Labor of love

A birthday post a day late… I remember planning and waiting.  I remember reading Goodnight Moon every night to him while he was in my tummy.  I remember having ideas or ideals that are shared by many first time parents and quickly giving them up when Alex arrived in the world.  I remember wishing he would sleep but still staring at his lashes when he closed his eyes. I remember writing down every word he said and telling him long, long stories.  I remember traveling all over New England – just the two of us.  I remember feeding his obsessions … Read more…

I spent way too much time dealing with bathrooms and bathroom issues today

Got up this morning and worked out…same old routine. When I came downstairs to let Coco out I could smell that her tummy problems had not improved. I cleaned out her crate and did a load of doggy laundry with the hottest water possible. Then I returned to the world of Farleys waking up one by one. Ethan is having some tummy problems as well and…I’m going to spare you those details. Gigs wouldn’t get out of bed until I went up and cuddled her which I did while Ethan and Eva fought over the last chocolate chip waffles (frozen … Read more…

Something made me happy

Lots of things made me smile today…I’m happy that we have power and don’t have any damage. As I drove around town I saw lots of devastation. I am happy that life seemed to be back to normal. I spoke with and saw Lisa a half dozen times today (not that i didn’t during the storm but that just seems to be a sign of normalcy) and the boys ran around playing manhunt while we entertained our powerless (electricity wise) friends for dinner. I also found a new way to get some peace and quiet. I hadn’t heard from my … Read more…

Glad we finally made up

I have had quite a few run ins with Mother Nature lately and I thought she was really mad at me. I’m almost afraid to say it since the storm is not over but I think our fight may be over. The wind has been blowing here for the last eleven hours and we still have a few hours to go before we are in the clear. The weeping willows look like Medusa is laughing in our backyard and my poor crepe myrtles may never stand up straight again. The tall pine trees in the back have been doing back … Read more…

I hear there’s a hurricane coming*

All my friends, neighbors and relatives are preparing for the arrival of Irene and since I live in an area that is going to be affected maybe I should be preparing too. But I’m not. I went to the movies with a girlfriend. I feel soooo guilty. I never go to the movies, especially not in the middle of the afternoon, before a natural disaster just because with a friend. I do it as frequently as I meet girlfriends for lunch…never. Now dinners and happy hours are a different story but you get the point – a movie in the … Read more…

Greetings from a very shaky Richmond!

I live in Richmond and this has been an eventful day. Well, all my days turn out to be eventful with four kids and two dogs. But lately Mother Nature has been following me and I am not sure what she is trying to say. My friend and I took 10 kids – ours plus 3 extras – to the James River today. It’s a pretty perfect outing and FREE! The twins and Eva jump around on the rocks and the big kids head down the rapids. Everyone is happy. We set up our perch about 20 feet from the … Read more…

The perils of The Brady Bunch

After watching the awful accident I mentioned in my post yesterday, we needed to distract the kids since we still had 3 hours before we reached home. What could be better than The Brady Bunch? The Brady Brunch could not cause anyone any distress. So we let them watch… The kids watched half of a season. One of the episodes had Jan lamenting that she felt invisible. She is the middle child and nothing differentiates her from her sisters. She thinks she is forgettable. So she goes out to buy a wig to make herself look different. Of course everyone … Read more…

An attempt to clear my head

So I am trying to write two essays because Justin says “I can’t win the game if I don’t play.” Remember, I’m on this Journey to 40 and I want to get published before then. Since I haven’t noticed any agents or publishers hanging out on my doorstep asking me to write something for them I had better get to work. But it is so much easier to write a 1000 word blog post than an essay about my favorite room in my house. And my book is all outlined and I can feel it gurgling in my blood but … Read more…

Wrapping up a week of wonder

This was the week of near misses for me…lightning strikes and paddleboard wrecks. But it was also a week filled to the brim with laughter and deep thoughts. One night at a fabulous little restaurant, Roadfish and Cornbread, a waiter asked if we were all related and we said no. He looked at us and said so honestly “Those that share a meal are family.” I am lucky to have so many in my life to share a meal with. I felt like Cinderella all week. The Cinderella that has met her fairy godmother. I didn’t touch a broom or … Read more…