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…

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…

Vacation Tales

Let me start by telling you that I have been given a nickname that goes along with my new found super power (see my earlier blogs from this week if you are wondering why I might have a super power). Justin and Ryan have taken to calling me The Hive. Not very glamorous is it? Ever since the lightning strike I have developed hives in the evening….usually while we are in the hot tub. They are only in one spot so who knows maybe it is where the lightning left my body!?!?! I didn’t get them tonight so I think … Read more…

A guardian angel or a devil on my shoulder?

We are continuing on our beach vacation so you know what that means… more adventures. Suzanne and I get up each morning and take an hour long walk on the beach traipsing over yesterday’s sandcastles. We spent the rest of yesterday morning in the pool and hot tub. This house is set up perfectly for us with the deck and patio facing the golf course and the pool is a great size for all 10 of us to play in at the same time. After lunch at the pool we jumped on our bikes and went over to Hilton Head … Read more…

Jellyfish, lightning strikes and angry dead birds

So the Farleys are on vacation….you know what that means – time for an adventure! We drove down to Hilton Head Island yesterday by way of South of the Border. As a child my friend Susan had a South of the Border bumper sticker on her car and I always thought of it as some magical place. As an adult I have passed South of the Border numerous times on drives down 95. The signs make us chuckle in North Carolina. I just asked everyone if they could remember any of the signs and Alex reported that one said they … Read more…

Writing and a little bit of preaching

Today I had an impromptu creative writing session for 9 neighborhood kids. I was energized before and after the class. I was really proud of some of the things the kids put together. I used some of my own lessons that I used two years ago when I taught creative writing at the Peter Paul Development Center in Richmond and I used some from the book Rip the Page. I want the kids to have fun with words and to just write. We always start out by writing for 5 minutes without a prompt and then we move into silly … Read more…

I’d rather clean toilets than….

I was reading an article today about the five most dreaded place to take your kids. I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it so I decided to make my own list of the top 5 places that I never ever want to take my kids to again and the top 5 places that I LOVE to take my kids to. Here it goes…. I’d rather clean toilets than go to any of these places with my children: 5 – The Dollar Store – Yes, it is true every item is a dollar but there is nothing for me … Read more…

Sometimes

A little something from an overtired and over-entertained mama: Sometimes little boys are so thoughtful and serious about the silliest things. Like Ethan telling me he knows where jelly comes from. The center of a jellyfish of course. Sometimes people pretend to be something they aren’t because they think the people they are with like that type of person better. They should really just be themselves. Sometimes you can learn a lot from watching your kids play miniature golf. For instance, when Ethan is swinging no one should be near. And Eva can add her score in her head for … Read more…

Mashed Potatoes, Jo Malone and the Dead Man’s Float

I never really sit for very long. Well, long enough to write a blog post but sometimes I write them on my exercise bike or while I am standing in the kitchen. We had a fabulous busy few days with my cousin Shea and her family. My heart was heavy when they left. The last time I saw Shea she was blonde and I was a brunette and our dads were alive. Two years later, I am blonde and she is a brunette and our dads are not alive. I can’t tell you how much it helped me to talk … Read more…