Author Archives: Mai Stone

About Mai Stone

“A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs…jolted by every pebble on the road.” ~ Henry Ward Beecher ~ A sense of humor is essential for surviving the pebbles on life’s road. Especially when they’re the size of boulders.

How to Take Over the World

Advertisers know what they’re doing. They have a sneaky, secret plan to take over our minds and then the world. Oh, wait. That’s evil geniuses. Wrong villains. But seriously. Advertisers know what they’re doing. That’s why they’ve always encouraged kids … Continue reading

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Your Thermostat is Where? Riiiiiight….

So, I’m just wondering if I’m the only person in the history of ever who’s had this surreal experience. Pebbles and I have spent bazillions of hours at our local Chick-fil-A and McDonald’s playgrounds. For several reasons: The Rock and … Continue reading

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Independence Day Research – Paul Revere and Jack Black??

What with yesterday being the Fourth of July here in the U.S. and all, we’ve been studying about the American Revolution. We’re working on this awesome Independence Day lapbook created by the awesome – and much more organized then me … Continue reading

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Mommy, What’s a C-O-N-D-….?

I just read a post over at Underdaddy.com that got me thinking about how thankful I am that Pebbles is a late bloomer in the reading department. You might want to have a look at The Buttery Hole first. You … Continue reading

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Terrible Twos, Teens and Tantrums – Fantasy vs. Reality

First, Let’s Take a Stroll Through Lala Land I recently came across an article that included this cute description of the Terrible Twos: “….the occasional tantrum.” Bwahahahaha!!! (Wipes tear from eye.) But seriously, I digress. The article went on to … Continue reading

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Hair Bikini

Why? Just…why? Photo credit: I have no idea. I just want to make it clear that I don’t personally know these people, nor did I take this photo. It’s just one of those things floating around in the bowels of … Continue reading

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Pebbles Doesn’t Like Her Name and I NEEEEED Your Help!!

Pebbles isn’t happy with her name. Not her real name, which is…………   ……..not going to be revealed on my blog. There’s that pesky anonymity thing, you know. It’s the name I’ve given her on my blog that Pebbles wants … Continue reading

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Left Brain vs. Right Brain. Who Wins?

I mentioned in April that The Rock, Pebbles and I were far away from home getting treatment for Pebbles. And in May I told you a little bit about the STAR Center in Denver where we took her. But I … Continue reading

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Pebbles’ Dream

Pebbles: I had a dream one night that you died. Me: Really? Wanna tell me about it? Pebbles: Well, you said you only had a few more days until you were gonna die so I crawled in bed with you … Continue reading

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Magnificent Yellowstone Part Five – Bison!!

We were thrilled to find this herd of  bison mommas with their new calves right beside the road!! SKWEEE!!! In case you’re wondering – no, I did not get out of the car to take these photos. Unlike the foolish … Continue reading

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Magnificent Yellowstone Part Four – Birds (and a Dog – Sort Of)

(click photos to view full size) A magnificent pair of trumpeter swans The Rock helping Pebbles make a new friend. No matter how many ways I explained to Pebbles that this dog was painted on the side of this RV … Continue reading

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Magnificent Yellowstone Part Three – Flora

(click photos to view full size) View all my Yellowstone photography posts Wondering who The Rock and Pebbles are? Want to know why we’re raising Pebbles? And who the heck is OCD Louie? Find the answers and more on my … Continue reading

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Magnificent Yellowstone Part Two – Mother Nature’s Works of Art

No artist’s or sculptor’s work comes close to that of Mother Nature. (click photos to view full size) View all my Yellowstone photography posts Wondering who The Rock and Pebbles are? Want to know why we’re raising Pebbles? And who … Continue reading

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Magnificent Yellowstone Part One – Geysers, Hot Springs and Fumaroles

As I said before, there are no words, so I won’t even try. (click photos to view full size) View all my Yellowstone photography posts Wondering who The Rock and Pebbles are? Want to know why we’re raising Pebbles? And … Continue reading

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I’m Not Sure Where I’m Going But if You’d Like to Tag Along, Follow Me

So I’ve been told I should promote my blog. I’ve debated forever whether or not to do it. OCD Louie, as usual, has turned it into a living nightmare. OCD Louie: Are ya sure ya really want to promote your … Continue reading

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More Photoblogging Inspiration – Magnificent Mountain Weather

We took a trip to Yellowstone and saw some magnificent weather on the way. Watch for more photos from our trip. Coming soon! Wondering who The Rock and Pebbles are? Want to know why we’re raising Pebbles? And who the … Continue reading

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Pebbles in Denver

Like I’ve said before – I won’t publish many photos of Pebbles on my blog because…well, if I have to explain why, then…I just don’t know what to tell you. But if you’re paying attention, you’ll get an occasional glimpse … Continue reading

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More Photoblogging Inspiration – These Mountains Take my Breath Away

There are no words – so I won’t even try. Idaho: Colorado: Provo, Utah: Wondering who The Rock and Pebbles are? Want to know why we’re raising Pebbles? And who the heck is OCD Louie? Find the answers and more … Continue reading

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Photoblogging – Inspiration in Denver

I mentioned earlier that The Rock, Pebbles and I recently were many miles from home getting treatment for Pebbles. We spent a month in Denver, Colorado getting evaluations and treatment for Pebble’s sensory processing issues at the STAR Center. The … Continue reading

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Best Ringtone Evah!

I’m wondering if there is a Best Ringtone Evah! Award floating around the internet somewhere. Because if there is, I want to nominate one. At my doctor’s office last month I was getting my blood drawn when the nurse got … Continue reading

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Amazon Review: Perfect Toddler iPad Case

Pebbles’ awesome grandmother bought her an iPad for Christmas. While I may occasionally manage to pull off awesome and I am Pebbles’ grandmother, I didn’t buy her the iPad. It was my mother – who is Pebbles’ mommy’s grandmother – … Continue reading

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The Very Best Reason

I owe everyone who follows my blog a huge apology. I’ve been MIA from the blogosphere lately. I’m pretty sure there isn’t anyone out there who absolutely lives for my blog posts. So at least I don’t have the guilt … Continue reading

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I Forgot Who I Was Talking To

Me: Whew! That made me tired. How about you? Pebbles: Did you forget who you’re talking to? This kid cracks me up. But I digress. She’s right. She never gets tired. Never. No, for real. I’m not kidding or exaggerating. … Continue reading

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Trix Cereal. Not Just for Kids. At Least Not in Pebbles’ World.

Pebbles: The Trix commercial teaches kids a bad lesson. Me: What’s that? Pebbles: It teaches them not to share. Me: Wow. You’re right. All these years I’ve been watching that commercial and I never looked at it that way. Pebbles: … Continue reading

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The Bullying Epidemic

I was recently invited to join a Facebook group created with the intent to stop bullying. This particular group was started because of the recent suicide of a 12 year-old girl in our town. Sadly, she took her life, as … Continue reading

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(fill in the blank) Night at McDonald’s

I was originally going to title this post Redneck Night at McDonald’s. But the all-knowing Oracle Google told me that redneck is a disparaging term, implying negative stereotypical traits such as ignorance and narrow-mindedness. It isn’t my intent to offend … Continue reading

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I Need One of These. I Really, Really Need One.

Everyone who lives in Tornado Alley knows the importance of having a storm cellar or shelter. Most of us, by now, realize that a zombie apocalypse is inevitable. It’s no longer a question of if, but when. And whether or … Continue reading

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Perfect Score

The Rock’s been a little hard to live with lately. Mainly because his head has swelled so enormously. Pebbles and I are growing a bit tired of the strutting around he’s been doing. And if I hear, “Who’s the man? … Continue reading

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Pebbles’ Teen Titans Go! Joke

If you watch Cartoon Network’s Teen Titans Go! no explanation is needed for Pebbles’ joke, which you’ll find below. If you don’t watch it…well, I don’t know what to say other than you’re missing some seriously funny stuff. I mean, … Continue reading

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Beans. On Toast.

Pebbles: Momma, did you know that cowboys like beans on toast? Me: Yeah, I think I heard that somewhere. Pebbles: Beans on toast! Can you believe that?!! Me: Well, yeah…I guess if you like beans….. Pebbles: MOMMA! It’s BEANS…. ON … Continue reading

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Can It Be?

Can it be, can it be? Can it be what I see? Do I actually see a face on a tree? Click the pics to see this bad boy up close and personal. Yep. It’s really a face. On a … Continue reading

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Keep Your Pants On

Pebbles: I HATE wearing panties! Me: Why? Pebbles: Because they make me feel like a BABY! Me: A baby? How? Pebbles: I dunno… (as her eyes and attention drift back to the TV)…they just…I just feel like…I just don’t…they make … Continue reading

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Magneto and Friends in the Sky

Over at Gibber Jabberin recently the comments somehow got waaay off topic. Actually the comments always get waaay off topic. If you haven’t discovered Gibber Jabberin’s crazy Q&A blog yet you really should check it out. It’s more fun that adults … Continue reading

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Changing Face of Facebook

Dear Facebook, Why Did You Change? My relationship with my personal Facebook account isn’t what it used to be. And I’m not all that crazy about the change. I go there less often these days because wading through all the … Continue reading

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Pebbles’ Winter Jokes and Snow Day, Texas-Style

We have snow in Texas today so I guess all the frozen white stuff has put Pebbles in a wintery-jokey type mood. Here are two she told me today. Pebbles: What do you call a frozen hamburger? Me: I don’t … Continue reading

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A Cool Title Capitalization Tool

Why Do Title Capitalization Rules Have to Be So Complex? I never gave too much thought to proper title capitalization until I started writing a blog. But OCD Louie has chosen this as yet another of his annoying campaigns for … Continue reading

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Back Up. Backup. Back-UP! BACKUP!! BACKUP!!!! ASAP!!!!

I had a heart-sickening moment this morning when my electricity went off and my computer shut down. When I restarted the computer and opened up my mail and calendar program…YIKES!! ALL my mail folders were empty!! My calendar was empty!! … Continue reading

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OCD Louie Makes Me Look Up! Look Up! Look Up!

I just realized I haven’t mentioned OCD Louie for awhile. That’s because he comes and he goes. In and out my life. (Does anyone besides me hear the Four Tops singing Sugar Pie Honey Bunch?) I’ve previously mentioned that I’m … Continue reading

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Poem for Pebbles

~ FOR PEBBLES ~ Being her momma brings out the mother bear in me. Watching her struggles makes me angry when they don’t see the sweet spirit inside her that has to fight constantly, to understand herself, the world, to … Continue reading

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Awesome Blog Alert #2 – Jabberin’ with Gibber and the Gibberites

I recently discovered a truly awesome blog. Gibber (with a J) Jabberin is the genius behind…um…Gibber Jabberin. Gibber Jabberin is a question and answer blog. But it’s not like any Q&A blog I (and possibly you) have ever seen. It’s … Continue reading

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Baby Pebbles and Her Uncle Xander

I thought you might like a little “Awwwww….” in your day. ‘Cause that’s what I get whenever I look at these photos of baby Pebbles and her uncle Xander. It’s moments like these that have gotten us through the bad … Continue reading

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Guess What This Photo is Saying or Oops! We Did it Again

You know that saying, “A picture is worth a thousand words?” Wanna guess what this picture is saying? If you can’t see it right there in the tiny caption I’ll tell you. It’s saying, “Yikes! Only two clonidine left! It’s … Continue reading

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Hell Night Starring Pebbles Stone

Kids Who Don’t Sleep You’ve probably heard of kids who don’t sleep well, or have a hard time falling asleep or staying asleep. You may even have one of those children living in your very own home. But unless you … Continue reading

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Guest Blogger Post: Pebbles’ Joke

Pebbles: Do you know how to make a tissue dance? Dan: No. How? Pebbles: You put a little boogie in it, Dan!!  Note to readers: Dan is one of Pebbles’ Minecraft friends. See his photo below. He is so excited … Continue reading

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Pebbles – Our Puzzling Paradox – Part Two

A recent post I wrote describing Pebbles’ cute obsession with mangling game rules prompted a reader to ask if Pebbles does the same thing when she plays with her friends. That question can’t be answered with a simple Yes or … Continue reading

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Pebbles Mangles Twenty Questions

In the car last night, about 20 minutes from home, we played a Pebbles Stone version of Twenty Questions. Which means the rules were mangled beyond recognition. This was the weirdest one yet. Pebbles: This is gonna be the Alphabet … Continue reading

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Wanna Play a Game?

When Pebbles asks that question it doesn’t mean we’re gonna have fun right away. First, we have to get through – and try to make sense and keep track of – all the rules she adds, makes up, and changes … Continue reading

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Can You Use the Words Spam, Useful and SEO in a Sentence?

Useful Spam and SEO. Who Knew? So far I’ve been lucky. I only get an occasional message in my blog account’s spam folder. There haven’t been any offers for Viagra or secrets for improving my sex life or promises of … Continue reading

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Looks Can Be Deceiving

You can’t always trust your eyes. They don’t always see the whole picture. See this pup? See those deep, soulful eyes and that alert, intelligent expression? You’d think she would grow up to be an amazing dog, wouldn’t you? Surely, … Continue reading

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Please Be Careful What You Share

Some parents worry me. Really, really worry me. I’ve seen blogs and public Facebook and Instagram accounts that have allowed me, with minimal effort, to figure out where a person lives, how many kids they have and the gender and … Continue reading

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