Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Spring At The Park

Two Teeth and Another Tooth

Two teeth in one day! For his "tooth fairy" money, he picked a two dollar bill. 

Tooth Loss counts:

Curly: 8
Mister: 6
Abi: 15
Bean: 3

Saturday, May 16, 2015

National Shovel Out the Schoolroom Day

I'm finally, finally, finally starting to feel better! 

Of course the first thing I have to do is clean! Actually, I've needed to work on the school room all spring. But with the surgery, the fallout from that, the big trip, the prosthetic... I just haven't gotten to it. 

Now, hubby and I attacked it this weekend with all the energy we could scrape together. We moved a bunch of school supplies to the basement, and transformed most of the room into a bedroom for Little Mister. He is my organized, tidy child who likes to keep his stuff in order. I think he'll enjoy having his own space again. 

Curly's desk, that was buried under a pile of junk, was cleaned, and her room got an overhaul as well. She is the child who tends toward messiness. Every so often though, a big clean-out and reset helps for a while. 

My favorite part is mailing back all the K12 stuff. Getting duplicates of everything in Braille results in a LOT of stuff to store! It's nice to be done with it and send it back. 

Mostly, it's nice to feel better. :)

Friday, May 15, 2015

Violin Spring Recital

Solo performance of Vivaldi's A minor concerto, movement 1.

Fiddle duet: Song of the Falcon Chief

Planting Flowers

While I've been feeling so terrible, Hubby has willingly taken over the Goomba wrangling duties. He never complains about this, and even enjoys the time with the kids, although I know it's a lot of work to get his hours in for his job too. 

Last week, he took the kids to the store, where they each picked a flower to plant to make our front porch look pretty. I thought this was so cute!

End of Year Concerts

This month, I counted at least seven different concerts and recitals and plays that my kids are scheduled to participate in. I remember my parents complaining if I had one, so it's probably a good thing they didn't have four kids! I'm amazed how quickly the number of year-end events has risen!

So far, we've attended about half of them, and enjoyed each, as much as I'm able with still feeling so poorly.

Abi did another tap recital.  

And Curly poses with her clarinet at the band concert. 

Grown-Up Silliness

Some theater friends hosted another murder mystery costume party, this time a 60s rock-n-roll theme. It was fun, but the numbness from the recent events prevented me from noticing or enjoying much. 

Boonee Brown Eye

A one-day trip to Spokane turned into a three-overnight stay to get Abi's second prosthetic made. We spent hours and hours waiting while they tried over and over to fit the prosthetic she'll into Abi's socket, which had grown around a damaged, over-large eyeball. Finally, they had to redo it entirely. 

In between fittings, Abi and I were pretty much stuck in downtown Spokane, not my favorite place to be stuck. I'd chosen to do the trip myself so that Matt could work and Curly could stay in school. After missing so much for our Cali trip, we didn't think missing more was a good idea. 

I stayed with some wonderful friends, but the trip ended up being extremely stressful. Watching your seven-year-old child have to sit for three or more hours at a stretch while being poked in the eye is hard. Being stuck downtown, having the process not go well, not always having the right food, and worst of all, having Abi become anxious and upset to the point of confusion was almost more than I could handle. I got home and crashed pretty hard, struggling with both depression and a nasty cold. 

There are times when I am simply not strong at all. 

I was disappointed in the finished eye. Her right eye looks great, and I'd assumed they would match, not realizing her sockets had grown so differently. 

But as you can see, they don't match well at all, something I notice every time I'm close to her. It's a small thing, but it's just one more thing I'd hoped not to have to battle in my struggle to parent her. 

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Festival Kids

More Renaissance Fair pictures. 

And lastly, Hubby at the end of the day:

Goomba Wrangling is hard work!

Shuffle Step

Abi and two friends got to tap dance at Renaissance Faire with their dance studio. Abi was pretty nervous, particularly about a step she couldn't quite remember. I asked her teacher to go over it with her at the warm-up, and she visibly relaxed once she got it. 

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Welcome Back To Reality

The days after a big trip feel so surreal. On the one hand, it's great to be home. 

Fritzie glued himself to my lap. 

On the other hand, we had medical appointments to coordinate, mountains of laundry to tackle, a leaking toilet, a broken sink faucet, banking and homeschool and grocery shopping to do... You know... The usual. 

Curly and I took a little time out from all the chores to make some earrings with the beads FemmeCa* gave us. 

And Abi has improved a bit. I think she is happy to be home in familiar surrounds. 

SoCal Trip Day 10

Day 10 - Flying Home

We were tired, and so very ready to head home!

I'd packed us up the night before, but it was a long morning of busy freeways, returning our rental car, finding the right gate for our flight, which was late, causing much anxiety over missing our next flight, which turned out also to be late. 

A high five upon reaching Spokane!

Roads that are NOT packed freeways!

And home again! 

SoCal Trip Day 9

Day 9 - Californa Adventure

Bean was excited to ride the giant Ferris wheel. 

Of course we rode the car that swings! Thank goodness for Dramamine!

The memorable part of the Cars ride was waiting in line for 80 minutes! Whoa! We couldn't get a fast pass, because the return time was later than we planned to leave. 

We decided that Los Angeles people do nothing but wait in line. The freeways, the restaurants, the theme parks, the WalMart... They all had insanely long, slow lines. 

While we waited for Cars, we made up little games and told stories and passed the time as best we could. Once we were done, we waited in line to get ice cream!

Next, we rode the carousel, but the fountains in front of it ended up being more fun. 

We finished the day with the big Aladdin stage show. 

SoCal Trip Day 8

Day 8 - Last Disneyland Day

Saturdays are much, much busier in the park! 

We decided to forgo the audio description device as it was way more trouble than it was worth. So we were free to explore right away. 

One of the coolest things we did was ride the monorail over to Downtown Disney for lunch. We found an awesome LEGO store with a wall of bricks and a build your own minifig. I think Little Mister was in LEGO heaven. 

Another fun moment: Mister lost a tooth. At Small World. 

Because there was so much time spent waiting in line, the kids all practiced magic tricks, like pulled-apart thumbs; and Curly mastered saying Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. 

In the afternoon, the girls decided to ride Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, while the boys headed to Tom Sawyer Island. The California drought gave way and the rain poured on us, the whole time we were in line! Unlike home, it was a warm rain, and the three girls huddled under one plastic poncho. 

That night, we wanted to see the fireworks, so we left the park to get dinner and a bit of a rest. 

More like Zonk! I was reported to have snored. 

But, I was back awake for the firework show. It was nearly canceled due to wind, but we got lucky. 

We did a last, late-night ride on Pirates (my favorite), and then home to bed. 

The step counter on my phone reported 12,409 steps that day, and that was just when I was carrying my phone!

SoCal Trip Day 7

Day 7 - Rest Day

We were all so tired we lounged in bed all morning. 

Abi's stinkerhood reached new lows when I called the kids to come eat breakfast: muffins that Daddy had made. She ignored me and refused to come eat when the other kids did, so in an effort to push back, I just let her stay in bed. She was expecting a personal invitation and some coaxing, but instead she simply got to skip breakfast. When she figured it out, she was dismayed, but when the call to lunch came, she didn't ignore me! 

I took a walk to the nearby WalMart, where I found Disney souvenirs for a fraction of the price they would be in the park. 

In the evening, the plan was to drive to downtown LA to explore, but instead we ended up getting stuck in rush hour traffic. So we settled for Chinese food and a narrated movie while we crawled back down I-5. 

In the evening, Matt downloaded "A Little Princess" on his phone to read to the kids. Part of this choice was due to the fact that he and the kids absolutely loved "The Secret Garden," and partly because our little Princess Abi could use a little of Princess Sara's attitude that princesses are polite! Mostly though, it's just a wonderful, magical story, perfect for our magical adventures this week.