We are now the Chicago Outfit.
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Monday, June 26, 2017
Friday, June 23, 2017
Each year we stay in an older but well-maintained small space here.
And the bonus is having our own little stretch of this practically to ourselves.
I'm afraid the new construction in the always before empty lot, may bring some crowding...
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Monday, June 12, 2017
Friday, June 9, 2017
Thursday, June 8, 2017
That have happened to me recently.
As we waited for the bus one of the final times this year, a red truck drove up to our remote cul de sac. And a man came out. He said he was our neighbor, and there was no reason not to believe him because our neighbors here are remote and generally as secluded as we are. He asked if he could walk onto our property to find his dog, who had a tracker but hadn't moved since the previous evening.
Well, of course.
Then he stepped out from behind the truck and the girls' eyes became as big as saucers at the gun holstered to his hip. "Oh, this. It's for snakes," he says.
And the bus arrived and it was suddenly safer to send them off in that thing than have them close at home. And the man wandered off into the forest. And I ran off, literally, on a morning run.
And when I returned, his truck was still there. So, I just snapped a picture of the license plate and sent it off to Patric, asking him to just keep that for today. And it may have been the first time here that I've actually turned the locks on the doors while I was home alone during the day. The children brought in the note above when they returned from school.
End of story.
Except I returned home from somewhere a couple of days later and there was another note attached to the mailbox--not a broken leg, it was a snakebite. As in he returned and placed an update on my mailbox. I'm still wondering why.
Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Tuesday, June 6, 2017
Our new neighbors...
...will probably wonder about us.
We managed to play and explore our new neighborhood, meet some new friends, have a water balloon fight with them and a soccer game in the park. And generally relaxed without any furniture a couple of days.
The big move--too dang soon, yet not soon enough.
It took a week after returning to get used to the heaviness of the air here again.
Monday, June 5, 2017
Started out before we started with a dead battery.
But some nice kid with a very large Jeep jumped us off so we could go get that replaced.
And then we crammed that van uncomfortably full and took off for Chicago.
Friday, June 2, 2017
Thursday, June 1, 2017
You made slime from memory and a bunch of my stuff, even after I told you there was no Borax in this house.
And then you cleaned up the mess and packaged up gifts of slime for all of your friends.
When I had to take the boys to Boy Scouts at 6 in the morning on a Saturday, I returned to breakfast.
And you cleaned up the mess!
And then, you come down and show me your blue hair and your pig face, and I can't help but smile.
Every sleepless night, so worth it.
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Waiting for the school bus in the morning.
Where we pause and talk while we wait.
It is one of my favorite parts of the day.
Even before we get out the door and we're still attempting to wake up.
Or even after we get out the door and we're still attempting to wake up.
The day ahead, and I get to hang with these four for twenty minutes--one of my favorite parts of the day.
Monday, May 29, 2017
One Saturday morning recently, the boys were scheduled for a Boy Scout outing, the girls to go to the movies with their friend.
I was waiting for a tree to fall, or someone to fall ill, or an ill timed house showing.
Instead, they all ventured out into the world, and for four hours, I sat an drank my coffee and binge watched Netflix. Four hours is amazingly refreshing.
Friday, May 26, 2017
Wins an art award.
He tells me his teacher makes it mandatory to enter the competitions, so for this one, he just grabbed something out of a folder and handed it in.
Man, I wish life worked like that.