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Guest blogger Tim here. With Theresa and Cole flying off to Poland for their adventure…Anna Mae, Truman, Grace and I decided to have our own little adventure on our way back from O’Hare airport.
First we stopped at an Oasis for a new found treat – icees – while watching the cars zoom by underneath us.
Then we decided that the closest we could get to Hel (Poland) between Chicago and Milwaukee was of course a stop at the Mars Cheese Castle to get some yummy cheese curds.
It was an out of this world experience especially since when we walked in it was 102 degrees and sunny, and when we walked out 10 minutes later it was raining and 80 degrees. Haven’t seen much rain lately, at least not on planet Earth.





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Looks like that will be the theme for the rest of the year. New schools, a full time job, my baby going to kindergarten; it’s all about change. Truly, the kids are a ton more resilient to all of it than I am. For them it’s just a bump in the road. A new wake up time or a yellow polo instead of blue hardly gives them pause.
For me however, it feels like much bigger. I’m still holding on to the details surrounding the moment Cole was born and wondering how is it that he’s already headed to middle school. I’ve been here picking up his laundry for eleven years, but it seems like parenting is still new – something I’m still learning how to do.
I listen to my sisters who have little babies. They crave rest and routine and I know my advice,
“Don’t close your eyes any longer than you have to. You will miss this part of your life so much. Hold onto every moment”
…does not penetrate through their sleep deprivation.
Perhaps I am wrong. Perhaps they will be like my mom who cheered the passing of summer vacation each year, sitting in a lounge chair holding her orange juice as if it was a cocktail, toasting the bus as it arrived to take us back to school.
I choose to believe some of that was just for show. Perhaps I am re-writing history, but I’d like to think that her zest for “moving on” was a coping skill. She was willing to accept it and find the good in what’s coming. Not totally a bad example as I get used to all this change…

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morning bike ride


It was a very good start to the week… Done teaching until fall and looking forward to more mornings like this.

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when Reed was born I was so excited to have a “best friend cousin” for Grace

a boy? hmmmmm would they still be close?

it hasn’t been a problem — he calls her “my Grace” – and demands to see her

they are so silly – and –

I’m so glad I found my camera –

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Cole and I went on an adventure today… we were up with the sun and on the road to the Elkhorn Antique Flea Market.

It was a great day – we had fun – I love that he wanted to hang out with his mom – in fact…

Cole had watched me haggle enough that by the time he found the marbles he had it down  – instead of $3 a bag he got 2 bags for $5, but I was really impressed when he got the toy robot for a third of what it was marked.

We have lots of treasures and ideas … My favorite finds were the violins… Tim is hanging them up right now, so come visit tomorrow to see…

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