Mama Days

I feel like I’m spending a lot of time writing about difficulties in my life lately. Maybe it’s just me, maybe it’s just that my head is filled with those tough things right now. But I feel a bit tired of finding myself in front of my laptop to write about struggle, though at least…

Little Seals

It was a day off for all of us. A day off from school, our weekend visitors had finally dissipated, and graduate courses had not yet begun. My house was a mess, but I wasn’t of a mind to deal with it just then. No, we all needed to be outside. As if we were…

Runaway

My house is a mess. For example, I have found four separate apple cores on each flour of my house at varying degrees of disintegration. Also, I have no clean dishes. The logical response to this would have been to stay home and get some cleaning done. Yesterday, instead, I buckled M. into the car…

It’s Been Far Too Long

I could write quite a bit about the rest of our summer panned out, apologize profusely for my absence in this space (an apology that would mostly be to myself – I’m likely the one who regrets it the most), and try to somehow make up for all the time that was lost. But I…

Our Week (Thus Far)

True to my predictions this past Tuesday, this week has been far quieter, and thank goodness for that, than previous weeks. We’ve had swim lessons, walks in the woods, and swimming, swimming, swimming galore, particularly earlier in the week, when the heat and humidity was just about unbearable. None of us took¬†off our bathing suits…

Strawberry Days, Pizza Nights

Some summer days are just perfect. Everything seems to come together in such a way that you can’t imagine being more content or possibly enjoying any other season or time with your family. To have two such days in a row is a true gift. This weekend we had such incredible weather and fun –…

Mt. Blue State Park

This weekend we joined my husband’s aunt and her family on a camping trip at Mt. Blue State Park in Weld, ME. It is a sprawling park that is set at the foot of a small range of mountains, including Mt. Blue, Blueberry Mountain, and Tumbledown Mountain. Within the park there is lovely, crystal clear…

Bedtime

It’s our first night of summer vacation and our last at home for a few days as we’re off on another camping trip. After baths and a change into jammies, the littles and I found ourselves back outside with the intention (or, at least, I had the intention) of reading our bedtime stories out on…

School Skippers

Sometimes it’s one of those days. The kind of day where everyone, especially Mama, wakes up cranky. It was crummy, rainy morning, and as we dragged ourselves about to get ready for the day, it occurred to me that I just wasn’t going to send E. to school this morning. Work has pretty much ground…

In Which We Go Camping, Part IV

Our last full day of camping was a rainy one, the kind where you just know you won’t be seeing the sun and nothing ever quite gets dry. After two absolutely glorious and warm sunny days, though, we were able to except the exceptional dreariness and found ways to entertain ourselves. Our little ones turned…

In Which We Go Camping, Part III

Saturday was hot. It got up to 80 degrees with air thick and damp. I know to many who come from warmer climes this seems like nothing, but 80 degrees in northern Maine at the end of May makes you feel like you just stepped into the Amazon. Nothing is ever quite dry and even…

In Which We Go Camping, Part II

We watched the weather obsessively for almost a week before we left. The predictions vascilated between sunny and hot to a complete wash. In the end, the report of a mix was the most accurate, and we felt quite lucky to wake up Friday morning to see the sun burning off a layer of clouds….