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Thursday, April 14, 2022

snow days

January 3, 2021

yes that's Emmett in the back

me and Ed

Gill's growth


My baby isn't a baby anymore. 

eggs and beer


Gill, tonight you and I dyed Easter eggs while you talked to your friend Robert on the computer. Jonas was stuck in the bathroom for over 2 hours. So he missed out.

Later, you played Shady Grove for Robert. I love hearing you play the violin

And you took a shower in our bathroom tonight. When you came out of the shower you were singing 99 bottles of beer on the wall and made it all the way down to 1! You were so happy and your voice is nice.  We sang together for 50 beers but I pooped out. You were waltzing around with nothing on and didn't even notice.

You are almost 12 and you are happy. Happier than you've been in quite a while. It makes me very happy too.

Sunday, May 9, 2021

My little musicians

Well boys, you blew my socks off this past mother's day, though your father deserves some serious credit as well. You guys plotted and schemed, learning a wonderful duet on the piano and violin. You colluded with Mr. Adam the music teacher (and our neighbor) and though you had only learned the song minutes earlier at your Sunday lesson, you came home and played it beautifully! I was so impressed. Jonas, you kept a steady tempo using your whole body as a metronome, nodding your head in as you counted out the beat. Gill, you improvised a bit with the rhythm but kept up just fine. 

I'm not sure you noticed, but you made me cry tears of joy and pride. 

Monday, February 15, 2021


Monday, February 15, 2021

Today is the day between Valentine's Day and Mardi Gras. I'm calling it Valengras which I thought was original and clever until I check hashtags and this is already a thing. Ha!

As I type this, I'm sitting at my desk on the 2nd floor in the sitting area off the master bedroom. I'm facing the street and see a sea of white. It has been so cold for so long and there is no end in sight. It has been snowing off and on for days. It's never a heavy snow, but since there is no melting, it's beginning to accumulate. It's very dry snow (because it's so cold) so we used the leaf blower for a bit. Now we're using the big push broom. 

I find myself dreaming of our upcoming trip. It is 84 degrees in Orlando. We will be there in less than a month.... 29 days to be exact.  I'll confess to anxiety about making the trip during a pandemic, but am relieved to see the positive cases decline significantly in the past two weeks. When the vaccine was announced, we thought we'd be vaccinated by now. It seems that we'll be lucky to receive the vaccine by summer. What strange times.