This Introvert Went to Back to School Night

Photo: Sweet child of mine… Lordy.   Things I thought tonight during Back to School Night: There are too many names. There is too much going on. Can’t these children be in school for a while before I have to come in? This is such a rush and not in a fun way. Oh no, there…

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[Quiet Thoughts] The Breakaway

Photo: Ursa Major testing out his new school shoes…   Last Sunday, we got up, had breakfast, and went to the shoe store for the last back-to-school purchase we needed to make. Since Stride-Rite closed its physical stores, this shoe thing has been less fun than it used to be. However, we’ve made do, and…

And So, We Begin Again

Photo: Obligatory first day of school photo with obligatory too-cool poses from my 6 year-old. “Babies, can you just stand there and be cool so we can take a normal picture, please?” Minor: “What? We’re awesome. This is what awesome looks like!” Lord in Heaven, someone save me and these children.   I just want…

[Quiet Thoughts] of Open Minds

Photo: I sincerely believe that planting our garden was the best thing we’ve ever done as parents. Every sprout, every leaf, every flower, and every delicious product is a wonder, a miracle and a joy. We have pumpkins for the first time ever and the vines are glorious and interesting and we love them. I’ve never…

[Quiet Thoughts] Just Roll With It (Reprise)

Photo: I was chaperone on Ursa Major’s field trip to the Boston Children’s Museum today. I decided to drive to the T and then take the train the rest of the way in. The walk from South Station to the Museum is pretty painless! On the way, we encountered a little public art and Major…

Little Bears in the Big City

Photo: Two little boys observing safe sea creatures to touch and such. Walking into the aquarium for free is joy enough. Being able to share a morning at the aquarium with a dear friend and her son makes it infinitely better.   Ask and you shall receive, ya’ll. I wrote my whiny post on Monday…

[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…