Saturday, April 19, 2014

Secret Agent Man

Max's ninth birthday party was last weekend, and I have gone straight from that into crunch-time for Dance Costumes 2014, not to mention the final countdown to Into the Woods auditions.  Adrian took the boys out for the day today, which finally gave me some time to sort and edit photos....anyway, that's not the excuse for not blogging about the party yet.  The real reason is...big events like this, parties or shows or whatever, they just take all of my creative energy (not to mention my spare time), and it turns out blogging doesn't take a back seat when I'm in the throes of big creative projects.  Blogging gets left home alone.  Without a babysitter.

Anyway.  The theme of the party was International Secret Agent.  We were inspired by Max's current love of geography and world cultures, and it was actually really awesome to incorporate party planning into homeschooling, and learning into partying.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Identity Crisis!!

I am having a total identity crisis.

Not long ago, I mentioned that one of the things a really like about myself is my hair.  I cut my hair really short about a month after Milo was born, and have worn it in some variation of the faux-hawk/swoop ever since, about four years now.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

A Renaissance Faire Birthday Party fit for a Prince

Max's ninth birthday is looming large, and the celebration promises to be.....well, let's just say he's once again raised the bar (while, surprisingly, kinda repeating a theme). It's made me hella anxious that I haven't yet blogged about his party from two YEARS ago.  Yes, I realize that blogging about a party that happened two years ago is hugely unimportant.  But in the interest of falling asleep tonight, imma doooit.


Tuesday, March 18, 2014

It helps if you ask the right question.

First of all, I want to thank everyone for the feedback on my post from earlier today, here on the blog and on Facebook and in private messages.  

My cousin, Colleen, made an interesting point that " [T]he internet is ruining parenting. Everyone seems to be doing it better. Everyone has an opinion on how you should be doing this. No stranger emailed our mothers and told them when they were doing something wrong, or failing us. They sorted it out."

She's right, but it's also right that I feel better for having reached out and heard from so many people that I'm NOT doing it wrong, that parents ALL have these issues.  I didn't find an answer, but I found support, and that's better.  Well, kinda.


I'm failing.

My head is pounding.  My eyes are swollen.  My nose is running and I've shouted myself hoarse.

Just another morning trying to get my 4 year old out the door to preschool.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

My Little Chef: Cheddar Cheese Soup and a Spice Rub

For his next meal, Max decided to try another recipe from the "Feed Your Small World" cookbook, the somewhat ridiculously named "Cheddar Cheese-tastic Soup."  He was not convinced that soup would be enough of a meal, so he also wanted to make salad with grilled chicken. He's been talking about "inventing" his own spice rub for awhile now, so I thought this would be the perfect opportunity for him to give that a try.  And, being Max, he also wanted another shot at making baguettes.

Monday, March 10, 2014

It's almost umbrella-drink weather!

Spring is my favorite season.  I love, more than anything, those first days of real Spring, when it's warm and sunny enough that you want to be outside, and there's still a chill in the air but you're ignoring it because you're just so excited that it's really, truly Spring, at last.  Spring means pedicures and planting, yard work and sundown drinks on the patio.  Spring means long, glorious days and nights when we live outside.  Spring means music.  Spring is crazy busy, but I love love love SPRING!