Sunday, September 28, 2008


Jesse and I are big on certain traditions. I believe one of my absolute favorites is the long drive to Kenosha Pass to see the Aspens at the peak of their color change. I have uploaded a bunch of pictures for your viewing pleasure. I actually owe you a TON of pictures but this time of year is pure insanity. I promise to catch up when Oct is over.

I cut my hair, what do we think?

Thursday, September 18, 2008

3rd Installment

And now for the latest episode of Anna's Dance Party.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Rest in Peace

We awoke this morning to discover that both Isaac's praying mantis AND his black widow died over night.

Any of you who know Isaac know what kind of day we had as a result.

I am not sure devastated is a strong enough word but I am EXHAUSTED and cannot come up with anything else.

So exhausted, in fact, that I flat out forgot a dinner date with my mom and left her to assume that we had all perished in a horrible, flaming car accident.

It's been a day.

Love to all, I am sure tomorrow will be better. (I hope)

Friday, September 12, 2008


The evening news has just run a story about Chipotle stock falling today after reports of less than impressive third quarter profits.

I am pretty sure this is a direct result of the S Family's new found, "We will not eat out no matter how busy and stressful the school year gets" policy. Amazingly and uncharacteristically we have been sticking closely to this self imposed ultimatum.

Now I have guilt.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

My Old Friends

Nothing, absolutely nothing, could make this week remotely tolerable other than the appearance of my dear old fruity friends.

If you are unfamiliar with the Honeycrsip please see this post for more information. You will want to familiarize yourself with these little gems ASAP.

I am neither kidding nor embarrassed to admit that when I spied their magical name amidst the many lessor apple varieties at my local super I squealed out loud, clenched my shaking fists and lept for joy.

Now go forth and eat apples. You can all come back and thank me later.

I'm sure you were hoping for a post about more than just apples and I do sincerely apologize, but I am supposed to be working. I promise cute pics soon!

Monday, September 1, 2008

Fare Thee Well Summer of 2008

Doesn't our Anna have beautiful eyes? I think Aunt Esther took this picture.

I met with a new student and his mother last week. The student's mom studied my face so intently that I finally had to ask her if I had dirt on my nose or some other embarrassing issue. She laughed, apologized and complimented my blue eyes. Apparently she found them quite intriguing. She asked if any of my offspring share my eye color and I had to laugh and inform her that despite the bright blueness of my eyes, those genes are no match for the dominance of the S Family brown eyes. All of our kids have those big S Family brown eyes.

I guess I have always felt a bit disappointed that I don't and probably won't have a child who shares my blue eyes. But honestly, when I look into these striking big brown eyes, I now have to ask myself, "How on EARTH can you be disappointed with those??"

Despite the lousy state of my long term memory, closed head injury and all, I have to say that I honestly do not remember bidding farewell to a summer with quite as much fondness as I have for the summer of 2008.

It has been a lovely few months. Perhaps it's because I actually took the whole summer off? I don't know exactly why I feel a difference this year but I do.

Not that I don't love the fall. Autumn is, in fact, my favorite time of year. I am a sucker for leaves changing color, pumpkin flavored ANYTHING, crisp mornings and evenings, evening walks to the local coffee shop through crackling leaves, the start of school for both myself and the kids; the list goes on and on.

Why did I start this post?

Ah yes. The S Family celebrated the unofficial end of summer with a small family BBQ. Anna was delightfully overdressed for the occasion. She wore the darling dress you see above only once for a wedding and it seemed a shame not to wear it at least twice before she outgrows it.

Isaac and his bugs.

Each and every one of these containers holds a creepy crawly that Isaac or Nathan has caught, housed and lovingly cared for.

While on a Labor Day hike this past weekend I added to the collection by single-handedly catching a three inch praying mantis.

Just so we are clear, I fully expect each and every one of you to repeat this story to the local authorities should my parenting aptitude ever be called into question. You might also mention the baby mouse and the baby bird.

I don't think I'm what you might call squeamish, but I have to admit I was not at all excited about trying to keep hold of that squirming, biting creature.

Isaac is thrilled and now counts the praying mantis among the crown jewels of his collection. Yes, the black widow is still in residence.

I might just rethink that Butterfly Pavilion, aka The Bug Zoo, membership. Really, WHAT is the point when I have the same thing in my family room?

Check it out! Phantom can learn!

That's about all from chez S. School has started for both myself and the boys which means that in the next week or so life will get busy pretty darn quick. I'll post some back to school pics as soon as I can.

Oh yes and all you sports fans out there should know that Anna is jazzed and ready for the start of football season as evidenced in the video below.

Love to all!