Lessons learned from time spent high above the Bellagio Fountains. New post on ye olde blog (#oldschool)Link in profile.
We’re no good at capturing the view behind us when we selfie, but we’re pretty good at enjoying the moments we get together. So grateful for this time away together!!! #besttravelpartner #weatesomuchfood #vegasforoldpeople
He’s worked late every night and still brought me coffee every morning. He’s still working, but he’s beside me now and everything feels alright. Plus, sunshine!!! 🌞#hubbysworkthingismyvacay
Our first Vegas buffet. Andrew is very excited!!!
The day Andrew and I left for Vegas, his sweet Meemaw went to be with Jesus. It was a long, emotional day of travel and by the time we got to the checkin desk, we were flat wrung out. Gina checked us in and asked kindly how our day had been. In explanation for the look on our faces, I explained Andrew’s grandmother had died. She and Andrew had a teary moment, talking about sweet grandmamas, and she offered us a fancy suite upgrade so we could “celebrate her life with a toast and a good view.” Today, the day of Meemaw’s funeral, we both felt sad not to be able to attend. Then this note arrived, along with chocolates. Our beloved Willy Gladys (Willa’s namesake) would have gotten a kick out of us toasting her (with chocolate!) from a Vegas balcony, so that’s just what we’ll do. And thanks, Gina. The view is spectacular. And so are kind people like you. ❤️Thank you, Jesus, for sending this gentle comfort.
Ellen is officially 11 today. All she wanted for her birthday was a loft bed, so we obliged and her big brothers volunteered to put it together as their gift to her. When they finished and I told them to pose for a picture, the rest of the yahoos jumped in and took credit for Sam and Ian’s work. 😂We did #birthdayninja her room with balloons and greeted her this morning with song and a hot mocha. This was the first time ever we actually woke anyone up with the birthday singing. Usually, they are sitting up in bed waiting for us expectantly. This time, we had to haul the teens out of bed by their ankles and then, when we walked in, Ellen was still buried under her covers. So, welcome to tweens and teens! So grateful for our sweet Pinky girl! Glory to Him, who does the real heart work of raising kids.
She turns 11 tomorrow. But she shines every day. #twinkletoes #dancer
Every year, the kids compete to be the first to find me a daffodil, a sign that winter will not last forever. Ian won the prize this year. The older he gets, the more precious this gift becomes, I think. He knows there’s a kiss on the cheek from mom for his efforts, but he brought me the flower anyway. He guffaws and acts embarrassed at my joy and grateful kisses, but still he smiles. And I remember that this season of parenting we’re in doesn’t last forever, either. 😭
We’re celebrating her birthday today (technically, it’s not til Sunday.) She didn’t want to do school on her “fake birthday,” so we compromised. She programmed herself a birthday cake. #homeschoolwin #khanacademy
We’ve had the #olympics on for 10 minutes and already we are self-declared experts in curling.
If there’s one thing I’ve learned about parenting, it’s that whatever System you put in place only lasts about 6 months before it needs an overhaul. This is what is working for us at the moment: Kids divide into 2 teams to each clean a bathroom. They elect a foreman to handle the checklist and assign tasks. When they think they’re done, the other team gets to inspect their work and ask for improvements. Best part: we bought a $10 black light off Amazon to help with “accountability.” Built in fun and science ☑️! They learn lots of negotiation and communication skills AND we get shiny bathrooms. Everybody wins! Thanks @rachellefarm for the black light tip! Genius!! #largefamilylogistics #chores
Whoever said “exercise keeps you young” probably didn’t mean “borrow your 11yo daughter’s hair stuff for pigtails,” but it kept my unruly mop in check during our workout. Meanwhile, there’s nobody I’d rather fight age and gravity with than him. #80dayobsession #wedidntdie
Prepping to talk to my co-op classes about revision and finding this quote from Anne Lamott rather appropriate for my own writing process at the moment. #nowihavetoeditthething #book2
He wanted to stick a straw in his peach to “drink the juice.” #professorfinn
The Breakfast Club. Note the bag of cereal in Mira’s hand, proof that Saturdays are for Parental Abdication Until I’ve Had More Coffee.