Sunday, August 22, 2010

growing up


Yesterday Gwen wrote me a note. This is what it said:

Sometimes I feel too much is expected of me and I want to be little again. Sometimes I remember I am little, you treat me too old. Please treat me younger, I have too much responsibility.
Love, Gwen

I laid in bed thinking about it for a long time. It is sad and true and funny all at the same time. I thought about life and work and how they are inseparable, but not void of joy. And about how growing up is hard. I thought about how she doesn't have too much responsibility but I am too critical. I thought about other notes she has written me, namely this one and how this was a marked improvement. Maybe I am getting better? Maybe she is growing up and becoming more articulate. Ultimately, I decided I would also like to write someone a note that says "I have too much responsibility. I want to be little again." Who should I write it to?

As a side note, she wrote me another note today that said:

Mom, I love you and love writing you notes. Sometimes it is easier to tell the paper. I hope we keep writing notes to talk. Gwen

Sweet girl. As long as my eyes aren't x'ed out and I haven't been shot in the heart with an arrow I'm okay with the notes.

Thursday, August 19, 2010


Today the kids and I hiked (4 miles! with Grace on my back) at Ivy Creek. A few fun photos:

Anyone identify those guys? Freaky.


And we made these bird feeders when we got home. I hate messy crafts and this one was so messy. But, I try to be a good mom and do them sometimes.

Back Creek Cabin

This week our family turned 11. To celebrate Jared and I spent last weekend at a little cabin in the mountains. I really fell in love with our little cabin and can't wait to go back. I want to take my kids to play in the creek and get the owners to give us a tour of their "sugarhouse" where they make maple syrup. I have to add the link to the cabin so you can appreciate how darling it is. You must click through the photos here. We spent the whole weekend doing NOTHING and we loved every minute of it.

Happy Anniversary to us! We are totally not old enough to married for 11 years.