Shannon Stacey

Archive for February, 2011

Winter break

Today’s the official first day of winter break, although the boys got a jump on it because Friday was a snow day. I don’t mind school vacations, really. I get up at the usual time and I like having that hour or more in the morning to myself. No rushing to find that paper I was supposed to sign or the Short Kid’s left glove. I don’t have to drive them to school or pick them up.

The black cloud … Read More »

Gadgets for kids: iPod Touch vs Nintendo DS

Leading up to Christmas of 2009, when the Short Kid was nine, he started begging for an iPod Touch. I had one and his big brother had one, and he wanted one too. His dad said no. SK made all kinds of arguments has to why he should have one. Dad said no.

When I pointed out how much SK used mine, how adept he was with it, and how careful he was with it, Dad started wavering. Then I … Read More »

Slow blog to China

Once edits for Yours By Design are behind me, I’ll be figuring out what to do with my blog. I know there’s been a lot of frustration about the lag time in loading your comments. And I’ve had people tell me they don’t bother, which makes me sad. And the admin dashboard is even worse. Seriously, if I want to do anything behind the scenes, I have to pack a lunch and my pillow.

So bear with me and, as … Read More »

Dinner With TK: Fighting Jack Churchill


One of the joys of dining out is the Tall Kid having our undivided attention and entertaining us with the random bits of of trivia and knowledge that lurk in his mind. And I’ll share some of them with you…

“Hey mom, did you know there was an English soldier who fought in World War II with a longbow and a claymore? Oh, and while carrying bagpipes?”

Meet Lieutenant Colonel John Malcolm Thorpe Fleming “Jack” Churchill, a bad-ass with … Read More »

Luddite offspring

My sons have proven to be quite resistant to digital reading. During the school year, I don’t give it a lot of thought. The Tall Kid, especially, needs to be able to transport the book he’s reading back and forth to school in his backpack. Since his backpack weighs about thirty pounds and strains at the seams, I don’t want my Kindle in there.

But I thought maybe I’d hooked the Short Kid. He’s been devouring the Artemis Fowl series … Read More »

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