I have no major excuses for the absence. I did gut the girls' shared room on a whim one morning, painted the walls white, then put it all back together, rearranged, of course. So that took a day or two. There's been a lot going on at school this year that has my brain sidetracked. Our kids are doing great, but there's a high volume of kids who aren't. Big distraction for the "good" kids, and lots of things to consider. The Girl's 8th birthday is tomorrow, so I've been doing some things for that. The Dad has been in Chicago for work since Tuesday, so I've been on my own, with no school because of conferences, all week. I've been obsessively looking at house listings for probably a year now, so I've been internally struggling with the pros and cons of that. The Dad is happy where we are, and in a lot of ways, I am too, so that's a struggle, also. Just life stuff. Mostly in my head. Oh yeah, and we have a puppy. A serious friggin' time suck if there ever was one. I've washed all my bedding, down to the mattress pad, three times in the last 24 hours. Kill me now. Potty training a toddler is 7000 times easier and less stressful.
I have my notepad, full of chicken scratch, ready for a Random Thoughts and Tidbits post. After tomorrow, I'll have lots of birthday party photos. I suppose I could take pictures of the girls' redone room. Although, in this new Pinterest/IG/Blog world, I'm not sure it's worthy.
It's clean, though, so I'm happy.
Oh, another reason I haven't sat down at the computer is, my computer friggin' sucks. And has. For like four years. We need a new one desperately. But, ya know, time and money.
A friend shared these Naked Lady Lily bulbs with me early this summer, and when I stuck them in the dirt, down in the parking strip, I figured I wouldn't see hide nor hair of them until next spring. Well, they had other plans. The photos are from August.
The Dad is expected home tonight.
As I type, he's on an airplane, heading this way.
He's taking The Girl roller skating in the morning, with her brother and two of her school friends, then they'll come back to the house for a family party, old school-style.
Sunday, I'm dragging him to look at a house that's too far of a drive for his job, and more than we can afford.
But it's The Dream in photos and I have to see it for my sanity.
Thank you for checking in when I'm checked out.
I'll be back sooner than later.....