Category Archives: Family

Finding Simplicity in Unpredictable Situations

For the last few days the east coast has been quite busy with unprecedented earthquakes and the anticipation of Irene heading toward several states.  While talking to The Hubs earlier, we discussed how our views on possible power outages have changed since the ice storms of last year.

I can vividly remember being quite upset during those 24 hours of no electricity.  I complained about being cold and wanting to watch TV.

Our kids didn’t seem to mind the change; in fact, they embraced it wholeheartedly.  The boys played board games, made up activities, and excitedly covered the dining room table with blankets to build a fort to sleep in that night.  Since it was so cold, we spent a great deal of time in bed cuddling and talking.  I don’t remember specifics from those conversations, but I do remember feeling peaceful and wondered why we allowed the weather to force us to spend this much quality time together.  We spent 24 hours without TV distractions, cell phones ringing (batteries died), and no computer. I wondered why we didn’t consciously carve out this time together more often?

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These Chipmunks Can Swim

Alvin & Theo enjoying the water

I posted in June about my boys not being about to swim, even though they actively spend time in the lake or pool each summer.

Since then, The Hubs has been working with them, and now all three can swim quite well.  They jump off the diving board (8 ft) and Simon can even swim the full length of the neighborhood pool. Woo-hoo!

The irony is Simon has been teaching me how to swim.  I must say he’s a very patient instructor.  🙂

Meet the Parents

The other day I was thinking about how we only live 40 minutes from my parents; yet don’t spend nearly as much time with them as we should.

We woke up early last Sunday and headed over for there for some much-needed quality time. Continue reading