If it becomes a problem again, you’ll have to survey your other blog-ly inter-friends and see how they handle it!

  63. Camilla says:

    I declare this Sandra person a bit of a ninny. Plus, in Ireland we say O’stuff all the time, so it’s got absolutely no assumed connection to whatever she was getting upset about. I suppose some people just enjoy getting affronted. Gives them something to focus on, i guess. Bit sad, really. Your response was very calm and considered Chris, btw, bravo. :)

  64. Dani says:

    MWAH! We missed being able to talk back!

    Now we want to know how you made out with your Jug O’ Pee. Cuz we worry about your urine and all.

  65. Heather B. says:

    I’ve been good. Chillin’. Thinking about going oh so far to use your fire pit.

  66. megan says:

    i haven’t been able to check your site in like 5 days because it said you had exceeded your bandwidth. Maybe it’s only been a day, but it seemed like 5. you must never exceed your bandwidth again! glad you are back. and happy June to you too! :)

  67. Mary W says:

    BOOO to Sandra BUT YEAH YEAH YEAH comments are back. I loved the horse stuff -

    we went from barely 80 to OMG is it hot already in a matter of days. The pool is open the kids are almost done with school so YAY!

  68. Jamie AZ says:

    Glad all is well - the dentist and snow cone pictures are great. Just the usual happening here - though it’s supposed to be 101 degrees today. You sort of expect that for Arizona though. :)

  69. elizabeth says:

    My introduction to the internet was wicked - and it still stings to recall how cruel some women can be, how assuming we all can be, and how some people just need to bite their tongue - and or click the wee x at the top of any page.

    LOVED the Miles post - heart wrenchingly beautiful!

  70. EG says:

    Welcome back. She looks so grown-up!

    Important Miles question (well, all your boys, really): When did you first cut their hair. I have a 14-month-old with a Jackie Warner (watch Bravo?) hairdo and I can’t decide if I should buck up and get it cut or let it go.

  71. Linda@Gotta Grow With It says:

    I’m new to your blog and I LOVE your photography!

  72. Nextcommercial says:


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  73. Stephanie says:

    I was thinking the same thing.

  74. Joy H says:

    Living in baseball insanity right along with ya; my 8yo is playing all-star ball this summer.

    AND my kitchen got a nasty plumbing problem.

    Need I say more.

    Missed ya though

  75. Sue says:

    Chris, I love your blog. I’ve been enjoying it for awhile but am only commenting now that I saw the “Sandra” comment. I’m sure you get a lot of this type of thing and it’s sad. Please ignore it and keep posting great stuff. Your blogs make me smile, laugh, cry- and they’ve given me some great meals, too! Sorry about your health issues. I hope they’re resolved soon. Thanks again!

  76. t in h says:

    I was gone nearly the whole month of May at a “Kur” at the seaside on the northern coast of Germany. Paid for by my health insurance. I kid you not. No cooking (the food was fantastic), no cleaning, childcare that the kids loved and lots of ME time. But no internet (not that I missed it terribly much–the scenery up there was indescribably beautiful and I spent most of my free time biking or walking the gorgeous trails or on the beach). So anyway….I must ask a question you’ve probably already answered somewhere around here and also in a few dozen e-mails:

    Where has your other blog disappeared to?