Happy New Year!

We rang in the New Year with style – David fell asleep before dinner, I fell asleep on the couch at 8:30 pm (in my defense, I have a cold and a headache) and Matthew and Steven camped in the family room, staying up until 10 pm. Lucy woke up at midnight long enough to bark at the fireworks. 

Good times!

Here are some of our favorite events from 2012.

* Pinewood derby (“even though I didn’t win”)

* Rain Gutter Regatta

* Hawaii trip

* Seeing the Huma Huma at the Maui Ocean Center

* Going up to Haleakala and seeing the silver sword cactus

* Going to the Outer Banks and swimming “at midnight” (it was 8 pm, but dark)

* Taking a plane ride at the Outer Banks

* Vacationing in Cape Cod with family

* Daddy coaching David’s soccer team

* Matthew passing the swim test

* Family camping – Twice!

* Mommy heading back to teaching

* David playing a sheep in the manager at the Preschool Christmas Program

May 2013 be filled with just as much adventure and laughter!

January 1, 2013. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Where Has the Time Gone?

Good grief. I haven’t posted a blog since September? More than three months!


Where has the time gone? I’d like to say that we have just been so busy doing wonderful, family-oriented, things that I couldn’t get to the computer. Ha!

We have been busy, and we have been doing some fun family stuff, but mostly I have just been running in circles trying to get through each day quick before the next one comes and OH CRAP IS IT DAVID’S SNACK DAY AGAIN?????

You know. Life. Somehow going back to work two measly half-days a week has sucked up every spare moment of my time. Well, that and I took up sewing and so I spent some of my free time this fall doing that.

And now it is December and I always feel overly busy and stressed in December and let me just say that adding in work did not make me any less stressed. There was a point a few weeks ago when I really wanted to run away, but Steven convinced to me to stay because someone had to get the laundry done and he’s not sure where all those clothes go. You know you are having a crazy holiday when someone cancels their annual Christmas party because of burst pipes and your first reaction is “Thank God.”

Anyway, we’re all here and we’re all fine. Matthew is counting down the days until Christmas. David is, too, but he is still a little fuzzy on time concepts so he can’t decide if Christmas is a few days away or a few weeks away, or maybe it’s today and no one remembered to tell him.Lucy is keeping busy stealing food, chasing birds, and napping on the Christmas lap quilt I made. Steven is juggling rehearsals and concerts and work and travel. He’s pretty tired, to be honest. I finished teaching for the year just in time to focus on the 2nd grade holiday party. And, oh yeah, all the rest of the cooking, baking, buying, and wrapping left to do in the next (yikes!) five days.

I keep reminding myself that Christmas is not really about the gifts or the cookies, that the important things will get done and the rest wasn’t that important, that we are really just lucky to be healthy and happy. It’s all true, but it’s a hard concept to hold onto this time of year.

Maybe in 2013 I’ll be able to slow down a little and get back to blogging the little adventures (and misadventures) of life with the boys.

Bwah ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! I crack myself up.


December 19, 2012. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Oh, Deer!

It’s mulberry season and the tree in our backyard is in full bloom. It’s got to be a favorite time of year for our neighborhood deer. I looked out back this week and saw one munching away on berries. In our yard. While Lucy watched from the porch.

She could have gone out into the yard if she wanted to. She didn’t want to. She stood stock still on the porch until the deer left on its own.

Her contract does not include deer removal.

May 29, 2012. Lucy, Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

More Soccer Photos

Coach Daddy took some individual picture before the game last week.

Hi David. Hi Matthew.

Good looking Yellow Tiger team member

Mommy goofing off for the camera.

The Yellow Tigers played the Red Shirted Team from Hell (not their real name). They were really good. Usually our team plays well, scoring 20 or 30 times before having a snack and heading off to play on the play ground. Not this week. This week, they scored maybe once while the red team scored again and again and again.

And again.

It was frustrating for the boys, and a few tears were shed, but it was a good opportunity to learn how to keep trying, no matter what. And then they had snack and headed for the playground.

Four year-olds are a pretty resilient bunch.

I have NO idea what he is saying here, but doesn’t it look like he’s telling me to put down the camera and get the kids some water?

May 14, 2012. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

It’s gotta get better than this!

Matthew has decided he wants to be a Tiger Cub (as the youngest member of the Boy Scouts). On Friday, we went to our first pack meeting. Naturally, we were running late so we walked in just before they presented “the colors.”

Next, David crawls up into Steven’s lap and falls fast asleep. During the ceremony, Matthew was presented a patch for joining his new pack. Daddy (with sleeping David on his shoulder) got to join him in the front of the room.

Last, being Veteran’s Day, we got to hear from a person representing each service. When the Navy P-3 (pilot) veteran stood up, Matthew raised his hand to inform him that “tank bombs are bigger than plane bombs.”

Looks like we can scratch the Naval Academy off our list.

November 12, 2011. Tags: , . Uncategorized. 1 comment.


Matthew’s school hosted a jogathon the Friday before spring break to raise money for a mobile laptop lab. The kids got sponsors and then ran laps for 30 min. I got to go help the morning kindergarten classes, and I have to say, it was such fun. The kids were all excited. There was a DJ – a DJ! For a jogathon at school! They had older kids there to give high-fives, and ice pops when they were all done. Those kids ran their little hearts out.

Stretching out

And, they're off!

You can see the white lap cards pinned to their backs. The parent volunteers had to practically tackle the kids as they finished a lap to record a tally mark.

Getting some encouragement from the PE teacher.

Water break!

He was super proud of his 7 laps. I believe they call this a "runner's high."

The gang, posing with ice pops

High-fiving the 5th graders as they started their laps.

Walking with "hips and lips" the K sign for being quiet in the hallway and keeping your hands to yourself.

Matthew ran almost a mile and a half. He raised close to $100. Steven and I are very proud that he did his best. I think Matthew mostly liked getting an ice pop at school.

April 29, 2011. Uncategorized. 1 comment.

We’re Back!

We’ve been on Spring Break this week. I’ll get the photos organized and posted over the next few days. It was good to get away, and it is good to be back.

April 23, 2011. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

A Boost Up

Matthew started complaining this summer that he wasn’t able to sleep in his car seat. When I looked back at him I could tell he was getting too tall for it.

This broke my heart. There is a level of safety in the car seat that you lose in the booster. But kids don’t stay little forever, and the complaining from the backseat was getting a little annoying.

The new booster seat came this week.


Helping Daddy put the parts together.

"Helping" Daddy with the tools.

Trying out the new booster.

David tried it out, too. He insists he is FIVE and needs a booster, too.



November 14, 2010. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

We’ve Moved

We’ve moved. We didn’t pack anything, and the house looks exactly the same, but at some point we went to sleep in Virginia and woke up in Michigan.

It’s the only way I can explain how we can be, once again, coated with snow. And more is coming.



I think this weekend would be a good time to clock the exact driving time from our house to Miami. I am almost positive it isn’t snowing there.

February 4, 2010. Uncategorized. 5 comments.

Air & Space Museum

Daddy was away this week, but he got back early on Friday. (Yippee!!!) Since parking is free after 4 pm, we headed over to the Air and Space Museum at Dulles to burn off some rainy day energy.

Matthew has a new favorite, the SR 71 Blackbird. He took a toy version for sharing last week. He was fascinated by the real thing. David walked around pointing and yelling, “Mommy! Airplane! I see it!”

Matthew and Daddy tried one of the simulators, too. They did a 3D moon walk, which Matthew enjoyed. Or, he did until the end when the “landing” got loud and bumpy. Still, it was an improvement over the ride he took with Grandpa last year.

We ran around for an hour and half and then headed home for dinner. Quick, but effective. And fun.

January 24, 2010. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

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