I know you’re dying to see pictures of the kids from Halloween:

We had a great time trick-or-treating on our little street. It was perfect. We live on a circle, so there’s very little traffic, and most of our neighbors had placed themselves in lawn chairs at the bottom of their driveway. We were able to socialize as we went. Next year, we’ll bring wine with us! The kids were feeling independent enough to ring the doorbells on their own, so we didn’t have to walk up and say ‘trick or treat’ for them–last year we had to do that for them.

Still no poop in the potty from the boys, but they have had two dry nights, which is confidence-inspiring


coming out of the closet

I’m going to come out with it….our dirty little secret….

Adam and Reid do not yet poop on the potty. They had finally gotten to a point of pooping in the evening, into a diaper, that we were happy to keep it that way. Until yesterday.

I got a phone call that Reid wasn’t feeling well at school, could I come get him. So I popped into my car and zipped over to school. He was napping, but I picked him up and took him back to my car.

I asked him what was wrong. and he told me that he had to poop in a diaper. So I took him home and let him do it.

But last night, “I threw down the gauntlet” and decided that we were no longer going to allow diapers at all. They will be four in two months, and are old enough to stay dry throughout the night and to poop into the potty or toilet.

Adam spent 45 minutes to 1 hour screaming about how scared he was, and Reid spent the time *ahem* in other ways. They went to bed late, but in underwear. David woke them up at 1 am, and they both peed. This morning we only had dry beds. So that was definitely a success.

Tonight after dinner we’ll try it again.

to NaBloPoMo or not to NaBloPoMo

that is the question. I’ve done it before, always thinking it would be a kick in the pants to get me blogging again. And I do…31 posts for each day of november. and then…I stop. for a long time.

but maybe I’ll try again this year. And perhaps challenge myself to a post a week after NaBloPoMo is over.

Welcome fall

for at least a few days

yesterday was glorious. I ran 8 miles. we opened the windows and spent the day outside. Last night we fired up the grill and roasted marshmallows with the kids. they enjoyed the roasting, but did not eat them. David slept in the tent with all the kids–an experiment, in case we decide to go camping in November.

today I am wearing….get ready for it….Jeans!

After the rain

This is what makes it worthwhile. Tonight was a doozy of a storm.


Still enjoying summer

September 11, it’s still deep summer here in florida. But a beautiful day, just like it was in NY 10 years ago. Today we’re avoiding the radio and tv so that the children don’t hear what we’re not ready to tell them.
We’re off for an afternoon at the pool

it’s finally Adam’s turn

now that dorothy and the boys are all in school, I have some time on my hands. Though it’s not nearly the time I thought I’d have when I imagined all my kids in school. But, that’s fine, I’ll take what I can get.

I’ve started carrying my knitting around with me, because you never know when there is time to knit, right? I knit the other day while waiting for my car to get an oil change. I had plenty of time on my hands, especially after this happened:
its a story for another day, but suffice it to say that I didn’t do it, and it was entirely NOT my fault. the repairs are being taken care of, and none of it is my responsibility. I’m enjoying my rental!

and so I knit today when I was early for picking up dorothy from kindergarden (yes, kindergarden). I tried to knit with the car off and the windows open, but it was way too hot, I gave in and turned the car back on so I wouldn’t die of the heat.

I showed adam this blanket this morning and told him it was his. I asked if he liked it, and he gave me an emphatic YES! So now, I have to finish it, and quickly. The last time I really worked on it was about 3 years ago, and the boys looked like this:
finished and unfinished
Reid sleeps with is blanket every night, and its time that Adam had one too.