On Motherhood: Growing Up

3xcleatsThese boys of mine are growing at a rate I can hardly believe.  The baby — THE BABY — is going to turn 5 next month.  The Baby.

Already I can see fewer traces of their little toddler selves and more traces of the big boys they’re becoming.  I try to embrace each state as it comes, but it’s really hard to let go of the baby stage entirely.

I have to though, cause it’s gone.  A five year old is not a baby.  We don’t have babies in this family anymore.

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The Classics

IMG_3644I’m sure the topic of what books qualify as classics has been debated more than once and by people more knowledgeable than me. But that won’t stop me from chiming in.

To me, a classic is a book that touches on some universal concept or meaning, that stands the test of time, and that connects with people across cultures and through generations. 

Although I think the Harry Potter series will become a classic, I don’t think it is YET.  It just hasn’t been around long enough.  It’s a classic-in-the-making.

What are your favorite classic books?

Mine are Little Women, Pride & Prejudice, To Kill A Mockingbird, and The Great Gatsby.

And Anne of Green Gables.

And The Color Purple.

And Of Mice and Men.

And Where The Red Fern Grows.

And A Wrinkle In Time.

Side note: I like to read.

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Inspirational Words

Do you watch Downton Abbey?  If you don’t, you should.  Even Matt likes it.  He says it’s “the most interesting boring show” he’s ever seen.

When I grow up I want to be JUST LIKE Cousin Violet.  She tells it like it is.

Shiny and New

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Sometimes, it’s the little things that make me the happiest.

We just got a new set of pots and pans last week.  It’s my first set of all-stainless-steel, and I’m more excited about them than is probably healthy.

I love them. A lot.

The only problem with new things, though, is that sometimes they highlight how cruddy the old things look.

I’m trying to just appreciate the new pots and pans without looking past their shiny stainless steel beauty and seeing all the old things they sit beside. 

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Thinking Spring

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My garden last spring–it won’t be long before it looks like this again!

Now that baseball season has started, I’m definitely shifting out of winter mode.

One of the best parts of living in DC is that right when you’re really sick of winter and need it to end…it does.  Most years, things are feeling decidedly spring-y around here by the middle of March.  (Last year would be the exception to that rule.  Last year sucked.)

I’m dreaming up what I’ll do to the yard and the garden–I’m a big dreamer at this time of year.

I refuse to let the reality of the hot, dry DC summer dissuade me from planting and prettying up the yard every April — only to stare out the windows from my air conditioned house as it all burns and withers in the July sun.

Because we finished up so much of the yard work in the Fall, I will really be able to concentrate on the fun stuff this year instead of all the clean-up drudgery.

I want more flowers.  I love winter, but after months of staring outside at varying shades of brown and grey, I’m craving some color in the garden.

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Take Me Out to the Ballgame

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Last year, G made it on to the Jumbotron at Nat’s Park with his travel baseball team.

It’s sort of unbelievable, since there’s 8″ of snow on the ground, but my boys will be starting baseball soon. 

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O and G at the field last year.

In fact, O and G had “tryouts” this past weekend (indoors, thankfully!). No one gets cut, but the coaches are able to see what level each kid is at so they make sure the teams are mostly balanced.  It was so funny to see them in their baseball pants and snow boots on the way to tryouts.

Obviously, despite being torn on whether we should sign the kids up for spring sports, we went ahead and did it. 

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This was Q’s baseball debut season in 2013.

It turned out to be a good move too, because although we don’t have a moving date yet, we did learn it probably won’t be until June at the earliest at this point, so I’m really glad we didn’t hold out.  I cannot imagine having the kids NOT in sports for another season–they really need to have more regular physical activity.  I’m even looking forward to some nights where not everyone is home for dinner and we end up having bagged-lunch-picnics at the baseball field during practice!

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O sliding home in Spring 2013.

This season I’m hoping O and G will end up on the same team — it all depends on whether the coaches feel like O is ready to move up to the next level of play.  But it would be so fun for us — and for them — to play together again!  I’d love it if one day ALL THREE BOYS could play on the same team.  It can’t happen for a few more years — Q is still waaaaay too young to play at the kid pitch level — but eventually it’s possible.  THAT would be the most convenient, most fun baseball season I can think of.

Spring sports season tends to be our craziest, busiest time of year.  But after a really laid-back fall and almost no sports all winter, I’m ready for some busy weeks and long days at the field.  B will be back in soccer too, so we’ll have plenty of games to juggle.  And unbelivably, I’m looking forward to it!

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G’s hitting face is THE BEST.

Spring can’t get here soon enough!

Recipe: Golden Chili

3-IMG_3591If you’re looking for a new chili recipe, this is the one.

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