10 Years Ago Today 2

…landisdad and I walked into a hospital as a couple of adults, and walked out as parents. (All right, that was actually 10 years from two days from now, but that’s somewhat less poetic.)

Happy Birthday, darling Bee.

I never thought that you would be almost as tall as I am, by the time you were 10 years old.

I didn’t know that you would be the kind of kid who eats her dessert as slowly as possible, in order to wring every bite of enjoyment out of it.

I knew that you would be a reader (how could you not be? you’re my daughter!), but I never knew how awesome it would be to see you reading at your safety post, every morning.

I never knew you would be such a good singer.

I didn’t know that you would love soccer, even this year when you have to be on a team with boys.

I never knew that I would worry about you every single day of the rest of my life.

I didn’t know that I would be proud of you every single day for the rest of my life.

Thank you for being the best 10-year-old girl in the Western Hemisphere. Have a wonderful birthday, Bee, and may it be followed by a wonderful year.


September 30, 2009. growing up. 10 comments.

10 years ago today…

my cat killed a sparrow in the kitchen. The sparrow flew through our window during Hurricane Floyd seeking a place of safety, only to be snapped out of the air, dead before it hit the floor, by our cat, Hank, the killingest cat of all time.

Why do I remember this so vividly?

It was the Bee’s due date.

September 17, 2009. thoughtful parenting. Leave a comment.

more on the basement


Long-time readers of this blog may remember when we got our basement finished. Way back then, I wanted to paint part of the wall as a chalkboard–we had a chalkboard in my basement growing up, and I always found it fun to play around with, especially when playing school, or Dungeons & Dragons. It took a couple of years, but I finally got around to it–and this is what’s waiting for my kids when they get home today. Although, of course, they don’t have chalkboards in school any more. Maybe I should have gotten some whiteboard paint…

September 4, 2009. family life. 6 comments.

First Day, 2009


September 2, 2009. the cutest kids ever!. 3 comments.