Tuesday, December 30, 2014

4 Mile Walk

I never wished I was with my boys more and not working when Mike took Killian and Mick on a long walk/adventure & exploration yesterday afternoon. It was a balmy ~56 degrees yesterday - perfect for a long walk.

They parked in our old neighborhood in Huntersville and walked 4 miles roundtrip to Harris Teeter and back. When the man at the deli counter learned they were fueling up for their walk back, he gave them their muenster cheese slices for free.

They were serious troopers.



the butt rock


silly brothers



a tunnel underneath Gilead!





Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Scenes from Fall 2014

It was a good fall. From local pumpkin patches to a trip to Florida, we have had a lot of fun.

Happy October!





Killian waits patiently to go outside and play.

Beth moved back to Raleigh, but Tina moved in. We love having Tina here.  She picks up Killian from school often and sends me pictures like this, as they walk around Noda or go to the park.


Mike gave a talk on feminism in September and it rocked.

Mike rocked at Ignite tonight. There was extra applause for this slide.

Mike took a business trip to the Cirque de Solei headquarters in Montreal and fell in love with the city and the language. He now speaks French all the time and gives the kids lessons sometimes.

On the tarmac now about to leave Montreal. Cirque du Soleil headquarters was a fun place to have to do work =)

Mike is teaching Mick different words in French.

Mick and I explored Noda on a warm October day.
And all I can say is that my life is pretty plain... (Mick running around in his Elsa dress this afternoon reminded me of that Blind Melon video)

We enjoyed the Carolina BalloonFest in Statesville.
BalloonFest success!

Carolina Balloon Festival was awesome. I loved seeing my favorite people as excited as I was =)

Halloween was fun.

The green Power Puff girl, Elsa with ice powers, and the sexy leg lamp. (It's a major award.)


He called this, "The Grown Up Piggy."

The Maleficent costume made an appearance again this year.

The multi-generational Maleficent costume: ages 4 - 24

And Thanksgiving was the best. Nothing is better than family. A lot of family. You don't get much more "togetherness" then this :)





We learned Mick is really (crazy) good at puzzles. Killian learned to read, and is having a great year at kindergarten.


Christmas is in a few days! The kids are currently enjoying their two-week break from school and we're looking forward to another fun few days with family.

Wrapped Up in Books

Everyone needs a reading nook #wrappedupinbooks

Mick and his reading baskets - the one he's sitting in and the one with the books next to him

Mick has taken a love to reading :)

Friday, December 5, 2014

An Excavator Causes Cavalcade of Emotions

Front row seats to the show

Now for our moment of zen: Dig dig dig dig. Morning entertainment for our little ones. Construction sites are captivating.

While walking to work this morning
An excavator came into view
And I immediately found myself excited
And with a big smile, I thought
“Look, an excavator!”

My excitement faded
As I realized I was alone
With no 3 or 5 year olds around
To share in the joy
Of the large excavator at work

But I comforted my quiet recognition
Of being alone without my children
With the thought
How wonderful is it
That it is now instinctual
To automatically share in
The joys of a 3 and 5 year old

My warm fuzzies faded
As I realized that
The boys will probably grow faster
Than my old brain
And the neural pathway that formed
To tell me
Excavator = Excitement!
Will outlast the boys’ own interest
In large excavators at work

And I will be stuck thinking
“Look, an excavator!”
When they are 10…15…20? years old
And they’ll roll their eyes at me
But at least those pathways in my old brain
Will cause me to remember
The joys of a 3 and 5 year old