Sunday, August 28, 2016


Yesterday we caught up on sleep which was lovely.

We had some money left in our FSA which had to be used this week so Sam had an eye appointment at Target (who knew?) and then got new glasses.

The kids and I went to see Kubo and the Two Strings.  It was excellent.  I also made Director status with my movie rewards card so now we get free refills on popcorn and sodas!

One of the trailers had the following quote, "Sometimes the place you are used to is not the place you belong."  I love this...

Now we're watching some Malcolm before heading to bed.  Weekends are great!

Friday, August 26, 2016

First Week of School

We are doing it...

Parts of it feel hard - getting up SO early, making lunches, helping new students navigate the transition, showing parents how the pick-up/dismissal line work...

Parts of it feel good - time to work during the day, going to bed earlier, satisfaction at the end of the day that all of the "to-dos" are done, smooth middle school and new teacher transitions for Lucy, Toby and Amelia...

We're tired, mostly.  Lucy and Toby are off to their middle school retreat.  Plans for the weekend are minimal - survival, relaxation and getting ready for another week.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

First Day of School 2016

Yesterday was the first day of school.  Lucy is in 8th grade, Toby in 6th and Amelia is in 2nd.  It was a good day for all.  I enjoyed being back in a regular school routine, as principal. Excuse the dark pictures.  It was 6:00am and seemed pretty light when I took them, but I guess not.

 This is Lucy wearing the same dress Amelia wore, except Lucy wore it for her first day of Kindergarten!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Camp and Books

My parents brought Lucy and Toby home from camp on Saturday.  Toby had lost his shampoo three days in, he didn't brush his teeth at all, and he used deoderant once.  On Thursday they have a mud pit event and Toby didn't have shampoo....I washed his hair twice when he got home and the water was brown.  Guess what we found in the bottom of his suitcase?  His shampoo.

They both had a wonderful time and are ready to go again next year.  Amelia will join them next year also.

I've read two books this week, both recommended by a friend.  One was Inside the O'Briens.  The author is Lisa Genova, who wrote Still Alice.  This book is set in modern times, in Boston, and the main character is a Boston Police officer.  He is diagnosed with Huntington's Disease and this book tells the story of the effect on him and his family.  It was quite good.

Last night I read Winter Garden.  I couldn't put it down.  It's written by Kristin Hannah.  It was excellent, I alternated by crying and feeling hopeful.  At the end, it was one of those books where you are full of emotion and it took me a long time to fall asleep.  The setting is Russia during WWII.  If you are looking at it objectively, there are parts that are hard to believe in the modern day parts, but then again, I didn't have any problem with them last night.

Sunday, August 14, 2016


For the past few days, we have been up in New York with my parents.  Toby and Lucy are at the Ranch for the year.