Monday, September 26, 2011


Zach turned eight today.

I took cookies to class, blue and yellow cookies with sprinkles and CapriSun.

For dinner, he wanted hamburgers and fries. I added apples and a salad. Yellow cake with blue frosting and cookie dough ice cream was dessert.

Favorite gifts were the movie Rio, money and a Target gift card.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

School pictures: now and then

2nd Grade, Fall 2011

3rd Grade (?), Fall 1982

3rd Grade, Fall 2011

2nd Grade, Fall 1980
Can you see any resemblances?

Sunday, September 11, 2011

September 11 :: 10 years later

[Part of this post is from my 2009 September 11 blog post.]

September 11, 2001 was a scary day. We all remember it, and if you don't, there are countless images and news articles you can read about it. I asked the boys if in their second and third grade classes, they talked about what happened on 9/11. They said no, but they know that 9/11 is "the day some bad guys flew some planes into the twin towers, and a lot of people died." Yup, that pretty much sums up the day.

A lot has changed since that day. Scott and I went from living in Dayton, OH to Washington, DC to Wichita, KS. We freed ourselves from two crazy cats but added two crazy boys to our family. I went from full time work, to stay at home mom to working part time. A silver minivan has replaced our sporty red convertible Miata. Our house is full of Legos, and conversations revolve around Star Wars, soccer and the Hardy Boys. 

A few things haven't changed: Scott still grills the best steaks ever, and I still hate to clean.

But the memories of that day remain. Some are fading, some are still vivid. I was working as Communications Director for the Dayton Art Institute in Dayton, home to Wright Patterson Air Force base, one of the largest Air Force bases in the US. Scott was active duty Air Force, working on base. 

I can hear the phone recording “all circuits are busy…” when I tried to get a hold of Scott. No one could call out or in to the base. Cell phone lines were jammed as well, with everyone in America trying to get a hold of loved ones and figure out what was going on. Scott and I finally connected hours later, and he was put on 48 hours notice for deployment. 

Scott's department was required to man their office 24/7. He also updated his will, and went over all the financials and important stuff I needed to know in case he got deployed and something happened to him. Morbid, yes, but it needed to be done.

I can even recall what I was wearing that day: my favorite Ann Taylor black shirt dress with 3/4 length sleeves, buttons down the front and belted waist, and black knee high boots. Isn't it strange the things we remember? 

Sometimes I'll be watching a movie or TV show made prior to 2001, and I'll catch a glimpse of the twin towers. The image that comes to mind is that of the towers burning, then collapsing. I don't like that memory at all.  

Our safe little world changed that day. In the weeks and months following, we worried about letters laced with anthrax being mailed to media outlets and Legislators. Airline security was ramped up and now passengers were required to remove their shoes when going through airport security. And the US formed the Department of Homeland Security whose main role was to protect us from terrorists.  

Our "bad guys" were real.

That day has is now in history books along with such important events as WWI, WWII, John F. Kennedy's assassination and Pearl Harbor. The difference is, I can remember it. 

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Eight and Nine

We've done joint birthday parties before, at C-Arrow Stables, YMCA and Pump it Up.

This year, the venue of choice was All Star Sports. Oh joy.

12 boys ages seven to 11, I think. It was a marathon birthday games, miniature golf, go carts, laser tag, bumper boats, cake and pizza. 

The birthday boys.

The birthday cake.


Video games.

Waiting to ride the go carts.

Bumper boats.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Oh no

Buckle fracture from slipping down the stairs. Must wear for 3 1/2 weeks. Not happy at all.