Highs and Lows

Welp, it’s been a heck of a long time since I’ve blogged. And I’ll just put it out there for the 3 of you who aren’t members of my family and have been wondering where I’ve been: I’m not pregnant! That’s right, my 3 month blogging hiatus is not due to exhaustion and morning sickness. I’m just lazy. But we all knew that!

Now that that’s out of the way, I thought I’d use a certain, unoriginal, tried and true method of blogging to jot down a little bit about our summer and early fall: the highs and lows post.

July Highs:
Dave and I escaped and went out on a fancy, long date to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and then dinner for our anniversary.IMG_4572

The kids and I spent a week in New York while Jane was in town and all the sibs briefly got together (to take a picture).



None that I can think of… Well, July might have been the month that we let our tenant get a dog. Sigh…

August Highs:
The garden was in high gear giving us more produce than we could handle, especially tomatoes! I actually froze a ton of them this year and we’ve been using them in soups and chili. It makes me feel very Ma Ingalls-ish. Except she didn’t have a freezer.IMG_4779

My friend Annemarie hosted a FUS reunion that we made it to and that was a blast! It was nice to catch up with old friends and see our kids play together.

Sara got a tummy bug at the tail end of the month and it was so sad.IMG_4771

September Highs:
We took an epic trip down to Raleigh to visit some of Dave’s family and then to Virginia Beach to soak up the last bit of the summer. And I was able to reconnect with a dear college friend while in Virginia Beach! We went on a sushi date and it was glorious!IMG_4854

When we got back, our preschool co-op started back up, and Sara LOVES it. Her pre-literacy skills are just exploding. My former preschool teacher self is totally geeking out over her academic growth.

GUS FINALLY STARTED WALKING! Listen, people. The kid is 27 pounds. It was time he started pulling his own weight around here.IMG_4927

Everyone (except me!) came down with a stomach bug while we were on our epic trip. So. much. puke. And Sara had only gotten over her other stomach bug a couple of weeks before this one! I’m really trying not to let that whole ordeal color my impression of the entire trip but I’m not succeeding.IMG_4840

With the cold setting in at the end of September, some little furry friends decided to move on into our cozy house. We’ve had mice here and there over the last 4 years that we’ve lived here, but this is the first time that we’ve had some in the attic (how did they get up there????) as well as in our kitchen and bathroom. Any recommendations for your best traps would be appreciated! I’m really trying to fake it till I make it, because I know it’s not a big deal in the grand scheme of things, but! ! ! They’re gross.

Well, that kind of covers it I guess! I’m not going to make grand promises of more consistent blogging, but I don’t intend to shut it all down or anything.  So if anyone is still reading, thank you. 🙂 You’re a very patient and charitable person, and I like you.



14 thoughts on “Highs and Lows

  1. I definitely missed your posts and I totally thought you were pregnant! It sounds like you had a great summer though and I am glad to hear Sara is all about learning now. I hope that she never gets the stomach bug again.

  2. Glad you're back! And, ugh, I detest mice. We had them in our old house esp. in the pantry which grossed me out to the nth degree. We had mildly good success with these stand up traps but I can't recall the name. Anyways, hopefully you guys will all have a clean bill of health for a good while!

    • It's really comforting to hear other people's mice stories. My immediate reaction is what did I do to cause this, and how I'm probably the only person with this problem, but that's not even close to true.

  3. Good to hear from you! . . . We finally found tenants for our old house, and they have a dog. Everyone seems to have a dog. We're charging and extra $50/ month and hoping for the best. . . . And good luck w/ the mice! We have bats in our attic, and also a slightly leaky roof. So we're at this weird stage in life where the pressing questions is–what do we deal with first, bats or leaks? ;-P

    • That's why we let the tenants get a dog! Everyone has a dog! But, the thing is, we basically share a house with them, they're right next door and our basements are adjoining. So we hear the lonely dog bark. all. day. long. They are paying $20 extra a month, but it's been pretty annoying. Things have been tense.

      And pests! I know, this is real, adult life. Especially in old houses. I'm just a worrier, and my mind goes to all the worst case scenarios with pests. What if it's rats in the attic and not mice? What if they carry lice or other pests or diseases? What if??? I am my own worst enemy; the mice got nothing on my own mind.

    • What?? This is getting creepy. First the Schoharie connection, then our twin babies, and we both got the shark vacuum and now this? That's it, your husband needs to get a job in Boston and then we can be neighbors and besties like we're CLEARLY supposed to be!

  4. I'm just waiting for it to get cold enough for mice to try to get into our house… It's only a matter of time out here! Although we *do* have an outdoor cat, and a dog, so maybe that'll deter them? And YAY for Gus walking! Peter's still not even close, I think he's gonna be our latest walker. But he's such a tank that I feel like he can't move that enormous body! Probably doesn't help that I carry him/wear him everywhere…

    • Yeah, I gave up on wearing Gus around 7 months, although to be fair, I'm a "wear the baby as a last resort" person. He is just way too big! We have an old hiking backpack that we use for walks and hikes and such and even that is getting a little dangerous because he's tall and heavy and throws his body around and kicks and leans. So, yeah. It's a good thing he finally started walking!

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