What Am I Doing?

I’m embarrassed to say that the last I posted was on May 27th…That Lincoln review below was the topic. And since? Bupkus. Zilch. Nada. Not even through the momentous events of the last few weeks, which are so brilliantly documented in those postage stamp-sized photos to the right. I have spared you nary a drop of verbage, dribbled out of my unkempt mind onto the bits and bytes of this website. I have come to one unescapeable conclusion: I’m a horrible blogger. I apologize. I shall try better. Or at...

The Edison Dilemma

Those of you keeping score at home know that Hannah and Zoe are eighth graders this year, which means that we here in Lathropworld are in the market for a new high school (or two). Today, we began the shopping process. Hannah and Zoe aren’t entirely sure what they’re looking for in a high school. Though they have some guidelines that we’re working from: they don’t want to be in a school that’s as big as Patrick’s. And they aren’t sure they want to continue in their current program...

Then and Now

We went to the fair on Friday afternoon. It was hot, crowded, tiring, but still fun for the five-plus hours we spent there. We’ve all gotten to the point where there are just a few things that each person wants to do, so we hit those, eat what we want to eat, and leave. No day-long excursion needed. It was a little weird, though, that we didn’t go last year. We didn’t go, of course, because we were on our big road trip to see the western half of...

The Lesson Here…

It’s been a busy several days around here, so I’ll use that as the crutch when I place blame for not writing here for the last couple of days. I was up at the crack of doom on Saturday morning–4:30, to be precise–in order to make sure the rest of the herd was awake, fed, dressed, cleaned up, and ready to leave home at 6:30 to get the kids to the vans for their servant trip out west. What’s that? I haven’t mentioned that here before? Let me rectify...

Birthday

Beware. I have teenagers now. Well, okay. I’ve had a teenager for 3-plus years now, but as of today, I have nothing but teenagers in the under-18 subgroup in the household. Hannah and Zoe are 13 today. Sometimes it doesn’t seem possible that they’re that old yet. And other times, they get that serious look on their face, and something comes out of their mouths that sounds entirely too grown up to mesh with my preconceived notion of who they are. It’s been a fun 13 years, and I...

In Concert

When it rains, it pours, I tell you. So much to offer this week in terms of posts. I’ve got to do some catching up from last week, give you updates, and offer a tribute to moms. This will all be coming during the week. First, I need to post the videos from the girls’ concerts of the last week-plus. For the three of you who weren’t there in person, I present these for you. including a great rendition of Blackbird by The Beatles, and Bridge Over Troubled Water by Simon...

Talent

Yes kids, conclusive proof that I’m the talentless hack in the household… So, for the three of you out there who haven’t seen the videos on Facebook, I’ll bring them to you here, but first the setup, so you know what this was all about. The kids are heading off to our family’s favorite state–Wyoming–this summer on a servant trip for church. As is normal for these things, we’ve worked in, run, and participated in several fundraisers to help keep our portion of the cost down. And as a...

Changes

This past weekend was the great lowering of the ears around Lathropworld. And all three kids decided to make some changes to their ‘dos.   So, in the laziest possible way I can present this post, I give you the before and after pictures…     …And the after.     Yeah. I think they look older too now.   See you tomorrow....

Parading

What is this, you may ask? Okay, yeah, it’s Hannah and Zoe, and if you look closely, you may notice they, along with those around them, are in their Girl Scout uniforms. But what’s with the white picket fence and flowers?   This may answer the question: That’s the float in the Celebrate Northeast Parade for the Girl Scouts’ Stinson Hills Service Unit, kind of a region of troops in the area. Hannah and Zoe went out on it, in spite of the evening’s heat, and in spite of...

On The Weekend

I’m back, which obviously means we all survived the weekend.   Not to say it was bad, by any means. Hotter than all get-out, sure, but in most other ways, it was a very good weekend.   Friday after school, we were descended upon by about 10 of the girls’ friends for their sleepover party. Please first understand that I don’t think this house was designed to hold that many pre-teens. Not at the same time, anyway.   Jenni, bless her, had the first couple of hours with them...

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