Pre-K’s Don’t Cry

August 29, 2013 § 3 Comments

Hiram stayed in bed a little longer than usual this morning and when I went in to see how he was doing, he said, “I’m sleeping in because it’s a big day for me.”

A big day indeed! Hiram went to his “Early Childhood Screening” this morning — requirement #1 for (gulp) Kindergarten!

Hiram is a pretty shy guy, especially when he’s doing something new. So when we told him, basically, that he’d be going off on his own to do some games with a stranger he said, “But I’ll cry!”

After we explained how important it was the he not cry, and how much we wanted him to talk so the stranger could see that he was smart and ready for kindergarten, he changed his mind. “OK. I won’t cry.”

Today, he didn’t cry. He did everything they asked him to do and by the end, the screener was as smitten with him as we are. He loved the games on the computer and is very proud of the Minnesota Gopher key chain he got for helping out with the optional U of M study.

As we were walking back to the car, I told Hiram I was proud of him. I said I was proud because he was brave, did his very best on the games and didn’t cry.

“And, mom?” he said.


“Are you proud of me because I talked?”

For some reason, the thought that one of Hiram’s goals was “to talk” made me want to burst into tears. I managed to keep it together and say, simply, “Yes.”

He’s brave. He tries hard. He doesn’t cry. And he talks. Hiram is ready for Kindergarten.

So how come Hiram’s mama feels less ready with each passing day?


What e-Lew Likes: Trucks!

August 28, 2013 § Leave a comment

For the longest time, e-Lew was completely focused on liking things that made him seem like a big kid. Especially “whatever his brother liked.”  Lately though, he’s started to show some unique opinions about what’s awesome, which is awesome.

One of his most prominent interests is trucks. He almost always includes at least one of his truck books: Road Construction, Construction Trucks or Little Blue Truck his bedtime three. And he notices every “big truck” when we’re out and about.

Unfortunately for Eldyn, Hiram also has that sweet inclination to like “whatever his brother likes” so despite e-Lew’s best efforts to branch out, he’s still competing for toys.

Oh brothers!

Write a Novel: August Update

August 27, 2013 § Leave a comment

Hadley Barrows

Hey! That was a pretty successful August. I spent it with my nose in books and have started having bad dreams about being in cults. If that isn’t the closest thing to being in a cult without being in a cult, I don’t know what is.

I realized during the first month of research that I don’t need to find an existing religion to give my main character. In fact, after reading what I’ve been reading for the past few weeks, I am pretty sure that giving her a religion that already exists is going to make my novel unbelievable (a.k.a. truth is stranger than fiction).

This is good news because it means I don’t need to acquaint myself so thoroughly with one particular religion. It’s bad news because it means I need to rely on my own brain to come up with a religion that is crazy enough to be…

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In the Mood

August 26, 2013 § Leave a comment

Do you remember that one awesome time when Eldyn wouldn’t let Brad dance with me at one of my cousin’s weddings because he was there first?


Last weekend was another cousin’s wedding. This time, a gorgeous affair at my mom’s family’s farm.

Our little foursome was gearing up for a night of dancing. Having learned our lesson the hard way last time, Brad and I didn’t even try to exclude the boys when the first slow song came on. Instead, we settled for standing in a little clump, swaying to the music.

Eldyn must have sensed that the mood was romantic because partway through the song, he grabbed me by the ear and turned my head towards Brad’s. Then he pushed me (via ear) to Brad and insisted we kiss. When he saw how hard this made me laugh he did it about 18 more times.

Oh Lew.

Love was definitely in the air.

The Double Barrows

August 23, 2013 § Leave a comment


Sometimes, I’ll be getting dinner ready or finishing up some other mundane thing and I’ll notice that the house has gotten eerily quiet. Since silence typically signals the calm before the storm, I immediately switch to “locate kids” mode. Lately, I haven’t had to look far to find the boys. They’re standing right next to me. Looking up at me with their big brown/blue eyes. Sucking intently on their left/right thumbs. Making little suck noises while they hold their respective blankets.

The effect is all at once highly disarming, incredibly charming and for some reason, makes me extremely self-conscious. It’s so overwhelming, we’ve decided it needs its own name — the Double Barrows. As in, “I got the Double Barrows this morning and I’ve felt weird ever since.”

Boys Weekend 2013

August 22, 2013 § Leave a comment

Last weekend was camping trip weekend. Somehow, I’m almost always the only girl on this annual trip, but I think I held my own pretty well. I made it into the semi-final round in the “Bags” tournament and even remembered not to call it the “Bean Bag Toss.”

Actually, now that I think about it, I guess almost every weekend is a boys weekend in my life so what’s the big deal?

Here are a few photos of boys!

Words With Nubs: Evanescent

August 21, 2013 § Leave a comment

Hadley Barrows

It’s the end of summer, which has me thinking about fleeting things. Things like childhood, Sunday afternoons and falling stars. I guess that’s probably why I attached myself to the word “evanescent” when I heard someone use it the other day. Thank you, someone, who said such a pretty word during such a boring meeting.

Evanescent. It means fleeting and can sometimes take longer to say than the moment you’re describing. Which might be a good thing. You can keep thinking about that moment while you enjoy all the natural places your mouth can stop and rest along the way.

On the V.

On the N.

On the S.

On the T.

It’s nice to have a long word for something so lovely and short. Try it out on something you’d like to last a little longer and you’ll see what I mean.

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