If they come knocking

I have three crushes. My kids can rattle them off. They know that if one of these guys asks me out I will say yes. Justin knows too. He’s ok with it. Alex has known since he could speak that Sting is my number 1 crush. (And I cannot believe he was not part of the Opening Ceremonies! Seriously England, he is a bigger asset than Sir Paul!) I could go on and on about Sting and the role he has had in my life but that’s a post for another day. More recently, I have realized that I heart … Read more…

Adventures on the James

I took my kids and some of their friends to the river this afternoon. The temperature was in the high 90s and I knew it would be a quick trip before the storms rolled in. The little guys stuck close to my ‘rock’ and only went knee deep. They had a blast balancing on fallen trees and jumping from rock to rock. The big boys rode the rapids and were ever cognizant of the clouds rolling in. I was watching them all from my perch on the rock in the James. A rather bold duck started to join me on … Read more…

Life lessons

I learned a lot this week. I learned a lot of lessons that I will always carry with me. I learned (and was reminded) that there is no I in team. It takes every single person to achieve success. I learned that central air is not to be taken for granted. I learned that expectations are best kept low and then you will never be disappointed. I learned that some things will exceed your wildest expectations and you will miss them when they are gone. I learned that kids always know the truth and know right from wrong. I learned … Read more…

Messy love

There is an art room.  A dining room turned into a room for creating.  Sharpies, crayons, glue, clay and every sort of paper.  Scissors, tape, glitter and duct tape.  Every supply right at their fingertips. But they put some of  it into a cart.  A cart that has wheels and can transport the supplies to the foyer, my office or the kitchen table.  Now they can create anywhere and everywhere and be yards away from the room that has been ordained the creating room.  And the things that belong in the creating room can be found on the steps, on … Read more…

Goldilocks GO AWAY!

I think Goldilocks is living in my house.  Well, at least I hope it’s Goldilocks because the alternatives are much worse. So here’s the story… On Thursday I came home from work and found the garage door  and the laundry room door open.  Coco was in her crate and Chip was roaming the house as usual.  I figured the kids left them open in the morning and with all the craziness trying to get out the door and everyone to their places we just forgot to close them.  There was an empty container of Oreos on the grass which was  … Read more…

What I meant to do in April

It came to my attention that tomorrow is the last day of April.  I’m not quite sure that happened.  Don’t know how the month slipped away from me.  Because I had every intention of celebrating poetry during National Poetry Month.  I intended to share poetry with my little preschoolers and my own kids.  I planned on reading all of Mary Oliver’s beautiful words.  I wanted to write my own poetry.  I wanted to explore words.  But I didn’t and I suppose I still can. Since I ran out of time I went to a favorite website, bentlily.  There is an … Read more…

I am so sad

I am thoroughly and utterly(yes I need to use both of those words!) heartbreakingly sad. And I shouldn’t be.  I should be happy.  A friend told me today to rejoice.  And I can’t.  I started getting teary when I was telling another mom about it at school today.  I am registering my babies for kindergarten tomorrow and it is eating me up.  My sweet (most of the time) little twins are heading to big kid school on the bus and away from me from 9-4 all week.  How could this have happened? Last night Gigs was sobbing in bed so … Read more…

Fate or should I head to Vegas?

I’ve been thinking about fate today and wondering when fate ends and human intervention steps in. I know…it’s a deep thought for someone who spent the last 10 hours in the Magic Kingdom with four kids. But you’ll see why I was thinking about it today. We got to the park right as it opened today. My plan was to take the little kids right back to Fantasyland so we could do all of the “best” little kid rides before it got crowded and while Alex and Justin went on Space Mountain. We did all of these rides two years … Read more…

Deep thoughts in Disney

I have not been a faithful blog writer lately.  My posts have really slowed down.  Part of my problem is that I am striving to be original and not repetitive.  I kind of figure if I don’t want to write it you won’t want to read it.  But that being said….I simply need to write more.  So here it goes… Before I left for Disney, I was the lucky recipient of a few gifts from Justin.  The gifts made me feel so guilty and I really felt undeserving so I didn’t even open them until midnight that night.   (And … Read more…

Downton and Me

I was late to arrive to the Downton party.  I resisted for some reason.  Possibly because several people told me I couldn’t just start watching mid – season.  I was told I needed to watch Season 1 first.  I took it as an insult to my intelligence.  I thought, “Surely, I am smart enough to catch on to a television show.”  I purchased Season 1 – I had to go to three Targets to find it – and hunkered down with Justin to watch it one cold February weekend.  It was love at first watch.  I realized that people wanted … Read more…