Wednesday, August 21, 2013

New School Year

On Monday, we started a new school year.  We took pictures by the boxwood out front, as usual.

My kindergartener!

Fourth grader!

After our first day, both kids were completely exhausted!  I'm talking droopy eyelids and sluggish movements, and they fell asleep before 7:30.  Last night they both slept 12 hours.      

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Yep, he has long hair

So, my son has long hair.

It's true.

When he was little, I kept his hair pretty short.  It was easy to wash and comb, and for a kid who hated to have his head touched or to get any water on his face, that was important.

He's 5 in this picture.

When he was 6, he asked to grow his hair out, so that he could stay warm the following winter.  We said, "Sure."

It grew.

It got about this long:

7.5 years old.

Then he wanted it cut.

Age 8, with dear Alice.

Then we started reading Harry Potter, and he wanted to grow in out like Dumbledore and Sirius Black.  So he grew it again.  More than half of his friends have long hair, so he probably didn't deliberate long over his decision.

So now it's long.

Sometimes he combs it:

Sometimes he doesn't:

Sometimes he is mistaken for a girl.  He does not mind at all.  He says, "Well, I know I'm a boy, so why does it matter what they think?"   I love that attitude. 

He recently got an inch trimmed off, then went back yesterday and had another inch cut off.  He was having trouble with tangles, so he wanted it to be easier to manage.  (If he's going to have long hair, it's his job to care for it.)

What I love is that he was so inspired and moved by the characters in his books, that he wanted to emulate them in appearance.   

Hair fashions change all the time, I love that he's just doing what he feels like doing.



Wednesday, June 5, 2013


We did a fun thing. 

We went camping in a primitive tipi!  (That's how the ranch spelled it, so that's how I'm spelling it.)

It was 20 feet in diameter at the bottom.

It felt really surreal and different.  We did a lot of pretending that we were in a tribe.  It was so fun!  But you guys, when you're the grown-up, camping is hard.  It really made me thankful for all the comforts back at home.   We didn't mind the rain, because we liked the sound it made when it hit the tipi.  But it was cold.  So cold. 

We kept the fire going all night, which was a dream of mine:  to sleep right by a campfire.  

Here I am reading in the firelight.  I slept in my jacket.  We didn't get warm for two days after we got home.

It was a wonderful life experience and I'm so glad we did it. My memories are already adding a little shine to the actual experience. 


Thursday, March 14, 2013

Piano Feet

The time my guy spends with our kids is so precious.  The other day, he and our daughter played the piano after dinner.

She's so tiny next to him!

His big hands, her tiny hands!  Squee!

Things got a little silly, as they always do when he's involved.  


Monday, March 4, 2013

Hope and Life

March is such a hopeful month for me.  It will contain at least one day when the weather will be nice enough to go to the zoo.  There will probably be one more snow, but I just know that we will have a sunny 60 degree day too.  I will wear flipflops at some point this month, and if that's not hope, I don't know what is.

Our wedding anniversary is in March.  That's uncommon, I think.  But I like March because those first amazing days of spring feel so renewing and joyful.


Friday, February 22, 2013

The Friday Zone

My son received an invitation (through our homeschool group) to be on one of the our local PBS station's children's shows, called The Friday Zone.  He dithered for a while, then decided he wanted to do it.  He said, "Sure, I'll be on tv."

The taping was this past Wednesday.  That morning, he changed his mind.  He said he felt sick to his stomach and he was sure he didn't want to do it.  Then he realized that if he didn't do it, this spring he'd be watching his friends on tv without him.  So he pulled himself off the couch, put his shoes on, and went to be on tv.

He taped segments for two episodes.  The studio was really neat, and I snapped a few pictures.  They are really terrible pictures, because the lighting everywhere except the set was really low, and I felt like I was in the way so I didn't want to get close.  Once while they weren't taping, I stepped in front of the cameras to get a shot, and another camera came rolling up behind me and I had to scoot out of the way quickly and almost tripped on a cord and I hated that 2 seconds of my life.


Here are some pictures!  We were there for 3 hours.  I felt like I took 327 pictures, but when I came home it was only 23 and most of them were blurry.

We arrived at Studio 6.

My kiddos on set.

They actually put stage make-up on him!

Here's a shot with the cameras and lights on the ceiling.  And my silly girl too.

This is during taping.  He's on the end of the couch.

I felt pretty proud when he spoke up and asked if he could touch that giant toad.

This was before they started the second segment.  I didn't have a good view during it.

 I think it was great and we all learned a lot.  I was proud of him for not letting his nerves keep him from having this experience.  I was also proud of my girl for sitting with me quietly for 3 hours!  When we arrived, they offered to let her be on the show too, but she said she wanted to stay sitting by her mama.   I am excited to watch the episodes later in the spring!


Wednesday, January 16, 2013


Recently I've discovered two things!  Things that have brought me much joy, so I'm going to share them here.

1.  The Weepies.  Do you know about The Weepies?  They are an awesome singer/songwriter, husband/wife, folksy musical duo.  Songs you should definitely check out:  Gotta Have You and I Was Made For Sunny Days. 

2.  Diana Gabaldon.  She is an author.  You must read her Outlander series.  You must!  The first book, Outlander, grabbed me and sucked me in so hard.  It is over 800 pages long, and I read it in 5 days.  I'm partway through the third book, and it is so good I feel like I can recommend the whole soon-to-be 8 book series even though I haven't read them all yet. 

Today the kids and I are going ice skating with my cousin.  I'm not really sure how I'm going to manage holding hands with two kids and also keep myself from falling, but we'll give it a try.