Thursday, February 23, 2012

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Misc.

I decided it would be fun to put holes in my baby's ears.There were about 20 minutes of pretty serious remorse, but I am over it now (so is she). And it looks cute. And she hasn't even touched them once since she got it done.


Also, the little dude has double pneumonia. For anyone keeping track, that would be episode number four (and five, if you count the other lung). I asked the doctor why this keeps happening to him. There might have been some tears on my part. He assured me that it wasn't my fault, and that it was just basically bad luck. At the visit he got an albuterol breathing treatment which Charlie loathed and Felicity was extremely jealous of, but that didn't do much to "open the lung", so it was confirmed to be an infection and not a chronic disorder such as asthma. When I told them that I thought three bouts of pneumonia in three months seemed unreasonable last year, they assured me that it was just the same one not clearing fully (even though the x-rays and tests in between them showed a fully clear lung, but whatever) but this time they are unable to chalk it up to the first bacteria, so they want to clear it up and then do some tests to check the lungs for abnormalities. They did tell me that the location he keeps getting the infection is very unlikely to house any kind of dangerous abnormality, so we are not worried (almost) at all.
He is still coughing with disturbing ferocity, but he is otherwise seeming okay. He hardly ever says he feels sick, but for whatever reason every time I ask him if how he feels lately he starts coughing and says "not good." It's actually sort of funny. The good news is that he should be back to 100% by his birthday on Thursday!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

WAP

Wild Animal Park with some friends.
I have been going to the Wild Animal Park for approximately 26 years and I had no idea there was a carousel. When I said so to the friends, I just couldn't believe that my parents had never taken us on this fun little ride. Then we walked up and I saw that it cost $2. Mystery solved. (But we did go on it, and the kids loved it.)

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Typical. Greg making his face. Rachel oversmiling in hopes that it will somehow rub off on the children. Charlie with a mustache. Felicity, eating.

Friday, February 10, 2012

My kids are the cutest.

I think you agree with me here.


Like two months ago I was at my friend's new house and we happened to open a closet and there was this horse in there. It was sorta frightening. Like a scene from the Godfather. Anyway, my friend obviously didn't want a freaky horse for herself, so she generously gave it to Charlie. He is not frightened. Although I made it an "outside" toy and sometimes I look out our sliding glass doors, and I have the Godfather feeling again.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

October happened... a few months ago.

Generally when I am behind on blogging, I do one of two things: (1) skip whatever may have happened in the unblogged time, or (2) go ahead and post it with no comment. Mostly because I don't like apologizing for my blog, and think it is unnecessary when others apologize for theirs. I have had much consternation about my blog in the past, and one day I came to the realization that people are not forced to read my blog. Even my own mother rarely reads (she sees the real article pretty frequently, so she isn't really tempted by my pictures of my kids). So, if people don't like my blog, they are under no pressure to muscle through it. Anyway, as I said, I don't usually comment on my late or missing blog posts. However, I have some pictures from quite a while ago that a friend took, and I never got them from her until this weekend. But, I liked them, and they highlighted a favorite family tradition, so I am posting them. The reason I am commenting on the late arrival on these pictures is also two fold, (1) it is funny that I posted an old picture from October 2010, and then the very next post is also from October (2011 this time), and (2) because I thought a five month deviation from course was worthy of note.

So, if you actually spent the time reading my explanation for the fact that I don't need an explanation but I am giving one anyway, (I'm a complicated girl) you are now done, and may enjoy the photos from our family enjoying the annual Bates Nut Farm pumpkin retreat!


I didn't know at the time, but my girl was foreshadowing. To a time when all attempts to take a family/sibling/almost any picture would be met with this face.
She is very committed to her role.
We went with some lovely friends of ours. Greg goes to law school with Aaron, so his wife Melanie and I commiserate regularly, and our kids are similar in age (they have three) and play well together. If you ask Charlie who his best friend is, he will 99% of the time give you the same answer. It isn't Sadie, Ty, or Lincoln, the three kids. It is Aaron. In fact, he will usually inform you that they are actually best, BEST friends. My mom asked me the other day what the age difference between Charlie and Aaron was (she was assuming Aaron was one of the kids instead of the father.) She was a little flummoxed when I told her it was 27 years. Anyway, Sadie might not be his best BEST friend, but he is pretty fond of her.Also, for fun, and since we are wildly out of order anyway, here are the pictures we've taken the other years we have enjoyed Bates.

.........................................................2008....................................................................2009...........................................................2010........................................
....................................................................................................................(not a single picture of the three of us that year! I'm dying a little inside.)...................................................................................................

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Sometimes when I need a laugh, I look at this picture.

And now you are laughing too. You're welcome.

(PS, if you aren't laughing, you have a heart of stone.)
(PS2, Greg wishes this was his blog so he could juxtapose this picture with this one. But it isn't. So I'm not.)