Friday, June 15, 2007

Softball, swim meets, snow cones, and pseudonyms

Well, that was a nice break! I've had a great week, hanging out with the kids and trying to do a few things around the house.

1. I worked in my woefully weed-infested cutting garden,which is providing me with TONS of flowers this year - even the Alaska Shasta Daisy that gave me one lone bloom last year is outdoing itself. My house is full of sunny little flower arrangements. So fun!

2. Went to a few softball games, swim practices, a football camp, and this, our first-ever swim meet. Does her face not say it all?

3. I did whatever it took to keep a certain person with stitches in her head from thinking about the fact that she couldn't swim until the stitches came out (Today! Yea!). Only bummer is, now the doctor says to wait until Monday! Guess I'll break out the craft bucket again.

Paint (play-doh, glue, etc.) all over my kitchen would be better than the preschoolers' version of "Jail," which they came up with all on their own. I guess they do have everything they could ever need there, including germs...

And I tried to do some maintenance on my blog:

1. I'm trying to clean up my sidebar, but I'm having issues with it. I probably spent MORE time on my blog than if I'd just been...blogging!. Sheesh. All that for that polished, professional look, and, well, you can't even tell I did anything. Dratted html.

2. I've been debating the whole pseudonym thing. Again. Now that I've been at this over a year, I'm pretty tired of calling my kids by their ages. So impersonal. So blah. Not to mention, last year, my FOURTH child was four. This year my FIFTH child will turn four. When I look back on this "journal" some day, I will have NO IDEA who I was talking about (with the exception of our lone boy - he's got quite a nice little gig going here).

I refuse to call my kids Super Girl or Spidey, or other pet names (Please do not take offense if you refer to your little ones with sweet little names. It's just not me.). So that's out. Everyone does something different, and I really thought after this much time I'd have more of a conviction. But alas, I'm just TOO TIRED to think of FIVE whole new "real" names (do you have any idea how hard it was to come up with that fourth girl's name??). I am sorely tempted to just use real names. When I'm famous (har-har), the world will know them anyway, right? Any thoughts would be more than welcome.

And last but not least, summer heat has arrived here in Texas, so we officially broke out the snow cone machine (best $19 investment ever). We are known far and wide for our snow cones, and for the, um, interesting combinations of Kool-Aid little people put in our Homemade Snow Cone Syrup:

2 pkgs. unsweetened Kool-Aid
2 cups sugar
1 qt. waterOurs is a bit waterier than some recipes, because I realized no matter how potent (or expensive) or how diluted the syrup, kids will ALWAYS want to fill it up to the top. I'm all about cheap, cool fun!!

On that rambling note, I hope you have a great weekend! I'm sending our middle daughter (9) off to church camp on Sunday, so I'm sure I'll have some good, sappy posts next week!


Stephanie said...

As far as pseudonyms go, I use initials at my place. My first and 2nd born both have "n" names so they are N1 and N2 and they'll stay that way regardless of age. I try to keep their age updated in my profile so if someone really wanted to know how old they are, they can look there.

Anonymous said...

I'm not a blogger, so no experience there. But until last year (when I came home to become a full-time mommy for my first baby) I was a public school middle- and then high-school teacher. Those years made me very aware of how much time children/teens spend on the internet and how free they often are with their personal information. I'm sure you are very careful with your children's internet access, etc. but I think the fact that many parents are not has probably only added to the numbers of people who, sadly, will seek to victimize children whose information they find on the internet. I don't mean to sound like a fearmonger. I believe God is sovereign and we should trust him--while using the wisdom and discernment he gives us. All this to say, I have noticed, and been impressed by, your discretion in using code names for your children. For what it's worth, my (largely inexperienced) perspective is that if I were you, I would keep it that way.

--Sarah K.

Granny said...

Katherine, I just LOVE your blog :-)

I'm glad you're thinking about the pseudonym thing. Maybe you'd get a smile out of reading Granny's thoughts on the subject:

Granny said...

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Melissa said...

How about their middle names?

Glad you're back from your break. I've missed you!

Emily said...

If you are worried about safety/privacy, I would say initials too :-). Or numbers (1 for your oldest, 5 for the little one)... but I guess that might sound kind of strange, "3 asked me if she could go to the pool"??

Yay for Katherine's blog!!

Lori - Queen of Dirty Laundry said...

I'm so envious of your cutting garden. Maybe one of these days I'll find a cure for lazy, get out there and plan my own!

I'm a pet name user, for my kids and husband. But, they're nicknames that we actually use in real life, so it feels right. No offense taken :)

But, since that's not an option for you, I second the suggestions for initials, or D1, D2, D3, D4, S1.

kittyhox said...

I'm already regretting using our family nicknames and I don't know what to do about it.

It just feels like lying! I haven't used my nickname since my early twenties. So now I get e-mails to my old nickname and I feel like a big fraud because no one in "real life" calls me that anymore. And I slightly changed my husband's name and now people ask or comment about him using this slightly changed nickname and I just feel like "liar, liar, pants on fire!"

So I'm considering just outing us all and using our real names. Or maybe his initial? It's irksome. I call my son Nicknack, which is fine since that is what I call him in real life and I'm sure everyone can figure out what his real name is, anyway.

I'm just worried that one day I might want to meet up with one of my blogging friends and then I'd have to explain all about our actual names. I know, I know. I'm probably just borrowing trouble.

I'll be interested to see what you decide!

Megan@SortaCrunchy said...

Well, first of all, I think the blog looks great! Very nice, very clean. Good job, mama!

Secondly - sounds like ya'll have been busy, busy! Pass me a snowcone, could ya?

Thirdly - this is not very original or inventive, but I just refer to my daughter as D. The only reason I am calling new babe Little Sister is because we simply cannot find a name for her. If and when that day arrives (hopefully before September 5th!) I will call her by her initial, too.

Glad you are back!

Deidre said...

I use first initials.

Hope that helps!

Glad you're back!

rachel joy said...

Hhmmm, I've been pondering the privacy thing lately. When we move to "the big city" (not anywhere near as big as yours), I'm planning to be more discreet but not sure what that will look like yet. The middle name thing is a good idea, wouldn't work for me as neither of my boys have such a thing. You've been careful not to use your last name or reveal your specific location so maybe first or middle names would work. I'm curious to know what names you came up with for your little brood. :)

60 toes said...

I love your blog, I feel like we could be friends if we lived close. I think I live just across the Red River from you, but the good news is I have no idea where you live.

We have used actual names but never last names or school names or the exact city we live in.

Keep blogging, I love reading it.

I think it looks super professional. Not too busy, just right.

Barbie @ Mamaology said...

I use real names... I know most people disagree with this. But my girls know that just because someone knows their name or things about our family they can't trust them. Have you ever rented the Stranger Safety dvd from your library? It helps them understand this. And like the video suggests their are only 3 adults that are "safe adults" for them to go with if I couldn't pick them up from school or something. So they are trained on this.

I don't use our last name, the city we live in, or our church name anywhere on our blog.

I pray that you know what is right for your family and that you have peace regaurding this:)

Julie said...

We are a snow cone family too! My kids make all kinds of funky flavors and mix them all together. They think it is great, I like plain strawberry flavor myself.

I use our real names. I thought about nicknames buy decided I wanted to use my blog as a family journal with real names. I do not post the city we live in or anything more personal than their name so I am really not worried.

I think you should just do whatever feels right for your family.


Beck said...

I want a snow cone machine, too!
My kids, very obligingly, were born in a handy order so I could call them The Girl, The Boy and The Baby without getting mixed up. But you're right - it does feel oddly impersonal to call my kids by something that is not their actual NAME.

Anonymous said...

We're struggling with this issue too. We have a personal blog that has our last name, kids first names, pics, and everything. We also have a more "professional" blog where I've been much more impersonal (oldest, middle boy, etc.). We'll probably end up putting a link to our personal blog on our "professional" blog, so it probably won't matter in the end :) I know it's personal preference, but I figure if someone REALLY wants to figure out who you and your family are, they can do it. The best we can do is teach our children as much safety as we can and to protect themselves.
I envy your garden - mine is still full of weeds :)

Anonymous said...

I'm overly paranoid about my own kids' names, but it's not a real issue, because about 3 people a month look at my blog, so it really doesn't matter. But, we have foster kids, and I cannot legally use their names. So, my solution is to use substitute names. The substitute names start with the same letter as their real name, so it helps me keep them straight. So far, it works for me.

Marcia Francois said...

I'm so interested to see what you decide to do. I have no good suggestions. Of course it would be lovely to know what their names are, but if you want to keep it private, you can use their first initials. Now if more than one has the same initial, then I don't know - you're on your own :)

Laura said...

Sorry I have no advice for ya but wanted to say this post makes me want to run right out and buy a snow cone machine....YUM!!!


Jenn @ Knee-Deep in Munchkin Land said...

Heck, I just use the real names too. I couldn't use pseudonyms either. It looks like an eventful week; so much fun!

PS I just loved the black squares over the swim caps. I do the same thing with the photos I post on my blog too!

Unknown said...

My daughter wants to go to sleep away camp. I told her maybe next year. She'll be nine then. Sigh.

Cherub*Kisses said...

I'm an going to enjoy reading your blog ;o) ... from another Mommy of 5
Have a fun day! Dionne