Writing Assignment…

I have a few friends whose blogs have been dormant so I said I would be an Honorary Writing Assignment Giver so that they could write about what I suggested. The first assignment was to write about 20 things you like about the summer and 20 things you don’t. Feel free to participate. If you are going to, please post a comment so we can go to your site to check it out!

Twenty things I like about Summer: (in no particular order)

20: the smell of freshly mowed grass
19: walking barefoot on freshly mowed grass
18: the smell of the beach
17: going to the beach
16: Ocean Parke, ME
15: Newport, RI
14: Del’s Lemonade
13: ice cream from The Soda Fountain
12: barbecues
11: flip flops
10: easy breezy clothing
9: not rushing out in the morning to school or to after school activities
8: lemonade on a hot day
7: playing in the back yard with the kids and the kiddie pool and the sprinkler
6: eating dinner outside
5: the long hours of sunlight
4: sending the kids outside and keeping them there!
3: picnic on the beach in the evening with friends
2: catching fireflies
1: being inside with my family during a big summer storm

Twenty things I dislike about summer (in no particular order)

1: mosquitoes
2: itchy mosquito bites
3: bees and wasps
4: bee stings
5: sand in the house
6: sand all over the place
7: sand in the car
8: having to vacuum the kitchen at least once a day
9: my super-huge grocery bill
10: the cost of gas
11: humidity
12: extreme heat
13: feeling sticky
14: bathing suits! (Ha Ha Ha!)
15: hearing the kids say I’m bored
16: it’s very long…
17: the days start to shorten after June 21
18: having to bathe the kids EVERY day
19: too many dishes with the kids around
20: that it ends!

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which one of these kids is not mine?



Eva slept over last night. The Disney Channel was having a back to back High School Musical 1 and 2 marathon. That’s what the girls were doing. But when they weren’t doing that they were playing dress-up. Not dressing up each other. No, they are wayyyy too old for that. Dressing up Alexander! Rebecca asked him if he wanted to play dress up and he was so excited! He had been in the kitchen with me and took off (on a tear) upstairs with the girls.

This lovely pink and white toile dress is a size 4! What a husky little girl I have!!! This was his evening dress. (He had his plaid boxer shorts on underneath!)

This morning he had on a really pretty yellow Ralph Lauren dress with a white Peter Pan collar and smocking across the front. He had at least 4 pony tails in his hair! Despite the feminine attire there is no denying Alexander is all boy because all he wanted was his blue tool kit! I have to dig up some of my old pictures. There is a picture of me, roughly the same age, hair just an oomph longer and I am riding my little tricycle. We look an awful lot alike! If you look closely you will see he got his hair cut. They took too much off and I was so sad. I miss my shaggy bowl cut. This hair cut is too clean and makes him look too grown up. I want my shaggy baby back!

Christopher, by the way, was really bothered by his brother in a dress. He kept demanding I take it off… hang on while I dig up one of him at the same age in a pair of my heels…