Friday, May 13, 2022

Awesome. And not.

Mother’s Day this year came with two really great flea market trips. That was awesome. Grants behavior at the second one was not awesome. 

We keep making pies - this strawberry cheesecake pie was awesome. 
Samantha’s art was selected for the district art fair. Also awesome. 
This is the earliest we’ve ever started swimming, which is awesome. But the boiling 100 degree heat is not. 
On the way home from the flea we took alien photos. Sam is obsessed with aliens. 

A random duck laid a single egg in my flowers, it’s been moved to An incubator to see if it hatches. Could be awesome? 
Mother’s Day with my girl. Awesome. 
The final orchestra concert for jack! Awesome. 

A misshapen butterfly I had to euthanize. Not awesome. 

 And an awesome Mother’s Day selfie with my kids - who are starting to dwarf me in photos - AWESOME! 

Not awesome - lest anyone think the world has returned to normal when reading this in years to come :

We are set to overturn roe v wade (and a whole host of other women's healthcare)

There is an extreme shortage of baby formula - scary

War is still raging in Ukraine 

Covid numbers rising again

American covid death toll reached one million this week 

Inflation hit 11%

Gas is over $4 a gallon 

And times, well, they are still hard. :(

Friday, May 06, 2022

Oh the places I will go

I’ve kind of decided I am doing ALL the things this spring and summer. My burn out is epic and it’s time to be where I love - junking. And growing all the things too! 

And making pies - buttermilk pie last week. Tastes a lot like our famous gooey butter cake. 

Loot from a community garage sale. 
Damn, I meant to look for more of these. 

Loot from iowa. 

Loot from high school flea market, 
And it’s Mother’s Day weekend, so there is more more more to come! 

Sunday, May 01, 2022

The boys do things

Jack went to prom! 
Grant broke his wrist on the playground (that’s break number two at school recess and it also required a pin surgery). 
Jack had senior photos taken by my friend, Wendy Jacobs phptography. And he has chosen a school! Billiken bound at St. Louis university. 

Jack is also part of the east elite - the top 25 at his school, and we attended a banquet for that. 

 (And we took a new family photo). 

Lately I’ve been thinking about how everyone is trying to get back to “normal” but really, the world turned a page during this pandemic. Everything has been very hard for a very long time and many things are never returning to that pre covid “normal”. Some of it is harder than others, but it is certainly a big kick in the teeth to have lived through a lot of this. It’s taking awhile to regroup and decide which of those things “I” really never need to return to. (And which are more important than ever!)

We are also entering the portion of the program where the reality of Jack moving to the dorms is setting in. You could feel some of the parents worrying at the big group prom photos, and I get it. You’ve been with this person since the minute they came into being, and with jack that has meant very, very few days apart. (Less than 10!) and now, here we are, and to an extent the measure of my success at this job is his ability to leave me. Mostly I feel completely ready- ready to see him do new things and ready to stop bossing him completely, but sometimes I have a little bit of “omg I’m sending my 2e kid out into the world and I see a million potential disasters.” Biology is a pretty awesome thing though, and it’s been preparing me for it. 

I’ve also been thinking  about how much I appreciate all of the young people who led our college tours. They were all very open about how it is to leave home, how their own parents responded and really just generally reassuring about the experiences to come. 

Jack really summed it up best when he said “mom, I don’t NEED to get away from you guys, but I am ready to try new things!” (This is all new territory for me as my childhood was nothing like my kids has been. I really do not know what this all is “supposed” to look like, and I am def leaning heavily on those who’ve been there for guidance.) 

❤️❤️ yes, my dear, you are. And already you are surprising me every day. 

Monday, April 18, 2022

Everything Easter

Eggs were hunted (hidden by a fund raiser for grad night, double win!) 
I found someone to make Sam a sugar egg, but it was a little damaged in transit. 
Baskets were filled.
all the things were decorated. 
Eggs were dyed.

Bunny visits were made. 

Pies were made (twice).
Annual bunny stuffies were made. 
Retro Tupperware was bought and put to use for Easter dinner. 
The rhubarb that required two pies (a little challenging). 

The kids picked one million dandelions. 

Ear photos were taken. 

 A different Easter cake was made this year - a sugar egg cake!