08-02-18 Bacon

I had a dream last night about bacon. I don’t remember much about it, except that I was frustrated because I kept asking Baby E over and over again if he wanted any and he wasn’t answering me. All of a sudden I was woken up by Baby E (who was sleeping on a toddler mattress next to my bed) saying, “No, mommy! I don’t want any! No! No! I don’t want any right now!”

So I must have been talking in my sleep and trying to force bacon on him and he would have nothing of it! Poor kid!

Tomorrow Tim, Baby E, and I head up to visit Tim’s grandparents for our annual family reunion. We typically make a week of it, but some things came up that made that impossible this year. We were all pretty upset about it, but it was out of our control. At least we will get a long weekend. Thankfully my in-laws could take the two older ones up with them, so they are getting a little extra time with their cousins. We can not wait to be there tomorrow!!

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08-01-18 The House

I had a rare drive home alone this evening from the shop. The big kids are with Tim’s parents and Baby E was with Tim.

With the help of Waze I decided to get lost on my way home. I knew with the address programmed in, I could make any turn I wanted and it would recalculate my way home. Before I knew it I was on a gravel road traveling through farm lands, driving past streams, pastures, and baby deer grazing on the side of the road. It was miles of slow traveling on a one lane road as the sun was setting.

As I drove along, I passed one house in particular that I had to stop for.

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It was set very far off the road, and it was obviously uninhabited and had this been the mid eighties, I might have considered walking up to it and peering in the windows. I love old houses. I love the stories I don’t even know about them. I love their uneven stair cases, their claw foot bathtubs, their hot, stuffy attics and damp cellars. I love their character. They’ve seen life. They’ve watched families live, grow, and die. They are themselves a living history book, fodder for campfire ghost stories, and the nostalgia in the hearts of those whose feet have walked their halls.

I hope one day someone gives this house a second chance. I hope it hears laughter within its walls once again and that children will chase each other in the front lawn and play hide and seek in all of its crannies.

Houses like this are special.

07-31-18 An Old Mill

I had some errands to run today and we passed by a place I have been wanting to check out for quite some time. I had Baby E and my mom with me. It is an old working mill. Unfortunately they are closed on Tuesdays, so we couldn’t see inside, but the park itself was open and we could walk around the old buildings. It was really interesting to watch the water pushing the wheel on the mill. Have I mentioned there’s a ton of things to do around here, because seriously, there are a ton of things to do around here!

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07-30-18 Noticing a Difference!

I ran five miles this evening on the treadmill. At one point I looked down and realized that my sweat was brownish red, evidence that I spent my day at the shop sanding. I decided to wait for my shower until after my run, but I wasn’t expecting the streaks of colored sweat running down me.

I ran the five miles in 52 minutes. Not my best time, but I was proud that I accomplished it.

Over the past few weeks I have noticed a huge uptick in my endurance. When we were at the stream last night, C got something in her eye and she was having a hard time keeping up with us so I told her she could ride on my back on our way to the van. We went up hills and over uneven ground and even though I could feel my legs burning from the extra workout, I never got winded. What an amazing feeling!

07-30-18 Noticing a Difference!

I ran five miles this evening on the treadmill. At one point I looked down and realized that my sweat was brownish red, evidence that I spent my day at the shop sanding. I decided to wait for my shower until after my run, but I wasn’t expecting the streaks of colored sweat running down me.

I ran the five miles in 52 minutes. Not my best time, but I was proud that I accomplished it.

Over the past few weeks I have noticed a huge uptick in my endurance. When we were at the stream last night, C got something in her eye and she was having a hard time keeping up with us so I told her she could ride on my back on our way to the van. We went up hills and over uneven ground and even though I could feel my legs burning from the extra workout, I never got winded. What an amazing feeling!

07-29-18 A Much Needed Adventure

This evening we needed an adventure. Tim had to run an errand and we decided that we wanted to show him our new found stream, so we hopped in the van with him to join him. By the time the errand was over we realized it was getting late and would probably be dark by the time we got near home, so we decided to stop along the way instead. We knew there was an area that had several small parks, that were near some streams. When we pulled into the one we had decided on we found a trail that took us along a shallow, but pretty wide stream. As we walked we found a shoreline that would make for easy access to the water and we told the kids we would all get in. You should have seen their eyes when we told them they could sit down in the water. They had a blast. They really enjoyed skipping rocks. They sat on their bottoms and let the current move them. They ran and splashed for nearly an hour. For a few moments Tim and I sat on a log looking out at the stream watching the kids play and I couldn’t help but smile. These are the memories I want for my children.

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07-28-18 An Odd Request

“Can you twist my head around?” Baby E asked me as I sat on the porch this evening.

“What?” I replied.

“Can you twist my head around? And my feet too?” He said as he turned his head to the side to demonstrate what he meant.

“You mean all the way around?”

“Yes,” he answered emphatically.

“Why?”

He looked down at the two tie strings hanging from his brand new swim trunks. “Because I want these to be my cape!!!” He grinned at me.

“No, I’m not twisting your head all the way around.”

“But I want a cape!!!!”