Saturday, November 15, 2014

Day 200/365 - We Had FUN Today!

And here's proof:

A. and her friend. 

All of us. 
Yes, we're classy. 

And everyone's favorite - especially the middle photo, entitled "What Happens When We Tell EJ to Look at the Camera"

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Day 199/365 - Daily Posting, What?

I'm trying to get back into this groove, honest. I even remembered before dropping A. off for a day at Yale!

So here we all are - at 8:30am, after checking her in for the day. We're adorbs. We know. 

Here's a gratuitous EJ shot. At the Peabody Museum this afternoon. He LOVES visiting the dinosaurs. 

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Day 198/365 - Rocking the Vote!

Election Day, 2014. 

My kids come with me each time I vote. They learn about process and participation and get cool stickers!

We voted!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Day 197/365 - Playing Catch Up!

I may still be bad at posting, but I have been taking more group photos! 

Case in point:

Our family photo on Thursday. Ready for bed, immediately following!

Our family selfie on Saturday!

And finally:

Today's brilliant shot!

I did miss a family photo on Halloween - though I got photos of the kids in their costumes:

 A. was Levy McGarden, a character from the anime, FairyTail. EJ was Rocket, a character from the movie, Guardians of the Galaxy. 
I did take a selfie with my computer, but no group shot. Oops. But I didn't dress up - I let the kids star in their Halloween. 

My favorite Halloween shots were a bit more close up:


But I also snapped shots of what they wore to school that way:

And now we're into November already. How has that happened?
A month for gratitudes - and I like to make sure my Novembers express that. 

So, because I missed yesterday, my two gratitudes for today are in alphabetical order:




I am beyond thankful for these deranged mackerel every day. 💕💕

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Day 196/365 - Not All the Days are Lovely

And yesterday, Monday, fell into that category. 

For anyone unsure, let me make this clear - parenting a teenager is challenging. Also, parenting a preschooler is not without its difficulties. 

Finally, I need to reevaluate my budget and be sure to include money for boxes of wine. 

So, yeah, I did get some knitting done, but there was no family photo. 
Honestly, though? I'm okay with not photographing (and remembering years from now) the tense interactions between us all from yesterday. 

When I'm senile, I'd rather not remember the yelling, the grounding, the exasperation. 

Instead, I'll look back at the photo from today, taken after dinner, after watching my 13yo and my 4yo play a rousing game of Life. 
I may not have played the game, but I enjoyed watching their interaction - and all of our conversation. 
The grounding will last for another ten days (at least) and won't be the last time. I'm sure. And the little one will continue his share of annoying me. I know. But there are moments, sometimes exceedingly rare, that are good. And those are the moments worth capturing and worth remembering. 


Sunday, October 26, 2014

Day 195/365 - Autumnal Adventures!

I took so many photos today. I took a LOT of the kids:

(trunk or treat after church this morning)

(getting lost in a corn maze)

(ignoring me)

(demonic, with alpacas)

(waiting for a hayride)

I even took some selfies:

But I'm happy to announce that we got family shots with GUSTO. Not only were random strangers willing to snap a photo when asked, we had a couple of people offer to take some for us, too. And, you know, our ubiquitous group selfies...

Picking out our pumpkins after church. 

About to start our first ever corn maze!

Being flying monkeys. Kinda?

On a hayride. 
It was cold. And A. pretty much hates that I've restarted this project. 


And we even had FUN today, too!

Day 194/365 - One Day In...

And we missed another day already!
Sort of - there was a decent reason we didn't do a family photo for Friday. We never saw each other, together.  The kids have different wake up times, so EJ doesn't get up until A. is already gone. And I had to work in the evening, so Grandpa got them from school and the bus stop. By the time I got home, they were both asleep!

I got a couple of awesome photos for Saturday, though. 

The first is my costume for work: Dr. Waldo. 

Be jealous. 

For some reason, the kids were reluctant to be seen in the same neighborhood as this costume, let alone photo...
But I did get one!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Day 193/365 - And We're BACK!

What was meant to be a week's hiatus lasted a little longer than expected - or intended. At my dear friend Amy's prompting, though, we are back!

It was trick or treating in the village tonight - EJ is Rocket (from Guardians of the Galaxy) and A. is Levy McGarden (from FairyTail). I went as a mom/English professor. Cuz I'm cool like that. 

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Day 192/365 - Wired at Bedtime

Holy moly. 
Someone is wired tonight. 

The sane offspring chose to forgo tonight's photos... 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Day 191/365 - Adventures!

Today was a day of adventures!

We started the day at the park - first looking for creatures in the marshes. 

Hello, froggie!

And then some time at the skate park. EJ enjoyed getting some scooter time in and A. finally got to try out the skateboard she got for her birthday. 

Yes. I knitted. 

From there, we ventured into new territory for all of us - we went to a berry farm and picked blueberries!

A. has never liked fruit. She'll eat bananas, but that's it. Today she actually tried a couple of blueberries. She's not exactly a fan, but she TRIED them. That, in itself, was HUGE!

Here they are, picking berries. 

EJ's own blueberry stash - he was adorably proud of them!

Me holding up the three pounds of blueberries we picked (and EJ's because he was taking the photo). 

I'll be honest - at first I cringed at this photo of me. It's not the most flattering. 
BUT - it's me. 
And it was taken by my very enthusiastic 4yo. 
And, well, blueberries. 
So, instead of hating, I've chosen to love it.💕

A. was very done with the berry picking adventure by then and hiding in the car, so no matching photo of her. 

I did, however, get her to agree to these at the berry farm:

And, finally:


Saturday, August 16, 2014

Day 190/365 - Being In The Moment

On Wednesday, we started a cold turkey approach to screens. It's worked so far, I think, but it's also resulted in me feeling guilty pulling out my phone. 
So, uhm, we've skipped photos. 
We have, however, had lots of fun playing. Sensory activities have become huge - and lots of park time. 
A. is away for the weekend, camping. 
I've been working long days. 
EJ has been spending time at the skate park with Grandpa. 

Tonight, though, I allowed the phone to take some funny photos before bed. Enjoy!

I don't know why he needed his ankle in that photo. 

And I can't quite explain this one, either. 


This was EJ's favorite of mama. 

Thanks, kid. 


More aaaaa. 

And cheese. 

Being in the present and avoiding screens seems to be working to relieve not only temper tantrums from the 4yo set, but stress on mama's part.