We took the kids to the beach last Saturday, mistakenly thinking it would be one of the last hot weekends….anyways, we only stayed a few hours but we had a fun time. I took some pictures and I have to say that when I look at the kids in photos, it really strikes me just how old they’re getting! Sniff sniff!


Lucha Underground

If you’re at all familiar with Mexican wrestling, then this picture will delight you! Even if you’re not, it will still delight you, haha.


We have a busy weekend ahead of us, so I’ll write about that next week. For now, things are going ok. Humphrey has gained 5lbs in a month, so…..he’s well on his way to being able to tackle Chester (he’s afraid of Izzy because she stalks him)! The kids are enjoying school and they are both doing extracurriculars this year – Nat is taking piano and Conrad is taking a tae kwon do class called, Little Ninjas. James is still enjoying his job and we’re all used to his going downtown every day, so that isn’t even a thing anymore! After much contemplation and lots and lots of stress, we have decided that postponing school for me is the best option for now. It was taking over everything else and quite frankly isn’t something that must happen right now.  I’m feeling A LOT better and bonus- I can sleep at night! Everyone seems to be a lot more relaxed with this decision and things feel right again. My new plan is to apply to the substitute RN pool at the local school district and volunteer at the kids’ schools! We’re off to the beach tomorrow to take advantage of the last warm days (plus the beach is free after labor day!). Enjoy your weekend, everyone!

Week wrap up

It was long and stressful, but we made it to the end! I will not be posting much as I have a few hours of homework each day, in addition to other responsibilities, so if you want to know how we’re doing, then come see us or call! Until next time…here’s Humphrey:



Today is a late start for Natalie, which unfortunately means that both kids start at about the same time….which puts me in a real bind. A friend is helping us out and taking Conrad to school while I get Nat to school, so thank goodness for help! Moving forward, we’ll make other arrangements so that we’re not left scrambling.

I have my first assignment due today and it’s been a wild few days for school. I’m still figuring out how to juggle everything and most days I honestly feel (and ok yeah, it’s only been three days, but still) like I’m just completely overwhelmed. I know it will get better and that the first week is tough…it’s been a long time since I’ve had to write research papers and divide polynomials! Though I am quite thankful for James, because not everyone can have a James in their life to quite literally turn to, read the math problem, and have him explain it on a dime! He should market himself as a math help robot for home!

Humphrey is doing quite well too, and the older dogs have settled down a lot with him. They still put him in his place, which we’re supervising, though it has generally been mild. He is quite a chewer though, so we work on this with him daily. I spend a lot of time teaching the kids how to redirect Humphrey and for the most part, they do a really great job. Those puppy teeth can hurt! It’s in everyone’s best interest to be on the same page with the littlest Park.

Well, I’m off to start today…. Happy Hump Day!


Conrad started kindergarten today!!! It was supposed to be yesterday, but he caught an awful cold over the weekend, so we ended up keeping him home. He brushed his teeth, got dressed and made his teachers a card! I think it’s going to be a good year.



Transition day number two

Conrad told me he had an even better day today and that he made a friend, another five year old! Though he told me he forgot his name (I told him it didn’t matter and that he would remember it in time) he said he had a great day and that he can’t wait to go back. Next week is his first full week, so hopefully these feelings last…..but I won’t be surprised if it ebbs and flows. Life is funny like that.

The best line from today:

Conrad: Mama, I feel really good about myself.

Me: smiling!!


Transition day number one

Conrad LOVED it! He was ready to go for ten minutes before I was and he had packed his backpack to boot! He was upset that it wasn’t a full normal class (it was shortened by an hour or so) and he can’t wait to go back tomorrow. My favorite line from today –

Me: You ready to go? Are you excited?

Conrad: My brain is freaking out but from happiness!

There ya have it, folks. Waiting until they’re ready = priceless!