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Gratitude, Day 19: my pilots

Gratitude, Day 19: my pilots

I’ve mentioned that I’m surrounded by musicians, but I’m also surrounded by pilots.  Growing up, other kids had dads working on old cars in the garage.  Mine was working on old airplanes. Family trip?  Head to the neighborhood airport and pack the 4-seater Cessna.  My stepmom took her first solo flight at 40.  I’m getting […]

Gratitude, Day 16: big sister

Gratitude, Day 16: big sister

Remember when Graham was born?  And the first thing barely two-year-old Violet said when she saw him was “I hold him!”  And she would cover him with stickers and crush him with hugs?  Well, she has been crushing him with love ever since.  She is always thinking of him, protecting him, helping him, teaching him, […]

Gratitude, Day 10: time with the girl

Gratitude, Day 10: time with the girl

I had some long overdue one-on-one time with Violet today. She must have needed it as much as I did because she turned down a birthday party (aka: cake) in order to have a few hours, just the two of us.

Gratitude, Day 5: healthcare

Gratitude, Day 5: healthcare

Today, while sitting on Violet after she punched and kicked a nurse, I took a moment to contemplate my gratitude for modern healthcare.   That is how I would like to remember what really happened this afternoon, instead of the feral girl shrieking and cowering in the corner of the CVS Minute Clinic while an […]

reading

reading

Now that Violet can read, I can do fun things like type at her while she reads over my shoulder.  Below is a direct transcript from one such session: “Clifford the Big Red Violet.  Violet, you are awesome!!!  I can’t believe you can read so well!  Look at you!  You’re reading this right now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  You […]

Graham re: Violet

Graham re: Violet

I always hoped Violet and Graham would be as close as I was growing up with my little brother.  We were 18 months apart and inseparable.  Violet and Graham are 26 months apart (which is close enough for me).  These days they are completely crazy about each other… when they’re not making each other crazy. […]

TV

TV

“Iwannawatchashow!Iwannawatchashow!Iwannawatchashow!Iwannawatchashow!Iwannawatchashow!Iwanna!” A week after school got out, Rob came home to find the TV in the middle of the living room floor.  That was as far as I could drag it after I flipped out on the kids and ripped the thing off the wall.  (Okay, I carefully unplugged it.) Before summer started we had […]

toothy milestone

toothy milestone

“Can I have a tissue?  I’m going to pull this tooth out.” And in true Violet form, once she decides something, it’s a done deal.  Dried the loose tooth with the tissue and yanked the sucker right out. Graham is already tired of hearing about it.

one of the boys

one of the boys

So this is what I mean about Violet: Graham’s birthday party this year was the first time he was really able to invite his own friends.  Until now he has been lumped in with Violet’s buddies and their younger siblings.  (Curse of the second child.)  But on the big day, our house was filled with […]