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temptation

temptation

Violet likes TV now. It has only taken 3.5 years, but suddenly she’ll actually sit and watch a 1/2 hour video. Graham is a natural-born couch potato and will stare slack-jawed at the tube indefinitely. So now I can actually cook dinner (relatively) uninterrupted and (mostly) without a child or two clinging to my leg.  […]

Moonlight Float

Moonlight Float

Rob had a fundraiser gig with the Texas River School last Saturday.  Every month, on the Saturday closest to the full moon, there is a potluck dinner at the Texas Rowing Center.  A band plays music on a raft tied to the dock.  At 7:30 the raft pushes off, everyone hops into canoes or kayaks […]

a distant light

a distant light

Oxymoron:  Vacation with children.  BUT!  We do see the light.  We went back to the beach a couple weeks ago and it was…(wait for it)… fun!  I agree with Amber when she said the ratio right now is about 40% hard work and 60% fun.  This time the hard work was mostly before and after […]

garden update

garden update

Enthusiasm is waning. Why? Maybe because it has been 100 degrees for weeks. Maybe because some bugs are using the garden as an all-you-can-eat buffet, while others are using us as an all-you-can-eat buffet. Maybe Violet is tired of trying to humor me. (“Yes Mom, I see the baby cucumber. Now can we go swing?”) […]

Graham & Violet's First Year: a Comparison

Graham & Violet’s First Year: a Comparison

I hate to compare the kids. Okay. That’s not true. I like to compare them. Let’s face it. It’s interesting. (I’ll just try to avoid future statements like “Your brother eats his peas. Why can’t you be like him?” or “Your sister can leap off the back of the couch without breaking her arm, why […]