Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Signs of...

I took down the birthday decorations and put up the Easter ones. It's actually fitting since many of them were given to me by my grandmother who recently passed. We often had Easter at her house when I was a kid and I have good memories of these little rabbits and eggs. 

The tulips are out- I love love love them. The colors are just what I need, even after a mild winter like this year. I grow them and I also buy them, I just can't help myself. 

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Breaking the geode

One of Unity's presents for her birthday was a large dusty rock. We were all a bit puzzled until her friend explained that it's a geode and you get to smash it. 
Ok, that's a good present. So, on went the swim goggles and outside we went to hammer away at the thing. Finally it cracked open to show us the glittery white crystals hiding inside. 

Sunday, March 08, 2015

Birthday joy

Our Unity is now 8 years old. We've been able to celebrate with a houseful of relatives, which is always fantastic. My mom helped us plan and run the panda-themed birthday party. The kids had fun making panda masks and other fun crafts. She is definitely taller than last year. Always growing, always keeping us on our toes. She's loving and loyal, generous and goofy. Happy birthday to Unity!

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Spring cookies

The flowers and buds are starting, giving us the sense that spring is really here. Just in time for a certain big kid's birthday on Friday.

My book stack is never ending of course, but the above picture is what I'm working on right now. 

And, we are living and breathing Girl Scout cookies. We had huge piles of them all over the house, that are slowly diminishing as we deliver. It's fun and a good learning experience for Unity, but it's a little exhausting. Still, we are almost done, and Unity's had a lot of practice talking to people and making change and other good skills. 

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Spring is creeping

Spring is creeping in around us these days. We've had a pretty mild winter and now things are starting to bloom. 

I decided after I don't even know how long that it was finally time to cut my hair. We took off about 7 inches! Crazy. But, I love it. It was time for a change.

Do you remember Chris's tiny computer called the raspberry pi?  He used it to make a tiny portable photo booth. He was nice enough to let the kids mess around with it. 

We are taking advantage of all this nice weather and planting some peas and spinach. 
I'm also fighting off a cold and loading up on vitamins and probiotics.   Hopefully it'll be over soon. 

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Kids in the woods

 What to do with a day off? How about take a pack of kids and traipse around in the woods.

Sunday, February 15, 2015


Some current interests include:
Mixed media art with materials from the recycle bin
Reading aloud
Chocolate chip cookies (ok, that's always an interest.)

Unity's school had a little party on Friday. She had to write an acrostic poem for each kid in her class. It was quite the assignment. Brixton's school really downplays holidays. It's the Montessori. They did have a parents' night out, which was great. Chris and I got to wander around together and have dessert and dinner in that order. 

The kids and I have a couple more days to our weekend but haven't decided yet what to do with them. Maybe a hike or maybe just some hanging out. Either way it's nice. 

Sunday, February 08, 2015

Bringing in the light

We rediscovered these Storm player bobble heads that I hid when she was little and forgot about. 

But I didn't have enough Lego time today- is what he always says when we try to do anything else.

Unity hearts Taylor Swift. I guess it could be worse?

The glow stick prize from the dentist. 

 This week:

Unity got a part in the school play. She's a cat and she's very excited that all her lines will be meowing.

Brixton has had extra time to play with his best bud from school.

I've been working on the jigsaw puzzle that is our summer schedule. It seems wacky to plan so far ahead but this is when the camps start registration, so this is when we do it.

Chris and I have both been getting up at six, so he can run on the treadmill and I can write. It's brutal but it's working.

Sunday, February 01, 2015

I was able to take a writing class at the Hugo House this weekend, which was really helpful and fun. It was nice, although difficult, to carve out some time to talk about writing and strategies. Unity had Friday off for stupid reasons, (budget cuts, in a nutshell. The teachers were supposed to work unpaid and the kids stayed home. Lose, lose.) She went over to a friend's house and hung out. Later we played a bunch of games and when Brixton came home from preschool, they decided to scrub the kitchen floor together. I swear, this was all them. They did quit after about 15 minutes, but some of the tiles are definitely cleaner than they were. 

Unity also decided to sew a little pocket slash bed for her paper doll. I love the ways they find to entertain themselves. Well, except for the ways that involve wrestling with each other on my bed. That I could do without. 

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

More and Less

So, I've been working more and posting less these days. I've been facilitating support groups for new parents since last summer. It used to be two days a week, and then right before Christmas I picked up another group and then right after New Years I started one day a week as a Children's teacher for another baby group. (Hanging out with babies four days a week. Tough life I know.) 

That combined with the extra day at preschool that Brixton picked up means our schedules have really changed in the past few months. Now we look more like the two-working-parent model, even though my work is part time and somewhat flexible. So mornings have that get up and eat and pack the lunch box song and I find myself doing the carpool shuffle and the homework saga more often than the long walks at the zoo. Except for the blessed weekend of course. 

A few months ago, I read the book "All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenting" by Jennifer Senior and it really resonated with me. There are tons of books out there about the different stages your children go through, but this book is about the stages that parents go through. I found that she described them really well- the chaos and loss of control that comes with having a young baby and the wonder and curiosity of an exploring preschooler. When she talks about the elementary years, it was about the shuttling around to activities and the full calendar. (This is a limited perspective of course, to the US and people with some means, which she also talks about in the book.) I feel like all of a sudden these past few months, we've suddenly gone full speed into that chapter.

It's not surprising, my kids are older and this is where we are now. It's just different, and I'm still getting used to our new normal.