Tuesday, August 28, 2012


Truth be told this post is a month late.  Oops!  

 Here is Deirdre at 5 months. 
Things she loves include her feet, her brother, hearty laughs and singing the abc's.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Catching Up

Hey gang  . . . delinquent blogger, I know.  I know. (head hanging, toe scuffing). 

Well, what's new?  A lot and not a whole heck of a lot.   Matt and I both started new roles in the past couple weeks so we are making adjustments and taking things one day at a time.  All in all, it's been pretty good and we are quickly falling into the pattern of the dual working parents!  That said, having Matt around for a few weeks was really, really nice and I would be lying if the conversation around balance wasn't a hot topic in our household these days.  

The kids have been a riot.  James is currently trying to teach Deirdre to "tackle".   This is a great plan on many fronts obviously.   The adore eachother. . . just adore eachother. There are lots of funny little interactions going on between the two of them, giggles, funny faces etc.  Matt and I often follow up the balance conversation with "how lucky are we?"

The year of health is marching along merrily.  I am enjoying my running club and have improved my speed.  I have safely transitioned from sloth pace to turtle pace.  Big smiles.

Like I said, a lot and not a whole heck of a lot.

Much love to you all.   

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

High's and Low's

In college my roommates and I would start a meeting with talking about the week's highs and lows.

This week friends, this week.  Highs and Lows.

Highs-- we just got back from vacation-- 10 days of nothing-- reading good books, drinking too much and relaxing.

The low is that my very good friend LJ lost her battle with cancer.  This was no surprise-- she had been sick for two years- and for many months has known her diagnosis was terminal.    We had our chance to celebrate life and spend some quality time together but it remains very hard and very sad.   I was hoping to get down to Rochester this weekend to say one last good bye- but alas, it wasn't to be.

She was my oldest friend-- friends since we were kids-- actually the same age as her kids are now.   She was a huge support for me when my mom passed and my heart goes out to her girls as they face a new world.   We experienced so much together-- the angst of the teen years, the exploration of the world, marriage (and divorce oddly enough) and motherhood.  She was a solid, solid gal with a great sense of humor, determination and incredible faith. 

I love you Lorajean.  My life was better because of your love and grace.