Tuesday, June 27, 2017

It's Official

We are now the Chicago Outfit.

Monday, June 26, 2017

And When it Was Rainy

We went to the movies

where we found the beach.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Our Private Stretch

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.
 

Really.
 

I'm afraid the new construction in the always before empty lot, may bring some crowding...

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Why so serious?

He just doesn't look as generally amused as she does.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Summer Break

Means a summer mid-afternoon dance party that reaches the ceiling.
Do that 2.5 hours before a house showing when I have a one hour meeting nestled in there?
Thanks for the challenge, ladies.
 

 
Bring it on.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Eyeglasses

 
Alida has eyeglasses.
Now we can tell them apart and teach people how to pronounce her name.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Other Odd Things

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

Post Roadtrip

Found this cleaning out the car.
 
And shook my head.
 
and after some questioning, found out that Nicholas had become bored during a Boy Scout meeting and found some paper to doodle on.
 
 

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Chicago

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

Memorial Day Weekend Roadtrip

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

Fast Food

Just side salads please.
 

Just a cup of chili please.
 

Abandoned French Fries.
 

Double bacon cheeseburger?
Yes!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Girls

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

Alida

I love you.
You always make me smile.
 
"Mother, I have a very big head to go in this hat."

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Things I will Miss About Here

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

Four Hours

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

The Happy Life of Nicholas

Wins an art award.
(again)

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.