You Are My Favorite

16 02 2011

I told the girls that whomever kept their valentines the longest would have proof that I loved them best.

Is that wrong?





Strike a Pose

1 02 2011

Thanks to my awesome neighbor, Sadie, I present the following pictures from last summer. 

(www.sadiewilliamsphotography.com)

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Circa 1978…..

1 01 2011

For Christmas, Maya got an old picture of her Dad from her Grandma.  He is the one on the left. 

Don’t they both look like they are up to no good?

He drives me crazy (not in a good way) still…but it was nice to see this.  It made me smile even after all the ridiculous B.S. we’ve put each other through over the years.





Don’t Worry, It’s All Over

25 12 2010

Isn’t it wonderful when the presents are opened and you realize that the craziness is finally over?  I love Christmas – don’t get me wrong, but I love it being over even more.

Little Christmas Eve (the 23rd of December) is always a party at this old house.  I have the smallest house on the block, but I still seem to be able to pack in more and more people each year.  This year the official headcount was 31 (15 of which were children ranging in ages from 18 months to 17.

The theme was “Awkward Family Photos” inspired by this site.  In preparation I purchased the most god-awful (sorry about using that term on Jesus’ birthday…) gift wrap with which to paper the wall behind the Christmas tree.  A few props later (think red wig, random styrofoam head, strange doll, etc) and we had ourselves a party.

Some understood the “Awkward” part more than others, as you will see….

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The one below is my favorite.  Merry Christmas!





Holiday Concert

20 12 2010

This is Maya’s 4th year playing violin.  It is wonderful to see how far she has come and how much she truly loves it.  Her school orchestra had their concert last week and she was part of the smaller chamber orchestra….

Pretty good contrasted with One Digit Ditty from her first year…..

Ah…there are many kinds of Christmas miracles….





Skating and Squirrels

15 11 2010

The girls have been taking ice skating lessons on and off for two years.  They are really enjoying it – and we are lucky to have a rink only about 15 minutes from our house.  They participate in the ISI (Ice Skating Institute) program.  Each session they have certain things they have to learn and then they are moved on to the next level.  The levels are:

Beginner, Pre-Alpha, Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta and then Freestyle levels 1-9.

Sophie just graduated Gamma (where you learn to skate backward) and Maya is on to Freestyle 2 (spins and beginning jumps).

I am always amazed at how much they have available to do here.  Growing up on a ranch in Montana I had so many opportunities.  I had a horse and participated in horse shows, we had crazy pets (pigs, cows, chickens, squirrels, rabbits)….but I would have been so excited to do things like learn how to figure skate.

I remember going roller skating at a rink only twice in my childhood.  It was two hours away in Bozeman, Mt.  Two hours!  Of course we didn’t go there just to go skating, but we were lucky enough to have done it when we were in town for other reasons.  Oh man…the lights!  The music!  The people!  I thought I had died and gone to heaven.

I moved here for the purpose of being around “things to do” and more people, and I am still happy with that.  People ask me all the time, “Why would you ever want to leave Montana?  It is so beautiful!” .  It may be…and I appreciate that now, but I always saw it as empty.  They call Montana the Big Sky state.  That Big Sky taunted me as a teenager…”Look at me!  Look how huge I am!  And there is STILL nothing to do!”.

I see this now as more of a teen angst problem than a location issue.  I see my kids get bored even though they are in the middle of town with friends surrounding them.  I get it.  But I still can’t shake that feeling of emptiness when I am in Montana.  It is funny how these things hold on to you.

I sit in the bleachers and watch them skate and wonder….what will they feel about this place?  Where will they go?  What will they seek out?

Probably lots of space and a few pet squirrels.





Sophie Quote #125 or Reason #54 Sophie Will Hate This Blog in a Few Years

12 11 2010

“I feel like there is a sharp poop dart in my butt.”