Sunday, February 2nd, 2014
Sometimes, left to my own defenses, I will take the children on an adventure. That means undertaking an activity or outing that is probably more ambitious than it needs to be on a day that I won’t have any backup but that’s how I roll, I guess. Did you know that a) there is now MARC service between Baltimore and DC on weekends and that b) the dinosaur hall at the Smithsonian is closing in April for five years, FIVE! Taking the train to DC alone with kids is better than driving alone with kids, I’m pretty sure. I came home thinking I would definitely be up for doing that again.
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Sunday, January 12th, 2014
It’s not like an official resolution or anything but I need to move more. We all do. And the weather’s been so nice this winter (except for the polar vortex business) so we’ve been hiking our way around Gunpowder. It’s the best Baltimore area state park in my opinion. It has everything and it’s the place Read the rest of this entry »
Friday, November 1st, 2013
I woke up with indigestion. That’s the best description of my affliction that I can give. This has never happened before! Halloween induced anxiety? Could not be crazier! Halloween is one crazy party. One kid runs ahead and one lags behind and I never know where anybody is. I feel a lot of pressure to make sure that everyone has a good time but I find it impossible to do. Argh! My only hope is that there are enough people that everybody finds someone to have fun with while I try to keep tabs on the kids. No one got lost! I don’t even know how I would do trick or treating without 10 or more adults. Read the rest of this entry »
Sunday, October 13th, 2013
I love apple picking. I would love it more if the apples were less expensive than they are at the grocery store but, still, there’s something about picking the apples right from the tree. Something so wonderful that we always end up with crazy amount of apples. Crazy amounts! Read the rest of this entry »
Sunday, September 22nd, 2013
Ben had to work from home all weekend so we’ve been trying to keep busy. Yesterday I took the girls to the mall to take care of a few things and today we visited the National Book Festival because, I’m not a planner, but it sounded like fun. It was a pretty perfect day as far a days go. Nobody cried, refused to go on or wet themselves. There was no traffic and we found an amazing parking spot. The lines weren’t crazy, the weather was perfect and I remembered to pack snacks. Bonus points. Read the rest of this entry »
Friday, August 23rd, 2013
That’s it. Summer’s over. We had a fab time in Rehoboth but with the beach out of the way, now we can focus on back to school! I am cooking up a little scheme that will have to happen over the weekend and that I cannot say, with any degree of certainty, will work out but I think I’m going to try! Over the summer our school (and the other neighborhood school) underwent 1.6 million dollars in renovations (collectively) and this would be just a little finishing touch as the renovations included no fiber art (shocking!). If you’re local and into crazy schemes let me know.
We were only at the beach for a few days so it was a swimming, ice cream, fun everyday kind of a trip and I loved it. The girls made friends at the pool. They had a blast jumping in over and over and over again, telling each other how awesome their jumps were and Avery and the other little girls enjoyed each other’s company hanging out by the steps and bobbing around in the shallow part. (Click on the image below for full effect.)
B was kind of ambivalent about the beach. I estimate that after two weeks of half days at the beach she *might* have grown comfortable with the water and the sound of the surf.
Maybe. Maybe not. But she did like the sand.
One of the days was a little rainy so we visited a maritime historical site, a toy store and Funland! At dinner that night Avery alleged that her favorite part of the day was the maritime museum because she enjoyed seeing the model ships. What? Chase, more appropriately, declared Funland as the best part of the day and also her Hello Kitty mermaid doll.
I’m so grateful to be wrapping up the summer with this special trip. And now, I feel ready to buckle down.
Tuesday, June 11th, 2013
It has barely started. School isn’t even officially over yet but, as the result of a scheduling snafu, we are all already at camp. Of course, by scheduling snafu I mean scheduling activities without a calendar and hoping you get the dates right. It’s been busy. Busy and confusing. Everything is upside down with changing schedules. This is the worst for me. Everything starts to slip through the cracks. But it’s been good busy in a lot of ways too.
Chase graduated from Kindergarten! Pretty amazing. She played in her first guitar recital as a part of the “Twinkle Band.” She’s been able to play Twinkle, Twinkle for a good long while and has played her way, at this point, through a good chunk of Book 1 but I’m glad that her teacher eased her into this recital with a piece she’s super comfortable with. Her teacher’s no dummy.
We’ve also been strawberry picking, shortcake making, being silly and trying out new art supplies. Then I think hey now, slow down there, summer vacation hasn’t even officially begun! I should probably pace myself before we run out of ideas.
Thursday, February 28th, 2013
Once, when Chase was two we had a Valentine’s day party. It was fun but a lot of work and we never did it again. The next year we had Avery and it never evolved into a tradition. Sorry, it never evolved into a tradition for me. Meanwhile, Chase still remembers. Valentines day was over a week ago and yet, still, on Monday she was asking me if we could have a party. When I continued to resist she agreed to having just a family party.
The family party consisted mostly of the eating of candy hearts but also pinning the tail on Eeyore and oh, eating more candy hearts. Who am I kidding though, it was totally fun, I didn’t have to vacuum and partied in my jammies. Now that’s a party I can totally get behind. The girls even cleared off the dining room table in preparation.
Wednesday, February 20th, 2013
It was a crazy idea… driving to Niagara Falls over a long weekend. So, so crazy but we did it anyway. The girls had a great time. I, on the other hand, am still recovering. It was all fine until about the last two hours of the journey home when the carsickness started. Oy. So much barfing. There were some less unpleasant and memorable moments over the course of the weekend too. Hanging out by the pool, bottomless cups of hot cocoa for the girls, playing roll up the rim to win after drinking endless cups of coffee for us, the falls in winter, c-c-c-coooold, lake effect snow, listening to the girls chat and play in the back seat (I go to high school. Yeah? Well, I go to low school), more hanging out with family and Chase lost another tooth!
Thursday, February 14th, 2013
It was good. Lots of Valentines, lots of candy. I’m pretty sure we had the only homemade Valentines but there wasn’t any complaining. We did a workshop, some tree climbing, and Bennett let someone else hold her for a while.
Happy Valentines Day.