Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Summer


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

6.30

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

6.29

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. 

Before:


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.  

6.28

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

6.27

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

6.26

Last Day...







It was a very, very good trip. 

Monday, June 26, 2017

6.25

Out to dinner...




Good food, good manners, good times! 

Sunday, June 25, 2017

6.24

Beach, Take 2




Smaller waves, better beach, pretty shells, good times all around. 

Saturday, June 24, 2017

6.23


Just relaxing after the pool... cracker, Tiger, couch. This vacation thing is good. 

Friday, June 23, 2017

6.22

Beach, Take 1


Waves way to wavy to swim thanks to off-shore storm. But storm surge made great tide pools:


We made a friend:


And C totally rocked the new bathing suit I bought for...Matthew!:

Thursday, June 22, 2017

6.21


Let the vacationing begin!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

6.20










Scenes from 9.5 hours in Laguardia. And ultimately our speedy and serene flight to vacationland. Thankful for a day of happy moments even when plans didn't go perfectly. 

6.19


Not much beats looking out a hotel room window at night in the city. 

Sunday, June 18, 2017

6.18


It must have been a slow chipmunk day, because Ollie spent all of it camped out under the bird feeder instead manning his usual post by the rock wall. 

Saturday, June 17, 2017

6.17


Upcoming vacation. Plane trip. Four children. In-laws. Eight people one condo. Not going to Jamaica. Chosen nail polish color. Just sayin'. Send good vibes. Thanks.