Jun 06 2016

Taking questions from Andrea

I asked Facebook for some blogging ideas, and you didn’t disappoint!  I got some great suggestions, and plan on answering your questions in as timely a manner as I can. I’m going to take them a little out of order, and answer Andrea Birmingham’s questions first. Is the grass actually greener on the other side; …

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Jun 04 2016

Luna’s Birthday/Jake’s Channel

We got quite a treat last night when we arrived at KidsPeace! Beth drove Gabe, Jake, and I up to see how the hatching of the chickens was going – and it was going great!  We got there just a few minutes before a white chicken finally burst forth from her egg. Jake, as always, …

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Jun 03 2016

Student Of The Month!

Jacob won Medway Middle School’s 8th grade student of the month for May!  He’s shown incredible growth in maturity, independence, and even his grades this year.  He is handling the upcoming thoughts of transition to high school well.  He’s actually excited!  His mother and I are super proud of him!  We think it’s well deserved. …

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Jun 02 2016

My Brother, My Friend {guest post by Olivia}

Hi! My name is Olivia Whitehouse, Big Calf Guy’s daughter.  I usually don’t write on the internet but I thought, “why not?” To be honest, I am overprotective when it comes to my brother Jake.  I heard what was going on about the talk of how Jake has really no friends.  If I thought Jake …

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Jun 02 2016

Openness and Honesty

So, as you may have realized (you’re here, aren’t you), I’ve begun to blog again. I was reluctant to do so because it all seems so self indulgent.  It’s a “hey look at me” thing that I’ve felt uncomfortable with in the past.  When people would ask me to write again, I’d tell them that …

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Jun 01 2016


When we were pre-teaching Jake for the favorites video I’m planning to make with the kids, I asked him who his best friend was.  “I don’t have any” was his response.  It had been lighthearted up to that point – favorite color, chicken or beef, Mario or Luigi.  This time he quickly answered and looked away, …

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May 31 2016

Did I Overreact?

Sometimes I react first, and think second.  Sue me, I’m human. I’ve always tried to teach the kids to stand up for those who cannot stand up for themselves.  Isn’t that the lesson Dawson and Downey teach us in “A Few Good Men” after being sentenced for executing a Code Red on PFC Santiago? Here’s …

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May 30 2016

Pass the Salt

Gabe and Olivia went to a sleepover last night. That freed up the remaining three of us for dinner. I had planned meatloaf, but was out of bread crumbs. I digress. In need of a Plan B, we grabbed the Wing Wah gift certificate Jake won at school for having improved standardized testing scores this …

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May 29 2016

Krill Jar

Once upon a time, I filled a small jar with some river water, a few smooth stones, and some sand.  It’s been sitting on Olivia’s bureau for years. On Saturday, we decided to make an ocean one, since we’d be there.   Thing is, we thought of this AT the ocean.  No forethought.  Thinking quickly, …

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May 28 2016

Sunburned, Exhausted, and Elated

We had the best day today! We packed up the family Buick and headed to MDI for the day.  I was wondering aloud last night how it would go.   My demands weren’t too lofty.  I just wanted everything to go right.  The thing is, everything did. We got up early and drove to Bangor for …

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May 27 2016

The problem with trips

In our relationship, Beth is the Type A.  She plans everything to the letter.  Each minute, event, and experience is carefully thought out.  She even plans our spontaneity!   Flying by the seat of her pants scares … the pants off of her.  Sorry, writer’s block there on a great analogy. I’m more Type B- …

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Oct 29 2015

The D Word

Jake loves filming himself playing video games so that he can upload them to his YouTube channel. BTW – his personal mission is to have 100 subscribers, so if you haven’t done so, he’d appreciate it. (Search Jacob Whitehouse in channels). Anyway, dinner was ready and Beth called down to Jake DURING one of his …

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