15 years, 1 month

Who are these shaggy haired ragamuffins? All I know is they smell after their team won 3-1. Hooray!

Decade and a half

Happy birthday, boys! Laying low today – they’ve had four soccer games in the past three days and Linus has a cold, so they need the rest. Their big gift is tickets to a Saints game next month, their first, so they’re excited for that.

Goings on and whatnot

I never want the monthly pic to be the only thing I post on my blog, but it looks like October went by without anything else, so I am going to make up for that now. Buckle in.

Just kidding, it hasn’t been that eventful.

Let’s see, the last thing I posted about was my new coat, which I have had several opportunities to wear. Which brings us to topic #1, my first work trip since January 2020. Automattic has gotten very very large since our last Grand Meetup in late 2019, so they decided to have smaller division meetups instead. So I spent last week with almost 500 of my colleagues in Denver.

It was so nice to see them, but quite bittersweet not to see my other coworkers and friends who I might never see in person again! Don’t really like to think about that.

A truly random assortment of pics:

Let’s see, what else? Oliver went to homecoming, his brothers did not.

I made a hoodie dress. It’s exquisitely cozy.

I got another tattoo! Well, actually, I got two more since I last posted about tattoos. I hadn’t get posted about the one I got in August. I had been wanting one of star jasmine, because I love it, but I don’t really know a tattoo artist in New Orleans whose style I really wanted. Until someone I know posted a picture of a tattoo she’d gotten by Mecca at Hell or High Water Tattoo, and I immediately booked an appointment.

The inspiration/tattoo:

And I loved it so much I went back for a magnolia.

And I love that so much I made an appointment for my birthday, but I won’t spoil what I’m getting.

Everyone is asking “are you doing a sleeve” and I am a dorky middle aged soccer mom, I’m just getting flowers I like without much of a plan.

Speaking of flowers, the camellias started blooming again.

Ziggy remains cute.

Halloween was fun because I got to give out candy for the first time ever. I made a shirt to wear.

Well, I guess that’s it? School soccer has started, but the first two games happened while I was in Denver, so I’m looking forward to seeing them play this weekend. Linus scored a goal at their first game!

14 years, 11 months

You’re looking at the three newest members of the Ben Franklin JV soccer team! Okay, it’s not that much of an achievement since no one gets cut BUT STILL I can be a proud mom, can’t I?

I also realized I haven’t posted since last month’s picture, which is shameful but also, there hasn’t been much to post about because life has generally revolved around, well, soccer tryouts. And starting next week, games and practices. But I’ll be out of town for my first work meetup since January 2020! Pretty excited about that.

Whoops this is supposed to be about the boys, not me. Well. They turn 15 in a month, and ain’t that a kick in the head?

No. 178

Look! I managed a laugh in there! They do have teeth, betcha didn’t know that.

Also, Linus and Miles obviously have favorite outfits.

Bench #7

My brother and niece were in town and we took the 7th bench picture. Or sixth, if you choose not to count last year’s curb pic. I’m not sure if I do or not.

2022:

If you look at the previous pictures, you might ask yourself if that’s the same bench as in previous years. LSU apparently rearranged the furniture a little, because they seemed to have moved the bench over about six feet to the right and removed the tree that was on the right side in all the pics (that’s now the shrubbery behind Linus and Ellie.)

We determined that this is the old location of the bench, you can see that the concrete is a bit lighter where it was:

Irritatingly, the children would not help us move the solid concrete bench so we could more accurately recreate the old photos. Jerks.

Here are the previous bench pics. Watch everyone get smaller!

2021
2019
2018
2017
2015
2012

First soccer tournament in a while

The boys joined a competitive team again, but not the same one they played on a few years ago. They’re probably the youngest players on the team (it’s for kids born in 2006 and 2007 and they’re right at the end of 2007) but they seem to be holding their own.

That said, the team only won 1 of 3 games this weekend. But they had fun. It was hot. Very hot. I was kind of sick all weekend. It was close-ish to Baton Rouge so we were able to spend Saturday night at Grandee and Larry’s instead of going all the way back to New Orleans, which is good because they had a game at 8pm Saturday and then another one at noon on Sunday.

I was happy to pull out my camera and fancy big lens I got just before the pandemic. The night game was challenging, but I got a few neat pics. In the last game, they all played at the same time, so it was fun getting pics with all three in the shot. (Linus is 12, Oliver is 17, Miles is 22.)

Fourteen and three quarters

Technically, according to Louisiana law, they could start driver’s ed now.

:hyperventilating:

I mean, for obvious reasons, that will not be happening just yet (are the reasons obvious? well, okay they are: these are my babies; they can’t possibly be that old yet; is louisiana insane?; drivers ed for three is going to cost a fortune; these are my sweet little baby bunnies) so maybe we’ll look into it later, but I am most definitely not ready for that yet.

I mean, look at what they looked like last September!

First day of high school!

It’s here. The first day of high school. First day not wearing uniforms. First day at an “English” school.

LOM

Oliver was not as unhappy as he looks here, I swear.

I also had to take one in the same order as their very first day of preschool, 11 years ago:

I had to do a lot of research to figure out who was who in that first picture. Also I couldn’t convince them to hold trains this time.

August 4, 2022

They just keep getting bigger and bigger. To see the difference between this August and last August, check out my instagram.

(And you’ll be getting an almost identical picture in four days, on their first day of high school (!). No uniforms!)