[Quiet Thoughts] Do What You Must, Make It Your Best

Photo: This picture represents a summer of knitting for me. That’s a 40-inch baby blanket in basket-weave stitch, and those are the cutest little garter-stitch baby booties ever! My awesome neighbors are expecting their first grandchild, and I couldn’t think of a better way to thank them for their kindnesses than to present them with…

I Totally Did This One To Myself

Photo: The journal has been seeing a lot of action this week. I feel like I’m in the Twilight Zone, oscillating between “OH MY GOD, it’s WEDNESDAY!!!! How am I going to get it all done!?!?” and “For the love of God, is it only Wednesday?”   I decided to call my Father on Monday because I…

The Next Round of Growth

Photo: There are no longer cribs in my home. Only toddler beds. It’s the end of an age and the start of another.   Negotiations during the Great Nap Boycott of 2014 took a very dramatic turn yesterday afternoon. Protesters were so dedicated to the cause, it would seem, that they were willing to risk…

[Quiet Thoughts] Extraordinarily Ordinary

Photo: The stomp rockets? Yeah, they got bored with that pretty quickly. Now? It’s a dirt gun. One little boy loads the dirt, another little boy stomps on the pad, dusty messy dirt goes flying, everyone falls over in a fit of giggles. Giggles, of course, devolve into screams of rage when Mama has to…

The Reinstatement of Kisses and Tickles

Photo: This photo has nothing to do with the words below. It does, however, prove that I am killin’ it with my grill! You see that perfectly grilled ribeye over there!? Those grill marks on the homemade tortillas?? What?? Tonight? Fried rice with marinaded chicken and Taiwanese-style sausage. Yes, you should be jealous.   I am going…

That Cookie Hustle

Photo: It was Tax-Free weekend here in Massachusetts, which is something The Husband and I used to avoid like the plague. But since we have to little boys who need back-to-school stuff… well.. we were out early on Saturday to hit up the stores! Next to the Stride Rite outlet (2 pairs of shoes, 2…

[Quiet Thoughts] Of Who We Are and Who We Were

Photo: June of 1998. The end of 8th grade. The evening of the spring formal. The beginning of something, the end of another.   On Tuesday afternoon, I got my boys dressed, put a pretty summer dress on and drove on down to Roxbury. My former students–three graduating classes worth of former students–were gathering for…

Of Relics and Connections

Photo: What is inside of this photo album? What could possibly be inside of this photo album? Oh. You’ll see during Quiet Thoughts on Friday. All I’m gonna say is, the theme of my week has been “8th Grade.” Gonna be fantastic. Be back here on Friday!   I told you that Mom dropped off a…

Comings and Goings

Photo: My Aunt in Maryland sent the boys a stomp-rocket toy last week. This weekend, which was bright and sunny and very comfortable, was the perfect weekend to try it out. At first, the boys were content just to watch The Husband do it, but soon they realized that they could power it themselves and…

[Quiet Thoughts] 6 Weeks

Photo: Three out of four walls of my farmhouse are not insulated. Can you believe it? 100 years of no insulation…I don’t know how these folk did it! That is the inside of the south-facing wall of my little home. You can see it because contractors took up the clapboards of the outside of the…