The Next Thing and the Next Thing

Summer is coming to a close, which means the children go back to school, Henry starts preschool three days a week, and football season begins. Now that we’re done with this thing, onto the next thing. The clouds are racing and changing across the sky, moving the weather and the seasons along, and now it’sContinue reading “The Next Thing and the Next Thing”

Right Where I Need To Be

A few weeks ago, after Brandon and I returned from celebrating our tenth anniversary, I looked ahead at our calendar for October.  There were a lot of commitments that required a lot of babysitters, which translated to many nights and weekends away from the kids (and several hundred dollars in childcare and travel expenses).  IContinue reading “Right Where I Need To Be”

The Road Ahead: Fall 2012 Outlook

We had a great weekend with the kids here in Ashland, the last weekend before Brandon goes back on the road for football season.  It feels a little bit like a storm front is on the horizon. There’s only a few more hours of daylight to soak up before hunkering down inside for the long nightContinue reading “The Road Ahead: Fall 2012 Outlook”

Pedal through the Bumps

My kids wanted to ride their bikes to school this morning, so we headed out at 8 a.m. on the drop-off circuit.  I put Henry in the Baby Bjorn, our new dog Jelly Beans (Beans for short) on his leash, and my travel mug of tea in my right hand, and the Parade of Wells headedContinue reading “Pedal through the Bumps”

Twelve Apples and a Blog

Twelve shiny, locally grown apples are sitting on my kitchen counter ten feet away next to the cutting board, apple corer, slow cooker and paring knife. Fortunately, they are all inanimate objects who can only beckon with their glaring presence. But I have a hot cup of apple cider, James Taylor Pandora Radio, and aContinue reading “Twelve Apples and a Blog”

Lifestyle Changes

This fall, I am doing this crazy thing: I am taking off every Friday. That’s right people, four-day work week until 2011. There are two huge payoffs to this schedule. First, the work week is packed, and I mean PACKED, with stuff to do. I’m not really one to sit around waiting for someone toContinue reading “Lifestyle Changes”

The Homecoming

Tuba bells catch stadium light in the end zone,flash it to cymbals, who wait at attentionin the percussion section. In the stands, parents bundle under blankets, wave to friends.Elementary boys wear oversized jerseys and blue jeans,chase girls with bags of popcorn and fruit punch.Their older siblings gather in corners, drink Pepsi,eat pizza, go out intoContinue reading “The Homecoming”