Chippy

I’m worried about our dog.  I found him in our front yard wandering around aimlessly today and yesterday.  When I called him he really had no idea who I was and he had no clue where he was.  I think he must have dementia.  He can’t really see well or hear well.  And I’m nervous…… I’m nervous that he will die soon.  He’s 14 and two of my four kids adore him.  The other two love him but Ethan and Eva can’t get enough of him.  Chip waits for Eva to come downstairs everyday.  Ethan hugs Chip more than he … Read more…

Yellow Legal Pad

I took the twins to the Dollar Store last week.  They were bursting at the seams from the moment we got there.  Easter goodies, bubbles, silly string, cowboy guns….what more could a set of four year olds ask for.  Ethan picked a police set that had handcuffs so I spent the better part of the afternoon handcuffed and searching for keys.  Gigs got silly string and the front lawn still looks like a pinata exploded on it.  I bought a three pack of yellow legal pads. I love yellow legal pads – yellow not white.  I love the pale blue … Read more…

I remember

I remember staring at the clock and Grandpa getting me ice cream the day we picked Dave up from the hospital.  I remember watching Dad scratch his head as I sat on the dining room table next to his huge pile of law books.  I remember the the conversation he had with Mom about Dave and I  needing to know how to use all the utensils at a place setting when I was about five years old.  I remember asking Ethan, last night, to please stop eating like the dog.  I remember watching a movie about divorced parents and the … Read more…

I am from…

I am from a man who created a car graveyard in his parents backyard.  I am from a woman who was swept off her feet by the man who acted like an undertaker for automobiles in his hometown of Detroit. My name is from the song, Julie Julie Julie Do You Love Me, that the man and the woman listened to over and over in the car as they visited their first daughter as she slowly died in the hospital weeks after her birth.  I am made of their hopes and their fears.  I am filled with their expectations not … Read more…

What I am wishing for

So all four of my kids are playing sports right now. That means a minimum of four practices and games each week. That means clean or gently used ( I know it’s gross but if I can’t find another pair of clean soccer shorts for the girls I make them switch after their game. Seriously, how much does a four year old sweat?) uniforms each week. One would think Alex’s Texas orange baseball socks would be the easiest things to find but apparently they are the easiest things to lose. And since they are Texas orange they are the hardest … Read more…

Ohhhh St. Patrick’s Day

This is something I wrote during a 10 minute writing exercise in my class this morning….. Right now I am sitting in class staring at my green marker and green nails.  I feel lucky at the moment.  Yesterday I spent a frustrating morning completing mundane tasks, searching for 800 missing fundraiser fliers, and putting together leprechaun outfits for the twins for our mystery date.  I tried to escape for a moment and jumped on my laptop while the twins counted down the minutes till they could use their pots of gold.  I got right online and peaked at the news.  … Read more…

Labels

I love labels.  When I am on vacation I want to label everyone’s drinks so we don’t waste cups.  I bought a labelmaker so I could label everyone’s school supplies.  I used to label things with my old fashioned labeler when I was little.  Remember the kind with the dial that you twisted to the letter you wanted and then it would imprint it on the red tape. Well, at least mine was red and I used it to label things that could only have been mine but for some reason I felt like they needed that label – like … Read more…

The Universe

So it’s Friday!  I love Fridays.  All of my kids are at school.  I have 2 1/2 hours free.  I was planning on meeting Lisa to do a little clothes shopping later.  I had a private yoga session scheduled.  This wonderful yogi was going to help me stretch out my achy Achilles and give me an at home yoga routine.  Then of course this evening is happy hour time.  Nice day filled with friends, shopping, exercise and maybe even a chai. But, I got in my car to take the twins to school and it wouldn’t start.  Called my go … Read more…

Love Letter

One of Alex’s teachers asked us to write a love letter to our child.  She is trying to teach them about finding your writing voice and figured this would be a great way to hear voice.  Hopefully he will not have to read this  aloud……….. Dear Alex, When you were born, I loved you immediately.  I swear you recognized my voice and would actually turn to look at me even at a few days old.  I wrote down every word you said and every ounce you gained.  I adored you and thought I couldn’t possibly love you any more than … Read more…

Running with Angels

Running kind of sucks.  It hurts.  It always has.  When I finished the half marathon last year I couldn’t bend down for a week and stopped exercising altogether for about a month.  I started up again during the summer.  I was out for a run at the river and saw a man die.  He had just finished his run and had a heart attack near his car.  It was hot. One of those yucky Virginia days and although it was early it was still hot.  I couldn’t get him out of my mind.  I thought about him through the fall … Read more…