Cassie’s Job Hunting Advice


Posted by Tom | Posted in Heard From The BackSeat | Posted on 23-09-2010

So tonight at dinner I explained to Jamie and Cassie that I was going to start looking for a job outside of teaching. The teacher market is pretty flooded right now and there is basically no hiring going on until next summer. While sitting on my computer tonight Cassie comes into my office and we have a little conversation:

Cassie: “Why don’t you wanna be a teacher any more?”

So I explained that it wasn’t that I didn’t want to, there just weren’t any jobs.

Cassie:”You just gotta stick with it, Daddy. You’re a good teacher. It may take a while, but you’ll get hired.”

Then she added,”Acourse, it could take YEARS! You just gotta stick with it.”

From the mouths of babes….I really do want to teach more than anything. You can bet I’ll be flinging resumes again next summer.

Heard from the dining room — Jamie’s Joke


Posted by Candy | Posted in Heard From The BackSeat | Posted on 16-09-2010

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Jamie grinningJamie told us a joke today at dinner and I thought it was funny enough to share…

The phone went green green. I pinked it up and said yellow.


Heard from the… kitchen


Posted by Candy | Posted in Heard From The BackSeat | Posted on 08-09-2010

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Yet another lost toothThe Tooth Fairy has been busy in our house, there are teeth falling out all over the place. It’s kinda crazy, actually. I posted about the trick the tooth fairy pulled earlier, they both lost their teeth on the same day and she brought them each half of $10 bill. Apparently, Jamie hatched a plan…

They’ve both had loose teeth for a while again. Cassie is, of course, babying hers and refusing to help it along at all. This morning Jamie’s tooth was so loose and it was poking him, so he pulled it out. No problem, no more tooth.

He just came in here and was asking me about the Tooth Fairy (he knows, yes) and then ran off demanding that Cassie pull her tooth too. Apparently he thinks the old broad is going to cough up another $5 each. *laughing* If he succeeds, she might just have to… hmmm…

He asked Cassie thought and she ran away screaming “No!!!” so I doubt he’ll get his wish.

He came in and told me what happened and then said, “Geez, mom, you’d think she’s going to keep it forever and give it a name already!” I cracked up. My little boy is getting my sarcastic sense of humor alright. LOL

Maybe the old fairy lady should leave him a $20 for spite. *laughing*

Heard from the… dining room table


Posted by Candy | Posted in Heard From The BackSeat | Posted on 28-07-2010

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Hangin' at the kid hair cut place waiting on Cassie

Tom made these amazing burgers a few nights ago along with some baked french fries.

Jamie, who recently has started actually eating potatoes in other forms pipes up:

“Wow, these are kind of potatoey!”

Which begs the question… what did the 9-year-old THINK french fries were made of?

Oh, and Cassie has lice again. I guess we didn’t catch them all last time. ARGH! I’ve come up with an insane mommy regiment to get rid of them this time. I mean it! This is war, people!

Heard from the bedroom… I’m HER Mommy…. Sigh.


Posted by Candy | Posted in Heard From The BackSeat | Posted on 24-05-2010

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Cassie lookin' cuteI have this weird thing with Cassie (tell me I’m not the only mom that tortures her children). Any time she tells me another mom did something really cool, I ask her if that means I’m not her favorite mommy anymore, it makes her giggle. I always proclaim that the other mommy is OBVIOUSLY her favorite mommy now.

Cassie came home from the neighbor’s house on Friday with a mini pencil and a silly bandz (I hadn’t heard of them either until very recently). I was joking with her after her shower that Mrs. Neighbor was now her favorite mommy. She was giggling when I asked her who her favorite mommy was and she stopped and got really serious. I thought she was going to be mad because I was picking on her, but no. She looked me dead in the eyes and said, “No. You’re my favorite Mommy.” I asked why and she replied, her voice full of seriousness and sincerity, “Because you are MY Mommy.”

Dammit. She almost made me cry. Yes, sweetheart, I certainly am your mommy.

Heard from the backseat…


Posted by Candy | Posted in Heard From The BackSeat | Posted on 05-05-2010

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Jamie and I were driving in the car yesterday and he was in the backseat rambling about random stuff like he does. I honestly just nod and say “uh huh” a lot because it’s nearly a verbal assault with him when he gets going.

We’re driving along and stop in traffic in front of a stone supply place. He’s looking and rambling about it and talking about what they sell and why.

I told him that they sell stones, so you can decorate our house or whatever you’d use them for. He got really quiet back there and you could nearly hear the little gears turning his head… about a full minute later I hear.

“Mom. They sell rocks!” in the most incredulous voice I’ve ever heard.

Yes, son, they sell rocks…. and people buy them.

Heard from the… bedroom


Posted by Candy | Posted in Heard From The BackSeat | Posted on 30-04-2010

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My little #kindle stealerJamie has been sick, home from school the past 4 days. I took him to the doctor on Tuesday because he said he had a sore throat when he swallows and his tummy was hurting. I thought there was a chance he had strep because those are the two tell-tale signs. It was negative (whew!) but he still didn’t eat hardly anything all week. On Wednesday night he was crying in his sleep because he had an earache. Back to the doctor yesterday and he has an ear infection. It’s been quite a week.

When the kids are sick, we let them sleep on the floor in our room or in bed with me (poor Tom takes the sofa). Last night, we moved the mattress from Jamie’s bed into our room on the floor and he sacked out there.

Cassie comes in dressed this morning while I’m brushing my hair. I had music playing (Single Ladies) so she and I were dancing around, being silly. Cassie announced it was a dance party morning. Jamie sat up on his bed and started bouncing up and down and said, “That means I’m the bouncer!!”

Heh. Yup, it’s Club Beauchamp apparently.

Oh, and the photo is Jamie reading Coraline by Neil Gaiman on my Kindle. Little thief :)

Heard from the… lunch table


Posted by Candy | Posted in Heard From The BackSeat, Holidays | Posted on 04-04-2010

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SC Xmas 2009 (16)Tom was sitting with the kids while they finished up lunch and they asked about Passover and different religious things and asked what Easter was all about for those who went to church. (For us, it’s a chance to give our kids lots of candy via a rabbit).

Tom explained that the Christians believe that on Easter, Jesus rose from the dead and etc etc. He thought it was going pretty well until…

Jamie looked at him and said, “Dad, that’s nasty, so he’s like a zombie, right?”

LOL LOL. I swear, we didn’t say anything around him, but I always proclaim today to be Happy Zombie Day.

Awesome, as if the religious family members don’t already think we’re weird enough. And zombies are really big at school now. That’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it.

Heard from the… kitchen


Posted by Candy | Posted in Heard From The BackSeat | Posted on 04-04-2010

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Neighborhood Xmas 2009 (10)

“Daddy, you’re not purdy! You’re bald!”


Heard From The Backseat…


Posted by Candy | Posted in Heard From The BackSeat | Posted on 08-03-2010

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CIMG0282.jpgJamie has lately shown he has quite a little sense of humor. He made a little joke and I proclaimed “You are such a little nerd!”

To which he replied, “I’m not a nerd, I’m a computer geek!”

Ahhh… at least he knows who he is :)