Monday, December 21, 2009
Here are a few unrelated pictures of the kids at our neighborhood nature spot that we call the secret garden, during the cold spell we had a few weeks ago.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Friday, November 27, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
This morning I had a moment to type a bit, but then promptly accidentally deleted all I'd written. Ah, yes, a perfect way to start the week.... But I recovered by shutting off the computer and taking the kids for a walk in the rain. We spent a great deal of the "walk" standing in puddles or small streams of water and watching the water twirl around our rain boots.
Life has been full of the usual domestic scenes. One blessed day last week, Veteran's Day, Rob had off work and we stole a small walk in the woods at St. Edward Park with our friends. Here are a few pictures from the walk. I hope you enjoy your week, whatever it may bring...
Monday, November 2, 2009
Sunday, November 1, 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Some moments are hard, but lots of them are good. Jasper is still loving the Nutcracker music and acting out the scenes, made more dramatic by his $2.99 drugstore sword. Lucy is into making a huge mess in the art room downstairs; interesting creations do eventually emerge. She's also dancing in a flowing emotive way - quite different from Jasper's nutcracker march. I asked Lucy what she wanted to know more about the other day: answer - swimming, magic tricks, building things, and art. She is loving piano lessons and well, the rest of her life too as far as I can tell. She loves to be at home with just me. She loves lots of space and silence. So do I.
I'm in the van too much. I know I've said that before. It is the riddle I can't solve, it is the "Knock, knock" joke I just don't get, it is a blessing and a curse. I don't think I'm making much sense any more... I need to go to bed... Tomorrow, my sister, Em, and her babies Max and Teagan arrive. We can't wait...
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Jasper seems to be holding it together well at school, but then he unravels much more often at home. Lucy is so calm and steady-as-she-goes that Jasper's tempermental tantrums seem all the more bombastic and even absurd. He is a natural performer so he always has a bit of dramatic flair to add to the tantrum - loud grunting seems to be the favorite lately, along with full body back arches ( I thought those days were over, but apparently not) and body slams into various pieces of furniture. If I still smoked, I would definitely be lighting up and blowing smoke rings by the wide-open window when he starts one of his doozies... But he also can be as sweet as ever and I ache for him when he is gone, even while I cherish the one-on-one time with Lucy. Watching her take hold of more academic skills and musical skills and subtle understanding of herself in the world and dancing with her every morning as we get warmed up for the morning homeschooling program is just plain old fun. I love it and wouldn't trade it for anything. Here are some random pics from the first week of Autumn.