Weekending: Training Wheels

off to a rocky start after our three year old

minivan’s engine blew up

we drove it, unfixable

smoking into our driveway

Mama, maybe it needs training wheels?

wishful thinking,

luckily we live on an island

could be worse, as all things can.

Friday’s night: restaurant on a cliff

foie gras, wine, espresso, apple pie

prose, poetry, pens, paper

then, dark bar

stool-side eavesdropping, medal-worthy

a Saturday spent

raingear-clad for photography

in fleece, napping

an evening with friends, tacos

10 pm, just right for cookies

homemade chocolate chip

laughing at antics of overtired children

footie pajama goodbyes in doorway

midnight, all our babes asleep…actually

all three girls sleeping over on our bedroom floor

firstborn coughing all night, 2 am

me:  Are you ok? You’re coughing a lot.

Betty: It’s laughter.  My laughter comes out of my body as sickness when I sleep.


Oh, the things said in sleep.



five tucked in under feathers, quilts,

drizzle on the windows, bacon on the stove

knock knock jokes, French toast

Lite-Brite with the shades drawn

scooters, rainy day skate park

all before the very best part:


the middle one without training wheels,

first time.

all smiles, pride

bangs and giggles.


as always, joining Amanda for Weekending


  • Tracey says:

    Hi Jenn! Happy New Year.
    Loved reading your post, except I’m sorry to hear about your van. I detest autos and always have the worse luck with them, that is why I now have a bike.
    Congratulations to the middle on no training wheels, that’s a huge accomplishment!

  • Kim says:

    What a wonderful weekend, well except the van, sorry about that. Love the middle of the night response about coughing 🙂

    Enjoy your week.

  • karen says:

    Sorry about the van and I wish it could be fixed with training wheels! And yay for no training wheels on a bike! That is quite the achievement 🙂

  • Danielle says:

    Thanks for visiting my blog and commenting! I see we like a lot of the same blogs (Sara Jensen, Wildflower Photography, Soule Mama, etc.). Nice to “meet” you and I look forward to exploring your place here.

  • Beautiful. Love this, friend.

  • oh no! so sorry about the van. but man, lite bright!!! such good memories of rainy afternoons spent making light bright pictures 🙂

  • dig says:

    love your prose. and Lucy on a bike! “bangs and giggles” is fabulous.


  • Ko S. says:

    Helloooooo!!! For some reason I my reading list wasnt updating me when you posted! I thought you’ve been gone this entire time!!! So much to catch up on!

  • jimmyKing says:

    HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! Just got your card! SO AWESOME, you all look wonderful !!!
    When I opened it , i couldnt stop laughing thinking about our drive to pick up the sailboat. Luke nicknamed me “Snake Boy” because I sat in the back of the truck and played the dumb snake game on my very first cell phone ever! It was a tiny little nokia, seems like a lifetime ago!!
    I just read your blog for a while, Well Done !!! The first thing I read was the unfortunate news on the family truckster. Sorry to hear about it, but I will say though, I look forward to hearing the story of how the next purchase goes. Im sure it will be just as entertaining. Better sharpen up those negotiating skilz!!
    Talk to you soon,

  • Lisa says:

    Car troubles suck but sounds like the rest of your weekend made up for it. Have missed a few posts as not getting feed from your blog for the past month, still not sure why? Might wrestle with blogger again tonight to see if I can solve.

  • MJ says:

    Sorry to hear about your minivan–big bummer…I had to smile at the stoolside eavesdropping…love that
    Hope this weekend is just as lovely (minus car trouble) as the last…

  • Cory says:

    I like this post, sweet and compact and full of good writing.

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