“We get to do it again!”

Photo: Back of a Whale Watch boat. Atlantic Ocean. Joy.   Ursa Minor woke up this morning as a genuine, certified 7-year-old. To celebrate, we got him up early, dressed him in layers, pumped him full of cereal, then threw him in the minivan. The website said to be at the boat a minimum of 45…

[Quiet Thoughts] “Let me tell you somethin’, child.”

Photo: An artistic vision is forming. There have been mistakes, but there have also been triumphs. I’m only in the first stitches of this “proof of concept,” but I’m very pleased so far. The wing looks great, but it’s also blessedly covered. The other wings aren’t, so there will be less forgiveness. At least I know I can…

Growin’ and Such

Photo: I say “ok, we’re going to take 20 minutes to read this afternoon” and I don’t get a peep of protest. They’ve got the books they want, they settle on their couch, and they get going. It’s not joyful like it was for me when I was younger, but it’s not disdainful. I’ve got two boys…

[Quiet Thoughts] Of Sharing and Remembering

Photo: This month’s book club choice is Swing Time by Zadie Smith. I am the facilitator of book club, so I try to be one month ahead of everyone else so I can stay on track. This month, however, I’m going to be showing up to our meeting having only just finished. This is my first Zadie Smith…

The Possibilities

Photo: Ursa Minor’s class visited the Boston Children’s Museum today, where they have a beautiful real Japanese house gifted to the city of Boston by Kyoto, Japan (they are sister cities). This is my second time visiting the exhibit, which really is quite a marvel. In a separate classroom, the students were able to create…

Spa Day

Photo: What ya’ll know ’bout some split pea soup? It’s pretty much the greatest of all soups. Only The Husband and I seem to like it, and that’s ok with me!   When they announced last night that there wouldn’t be any school today and I was like, “we better get every single inch of…

Learning and Exploring

Photo: Ursa Minor and a “magic box” that makes whole entire decks of cards disappear! gasp   Over Christmas someone gave the boys a “magic” set full of some 150 pieces of plastic and stuff. The boys were thrilled. I was…less enthused… because omg so many pieces and they will all be lost in an instant. Also,…

[Quiet Thoughts] Whispered Assurance

Photo: Our friends gave us a Playstation Classic for Christmas, and one of the games it comes with is called Intelligent Qube. I don’t know how I missed this game back in the day, but it’s amazing and we’re all having a lot of fun with it. The Husband has gotten the farthest on it…

Queen of the Moms

Photo: The greatest goodie bag of all time?   Yes, I wrote a whole post bashing goodie bags… then my friend convinced me to let her make them for Major’s birthday party anyway. I realize this makes me look real soft on my convictions. I suppose I would say that I love my friend more…

[Quiet Thoughts] Of Accountability

Photo: The rock star’s first “boom box” and CD–The Jackson 5, which I think is a very good first CD indeed. He can use it whenever he wants. Just imagine that first time you got to play your music in your room, closing the door and rocking out. My son has now done that three times. It’s just…