Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Tea and Pencils

Stella joined me at teatime and we drew pictures. I don't have a photo of me at work, so you get to check out the finished product. If you're interested in learning more about the process, you can read about it here.

Photos taken 4/30/13

Monday, April 29, 2013

A Treat

I baked today, which is a bit of a rarity. I find myself spending less and less time in the kitchen (and I like it that way). As a matter of fact, as I type this, Luke is making dinner. I guess these sugar cookie bars (found on Pinterest) were worth the effort, but I wasn't blown away or anything.

Photo taken 4/29/13

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Filling In

The flowerbed out front is greening up, and so far there there is barely a weed to be seen.

Photo taken 4/28/13

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Like Best Friends

I love those moments when Jack and Stella play together like they're best friends.

Photos taken 4/27/13

Friday, April 26, 2013

Missing Something

The tooth fairy must have had the night off, because Jack lost his second front tooth yesterday, and she didn't show. Oh well, maybe she'll make up for it tonight.

Photo taken 4/26/13

Thursday, April 25, 2013


Yesterday, Bridget and I started painting her room. Today, Stella decided that she needed in on the action.

Photos taken 4/25/13

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Now Playing in the Stairway ...

Dennis attracted quite a crowd today when he started painting the stairway.

Photos taken 4/24/13

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Such a Sweetheart

I need to aim the camera at Jack more often.

Photos taken 4/23/13

Monday, April 22, 2013


Thus far, only a single daffodil is in bloom, and it's at the edge of the woods, not in my flowerbed. Go figure.

Photo taken 4/22/13

Sunday, April 21, 2013

First Day

Luke and Henry FINALLY got out to the course and played 18 holes. Luke shot one under par, Henry shot 121, and had some shots that were so good, Luke voluntarily told me about them.

Photos taken 4/21/13

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Head Scratcher

This is my neighbor's mailbox. I don't know why it contains an arm. I wonder if he does.

Photo taken 4/20/13

Friday, April 19, 2013

Taking it Outside

It was such a lovely day, Henry and Sam took the Ripstik racing out to the driveway.

Photos taken 4/19/13

Thursday, April 18, 2013


Stella's relatively busy day included making a "love card" for Bridget's friend Tally. According to Stella, the love card read (in part), "I love you, Tally, but I didn't know you when I was one." When Stella gave the missive to Tally, she explained, "All love cards need abbabators." The girl has a vocabulary ... of some sort. Later, Stella chose a cup and well, ... tray for tea, and after Tally and her sister left, Stella set to work on a drawing. Amazingly, she did all this without a wardrobe change.

Photos taken 4/18/13

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Duct Tape, Is There Nothing You Can't Do?

Did you know that you can even use duct tape to build bridges?

Photo taken 4/17/13

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

She's At It Again

Bridget has embarked on writing one of the novels she's been contemplating. She will be serializing it in posts to a blog created especially for the book, which is called Secrets of Sherwood. She's got only two posts up thus far, so I'm letting you in the ground floor.

Photo taken 4/15/13

Monday, April 15, 2013

Rosy Cheeks

There's nothing like time in the backyard with your sister and your dad on a brisk, early Spring day to put a healthy glow on your face. Right, Jack?

Photo taken 4/15/13

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Fire Fun

Dennis's dad, brother and nephew came up today to watch the Masters. Most of the kids, though, found better things to do than watch golf on TV. Keeping a fire burning in the backyard was especially popular.

Photos taken 4/14/13

Saturday, April 13, 2013

We Interrupt Our Regularly Scheduled Programming ...

I'm jumping in with an out-of-the-ordinary post, because it's important. Common Core is one of the government's latest grabs at individual liberty, and not enough people know anything about it. This blog post is one of my first attempts at sounding the alarm: http://ofgreatmind.blogspot.com/2013/04/beware-of-common-core.html

In addition, while we're on the subject of raising awareness, I feel compelled to mention the trial of Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell. If you haven't heard about the man who killed and permanently maimed many women, and murdered hundreds of babies AFTER they were born, I'm not surprised. The mainstream media, which loves horror shows, has virtually ignored this one. But it's not about politics. It's about common human decency and treating every single person with the respect their inherent human dignity demands. Yesterday, I was heartened to learn that at least one member of the mainstream media was willing to take on the story, and he, himself, wondered about this media blackout. Here's the first paragraph of his article:
The grand jury report in the case of Kermit Gosnell, 72, is among the most horrifying I've read. "This case is about a doctor who killed babies and endangered women. What we mean is that he regularly and illegally delivered live, viable babies in the third trimester of pregnancy - and then murdered these newborns by severing their spinal cords with scissors," it states. "The medical practice by which he carried out this business was a filthy fraud in which he overdosed his patients with dangerous drugs, spread venereal disease among them with infected instruments, perforated their wombs and bowels - and, on at least two occasions, caused their deaths."
You can read the entire article here: http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2013/04/why-dr-kermit-gosnells-trial-should-be-a-front-page-story/274944/

Photo taken (by Dennis) 6/18/09

Friday, April 12, 2013

Making Up Words

Scrapbook supplies make for some fun learning toys.

Photo taken 4/12/13

Thursday, April 11, 2013


Stella paints almost as much as I do.

Photos taken 4/11/13