Friday, September 22, 2017

Misty Morning Runs

Exist here.
They make me happy. 

Thursday, September 21, 2017


Alida didn't want to stop.
So we found the new place.
After the first two-hour, pre-team workout:
"Mom.  That was no joke.  They were WAY more serious than Alabama."
And she hung in there, and she did some things better and some things worse than the other girls in her class.  And by the end of the second session she was twirling around the bars like I'd never seen her before.
Alida is a bottle of potential, wherever she wants to put it.
We will not be able to stop her, and I don't want to, once she decides to do a thing. 

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Comic Book Illustration

Elaine in deep concentration at a class in comic book illustration she started instead of gymnastics.

Her glee that her dad surprised her and stayed to take the class with her, undeniable.
Thursday evenings are theirs for two hours a week for nine weeks.  They both love it.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

One random Thursday evening

I'm not sure whether the dog enjoyed better the attempted kill of the skunk outside our door
or the bath that came after.
He had the thing in his mouth.
It sprayed 
It played dead.
It scampered off.
This all happened within about five seconds of Patric and I walking out into the night to take him on a short walk before bed, chattering away with each other for the first time the entire day as the leash flew from Patric's hand. 
 Brother, never a break.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Sunday Mornings

They sneak off and fish, the girls and their dad.
They don't really catch much, and he got into some really bad poison ivy or oak mites two weeks ago that have made him so miserable for the last two weeks, he finally went to the doctor. 
(he never goes to the doctor) 
Nothing will stop them.  

Friday, September 15, 2017

Five Years Ago This Month

I may have inadvertently shown them Pet Cemetery on TBS one Saturday morning, while I tried to sneak in some fashion of adult time before they woke up.
Two weeks ago: we watched it again.
It was so much fun.
They still HATED the part where the Achilles heel is sliced with a scalpel. 

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Conversations With Ben

We've been shopping new churches, which is super fun because we get to expose the kids to a huge range of how people worship.
This Sunday:
Me: Well, we were a little overdressed.
Ben: No.  No, mother.  They were all underdressed!
Ben, some days you make me feel like I may have done a thing or two correctly.