Monday, October 03, 2022

Hapde burfday grant!




Well, I am hideously late with this post. I got some kind of flu the week before grants birthday and then Dave came down with covid the weekend of his birthday. It’s been a LONG three weeks (and 19 days later I’m starting to improve). 

Dear Grant, 
Today you are 10! Your first whole decade has passed. You are such a great kid. Smart and funny, kind and caring, compassionate, curious and a wealth of knowledge. You are really into baseball at the moment (watching pujols make it to 700 home runs has been a summer of fun), gaming (like another boy we know), and math. You are maturing so much - starting to lose some fear, getting better at adapting to change, and gaining independence. You love to cook (and are good at it!) you have very definite ideas about what you want (your birthday shirt was designed completely by you, no one else has ever done that in all my years of birthday shirt making). And You always have a silly joke to make me laugh. 

I love watching you grow up and can’t wait to see what the coming year has in store! 

All my love, 
Mom 


 

Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Settling in to new things

Busy busy few weeks! 
Dave and I did the 60 mile yard sale Labor Day weekend, some treasure was acquired. 

I made more Halloween quilts. 


We went to convocation At the university. 



A huge box of feedsacks was purchased. 




I grew a few things. 


The cats continue to be nutballs. 
We took the kids to grants farm the last weekend before school started. We hadn’t been in years. 


Then we hit A&W, we’d never been before. 


Grant started 4th grade, he has Sam’s 4th grade teacher. 
I finished grants baby clothes quilt. 

Samantha started 6th grade at the middle school, she was a little nervous but she’s settling in. 



 After a bumpy start at college, jack is also settling in. It was rough in us both for a bit there. 

As for me, after 19.5 years at home I went back to work today. It felt like a Herculean effort to jump through all the hoops, plus find clothes and lunchboxes and juggle the kids and mom, but I did it! It’s only part time substitute teaching, but I need the flexibility and! I really enjoyed feeling useful and productive away from home. The kids are getting to an age (and let’s be honest - 19 years is a long time) where I really just don’t feel as necessary around here. It’s all the same stuff every day. And I know our school is desperate for help. I have a vested interest in their success - their success is my kids success, so, time to pitch in a little more. My goal is two days a week, we shall see how often I can get there. :) 

Friday, August 19, 2022

Giving birth in reverse? Jack moves to college




Yesterday was move in day at the university! 

It’s worth saying this one hundred times - taking your kid to college is like giving birth in reverse. 

When you have a baby and are being discharged the nurse goes with you to the car, inspects the car seat for a minute, makes sure you know how to buckle that baby in and off you go. Just set free, just like that, into the world in charge of a human being. For several weeks I felt like what is happening here? I don’t know what to do with this human?!? It really was an odd feeling. (And it only happened with jack.) 

Taking him to college is that feeling in reverse - sooooooo I am just going to leave him Here? Not be responsible for him
All the time? Not boss him or look at him every day? Excuse me but what? 

And just like childbirth and newborn days there are bumpy unknown bits. Ooops I never got my id, ooops I locked myself out. 

It’s ok on my end (for now? I cried when they clapped us into the garage like one giant cheerleading section). And in all honesty, it’s often been more like party of four around here than party of five  the last year. But, there is still something about knowing he’s not just at another shift at Taco Bell and waiting for the door to open at 1020 (and watching the crazy ass bird fly into his hair on the ring cam). 

There is no ring cam at college mama…

 

Monday, August 01, 2022

Summering

We’ve sort of done all of the things and none of the things this summer. We took the kids on vacation last week - hitting Chicago, Indians dunes national park and Michigan. 
Sam went for a week to sleep away camp for gifted kids - college for kids. She didn’t love it, but our school did away with fifth grade camp (so sad) and I really believe in tje benefits of sleep away camp. I’ll be sending grant next summer (and maybe she will chose to try again). They come back with a new appreciation for mom and so much more independence. 

We saw SUE at the field museum (so cool!).
We went to the air zoo in Michigan. 
We made over the kids rooms, moving Sam into jacks bigger room and jack to the smaller room in preparation for the move to college this month. It was a HUGE job and took a long time. We also gave grants room a little quickie makeover so he wasn’t left out. 

The need for speed…we saw the new top gun and jack was instantly possessed by the desire to fly a jet. (Same thing for all of us 80s kids - some things never change). 
We swam in tje cold, crystal clear water of Lake Michigan. 
Enjoyed sunsets. 
Saw Chicago from Indiana.

Visited cloud gate. 
Got a much more grown up purple room. 





Grew things. 







Installed vintage wallpaper which caused some home improvement rage from an exhausted mom. 

Ate ice cream. 

Grant got his braces off. 

Made a quilt for a new nephew. 

Had an epic, historic rainfall that caused insane flooding. 

Took messy headed selfies. 



Visited the Garfield conservatory. (Amazing!)

Took Sam to the gorgeous central library in St. Louis. 
Went to mitsua and enjoyed all things Japanese. 
Went to the hottest hottest hellfire baseball game ever. We lasted all of 20 mins, it had to have been 125 degrees in that sun. We have had a boiling hot summer. (And prior to the insane flood we had terrible drought. So many days over 100 degrees.) 
And Sam is so much taller than grant! No not twins anymore. She’s made it to 5 feet. 

Beyond that we’ve spent way too much time on screens and I’m definitely getting ready for the big yellow angel to arrive…