It was raining the other day and we heard the faint rumble of thunder. Jaclyn said “Ooooh, thunder…that’s so romantic!” Winston looked at her like she was crazy and asked why she thought it was romantic. Jaclyn said the sound of soft rain drops combined with faint thunder is just perfect to cuddle up and be with the one you love. Winston thought about it for a second and said, “Well, when I hear thunder, I think of lightning hitting a tree, making it crash into our house and killing someone.”

Thunderstorms evoke different reactions from different people!

Feeling Like Summer

Today’s the first day that finally feels like summer. I’m working in my office but can hear the neighborhood kids along with Win & Dalia screaming and flying around on the slip n slide in the front yard. I took Toby for a walk today and after a mile or so, he just laid down and refused to move, he laid all the way down and panted like mad for about 5 minutes until I could finally coax him to come home.

Dalia’s dance recital was a big hit, she seemed a bit distracted and not really in tune with the rest of the dancers, but it didn’t matter, we all enjoyed her performance. Dalia breaks into loud songs all the time, on Sunday I was reading the paper and she sat next to me and boomed her improvised pop songs about animals and princesses.

Jac had a big birthday last week, she got a bathrobe, phillies shirt, an upholstery cleaner, and a couple diamond candles. Diamond candles have jewelry inside them, so when the candle melts you can hopefully find a valuable treasure. They should do something like that for guys, like a stromboli that has a fishing lure in the middle.

There’s an award given to students at Winston’s elementary school, I think it’s given out to someone in the class every month. I asked Winston if he ever intended on winning the award or making a serious effort to win it, here’s his response:

“I actually have a plan to win the award, there’s one kid in my class who used to cry every time he went to the library, one day he didn’t cry and everyone was happy and he won the award…so, I am just going to start crying every time I don’t want to do something and then when I stop, I’ll win the award.”

I looked across the table towards Jaclyn, all I could think was that it was a brilliant plan and had proven to be successful already, but I had to encourage him to take a higher road, I told him that it would be better to win the award by working hard or being helpful in his classroom. Still no award, I’m not holding my breath, but he knows how excited I’ll be if he wins.

Stay cool & drink lots of water, here comes the heat!


We stopped by my parent’s house on Sunday and my parents had a blood pressure machine, as a fun activity, we decided to check my blood pressure. It was very high. As a result, I decided to begin exercising a bit, reducing caffeine, and eating better. I also scheduled a doctors appointment to check it out. When I went to the doctor, my blood pressure was much better, so I like to think that I fixed the problem in 1 week. I plan to continue living a healthier lifestyle, but that is always much easier said that done. 

Dalia has a big dance recital on Friday evening, she’s been practicing hard for it! I’m looking forward to witnessing the first performance of a Deem child. Dalia loves to sing, dance, and perform for us all the time, every time we think her song is about to end, she kicks it up again and belts out another verse, she doesn’t like her performances to end.

Winston lost a baby tooth this week, he was so excited to receive a visit from the tooth fairy. He placed the tooth in a zip lock bag, it was the size of a match head. He also drafted a note to the tooth fairy letting her know that he appreciated her work and thought she was pretty important…I guess he wanted to butter her up so he would receive adequate compensation for the discarded tooth. The tooth fairy left Winston 4 quarters.

I recently purchased the movie “Yellow Submarine” off Amazon for $8 and played it for the kids, as the movie started, I realized it was a lot more psychedelic than I remembered, it is a trippy cartoon, but the kids loved it! Winston in particular loves the song “Yellow Submarine” and “All Together Now”.

The back door of our house is finally getting replaced, it desperately needed to be done, but it was quite an expense because the French Doors were an unusual size. The door should be installed Monday!