Silly Saturday

•July 31, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Photo Friday – Picnic at Pearl Lake

•July 30, 2010 • Leave a Comment

3 girls and a river

•July 30, 2010 • Leave a Comment

It was a beautiful and blissfully cool day today.  The girls decided that today would be perfect for an en plein air art day – so we headed to a river up the road.

Jessica chose this spot

Hannah chose this spot

It was three hours of outdoor bliss – they painted and I read

Then they took time to goof off

Afterwards we went for an early dinner and they got into a huge fight

I ignored them and thought of the river

And my three hours of bliss

Linden, this one’s for you!

•July 24, 2010 • 1 Comment

Hello, it has been a long time since I posted anything.  Life has been moving along at lightning speed.  Add to that a little writer’s block, forgetfulness and a wee bit of laziness and you have no blog posts for a couple of months.  Linden has been prodding me since May  – “Mom, when are you going to do a post?”  “Mom, you do realize that you have done everyone’s birthdays except mine.”  “Mom!”

So Linden, this one is for you.

On May 14th Marathon Man, Jessica and I motored up to Columbia, Missouri to attend Linden’s graduation from the University of Missouri School of Journalism.  It was unseasonably cold and rainy and tornados followed us up on the drive.  Graduation was on Saturday, May 15th.  It was a lovely ceremony.  I tried not to cry.  I sat there and saw the past 22 years flash before my eyes and wondered where time had gone.  I also wondered if I looked as old as some of those other parents.

We were so proud of you and you looked beautiful!

The next day, May 16th, was your 22nd birthday.  It was a big milestone weekend.  We wanted to celebrate at Teller’s but they had the nerve to be closed.  We began our journey at the University of Missouri four years ago at Teller’s and had hoped to end it that way, but we ended up at Sophia’s instead – which was lovely.

Goodbye Tellers. You really should be open on Sundays.

It was hard to believe that our baby was  22 years old and a college graduate.  Our baby – who learned to talk at eight months old, knew the entire alphabet at 18 months old and read chapter books by kindergarden.  You wrote stories for your own enjoyment and in grade school had parents try to stump you on spelling words at the lunch table.   So it wasn’t surprising that your affinity for words would lead you to study them.

Congratulations my beautiful 22 year old baby.  Remember who you are and what you have been taught.  The world is your oyster.

Crawfish Boil 2010

•May 12, 2010 • Leave a Comment

A few weeks ago, a small non-profit that I am involved with hosted our 3rd annual Crawfish Boil Fundraiser.  Our little organization, Shared Beat, partners with Safe Passage which is a school situated a couple of blocks outside of the Guatemala City dump.  We provide basic medical care for over 500 students at the school and for their families.  In addition to medical care, we grant educational scholarships to students who would like to enter the medical field.  Our first recipients were two mothers who attend an adult literacy program at Safe Passage and want to go on to nursing school.  It is so rewarding and encouraging to see hope in a “neighborhood” that looks utterly hopeless.

Our fundraiser was a huge success.  It will enable us to provide basic care, vitamins, glasses, an emergency medical fund and scholarships for the next year.  It was a lot of fun too.

I put my kids to work.  Don’t they look like they are having fun??  Smile kids, it could be you living outside of the Guatemala City dump.

Boston Public Garden 2010

•April 23, 2010 • 2 Comments

Sunday with the Red Sox

•April 21, 2010 • Leave a Comment