Oh, where has the summer gone? It seems just a week ago we were enjoying Schroon Lake and hanging out with family, now its almost time for School to go back into session. Anna stayed for a week up at Grandma's house and flew home separately. Later, in August, she flew down stay with Aunt Betty and Uncle Dennis down in Florida for another week. In between Anna went to sleep over camp. The boys stuck around more, but they both went to the beach on two different weeks.
So Kathleen actually had to pick up Anna at the airport this particular Thursday, which left me holed up in my basement office while the boys had free reign of the house. I would hear them scurrying around, and when they were downstairs in the playroom I could hear them quite clearly. Once, after a loud kerfluffle, Sam came shuffling into my office, tears in his eyes.
"Dad, PJ slapped me in the face for no reason."
"He did? For no reason? Why would he do that?"
"I don't know. All I did was give him some really good advise" big pause, and then in a low voice "and I punched him."
"Why did you punch him?"
"Well, he was being mean."
Another time, I was trying to work and all of a sudden I could hear PJ's voice at the top of his lungs, yelling at Sam.
"SAM! SAM! STOP OVER REACT ING!"