I’m over here now. Sometimes.
Someone looked at this picture and asked me where B could have possibly thought she was going like this. I said I’m sure she thought that she was going wherever she damn well pleased. This girl has spirit. Fieiry, fiery, leaving the house naked spirit.
Ooh, and she was so mad when I brought her back inside. Do you think she wanted to hear that we could go back out if she put on some clothes? No, she did not. So many things make her furious. Can’t use the fabric markers? Furious. No more candy? F Read the rest of this entry »
I thought I’d might do something shocking like post something here. I lie in bed at night thinking about the things I should document here. The conversation I overheard about mammals (ponies specifically) and foals and well, if they don’t hatch from eggs, where DO they come from? The hospital? You said it was just like for people!
The hermit crabs we picked up today for Chase’s classroom and that I dropped twice. I probably won’t sleep tonight. Read the rest of this entry »
They move so fast. I haven’t been able to get any words down here for so long. Things are happening, things are being made but things are not being documented. I have to try to be better about that.
Since she started saying uh-oh B has only added off and maybe some other words I don’t understand yet. And maybe she’s babbling more and trying to repeat some stuff but, then again, maybe not. It’s hard to say. Unless she’s saying OFF. As in turn it OFF or get it OFF. She likes that one. Sometimes she says off when I think what she really means is oof.
She’s so fast. Whenever people come over they say when did she get so big? She runs, she jumps, she climbs on everything. Absolutely everything. I can barely keep up. Sometimes I fantasize about napping.
Thanksgiving was great and so was my birthday! I loved it but now we’re careening into the crush of Christmas and birthday party celebrations that always closes out our year. Christmas always seems so far away before Thanksgiving but then as soon as Thanksgiving is over, boom. Christmas. I have like two weeks to shop because I have to remember that I’ll have all the girls for the week before while they’re on break. No last minute shopping for me. No last minute shopping AND they want me to make them stuff. I’m paralyzed by the sheer enormity of the Christmas task list.
Oh, and Chase has no teeth.
I’ve been a terrible blogger lately. Things were going so well and I was meeting new people and learning interesting things and suddenly it became overwhelming and a little bit scary. And here, as it’s happened so many other times before, I find myself not doing much of anything and not doing much of anything well. So I’ve decided to go back to basics. I realized that I wasn’t reading anymore. I used to have a whole roster of favorite blogs that I loved to read and, while I’ve met new people and discovered lovely new blogs, I miss my old friends. And the there was google reader and how it died or was murdered, really. I think that’s when I really stopped reading. I tried to use Feedly but it’s just not the same. So I logged into Bloglovin and loaded in my top five old reads, the blogs that inspired me way back when. Now, let’s see if I can get my mojo back. I already feel inspired. Book lovers like me won’t want to miss this amazing family library project that Angry Chicken is working on.
So, what have we been up to… nothing too exciting. You know, cooking stuff, doing laundry, the usual. Last week I bought a pork butt at the farmer’s market and braised it to make yummy tacos. Tonight I made Stromboli instead of pizza and everybody went on and on about how delicious they were but I’m pretty sure they just tasted exactly like the pizza we always make but with the sauce on the inside. I’m pretty sure it’s all psychological.
Weeks ago I borrowed all of these cookbooks from the library thinking that I would try a few new things but I returned all of them to the library yesterday virtually untouched. The only new thing I’ve attempted is roasted tomato sauce. It’s a great way to use up the too many tomatoes you bought at the farmers market before they go bad but, event then, I still didn’t follow the recipe I looked up online properly. That was just an accident though and it was still very delicious. I’ll be doing way more of it next summer as soon as tomatoes are in. Delicious.
Bennie is still a gal of few words but it seems that she now says her version of uh-oh which is pretty cute. She’s growing the crazy, 84th percentile for height! She can push herself on the scooter, come down the stairs, and yell like crazy. Her favorite things to do right now are going to the playground and playing with her friends.
The training wheels came off of Chase’s bike and it took her three days but I think she has it figured out. Now she just needs to practice.
Avery was sick last week and even though she is better she is still tired. I don’t know if she’s hungover from being sick or is in some kind of growth spurt or what. Yesterday she was totally spent by five even though I let her sleep in and she didn’t even go to school. I have no idea.
So we’re keeping busy. Gearing up for Halloween and consuming all of Trader Joe’s pumpkin products. I don’t want to buy them but somehow they keep ending up in my cart.
It was the busy good kind. There was the Baltimore Book Festival (and IKEA in the morning, because professional development.)
My kids call them the old-fashioned times. Like when I was a kid and we only had two TV channels, 6 and 12. Two channels! No netflix, no Ipad, no Apple TV. As a result, there are whole swaths of American TV culture that I don’t understand (but we had Degrassi!). When I was little, like my kids’ ages, if you were home sick you could watch morning programming for kids and after that it was pretty much just Coronation Street. Every time my kids make complaints or demands about the television I think about making them watch that all day and then making them walk to school (uphill in the snow).
Well, today Me and Avery watched Mr. Bean after lunch. We just happened to catch it. Because did you know that the local PBS affiliate shows a big giant block of British programm(e)s in the middle of the day? Just like in the old days, right between the morning kids programming and whatever comes on after school. I’d forgotten about Mr. Bean and now Chase is all carrying on about how she wants to see Mr. Bean too. So because now there IS netflix I hopped on there to see what’s available and future me had already saved it in my instant queue. Because, apparently, I have already had this idea.
I was going to roll it out tomorrow but then I found out that The Wizard Of Oz was re-released in 3D! I’m totally going to make that happen this weekend.
I can’t believe how long it’s been since I’ve updated here. We’ve been a little caught up in back to school. All of the children are getting settled in but I’m still adjusting to a whirlwind of carpooling, pick up and drop off arrangements.
I can’t believe how big they are all getting and how quickly. At her last appointment, Chase measured 4′ 2″. Fifty inches, FIFTY. In first grade. I had almost talked myself out of that number but they printed it on the visit summary that they sent me home with. Crazy. Like her sister, Bennett is in the 55th percentile for weight and the 84th for height. 84th! Tallest children ever. I don’t know exactly how tall Avery is but she’s perfectly spindly like a three year old string bean.
We’ve been having fun too. Without all the open ended time that summer afforded we’re taking our weekends more seriously. I’m looking forward to exploring more trails while the fall weather holds, apple picking and maybe, MAYBE squeezing in Dutch Wonderland before it gets too chilly. We’ll see that might have to get pushed to next year’s bucket list.
I’m ready to wear a long sleeved shirt. Not a jacket or a lightweight sweater but just like a long sleeved tee. It can still stay warm for a good long while just not hot. I’m done with the hot.
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.