Quiet Thoughts: The Greatest Gift that We Are Given, The Greatest Gift that We Can Give

Photo: Back in the good old days, when the boys weren’t at each other’s throats all the time. What can I do to insure that they are always loving, friendly?  Yesterday was such a good day. The boys were pretty great (unlike Easter, when they were a hot mess) and it was nice to reconnect…

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And We Shall Feast

Photo: I pray I get a better camera for Christmas. My cell phone camera just can’t handle the awesomeness here. That, my dear friends, is my first Lemon Meringue Pie! And there is a twin Pumpkin Pie that will be consumed alongside it later today! It is the morning of Thanksgiving Day. My menu is…

At Least My Christmas Card is Ordered

Photo: There was a time when making the Christmas Card was just so easy. But as the boys grow older (yet no less cute), it is hard to get them to be cool in the studio and get it done. We didn’t really have the $200 required to do the studio thing this year anyway….

Quiet Thoughts: What’s Your Motivation?

It has been such a challenging week. I didn’t want to put it all over the internets, but I’ve been flying solo with the boys all week. To be on full 24-hour duty with no relief has been really tough. I’ve been able to employ some tried-and-true strategies to help pass the time, but the…

Who is this “Mama” you speak of? She must be one busy lady!

Photo: Oh Ursa Minor… you used to be so… quiet! What I wouldn’t give for toddler pacifiers and toddler sleeping swings. Those would be awesome. I have put the boys in the nursery for a nap. I took them to the farm today and made them walk the entirety of it. I did this solely for the…

Buggy Bugs, Leaky Leaks, and Messy Mess

Photo: My living room at the moment. They are taking my house down to the studs! My Lord, I am so tired. Just to the bone tired. The Husband and I were up at 5:40… and not my usual “I’m up before everyone else and I’m going to take my time to get ready for…

Quiet Thoughts: The Lesson of Appomattox

Photo: It has been a long time since I’ve been able to control Ursa Major’s dinner. Now it feels like a daily battle…. One of my favorite lessons of the school year came in the spring, just before the beginning of end-of-the-year activities. We would be getting to the end of The Civil War, which I…

Please, Keep Assuming That I’m Harmless

Photo: Two little bears “dancing” in front of a very old door in Massachusetts. Too bad they aren’t facing the camera. Otherwise, this had the potential to be a great Christmas Card picture. Mission Impossible!   I did not get to have the pleasure of turning in Ursa Minor’s preschool application in front of Peggy…

Time to Sprint

  Photo: The two little bears discovered the train tracks behind the house. They were so happy when they figured out what is behind the neeewwwww house. December 28th. That’s the move date. Or, at least, that’s the stuff move date. That’s the out of this place move date. It’s the husband, at least, lives in the house move…

Paradiso

It was one hell of a journey. And in the end, closing took 3 1/2 hours with a major complication that required a entirely new set of documents to be printed and driven for an hour to be delivered to us to be signed. But there is a half acre of land in Massachusetts that…