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You’re Adopted

Oh my gosh has it been almost a month? Yep time is flying at warp speed. I wish I could post every day but it’s just not possible. 😦

Here’s the short update for those of you not following us on Facebook or Instagram 🙂

Jack is liking high school and his grades are great so no real issues there! We’re coming up on the holidays, which I love (2nd only to Halloween) so that’s a plus. Soon we will have our Christmas tree and there will be snow on the ground!!! What???

In the meantime we have work, homework, the pets to care for and a houseful of chores to deal with… don’t even want to think about the acre of leaves I have to get rid of outside. 😫😫😫

Jack is almost 6-feet tall. O. M. G.

What happened to my little boy???

Anyway, I’ll leave you with this…

Jack takes my phone and texts to himself: “You’re adopted”, so it appears in his text window as coming from me. Then he shares it on social media.

Jack: (Comments on Instagram): I KNEW IT!!!!!

(Give me strength…)

Conversations, Digital Technology, Food

Mom’s search terms

Whenever I’m driving or just busy, I usually ask Jack to look stuff up on his phone. I’m always in need of random information at random times. Just like a normal mom. Right?

me: Want to see a movie tonight?

Jack: There’s nothing out.

me: Look it up…

Jack: (flipping through his phone browser) Geez you know these are all mom searches when the last one that comes up is “How to ripen cherry tomatoes”.

me: Sigh…

Conversations, Digital Technology, Phone Calls

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!!

Ummmmm…..?

See you on some other social channels hopefully!

Conversations, Digital Technology

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. 🙂

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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.

(Later)

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. 

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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. 

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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.

Lol!!!!

Ok I lied, there are no more U2 references. 

Conversations, Digital Technology, Uncategorized

Mustard Monster

Shhhh… That’s what we used to call my sister when she was little. I don’t know why, but boy did she get mad. Wooooo! Snap!! I tell Jack some of those stories and he cracks up. Like how we used to get our butts kicked if we talked back. Omg the belt! This kid has it made. Ooohhhh a stern talking to and anyone out. The humanity! And maybe lose an electronic! 

Gasp!

We didn’t have electronics to lose BECAUSE THEY WERENT INVENTED! I think I had caffeine today. Sigh. 

Jack’s still away at camo. Missing him big time. Bella misses him. She keeps hiding her wet soggy toy mouse in my sneaker or under my pillow. Ew. I need Jack’s sneakers back here for that!

I was just signing off and going to bed when his text popped up. Now why is he up so freaken late?? Grrrr. He’ll be tired and cranky tomorrow. Or actually he’ll be fine and save the frank for me this Sunday. Mhmm. 

My typo reminded me of Mustard Monster! Haha. Ok goodnight y’all.