Living with a 4th Grader

3 11 2015

Beginner band.

Today: Molly leaves work early, gets Patrick to the dentist and then both kids to piano practice. I’m waiting for them to get home. The car pulls in at 6:15, the usual time. Alex comes in first. Thus begins the typical question-and-answer.

“How was your day?”


“How was working outside?” (They had a school project today and had to bring good mud boots to school.)


I see where this is going and try to change the pattern.

“Alex, can you tell me something that isn’t good?”

“Well, to start, the Fall Band concert is tonight.”

“Wait, what? Are you serious?”

“Yes! I have to be at school at 6:40.”

“How come we didn’t know about this?”

“I forgot!”

Easiest Halloween Ever

2 11 2015

The kids did 90% of the pumpkin carving on their own. (If you can’t tell, it’s a spider. They used a stencil to get the pattern.) They even took turns without fighting.

Jack O'Lantern

Spider Jack O'Lantern


Costumes were also an easy, order-from-Amazon affair. We had a pair of villains this year: Draco Malfoy and Venom.

Draco Malfoy


Now if only we could get rid of the extra candy as easily!