Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Tim practices on an old Baldwin organ/electronic piano here. It's a fancy item a friend left here a long time ago. If she or her kids ever want it, of course they can have it back, but here it still is over 20 years later.
We also have a keyboard my parents gave us up at the lake.
Anyway, the electronic pianos have a volume on them, so Tim practices quietly, usually while I'm working in the evening, so I hear very little piano practice music, and what I do here is muffled and soft.
In two years, he has learned to play the piano quite well. I had no idea how good at it he's become.
Love always, Mom and Dad and Everybody
Monday, May 22, 2017
And an award winner in English as well.
It was a great night.
Love always, Val
Saturday, May 20, 2017
Love, Mom and Dad and the rest of us
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
A little while later, as she sucked down a cup of coffee, she said, "I'm parenting in a hostile situation."
There was a pause and then she said, "I'm pretty much the hostile one."
Oh, honey. 4:45 will do this.
Little Jay has gone away with Katie's family for a week and we are watching this noble creature.
He is sassy and can be a little demanding.
I think Jay and Katie kind of spoil him. He's not used to this smaller tank or being told no.
He's doing fine, actually.
Speaking of people who don't like to be told no, and who have personality in abundance?
Except he forgot to take along a towel.
So there he was after his fine shower, with no way to dry off, his clothes sitting there on the bench, folded.
And him very drenched.
He said this, in all honesty: "I really don't know how dogs do it."
I shouldn't laugh that hard. It took my breath away.
And now it's now. Kirsten is back in Florida again, on vacation with Little Jay.
We are here, doing what we always do.
Life is good.
Love forever, MOM
Sunday, May 14, 2017
As the cousin screamed, she clutched the stolen baby in her teeth and RAN.
I told Heidi, "There's always that ONE kid..."
In time? Civilized behavior will prevail. No worries.
Not even a single one.
Delicious, but challenging to serve.
Leaving it all there.
Thank you for being our girl.
Mom and Everybody
Friday, May 12, 2017
Julia and Kirsten made sandwiches before we left, and they were delicious. It was a gorgeous day, 70 degrees, bright sunshine.
A lovely day eventually moved on to a lovely evening. Kirsten went and met our niece's new baby and we had supper and now they're watching a movie.
In the morning, very early, we're driving to Wisconsin for Maria's granduation!
Love forever, Mom
Thursday, May 11, 2017
Well I've seen it dozens of times and fell asleep. The little girl does this thing when I doze off--she seems to always notice and she knocks on my face like it's a door.
I peeped open an eye and she held up one finger with poop on it.
I was so wide awake then, dang.
And then at suppertime, THIS GIRL showed up from FLORIDA, where she lives it up in the sun.
It's been months now, and we were so happy to see each other. It was a fun evening with her in the house. The kids were happy too.
Maria's college graduation is on Saturday,
Nothing but love,