Category Archives: Brother Rivalry

A Sendoff For Our Beloved Mamaw

We lost our beloved Mamaw 2.25.19, just over 10 months after she was diagnosed with a particularly vile form of brain cancer, glioblastoma. If you don’t know what that is, good. I hope you never do. If you do know … Continue reading

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Why the Bus Stop is Like Vegas: An Actual Conversation

This year 2 of our kids are in Middle School.  Because I am Old.  So every morning Sweet Pea (8th grade now, God help us) and Pickles (6th grade, how is this possible).  Every morning they leave together holding hands … Continue reading

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Things My Youngest Child Will Never Have, For Better or Worse.

I was at a birthday party for a kid in Pumpkin Pie’s class recently.  I have been doing this “Parenting Thing” for over 13 years now and while I am no expert, I am certainly experienced because 13 years of … Continue reading

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Husband’s New Buddy Brian

Husband has this running joke with Pickles.  At least I think it is a joke.  Since this summer, Husband has been joking with Pickles that he has been hanging out with Pickles’ friend, Brian.  This sends Pickles into fits, trying … Continue reading

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An Actual Conversation: Happier-ness

The Shorties were sitting at the table enjoying some ice cream in a bowl at the end of a busy summer day.  Everyone was happy, but evidently Pumpkin Pie felt the need to stir up some trouble. It is important … Continue reading

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My Favorite Sweet Pea Story: His Bruther

When Sweet Pea was 2 1/2, we were expecting Pickles.  We had explained to Sweet Pea that his brother would be born in the hospital and that he would come home and live here in the house with us.  This … Continue reading

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Journey of The Grabatron 2000

Pickles was recently given an assignment that threw him for a loop.  He is supposed to come up with an original invention.  It is actually a pretty big assignment, they have to create an invention, come up with an advertisement … Continue reading

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Just to Clarify a Few Things: An Open Letter to the Shorties

There seems to be some confusion lately on Cloud 8 and I feel the need to take a moment to clarify a few things in the form of an open letter to the shorties. Dear Shorties: 1.  If I am … Continue reading

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Holy Crapola! Part 2: Finding Home

So, our 2002 Mazda MPV with 99,995 miles on it no longer had a functioning transmission.  This happened on an out of town trip on Christmas day.  It was slightly less than awesome. After we got all the people, dog, … Continue reading

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Big Wheels and Big Boys

Most holidays, we members of Cloud 8 pack up our rockin minivan and head to Camp Mamaw (Husband’s parents’ place).  This Thanksgiving was no exception.  Mamaw and Dat rock and are lots of fun to visit.  Plus, there are lots of fun things … Continue reading

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