Jeneric Jeneralities ~ by JenIG
March 28th, 2008
A Dippy Post

My son, Dip, asked his dad (right as he was leaving for work) if he could have the rest of the coffee in the pot, and, being the nicest dad in the world, Geoff told him, “why, sure!” I, clueless, came in minutes later and ended up making some modifications.   I said, “Boy… what in the WORLD are you doing with that coffee pot” and he says, “Dad said I could have the rest of it!” grin grin google eyes.  So, being the clever diabolical mother that I am, I told him, “Well, naturally if dad said you can have it, then you can…  BUT you can only have it without sugar or creamer.  You’ll have to drink it black, son, like a man”  My seven year old was undaunted and poured himself a hot piping cup… and then drank the entire thing.  About twenty minutes later he completed his 47th lap around the living room.  I should have packed him up and sent him to work with Geoff.  That boy is already too hyper as it is.

And still speaking of Dip… you just gotta love this kid.  He was so proud of himself because he wrote a letter to his Grandpa in AK.  He wrote the first part all by himself, then he had Ryann write out a sentence for him, and then he flipped the bible open and randomly copied a verse.  The boy can’t read yet, so he had no idea what the bible verse was.  Here is the entirety of his letter word for word: 

Dear Grand, I love you our goats are pregnant Willow had two goats which both belong to Emmiko Says the Lord God of hosts.  Love Dip 

Me and Coie have now begun randomly ending sentences with that.  “My library books are overdue Says the Lord God of hosts”   

Lastly, we got our Rosetta Stone Homeschool Convention schedule.  BUMMER that we don’t get to go to CA, and bummer that we don’t get to go to CHAP or the convention in CO (we really wanted to go to CO).  But, we really cannot complain because we landed some pretty awesome shows.  Here is our schedule… and if it one of *yours* you MUST come and visit us and hang out with us after the show. 

Duluth MN MACHE  4/1819

Worcester MA MASSHope 4/25-26

Orlando FL FPEA 5/22-24  (WHHOOOOO HOOOOO! I *love* this convention and the bloggers who show up here!!)

Naperville IL ICHE 6/5-7

Columbus OH CHEO 6/26-28

We are SUPER excited!

Lastly x’s 2, my odd son had his odd friend spend the night last night.  I like this kid a ton – I have never met a 12 year old quite like him.  Last night they slept in the tent, caught fish from the pond and cooked it over an Indian fire that they built, and then they caught a frog to roast and eat (UGHH!) and this morning I’ve been informed they’re preparing frozen chicken to roast over the fire for their breakfast.  I just don’t think that’s very normal, but I guess I’m ok with it.  Those sorts of survival skills may be handy some day. But I will most certainly put my foot down if I see them securing James to a rotisserie.

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  1. foxvalleyfamily said,

    on March 28th, 2008 at 9:36 am

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    Oh Jen…you made me laugh SO hard this morning…'says the Lord God of hosts'

    Thanks, I needed that! 🙂


  2. Victorious said,

    on March 28th, 2008 at 9:40 am

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    I made the mistake of letting my 3yo take a sip of my coffee one day, and now she asks for coffee every single day. And she knows it is not "real" coffee unless it is at least half cream … none of that black stuff for her!

    I think Dippy and my son Jesse would get along great. They sound very similar.

    Eating a frog? That's just gross. BOYS!

    Hope you have a great day!

    Blessings ~ Diane

  3. doughgirl37 said,

    on March 28th, 2008 at 9:42 am

    Am I really the first one to comment? Says the Lord God of Hosts?

    Gee, there's usually TONS of comments before I get to your blog Jen. So happy for you that you get to travel. The closest to me is Ohio, not sure if that's possible. But have FUN says the Lord God of Hosts!

    (I love that!)

    Have a blessed day!

  4. doughgirl37 said,

    on March 28th, 2008 at 9:44 am

    Oh well, I am NOT the first! Took me too long!


  5. Anonymous said,

    on March 28th, 2008 at 10:21 am

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    You told you like it when I comment. So here I am says the Lord.

    Can we get a volley ball net in 4 years?

  6. theresa4 said,

    on March 28th, 2008 at 10:59 am

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    I'm still undecided about the MACHE Conference. I have a hotel room reserved but it might not work out for me. If I do go I'll make sure to stop by and say hello.



  7. sockmonkey said,

    on March 28th, 2008 at 11:14 am

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    I'll look you up at FPEA – bringing a host of Carolina girlfriends with me this time! Road-tripping, we are. (Forgive the Yoda-speak)

    Regarding the Rosetta Stone contest that I inexplicably lost, I was thinking this morning, "Now that I think of it, I didn't win that HGTV Dream House either!" The pieces are falling into place….and I'm starting to smell a conspiracy.

  8. jess4him said,

    on March 28th, 2008 at 12:28 pm

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    Bo informed me the other day on the phone that he was going to move up here to Alaska with his swell "hunting friend" so they could hunt and fish and live off the land. I'm starting to wonder if he was serious… don't let charley around them. He's the FIRST one to suggest shooting and eating our backyard squirrels when we see the little critters..

  9. Kelley said,

    on March 28th, 2008 at 12:39 pm

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    Rats! Nothing in Michigan. I was hopeful that you would be sent here.

    Dippy is a trip. You have such interesting children. What a lucky mom. Did you time all of his 47 laps?

  10. Charley said,

    on March 28th, 2008 at 12:46 pm

    Ah, Yes…

    Them there lads are gunna be good fellas – I can smell it. And meal of frog's legs is a sight better than filet mignon if I may say so myself.

    There's hope for the world yet. Now they just need some cowboy coffee with their frogs legs where you get grounds stuck in your teeth after you pull the pot off the fire.

    Squirrels are tasty little buggers too, you just gotta make sure they're cooked through and through as you don't wanna go and ketch none o' that Rocky Mountain fever.

    Now a seagull is a lousy meal, saith the Lord God of hosts. The few I've et weren't good for anything but crow bait.

    G'day. 🙂

  11. Achooie said,

    on March 28th, 2008 at 12:54 pm


    Also, "me" is the proper usage of the pronoun referring to yourself when used in the predicate. However, "I" is proper in the subject. And courtesy suggests referring to yourself last when multiple individuals are mentioned.

    But me and Bartee sure don't give two flying hoots about all thet.

    And Dippy is just cool.

  12. JenIG said,

    on March 28th, 2008 at 1:06 pm

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    To Mr. Charles Preston the Cha: your grammar admonishment is noted, yet over ruled. I’m assuming you’ve also learned that within the realm of Independent Prose, certain rules are allowed to be bent and/or broken in an effort to develop a unique sentiment which not only also lends to the affect of individual style but also expresses distinct personality

    PS we are mailing your birthday present tomorrow, so it might not be late after all

  13. EEEEMommy said,

    on March 28th, 2008 at 1:36 pm

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    I just love these glimpses into your life! I laughed out loud at your son's letter. I was reading a thank you note my son wrote last night to his grandparents and he closed with, "I enjoyed your company." The whole note had an overly serious tone and I just had to laugh. I hope they don't think I put him up to it. 😉

    P.S. Have I told you that we're coming to TN? I'll have to e-mail you. It would be so fun to meet you. 🙂

  14. said,

    on March 28th, 2008 at 2:28 pm

    Skinned a squirrel?

    Ok, I'm kind of new here, and not the brightest kid on the block, but were you just kidding or did your kids really do that stuff? Because if they did, I'd be more than ok with it. Enjoyed your post, thanks for coming by and visiting. My little Kitchen Aid loves to make bread. :o)

  15. drewsfamilytx said,

    on March 28th, 2008 at 2:49 pm

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    I was really hoping you'd make it to Texas says the Lord God of hosts.

    The Dipster sure is a sweet kid, even without cream and sugar. 🙂

    As to ze wilderness camping, I think that is completely awesome! So what did he shoot the squirrel with? Gun or arrow? I love it when boys do manly things like that! It gives them a certain kind of confidence and can-do spirit that they'll carry long after they are "too old" to be camping in the backyard. I see enough softies in my neck of the woods, it's nice to know that there are some manly (young) men still around.

    Have a wonderful day says the Lord God of hosts.

    PS Was it a bullfrog or a regular frog? Just wondering… we have tons of frogs around here but uhhh… not so many bullfrogs and lots o' toads. I'm sure they aren't good eats.

    Edited by drewsfamilytx on Mar. 28, 2008 at 2:52 PM

  16. purpleprincess said,

    on March 28th, 2008 at 6:14 pm

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    Ha ha ha! Oh, I am sorry! LOL

    My little brothers are ALWAYS asking for coffie!

  17. Tanya said,

    on March 28th, 2008 at 6:44 pm

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    See you in Orlando!

  18. HSmom0f4 said,

    on March 28th, 2008 at 8:01 pm

    oh yay, Yay, YAY!!!!

    See you at FPEA!!! …says the Lord God of Hosts.

  19. skdenfeld said,

    on March 29th, 2008 at 1:38 am

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    If I ever come over, please don't be offended if I politely turn my nose up at the frog meat, okay?!? How much meat could you possibly get from a frog anyway?

  20. deedeeuk said,

    on March 29th, 2008 at 2:40 am


    Now you just have to remember to give Dippy another cup of coffee the next time he is spending the whole day with Geoff!!!

  21. CrossView said,

    on March 29th, 2008 at 4:58 am

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    Ooh! Send Dip here with us! =D

    We can keep him stocked on fish, frogs, and other wildlife! LOL!

    I noticed there are no listings for really small unincorporated rural towns??!! =P

  22. Sharmaine said,

    on March 29th, 2008 at 6:48 am

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    Yay, two posts in three days!! Your sons are so funny and active!

    Wow, I know you'll have lots of fun at the conferences! If I didn't live on the other side of the pond I'd be taking bags of flyers and info packs and freebies…

    Btw, I listened to the samples of the Kingdom Series soundtrack, and it sounds superb – mystical but not too showy.

    I love your blog!

  23. debbiecorley said,

    on March 29th, 2008 at 11:29 am

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    Hi Friend! WOW! You've had exciting times lately!

    Nothing thrilling to report here. My house is a cluttery pit, I'm draggin' with allergies, and to top it off, I'm now on steroids to clear up a mystery breakout of hives. URG!

    Enjoy those sweet little goats!

  24. firstfruitsfarmne said,

    on March 29th, 2008 at 11:36 am

    Still not too late


    I am a fan of arranged marriages. We're not that far away. Maybe we can even come back?

    Thanks for the link!

    Love, Kim

  25. Anonymous said,

    on March 29th, 2008 at 12:21 pm

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    WHAAAAAAT?!?!?!? Where is the date for coming to TX? I'm sure you inadvertantly left it out because of all the chasing of the little guy hyped up on caffein. Go on. Edit that schedule…


  26. UndertheSky said,

    on March 29th, 2008 at 10:02 pm


    Ok, that has GOT to be the funniest thing I have read in a long time. What a crackerjack he is! I loved that letter. So funny.

    I am sorry you are not coming to CA since I am not going to be leaving the state.

    I still miss you very much.


  27. DandelionSeeds said,

    on March 30th, 2008 at 11:00 am

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    We weren't planning on going to MACHE this year… however, if you're going to be there… 🙂 Do you have plans for Friday evening? Mike and I would come just to see you and might even let you try to sell us a Rosetta Stone (Spanish). What do you say? Let me know… email or stop by my blog. I'll arrange a sitter so we can come…



  28. Jaynee said,

    on March 30th, 2008 at 9:35 pm

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    Wait a minute~ you're not coming to Cd. Insurgentes, Baja California Sur, Mexico? I'm shocked! Does Rosetta Stone have English? EVERYONE here wants to learn English!! Of course, I guess they would need a computer and most would probably opt for indoor plumbing first if they had the money.

    I'll be praying that you and Coie will have wonderful trips.



  29. said,

    on March 31st, 2008 at 11:28 pm

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    i'm so sad i didn't win the rosetta stone but the baby goats are adorable. your son is a hoot. and shouldn't it be sayeth the lord god of hosts? i think that sayeth will really add to it.

    wish you were coming to the arkansas convention. i would go to meet you.

  30. suffgrace said,

    on April 1st, 2008 at 6:44 am

    the spam ads

    Could it be that this post was what led to your receiving spam ads??? 🙂 Lol

    Just reading about what those adventurous boys ate……..ha!

  31. Keri said,

    on April 1st, 2008 at 7:59 am

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    Oh…I should go to that Orlando one…

    I'm not far. I hear it is a big one.

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