The First Five Minutes

Perhaps because I was late getting home tonight (sorry, honey!), the first five minutes in the house were especially interesting as a snapshot of our family life nowadays. Shannon pretty much hightailed it upstairs when I came through the door, leaving me with the two girls. As I unpacked, VV came up to screech a greeting, then crawled all around the kitchen, dining room, and living room, pursuing the cat and stopping only to deliver her patented screech of delight - "Look, everyone! The cat is still here!" - or to kiss said cat with a loud "mmmmm-wah!" Amidst this interspecies lovefest, Julia sat in her booster seat at the kitchen table, doing watercolors in a Disney Princesses art pad and periodically demanding that I paint or that I change her murky brush water. Not a bad homecoming.

Forecast: Significant blowing and drifting, with the possibility of heavy accumulation in rural areas.