Kids · Picture Post

Just for today, because Always never comes.

I have been instructed to go to bed. By my husband. Silly Joff.  I love the night and the night loves me. There is silence now and it has cooled off. I can delve into my secret stash of chocolate or eat a pb&j without having to share, not of course that I don’t love to share, it is just nice to not have to sometimes. I can read a book or watch a movie or clean the house or talk on the phone or write, all without being interrupted a shmillion bazilllion times. Why in heavens name would I want to sleep?

Today was a beautiful day, my children organized breakfast and a show for me this morning, they had a table set up with fruit and pancakes and milk  and then they all preformed dance and song numbers, using Katie’s bed as a stage. It was fantastic!

I went swimming with the same little chicklets this evening in our freezing cold pool. I am oh so very brave. And still a little blue.

How can kids be completely immune to the cold?

I lost a game of Ticket to Ride.

Made 5 minute chili and cinnamon rolls for dinner.

Something very interesting happened this morning though. My children ran up to grandma’s house to play with cousins and I put Caleb to bed and then there was silence, the floor was cleared of toys and swimming suits and crayons and I felt all of a sudden that this is what it would feel like when my children where gone and I didn’t like it all. I am used to my silence in the evening after bed, but not in the daytime. So I scooped up Caleb and went to Grandma’s house too. I want to be with my kids for as long as they will let me:)

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Birthday · Kids · Picture Post

No time like the present.

Is right now a good time to blog? Is now a great time to narrate this whole last family reunion week?

No, it is not. I have children in open rebellion. I have a messy house. I am a week behind in laundry. I don’t care.

The reunion went well, surprisingly it also went for the most part according to plan, the gossip was light and fluffy. The children had a good time and there was always plenty of food. We had a few days of sunshine and some wet and rainy days and the Atwaters tent is still standing. I managed to sleep out there two of the nights and survive it ( I am a wretched snob:)

One night we where determined to stay up and play a game of Alibi ( kinda like Clue) and we played and played until some one figured out we forgot to take out the who done it cards! You could say we where tired.


Alice had her 7th birthday on Friday (Happy Birthday baby girl!) She said it would have been perfect if only it hadn’t rained, so I felt pretty good about that and about the cake. Now check out this cake, forgive the picture the light in the tent was all kinds of horrible, anyway I found this over at Paige’s Pantry  and have been wanting to try it out for the longest time and it was absolutely perfect!

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There is more but I will have to finish later, Caleb says if I don’t read to him right now he will smash my keyboard. At least that is what his feet are saying. 🙂



Let the games begin!

This is the week, that magical, much talked about and planned per tradition at the last minute reunion or as I am calling it the Atwater Family Revival. Oh the fun! Oh the JOYS!

Large crowds of people that are closely related where always my favorite thing.

At least I will have all kinds of interesting things to write this week. If I dare:)



Having fun with my baby (and the dog:P)

Taking pictures of animals can be a real challenge and my hyperactive German Shepard is no exception so you can only imagine my happiness at finding the perfect trick to getting his attention! DSC_9204 web


Caleb and I had a great time throwing grass into the air and watching it float back down. I think we did a very good job of “mowing” the lawn this evening:) I love how the simplest things can make a child so very happy.

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