January 16, 2019

Dagobah Is Near


The boys and I were driving to Grandma and Gichan’s house a couple of weeks ago, and I was on the road that we colloquially call “Stephen’s Street” (because the Major’s good friend Stephen lived just one block over from our house, and this was the street he lived on), when we passed this large piece of protected wetland/swamp that runs between the two streets, though it isn’t visible from my parents’ house.

Someone is clearly having a bit of fun with this.

Yes, that is a Yoda figure (a pretty good-sized one) zip-tied to a fallen tree in the swampland.

THIS WAS THE BEST THING THE BOYS HAD EVER SEEN, and promptly caused a freak-out in the car.  So I had to pull over, get out, and take a picture.

I can’t believe that no one had thought of this in all the years we’ve lived here.

We now check on Yoda at least once a week.  I had no idea I grew up so close to Dagobah.

January 15, 2019

From The First Day To Today


Today is Auntie’s birthday, and I was there at the very beginning.

Today, I was helping out in her classroom, where she is a third-grade teacher.  And I brought her lunch.

Happy birthday, Auntie!

January 14, 2019

My New Year’s Resolution


Did you make one?  After years of trying, I finally gave up on making and keeping resolutions…. oh, probably about the time that Rerun was born.  I still set goals for certain things to happen – like potty-training a child, for example – but so many of those things now happen under the watchful eye of therapists.  I have a large group of professionals helping with all sorts of things.  It’s great!

But as far as resolutions for me, that fell by the wayside.  It is true – the biggest jump isn’t going from one kid to two kids, it’s going from two kids to three kids.  Why?  You lose your man-to-man defensive strategy.

Anyway, this year, I did decide to make a resolution.  I mentioned it to the Webmaster and he thought it sounded good.  (Then I brought it up two days later and he couldn’t remember the conversation, so make of that what you will.)

My resolution: to have more people over for dinner.

I am increasingly feeling the need to actually socially interact with people, rather than just chat at them online.  I am also aware that this house gets a little tidier in preparation for company.  I also know that we’re never going to be uncluttered, totally organized, tidy, or anything like that.  If we’re going to wait for a perfectly tidy house in order to invite company, then we will never see anyone outside of family, or Friend and Doc (who are used to our clutter, and we to theirs, after – holy cow, we are coming up on nearly two decades of dinners together).  I refuse to let perfect become the enemy of good.  If the floor is clean and the dishes are clean, and there is hot food, please excuse the detritus of life that comes with a family of six.

So I extended our first invitation yesterday, and hopefully we find a day that works soon.  *fingers crossed*

Let’s see how this goes – and if Tad can remember to chew with his mouth closed.

January 11, 2019

Flashback Friday


The boys are continuing to bug me about snow.  As if I can bring forth snow via my mom powers and BOOM, they wouldn’t have to go to school.

All I can do is show them pictures of when there was snow.  This was 2010, when Rerun was the baby.

Oh, for simpler days when all that was needed was a few inches of snow and a sled to make them happy.

Nowadays, the older boys would demand more snow, a roaring fire, and hot chocolate on demand.  And Thumper would never go outside unless he was forced to, because he believes in staying warm and cozy indoors.