Friday, September 30, 2016

So many blog topics, so little time...

It's the last day of September. Already.


I have posted twice, this post makes three times, this month. That's just awful.  And yet I can't bring myself to feel back about it. There are only so many hours in the day. But there are a few things that happened this month that feel worth mentioning, even if they are told through pictures and have to be dropped in one quick post.  Let's see...

First, I should mention I took Cici to Girl Scout camp last weekend! It wasn't really the plan for me to take her, but on the morning of the trip her mama came down with an awful stomach bug, so with 30 minutes notice I headed on a camping adventure with my favorite girl!

Here are a few other pictures from the trip. Girl Scout camp is so amazing! I don't remember it being quite this cool when I was a kid...

(they let the moms do the rock wall too!)
And it was not small..

 Also, archery! 
 And canoeing!

 Swimming! Seriously, camp was great.

 As a thank you (or just because) Boo and Cici got me this sweet new Harry Potter shirt. A girl can't have too many!

 On to the next topic.  Our sweet Henry had to have a tooth pulled this week.  It was...epic.
 I mean, how can that tooth come out of his tiny head?!?!  It was rough. And while I missed the action (I was teaching) I showed up right after it was over and Nick looked... not well. I am not sure he will ever get over it.
 Henry, on the other hand, is recovering very well! It helped that the Tooth Fairy went big on this one, getting him an actual gift. I mean... it was a BIG TOOTH.
 And a final update, we had our last fall ball practice last night. Two more games (one of which I need to go to now!) and we are done!

And with that, we wrap up September.  Bring on the pumpkin spice and slower schedule. I am ready for fall.

Thursday, September 22, 2016


Oh Pottermore, you have made my day.

In case you haven't heard, JK Rowling released a game on Pottermore which determines your patronus. If you don't know what a patronus is, you are really missing out in life.  The quiz itself takes only a couple of minutes and is actually sorta beautiful (Harry Potter Nerd!).  I was rather shocked with my outcome, but alas, you can only take it once, so looks like my friend and protector will forever be a Basset Hound.  I then looked basset hounds...

And well, look at that. He IS awfully sweet.  Also, being described as devoted, gentle, tenacious, friendly, sweet-tempered, and affectionate works for me :) Stick with me, little guy. We will keep the Dementors away.

Wanna play?  You can find out yours at!

Also, I pulled up a list of possible answers and well, I am just really happy I didn't get a buzzard, mole, or snake...


Sunday, September 18, 2016

Oh, Hello.

So it's been awhile. A couple of weeks, in fact. Which turns out is a rather extreme blogging break for me.  But things have been insane.  Between the start of the semester, training new TAs, adjusting to increased numbers of courses and students, my new position at work, baseball, and cub scouts the category of "Free Time" has basically disappeared.  Add in the fact that I was in Philadelphia the majority of last week presenting research at an annual work conference and I can comfortably say there was simply no time for blogging.  Not if I wanted to sleep.

But now, settled into the second day of my weekend, as we wait for the baseball uniform to dry so we can get to the field in an hour, I feel comfortable grabbing a few minutes to update.  Although, there isn't a ton to say beyond "Life is busy. We are managing to keep up!"  So how about a few pictures?

Let's see. Since we last spoke (or whatever) we celebrated my mom's birthday. It was great! Look at how happy these babies are.
They sure do love their Nanny!

Baseball has also continued to happen, and our boy it getting better at hitting every single game.  We are down to the last two weeks of Fall Ball.  It has been great and I cannot WAIT for it to be over. seriously.  Let's finish this.
Exciting things were happening in the world of Pokemon Go. Did I tell you we love Pokemon Go? LOVE IT.  I am not even ashamed.  (Although I do regularly blame Henry, as if I am not completely addicted as well)
And then we went to Philly!  Look, the Liberty Bell!
And the LOVE sculpture!
And City Hall!
Oh, and WORK.  The conference was actually great. There were two parts in particular that were extremely powerful to me personally.  One focused on the issues surrounding our criminal justice system and the other focused on how to address adverse childhood experiences through behavioral changes such as physical activity, meditation, and music. In is in moments such as those that I feel the power of the work we are doing, and I am so grateful to contribute to that work.

On the way back to the airport we got a cheese steak, because, it's wrong to go to Philly and not get a cheese streak.

And then finally (FINALLY) We celebrated Boo's birthday yesterday with dinner, a movie (Pete's Dragon. SO GOOD!) and a cookie cake. The dinner, in particular, was a big hit with the kids.  Actually, so was the movie and the cake. It was all a hit. Thanks for being born, Boo!

And with that, I am out of time. Thanks for catching up with us.  I will try to be back in less that two weeks this time.  Seems like a reasonable goal.