The Kids Are on Spring Break This Week, Which Means I’ve Been Playing with Clay and Moon Sand and Building Towers out of Blocks and All Sorts of Other Things That Aren’t Blogging–Which Pretty Much Explains Why This Post Is Heavy on Pictures

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22 Responses

  1. Jazz says:

    Fun Home is the bestest book evah!

    And I want a best friend!

  2. Shania says:

    My kids on spring break too. All I've managed to do to is bribe him into going to target with me.

  3. kmkat says:

    Girl is lucky you have such a mega-talented friend. You are lucky to have that friend, too, of course. She may come in handy when Girl and/or Paco are teenagers.

  4. Deborah says:

    How totally wonderful for every girl at that party, including you and Kirsten.

    As a former piano teacher, my heart went pit-a-pat at the sight of all those fresh, earnest faces making their own music, spontaneously – just because they wanted to. There is hope for the world when children like that are part of it.

    Jocelyn, you're doing an awfully good job of being a mom. And you deserve all the good friends you can make – it was quite moving to read of this developing special friendship. I'm going to go out on a limb here and suggest that you're not a typical mid-Westerner in your tastes and your outlook. (Are peeps from Minnesota actually mid-westerners??)

    Just like last time, you make me want to turn the clock back and do it all over again. And it also brings fond memories of the one and only time all 3 of my kids and I jammed together.

    Wonderful post for wonderful times. Thanks for this, Jocelyn. (and I love Girl's name….)

  5. lindbloom says:

    i loved it…thank you for sharing the girl and that boy paco…i have found myself thanking ginny yet again for sharing her beloved jocelyn… definitely crushin' on ya in a new bestie friend kind of way…see you soon!

  6. Jenn @ Juggling Life says:

    I'm obsessed with laundry and Pearl S. Buck, I throw great theme parties and I have been known to get 20 twelve-year old girls to sleep at a slumber party.

    I think I like you and Kirsten enough to share my secret with you.

    What a great party your daughter whose name I will block from mind had!

  7. Logophile says:

    Oh my dear Joc,
    I love you, I love you, I love you.
    I can't tell you how much I identify with your neighbor convo.
    Kindred souls are hard to find so congrats to you and the Girl for having some and getting to spend some time with them.

  8. furiousBall says:

    like Deborah, the piano/guitar teacher in me went "yippeee!" seeing those kids playing music together

  9. Pam says:

    What a great bunch of kids!You are all wonderfully talented, generous, and creative people…and the adults in particular, if you could bottle that patience,zest and zaniness,organisational fortitude and creativity combo you'd make a fortune.There's a big market in the parentally-frazzled.Such lovely memories for everybody Jocelyn.As Deborah mentioned earlier "there is hope for the world when children like that are part of it". Beautiful post.

  10. Meg says:

    Now I wish I lived in Duluth! Fun Home; Philip Roth and a 10 year old who plays violin! I have those, too! And lots of lesbian friends! And Lip Smackers! Of course, you could move to Cleveland…..

  11. lime says:

    a friend you can connect with on a level that transcends laundry and books is a great gift. that same friend who is comes and makes the 10 yr old sleepover party the rousing success and THEN quiets them down….that friend is a treasure.


  12. lime says:

    oh, and while i'd like to think that given half a chance in each other's presence we'd transcend books and laundry i can comfortably step into a suporting role for kristen's sleepover skillz. i'll gladly do the viola bow rectal insertion and subsequent nasal removal. i'm hoping that expression of friendship counts for something, even if it is less picturesque than a pinata made of oatmeal canisters and a fondant cake or three.

  13. Green Girl in Wisconsin says:

    Ah, the best party ever. For all of you!
    I felt like I was part of it…from cowering beneath nightmares of middle school to finding a new BFF. But the best part? Your girl's smile.

  14. secret agent woman says:

    Oh, how great. Look at your cute little girly having fun with her buddies. I love that.

  15. Lisa @ Boondock Ramblings says:

    I would have had nightmares over that movie too. Remember junior high? Ugh! Gives me nightmares every time. Hug that Paco close! Love those photos of your daughter's slumber party and cake, etc. and. . . and..all of it!

  16. Midlife Jobhunter says:

    Geez, will you throw a party for me? I'll bring my trombone.

  17. Patois says:

    Sigh. I'm so tired, once again, just reading about your life.

    We are on Day 1 of our Spring Break. It was to include camping and amusement parks and the like. Now it's looking more like heading to the snow. Definitely no smackers parties, though.

  18. Fragrant Liar says:

    What a great party! Thanks for inviting me in!

    I love that they all got together and played music! And the bag packing . . . how original!

    I, on many occasions back when I was young and crazy(er), had sleepover birthday partays for my girls. The "worst" were when I would have double partays for Daughters #2 and #3 — yeah, together! I have photos of one partay with 18 girls sitting butt to butt on my wrap-around sofa, just before the clown showed up and all hell broke loose. (No, not my hubs.) Aaahhhh, those were the days, and the biggest reason I don't babysit much . . .

  19. Fragrant Liar says:

    P.S. I don't know what I'd do without my friends. The more the merrier, the closer the more rejuvenating.

  20. monica says:

    what a great treat, for ALL the girls, big and bigger :o))

  21. Yo is Me says:

    hmmm…. thinking of how to make a "fart" pinata for 14 year old boys….

  22. chelle says:

    heheh now i have the theme to star wars playing in my head!

    relocation program! hehehe

    GOod times … she will remember this birthday forever you know.

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