Happy Friday! It’s been a busy week, with a busier one coming up!

This has been about 110% of my focus lately:

I had a teacher preview event this afternoon with goodies, a raffle, and a chance for teachers to shop and add items to their wish list. It was a hit! I had about twice the number of teachers come this year over last year and many more decided to use the wish list. I’m happy about that. :)

We got home, crashed in front of the TV for awhile (I may have had a small nap), and we’ve been doing about nothing for the rest of the evening. We have a winter weather advisory for the weekend, with wet, heavy snow predicted. Good thing we don’t have plans this weekend!! :)

I thought I had more things to say, but my mind is suddenly blank. I guess it’s time for bed! :)

The little things

When I look at my children, especially around the holidays, I feel like their childhood is going by way too fast!  There are wonderful parts to their growing up, but it leaves me in a weird, somewhat lost position.  I try to notice the little things and appreciate the way they are growing into kind, capable human beings.

  • Lex took care of a bug all on his own the other day.  It was a little winged thing.  Eve shrieked (she’s dramatic), but Lex grabbed a tissue.  When he saw it, he decided to take it outside instead of squishing it.  He got a cup and a stiff paper and took care of the bug.  It took him two tries, but he didn’t stop, didn’t ask for help, and didn’t even think twice about doing the job.
  • Eve went to her first school dance.  I think she was a little nervous, but she wouldn’t admit it.  It was a Halloween dance and costumes got you a discount at the door, so she put her on her Luna Lovegood outfit.  We picked up a few of her friends along the way and they all had a great time.
  • Picking up her friends last night was the first time I’ve had passengers in the back seat of my car in a long time!  It surprised me to think about.  The kids can now stay home alone, so I rarely have both of them with me at the same time.  Usually I’m alone in the car or I have one kid with me in the front seat and the other kid home.  When we go out as a family we always take Alan’s car.  I’ve gone from giant carseats to a largely unused back seat. Weird.
  • Lex’s voice has dropped and Eve had acne and a developing body.
  • Eve is planning a Halloween party on her own (with my $$, of course) and carved a Jack-O-Lantern today, all on her own.
  • They are both basically the same height as me.  The other day Alan was convinced that Lex was taller than me and wanted us to stand back-to-back.  Lex took some convincing.  I don’t think he wants to be taller, or to acknowledge it anyway.  When I talk to them I’m looking straight ahead, and when they hug me we do the “dance” of arms, who goes over, who goes under.

The list goes on.  What happened to these adorable little things?

We used to take walks together, splash in puddles, do craft projects, go everywhere together, read stories, snuggle, make presents for teachers and cookies for classmates, and smile for photos.  We were like the three amigos.  Now it’s like four adults living in one house together.  Not exactly, of course, because they ARE still kids, but they are so independent and self-sufficient and into their own activities.  Eve will spend hours up in her room, sewing or crafting.  Lex will spend hours on Minecraft, then want to talk about it when he turns the computer off. He’s rocking his drums these days.  I can’t wait to see him perform with the jazz band.  She likes to draw and bake. She’s got the holiday enthusiasm that I so adore, but always wants to do things on her own schedule.  She decorated for Halloween this year, all on her own, at 5am on a Saturday morning!

I think the point of this post is that I have amazing children who are all too quickly outgrowing their childhood.  I feel more like an observer and less like one of the team these days.  I guess I need to get my own hobbies now. :/

Or maybe I’ll just lose myself in the blog for awhile, and drag you along too. :)

July, 2009

Baby faces.

CHaD Hike

Rosy and I did the CHaD hike today with the kids.  Alan ran the 5K.  It was a beautiful day for it!  The weather is perfect, not too hot and not too cold.  The hike is a whole new route this year that took us over hills and along rivers.  It was beautiful.  Best of all, the kids were willing participants the whole way!  Yay!

One year!

Hard to believe, but it’s been one whole year since we bought our house!  Yay!  We celebrated by having a dinner party with our neighbors.  It was fun to get to know them a little better.  I still love our house and every day I’m thankful for this amazing place.  Here’s to many, many more years in this great house!

The weather all day was really weird, but at one point we got a big sun shower that make a triple rainbow!

Pictures never do rainbows justice. The bottom rainbow was a double, then there was another on top. All arching beautifully over the dumpster!

Mystery Skype

I’m super proud of the Mystery Skype I arranged with my 5th graders.  We Skyped with a 6th grade class in MA, and both classes had to ask yes/no questions to figure out where the other class was located.  It was so fun.  The kids enjoyed it and the classroom teachers both thought it was a great activity and are interested in doing it again.  Yay!

If you’d like to know more, I posted about it on my library blog.

Local tourists

Our buddy Mark came to visit this weekend, so we took him and his daughter around to the touristy spots, like Quechee Gorge, the newly renovated town hall, and the Center for Cartoon Studies.  You know, the usual places.  :)

I realized I haven’t been to the gorge in several years!  I don’t think anyway.  Maybe I have and just forgot.  Lex reminded me that he went with school last year and it was just as boring then as it was now.  Ahh, fond memories.  Reminds me of how thrilled I was all the times my mom dragged me and my siblings down there and back.  :)

We had a nice visit.  Little V said she DEFINITELY wants to come back again!

Hogwarts Homecoming

To the person who clipped the ad for Hogwarts Homecoming and gave it to Eve at school… thank you.  I’ll confess, however, that “thank you” wasn’t my first thought when she brought it home, beaming from ear to ear about the event and the fact that someone had thought of her and clipped the ad and mysteriously given it to her.  I had also seen the ad in the paper and NOT mentioned it to her.  Intentionally.   It sounded like a lame “church basement” sort of event.  No offense to church basement events, but I didn’t think it would entertain my child for long enough to be worth the drive.

Boy was I wrong!  The event took place across the whole village green, including multiple buildings.  They had a chance to meet the snakes of Hogwarts, learn about owls, get a wand, make potions, visit Honeydukes, do a scavenger hunt, and more.  I was amazed at how many grownups were there!  Everyone was encouraged to wear costumes, and the volunteers looked great!  I was impressed by the amount of thought was put in to the event and the attention to detail.  It was a lot of fun!  Eve and I were exhausted by the end!

Here are a few pictures.  I put lots more in a Google album: Hogwarts Homecoming

No vacancy.

Every building on the green had a copy of the Daily Prophet on the front step.

At Olivander’s, getting a wand.

Honeydukes! Yummy treats.

Divination with Professor Trelawney.

Honeydukes (again) for butterbeer. They were the first time we went through. Can you tell she’s wearing down? Can you read the posters on the back wall?

They even put thought into the decorations in the bathroom!

We passed Farm-Way on the way home!  I’ve always seen the ads and heard the rave reviews, so we decided to stop and check it out.  It’s a big store that has lots of stuff.  Including chairs for sitting in.  We were tired.

We tried out lots of chairs at Farm-Way!

Eve dozed the whole way home!

What an unexpectedly fun day!  So thank you, again, to the mysterious stranger who cut out that ad and gave it to Eve.  I take back all the negative thoughts I had about you initially. :)  We plan to go back again next year, with friends!

What’s going on?

I wonder how many posts I have with this title?  It’s like the “Misc.” fold in my filing cabinet.  Or the “Stuff” folder.  Yes, I think I have both.  :)

We have lots going on these days.  Back to school.  I’m now working full time.  I’m still doing 3/4 time library (media specialist!) and now I’m also doing 1/4 time district web site manager!  I love it.  The website needs so much work. I’m happy to finally have my hands on it. :)

Lex is still doing karate and drum lessons.  Jazz band should start next week, which means early mornings for him!  Eve is settling in to middle school life (and homework!).  She and I took a day off today.  She’s exhausted!  She had a stuffy nose and mild fever, so we decided to kick back and rest up.  Tomorrow they both have a full-day field trip so I wanted her to be feeling well enough for it.

Eve made Jasmine a “house” awhile back. Jasmine is finally starting to use it. It made all of us happy to see her in there! LOL!

Lego League started up again.  This will be Lex’s last year on the team (he ages out after this year) and therefore my last year coaching.  I’m not as committed as George, who has been coaching for like 12 years, long after his kids aged out.  I am thrilled at how many parents have stepped up and are helping to run the program now!  To the point that they are even making plans and I’m taking attendance and dealing with the paperwork!  Yay!  It’s hard work to keep 27 kids organized and focused, so I totally appreciate all the help.  I’m super excited for this year’s theme though: Into Orbit!

Lex and a friend building the missions.

Nothing else comes to mind at the moment… perhaps because we are now 45 minutes into drum lessons and my ears are throbbing! :)  Adios for now!

A weekend in Stowe

Last weekend (actually two weekends ago) we had a little family reunion in Stowe.  It was great!  My new cousin (?) was playing in the World Championship Disc Golf competition so we all gathered there to watch.  Pretty cool that it was so close (for us!).

This would have been a super cool picture if I were standing in a different position. Oh well.

Chris (in the middle) taking a shot. I think this was the 1st or 2nd “hole” of the 18-hole course.

Some of us got a little tired. We slowly started peeling off as the hole count got higher.

Back at the rental home the dogs were happy to see us!

We rented a house big enough for the four of us, Rosy, Mema and Tom, and three dogs.  With room to spare!  Greg and Kathy had their own rental.

The first night we hung at Greg and Kathy’s house, and the second night we hung at our house. Lex brought along Settlers of Catan and it turned out to be a real crowd pleaser! We played East Coast versus West Coast rules. :)

It was a long game!

This dog is too dang cute!

We had to teach Greg how to do the traditional Collier pose. He’s a natural!

The next day we said our good byes and headed towards home.

Eve made sure all the dogs got a turn with the sparkly kitty ears.

We made a few stops along the way home, including a pizza restaurant, a toy store, and Ben & Jerry’s!  Not necessarily in that order. :)

Lex would like all of this, please and thank you.

My silly monkeys at the flavor graveyard at Ben & Jerry’s. We took the tour years ago, but apparently not with Alan so he insisted we go back. It wasn’t hard to convince the rest of us!

Oh man, look at how cute they were last time we went!!

A good time was had by all in lovely Stowe.  I’d like to go back up there for a weekend trip, just to hang out in the village.  It’s beautiful.

Bernie? No Bernie.

We went to a Bernie rally / Labor Day celebration at town hall yesterday. The event was barely advertised and only loosely organized. It was hot, but we dragged the kids out of the house and attempted a family outting. It didn’t work out well.

Lyman Point, where the two rivers come together.

Got a Bernie sticker.

The event was from 1pm-3pm. We were there for a little over an hour and Bernie Sanders hadn’t yet arrived. We saw some friends, listened to a few speakers, and eventually decided we we’re too hot and tired to continue. Actually, the kids decided that before we even left the house!

As a consequence for their grumpiness, I made the kids come grocery shopping with me before we went home. Alan came along happily. 😁 After a quick stop at Starbucks to cool off and sugar up we were all feeling better and ended up having a fun family outting after all — even if it was just to the grocery store. 😁

Roesco came along for the trip and held my iced tea for me. Good doggy. 😋