Monthly Archive for October, 2012

Fiery clouds at the lake. Snow on the bridge.

You know what you need to do.

What do you need to do?  Vote!

Okay, okay, I was afraid if I put “Vote!” in the subject title, you wouldn’t read this post.  As an Independent in a Swing State, I’m SO SICK of all things election-related.  Please.  Make it stop.

That being said, it brings me back to what happened four years ago.

Claire and I went to the polls early, and we were spotted by a photographer from Reuters.  He took our pictures.  I love them.

Click the images to enlarge.

Despite my loathing of the propaganda, I love voting.

Please do it.

This year, because she’s in school and can’t come with me anyway, I voted by mail.  Signed, sealed, delivered.  Now…if only voting early made the phone calls stop…

Fall Break has been a-MAZE-ing so far!

On the way to our destination, I got the feeling someone was watching me. I was right!

Where were we headed? The Corn Maze at Anderson Farms. (This isn’t an official review, and we paid for our entrance tickets.  If you look at their link, you’ll see an arial shot of the mazes.  We walked through the big maze to do the maze at the top of the picture.) It was fantastic. We weren’t sure how busy it would be, and the line to get tickets was HUGE.

Before we left, I’d remembered seeing online that if you purchased tickets online, you could skip to the front of the line. We hadn’t thought it necessary to do that…until we saw the line. So, I got out my phone, and in less than 5 minutes, we were able to skip to the front of the line with our “online tickets!” BONUS.

You know how much we LOVE doing shadow portraits. This windmill was just BEGGING to be a backdrop.

We found our first stop! The maze was really tricky, but we mastered it!  (There were different numbered stations to find, and the kids had a mystery to solve based on the clues listed at each one.)  Fun!

There is a platform bridge in one of the mazes, and from it, you can see the maze we did in the distance.

Claire and Daddy tried their hand at using the slingshot to shoot gourds at targets. They did a great job! See the “Punkin’ Chunkin’ Cannon” in the distance? We watched a guy shoot that, too!

*Yes, that’s my shadow taking their photo! 😉

As we were leaving, we saw this guy. Bet he has the best view of the maze!

It really was an a-MAZE-ing day!

Picture Day. First Grade.

Claire. Almost 7.



Scientific Wisdom

“You know what’s cool, Mom? Science doesn’t want anything. It just is.”

~ Claire
age almost-7

We’re just puzzle pieces that don’t fit together.

“We’re just puzzle pieces that don’t fit together,” my daughter said as we were talking about a birthday party she wasn’t invited to attend. “And that’s okay,” she added with a lilt to her voice that told me she really believed what she was saying.

I wasn’t sure how Claire would handle something like this. She’s usually pretty easy-going about things, but she’s also used to being included. Now is the time to start building the foundation that will become the base of her reactions to things like this.

In a First Grade classroom, everything is shared; germs and secrets eventually pass freely, no matter how many times you wash your hands. Pictures of the events make their rounds before the frosting becomes crusty on the discarded paper plates.

It can sting to see photos of your friends having fun, knowing you weren’t included, even if you didn’t want to go anyway. No one will be included in everything every time.  The guest list will always have a limit.  This is okay.  These things don’t matter, and yet they do. The trick is not to give them more power than they deserve.

As she ran off to play, I realized that she may have this figured out better than I do. I’m so glad we’re in this together.