Friday, September 30, 2011

"I Repeat...You Are Not In Direct Competition With Each Other"

...except this week they were.



We knew from the beginning of the season this game would be a blowout. Our Big Guy's team is very good. How could Our Sweetie's team possibly compete with an already well-established, older grade, bigger team? Vegas had predicted slaughter and sibling disaster.

They were wrong.

We watched both boys take hits for the other. We were stunned when they backed off their defense when a goal was in range. And when our Big Guy rolled to the ground at one point, Our Sweetie hovered next to him while keeping his team back.

Wish they got along this way all the time.

It was a beautiful game!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

The Young Composer

Our Big Guy is now 1 month into piano. And he's almost fluent in those classic pieces - School Days, The Hummingbird, Old MacDonald Had a Farm , etc.

But I can always tell when he starts drifting away from his assigned music into his own compositions. There's usually a pause, the notes go deeper and deeper down the scale. And then he really gets into the rhythm and the emotion of his piece.

We call it, Variation on a Theme of Jaws.


It's brilliant! But most of us can only take brilliance for about 5 minutes (maybe less). And then it's back to the ol' scales.

Nobody appreciates genius during it's lifetime.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Sneak Peak

This year it's official. Everyone looks MUCH better than Mom.









Sunday, September 18, 2011

Sweet Snapshots of Fatherhood




PS - Yes, that's the Odysseus bow in the background. We'll never be throwing that out.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Our Last Summer Hike

(Warning...cell phone pictures again)

The highly anticipated, long-awaited hike of the summer was enjoyed by all...



...except for this one.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Remembering Those Who Fought Back


Explaining 9/11 over the weekend to my children was fascinating.

Pirate and Pretty Girl might have well been the same age for how much attention they gave to the photos, the explanations and video.

Our Sweetie's interest lasted longer. He was keen on how he could take out the "bad guys" and all the technical aspects surrounding revenge.

Our Big Guy was intrigued by the logistics - the where and how survivors were found. He was the one who sat in awe at my brother's excellent 9/11 memorial where a rescue firefighter spoke to the crowd. He also put his arms around me when I started to cry while explaining Flight 93 and the phone calls and the people who fought back. (I don't do well with that one)

People like the one listed below were hardest to think about.




There was one last person I wanted to find. Lauren was pregnant on the flight. Her story is listed here - it's a wonderful piece.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

3 First Days of School


This year 3 of my children attended a new school. (Pirate is still being home-schooled) And it just happened to work out that all 3 of them started on a different day.

3 first days of school.

So instead of 1 day of head-rubbing stress, biting nails, thoughts on teachers, constant prayers on behalf of my children, their safety, safety with friends and happiness in school... I got to do 3 days.

Thankfully, all 3 days are now over. (and went really well!)


Monday, September 5, 2011

Artistic Overload

There are days I get lost in the numbers. I just don't have the mental energy to keep everything straight - including members of my immediate family. This became glaringly obvious last week when Our Sweetie brought me a detailed drawing of our family.

Look Mom! It's our family.

That looks nice Sweetie, but you drew too many people.

No. Mom. I didn't. Look Mom, count them.

(we start counting the figures - starting with Dad...)

Holy Cow! You're right. That's too many people!