My desk is messy, my boots are dirty, and I’m smiling.

Today was the first day of school. We got up a lot earlier than our lazy summer hours had been permitting. I woke up kids and then Lynzi and I went into our backyard to till up some ground so we could plant the gorgeous little cantaloupe plant that we happened upon a few days…

The not-so-subtle art of saying NO

“Hi, I have a doctors appointment in an hour, can you watch my kids?” “Hello, you are so talented at ________, can you help us with this project?” “So glad I caught you, can you make some food for this funeral tomorrow?” “Hey a bunch of us are going to out to party later, you’ll…