[Quiet Thoughts] Facing History

Photo: I had to be outside yesterday. It was cloudy, but warm enough. We popped by the Discovery Museum for a little while and spent time in their Discovery Woods. The play area has changed a little bit, which made for fun exploration for both boys. I know that some of ya’ll Dear Readers are…

“So, ARE you?”

Photo: Ursa Minor’s castle art work for the Fairy Tale unit at school.   This morning was the Fairy Tale Tea at Minor’s kindergarten class. We got the invitation last week and were like, d’oh! We’re busy enough and then the random school thing pops up. Anyway, we all piled in the car this morning and went…

Reintroduction

Photo: Oooo the concentration! Don’t you just love the intensity?   Ursa Minor had a Boy Scouts meeting yesterday and The Husband didn’t want to take Major. Major, it would seem, gets bored at the “little kid” meetings and therefore gets squirmy and distracting. I absolutely adore Boy Scouts  because The Husband manages all of…

[Quiet Thoughts] When You’re Ready

Photo: One of my favorite things about the Discovery Museum is practically unlimited Keva Planks in the building room. Last time I was there, some other adult had built a structure similar to this one, but shorter. I observed the pattern and then built on it, thinking about it as I went. This week, when…

[Quiet Thoughts] of Earning

Photo: Moms see this arch and probably want to preserve it. Little kids want to run under it. Slightly older kids (like my boys) want to joyfully smash it and then put it back together again. I love the entire Discovery Museum, but I think this is my favorite room. Note, if you can, the…

Equity and Other Sibling Problems

Photo: Dear Spring, you are expected and anticipated. Winter has had her time and we have been patient. Exercises to find her beautiful and alluring have been moderately successful. Yet, we find her outbursts to be tiresome. Though we find your yearly tardy arrival to be equally as tiresome, we look forward to embracing you…

[Quiet Thoughts] Trust the Village

Photo: It’s pretty, sure. Yes, I said I’d spend my winter looking for the beauty and sincerely appreciating it. But this is a different sort of snow. Note the broken tree limbs. There is a dent in my precious Blackmobile thanks to a fallen limb! Well over 40% of our town lost power due to…

Thoughts from a Pick-up Playdate

Photo: My friend reminded me that fiber in hand and project in mind makes all troubles go away. We decided to take a special trip to the city to our favorite fiber store, Gather Here. I went in there un-inspired and came out with a little fabric and this amazing bag. I saw it and had to…

[Quiet Thoughts] Evaluation Time

Photo: Ursa Major at his annual “well baby” check-up yesterday at the pediatrician. The Husband said, “you need to stop calling it that” and Major agreed. “I’m not a baby anymore!” I know, baby. I know. But… well, baby, you are. So there. I took this photo because it reminded me of a photo I took…

Seven Hurts My Feelings

Photo: Welp. What can I say? He’s seven. He’s practically glowing with his brilliance and his beauty. And I? I can’t help but be a little heartbroken.   All the other birthdays have felt like hard won victories. Congratulations! You survived another year! Sleepless nights, diapers, sickness, tantrums… Every single year was a glorious, yet…