Jenny Hintze

"We are the music makers and we are the dreamers of dreams." – Willy Wonka

Halloween 2009 October 31, 2009

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This posts contains a bunch of not-too-pretty-good Halloween type snapshots of my children. These first few not-too-pretty-good pictures are from Thursday night when we went to a festival thing at the L.J. Historical Museum.

And the rest are from tonight. We went to a carnival at the 1st Presbyterian Church. I have to point out the pony pictures to you. I didn’t really realize that most of the parents of the little kids were walking the track beside their kids to keep them from falling off. I didn’t really realize that there was nothing keeping Mikey on that pony except his own hand until he was already on his way. So instead of running to catch up to keep him safe, I just took pictures. The girl pulling him probably thought he was about four so she probably wasn’t worried about it. Anyway, thankfully he didn’t fall off and get trampled by the stallion he was riding.


This week’s couch finds

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On Fridays, or at the very least every other Friday, I pull the couches away from the wall and gather the many toys that Mikey has put back there during the week. Here is what I found yesterday.


And here just for you I have posed Santa Claus and Kit Fisto in a pile of fake puke in front of a charming white picket fence.



Our first fieldtrip! October 29, 2009

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Yesterday Jack and I went to this interactive theater in Houston and watched a play about the history of Houston. I actually didn’t realize it was about Houston until we got there. I thought it was about Texas in general. Anyway, we got in free and Jack had a good time. AND…shockingly enough, I didn’t get lost coming or going. That is a miracle. Here are a few pictures I took during the play. There were just four actors and they just ran around like crazy people pretending to be different characters. It was really pretty amusing. Jackson really enjoyed it but said he didn’t learn anything. Typical.

Then we went to Cracker Barrel for lunch. I ate way too much great food and then still ate a bag of Sugar Babies on the way home. Jack played this triangle peg game several times. One time (with my help) he ended it with only two pegs left. If you have only one peg left you’re supposedly a genius. Jackson said, “Man! I was almost a genius!” He says the funnies things sometimes.

If Jack’s in the mood the be photographed, he likes to make lots of different weird faces. He does this on his own. I just take the pictures. If Jack’s not in the mood to be photographed, then he hides his face or glares at me or whines.


This one cracks me up. He looks so pitiful.


Man, I love that kid and my 50mm lens. But I love the kid more, of course.


In a funk. October 27, 2009

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I don’t mean for this to be like a rambly “poor-me” post or whatever but that’s probably how it will end up. It’s just kind of how I’m feeling right now. I guess it’s kind of how I’ve been feeling for a while.

I think since our friends moved to Singapore I’ve pretty much quit trying to connect with anyone else. I was never all that great at going out of my way to be friendly with people before they left but since then, it’s certainly gotten worse. It just doesn’t seem worth it anymore. I know that’s a terrible thing to say. We’ve got lots of acquaintances and even some people we would consider friends. I’ve got a couple of good friends and so does Phillip but we don’t really have any couples that we hang out with anymore. And I feel pretty sad about it a lot. We’re not really in a small group at church anymore. Partly because of child care issues and partly because I think if I walk into that small group without seeing the Stunzs there, I might just fall apart. I just feel like we’ve gotten ourselves pretty isolated. And Phillip may not appreciate me writing this stuff but just know that this is coming from me, not him. He probably doesn’t even feel this way. So, there you have it. In a nutshell I feel pretty lonely lately. And I realize to some that’s a pretty pathetic and weak thing to say but it’s the truth. It’s no one’s fault but my own. I have done this to myself and I don’t know how to fix it or even if it can be fixed. Maybe lots of other people feel the same way I do but they’re just better at playing games. I don’t guess I play very well with others.


Not Me! Monday (just barely!) October 26, 2009

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NotMeMondayButtonV6copyThis blog carnival was created by MckMama. You can head over to her blog to read what she and everyone else have not been doing this week.

Dear Monday,
You are my favorite day of the week. You cause me to stop and reflect and evaluate my actions during the week. You don’t judge me. You’re not a friend or an enemy. You just are Monday. Others hate you but not me, Monday. Nope, not me.
Yours truly,

I’ve decided to dedicate a series of haikus to Monday.

Please go to the store
Oops, can you go again please
Lets have a cookie

I so need this lens
Never mind, I don’t need it
I will return it

I need some money
Look, Jackson has eight dollars
I will pay him back

Brought order to church
Left photo order at church
Don’t tell my client

Can I have your gum?
I told a girl that I had
stinky monkey breath

Lost my credit card
and my driver’s license too
I found one again


I took the dog for a walk. October 20, 2009

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Jackson is hanging with my mom for a while today. They’re doing some of his school stuff over there and we’ll catch up on the rest of it later. And since it was a nice morning, I decided to take the dog for a walk.

I went our usual route (like every other week) which is Redwood to Jonquil and then to that sidewalk that runs parallel to Plantation drive in front of Roberts Elementary. Once we got to that open grassy area beside Plantation Dr., being the genius that I am, I decided to let Scott off of his leash to roam free for a little while. I really didn’t think he would go far. I think you see where this is going. Anyway, he went into a large ditch and found a culvert that (apparently) goes under Plantation Dr. and comes out on the other side by the Elementary School. Crap! So I called him and whistled and waited and drank my coffee and thought about what I should do if he didn’t come back.

I would tell Jack that he was kidnapped by a band of dog thieves who take only the smartest dogs to turn them into super dogs! He would be like Bolt! Isn’t that exciting? He’s better off now. He’s a hero.

Anyway, finally he appeared on the other side of Plantation Dr in front of Roberts Elementary. It’s a 4 lane road. Not a highway, but still. I saw that there were no cars coming so I called him and he carelessly trotted across Plantation Dr. to me. And then I put his leash back on and we continued our walk. And I was grateful that I didn’t have to make up a story about what happened to Scott.

This is the dog who yelps if you so much as bump into him. This is the dog who is too scared to even jump over a shoe if it’s in his way. But he’ll walk into a dark culvert that goes to who knows where and walk across a 4 lane road like he’s walking through a field of lilies. He’s really not the brightest bulb. But we sort of like him anyway.



Not Me! Monday October 19, 2009

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Mondays come around so frequently these days.

Are you embarrassed because your dog peed on a guest? Do you take the fashion advice of your four year old? Or maybe you secretly like The Suite Life of Zack and Cody. Well, that’s okay because it’s Not Me! Monday.

NotMeMondayButtonV6copyThis blog carnival was created by MckMama. You can head over to her blog to read what she and everyone else have not been doing this week.

I’m not working on Not Me! Monday while my unsupervised children are in the bathtub. Jackson’s not in charge….promise!!

Moving on…

I didn’t carry my kicking and screaming child in from the car this afternoon while neighbors watched in horror. He didn’t throw a shoe into the yard. I didn’t then have to cancel his speech therapy appointment because he was too far gone and his screaming doesn’t really count as “speech” as far as I’m concerned. Nope, that didn’t happen. But if it had, the child would have just completely stopped screaming after about 30 minutes and then would have been in a great mood!

Phillip and I don’t have arbitrary rules like… “You can only say “shut up” if you say it like Yosemite Sam or our next door neighbor. Otherwise, don’t say “shut up” at all. And NEVER say it around other homeschooled kids no matter what.” OR “If the dog eats your food, then you have to stop playing video games.” And we’re not trying to come up with more strange rules to implement for the rest of our kids’ growing up years. Rules like “You can only say a cuss word if you’re holding a piece of bologna on your bare belly.” (Phillip can take credit for that one, btw.) Stuff like that. We’re not doing that. We take this parenting thing very seriously. And you should too.

What’s bigger a pint or a quart? Well, anyway, I didn’t eat an entire container of the smaller of those two of lime sherbet the other day. Nope, not me! I understand metric measuring and I don’t gorge on junk. Is it even metric?? Man, I don’t even know.

I didn’t spend the majority of the day today in pajama pants with dog paw prints on them. Nope, not me!

I don’t call my children “Boy!” That’s kind of redneck, right? Yeah, I don’t do that. And I definitely don’t do it when I’m goofing off on the computer and they’re making lots of racket and I don’t know who the real culprit is and I’m too lazy to go check so I just say “Boy!!!” in hopes that it will scare the pants off of the one who knows he’s misbehaving. Yeah, I don’t do that either.

I’m not waiting until the very last moment to get my sales tax form filled out and mailed in. No way! I don’t procrastinate like that. I don’t wait until the day it has to be postmarked to get it mailed.

Oh, there must be more. There is always more. I really need to keep a daily journal of my inadequacies so I can more accurately share them with you.