Month: April 2016 (page 1 of 2)

Doggie Kisses

Doggie Kisses

Our Family Table

We’ve been sitting around the same table and “chairs” for ten years.

Old table and "chairs"

We’ve made a lot of memories at that table, but we’ve outgrown it. The leaf insert that was meant to extend the table for special occasions had become a permanent fixture, as well as the play dough, cookie dough, moon sand or whatever all that is that’s lodged in the crevices. More than half the chairs had broken and we’d been using, you know, whatever.

And then our new table and chairs arrived.

New table and chairs

They were custom made by Amish men from reclaimed barn wood. Oh, they are beautiful!

Reclaimed barn wood

They are exactly what I wanted.

A Monday Evening in Spring

Lola and...


Lola and Bee


Lucy, Jack, and Bee on the swings

Lola look

Lola stay

My dad used to have a mug that said, “Finally 40! I’m so happy I could puke!”

Phoebe has Sharing Time at preschool on Wednesdays which consists of bringing an item to show the class that begins with their alphabet letter of the week. The letter this week was K. We discussed the possibilities at bedtime on Tuesday. Kangaroo. Kite. King. Key. Kitten. We had all of these things in toy form. When I dropped her off on Sharing Day, she decided to go with a kiss. She would blow a kiss to everyone because we forgot to pick an actual item. I thought it seemed like a safe option since the hand sanitizer I gave her at the last minute the week before (for letter H) is, according to the State of Ohio, a medication. Even if she blew a kiss with her middle finger, at least that’s not illegal.

Forgetting the Sharing Time item isn’t really such a big deal. One kid brought her fingers for letter F. It happens to everyone. But I’ve been really forgetful, lately. One day, I started to head for piano before I picked the kid up from school to take her. After a piano lesson recently, I checked in on-line at the hair salon for Julia to get her hair cut and forgot that’s where we were going on the way there. I figured it out when I pulled into JoAnn Fabrics and Julia said, “They cut hair here?” And then there’s the Tooth Fairy. She didn’t show up. For five nights. According to her note, she was on vacation. She paid a $1/day late fee, which was appreciated, but underwhelming after the long wait.

I’ve had enough instances of wondering why I hadn’t heard from someone only to discover that they were waiting on a response from me to send me looking for memory tests and articles about whether my forgetting was something to worry about. It isn’t. I remember – at some point. Reminders help. Maybe I’m not getting enough sleep. It could be anxiety. Perhaps it’s because I’m turning 40 in two months.

I will be 40 in two months. That’s the thing I’d like to forget.

Lucy’s Day

She had softball practice in the morning. Dave got off work early to take her. She wanted a new bike for her birthday, so after practice, he took her to pick one out and then to the park to ride it.

Riding her new bike

The rest of us surprised her there with a picnic party.

Lucy is 8!

We played and rode bikes until Grandma had to go to work and Dave had to get to sleep in order to work all night. Then we came home and she spent the evening dancing and singing along with her MP3 player.

Eight years ago, Lucy was born on a sunny day. My world has been brighter ever since.

This is much more fun than cleaning the house.

Picnic at the park

See Saw


Phoebe and Jack

Big sister, little brother

My house still needs cleaned, though.

We have plenty of time.

I say this a lot. We have plenty of time. Even when it doesn’t seem like we do, I say it. I don’t like myself very much when I’m “so busy!” When I get in that frame of mind, I know I’m not managing my time well. We have plenty of time reminds me that I choose what I do and there is time for the things that are really important. It makes my priorities clearer.


Flying a kite

Flying kites

We flew kites today. It was after Phoebe was home from dance class and Lucy had returned from softball practice. We hadn’t had dinner, yet. But we’d had the kites for days and the kids had been asking to fly them and they wanted to do it with me.

Julia flies a kite

Lucy flies a kite

Phoebe flies a kite

There was plenty of time.

My kids

Maybe I need a SAD lamp.

I’m indignant when I’m grumpy and someone suggests that it’s due to winter gloom (or hormones). But then Spring arrives, the sun comes out and the world begins to come alive.

Here come the hostas!

Buds about to bloom

And I can’t muster the slightest grumble.


I haven’t had a Diet Coke (or any other kind of pop) in 108 days.

I quit drinking pop.  Again.

I’ve been drinking tea. Plenty of water. And lots of tea.

Yogi has been my favorite brand of tea for years, which may seem tired, but they have so many great flavors. These are my current favorites.

Morning and afternoon tea

I have Sweet Tangerine in the morning and Cinnamon Vanilla in the afternoon and a message on every tea bag.

Truth is everlasting.

Truth is everlasting.

I’ve been drinking unsweetened iced tea, too, but the really big thing is that I’m not drinking pop. I hope I never have to quit again.

We’re just going to go ahead and get started with Spring. The weather will catch up.

We planted some seeds two weeks ago and they’re already up and looking well.


Sunflowers. Mammoths! They can grow to be 12 feet high!


Petunias. They look so delicate now!

We’ve all been watching them closely – even Jack, who dumped all the seeds we tried to start indoors last year many, many times. Julia has been playing them music. Lucy talks to them. She also made a book about them.

The Plant Book by Lucy

The Plant Book (by Lucy)

Plants start in seeds.

Plants start in seeds.

They turn into a seedling.  Fact:  They need sun and rain.

They turn into a seedling. Fact: They need sun and rain.

They grow a little more and they grow roots, too.

They grow a little more and they grow roots, too.

In a week or two, they will grow into a flower.

In a week or two, they will grow into a flower.

We are hopeful.

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