Dry Spell

It has been so long since my last post . . . and apparently Blogger has made some changes.  It took me about 5 minutes to figure out how to actually begin a new post.  Ooops.  While I realize I may not have any readers left out there. . .well, other than my parents.  Who knows? Maybe they gave up on me too!

Just a few quick points because I can’t possibly recap the last 5 months!

1.  We had a great summer.  It went by very quickly, but we a lot more hang out time this year than the last couple of summers.  We took a mini-vacation with my family to the Lake of the Ozarks.  The weather was beautiful and my 31 year old brother is the only one who ended up with a sun burn.  We took turns planning meals, and I must say, we are great cooks!  

 Umm, yes, my brother did bring his juice extractor and his kitchen aid mixer.  I mean, who doesn’t?

Had to throw in this picture.  Just looking for sympathy – this is what Daphne has been like for about the last year.  This is what happens when you give up naps at 2 years old.  
2.  We got a dog.  This was a big step for me. . . the girls had been begging.  Kevin was totally okay with it. I was the last one on board.  I have to say, we couldn’t have ended up with a better dog.  Hugo is such a sweet, calm dog.  He is 5 so he was totally house trained and the only thing he chewed up was a plastic pear.  I think maybe he thought it was real!  Ha!  The funniest thing is that he follows me everywhere.  No, I mean, EVERYWHERE.  If you know me, you know that I NEVER sit down for more than 5 minutes until about 8 p.m.  I go up and down the stairs about 100 times a day and Hugo follows me.  Every once in a while we will be in the basement and I realized I forgot to print something off for school.  I will run up 2 flights of stairs to grab something out of the printer and run back down.  And, yes, Hugo follows me even then.  The girls and Kevin are totally jealous.  Kevin often tells Hugo that I was the last one on board!  
3.  School got off to a great start.  I hope to blog about what we are doing this year at a later date. . . but don’t get your hopes up!  Norah is doing great.  She is goal oriented so she works very hard to get everything accomplished carefully, but at a decent pace.  Lucy is entertaining.  She is doing well, but her goal seems to be to just make it through the day.  She is not quite a careful – but she doesn’t stress out about her school work.  She loves her math – a girl after my own heart!  Daphne is enjoying the fact that I actually have something prepared for her about 3 days a week.  The 2 days that I don’t, she begs for school!  She, however, is a perfectionist.  Last week, she cried because the horse she drew didn’t actually look like a real horse.  I am not even kidding.  She SOBBED.  I kept telling her that hers looked great.  Finally, I told her that 3 year old can’t draw real horses.  
4.  We went apple picking last weekend.  We went to a quaint, little orchard about 30 minutes from our house.  It was perfect.  The weather was great!  It wasn’t busy and there weren’t a million other things to see and do.  

As I said, I hope to be back at the blogging thing, but I can’t promise anything.  Life is just busy.  Not in a bad way, just busy.