A portrait of my child 29-36 | 52

I have been more than remiss at posting!  I can only say that I have been so involved with being a mom that I barely have time or energy to write about it!  In any case – to catch you up for the last several weeks, please see below – a portrait of my child once a week | every week | in 2014 .. recap of week 29-36!



36 – Ian and his Jake and the Neverland Pirates pajamas.

Ian and Tomato (3)

35 – Enjoying tomatoes right from “mommy’s garden”.


34 –  Helping with chores around the farm.


33 – Exploring the hay maze at the Harvest Festival at Bethel Woods with cousin Hunter.


32 – Resting from a bit of a virus.


31 – Enjoying a hay ride at the Mr. Franklin’s farm.


30 – Celebrating the 45th Anniversary of Woodstock in the peace sign with Mommy, Cousin Hunter and Aunt Beth !


29 – Swimming on the deck.


On Birthdays | On Balance

I had no idea what this birthday would bring. The Professor kept suggesting that I not make plans;  so beyond taking the day off and hoping to be on the water in my kayak, I obliged. The day began with sweet whispered greetings of “Happy Birthday Mommy” from Ian; and encouragement to “get up and see what we have for you” from the Professor.

While enjoying excellent coffee I opened the birthday presents with Ian assisting and running around all excited. There were three cards. Accompanying Ian’s was a small box, a lovely locket; unique and ready for a photo. There was a larger box. It was heavy … and it came with instructions. First, I had to tear off the wrapping, then open a card, then watch a video… I told the Professor he was bizarre in his infomercial; but really I think he was too sweet. And so, what my birthday brought  on this perfect September day, was a stand up paddle board.

After cutting fresh flowers for Mom; a tradition that I cannot recall when it started; we went to breakfast and then ventured to the Lake. There was no one there – it was beautiful and amazing and I cannot believe we had it all to ourselves!  Because I was thinking I might flip a few times, I left my phone / camera in the car.IMG_0658

The key to standing up on a paddle board is balance.  That stayed with me throughout the afternoon and at some point while I was floating and absorbing the sun.  I decided it will be my theme for this, my 46th year …

BALANCE.  There are about 31 ways to define balance as a noun or a verb.  I think I will adjust the definition as needed; but in short, I will seek balance in life, love, health and time; relationships, family and friends; work and play; nature and nurture; me and everyone else…