The Volleyball Update

Last I reported, J had abruptly dropped gymnastics with high hopes for getting on her school volleyball team. She ended up being the only 7th grader who participated in the varsity/JV try-outs (another 7th grader showed up but didn’t play because of an injury), so when the coaches told various older girls whether they’d made … [Read more…]

Eating Around Schenectady

Cute W arrived home from his work conference on Friday morning, which meant we had time to ourselves before the girls got back from school. We decided to go out on a lunch date and try someplace new to us, Slidin’ Dirty. I haven’t ever eaten at the Troy location or the food truck, either, … [Read more…]

M is Rockin’ It

All of a sudden, M seems really very old. Also, approximately one quarter of the way through it, 15 doesn’t seem too bad at all. For example, M’s been randomly doing housework without me having to ask. On multiple occasions I’ve walked into a room to find her unloading the dishwasher or folding laundry. The … [Read more…]

J’s Braces

J got braces. We’ve known this was coming for a while now, and she’s already been through a palate expander, but getting braces was still a pretty big deal. It took the orthodontist about two hours to put them on, and then they advised that we get a quick bite to eat before the soreness … [Read more…]

End of Summer Crunch

It’s been busy. I am so way behind in catching up with everything going on. The girls are home quite a bit, which makes it tough to get “work-work” done. For example, I’ll be in the middle of writing something and suddenly J’s over my shoulder, reading what I’m writing, and then I can’t keep … [Read more…]

Goodbye to Gymnastics

So. . . J quit gymnastics. To paraphrase John Green, she quit gymnastics the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once. You might remember that I wrote in early July about how she was doing a ton of gymnastics along with a bunch of other activities in part because we were trying … [Read more…]

Savannah in August

We spent the second weekend of August in Savannah visiting my parents. We’d never visited Savannah mid-summer. It is very hot. And humid. The girls wilted quite a bit. They are usually really tough, which made it all the more surprising to see them just do not-so-great in the weather. We girls were taking a … [Read more…]

More Hazards

The trouble with leaving so much time in between writing is that not only are there too many things that have happened, with many things getting lost in the shuffle, but also big things loom and overshadow all of the little stuff, making it hard to focus on anything else. So the big thing that’s … [Read more…]

Household Hazards

It’s been a little hazardous around the house lately. First, remember how, when the kids were little, you’d have a Diaper Genie or some other hazardous materials receptacle for the diapers? I totally need something like that these days. I mentioned that M and Cute W have been doing a ton of soccer. And you’ve … [Read more…]

What’s Up These Days

I’ve signed up for GISHWES, the Greatest International Scavenger Hunt the World has Ever Seen. I am not entirely convinced that this was a good idea. It’s a week-long goofy scavenger hunt. I decided to join up because I am trying to be a Fun Person. Sadly, I don’t think that truly fun people ever … [Read more…]