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Monday, September 5, 2016

5 things

It seems blogging more than once a month is just too much for me.  So, here are 5  things about the last month and our current spot in life!

1.) This girl turned 6

and got her ears pierced, and lost two teeth and seems to have grown a foot.   She is absolutely the cherry on top of this little life of mine.

2.) They started school

7th grade, 5th grade, kindergarten!  These girls are all such good people and hard working students.  Having been a classroom teacher I feel qualified to say...they are a teacher's dream!

3.)  We haven't harvested much from the garden this summer.

Our garden looks nothing like this.  I took this photo in Chicago a few weeks ago....I love gardens and find myself taking photos of those I wish I had!  I like the look of a "working garden" not a garden that's just for show. Alas, this was not the summer of a plentiful working garden for us. And gosh it was about as far from a showy garden as you can get!  We've let everything burn up and go to seed.  It just ended up on the bottom of the list this summer and summer whizzed by so fast!   Some day!

4.) The calendar!  I take a look at the month, I back up to the week, then I close in on tomorrow.  Trying so hard to just be present in the day because these are good, good days.  But, wow.

5.) Blake was in St. Louis this weekend and we had such a great visit!!  We hadn't been together since Spring Break which was entirely too long! 

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

In progress....

We've traveled north for some time away this week.  
The weather and the lake are perfect.  
Seriously, perfect!  

It's pretty hard not to feel relaxed here.  Again, the weather.  And the lake.  They just beg you to STOP and play. 

"All you need to need to do is deep breath in, slow breath out.  You can do that, mom!"
 Morning yoga with Lucy is especially sweet.   She's the best and so encouraging for those of us who find flexibility challenging.

There is a 1000 piece puzzle that is taking over the dining table...but who cares, we're eating outside because of the beautiful weather!

 Summer Vacation* 2016 is off to a great start!

*Last year this article about a vacation vs. a trip was published.  I read it and laughed because, yes, I've mostly been on what the author considers trips not vacations for the last 13 years.  So don't be fooled by the pictures and my commentary; if you were using the vacation vs. trip checklist this is definitely a trip!  Oh, so much a trip!   It's sprinkled with passive aggressive tweens and hanger and sweat and sunburn and the general mess of being 5 real people.  But with the right eyes and a short memory I couldn't have a more peaceful, happy heart!

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Mid Summer Review

June happened and I never took a moment to log anything here.  It was a great month full of summer fun.

A few highlights...

We went camping and it poured!  For hours and hours and hours.  But we still managed to hike and set up a tent and get a fire going (with some help from a friendly neighbor camper with a torch) and play some cards and generally have a terrific time!

Kevin biked from Hermann to Columbia (over 90 miles) on a 90 plus degree day.
We were all awfully glad when he arrived at my dad and Kyra's!  

Emma went on her first mission trip!  It was a really good experience and I'm proud of her for serving others for a week.

We're enjoying our Thursday night Muny tickets.  Music Man is tomorrow night.

Lucy had a great week at zoo camp.  She could spend the rest of the summer at the zoo and be perfectly content!  

There have been more than a couple of trips to the library.

We saw Shakespeare in the park and for the first time in years stayed for the whole show!  It was an excellent production!

Kevin and I celebrated our 16th anniversary in Chicago.  We had a lovely trip!  That "The Best Is Yet To Come" print was hanging in our hotel room and I thought it was just perfect.

And though it was rainy we still had a fun 4th of July weekend!

Now summer can S L O W down!  

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Lowering the blade

Two days ago I mowed our yard and it looks like in two days more I'll need to mow again.   Tonight after dinner as I looked into our backyard I said aloud but to no one in particular-

 "Looks like I'm going to need to lower the blade"

Emma responded- " Really mom?  You could just say you need to mow, you don't need to try to be poetic about it"

Oh, I laughed so hard I choked.   This is life with a tween.  If they weren't so funny you'd lose your mind.  But amongst the aggravation there is so much laughter and goodness and it makes a person remember what they like about the world.

And one of the things I really like about the world is summer.  It's been it's normal slightly rocky start but it's just getting better from here, I'm pretty sure just about all of the grumpies have been worked out of our systems!

Monday, May 16, 2016

Almost Summer!

The weather might be calling for hot tea and sweatshirts but the calendar says May and that means we're almost ready for lemonade and swimsuits.  Summer vacation is nearly here!

Our countdown to summer chain only has 8 links left.  Just 7 more mornings of waking up to rush out the door, 21 more lunches to pack, 6 more nights of homework!  I'm feeling giddy just writing that down!  Glorious summer awaits!  The freedom and pace that summer affords seems like sweet slow music to my over scheduled soul. The weeks between Spring Break and the end of the school year are packed.   But June!  Oh, June.  Slow and quiet and full of undiscovered adventure.  The thought of June has gotten me up and on to the next commitment more than once over the last few weeks.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Spring Break and other wonderful things (including turning 40)!

The sun is shining, we all slept well last night and Monday didn't seem so bad after all.  It's hard to return to "normal" after not being normal for awhile, even when normal is pretty great!

Spring Break "16 was a success.  
 We flew out of St. Louis early on St. Patrick's Day and spent a great day with Aunt Mary Ann and Dave.  

The next day was my 40th birthday!  I felt well celebrated the whole day through!  I am really blessed by wonderful family and friends who know exactly how to show me I am loved.  

And part of making me feel loved meant eating pizza for dinner. IN THE MOUNTAINS!  Hernando's  in Winter Park is a winner!

We spent the rest of the week doing awesome things like skiing, ice skating, having snow ball fights, playing Clue, reading, tubing and  being together.  

 There was a blizzard (literally) on our next to last day in Colorado.  It made for an exciting last day.   I was so proud of our girls and what outstanding travelers they were.  It also made me really grateful for Kevin and my dad and Kyra.  We make a really awesome team!!  We had a pretty nerve wracking (but BEAUTIFUl! ) drive to the Denver airport, and had to "sleep" in the Enterprise Car Rental office but we made or 5:30AM flight.  What a great trip!

Tuesday, March 15, 2016


We are so lucky to live in a country in which we are able to vote.  I've never understood why people who have this privilege don't.  This morning, after Lucy and I walked Eleanor to school, I cast my vote in the primary election.  It was a perfect, sunny morning and our neighborhood seemed particularly beautiful and friendly.

I voted for Bernie.  Not because I thought he'd win but because that was my conscience. I'm a fan of Bernie, not so much of Hilary but I'll certainly support her for President.  But today, that wasn't my choice.  Today I felt the Bern!