Friday, September 30, 2011


Tonight the two teenagers were on a big, group scavenger hunt with friends and the young one got invited to go to a football game.  So, Brian and I packed up the puppy, the camera, a couple of beers and carryout. A spur of the moment picnic at the lake, such a beautiful night to be out... you know we couldn't have planned this if we tried.  I love it when the thing you needed the most just happens.  I hope your weekend has started off on the right foot, too.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

on my mind....

This year has hit hard at this house.  Having twins has always been hard, just a little bit "more" of all of it - the good and the bad.  For some reason, this year feels ramped up to a level where we've never been - busy, late nights, going, going, going.  There is a shift happening, they have meetings to go to that don't involve me at all, they have tests that I never even knew they were taking, tonight they left to go serve a meal at the community shelter but had to leave early to pick up a teacher whose car was broken down and called them for a ride, didn't call me, called them.  It is a delicate balance, keeping the peace, keeping the reigns as tight as they need to be, keeping informed without knowing too much and did I mention keeping the reigns..... well, also letting them be as loose as they need to be.  And on the heels of all of this, I have been seeing this article (it's long, but really worth the read)  floating around the internet lately and I am looking for these characteristics in these kids.  And along the lines of kids running and running, this movie.  I think it looks interesting, and at the risk of sounding like I'm making excuses for the busy lives of the kids in this house, I think there is a difference between kids who are running and not enjoying what they are doing and those who are truly engaged in things they feel passionate about - right?  I have it saved in Netflix, I'm looking forward to seeing it.

And the caterpillar in the picture - my rue plant is literally covered with these!  Read more about them here.

This space - I wish I could be here posting more often, I have so many things that come into my mind that I would love to share here, but it just isn't working right now.  But, the dark is coming sooner and things seem to slow down a little bit when that happens, so maybe there will be more time in the coming weeks.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Full Swing.

Pre-school is back in full swing.  Every year at this time I am reminded of how brave these little ones are to even step through the door into a room full of kids and adults they don't even know.   The first month is all about routine, getting to know each other and.... remember where the bathroom is.  Yesterday a little boy was missing his mom and asked me to hold him, I picked him up and he wrapped his arms tight around my neck, his legs tight around my waist and then went potty all over me.  I didn't even flinch, I just held him for a few more seconds, then took him to the bathroom and got him cleaned up and changed.  Then, probably, the most shocking sight of the day for those kids and my co-teachers happened when I walked out of the bathroom "poured" into a size Youth Medium t-shirt I scrounged out of the paint shirt tub.
Note to self: bring some extra teacher clothes to put next to the extra kid clothes.

Monday, September 12, 2011

car rides

The 2 teenagers are old enough to drive themselves, but today one of them needed to be picked up from practice.  As we were driving home together talking about her day, I realized how much I miss that time.  So, if you're still driving yours around right now, enjoy it.  As chaotic and frustrating as it is, there is a lot of time spent together in those car rides... don't let it slip away.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

all i'm doing right now....

247::365 by LeslieMc5
247::365, a photo by LeslieMc5 on Flickr.

puppy duty. always at my feet. barks if my back is turned towards him. he is a good, calm, no accident kind of guy.... he just needs attention right now. so in this house there is not much going on other than back to school chaos, puppy love and laundry. you aren't missing much.... i can see the light at the end of the tunnel, just give me a week.... ish.