Academic Leigh Speaking

A professor, four kids, and a crash course in work/life balance

Shenandoah and the Solo November 6, 2011

Filed under: Family Life,Friends and Relatives,Moving,Outdoor Pursuits — leighj @ 8:42 am

We’ve had a bunch of stuff going on that I’ve been wanting to write about but I forget to do it all….

  • Last weekend, my parents visited and Patrick and I had planned to go camping in Shenandoah National Park. Had being the operative word. We got up there and the trees were beautiful. We went on a long hike past some waterfalls and then we got kind of turned around and ended up doing a much longer hike than we had intended to do. By the time we got back to the car, it was snowing. By the time we got to our campsite, it was snowing harder. We didn’t have our air mattresses because we had thought they were in Charlottesville, but I guess they were at home. The campground host came by and told us the weather service had revised the forecast and they were predicting a foot of snow! So we left.
  • Our friends Bonny and Scott visited.

With FDR's Dog

We had so much fun with them. First we played some Settlers of Catan. We ate some delicious hummus (which Seamus will eat as long as it’s called dip and not hummus), baba ganoush, and pita. On Friday when they were here, we went to Eastern Market, the Folger Shakespeare Library, the Supreme Court, the FDR memorial, and the new MLK memorial.

  • Patrick’s been in Albuquerque the last two days. I’m on my third day of having the boys full time by myself. I was very worried about the time change, but we seem to have weathered it okay so far. We’ve been walking to parks. We went over to Del Ray and walked around and my friend brought her baby over and we went to the park and played with a fire engine. It’s been fun, mostly. Last night for dinner we had guacamole, salsa, chips, cheese, crackers, and grapes. Very well balanced. Aside from that, I hope Patrick’s having fun and accomplishing a lot in ABQ. Seamus, when P told him that he was going to New Mexico, thought about it and said, “I want to go with you.” He really misses NM and his friends.
  • Gilbert does a few physical comedy things. He’ll bend dow and put his head on the floor if you tell him to do a headstand. He alternately stomps his feet if you say Dance! And he also says hot, bowl, and spoon.
  • Seamus started playing with Liz’s phone the other night. She has some kind of cupcake making app that he loved.
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2 Responses to “Shenandoah and the Solo”

  1. John Says:

    I wish Seamus came too. We are having fun with Patrick though. Miss you all…

  2. Maureen Bell Says:

    It broke my heart to read that Seamus said: “I want to go with you.” I can just see him saying that, all earnest and sincere. He is such a dear, dear child. xo Nana


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