Sunday, December 29th 2019
AT RISE: All is quiet in the yurt where The Oberhauser Four are beginning to stir. The morning sun is glinting off the tops of the winter trees visible through the skylight above. Suddenly the peace is sliced asunder by the pronouncement of a thunderous fart.
Gavin: Uuh! CJ!!
CJ: It wasn’t me!
Gavin: Who was it then?!
CJ: It could have been Mamma!?
Mom: I would never do such a thing!
Boy: Yup, it was definitely Mamma.
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For the ages.
December 2019 < Mary’s 5th BDP
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Thursday, December 26th 2019
Prepping for our annual retreat to a winter yurt in Maine, I collect the winter clothes into a pile with one particular peculiarity:
Aw, kitty kitty.
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Thursday, December 26th 2019
Having been born a couple hours after Christmas, my birthday is always nothing if not post-apocalyptic. Today is no exception. However, as the boys slept in, my daughter made me coffee and invited me to assist her in setting up the crystal growing science experiment I gave her for Christmas.
Impromptu lab complete with child scientist, and curious cat.
And though I eschew the word “pride” for a grownup referring to oneself, today I am *proud* I was able to choose to I-G-N-O-R-E the M-E-S-S and focus on the C-H-I-L-D. (And even used mindfulness to help me do so. What, am I growing up or something? No way.)
Now that the experiment is all set up, how about that M-E-S-S.
This is life.
Happy Birthday to me!
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Wednesday, December 26th 201
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KTuesday, December 24th 2019 – Hull MA
Thanks Heather and Joe!
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Saturday, December 21st 2019
At Rise: The Oberhausers are out to a fancy restaurant with cousins and Pops. The orders are in and no food has yet hit the table.
Daddy: [nibbling the tiny garnish off the bamboo skewer from his cocktail] Hmm, a caper flower!
Boy: [excitedly and earnestly] Wait! There was something to eat!?!
[The meal unfolds in a parade of precious little “starter” plates with complex delicacies for family style sharing. Finally arrives two big platters of roasted chicken.]
Boy: OH! And it’s not just a SNACK!
PS: Thanks for the wonderful meal and time, Pops!
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