Alex · Julia

As Different As

I'm trying to remember what Alex was like when he went into first grade.  Did he have the same hard time adjusting to the big change from half-day kindergarten to all-day elementary school?  I don't think he did, really.  Or, if he did have any sort of adjustment issues, they manifested themselves differently than they are with his sister.

Maybe I'm remembering wrong.  I probably am.  I know, actually, that there were days he didn't WANT to do his homework, it was TOO HARD, there was TOO MUCH TO DO.  I remember alternately sympathizing and reprimanding, hugging and ignoring frustrated tears.  I do remember, after all.

But still.

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Almost There

It's so hectic this month - not just with Alex's birthday cake to create, but with all the end-of-the-school-year stuff going on for my kids AND my husband.  Not to mention food-related activities that I haven't had time to write up...things like...we're brining pork bellies so we can make bacon...I need to make a goats milk cheddar soon...I made cheese curds (and french fries and gravy) for poutine recently...I also finally made my fresh and mesophilic starters...our garden is doing incredibly well (knock wood) - we've got zucchini ripening now, for example. 

Julia's got another wiggly tooth...Alex hit two doubles in last night's baseball game...I'm making two big cakes for an event this week, which I'll tell you about after it's all finished...and soon we'll be starting on this year's house project - painting the outsides of the house and garage.  I'm very excited about that - looking forward to a new color.  Not 100% sure yet what that color will be, but I'll be deciding soon.

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Random Weighty Matters

The past two days have been blazing hot.  80s and 90s.  Humid.  Hot.  Ugh.

I'm not a heat-loving chick, in case you didn't know.  I can deal with it, mostly, but too much and I wilt.

I was okay these past two days because of several things.  For one thing, according to the weather forecasts, there was an end in sight.  So I just had to hold on.  I figured I could get a LOT of laundry done in such hot weather, and you know, cranking out laundry (and drying it outside on the line) is my raison d'etre.  Of course it is.

So there was that.