And Then He Turned 5

Photo: I went through the photos of little mister Ursa Minor’s birthday and this made my heart stop. Those eyes. Lordy. I don’t know where this child came from.   What a weekend. Minor’s Birthday and Easter? What is a Mama to do? We’re still eating birthday cake, and then there will be Easter candy to deal with….

This is Gonna be More Trouble Than It’s Worth

Photo: Lordy. Of course the Five & Dime didn’t have TerraCotta Pots, so we had to go to Ace. Of course, after Ace, I realized that we only have washable kid paint at home, so we went to another “they have everything” store in town. No good paint there. Start texting around and a friend…

The Things We Do For Love

Photo: This is the start of something special, I’m sure. Lordy.   I had to blow up my entire morning routine so that I could be at the bottom of my driveway with Major for the bus. Major’s bus driver, we’ll call him Keith, had painted his face in Patriots colors on Friday afternoon, was…

[Quiet Thoughts] Rhythm and Blues

Photo: And so the garden grows. I wish I could say that I’ve been diligent and have added at least a stitch every single day. The truth is that I’ve been grossly inconsistent, skipping a day or two and then going crazy to “catch up” on other days. Less of a meditation, more of a…

[Short Post] Fevers Happen

  Ursa Minor resisted all of my motherly attention all day. Despite a cough and the sniffles, he refused to do any of the sitting, resting, taking a nap or being cool instructions that I lobbed at him. “No, I’m ok,” he said. Then he ran off to do whatever. There were cars to race…

[Quiet Thoughts] Duo Dynamics

Photo: That’s my baby, cheesing it up.   I’m feeling bad for my Yellow Child today. The second born in a family of first-borns, he’s been having a rough time of it. We three first-borns, we have moments when all we want is to be left alone. We yearn for the moments where we can…

A Rainy Spring Wednesday

Photo: Joy is a yellow hat, lovingly sent, many wonderful packets of seeds, a sweet letter and little boys too excited when the mailman came to the door with a little package just for them. They barely gave me the air and space to read the letter before starting in on the things inside. Big loving shout-out…

Short [Quiet Thoughts]: So Much Birthday

  The day started at 6:15 with a fussy baby. And just about anything that can happen with 5 boys running around did. So we’re a little exhausted. My guests are gone. My children are being bathed. My kitchen is clean. And so I present to you pivotal pictures and beg your forgiveness: I’ve got nothing…

[Quiet? What's that?]

Fourth birthday for Minor is: Friday muffins with chocolate chips because I know just how to spoil the child. All his favorite music on the way to school. Twice. High-fives for all the adults who wished him Happy Birthday at school. The lady at Wegmans giggling when she handed me the all-yellow cake. My gasp…

If Only I Could Outsource This…

Photo: This is actually from a long time ago. I… haven’t taken any pictures this week. I don’t even know how that happened. But since this post is about Ursa Minor, I figured he should get top billing for the post today. Yes, that slice of pizza was bigger than his face. Yes, he did end up…