Tuesday, October 11, 2016

20 Minutes

We absolutely do not have this parenting gig down, but what these kiddos have going for them is a dad who is willing to play a little catch football in the evenings. There's very little that can't be fixed by 20 minutes of quality time.






(This is not a pose, btw. This is his stance, and the toes of his shoes are constantly torn to prove it.)

Friday, October 07, 2016

Five on Friday

1. In the last 2 weeks, I have spent 4 days in Louisville, KY, working at the annual D6 Conference and 2 days at an off-site planning meeting. Can I tell you that I still pinch myself that I get to do this job? My family is so sick of hearing me talk about it.



2. My parents have been here twice in the last 2 weeks. They stayed with the kids while we were in Louisville and then were here this week for Grandparents Day at school. Also, hello, Fall Break!


3. Camden tried out for the middle school basketball team this week. While he was supremely nervous, I might have been even more so. Seriously, I felt like vomiting when I dropped him off. I did a good job of covering up my own nerves for his sake (how adult of me). Baseball tryouts were more intimidating because of the set-up (all the coaches lined up, etc.), but he's played baseball for 8-9 years so there is a sense of familiarity (plus, the whole left-handed pitching skills almost make him a shoo-in). This is his first foray into school sports, and he has never played basketball outside of in our driveway with a jacked up net and goal. I think it takes a lot of courage to try new things, and I'm proud of him for giving it a shot (pun intended).

4. Brian took Rory on a date in lieu of the annual camping trip (which she seems to have outgrown). She picked out his clothes, ordered a pizza the size of the table, and then they visited the pet store to look at reptiles.





5. I am still on a reading roll. A few recent reads:

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead - This book is a 5-star read, but not light reading.
Kindred by Octavia Butler - also an excellent read, but not for the faint of heart.
Goldfish by Nat Luurtsema - charming and funny . . . and very lighthearted.
And two I didn't love - You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott and Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty (although this one was better than the reviews).

Happy Weekend!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Double Digits

Rory turns 10 today, and she cannot quit reminding me that she is a pre-teen. For a girl who wants to grow up as quickly as possible, this is a big deal.

We celebrated over the weekend while my parents were in town and she is taking snickerdoodle cookies (that she made herself) tomorrow for lunch so her actual birthday is a little anti-climatic. She requested Fazolis for supper (she is clearly not a foodie) and we have leftover cake and ice cream.

Rory is giggly and tenderhearted, ditzy and intelligent. She is an awesome helper and a hard worker. She spends an inordinate amount of time in front of the mirror fixing her hair (which is always a bun or braid). I am still her favorite human (although I have a suspicion the tween years could change this). She thrives on personal responsibility and independence. Once her mind is made up, you cannot convince her she's wrong. She is frightfully forgetful. She adores music and has no idea she cannot carry a tune. She cries at the drop of a hat and will break your heart with her crocodile tears. She loves all things bright and flashy. Her favorite phrase is, "well, that was offensive!" and "dag nab it."





She made a birthday list weeks ago. Literally, the week after Camden's birthday back in July (which is the earliest I would let her do it). *Because this serves as a memory keeper for me, Camden spent his remaining summer yard work money to buy her both a soccer ball and Mario Kart 8.


And a few pictures from this afternoon. She has absolutely no personality.







Sunday, September 18, 2016

Stand Out

Why fit in when you were born to stand out? -Dr. Seuss





Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Then and Now

One of my all-time favorite pictures of Camden popped up on my FB feed last week.

September 2010


Camden wasn't thrilled about it, but he let me recreate the picture only "because you're the mom." Of course, I'm pretty sure only "the mom" would want to recreate this picture.

September 2016