Monthly Archives: November 2009


We are on our way to Virginia for Thanksgiving with the Waldvogels! Thought I would share this drawing from Fletcher’s school. Perhaps it is time to get him some new fish?

“I am thankful for my fish that died”

“Never jump into a pile of leaves with a wet sucker.”

“Never jump into a pile of leaves with a wet sucker.” ~ Linus

But everyone should jump into a pile of leaves from time to time. Is there really any greater pleasure? The cool, crisp, crinkly leaves, the loamy scent of the earth, the freedom of flying through the air and spinning and falling without a care. Around here this is a bit of a rare pleasure. Live Oaks drop their leaves in the Spring . . . and somehow that just isn’t the same. But this weekend the air was cool and there were leaves on the ground at the park. And the kids took full advantage! Well . . . most of them did. Fletcher refused to play in the leaves because he was wearing his favorite shirt and “wouldn’t want to get messy!”


Fletcher’s new favorite thing is fake burping. So lovely. He walks around the house all day long saying:




It dries me crazy. He came down the stairs this morning going urp, urp, urp and I made a comment about it being his favorite word. He smiled and jumped into my lap, threw his arms around my neck and said “No it isn’t. Mommy is my favorite word!”

Can you see the grin on my face? That boy has totally got my number.

I’m glad I’m not a turkey (Tofurkey!)

Oh I’m glad I’m not a turkey, a turkey, a turkey
Oh I’m glad I’m not a turkey on Thanksgiving Day.
They stuff you!
And bake you!
And then they all taste you!
Oh I’m glad I’m not a turkey
On Thanksgiving Day!

building forts

The weather was too beautiful to stay inside this afternoon, so the kids and I headed to the park. While I was pushing Lola on the swings, the boys collected fallen branches and made this amazing hideout! I, of course, forgot my camera. Fortunately Molly loaned me her iphone to snap this shot – I definitely think I need one of those!

my ballerina

Lola Gray’s ballet school puts on a version of The Nutcracker every year, but since she is technically in the “pre-ballet” class they are not participating in the performance. Instead, they have invited the families to come into class for a few minutes each week so the children start to get used to performing for an audience. Class is on Mondays and Wednesdays while I am teaching, and I hate that I haven’t been able to go watch her dance! But today, Raymond took the video camera so at least I got a glimpse! In December they are planning a party and I think a longer show for the parents, so hopefully there will be more vidoe coming soon. Is it just me, or does my girl have some talent? : )

sending notes to Iraq

One of Fletcher’s best buddies at school is Connor. Connor’s father is in Iraq right now, so his mother came to school this week and had the kids make a banner and cards to send to the unit. I hope this sweet card from Fletcher brightens someone’s day.