Your Civic Duty!

Took Katthleen (first grade) with me to vote today. Her advice:

“Is there a girl on the voting thing? Because if there is you should vote for her. Because I DON’T WANT A BOY IN CHARGE!”

Wise words Kathleen. Wise words.

The Shoddy Perfectionist

A day late for Mothers day, but I remembered this story while mowing today, so here goes …
When I first got the “opportunity” to mow the lawn at our family’s house, I would finish mowing, then get down on the ground to look across the lawn to see the grass I had failed to catch.
One time when I was doing this, my mother was working in the front yard. As she walked by me, she said “You are such a good worker, making sure that you got every last piece of grass!”
When she did this, I thought to myself something like: “Lady, you are crazy, I missed like half the grass.” But as I hopped up, I only said: “Yep.” Then ran on into the house.
Now as a parent, I appreciate that my Mom wasn’t actually crazy, because I know that before she spoke, she was thinking to herself: “Oh good Lord, that is the worst mowed yard ever, and he thinks he has gotten all the grass. But I don’t want to discourage him from mowing!”
As I stated at the beginning, I just got back in from mowing. So, well played mom, well played.

Rock Stars

On the way home tonight, I randomly broke into song: “Toni-i-i-y-i-ght” at which point Kathleen belted out “we are young.” By the time she reached the end of the line “We’ll set the world on fire” Lucy was in the mix, at least until we reached the end of the refrain and couldn’t remember any more lines.  They have never really been into children’s music.


There is a stomach virus moving through my family today. Lucy (3yo) got sick at 4AM, Jenn stayed home with her. Kathleen (6yo) was sick enough by mid-morning that the nurse called to get her picked up from school. When I arrived home, all my girls were cuddled up under a blanket on the couch.

I asked Jennifer what we should do for dinner. Kathleen immediately perked up: “We should get PIZZA!”