Turning Things Around

Kind of a slow turnaround. I blame the public school system. Folks blame it for a whole lot of other things, why not this? Brad and I are getting sucked up into the swirl of volunteering at Henry’s school. It’s fun, especially when we get to help out in the classroom. But it leaves less time for updating here. Oh, who am I kidding? I’ve gotten lazy.

The great buildup to Halloween is in full swing. Costumes are ready (skeleton for Henry, leopard for Charlie). Candy has been purchased, enough for 30+ trick-or-treaters, (yes, yes, we’ll probably only get 10 or so). Pumpkins are on the front steps, ready for carving. Fake tombstones and bones peek up from the ground cover in the front yard. Fake spiders and webs are strewn; real spiders and webs clutter the porch ceiling. Our skeleton friend Ostrapot is back in the library window. Henry is excited; Charlie is delighted.

Not much else to report. It’s all about the little things these days. New words for Charlie (plane, spider, box, gum, basement, pumpkin) and the cute way he shakes his head saying “No, no, no” as he runs away from us when it’s time to get ready to go out. New skills for Henry (writing legibly with a pencil, pouring pancake batter onto the griddle, counting by 2’s and 5’s and 10’s) and the cute way he imitates Charlie running around the house saying “Aaaah!” Finding a better sushi place, where I can actually stomach some sashimi. Enjoying lots and lots of coffee. A wonderful life for sure.