Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Liam turned 9 today

It was a very good day. At one point after cake and in the midst of presents, he said to me that he was so happy. Sweet little man, I'm so happy you're happy. 





Tuesday, November 11, 2014

My favorite tree during my favorite time of the year

My Japanese oak, one of two in my front yard. Crazy. 

Sunday, November 09, 2014

Experimenting with cocktails for Thanksgiving

So far I'm thinking a martini with a sage garnish. Mike is a little dubious. 



Tuesday, November 04, 2014

I voted!

Monday, November 03, 2014

Last morning at the beach

It's 68 degrees right now, but my East coast kids don't care. 




Sunday, November 02, 2014

Day of the Dead in Ft. Lauderdale

We went to the local Day of the Dead celebration this afternoon. It was fun, but weird, too. The organizer said something about how it was a celebration of death, which is way off, in my opinion. It's a celebration of life, and a recognition that life is fleeting so don't piss it away. 


Cool costumes, though. 




And inexplicably:






Saturday, November 01, 2014

Halloween was a blast

We're in Florida visiting Abigail and Heather. They moved here two weeks ago. This is the view from their back porch:


It's a gated community, which I didn't realize means that kids run feral on Halloween and there are lots of parties. One house gave the parents pear mojitos and another had vegetarian meatballs. 

Here's Mike helping Liam:


And Abigail doing Thea's hair:


"Hi, we're the Skellys!"


They got tons of compliments all night and more candy than I'm really comfortable with. 






Tuesday, August 26, 2014

First day of school

First day of third and fifth grade! Woo!

The kids couldn't have been more opposite this morning. Liam was excited to see old friends and to make new ones. Thea was full of dread.


Understandably, since her home room teacher last year was a semi-literate bully. But this year is starting out much better.


Liam asked multiple times if we could leave yet, can we go already, is it time, now? When we finally were ready, he practically ran to the car.


This was going to be the first year I didn't cry on their first day, until a school greeter called after us, "Don't blink, because it'll be over before you know it!" Thanks a lot, lady.





To celebrate (or maybe "commemorate" is a better word), we went out for sushi and talked about our days. The kids both gave the day 6 out of 10 stars, which really isn't that bad!

Friday, August 01, 2014

Somebody missed me

Whenever I sit down, there he is. 





Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Summer Vacation: Last day, heading home

Liam and I took the dogs back up the Dolly Sods for one last trip to the wild blueberry bushes. Thea, a night owl like Mike, has long since bowed out of the morning walk.





Nothing left to do but give into the Dramamine coma for the drive home. That's Augustine in the middle.