Good thing there are blog feed readers -- otherwise a new post every few months [cough] surely would miss everybody by a wide margin. It's been... very much too long since I last posted. Sorry.
Things have happened, yes, but mostly they were not very nice things, so I didn't feel like blogging about them. A consequence of these not-so-nice things is that Doug will be in the US for the next 61 days. As I'm writing this, he's still here but barely - in an hour, we'll drive to the train station and off he goes. We had lots of unhappiness in the last few days and I confess, I didn't handle the stress of saying good-bye for a long time very well. Talking about modeling good behavior for the kids - yeah, well, not so much.
David left for school with tears streaming down his cheeks. My beloved difficult child, he loves his Dad so much. The others didn't cry but were noticeably glum. Sigh.
I can't be upbeat and tell the boys it will be fun but we won't be having tears every day and we are used to Doug being away. We'll deal with it.
Doug is not liking this whole thing, either. I asked him what he was looking forward to and he had a hard time coming up with something. I hope that friends and relatives will coddle him a bit! (Hint, hint.)
So here's what I thought I could do for him: I'll be writing every day about what happened during that day (that's going to be kind of boring for the rest of you, sorry). I'll also try to post one picture a day. We'll see how that works out but for me, having a project of some sort will maybe help a bit.
Doug and the kids coming back from a walk in the woods.