… to meet up with Stimey and UpsideBackwards Kate this week, but I went anyway and had a wonderful time with Kate, a best-friend-I-just-hadn’t-met-yet, and Jean, who I adore and admire and puts up with me whenever we can remember to get out and playdate. We three talked and talked like old friends, which of course we are, thanks to the wonders of the internet, blogs and twitter, and we noshed on Whittiker’s dark chocolate and kiwifruit (not “kiwi,” we were told by the Kiwi, and thankgoodness that got straightened out right off!) Kate brought wonderful New Zealand picture books for my boys and chocolate for us all. (I brought nothing, because I’m a bit of an idiot that way, although I did consider stopping along the way and picking up Rita’s to share — but then reconsidered, because I think it’s actually Italian ice, even if it is a Maryland-ish treat. Oh, drat, where was I?) It was a lovely afternoon, and we took a picture of us all smooshed up together to treasure and remember it by.
… to go out after dark, while Daddy read the kids to sleep, but I went anyway, bolstered by your encouragement, and I got an awesome haircut Thursday night. It’s wet right now, since it’s morning and all, but I’ll post a pic asap. I really like it — it’s on the long side of being really short, and it’s just perfect. Oh, wait, here’s one if you don’t mind a little (lack of) cleavage and visible radiation burn:
… to rewrite that chapter for my book, but I stayed up late too many nights at the computer and I now have actually written the story of Stardust. And I’m happy with it.
… to playdate with R and her girls, but it was absolutely wonderful to sit and talk and look at the forest, to swing the children endlessly, and to play baseball with my boys and her girls.
… to babysit earlier in the week, but of course I wasn’t, because they’re BIG KIDS NOW and L and Widget and Little Bear just played and played and were angels together. Silly me.
… to take Widget to soccer practice, but I went and sat in the sun with my friends C and M, and we had a wonderful time watching the kids play and Widget score SIX GOALS and C2 coach and afterwards she told me that my son was really good at soccer. Which was awesome.
… to go to Kristen’s yesterday, but OMG it was fun and we were so busy talking and laughing and eating and swinging from the GIANT ROPE SWING IN THE SKY and squirting Redi-Whip in each other’s mouths and laughing and cuddling the littlest one (he is so yummy!) that the iPhones just sat on the table (if we weren’t taking pictures as the Mamarazzi – like the one on the right that shows E swinging SO FAR off the ground!) and we didn’t tweet once.
… to make a picture album earlier this week, but it was not that hard at all, and I’m setting a goal to make another one this week featuring good times we’ve had with friends, because really, isn’t that a major part of growing up? I am really excited about this and hope I took enough pictures along the way to remember the incredible mix of playdates and parkdates and museums and field trips and just playing in the back yard together with so many wonderful, loving friends. Four years ago, I had my worries — but I’ve tried to cover the worries with love, and it’s working out, you know? All in all, it’s been a good childhood, and I want my kids to remember all the wonderful good times we’ve had together. It has been a GOOD childhood.
… to leave the house, but look what all I would have missed.