Sunday, July 13, 2014

I Just Want to Read My Book

My summer hasn't turned out to be as relaxing as I had hoped. But that's my own fault, as usual.

I'm in the throes of organizing the annual benefit recital for our local hospice. A few years ago, before I learned how to say no, I found myself in charge. And it's this Tuesday. And I still need to re-memorize my piece. At almost 40 years old, I can remember arias I learned in my twenties with no trouble, but something I memorized and performed just a couple months ago (which is why I chose this one!) is completely out of my head. The words, anyway. I can sing the right notes. Sigh.

The girls are busy too, though. Which isn't entirely a bad thing! I don't want bored kids all summer, either!

Chloe went to a girl scout camp this week. And she is still not a fan of my taking her photo. So I didn't.

Sophia went to her friend's book club—can you guess which book they read? And isn't she the most adorable thing ever?

pippi longstocking

Bria weeded the jungle that is our sideyard. And it's really not our's a strange alleyway that actually belongs to the city. But, they don't take care of it. Bria did this job all for a new dress that she's had her eye on. Oh how wonderful it is when they want cute clothes so bad that they are willing to weed for several hours in the heat! Also, we live in the middle of the woods.

Bria meets jungle

Bria's just getting so dang grown up and she's headed off to girls' camp tomorrow. I will miss her a lot.

Bria meets watermelon

And if you're wondering about today's Sunday photo...well. I just wanted to read my book. And they all came in to the bedroom and we started to talk about stuff. Joel was showing them their pores and talking to them about Jesus' Atonement and how he bled from every pore. And that's when I realized that I hadn't taken a photo since Chloe didn't get back from camp until later in the evening.

But NOW I am going to go read my book.

So don't bother me, okay?

And I promise to memorize my aria tomorrow.

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Lara Neves
Lara Neves

Lara is mom to three daughters—two teens and a tween. She loves to share her parenting and homemaking triumphs and failures here at Overstuffed! She was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2015 and has been fighting it ever since. When she isn't working on her mother of the year award, you can find her reading, singing, or taking photos.


  1. What a huge weeding job. My 10 year old was hoping for ripstick so he mowed neighbr's yards until he saved enough money. What are you reading? And good luck with your fundraiser. It sounds like a big, important job!

  2. Sophia is such a doll :) I love that picture.

  3. I feel like all we ever do is weed around here! But I'm thankful to have children who will work to be able to earn the things that they want.

    I was reading Olive Kitteredge, I really enjoyed it a lot. Not super fluffy reading, but it made me ponder many things and I learned a lot from it.

    The recital went well, and I'm glad it's over for another year. Thanks!

  4. She is a doll. And she cracks me up--she's an awful lot like Pippi, so this outfit was quite fitting. :)