Thursday, June 30, 2011


We have been married 21 years today. We always go to morning Mass on our anniversary and this morning as we were leaving he asked me how many more years I thought we would be married. He thinks 50 more, that would make me 94.  I think that would be nice.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011


There is a pool in my parents neighborhood. Years ago a group of neighbors chipped in and bought the vacant lot in the middle of the block and built a pool. The membership stays with the house, now there are grandkids there and also some young families. We usually have the pool to ourselves. It is called the Medford Club, the kids say we are going "clubbing" whenever we go there.  There are 20 members, each one has a hook with their name to hang a key and they each take a week to clean the pool.  It's the kind of pool where a pre-teen boy can wear a too tight pink innertube off the diving board.

Monday, June 27, 2011

treehouse to treehome

Last week the weather here was spectacular.  We fell asleep at night with the windows open, listening to the kids voices in the treehouse.  During that week they slept out there more nights than they slept in the house.  We could hear them through our bedroom window; laughing, getting settled and then no words, just the low mumbling of them talking. They slept late, they slept so soundly, they ate breakfast and lunch out there.  That treehouse, those summer memories.
We have a neighbor who bought the first home in this neighborhood and he has watched it grow and change over the years.  One of the mornings last week, he walked to our fence and brought me a photo of our house, taken right when it was completed.  He has been watching the treehouse out his back window for years and wanted to show us what our yard looked like when our house was first built.  No trees, except for a tiny blue spruce.  It was very strange to see our house and to think about it being anything other than our house, being occupied by anyone other than our family.  So, I think that makes this house a home and I think last week made the treehouse a treehome.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

catching up to do.

I have a list on my cabinet of things I want to post on here and I think about doing it several times during the day, but summer has a way of helping you let go of lists.  I really want to share our day at the Symphony in the Flint Hills, so that's what I'll do for today.  I would never claim to be a well traveled person, but I truly believe that even if I was, I would still call the Flint Hills one of the most beautiful places.  The people who were there so many years ago, who traveled across them, who settled around and in them, you can get a sense of who they were just by being there.  The Flint Hills humble you, much like the ocean does, or the mountains.  If you're ever driving through, spend a little extra time on a back road.  Here are a few pictures from the day - really, they don't do it justice!  Are you near here, if you are, go to the website and find the place to add your name to the ticket sale notification list.  It is a frenzy when they become available - 7,500 sold in one hour.

So - the rest of my list to post.... a girls trip to Chicago, the Minnesota crew made a trip here, my husband might be a picker and a sleepover in the treehouse.  I know, I know - you're chomping at the bit.  I hope the weather where you are is as beautiful as it is here today!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

yesterday - downtime

We had several hours of downtime yesterday and it felt like everyone was in their summer mode.  Simon is away at camp but left last night for a baseball game, it was fun to see him for a few hours, but it was hard for him to see us all coming home without him.  Brandon spent a lot of time learning about the Steve Jobs Apple announcment yesterday and Maddie was in her favorite postion getting caught up on missed episodes that she had DVR'd.   It is hot here, but we're not complaining, so many others are dealing with such worries from Mother Nature.

Saturday, June 4, 2011


We have a lot of figuring out to do at this house.  There are two teenagers with different schedules, there is one car and not enough communication.  This week has left me a little frazzled.  But last night we got a combination of the 3 of us that doesn't happen very often and it was very nice.  A big mowing deal was sealed, some schedule stuff was figured out and the best was that the teenage boy learned a lesson this week that he brought up and told us instead of us having to initiate the conversation.  We're not out of the woods, but it was a peek, a glimpse at a day when we're all sitting at the table and he is having a beer with us instead of milk.

Next weekend we are going to this event.  I can't wait to share photos with you!