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29 06 2008
You know what they say: If your kids say “I hate you”, that means you’re doing something right.
Well, okay, maybe I just made that up to make myself feel better.
Today, however–
Today, my child didn’t say, “I hate you” to me.
He carved it in a bar of soap.
That’s right.
Carved it.
In a bar of soap.
I must be doing awesome!

Summer Reading Thing

26 06 2008

I am signing up for another reading challenge, mostly because I’ll be reading anyway and, yes, there are More Free Books involved.
I’m using the list from my other summer reading challenge (from my post on June 4th)–which is totally NOT cheating. I’m adding a couple others that are already on my night stand. They are:
Autumn Sky by Gale Sears
Until the Dawn by Gale Sears
Much Ado in the Moonlight by Lynn Kurland
The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
The Ropemaker by Peter Dickinson
If you’re interested in signing up for the Summer Reading thing, here’s the place to do it:
Someday, I’ll figure out how to link that without using an entire line.

The Rocketman

23 06 2008

A few weeks ago, I was able to go to Eden’s class and help with a special project: stomp rockets.
A man came (yes, the Rocketman) from a local astronautical society with all the needed supplies to build and launch paper rockets.
It was awesome.
The kids had a fabulous time, and I was impressed with how far the rockets flew. Who knew paper, tape, paperclips, a bicycle inner tube, a two-liter bottle, and a piece of pvc pipe could translate into a couple of hours of enjoyment?
Eden, decorating her rocket
Our fearless instructor (I SO want to get you an identical jumpsuit for your birthday, Ty)
The launch
The landing

Hi, Eden! Great flight.
Taking a breather from all that running

And I think it’s gonna be a long long time–

(You’re welcome. I had that song in my head the entire time we were a’rocketing).

These Orthotics are Made for Walking . . .

19 06 2008

As I promised a few family members, here is a picture of Colby’s feet in their orthotics.
And here’s one of how it looks with his shoes on.

They’ve been a great help to getting him more stable as he cruises along furniture, but he’s still a long way from walking on his own. The biggest problem is how loose his joints are–in particular his ankles and hips. We have a physical therapist coming in every week and that’s helped me to know what types of things to work on.

Oftentimes when Colby walks, his feet are splayed out, almost as if he’s doing a plie. I’m working on helping him align his feet so his muscles get used to that position, as well as stabilizing him in a squatting position to increase the muscle tone in his thighs and hips. The therapist said they have special pants made of lycra and/or neoprene that kind of suction your hips in (I could maybe use some of those–) or have velcro to give the upper legs extra support. The biggest problem is that they’re hot, and with summer coming on it may not be the best idea.

We’ll keep you posted in the continuing saga of Colby learning to walk.

A Bit of Pomp, Under the Circumstances

18 06 2008

There’s nothing like a preschool graduation. Always, there’s that one kid that doesn’t do what they’re supposed to, or that throws a big fit.
Rainbow was that kid.

Here I am, with Rainbow’s arms locked around my neck. I had to forcibly remove them, then run like crazy while her teacher tried to talk her into participating.
Happy to be here.

Teacher #2 trying to convince her to join the other kids in the song.

Finally they just scooted her chair up. She still didn’t sing.

I love this one. Hello, Rainbow? CHEER UP, honey!

This one cracks me up, too. Note the reckless abandon and joy all the other kids are showing during the singing.

At last, she thaws slightly. At least she went up to receive her diploma.

NOW she cracks a smile.

I like this shot, too. Apparently only one of them had ever seen what you do at the end of a graduation. The rest of the kids are thinking, “Huh? Is it over?”

One Shot

17 06 2008

The kids and I went to park tonight; I took about seventy photos.
Some of them are okay, most are just normal, but I liked this one a lot.

Something’s Missing

17 06 2008

Stan is in Denver for a few days.

Even though he works seemingly 24-7, life is not the same when he isn’t in the same state.

Miss you, Stan!