Monday, October 16, 2017


The kiddos and I took a quick trip out to Pittsburgh to visit Kate, Neal, Timo and Baby Solia.  What fun!  I love traveling with these two and it is always great to have Pittsburgh time with the Kloders.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Picture Day

I cannot help but take my own driveway picture day photos of these two cuties.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Sweet Conversations

Two things that I want to remember about Alma and James at this age are their kind conversations with one another and the speed at which they acquire and utilize new vocabulary words.

For example, while James was getting dressed this morning, Alma decided to set up brunch for the two of them (Joshua is outside mowing the lawn; I'm at the computer in the living room writing a paper for school).  Upon sitting down at the kitchen table together, here's their conversation:

Alma: James, have you enjoyed the school year so far?  Do you like being in the upstairs classroom?

James: Yes.  Yes, I really do.

Alma: What have you learned?

James: Nouns.  I was excited to learn about nouns.

Alma: That's exciting, buddy.

And the conversation goes on and on about fun things that happened during the week and funny things their friends said.  It's is great that all of their friends are mutual, due to their small school.

The other example: Today while going to a women's soccer game at Immaculata University, James asked which players were more competent at playing soccer.  Competent.  I was impressed.  Then on the drive home, I heard Alma in the back seat explaining to James that Trains R Us, a dumpy little store we know, probably didn't make enough of a profit and that is why it closed.  Profit.  Every day they surprise me with a new word that I didn't think they knew.

I love and am so grateful for my smart, kind children.

Friday, September 8, 2017

House Projects

We gave ourselves an extra month between purchasing the house and moving into it so that we could accomplish some projects and pay people to accomplish even more projects.  Thus far, we/they have replaced the hot water heater, fixed the majorly cracked waste pipe, addressed the cracked beam in the attic, removed the downstairs free-standing fireplace, got the family room walls to a new state (removed the wallpaper border, patched the walls, primed and painted), found a rose garden in the raised bed of weeds, and the contractors are in the midst of refinishing the original hardwood floors and installing new hardwood floors downstairs.

The children spent Sunday afternoon reacquainting themselves with a yard and the sprinkler.

This photo of me reminds me of the demo work at our first house, although this house's work won't be nearly as extensive.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Friday, August 18, 2017

Washington State Vacation

Our summer trip to the Seattle area was awesome.  Time with family is the best.  

Upon landing in Philadelphia, Alma declared, "That was a great vacation" and James admitted that it was far too short.  Joshua and I agree.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Tie Dye the Summer

Another great round of tie dye shirts!