On This Sort-of Rainy Afternoon,

while the boys nap, Sophie is spinning around and around and around. I’m counting the number of times she can spin (38 is the number to beat right now) until she falls down, drunk on dizziness.

We really need preschool to start.

“If there were no schools to take the children away from home part of the time, the insane asylums would be filled with mothers.” —Edgar W. Howe

Catching Rain Drops & Other Happy Things

My best guess is that now that it’s near the end of spring and it’s supposed to be in the 90s this weekend, the universe realized we weren’t sick enough this past winter (and really, we luckily, were not) and so it’s making up for that now.

Owen got pinkeye, too. This, however, transformed Sophie. We told her she needed to show Owen how to do the eye drops and she totally stepped up to the plate and does them with just a small “ouch” each time a drop goes in. Seriously, it’s incredible. Owen, on the other hand, needs pinned down.

Andy has worked from home all week. He can’t talk, can’t eat and can’t sleep because of the coughing. He finally went to the doctor today, and was prescribed antibiotics. Hopefully they begin working soon.

I’m fine. Sore throat, annoying cough, achey, but no fever or pinkeye so, fine.

James has, miraculously, avoided all of this.

But talk of sickness is boring, I know. So instead I thought I’d share photos from a happier a day. It was rainy, but Nini (as grandmas often do) made up for it with stories and porch time—a reminder that even seemingly bad days can, in the long run, be good.

“The best thing one can do when it’s raining is to let it rain.” —Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

A Rainy Day Fort








“The best kind of rain, of course, is a cozy rain. This is the kind the anonymous medieval poet makes me remember, the rain that falls on a day when you’d just as soon stay in bed a little longer, write letters or read a good book by the fire, take early tea with hot scones and jam and look out the streaked window with complacency.” —Susan Allen Toth

Sophie’s Plum Galoshes


Guess what!


It’s raining and I’m outside!


Do you want to know why?




Jumping in puddles is so much fun.

(pictures taken September 27)

“Some people walk in the rain, others just get wet.” —Roger Miller