Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Hapde burfday Jack


My dearest Jack, 

17?! I’ve been writing all of our adventures in this space since you turned 1. You’ve gone from
A fluffy, challenging baby (who I could never sort out) to a tall, lanky young man (who helps me sort it out). 

I can hardly believe it’s your last year in high school. Everything from here on out feels foreign and unknown (and more than a little weird since all those things are now completely in YOUR control). 

And I am certainly suffering a little bit from a bad case of the “lasts” - last this, last that. What a difference from all the years of “firsts” it is. 

You are quickly becoming everything I had ever hoped you would be and so much more. My number one wish for you remains unchanged - that you find happiness and contentment wherever you land. Life is just too short to spend it unhappy, and no amount of money makes up for that. 

Love you always, 

Friday, October 15, 2021

Pumpkin patch time

October you are always my fav. It’s finally chilly here today and despite a late start we are getting around to some Halloween fun! 

Sunday, September 26, 2021

Hapde burfday grant!

Dear grant, 

Today you are 9! 

You’ve decided that “9 is fine” and I couldn’t agree more. One more year until my last baby is double digits! 

You are such a great kid. Kind, caring, friendly, empathetic , curious, and smart! Always asking questions, a great speller (you’ve been hiding that), your sisters best friend. 

I’m so happy you are back at school this year. You needed that feeling of success again. Plus chess club and sign language club! 

You are really starting to grow into yourself, and I’m sure you are going to great things. 

Happy birthday my awesome little dude, love you. 



Sunday, September 19, 2021

A month of pandemic school in person

We’ve made it a whole month at mask optional in person school without quarantine or getting covid. Not without getting sick though - Sam was sick by day 8, it started ripping through the boys every 4 days, but the adults seem spared. She started having insane nosebleeds - which required a trip to the ped and two covid tests. Let me just say this - getting an appt with the ped was THE HARDEST THING. It took hours to even get a spot to HOLD Bc you have to be triaged by the nurse before you can even make an appt. 

Other families are not nearly so lucky - Jack’s school has a student who had to be airlifted to children’s hospital. He spent several days on bipap and us quite sick. Some elementary schools have had more than 10% of the students sick and on quarantine. 

They are quite happy to be back at school though! 

I made another Halloween quilt. 
Cats are lazy. 
I had a trip down memory lane looking for pics for Jack’s senior ad in the yearbook. 

Sams hair has gone all curly. 

Cats are still weird. 
I spent the first three weeks just sitting here. Literally doing nothing. It’s weird for them to be gone, I’m not quite sure what to do with myself, it’s not really like life has returned to normal. And I keep expecting  that any day now they will be sent home for two weeks. So, yea. Sort of normal but totally not normal at.all. 

and here we are. Ready for month two. 


Sunday, August 29, 2021

Back to school

This year the school bus did not leave without us. 
Up until an hour before it arrived I still wasn’t sure I had the guts to do it. 
I worried endlessly about the mask optional situation (I suppose worry endlessly is what you do in a never ending pandemic). In fact, I just sat in a chair for a solid two weeks, which is very unlike me. But what is there to do really? 
The kids put on a play in the last week of summer, the cat hD to be in on it. 
The garden made a few treats. 

It’s been Boiling hot. 
And I put all my first week nervous energy into work. Cleaning, painting, sewing. Worry endlessly. 
But we made it! 
One week down. 

It’s Jack’s senior year. How?!? 

He was just this little weasel last week I’m
Sure. (I love teen Jack - man, he was a challenging little person). 

I got a booster shot the week before school started, nearly the min it was approved for me. I’m still hoping shots for the little kids come soon. 

The rest of the world has fallen apart in the interim, with the worst human rights disaster in a long time going down in Afghanistan. 

It’s all just too much still- the whole world really.