Category Archives: random musings

the past 6 months

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i started working full time 6 months ago

it brings new meaning to having no time

here are some snap shots of things that have happened in the past 6 months

turning 5

 

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class trip to DC – boarding the bus @ 11:30pm to start the ride…

 

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enjoying a long fall with leaf jumping

 

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performances of “charlie and the chocolate factory” (mr. bucket, charlie’s dad)

 

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turning 10 with trick candles

 

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a winter without snow!

 

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a ride on the “polar express”

 

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celebrating christmas

 

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winter concert

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turning 7 with an actual (extended family) party

 

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losing our first tooth (and then another, which was lost on the turf field during soccer never to be seen again!)

 

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a week in costa rica (front row, 3rd from left)

 

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starting renovation

 

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making progress on renovation

 

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orchestra spring concert

 

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starting more renovation

and many things i don’t have pictures of

soccer

spring flowers before easter

physical therapy for a lingering problematic elbow

decade celebration assemblies as our elementary school celebrates it’s 50th anniversary

basketball games in the driveway

fishing with friends

class parties at school

and i’m sure there’s even more

my new new year’s resolution is to take more pictures and keep up to date!

6:33

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[this post was started about 6 months ago – i was stopped as i tried to get the video off the video camera – i think it’s time to just post it!]

the annual elementary fun run/walk was this morning…

they have the kids run in 2 groups (k-2 and 3-5) so zachary and benjamin ran first

we sent  with them so neither one of us had to run! :)

they start the race with a starter pistol – it took 2 shots for both races – there were lots of giggles

it’s always amazing to me that more kids don’t get run over – the beginning of the race is a bit intense

at this point i was wondering where bemjamin was – i knew cj was with him i was just hoping he wasn’t having to carry him

they finally came around – and he did ask me shortly after this picture to carry him – but he finished on his own

hair still firey – easy to spot!

this picture makes me smile because it looks like he’s just waiting for everyone else to go ahead (which may be the case)

the boy has a pretty amazing ability to pace himself…

at this point he’s taken the lead – he only one in front of him is the gym teacher who’s acting as the pace car for the race.

this is the last bit before entering the track for the final lap. mr. chase kept looking back because at this point timmy was increasing his pace – i think he expected to have to encourage him, but instead found himself having to kick it up a notch to keep in front of timmy.

(video by christopher)

people were coming up to me afterwards “did you see his finish??”

i think the boy was born to run.

the second best part was that the only thing christopher had to say to him after he finished was “you’re going out for track, right?”

loser like me

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this brought me to tears

it’s like someone has been listening to the conversations that chris & i have been having with christopher and turned them into a song

yeah, you may think that i’m a zero
but, hey, everyone you wanna be
probably started off like me

you may say that i’m a freakshow (i don’t care)
but, hey, give me just a little time
i bet you’re gonna change your mind

all of the dirt you’ve been throwin’ my way
it ain’t so hard to take, that’s right

‘cause i know one day you’ll be screamin’ my name
and i’ll just look away, that’s right

just go ahead and hate on me and run your mouth
so everyone can hear

hit me with the worst you got and knock me down
baby, i don’t care

keep it up, and soon enough you’ll figure out

you wanna be
you wanna be
a loser like me
a loser like me

push me up against the locker
and hey, all i do is shake it off
i’ll get you back when i’m your boss

i’m not thinkin’ ’bout you haters
’cause hey, i could be a superstar
i’ll see you when you wash my car

all of the dirt you’ve been throwin’ my way
it ain’t so hard to take, that’s right

‘cause i know one day you’ll be screamin’ my name
and i’ll just look away, that’s right

just go ahead and hate on me and run your mouth
so everyone can hear

hit me with the worst you got and knock me down
baby, i don’t care

keep it up, and soon enough you’ll figure out
you wanna be
you wanna be
a loser like me
a loser like me
a loser like me

hey, you, over there
keep the L up, up in the air
hey, you, over there
keep the L up, ’cause i don’t care
you can throw your sticks, and you can throw your stones
like a rocket, just watch me go
yeah, L-O-S-E-R
i can only be who i are

 

i hope that he can believe this for himself
and find a chorus of voices to sing along with

in indy

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we got to spend a couple of days in indy with my family over the holidays

always good to be with family

all good family gatherings should start with a nerf war, right?

someone's getting ambushed!

there was also a lot of game playing – didn’t seem to get any pictures of that though…

ready to sled!

retrieving the sled from the woods - note to self: at the top of the hill one must hold on to the sled!



this was the first time for some (most likely the only time any remember) and they had a blast

wish that i had video of the very first ride – cj & timmy had no idea what they were doing
ended up heading straight for a bump? ramp? not sure what it was, but they caught some serious air – it was really hilarious!!

we also visited the  Children’s Muesum of Indianapolis

the dinosphere

it was a bit loud for some

exploring in dinosphere

becoming a t-rex

like most museums of its kind it had way more to see and do than we could in the day that we had

waiting in line for the slide

awesome water clock with slide in the background

somehow i missed them going DOWN the slide!

listening to a story

watching the rube goldberg machine - timmy could have stayed there for hours

more of the machine

three story glass sculpture

images from the ceiling

which just means that we’ll have to go back again sometime!

snow

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these were taken back in november

the first snow of the year

it still feels magical to me

i love the beauty

the quiet

the peace

like a down filled comforter covering the earth

now when it snows this is all i see

a freakin’ huge driveway that needs to be shoveled

can’t wait for spring
(in june)

halloween

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kind of failed to get good costume pics this year

zachary and benjamin with thier friend zoe

timmy and his friend edward

really fuzzy picture of cj in the background (he was a gangster)

and here are three of the boys with their pumpkins…

(timmy’s was 2-sided – and i’m not sure what he ate but it kind of looks like he cleaned out the pumpkin with his face; pretty sure he didn’t…)

overall much fun was had…much candy was acquired

i suppose we call that a success!

visit

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grandpa and grandma visited recently
and except for some initial car troubles
things went well!

photo by grandma

with only one car there was need for some creative plans
with boys who needed to be in very different places at the same time

games at the soccer fields works just fine

though some better than others:

it never ceases to amaze me how much more effective i feel when they’re here

weeding
cleaning
cooking
laundry
sewing
organizing
projects
relaxing

everything seems to go soooo much better
there seems to be extra hours in my day

i guess if i had a couple of clones of my self every day would be so nice

this time, in addition to being productive
and watching a bazillion sporting events
we took a trip to a local u-pick and got some blueberries

this place is so close
and the prices are so reasonable

i found myself wondering why i don’t go more often

but after several trips to the bathroom

i realized that it’s another one of those things
that’s easier with more than one adult