The crazy things you do when you put your kids first

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Madness at the Library!

You hesitate to go anywhere, worrying about how people will perceive your young kids being . . . young kids. Then, when you finally do get the nerve, you run into adults that act like kids too.


The Lion's Wings

This is a ridiculous story. Seriously, I can hardly believe this happened to me.

Yesterday it was quite cold out and our three year old was wanting to play. We had had a tough morning of battling the three-nager power struggles. I decided to take her to our local Library. This is something we have been wanting to do and haven’t since the birth of my son five weeks ago. My daughter loves book – she really LOVES books. She loves going to the library and bookstores. We haven’t been to our local because it was under renovations for a long time. This was an exciting adventure.

When we arrived, the library was not busy. There was only three people using the main library and another mother with her daughter in the children’s library. My little one and I went to a table and immediately set up shop. We got…

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Flash your headlights to open your garage door

Neat? Yes.

Necessary? No

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Tired of always having to hit a remote to enter your garage? Just blink your lights three times. 

If you’re tired of always having to hit a remote to enter your garage, you’re in luck. That’s because Maker Luis Rodrigues has designed a DIY automation system that opens the door by simply flashing his headlights at it.


How it works is relatively simple: Blink three times and the garage door will open. Flash another three and it’ll pause. Three more times and it’ll shut. Rodrigues also has an outer gate to his home, which he coupled with the system. This enables him to hold the lights for more than a second, and both the door and the outer gate will be activated.

This is all made possible by connecting a control box under the hood of his car to the headlight’s output. A Moteino — a low-power, RF Arduino variant based on the ATmega328P — reads the input signal of the headlights flashing…

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Glimpses of Joy

Don’t you just love that look your kids give you when they just KNOW that you’ll be proud of their latest accomplishment.  They look up grinning with that atrocious drawing of you shaped like a pear, and you can’t help but think it’s perfect.

That’s true love.

I get frustrated and impatient like any other mom, but moments like that really make it all worthwhile.

I just need to capture more of them in pictures, video, and writings so that I can remember them when I really need a pick me up!

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Your Son Can’t Read! For The Most Part…

I would be terrified if somebody asked me to read in front of my kid’s class. All those eyes!

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Well, that’s not embarrassing or anything. After being told this false creed about myself, you can imagine the dread I felt when asked to read to the class. I was a patient for Xanax in the making.

I can only imagine what my mom thought when I delivered the news. Fortunately, this did give me a convenient excuse to blow off book reports.

“How can that be true,” my Mom asked, “You’ve read to me before, remember?”

Oh right, I had forgotten about that. Still, my teacher claimed that I wasn’t comprehending what I was reading and that was true, I wasn’t. I had fallen asleep more times than not reading. I confess, I didn’t even like Harry Potter—something had to be wrong with me.

So, what was the issue?

I was bored out of my mind! I took the recommended reading like an anesthetic. Nothing was wrong with me…

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How I Made One Million Dollars 

cracked me up!


It is this simple.  The key to success is this:


In order to be successful you must convey yourself in a way that commands the attention of your associates.  My associates vary in age. I must work with them according to what they are most accustomed to interpreting.

And, sure, you might be saying, “But Jami, you have an college education. What if I do not?”  To which I would respond;  ANYONE CAN DO THIS!  YOU CAN DO THIS!

Here are the 30 “secret” key phrases I use  everyday before lunch:

1.  No.

2.  I said no.

3.  What is wrong with you?

4.  Seriously?

5.  Get in the car!

6.  Get in the car now!

7.  Get in the car or I will kick your lung out!

8.  I am not going into the admin office in my pajamas one more time this week!

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