• Just Life

    A Tuesday Haiku.

    speeding through errands when I pause for a moment compelled to look up. I see sun filtered through a canopy of red. nature’s beauty in sharp contrast with the asphalt beneath my feet. in my head. I don’t think there is any haiku tradition with this 3 verse style – but the 5-7-5 x 2 + 7-7 rhythm seems like the right fit … so I’m calling it good. and done! Happy Tuesday! and p.s. to my gardener friends – these leaves look like oak leaves – are they supposed to be red this time of year?

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    A Tuesday Haiku.

    another day home quiet, but not alone with Holly by my side Thank you for all your get better wishes (more than once!)  I have high hopes to leave the house tomorrow for a dinner out with Katie and Sara and I’m even hoping I can wear makeup! It doesn’t hurt to dream big 😉.

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    Tuesdays with Charlie | Two and a half.

    Charlie and I are now into our third year of Tuesdays. Looking back over the archives is a sure reminder that 1) time flies; and 2) having photos and words to document the little steps along the way* is an easy way to lose spend an hour on a Tuesday evening. Today we were back to our “typical” schedule. I picked him up at 7am and dropped him off just after 5pm. Here’s a glimpse into ten hours of toddler time: a “selfie” to send to his mom at the library after nap … all smiles! “soccer” … yes the ground really does slope that much! a scoop of “ice”…

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    Tuesdays with Charlie | Valentine’s Day.

    First Halloween and now Valentine’s Day – two holidays made much better* with time (and grandchildren). A few weeks back I noticed that Valentine’s Day would fall on a Tuesday and started making plans for heart-shaped pancakes, cookies and (yes) even cucumbers. My plans fell – a little bit – by the wayside when we realized Charlie spending all day with me would mean missing exchanging Valentines at school. Slight change in plans – Charlie went to school in the morning and was there for all the Valentines and Marc and I got to enjoy our favorite morning walk by the lake. I picked Charlie up from school and we…

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    Tuesdays with Charlie | Choosing a Book by Its Cover.

    I am happy to report that the library has become a regular part of our Tuesday morning routine. Thankfully there was a break in the rain and we got to walk a little (and count a lot of stairs*) after we parked the car. I had a book on hold, so we had to visit the grown-up floor first. The hold books come with two rubber bands and a slip of paper with ROG; I love that Charlie knows to take off the rubber bands and hand them to a librarian to recycle (next week we’ll work on handing over that slip of paper too 😉  The book on hold…

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    Tuesdays with Charlie | Play (and rest).

    When I picked Charlie up this morning, his folks were happy to report that he’d slept in … ’til 6:15am.  His usual wake-up time is closer to 5:30, so I wasn’t quite sure what our day might bring.  We started off with steamed milk and cereal, but he wanted to get upstairs to “play toys”. So we did. I shared this collage on Instagram with the caption “two minutes of toddler time” – seriously y’all – the first photo (building) was at 8:19am and the last (all knocked down and ready to start over) was at 8:21am. two minutes.  He proceeded at that pace all morning. More legos, puzzles, a…

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    Tuesdays with Charlie | At Home.

    Tuesdays with Charlie are pretty much a slam-dunk in the “light” category. Our schedule now that Katie is back at work* is 7am – 5pm. Sunrise isn’t until well after 7:30 these days, so our immediate priority once we were back here was to walk Holly … and after that chilly exercise … steamed milk! Next he wanted to head upstairs for toys. My mom gave him a subscription to Highlights Five and today we finally had time to see what it was all about. He/we loved it! I was delighted he knew about the Hidden Pictures and how to find them. He also aced the free app that we…

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    Tuesdays with Charlie | Out and About.

    There are certainly minutes of Tuesdays that seem to drag…but on the whole, my days with Charlie fly by. He must think so, too, because when his mom asks him what we did, his first answer is “I don’t know”. That’s why I take photos (and write blog posts)! My plan for today was “our storytime” at the library (I wanted to let Charlie choose the books and I would read them), followed by lunch out (pizza) and, after nap, a few minutes at his neighborhood playground, hopefully with his mama and Sam. We added in a few more things (cereal with milk, mopping, puzzles, legos, bed-making, taking Holly out…

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    Tuesdays with Charlie | One Story.

    A few of y’all might remember the “sleeping bag days” (which officially ended way back in September shortly after he turned two). He’s been doing great in his big boy bed, but our furnace is on the blink (thankfully it waited until after the ice storm) and the repairman showed up just before nap. The attic door to said furnace is right outside Charlie’s room… and it seemed prudent to have nap back downstairs today. Much has changed since those summertime sleeping bag days a pillow and a new sleeping position for starters… and of course now there’s a blanket. and little Holly  in the picture. literally. they’re really becoming…