Jeneric Jeneralities ~ by JenIG

My kids are so different than when I was a little kid.  Today I told bobo that I was going to make oatmeal and he nearly screamed, “HOOOOORAY!!!!  THANKS MOM!”  I don’t remember oatmeal ever producing that effect in my childhood.    

In non breakfast related news, the most excellent praiseworthy man in the kingdom will celebrate his birthday this Saturday.  Yes, Geoff the Great is another year older.  Coie spent $115 on his birthday present.  I spent $8.  And at this point I’m planning to sneak into her room Friday night, rummage thru her closet, hijack her present and scribble, “From Coie…. But mostly from Jen” before it’s offered the next day.  On second thought, maybe I won’t — it will depend whether or not she’s finished my bathroom before then.  She had a little trouble getting the toilet put back in and hooked up + working properly after pulling it out to sand and putty and paint.  And I was right terrified at the prospect of having to use the kids’ bathroom if she could not fix it. Shudder Shudder.  I might not want to risk angering the plumber/remodeler/painter before the task has been fully completed.

Lastly, my son James got a dog, and it’s the best pet ever.  He plays with it constantly; he even rides it.  For the last three days, my seven year old son, Dippy, has been all too happy to play, “Puppy” for his little brother.  That kid has more patience than I can comprehend.  And the funny thing is, as the game has been going on (and on and on) James takes it all the more serious.  Last night Coie was reading to the family and I had James straight-jacketed tightly in my lap, and he looked up at me piteously — and fully serious — and whispered, “mama, I go get my dog?”  And since I was not willing to let the orangutan loose, I quietly whistled and patted my knee to get Dippy’s attention and said, “come here, boy”, and Dip dutifully came over on all fours and put his head on James lap so his hair could be petted, patted and pulled.   And I hope James is happy because that’s the only inside pet he’s ever gonna get.

January 31st, 2008 - Posted in Uncategorized | | 24 Comments

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  1. ClagettsFLStyle said,

    on January 31st, 2008 at 9:59 am

    Too Funny

    I love reading your entries. They always make me smile.

    This one lets me know that having more then two girls can alot you ample 'play' things. LOL.

    And you don't even have to have a real dog. I have two dogs and all they do is lay around.. what a rip off..

  2. ByHisGraceInColorado said,

    on January 31st, 2008 at 10:02 am

    Ooh, I am the first commentor!!

    Or is that commenter? I fergit! 🙂

    Hey Jen, I love to read your blog. It somehow soothes the pain of not living near you. I love the stories of your wonderful kids too. Man, I wish WE had a dog like yours. We just have this real one that slobbers and sheds and barks and…..well, we love her to pieces though. She was my warm foot stool this morning while I was sitting and drinking my coffee.

    Can you loan out Coie to us to do OUR bathroom? It needs an extreme makeover. Although she would have to work REALLY fast since we only have one of those commodoties. (How's that for a word!?)Actually our whole house needs one. Last night I woke up in the middle of some ungodly hour and couldn't figure out where I was or who I was! Guess that is the fruit of too many hotels and strange places lately. I think I need a good shrink!

    Either that, or I need to get together with you and "bust a groove" sometime. You know, I was into disco before you were born.


    Love you! Miss You!!!

    Happy Birthday to Geo!!!!


  3. ByHisGraceInColorado said,

    on January 31st, 2008 at 10:04 am

    Oh that nasty gal! 🙂

    She zipped in and beat me while I was composing my masterpiece! Will I ever get to be first!!????



  4. foxvalleyfamily said,

    on January 31st, 2008 at 10:06 am

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    Awww that Dippy is the sweetest pet (and brother) ever – And I'll bet he's a lot better housebroken than our old dog was!

    You have awesome kids!

    And a big Happy Birthday to Geoff, too!


  5. skdenfeld said,

    on January 31st, 2008 at 10:28 am

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    Does he need a horse too? I have the best seven year old horse impersonator in town. She only works on-loan though. I could not bear to part with her completely.

    Edited by skdenfeld on Feb. 1, 2008 at 10:50 PM

  6. Anonymous said,

    on January 31st, 2008 at 10:42 am

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    your family life sounds like it's a bowl of cherries w/ whipped cream on top. And no mention of awful broken down cars and IRS bills and crazy stuff like that. What a witness you are to those reading Jen.


  7. drewsfamilytx said,

    on January 31st, 2008 at 11:18 am

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    That is the sweetest thing EVER! You've got a lotta love in that family of yours!

    Happy Birthday to Geoff the Great as well!!!

  8. Anonymous said,

    on January 31st, 2008 at 6:58 pm

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    I had to laugh, since my just turned 7yo requested OATMEAL for his birthday breakfast- he could have had anything… chocolate chip pancakes, waffles, anything… and he picked oatmeal?? But you can bet I almost stomped on his older brother's toe when he started to blurt out other options- LOL!

    And I'll bet your dog doesn't even knock over the trash to eat the coffee grounds.

    Jen (another one) @schoolinthesun.blogspot

  9. cryskey said,

    on January 31st, 2008 at 7:11 pm

    Thanks for commenting

    on my blog the other day! I haven't posted in so long I was quite suprised by it. Oh, and happy birthday to Geoff!


  10. weesma said,

    on January 31st, 2008 at 7:14 pm

    It must be this modern generation

    3 of the foster girls(ages 4,4,& 3) we have now got squealy over oatmeal, too. Those are the moments I look up and thank God. Not only is it cheap and easy to make, but they're not addicted to Chicken Nuggets which means I don't have a guilty health conscience every time I dish up a big bowl of oatmeal with cinnamon and raisins!

    A voice from the past,


  11. said,

    on February 1st, 2008 at 12:24 am

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    now that's just mean. first you make your kids eat oatmeal then you won't let them have a real dog in the house? you probably won't be getting that mother of the year award.

  12. Her daughter said,

    on February 1st, 2008 at 2:39 pm

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    Guess what, you've been awarded for being the best Mommy of the Year.

    Everyone enjoyed their pancakes I made for them this morning….it was nice to have Dippy clean up all the suger that was spilled on the floor…

  13. JenIG said,

    on February 1st, 2008 at 2:59 pm

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    thanks Ryann, cept for your award doesn't count because you have no frame of reference on account of not having any other mothers to judge between. That means whatever i am is *normal* to you right now. But when you grow up and learn more about the world you will look back at your childhood and suddenly have entire buckets full of material to share with a psychologist.

    love, momsie

    ps thanks for making pancakes. tomorrow how about you whip up some strawberry crepes and mochas?

  14. jess4him said,

    on February 1st, 2008 at 6:58 pm

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    OOOOHHHHH Yuuuuumm!!! Strawberry Crepes and mochas! I know what I'M making for breakfast tomorrow!!! 🙂 Thanks for that thar idear!

  15. UndertheSky said,

    on February 3rd, 2008 at 2:19 am

    Every time I read your blog I get a smile on my face. You just have that ability. You are so wonderful. :+)


  16. Testimony said,

    on February 3rd, 2008 at 2:15 pm

    My kids are overjoyed too

    When I make all natural oatmeal, I get laughs of joy.


  17. KarenW said,

    on February 3rd, 2008 at 5:56 pm

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    LOL! What a good dog! And I bet he doesn't drool or shed too much either.

  18. Anonymous said,

    on February 3rd, 2008 at 7:24 pm

    Hi !

    ROTFLOL! Nice post, present hijacker! Bad, bad Mommy!


  19. mamasmurf said,

    on February 4th, 2008 at 8:10 am


    Nice to have you visit my blog – you have such a busy family-life, how do you ever fit in the time to blog?

    Thanks for adding me to your prayer list, too – I certainly need them at the moment!


  20. Maria said,

    on February 4th, 2008 at 10:35 am

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    I think Joe talked to Geoff on Saturday. We are so dumb not to know it was his birthday. tell him we said happy belated. How was his big day?



  21. kellieann said,

    on February 4th, 2008 at 11:19 am

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    This post is missing some key ingredients. Like how do you train your children to…

    1. someday do your home remodeling? and…

    2. entertain each other by reading aloud, without complaint, and humiliate themselves by pretending to be each others' pet? and…

    3. someday buy you $115 birthday gifts?

    Just wonderin'…. =)

    Edited by kellieann on Feb. 4, 2008 at 11:20 AM

  22. angellwaves said,

    on February 4th, 2008 at 2:21 pm

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    Oh my gosh I just love reading your blog! It sure brightens my day! It took a minute for it to click that you didn't get a "real" puppy but that your son was sweet enough to play one for his younger brother! Too funny!

  23. His4life said,

    on February 4th, 2008 at 3:00 pm

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    Precious!!!! Precious!!! Precious!!!!

    Much love to you!!


  24. jenig said,

    on August 20th, 2008 at 12:53 pm


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