Sunday, September 09, 2018

Growing up....

We finished off the summer activities with a BANG, with Tom coming up for a two week whirlwind visit.  We did the touristy things with him and went to the zoo, Count Orlocks, the MFA, and the aquarium...where Michael had a great seal encounter (a seal mistook him for an aquarium employee and followed him around through out the habitat).

Just as Tom left, Michael started his next semester of college.  Right now, Chewy and I are helping him to commute.  He has a RMV road test on September hopefully he will get his drivers license and we will start easing him into commuting on his own...

Willow got sick the last few days before school (Tom shared some airplane crud with me and Willow).  On Thursday, she started the fifth grade.  So far, things are going well...

Meanwhile...this weekend was a breather weekend, where we did not plan anything.   And the children had some firsts....Michael shaved for the first time! And Willow started having her menstrual cycle!  On the same day, I was reminded how grown up they are becoming...and now the chocolate is not safe in the house!

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Enjoying Summer and Time Together

The kids and I went to Rockport on a day trip...

And we had a very nice and busy time on Cape Cod (even if the weather wasn't ideal)...


Yesterday, I mentioned to the kids that there is only a week and a half left before school starts...I think all our hearts sank at that prospect.  

Tom is here and we are having fun with him around...the time will go fast, but we will be enjoying our last bit of summer...hopefully we will all be ready for the next few months, whatever they bring!

Wednesday, August 01, 2018

So now its August...

August.  The beginning of the end of summer. 

August has never been a great month. No holidays, no birthdays...and other, more solemn anniversaries.   The month Chewy's father died, those many years ago.  The month my mom died, just a year ago.  The month my Grammie had strokes that started her fall into failing health.  The month Chewy was laid off (twice!).  The month that ends and begins and yet never is greeted with happiness or cheer.

There are other more happier memories of August, including Cape Cod and other fun.  Uncle Tom visiting...which he is going to do this year!  So, maybe, just maybe, mixed in with the apprehension, bittersweet, anxiousness...maybe we will make some summertime memories to add to our August.

Saturday, July 07, 2018

Killing time...

Things I have been doing lately:

  • Job hunting
  • Cuddling with cats
  • Worrying about the world at large
  • Worrying about Michael's future
  • Riding along while Michael learns to drive
  • Watching (and re-watching) all seven seasons of Call the Midwife
  • Working out and trying to improve my diet
  • Giving Chewy a really great surprise birthday party/game
  • Hanging out with my Willow Bean
Had a good fourth of July...and hoping things will get better for everyone.


Monday, June 18, 2018

Mini-Vacation - Connecticut

We needed a break from the norm...Michael wanted to go visit the Peabody Yale Museum again...and, well, Chewy was feeling a tad, a mini-vacation on Father's Day weekend was in order!

We got a nice hotel, we left on Friday late afternoon--and had a wonderful dinner at the Vernon Diner

The weekend was a blend of the old and the new, the remembered and the found...we all got some family togetherness and some alone was a good start to the Summer (including some slight sunburns for dad and mom).

There were very few snits/arguments/getting on nerves/ was mostly a perfectly relaxing, fun weekend! 

Sometimes you just need a good re-charge...and that was our Father's Day weekend 2018.

Vernon Diner - Cakes!

Father's Day Brunch on the Waterfront!

A really great Clam Chowder

Bob Clam Dylan

Nutella Berries Waffles - for me!

Dad's Steak and eggs!

Michael's lobster roll

Yummy desserts!

Yale Peabody Museum


Growing up....

We finished off the summer activities with a BANG, with Tom coming up for a two week whirlwind visit.  We did the touristy things with him a...