Archive for June, 2009

Summer Advice

Just because school is over doesn’t mean we can’t have recess.

–Jonah, age 5

I am NOT having recess at the moment. Quite to the contrary, I am having Make Long Lists and Run Around Gathering, Cleaning, Packing, and Preparing so that we can have something of a recess later this week in Ojai. But it was a nice reminder from The Boy that summer is here, with all its restful possibilities, and I shouldn’t waste it trying to cram in everything I can’t get done during the school year.


Read Full Post »


As I’m mixing cornbread batter. . .

Naiah (age 4): Mommy, can I have some of that flour?

Me: Why do you want flour?

Naiah: I want to have powers.

Me: It gives you powers?

Naiah: Yeah. It gives me flour power.

Read Full Post »

Hello, blog.

How are you? I’m sorry you’ve been so lonely and neglected. I feel the guilt.

But there’s this thing called ‘summer’. It’s outside right now. I’d rather not miss it.

Here’s the haps of late:

The kids are in VBS every day this week, near the lake. When we drive over the causeway in the mornings the water is perfectly still and a warm, muddy-green smell blows in through the windows. Lassen peak is still snowy above it all. It makes me sad to think of leaving this someday.

Ella is walking a few steps now and then, never a very long string of steps, just a few when she feels like it. She’s obsessed with pushing the blue push car that Jonah used as a toddler. She also likes to unload dirty forks and spoons from the silverware basket in the dishwasher while I load it. She’ll be very helpful someday, I’m sure.

Naiah received a purple bike and a purple bike helmet for her birthday. She is beginning to use the brakes to stop, instead of her feet. Every day she asks me to take off the training wheels, but Mommy just isn’t ready for all the falling and bleeding yet, so they stay on, for now.

Jonah is mastering the bike. He was the first to go without training wheels last year, and this year he is the first to ride the entire rocky trail to the lake, and the first to stand on the pedals, and the first to make little jumps off a ramp he made. His sisters all want to imitate him.

Sarah and Anna are reading everything in the house. Soon I’ll have to order books again. (Hear the mock annoyance?) I’m very proud of their appetite for good books. I hope it lasts.

I’ve been walking/gardening/strength training/etc. every day, and now we’re starting a little walking group at the track as well! It’s been a month since I started tracking calories/fat/protein/calcium/water at Sparkpeople.com. It’s pretty habitual at this point. It doesn’t feel like a diet at all; it’s just the way I do things now. Even after I lose the weight, I think I’ll have to do some form of calorie tracking for the rest of my life, because otherwise I totally fool myself. That’s okay. It’s doable. And it’s working. Today I washed all my jeans in hot water because they’re too big! That’s a happy thing.

Read Full Post »


Naiah: Mommy, I think I lost my helmet for good.

Jonah: And evil.

Read Full Post »

Busy Week

This week:

Our ninth anniversary

Final teeball games

Naiah’s birthday

Father’s Day

And all the shopping, cleaning, cooking, and energy-expending that comes with them.

Read Full Post »

Please Join!

The battle over who decides what’s best for your kids is getting hotter and heavier.

Please read and stand up for your family’s (and our country’s) autonomy.


Read Full Post »

Well, She Did It

No pictures yet, but Ella walked. Three steps. (sniffle)

It was bound to happen.

Read Full Post »

Older Posts »