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Ninety Years? Not for Sissies.


There are two kinds of grandparents, someone said, the lonely and the tired.  Mom Dot, who turns 90 today, is part of the latter group.  

Captain Fun and I married when we were just 20 and 21, and Mom Dot gave me her stamp of approval right from the start.  I had had my eye on him for over a year, in fact, and it was at her suggestion that he finally called and asked me out.  I owe her for that one. 

I remember when we found out we were expecting our first child just a few months after we were married.

The Wisdom of the Oompa Loompas

 
Silas and Dorothy made their Virginia debut this weekend at Broken Leg Theater’s Wonka Jr.  They are my little Oompa Loompas. It has been a terrific experience.  Bravo, Broken Leg Theater! (www.brokenlegtheater.org)

Over the eight weeks of rehearsals, I concluded that the Oompa Loompa way of thinking is spot on, for each time they were on  stage they offered a nugget of truth. 

My takeaway?  
 
Concentrate on self control (Augustus Gloop had zero) and not self esteem.

How to Make a Monster



Maybe it's  because Halloween is almost upon us that I have monsters on my mind.  Perhaps you have seen one in the grocery store, the mall, or  (as we all have occasionally) lurking about in your own home.  

Whether you have one or ten kids, parenting is exhausting.  It is a full time job about which you must be relentless.  But in case you're feeling too weary for the task, here is my recipe for creating your own little monster. 

Boo!

Iwill never forget the first time we were Booed just after we moved here, proving once again that, yes, Virginia is for lovers.  

With October still young, it's not too late to start this tradition.  Besides, with creepy clowns in the headlines lately, it might be just the thing to ease your kids' minds. Now that I am in a new neighborhood, in fact, I am thinking about starting it myself.

Boo! (reposted from October, 2012)

Last Saturday night just after dark the Sims family was sitting in the den enjoying the fireplace and a little TV when the doorbell rang.

The Wonder of It All

I hope my long absence from the blog hasn't gone unnoticed.  A lot has been simmering at our house and this week it is boiling (and I am bubbling) over.  My heart is so full. 

For the last four years (plus a year at the Prep School) our son has been on a journey to graduate from West Point. It is a goal he has had since he was about seven, when he told his dad he wanted to be a soldier. I had never even heard of the place, but the Captain put the dream in Matt's heart.  "If you want to be a soldier, you should go to West Point.
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