Wednesday, October 18, 2017

I'm a free woman

This little yam fry is in preschool now.

We had signed her up for the preschool on the same campus as Eleanor's elementary school, and I was like SUUUUUPER one stop drop-off this is going to me amazing, but then some legislation re class sizes was passed and all the preschools that were in elementary schools lost their spots because the elementary schools needed the space for their extra classes and I am ALL FOR smaller class sizes but like this legislation was passed last fall and the preschools got the word they were being kicked out IN MAY and omg the panic.

The teachers from the school we had registered for started up their own preschool above our local sushi place, but it required extensive renovations and we weren't sure it was going to be done in time for fall and it they only just finished inspections two weeks ago but HERE WE ARE and this gave me a chance to get Eleanor settled in kindergarten before launching Geneva off on her own.

Shut up with that face, you love it.

She's so excited to have a teacher and wear a backpack and bring a snack, she thinks she's so big. *I* am so excited to have six hours a week to my own self. SO BIG INDEED! But also, still so little.

Monday, October 02, 2017

Busy birds

Well! Hello! Time is flying by. That first week of school was a doozy, and things continue apace. I'm trying this new thing where I put my kids in all the activities they requested (jk Eleanor also wants to be in martial arts and tap dance but I have limits) and then I can pull them out of stuff if we can't hang but so far it's been pretty great! Joel is working a ton, so it's nice to have like a dance class or something to go to some evenings. Geneva's dance class is in the morning while Eleanor is at school

and I have no First Day of Dance photo of Eleanor because THAT WAS MY SOLE ERROR in that first week, I wrote down the day wrong and we missed her class and the receptionist was really shirty to me about it and now I'm always apprehensive about getting the wrong time or room for that class but in lieu please accept this photo of her first day but everyone's second day but also Free Cheeseburger Day at McDonalds.

Both of the squirrels are in soccer

Eleanor's back at gymnastics

and Geneva is taking swimming lessons this month because preschool doesn't start until later (IF AT ALL that is a whole saga into which I will not enter here).

And then there is school. Eleanor is at school EVERY DAY and I LOVE IT because she is a lot of person. So we get breaks from each other and then I like her so much more in the afternoon and she has a lot to tell me about chlorophyll. Geneva is a pretty chill dude when she gets to be lady of the manor, so she and I are enjoying our few months of solitude before I have this baby. Which isn't to say she doesn't MISS ELEANOR.

This happens literally every day.

'Geneva! I'm so glad you're here!'

No end in sight for this.

And sometimes Eleanor let's Geneva carry her backpack home.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Summer goals

Welp, we went apple picking last week so its really fall I guess. We had some summer goals, met with greater or lesser success. OBVIOUSLY like 'go to all the festivals' and 'go to the water slides' and etc. But like more minor goals.

Make ice cream

Eat ice cream that we did not ourselves make (I feel like we kind of biffed on this one; we only went to Coneheads TWICE and Geneva wasn't even along that second time, and we never made it to Birchwood Dairy or to that Moose place out in Yarrow that I had a coupon for, BUT at least we had Josie (!) with us for our Coneheads run)

Go to the lake so, so much

Go to the splash park so so much

Rent a canoe

Have rollkuchen

Eat breakfast on the deck every day for like WEEKS

Pick all the fruits:



blueberries in fact a couple of times

DID NOT PICK BLACKBERRIES what is wrong with us they are FREE

And THEN I was like, I'm gonna make a good dessert out of each summer fruit, but aside from some baller peach fritters I made one day, and a few peach pies I threw in my freezer, and one black-and-blueberry pie I made out of last year's freezer leavings, I miffed this one too!

Anyhoo. Now it is fall. Time to go jump in some leaves.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Apple harvest

We went apple picking! Our apple orchard of choice had a massive barn fire recently, so I justify all the pumpkins I bought as like a charitable donation to their rebuild project.

('These are all our favorite tiny pumpkins!)

You guys are my favorite tiny pumpkins.

The barn fire didn't affect the (baby!) goats.

Queens of the world over here.

The ones you eat in the orchard are free.

Geneva ate two, because she is frugal.

Get taller, Eleanor.

'Take a picture of us with our favorite squashes!'

Fall fall fall.

Saturday, September 09, 2017


Oh help, baby Eleanor is off to kindergarten.

(I mean, eventually. This gradual entry business is going to kill me and I don't know how working parents do it because Geneva had swim lessons from 9:30-10 and then Eleanor had school from 10:30 to 12 and those don't even overlap but I was still like HOW WILL I LIVE.)

Anyway. She picked her first-day outfit, and refused to wear her new boots to her teacher meeting yesterday because she wanted them CLEAN for her first actual day, the one where I take a picture.

'Take a picture of my cool backpack, and my braid.'

'Come be in my picture with me, Geneva!'

You scamp.

She is v v v excited, but also sad that she won't see me all day, every day anymore. Basically sad that she can't live two lives.

We dropped her off, and then Geneva and I trudged home in the rain (suddenly it is fall!) and then I tucked her bones in with some books and just, like, puttered for an hour, we had some tea, and then it was time to go back.

It has literally been 90 minutes, you jokers.


This is gonna be be a big year for us all.

Saturday, September 02, 2017

We ran 5K

Well. We WALKED 5k. Geneva rode on my back for at least half of 5k.

But the REST of these jokers.


(It was a unicorn-themed run omg)

You guys are so cool.

A little bit of yellow.

A little bit of bubbles.

A little bit of pink.

A little bit of extra purple here at the end.



You guys are a WRECK.

Look at all these filthy persons.

Get you some of that free soda water, Geneva.

(Not pictured: the greenish bath water, the state of my tub.)