Saturday, November 01, 2014

Life and Loss

Wow, I can't believe it's been almost 2 months since I last posted. Things have been... overwhelming. I'll try to go back and post a few more details about the events of the last several weeks if and when I ever have the time, but I wanted to give you a quick update.

We've celebrated a life (Luke's 10th birthday):

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And mourned a loss (Cleo, April 1999 - October 30, 2014):

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We've been through both pain: DH cracked a wisdom tooth and it got infected. That necessitated an emergency trip to the dentist, followed by oral surgery to remove both upper wisdom teeth. (Needless to say, he didn't want his picture taken with chipmunk cheeks.) Luke also had a stomach virus that make him sick every 20-30 minutes for 9 consecutive hours. Probably not something anyone wants pictures of.

And pleasure: Happy Halloween! (He's Ezra Bridger from the new Star Wars Rebels cartoon series.)

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We're just trying to hang in there and keep putting one foot in front of the other. Hope you all are doing well.
Currently feeling: holding on

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Cleanliness is next to....


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Well, whatever it's next to, it isn't my son! Today was the third "nail in the coffin" for Luke being able to be trusted to go to his room, take a shower, and brush his teeth. The conversation:

Me: Did you brush your teeth?
Luke: Yes.
Me: (sniffs his breath, does not smell mint) Did you use toothpaste?
Luke: (dead silence, no eye contact)

REALLY??!!!  This comes on the heels of having to tell him sometime in August that YES, he has to use soap every time he takes a shower. And just last week, he got out of the shower, and the top of his head wasn't even wet. "Did you wash your hair?" I got a very indignant "yes, I put the shampoo right back here" (pointing to the inch of hair at the base of his neck). ARGH!!

So I have now added yet a third item to my standard spiel:
  • Wash your entire external body with soap and water.
  • Every hair on your head needs to come into contact with both water and shampoo.
  • Your teeth do not count as brushed and clean unless you use toothpaste.
And for the record, for someone who whines and complains so much about bath time, he sure does spend an awfully long time (as in 20-30 minutes) in the shower and complaining if we come and tell him it's time to get out.
Currently feeling: frustrated

Sunday, September 07, 2014

Fall 2014 - First Soccer Game

Well, school has started back, and that means the return of soccer!



We're back with our "regular" team, including two boys we've played with every single season (that we've played) since Kindergarten, and a third boy we've been with since 1st grade. It was brutal out there! The temperature itself was quite warm but not insane (around 90F/32C), but the humidity was sky high, it was mostly bright and sunny, and there was not a whiff of breeze.



They played pretty well, and we did win, but our opponents were much younger and smaller (one kid didn't even reach the top of Luke's shoulder). I'm betting most games going forward will be more of a challenge.



Currently feeling: like it's almost fall

Monday, August 11, 2014

First Day of Fourth Grade



4th grade already?! Wasn't he just in 3rd grade?



Yes, yes he was. And he hasn't grown much. All the growth you see here actually occurred during the past 3 months of summer break. He had not grown at all from the beginning to the end of 3rd grade, if you remember the pictures. He has gained about 10% in weight. You can see his shoulders filling out, and his feet are at least a full size larger now (mens size 8).

Here is the full chain of first day pictures.


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Hoping for a great year!

Currently feeling: it's that time again

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Wordless Wednesday - July 30, 2014



Currently feeling: happy birthday to me

Friday, July 25, 2014

When I'm Not Blogging

As most of you know, I enjoy several different hobbies and crafts. The weird thing, though, is that I tend to only do one at a time. I'll do a lot of reading for a while, then I'll pretty much stop reading and do something else, like watch movies. After doing that for a while, I'll switch to stitching. Then maybe I switch to a cooking mood. Each phase tends to last several weeks, and during that time, I pretty much ignore my other hobbies. Unfortunately, that includes blogging! (And just as sadly, a blogging phase usually lasts only a week, maybe 2 at the most.) I've tried several different things to try and prompt me to rotate hobbies more frequently or blog more often, but nothing really seems to work. Sorry about that!

I've spent most of my evenings in July doing cross stitch. Thought you might want to see some progress, since I don't have much else to show on the blog. (Prepping pictures from our trips takes so much time!)

Here is this month's progress on Titania. I've put in about 45 hours total on her.


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And here is this month's progress on Adia, showing about 32 hours total.


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I'm still stitching away, so look for another update on these two ladies in the July round-up (you know, if I'm back to blogging by then!).

Currently feeling: stitching away

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Wordless Wednesday - July 23, 2014



Currently feeling: nooooooo!!!!