Saturday, May 28, 2011

long weekend

First week of summer - check.  It was a little bit crazy, some things going on that made the first week out of school not so smooth - but we've "turned the corner" and this weekend feels like we're getting back to normal, in a summer routine.
A couple of quick things
Summer reading -
Brandon (15) is reading this book and really liking it.  Maddie (also 15) is loving this one as much as I did.
School requirement this year is this one.  I'm still contemplating reading it, too.  Any thoughts?
Simon (11) is gearing up to read this with me.... it is never easy to get him to read, so we are going to try to do it together and see what we think.  And I am reading this, just started, jury is still out.  Speaking of the jury being out - Brian got summoned for local jury duty in a week and I received a summons for FEDERAL jury duty.... are you kidding me?  I hope I don't meet the criteria - is that bad?

We've had a big last few days - some things I'm OK sharing on here and some you will just have to trust me when I tell you they were big and had us all with heavy hearts and worry.  But all is good now, no worries.  Here's a peek at the highlights...

 guys night in the treehouse. burgers and ipa's.  these men are laughing as much as the kids do when they are up there with their friends.
 Cinderella VW at Art Tougeau Parade preview party downtown.

 Emmerson's ballet recital.  So sweet.
Several trips to and from Topeka this week.  The view along I 70.

Friday, May 20, 2011


(simon's signature move on the last day. signature move each year shown below.)

Could you hear the big sigh, feel the load lighten, see the shoulders rise from losing the weight of the world?  We made it, another year and now we have Juniors and a Middle Schooler and I am wondering how this happened.  And I'm grateful, overflowing grateful, because this is all good and they are all happy and this time that is flying by doesn't leave me feeling anxious or regretful or wishing I could slow it down.   It is leaving me filled, to the brim, with joy, hope, faith.

(my mother's day gift from brandon. necklace made by brandon.)

Thursday, May 19, 2011

gainfully employed

Brandon has been mowing yards for some time now, but this year he has actually turned this into a job.  He has "regulars" each week and plenty of temporary jobs while people are travelling.  Last night he took Simon with him to one of his original regulars to train him so he could help a little more.  I look forward to the day that Simon realizes how lucky he is to have a big brother like Brandon, he idolizes him now, but I mean really realizes it.  I am guessing that will be when he has kids of his own.  So Brandon is off and running, making gas and Chipotle money.
Maddie has been trying for about 3 months to find a job that is steady.  She loves to babysit, and will continue to do that, but she was wanting something consistent, that she could plan on getting a paycheck.  So she has been picking up applications, turning in applications, making follow up calls and has had no luck!  Until yesterday - she went and picked up an application at a restaurant here in town on Monday, came home and filled it out right away and then went directly back to turn it in to the manager.  When she got home she was so excited, she had an interview Wednesday at 2:30!  I was sick to my stomach all day yesterday, so nervous for her and wanting so badly to go to the restaurant and tell them they would be crazy if they didn't hire my daughter.... (ok, you know I would never actually do that, but I was thinking it.) She went to the interview and when she got home an hour later she ran through the door screaming "THEY HIRED ME - I START MONDAY AT 1:30!!!!"  Oh my gosh - they told her she reminded them of their daughter, they introduced her to an older couple that was eating there, she was over the moon happy.  I was just nodding and hugging her and smiling and I didn't even chuckle when she told me that she would be bringing home a catalog called "Shoes for Crews" so she could pick out shoes for her uniform!  Brandon was at a friends house watching some creepy movie and she sent him a text that said, "EEP! I have a J.O.B."  We had employment brownies last night and they might have tasted better than Grade Card Pie.  I'm sure there will be stories this summer, and I was worried I might not have anything to add to this space over the next few months.
By the way - tomorrow at noon I will have a 6th grader and two High School JUNIORS living here!  EEP!

Friday, May 13, 2011


The goldfinches are here, this one made me laugh today and then this little photo series made this song get stuck in my head all day.... the first 3 words.
Busy, busy weekend ahead and then the home stretch - last week of school before summer break!

Thursday, May 12, 2011

On fox and hostas...

K. and I were walking up to the stop sign this morning, at 5:30, and were met there by two or three police officers, on foot and in a patrol car.  Someone in our neighborhood had heard screaming and called 911 thinking there was an attack happening.  There is a mother fox and her kits living under a back deck right down our street and we told the officer we thought the screaming might have been the kits calling or the mom out hunting rabbit for breakfast.  We have been fortunate the past few years to have a fox in our neighborhood - not only are they beautiful animals, they are keeping the rabbit population under control.  Proof - the hostas with full leaves, not a nibble to be seen and they are right out in the unprotected open.  I'm sure as soon as I post this, it will be jinxed and there will only be stems tomorrow morning.... I'll make sure and post a picture of that, too.  I'll try to get a picture of the fox family.... but you know what they say, "it takes a fox to catch a fox", and believe me, when it comes to being sneaky, I'm no fox!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

365 project

I started taking a picture each day for a year on January 1st.  It has been really fun, but more than that, it makes me look at things differently all day.  I notice more, I spend a little more time looking at things than I did before this project and most nights when I look at my choices, it is hard to decide on just one photo.  It also helps me appreciate each season, to be aware of the changes, to embrace the unexpected and be thankful and anticipate the return of the things that are expected.
Today was a perfect example.  I had my camera along when I took a group of boys to baseball practice, thinking it would be a great opportunity for some photos.  When I got in the dugout I noticed a Robin nest up in the corner, the bucket of baseballs out in the sunlight and the vast spread of cars in the junkyard right next to the field.  No photos of baseball players, but I loved the shots I ended up with.  Not what I expected,  but really happy with the outcome.

You can see the rest of my 365 set of pictures by clicking on the link to the right.  (My 365 set on flickr)

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Happy Mother's Day

I hope your weekend is full of love and just enough pampering.... but not so much that it makes a big old mess :)!!  More next week...
P.S. - Meg and Emme are at the :20 second mark in this clip.