Saturday, November 30, 2013

first thanksgiving

We celebrated our first Thanksgiving at our place this year. Sister Kateri and volleyball partner Eric were invited and we totally pulled it off! BBQ turkey by Tim, sweet and twice baked potatoes by me, the best apple pie ever by Kateri, and fresh cranberries by Eric. Tim and I agreed this could be the tastiest Thanksgiving we have ever had! (Sorry Mom)

This year I also passed on my running tradition to my neighbor Analise. I entered her in her first race ever! She trained for almost two months. We had a (freezing) fun time.

Monday, November 18, 2013

swim cap

Being a swim mom does not come naturally to me. I barely swim. I hate cold locker rooms, strange showers and prune hands, but my kids happen to love it.

Today we conquered the swim cap for the first time. To distract from the hair pulling I was yelling "stretch it!!!". There were a few screams and a LOT of laughing. Before swim lessons she likes to stand on the bench and check herself out in the mirror. Another tiny victory!

Thursday, November 07, 2013

do not be afraid

Wild berries and glitter nail polish in her bag.
Daring energy in her slender frame.
Independence in her heart.
She puts her head down and grits her teeth.
She pedals as fast as her legs can go.
Down she zooms.
Down the hill that used to scare her.
Goodbye to you hill.
She goes beyond you.
She will not be afraid.

Monday, November 04, 2013

laugh at yourself

During Trick-or-Treating this year we went by a spooky house full of cob webs and smoke. Up from the lawn, in front of Grant, rose a guy dressed as a ghoulish pirate. With a hook for one hand, running and jumping, hunched over, he went straight towards Grant. Immediately the skinny Darth Vader dropped his sack of candy and fled the scene. I got him to stop after he had crossed the street and another house at top speed. 

He was upset that he had gotten so scared - and he was still too scared to pass the house again. In his defense however, it was really really really really REALLY scary. 

But later that night he started telling the story. He told our neighbor and made her laugh. The next day I heard him tell his friends and they laughed. I was proud that he was able to laugh at himself and share his embarrassment with others. That's my kid right there. 

Sunday, November 03, 2013


She writes her name for the first time.


Saturday, November 02, 2013

october photo bomb

It seems I've taken one million photos in October...two if you count my business file. So I'm taking the easy way out and just pasting them all over this no particular order.