Thursday Open Thread

So this is the year I decided to make cascarones for Easter. Basically, I painstakingly cracked, washed, dried and stored six dozen eggshells, with the intention of filling them with confetti.

And then I saw them for sale at bloody Target. Yup, cascarones seem to have gone mainstream. UGH.

So this will likely be my first and last year making them myself. The kids are crazy with anticipation! Do you have any Easter traditions that your kids look forward to?

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In other news: my poor DH had a bike accident yesterday. No broken bones, just some nasty road rash, but sobering just the same. He loves his hobby and it keeps him trim and fit, but I worry every time he leaves the house. He mostly rides on protected trails, but I suppose danger is always present, whether you’re riding a bike or driving down the street. Sigh.

What’s on your mind today? Chat away!


Weekend Open Thread

Last night, my little Renaissance Girl played Oompa Loompa #1 in a musical theater production of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Today, she will compete in her first track & field meet. She chose the 50 meter dash, 400 meter dash, and the long jump as her events.

I love her fearlessness and enthusiasm for new activities. Whether she’s the lead or a chorus member, whether she comes in first or dead last, she tries her heart out and has so much fun doing it. That’s what it’s all about, amirite? This is the good stuff.  :-D

What are you up to this weekend? Chat away!


Tuesday Open Thread

I’ve got the post-vacation blues.

Is this an actual thing, or am I the only one? All the planning and packing and scheduling and traveling and navigating and sightseeing and then… it’s just over. It’s such a letdown.

I felt this way after our vacation last summer. I also feel this way after Christmas, though the kids’ birthdays come soon after so ain’t nobody got time for the post-holiday blues.

How do you feel after a vacation? Are you planning any exciting trips? Do tell!


Thursday Open Thread

We got back from DC late last night, exhausted but happy. We packed so much into our trip and had an absolute blast. DD is at an age where she is curious and connected and really starting to grasp our country’s history and government. The questions she asked! (“What is the Berlin Wall? Why would someone assassinate a president?) My favorite moment was when she asked a docent at Mt. Vernon if George Washington treated his slaves well. (“Was he good to them, or was he mean?”) The docent seemed taken aback, to say the least.

DS was a trooper, walking everywhere because we forgot the umbrella stroller we usually bring on sightseeing trips, and generally going with the flow. He loved the architecture and enjoyed pointing out the Washington Monument from wherever we were. The museums were a big hit, especially Air and Space.

We saw several old friends and met their kids for the first time. Our children got along famously, which was so amazing. I see more frequent trips to DC in our future.

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An old friend of mine is in the White House press corps and she got us in for a tour. I think that might have been the highlight, to see the reporters crammed into their tiny cubicles, stand at the podium, see the Marine standing guard outside the West Wing (that means the President is in residence) and walk past the network TV reporters getting ready to do their 6:30 standups outside. We also snuck down a stairwell that used to lead to a swimming pool (closed during the Nixon administration to make space for the press briefing room) and signed the wall with a Sharpie. Very clandestine and fun.

Overall I just felt very fortunate to be able to take a trip like this. Travel can be stressful but we got through the flights and the time change and the strange beds and the general exhaustion. The kids got along pretty well (not an easy feat) and tablets are a godsend on plane rides.

That’s it from my end! What’s up with you?