cold, gray, perfect day



We woke up to cloudy skies and temperatures in the high 50's, which is the perfect weather for a soccer game, which happened at 9:00 this morning.  My boy rocked the soccer field while we shivered and cheered and drank coffee on the sidelines.

And here is the amazing part.  The soccer game was the only thing we had on our schedule for today!

Most of our week runs crazy busy and scheduled to the hilt in half-hour increments.  While this isn't exactly how I envisioned life to be, it's how we roll right now and we are used to it.  Today was the lovely opposite and we fully embraced the nothingness.  It was cold and gray which was just perfect for having an excuse to fiddle around inside without feeling the least bit guilty for not doing yard work or getting fresh air.  

Oh sweet, melancholy day!   Thanks to you I made lots of comfort food that had way too much cheese and butter.  Thanks to you I read two chapters of my book while stretched out on the couch smack dab in the middle of the day.  Thanks to you I wore slippers and no make-up.  I opened up the windows so I could feel the chill blowing in just to give me an excuse to get out the quilts.

Yes indeed, we were cozy and content on this cool, gray Saturday.





Wishing you all happy weekend, whatever they may bring!

a New Kind of Summer








I must admit, summer has thrown me off kilter a bit.  No sooner did I get used to working full time and managing school schedules and activities than it all ended just like that!  All of the sudden we have a new routine to settle in to.

One of the biggest questions I've had from folks is "What are the kids going to be doing this summer?"  Translation:  "How the heck are you going to fill their long, summer hours and keep them stimulated and happy, the 13 year old down to the 3 year old, while you are working all day long?"  (They know we're new at this working mama thing!)

The answer to this is my new favorite mantra.... we roll day by day and week by week. Every week will bring something different.  Various family members will stay for a stretch here and there and grandma will be around a lot. The two oldest will do a sleepover camp and they all have some day camps and activities scattered in the mix.  Friends have offered to host them from time to time.  I will have a few days off around the Fourth  followed by  a glorious week of vacation later in the month.  We're working it out....and finding more and more pieces to this puzzle called summer.

I can attest to the fact that this change in season has brought a whole new meaning to the word weekend!  (That beautiful word that I really didn't grasp the full meaning of until this year!)  We cram a lot into the two days where I can be with my kiddos from sun-up to sun-down.  This weekend, we spent Saturday on a boat with friends, skiing and tubing and having a plain old good time.  As one who grew up water skiing, I was hugely proud that my three oldest got up on skis!  (So did yours truly, I might add..for the first time in about 15 years! I wish I had the kids take a picture for proof....:)  

Great fun was had by all and I was so thankful for this lazy, hazy summer Saturday.

Happy Monday, Friends!

Happy 10th Birthday, Marianne!....(and Circus Party rewind)

My beautiful, funny and smart gymnast is 10 today!!!

One decade ago this sparkly girl finally decided to make her appearance after going about 3 weeks past her due date and has won the hearts of all who have known her since. :)  She is kind, caring and friendly to all and has more energy than I thought possible!   She works hard and plays harder....that's just the way she rolls.


We will celebrate quietly this year.  I will get up and make her bacon and eggs to be served along with the novelties of orange juice and donuts.  We will celebrate with her favorites - marble cake with whipped frosting, cookies and cream and vanilla bean ice cream. We will eat Chinese food with shrimp in it.  I will take most of the day off of work to deliver goodies to her classroom and be home when she gets off the bus.  These small moments mean more and more to us all these days as uninterrupted time together is seemingly more and more precious.  There is no better night than a 10th birthday to wipe the calendar completely clean!

Her 9th birthday in New Hampshire was a "friend" party and it was one of the last events I remember before our entire world turned upside down.  Marianne chose a Circus theme and we had such a ball putting it together!  It blows my mind to think of what a difference a year makes.  I am incredibly proud of how gracefully Marianne and her siblings have handled so many changes and I learn something from each one of them everyday.

I came upon gobs of pictures that we never got to share of the Circus party.  It warms my heart to see the sweet, smiling faces of her dear friends in New Hampshire and reminds me of how very much we miss them all.  Yes, what a difference a year can make.

Happy 10th Birthday, sweet Marianne.....I hope you enjoy this rewind to Number 9 for old time's sake!!!

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