Showing posts from June, 2011

Vacation Time

Sometimes, even when times are tough, especially when times are tough, it is good to just forget about everything and relax.

So, off to Cape Cod we go. This year it will only be me, Chewy and the kids. Chewy has been working many long hours and I have been laid off for three weeks now. Michael just got out of school last week and Willow had preschool twice this week already.

Tomorrow, we load up the car and drive down for a week of getting away from it all. Beaches, good food, movies, games and mini-golf, sun and relaxation. (Not to mention Fourth of July and Chewy's Birthday!)

And while I am a little apprehensive about spending money on this vacation--I know that the time with my family will be priceless.

Father's Day Recap 2011

We had an eventful Father's Day weekend. It coincided with Flag Day Celebrations in our town, so there was a carnival and fireworks, BBQs and ice cream--and that was all on Saturday.

Sunday, Chewy was supposed to sleep in, but he could not keep himself from coming down early--just as we were getting ready to surprise him with a couple of our gifts to him...

The kids are sporting two ties that Michael picked out for dad. (Plus, Kif thought he would be part of the action, waving his tail in dad's face)

Then I made blueberry waffles and we discussed options for the rest of the day.

In the afternoon, Chewy played Laser Tag with Michael while I stayed home with Willow and watched Ponyo and ate Ramen Noodles (just like the kids did in the movie!)

Laser tag has become a tradition--for both Mother's and Father's Day it was very fun and I think we will do it again next year!

Later on we went out to eat at a steak place, dad wearing one of his new shirts which was also a gift (from …

School's Out!

Michael's last day was Friday. He came home with a report card with all A's (except for a B in Cooking class) and Honors. For that, I bought him the new Weird Al album (from what I have heard, sounds awesome).

Today, Willow went to Preschool and Michael and I are hanging out. Our first summer vacation day. I think we both are not sure what we should be doing after a few long pauses, we have had pizza for lunch while watching Evil Dead 2. And we are going to play a board game. And go out for ice cream (sans the toddler).

Not too shabby a start!

Thoughts of You

Been thinking about you a lot lately. I have been needing someone to talk to and you were always the best listener. You were also the one that could tell me things straight--even when I wanted the sugar coating (although you also knew when I just needed comfort). I miss that the most. I need that the most. Someone to confide in; to talk to. You were the best at that.

I miss you every day, but lately, I have missed you even more keenly. Funny how years can pass with you gone, but it seems like it was just a few days ago since I got your last letter.

I so looked forward to your letters. You were one of the last ones to ever write to me. I wasn't as faithful in the writing back as I could have/should have been. I am sorry for that. But a letter from you would make my day. I have saved a lot of them. I re-read them all after you died. I occasionally pull them out and read them again. I hear your voice in them. I take comfort in them.

I think you would love to see your gr…

Benefits of time

It was a small audience. Mostly the kids from the choir (who would be up next). It was the end of the school day and the band was having an awards ceremony and concert. And there we were. My husband had been working from home (Bruins were coming home, easier to not fight the traffic) and so we both went. His shy smile and slight acknowledgment was reward enough for us. He got a pin for being in band for a whole year. I stayed so that I could take him home, hanging out with him in the lobby while he held chocolate chip cookies he didn't make in cooking class (it was a group project and he had to be there for band).**

The other day, I went out to lunch with my brother and SIL, nieces and my dad. We went to the North Bridge and enjoyed the nice weather. I picked Michael up early from his after school program and we went out and bought father's day gifts.

Today, I am picking up a friend from work. She has a condition like Parkinsons and cannot drive right now. I am picking …

Grandpa Visiting

Having grandparents live far away can be hard. I have accepted the fact that my children will not have as close of relationships as I had with my grandparents, it sucks, but it is something that is part of modern life (although, skyping, email, etc. do help to ease the distance). It is especially nice when they do visit and spend some time with them. This Saturday, Grandpa came to visit and got to help Michael out with his clarinet.

Grandpa helping to tune Michael's clarinet.

Listening to him play "Saint's Go Marching In"


In better times, I remember it well. Going into the bosses and telling them that instead of a raise, I wanted a day off--time to spend with my son. They grudgingly gave me that day off. Every Wednesday until Michael went to kindergarten, I had mommy and me day with him. It was wonderful.

A few weeks ago I lamented that I could not do something like that with my daughter. That times were tough, I hadn't gotten a raise in a couple of years, and there was just no way I could go to my bosses and make such a proposal now.

And here we are. I am officially on "unpaid break" (hopefully only until September).

And now, despite the fears I have about having to find another job, about finances that were already at breaking point, about getting cabin-fever and dealing with projects large and small with the house....despite all those crazy mixed up emotions...

I am mostly smiling. At this moment, at the beginning of this supposed short-term obstacle, I see that this is what I ha…

Lemonade--I hate it...

but I guess I will have to make some out of the lemons I just got handed...

I knew for a while (being that I am the Office Manager and do the bills and invoicing) that our little law firm was not doing too well.

Well, today I found out how bad it has gotten. On the other hand I also found out how much they regard me as an employee.

They do not want me to go. They really just can't afford to keep me...but, being lawyers, they are trying a compromise.

They are laying me off for the summer. Hopefully, I will be back to work after Labor Day. I am going to work the rest of this week, and then go on unemployment. I will lower Willow's preschool days; I will give Michael an option to spend July just chilling out at home with mom (luckily, his D&D Adventure camp in August is already paid for).

SO. This still leaves me uncertain for the future. I know that we can pull this off for short term; I know that they really really want me back.

I think, at least for now...I am going …

Spring Concert - Stormy Weather

Last night was Michael’s Middle School Spring Fest Concert. I left work early and picked him up—the concert wasn’t until 7 p.m., but the two middle school bands and choruses were meeting up and having a pizza dinner and rehearsals at 5 p.m.

Driving from my work, I went from clear skies to darkened clouds, found out at Michael’s after school program that there was a tornado warning. Thought not much about it—there aren’t really that many tornadoes that touch down here in Massachusetts.

Dropped him off at the high school where all the spring concert festivities were going to take place.

Chewy (who had worked from home just so he could make sure to be here for Michael’s concert) and I went to pick up Willow. The three of us went to dinner at Johnny Rocket’s (she had mini hot dogs—hot dogs being her “new” favorite food). It was kinda weird to not have Michael along with us—a glimpse into the future I suppose…

I was also concerned because the weather was starting to look very menacing—and sin…