Tuesday, July 25, 2017


This summer has gone to the ...dog! Whatever free time I thought I had has now completely vaporized since we adopted Chester here. Honestly I haven't written about him yet, though we've had him about 2 weeks, because I'm still rather undecided about how I feel about the Dog subject in general. There is nothing out there that could have prepared this Cat person for just how needy (and slightly moronic) a 3 month old puppy is. But the kids are smitten and frankly Don is doing a ton of the work....so yeah, I'll keep you posted. 

In other news, I got a new phone! Very exciting, and it takes lovely pictures. Just need to find the right app to make blog posts here because my old system doesn't work on the new phone, so I'm back writing this on my old one. More complicated than it needs to be. 

Without further chatter are a few pictures to catch up here: 

Back soon with more!

Friday, July 7, 2017

Checking in, July

Yes, I think I am sure of it now. Daily blogging is easier than weekly blogging. June was a great success, I think, in the exercise of recording something each day, and now here we are a week into July. I actually haven't taken many pictures this week. We are traveling, sort of, and I'm still not quite sure what day of the week it is. I can tell you that the fireworks were spectacular on Independence Day

And there has been a whole lot of relaxed play of all sorts 

My favorite type of summer days, for sure. Back again soon! 

Saturday, July 1, 2017


You know, I think the most rewarding aspect of having four children is watching their relationships with each other develop. In the course of a day when we are all home together they move in and out of different activities - sometimes all together, sometimes paired off. I love watching the how their games vary depending on who the playmate is. 

It is rarely all harmonious either, but I love when it is. 

Friday, June 30, 2017


Summertime... And time to move some furniture! We are trying a new room and roommate arrangement, for now. C and A decided they wanted to share a room, so a few quick changes in Amy's room made that pretty easy. 


And after:

It was a fun day of us all just playing around upstairs, cleaning, sorting, all those good things. 

Now that C's room is vacant it gives me a good chance to paint her closet and also paint all the trim in her room.  After that sprucing, I'm going to move M in there, which means we will have the master to ourselves again! Imagine! I figure we can review room assignments anytime, really, and in a year or so C and A might want their own rooms back, and by then M should be old enough to go share with W. Funny, A and W shared from the time W was eight months old straight through the next 5+ years and I never thought much of it, but now that everyone has been separate for a bit it seems like a big consideration to figure out who will sleep best with whom. Ah, first-world problems. 

Oh, and lastly, new room enthusiasm had all four kids building a blanket fort well into the evening: 

Good times all around.  


I'm a couple days behind! I realized I didn't take one single picture on Wednesday, so how about another look at that magnificent hydrangea? 

Wednesday, June 28, 2017


More hours spent in the car than in the plane or airport this time. We were happy to make it back in the early evening, and had this to welcome us: 

It was a really wonderful vacation for all, but of course, there's no place like home. 

Tuesday, June 27, 2017


Last Day...

It was a very, very good trip.