Friday, August 24, 2018

Back to School 2018

Kyle and Hayden headed back to school this week. I know it's hard to believe but we now have a 4th-grader and a 1st-grader in the house. 

The first week is always a little rough because the kids have to pay attention, follow instructions, sit still and do other things that require obedience for almost 8 hours. 

You know all the stuff that Mrs. Shife and I don't make them do in the summertime. =) 

So there have been a few meltdowns and short fuses with the kids after school, which we were expecting. But what we weren't expecting was the subject of the first phone call from their school. 

You always get a little worried when you see the caller ID flash "Your Kid's Elementary School" on your phone and it's usually followed by me saying something like "By the buck knuckle of George Constanza, what happened now?" 

This time the school was calling to let us know that Ms. Frizzle had escaped and was roaming unattended in the schoolyard. 

Yes, that Ms. Frizzle. She missed her little humans so much that went looking for them after they had left for school. Fortunately, all of the kids were in the gym for indoor recess because the air quality in Boise is pretty atrocious.

Boise is down there somewhere

I think we are at Red, which means the state song has been changed to "You Take My Breath Away" by Berlin. I linked it for you in case you were needing a new earworm. You're welcome.

Well, that's all for this week, folks. Thank you for stopping by, I will talk to you soon and have a great weekend.

I will persevere. I will keep moving forward. I will be the stream.

Friday, August 17, 2018


Were you able to decipher my shorthand?

A) Has Been Drinking Multiple Fireballs
B) Happy Birthday Miss Frizzle
C) Here Be Dragons Making Fiberglass
D) Hot Bus Drivers Manufacturing Footwear
E) Heavy Bioengineering Dudes Masturbating Frequently

The pictures kind of gave it away, huh?
Our not-so-little furball turned 2 yesterday.
I have added a few photos to show how much she has grown over the past 24 months.
From the day we first met her to the day I recently caught her sleeping on the job.
At the very bottom of the post is a photo of Ms. Frizzle keeping our home "safe."
She was the only one home and I guess she thought it would be a darn shame to not enjoy all of this peace and quiet. She was sprawled out on her back on the couch with not a care in the world.
To her credit, the door was locked and I came home early from work.
For her special day, Frizzy got two new chew toys, a special birthday cookie from the local pet store, two new fetching balls and lots of love.
After being owned by basset hounds for a good chunk of my life, I would have never imagined that I would love having a yellow lab so much.
And I certainly didn't I think I would own a dog named Ms. Frizzle.
Maybe I just like dogs.
Whatever the case might be, I am certainly grateful to have Ms. Frizzle in our lives.

Thanks for stopping by, have a wonderful weekend and I will talk to you soon.

I will persevere. I will keep moving forward. I will be the stream.

Friday, August 10, 2018

Random Acts of Shifeness - Weird

  • How does that expression go? When the kids are away, the parents stay up way too late, drink too much and do other things that I can't mention on a kind of family-friendly blog that updates mostly every Friday.
  • Yes, I am pretty sure that's how it goes.
  • It has been a weird week because Kyle and Hayden have been spending the week with Grandma and Grandpa on the farm, which is almost 400 miles north of us. But it looks like they are doing OK without me and Mrs. Shife. 
  • I am not sure what my children are doing while the rest of their cousins are doing a good job posing for the camera. 
  • It almost became an insanely weirder week because Mrs. Shife and I were going to look at a basset hound puppy because we need a little more chaos in my life. Fortunately, the universe intervened and the basset puppy was sold before we made it over there. 

  • It looks like I am going with weird as my theme for this update. How about this? Last week we had the great goat invasion in Boise and now we have the great anecdote invasion as there was a naked, knife-wielding woman running around downtown.
  • Keep it weird, people.

  • Have a great weekend, thanks for stopping and I will talk to you soon.

I will persevere. I will keep moving forward. I will be the stream.

Friday, August 03, 2018

Random Acts of Shifeness - You've Goat to be Kidding Me

  • More goat puns because we heard (or should I say herd) them all today:
    --> It just goat serious.
    --> Ain't nobody goat time for that
    --> I've goat this
    --> I've goat your back
    --> Totes ma goats
    --> I don't even know how I goat here
    --> Here we goat again
    --> Have a goat a second?
    --> You goat owned
    --> These puns have goat out of hand
  • Hayden told me today that if I didn't bring home batteries for her toy that she would eye roll me. She gave me an example of her eye roll. I will not forget the batteries.
  • Speaking of Hayden, she had a good accomplishment this week. She passed the swim test at the city pool and was able to go off the diving boards by herself. She had to swim two laps in the pool and tread water for 30 seconds. Not too bad for a 6-year-old.

  • Kyle and Hayden also got to float the Boise River for the first time. We went with our neighbors and had a good time. If you ever come to visit the capital of Idaho, you have to float the river. 

  • Well, that's all I got for this week. Thanks for stopping by, have a great weekend and talk to you soon. 

I will persevere. I will keep moving forward. I will be the stream.