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.