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Can’t catch a break

I just wanted to borrow Jack’s charger for 5 minutes. AFTER I baked him cookies even!



Written on his fancy travel pad probably from Hawaii 😉


Socially acceptable to stalk

Everyone! That means you. If you’re looking to get your daily dose of Jack’s sh*t, follow me on Instagram @debinort. I realize I only post here maybe once a week these days, but I’m instagramming multiple times a day usually.  

So, just in case you were missing any of the stories or want a real time glimpse…head over there!

The photo on this post is also on Instagram, just to give you an idea. 🙂

This was the opening line of Jack’s call to his dad today.

Jack: Hey, yeah, so how many kills did you make? (Pause) Cool!!


See you on some other social channels hopefully!

Where in the world is Jack?

He’s never home, that’s for sure!

Jack was always a very social kid. He likes to be around other kids, was never afraid of leaving my side and going to play with other families, and always ready for an adventure.

I think I’m the one that ends up missing Jack more than he misses me, possibly?

I came back from a work trip to Chicago and only saw Jack for a little while before he went to bed. The next morning he was outside playing with friends all day, riding his bike, and then did a sleepover at another friends house.

He doesn’t have a cell phone yet so it is a little tricky keeping track of him. I know, I know he’s 12 and everybody has a phone. But I really felt like he didn’t need one until just recently.

I mean, if you have to text Jack’s friend’s mom to tell her to text her son to tell Jack that you’re going to be late meeting the bus, then maybe it’s time he has a Phone of his own. What do you think? How old were your kids when you got them phones…And what type of phone did you get them??

Jack: mom I’m going next-door to play outside.

Me: just let me know if you leave the yard next-door and go anywhere else please, OK?

Jack: OK!

Later on I go outside looking for Jack next-door… He’s nowhere to be found. I walk up and down the street with the dog looking for his bike or listening for his loud voice… nothing.

I call his friends house to ask if he’s there… no answer. I called a friend cell phone, and Jack answers.

Jack: Hey mom! What’s up?

Me: Where are you?

Jack: I’m at my friends house! You just called him!

Me: I called his cell phone… that doesn’t mean I know where you are. You were supposed to be next-door.

Jack: Well you knew I had my bike so we were also gonna ride bikes, and then we rode down here, and we’ve been inside ever since.

Me: OK I get that, but how do I know where you are? You have to tell me.

Jack: OK let me see, I’ll just pull out my phone and call you….wait! I don’t have a phone! Oohhh!

Me: But you have two legs. Next time walk over and tell me where you’re going so I know where you are. I don’t want to have to walk around the neighborhood looking for you.

Jack: See?? Me having a phone is going to make your life a lot easier!

Maybe he’s right. 🙂

7 browser tabs that describe my life

7. Relaxation Methods for kids http://www.innerhealthstudio.com/relaxation-for-children.html

Jack: I’m already relaxed, and that doesn’t work anyway!

6.  Positive Affirmations http://www.planetofsuccess.com/blog/2015/powerfully-positive-affirmations-for-kids/

Jack: I am awesome! No need to affirm.

5. Five essential commands you can teach your dog. https://www.cesarsway.com/dog-training/obedience/5-essential-commands-you-can-teach-your-dog

Jack: Mom, you’re not doing it right. Show her the treat!!!!

me: sigh.

4. School lunch Calendar. https://www.trumbullps.org/Attachments/food/menu/mid.pdf

me: Jack, I don’t have time to pack you a lunch, so you’ll have to eat school lunch today.

Jack: That food is for scrubs. I guess I’ll go hungry!

me: I think it’s taco day.

Jack: Oh never mind, their tacos are awesome!

3. Webster Arena Parking. http://www.websterbankarena.com/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=205157093

Jack: I don’t even like twenty one pilots, that is the worst present ever!

me: Well, I didn’t know that. And if I can’t sell the tickets, we are going.


Jack: Mom, I changed my mind, I really really really want to go!

Me: sigh

2. Invisible fence company. http://www.freedomfence-ny.com/

Jack: That’s awesome! I can’t wait until I can just let Moca outside, and not have to walk her.

me: You still have to walk her.

Jack: Awww. 

1.  Which Oyster Ticket to purchase in London. http://www.sandyhookpromise.org/startwithhelloweekemail

Jack and I are going to London in April. Just me and him. No dog. No cat. Just a real vacation. I may even delete my work email for that week. Ha!

Jack: OMG I can’t believe we’re really going to London! 

me: We can visit all the Doctor Who spots and go on the London Eye!

Jack: Where are we staying?

me: In a hotel.

Jack: Very funny. 

An answer for everything

me: Jack, I don’t want you walking around getting ready for bed with your iPod stuck to your face. Put it down and use it when you’re done.

Jack: But I’m just watching videos!

me: Take a little break and use it later or tomorrow please.

Jack: But why?

me: Because if you have that glued to your face all day you’re not giving yourself a chance to be creative and use your own imagination. It’s doing all the thinking for you and you’re not creating anything with your own brain.

Jack: But I get all my creative ideas from the videos I watch.

me: I … Uh… Sigh.

Sometimes I just run out of arguments. 

Don’t text and sleep

Here’s the text exchange Jack and I had this morning 🙂

Then he sent me the flower and a few other funny pics 🙂

And then I realized I could send Jack snapshots of his science study papers! He wasn’t too thrilled about that. 

Vertigo! And other U2 references. Maybe.

Jack: Oh, you see that shot they just did? It’s called a vertigo shot because they zoom out as they move in closer. It makes it look weird.

me: What are you talking about? (We were watching The Zookeeper for the hundredth time… “How long have you been able to talk?” “Well let’s see, today’s Tuesday… So… Always?” Good stuff…)

Jack: (Played the part over so I could see it again.) See? It’s soooo cool.

me: Where’d you learn that?

Jack: Film camp.

me: Oohhh right. Would you want to go back there again maybe?

Jack: It was cool but I didn’t like being away from my friends for two whole weeks.

me: Ahem.

Jack: And you. Plus I had to rough it down there.

me: Rough it? In Manhattan? At film camp. Really.

Jack: Mom, they had the SLOWEST wifi everrrrrr! 

me: Oh geez you’re not serious.

Jack: First world problems.


Ok I lied, there are no more U2 references.