I dig music.

by Leslie

I am grateful to have a piano in my home.

Playing Piano

It is played every day – I’m even more grateful for that.

Lucy and Fluffy at the piano

I’m always telling the kids that I love to hear them play. It is one of my very favorite things. And it is my wish that they will make music every day of their lives.

All a Flutter

by Leslie

We love butterflies. We’ve watched ’em grow and let ’em go lots of times. In July, we had the chance to visit a traveling butterfly exhibit and spent some time in a butterfly house.

Julia at the butterfly exhibit

We were able to get a close view of them by offering q-tips dipped in watermelon juice.

Jack and the butterfly

The butterflies landed right on them for a drink.

Phoebe and the butterfly

There were so many different kinds in all colors and sizes.

Lucy and the butterfly

Everyone wanted to catch a Monarch.

Julia and the butterfly

And everyone did.


We also made crafts, had our faces painted, and enjoyed a picnic lunch.

Lucy and her butterfly craft

We will definitely be going back next year.

Bee the Flower

We made the Halloween costumes this year. I’d love to tell you it was due to some high-minded ideal, but really it was because it was a great way to save some money. I’m happiest when I’m making things, so it was fun putting them together and the kids were all pleased with what they wore.

Phoebe was a cat.

Phoebe the Cat

Lucy was a bat.

Lucy the Bat

Julia was a creeper.

Julia the Creeper

And Jack was a dinosaur.

Jack the Dinosaur

Ready to Trick or Treat

And I was happy.

Summer was sweet.

by Leslie

Jack and the blue popsicle.

Grimmershot kids.

Absolute adorableness.

Total cuteness.

The girls.

Another year of school began for Julia and Lucy on Tuesday. It made headlines!

Our Weekly Family Newspaper

Well, at our house, at least – in our very own newspaper.

Julia and Lucy on the first day of school

Julia is in sixth grade this year. Lucy is in second grade and she lost her first tooth today.

Lucy lost her first tooth!

It had been wiggling for a while, but a fall on the playground at recess may have expedited its removal. (Notice the fat lip and bloody gums?) That was okay by her, though. She had waited long enough to lose that tooth!

We had a lovely summer and I keep saying banal things about it being over too soon, but it was. Boys of Summer by Don Henley came on the radio as I pulled away from the middle school this morning and I’m getting up every day at 5 a.m. That’s about as far as you can get from camping on the beach which I did in July, but still haven’t even told you about!

Geez. I need to get my shit together.

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