Tuesday, August 31, 2010


Pat and I have been enjoying all of the butterflies in the yard these last few weeks and we tried to capture some of them for posterity's sake.
As the weeks go by and summer is fading into black, it's nice to enjoy the beauty of nature.
Here is one of my favorite Robert Frost poems talking about the end of summer and the beginning of fall... I'm already seeing the leaves on some trees have started to change and the temps are cooling down after the sun sets...

Nothing Gold Can Stay

by Robert Frost
Nature's first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold,
Her early leaf's a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Back in the saddle again...

I'm sorry.
That is all I can say about letting the month pass by without posting on my blog. It's not intentional, but I've been so busy working on my freelance and a new part-time job that I've hardly had time for myself, let alone the blog.
Things here in the Fitzgerald house have changed a lot this summer and for the most part they've been scary, but good.
Pat and I are trying to figure out what the next chapter of our lives together and how to make that happen. Our children are growing up so fast that it's amazing to me not to have any babies in the house anymore.
Pat's job ended on June 30 and he's become the stay-at-home Dad while he looks for another job. I think he's gained a new appreciation for what happens when you're alone with children all day, but I think he's doing a really good job taking care of them.
It's given the children a chance to bond with their Daddy and me a chance to remember how it is to have a long day of paid work. There have been days recently when I left the house before 8 a.m. and returned after nightfall... although those are rare, it is like the days of old when I didn't have children. I love the work, but I miss my children very much... thankfully we're still able to have Pat at home with them and we'll enjoy that as long as we can.
I miss being at home with my kids, but I'm very grateful to have the work to bring in extra money. There are a lot of people who haven't been so lucky and we're hopeful this work will help tied us over until Pat goes back to work.
On Friday, we took the children up to Skyline Drive for some family time as there haven't been too many weekday or weekends that I haven't had something to do... here are some pictures from that day.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Julius' first haircut...

Pat took the children to get haircuts this morning while I finished up two freelance stories. It's been crazy around here as I have tried to take on more freelance and start a new part-time job and Pat has been taken on the majority of the childcare.
Anyway, today was Julius' first hair cut as I've been trying to put it off as long as possible and enjoy his baby curls. Savannah had baby curls until her first haircut and they've never come back again.
Pat said Julius did a great job and was a big boy as he sat in his Aunt Sharon's barber chair and cut his hair... he never cried or even flinched as she cut and trimmed him up.
When Pat walked him with Julius this afternoon I got emotional because my baby isn't a baby anymore... he's a big boy!