Hearts and Sleeves

Photo: Oh hey, I make notebooks now. 🙂 First one goes to Major. Tomorrow’s go to Minor. We’re doing Moon Journals this summer (which will probably dissolve into drawing and writing about whatever they want, really. I’m sure that will happen very quickly.)   Ursa Minor came off the bus with a puffy face and…

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] 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…

How Many Days Did You Say?

Photo: I got a poinsettia plant from church today! It didn’t name a specific sender, just my church. Certainly a warm and fuzzy wonderful kind of gift. I enjoyed it next to our Advent wreath for a while this afternoon.   The Husband got this bright idea in his head that he was going to…

Big, Brave, Bold and Batty

Photo: So, funny story–I didn’t take a picture of my two little boys in their knight costumes. I was very busy. It just didn’t happen. So ya’ll get the throwback instead! This is Major’s first Halloween. I was a few months pregnant with Minor at this point. I didn’t take this photo–Snow White’s mom did! I…

Playing the Long Game

Photo: Oh, Mr. Thoreau, what we have here is both a truth and a lie. It is true that details can weigh everything down, complicating the basic things that make life enjoyable. But then again, I believe that some of life’s most indulgent joys can be found in the details. Indeed, paying attention to the…

This Good Kid

Photo: Ursa Major’s 1st grade class visited Good Hope Beach in Gloucester (Glawh-staah in Boston-Speak. Or perhaps Glaaaah-Stah? That might be a different dialect of Boston-Speak) today to collect sea creatures for the tidal pool in their classroom. It was my first ever visit to Gloucester and the beach was lovely. We’re still looking for…

Tumblin’ Teeth and Writin’ Frustrations

Photo: They just got YouTube in the Tooth Fairy realm, and she has discovered that she is hella crafty when presented with the right video. And by “she” I really mean “he” because I totally made The Husband do this last night.   So yeah, Ursa Major lost his second tooth yesterday after a lovely…

[Quiet Thoughts] A Year Intact

Photo: Ideas have consequences. I write it often because it’s true. Minor’s idea was “I’m going to use the hose and see what happens.” There are a lot of pictures before this one that show his surprise and joy. There are others after that do the same. But this photo shows that precise moment of doubt:…