Monday, March 28, 2011

the rest of spring break....

After our little trip to Minnesota, we were home all week and busy, busy, busy.  The break felt nice and long, I love it when that happens.  Here are few highlight photos from the week...
Emmerson spent the night one night.  Homemade cookies and....

a lot of treehouse time!  (notice the short sleeves...)

watching basketball at this house.

we took a little trip to KC for Emmerson's art show.  Little Master's Big Art in Olathe.

Wait... is that snow?? On the last day of SPRING break... no way, can't be!

So Monday morning - snow, back to school, our basketball team lost and back to mittens and long sleeves!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Road Trip

The kids and I took a little road trip to Minnesota over the weekend, visiting this friend.  It always goes by too quickly, there are always stories, huge laughs and time to make sure everyone is doing OK.  We stay connected by phone, internet, photos - but seeing each other, really being able to read each other, that is really the way we make sure everyone is OK.  And our 6 kids - they've been doing this with each other since they were born.  They are all so very different, but when we all get together it is so easy and so loud and so active and so alive and so, so good.

Highlights -
The National Eagle Center right on the big ol' Mississippi.
A cheese trip to Wisconsin and lunch in the Nelson Creamery.

A few pictures....

Wednesday, March 16, 2011


I was checking my e-mail yesterday and one popped up from a very close high school friend, his father has suffered a major stroke and won't survive.  Stewart has flown home from L.A. and was wanting to reach out to old friends, those who knew and loved his dad.  I went and sat with them for a few hours last night, Stewart hasn't left his bed or let go of his hand for 48 hours.  We talked, laughed, cried, told stories, retold the memory makers and it was good.   His parents are very active in their community, they have great support and friends, everyone knows and loves them both.
The part that had me thinking on the way home was this....  Stewart was reaching out to his high school friends, we haven't been together in 25 years but we are his friends who really know his dad.  His current friends know his parents, see his parents and interact with them, but we really know them.  We spent so much time with them, they were a part of the "village" that raised us, they invested in us and we in them.  Those friends are exactly who I would want to reach out to during a crisis with my parents.

So - shift to this house,  there is a group of kids whose "village" I am a part of, who I spend so much time with and who have so many stories with us and my kids with their parents,  these are the ones who will be reaching for each other later in life.  Even though their paths will go different ways, all it will take is a phone call or an e-mail and they will drop everything and be there, in a heartbeat.  As I drove home last night I was thinking about how important that time of our lives was, how we didn't even know how important it was until we became adults.  The kids in this house, they don't know that either, but they are building life friends.

I thanked Ed for that last night, for being part of the "village", for spending time with us, for thinking we were really funny.  And you know, the older you get, the more you can get a message out of death.... so from Ed the message is to keep helping your kids grow those friends and create those memories.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Lent and spilled milk

I'll admit it, during the last couple of months our family dinners have started down a slippery slope.  It started with people needing to hurry up and eat so they could get to basketball practice, then some were hurrying so they could work on homework, some were not feeling well so they would eat and then head back to sick mode.  Bottom line, our time sitting together as a family was down to about 10 minutes.... max.  So yesterday, Ash Wednesday, I made a proposal.  "How about this year for Lent we all make time for each other.  Can we give 30 minutes each night to being together at the table?"  They are all on board.  I got the table set, dinner ready, camera out so I could write this post, everyone seated and just like that the oldest one spilled his huge glass of milk.  Those of you who know me will know that sitting there for 30 minutes waiting to clean up that mess just about did me in..... but I did it, I let it go.  That mess stayed there the whole time, but for 30 minutes last night, nobody had to think about it or deal with it.  I let their stories, their laughter take the place.  Then I realized there were a lot of other messes at the table last night that we couldn't see, and for 30 minutes, all of their owners could let them go.  And isn't that what Lent is supposed to do, open up a little place in your heart, let something go so good can take the place.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

time to get outside!

Can't you feel it!  There is a shift, a little more light, a little more warmth.... time to get out, to see everyone again, to spend a few minutes talking to each other instead of needing to rush inside where it's warm.  So - as we shift, a few photos to coax spring into reality and a song that is on repeat today.  Enjoy your SUNday!