Waiting to Exhale

  Thing2 - Cheese, as he wants to be called these days when he doesn't want to be called SuperDude or SpiderMan - is six.  He's been six for all of two weeks, but he seems to understand that, as his birthday approached, we were crossing a divide - at least when it came to our bedtime routine. Cheese co-slept with us while he was nursing, and, when he transitioned to his own bunk in the...

Home Alone – Almost

  I like to think my writing group met today - even though the advance of Hurricane Sandy kept attendance down to two of us.  We even managed to speak of writing a little bit and even about the logistics of blogging.  In reality, our mini-meeting was just a little bit of a day with the girls, and it was just what this gal needed. I've been part of a writing group for the last five or six...

Sympathy for the Mousers

The second day into what should have been a one-day event, I have excavated and mouse-proofed every square inch of our pantry (at least it better be mouse proof).  I'm not one to go off the deep end (at least not when it comes to cleaning), but nothing irks me more than discovering evidence that the furry little freeloaders have managed to elude the cats and pilfer my pantry. So as I excavated,...

Yay Homework

It's Sunday, which means it's homework day around our house.  Every Sunday night we make the same resolution that it will be done on Friday, and every Sunday night we're standing over Thing 1 with a whip, making sure the forgotten paper or book gets done.  Not this Sunday, however. It's Thing 1's turn to design for the time-honored Egg Drop project (in which each student designs a container...

Keepin’ it in the Pantry

This is the part in the Little House books where the kids joyfully pick up their aprons or tools and join their parents in the business of maintaining the homestead. At our house the scene is a little different.  Thing 1 and Thin 2 have managed to stretch out breakfast at least 30 minutes longer than normal, somehow using telekinesis to restart the TV in the process.  All this is to avoid the...