November 23

Today was a good day…with great conversation at dinner. I love when I laugh until I cry and when Lily just shakes her head, “you guys are so weird.”

Walk in woods,too!

November 22

Today was so fun.  People got enough rest (even me….almost). Off to school without a hitch. Home again and then off on errands, the largest of which was going to The Mall!  The kids talk about the mall like normal kids talk about, I don’t know, like Disney?  It happens so rarely, a trip there, that if we do go it is an EVENT!  

So, some stuff picked up, some playing at the play space and then lunch at Cheesecake Factory. Sweet!

Picked up Em and then did what the Pilgrims do…went to hunt down our T-giving feast.  Ok, so it was really a can of pumpkin, corn and fruit but Ollie was entertained for 45 minutes of hide and seek and hot and cold.  

Friends a then dinner.  This week, hoping to inspire quiet activities, we have been playing games.  Tonight Sam taught the kids poker.  And they caught on right away!  O was the big winner.

Then before bed I got a text from mom and it made such a sweet ending to the day.  I don’t know…I am really happy that Lily got to be that person in Sara’s life.  I’m glad we are raising high energy and open-minded kids.  I’m happy she doesn’t even see it as a difference, just a fact.  One day we will share this with her but for now, we aren’t going to.  But we both agree that it’s pretty special, pretty cool that she chose to see Sara as just another friend–because she is.

Brian, Sara’s dad, told Jean that Sara said (one day while waiting for the bus) “Lily’s the first kid who didn’t question the fact that I have two dads. She didn’t say that’s not possible or you have to have a mother or anything.” ๐Ÿ’•

November 19

Grateful for:

Upside down sleepover–early to bed, early (4:23) to rise!

Pancakes and pancakes

A walk before the massive cold front swooped in

Play all day (and messes and loud children)

Movie afternoons


My hairdresser


Pizza night

Kettles and kettles of hot tea that soothes sore throats

November 18

I am thankful for changing my mind. This is HAPPENING!!

The first sleepover of her life and she has plans detailing every.single.thing. Fun stuff, too!  Like s’mores and nails and when Ollie and I just left them, they were giving details about a time in their love life that they can now look back on and laugh about (I’m not even kidding!). 

So good night from Sleepover Central. Here’s to a restful night! ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ˜ˆ๐ŸŽฎ๐Ÿ€โ›ณ๏ธ๐ŸŽณ๐Ÿฉ๐Ÿช๐Ÿฌ๐ŸŽ‚๐Ÿญ๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿซ๐Ÿง(Special thanks to Ollie for filling this post with emoticon goodness!)

November 16

I am thankful that 67 years ago Dad was born!  And then 20-odd years later he met Mom!  And then, because of that magic, other lives were blessed by babies and families and silly adventures and wild rides!  ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•

November 15

I heard something today.  Completely threw me for a loop.  But I am thankful for different perspectives and takes on the kids.

At our conference at school, Sherri said that out of all three kids (which she thanked ME for having the privilege of teaching), Emmy was…


Let that sink in.

Em.  Quiet.  The most quiet.

Wonders never cease.


November 14

We went to Fern Hollow today for some fun and learning outside–All about Native Americans.  Stories, necklaces, bows and arrows and spear throwing, some campfire popcorn.  They kids had fun and smelled like fire until bedtime๐Ÿ˜‰ We all, save for Emmy, made a new friend.  Happy kids, happy day.

November 13

It was a day full of little bits and pieces that I am so grateful for….

  • An early and frosty walk in the sun
  • Coffee and real heavy cream
  • Writing before littles woke
  • Lissa being here to do all the things for me
  • An afternoon birthday party
  • An afternoon birthday party I escaped
  • Early Christmas shopping
  • Adventure dinner: Chicken Tikka Masala (worth the amount of time it took to make!)
  • Basmati rice–yum!
  • Uno with Ollie
  • Tired kids who love their new pjs
  • Quick and quiet snuggles
  • Bad Moms-so funny
  • Super Moon in the sky
  • A full week that begins soon…