Monday, May 28, 2012


So far it's been a busy weekend here, though at least in this house it's over.  Steven and I both have to work today, so it's a regular Monday except that Hannah is out of school.

Saturday Steven was home as usual, so we all went to Hannah's softball game.  It was sticky, but they all tried their best and got some hits and some runs.  Then we went out to pick out some vegetable plants.  So our garden is officially in.  The girls helped plant everything, and if even half of what we planted grows, we'll have quite the assortment of veggies and fruits to eat.  Norah picked watermelons, and Hannah picked strawberries, plus the regular things we normally get like cucumbers, tomatoes, and peppers.  We're also trying butternut squash this year, and we have zucchini again. 

Yesterday the girls and I headed up to visit Grampy and Mimi, and the girls had a great time playing outside and being spoiled.  It was a beautiful day, and very relaxing.  Only would have been better if I had gotten home with them at bedtime and our annoying neighbors hadn't been having a huge party.  Huge is fine, loud and obnoxious isn't.  Fortunately someone was more annoyed than we were, because about 8:45 the police showed up, and after that it was much more peaceful!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

When are we....

Going to see Sara and Zach?  Having pancakes for dinner?  Having a sleepover at Kat's?  Going to leave for the park?  Seeing Grampy and Mimi? 

Fun things are hard to wait for, and since the unofficial start of summer is this weekend, I think we'll be having more fun things to wait for than usual.  We're on vacation in August, and we'll be going to visit Sara, Zach, and Baby Carlee.  We can't go see Grampy and Mimi as often as we'd like, but that has something to do with a certain someone's softball game schedule.

Friday night Hannah is being tested for her yellow belt in taekwondo.  She's excited, but she knows everything she needs to.  They told her at class last night she was ready to be tested.  I'll be sure to have my camera and phone ready for a video.  She's really looking forward to it, and it's fun for me to watch her learn.  She busts out with 1 to 10 in korean regularly, and she can kick shockingly high for someone small.

Norah has a dentists appointment today.  She's not bothered by it in the least, in fact she's been asking all morning when we're going to leave.  Hopefully she's taken great care of her teeth and no more cavities are present.  I don't know why she had two last time... she brushes twice a day, and doesn't eat junk or drink juice.  They said some kids are just prone to it and have soft teeth.  So I'm crossing my fingers that everything looks good. 

Monday, May 21, 2012

Boring or Relaxing?

Norah falls asleep every time we go to church.  I don't know what it is, and it doesn't seem to matter what time it is.  9am?  Sleeping by the homily.  11am? Dozing by the Gloria.  Anything later than that and I swear she's sleeping before he's finished welcoming us to mass.  I don't know what it is, and I will say that during mass I'm thrilled she's super lightweight for a four year old.  I don't have any issues holding her with all the standing and sitting.  In fact she usually only wakes up right before the Eucharist because I have a much harder time holding her and kneeling.  So now I'm left wondering... is she ultra bored, or super relaxed?

Wednesday, May 16, 2012


It's great for the grass, but man it's awful for playing outside.  It's rained just about every weekday for something like three weeks now.  Norah's annoyed that on my days off we can't go outside, and softball practice was cancelled yet again.  They need the practice, but what can you do.

Fortunately Mother's Day weekend was insanely gorgeous.  The girls spent the weekend with Meema, hanging out there and being spoiled in general.  After my final and some boring house related things Saturday, Steven and I headed into Boston.  Mostly to just walk around and be together, and that's exactly what we did.  Takeout on the way home and watching tv capped off a peaceful day.  Sunday it was up to me to pick up the monkeys from Meema, and she was nice enough to make us dinner also. 

Hannah is really taking to taekwondo.  There is a belt test next Friday, I'll be interested to see if they think she'll be ready to test for her yellow belt then.  She's working really hard.  She knows the ten basic movements, and eight more for something else.  She knows her stance, her breaking, and how to count to ten in Korean.  She's a smart cookie that one.  I'm proud of her.

Norah has been somewhat less than herself.  I'm not sure if it's the cold that made us all pretty miserable last week or what.  She's been falling asleep, which isn't like her... and getting up much too early, which just perpetuates the cycle.  Hopefully it's just four year old randomness.

Monday, May 7, 2012


Things are going to be a bit chaotic coming up, so what's going on in our house is basically this:  Hannah loves taekwondo, and she'll be testing for her yellow belt soon.  She's learning fast, and everyone is impressed with her.  Norah is being screened for preschool this week, and hopefully will have a spot for this fall, since next year she'll be a Kindergartener.  This is my last week of school, and I'm very much looking forward to having the summer to relax.  Next semester I'm taking English and Math to continue my effort to get the less fun stuff out of the way first.

Hannah and I are both a bit under the weather, she's got the characteristic cough, and my throat is killing me.  Hopefully we can both kick it so we can enjoy Mother's Day weekend coming up.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Lover and Fighter

Man, no one warns you about those second children.  I love her to death, she's funny and fabulous.  Quirky and sweet.  She's snuggly and loveable... most of what comes out of her mouth following "Mommy" is "I Love you!"  She picks at her sister and Magi (who might as well be her sister) and intentionally pisses them off.  She thinks because she's little and cute, punishment will be minimal.  Instigating trouble isn't good no matter who you are, so she sits on her own to think about what she should do or say, and the tears flow.  I should have named her Norah Trouble, instead of Norah Anne.  Something about 4.... I remember it wasn't all roses with Hannah either.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012


Hannah took her first class tonight, and she was so proud of herself.  She got a yellow stripe on her white belt, and knew everything she was supposed to know and do for them.  She paid attention and listened.  Some of those are hard for her sometimes, she gets distracted easily.  I think it's great that she likes it so much.  Hopefully she can finish the month of free classes and we can figure out a way to keep her in to take more.