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4th and 6th graders

4th and 6th graders

That is to say… grade schooler and (gulp) middle schooler.

nine

nine

eleven

eleven

post-Christmas converstation

post-Christmas converstation

Scene:  Tucking Graham, age 8, into bed. Graham:  So why doesn’t Santa put anything in you and Daddy’s stockings? Cheris:  I don’t know… I guess because we’re grown-ups. pause Graham:  Does Santa put anything in drunk people’s stockings? Cheris:  Ummm… drunk kids? Graham:  No!  Drunk grown-ups! Cheris:  Well… I don’t think so… they’re still grown-ups. Graham: […]

3rd and 5th graders

3rd and 5th graders

If you’re wondering why this “1st day of school” picture looks a little different from those in the past…   …check out my other blog. And now I’m going to go get a little weepy into my cafe con leche.

To-do Tuesday (but on a Wednesday): front door

To-do Tuesday (but on a Wednesday): front door

Replacing the 40 year old door makes a big difference, especially in our cave-like foyer.    I hovered over the installer to make sure he installed all the anti-theft devices.  But he did a good job.  Looks nice, right?

Top 4 reasons we're (trying) to move abroad

Top 4 reasons we’re (trying) to move abroad

 4.  Coordinating our mid-life crises.   If I had my way, my mid-life crisis would probably be me packing up my family and living off the grid in the woods somewhere, gardening and not answering the phone.  If Rob had his way, he would quit his job and lock himself in a recording studio, leaving […]

front garden bed border

front garden bed border

Summer heat and travel plans thwarted any attempt at finishing my work on the front garden bed last year.  Still, at least it didn’t look like this any longer: But after the weather finally cooled down to the high 80’s, low 90’s (that’s in late October, for you Yankees) I jumped in again. When we […]

To-Do Tuesday: front walk

To-Do Tuesday: front walk

My spring project this year was Curb Appeal.  I guess the “architects” of 70s houses assumed we would actually use our garages for our cars instead of a shop/detritus storage.  So they didn’t bother widening the driveway enough for two vehicles and a person.  Consequently, the strip of yard next to the driveway was always […]

4th & 2nd graders

4th & 2nd graders