Friday, June 14, 2013

Last weekend

Another busy week over here. After traveling, it always feels like I'm playing catch-up. While I try not to spend too much time on the weekends doing work around the house, inevitably when I don't have a weekend, there is more work during the week. Such is life! :)

We had a lovely visit with Caleb's birth mother. Really, the day couldn't have gone any better! It was such a joy to see her and to see how much she loves C still. DH & I were definitely both nervous heading into it, as it had been a year, and we've had almost no contact since then, other than the letters and photos we sent. But despite that, I still love open adoption. As I wrote in this post, I do hope we continue to keep in touch, even if it is infrequent. Maybe we'll have more contact now that we've exchanged emails. Only time will tell.

DH & I thank you all for your prayers for our visit! I'm sure that things went smoothly in part based on your prayers!! :)

Other than the visit, we're settling into summer over here. I LOVE having our local farmer's market back - we had to travel a bit more for one during the winter and DH & I would go on Saturdays with C. We tried to limit it to once a month - we were the ones buying 10-12 dozen eggs, haha - but we always seemed to pick the coldest weekends to go! Now that summer is here, the Thursday one I like better is back open, and C and I go in the mornings before his nap. I'm trying to buy almost all our food there - we've had delicious squash, potatoes, blueberries, strawberries, asparagus and of course a lot of meat and eggs. :) Yesterday, I was washing up the strawberries and blueberries and C was walking around the kitchen, occasionally getting samples of blueberries. At one point I looked over and he was munching on the green stem of an onion! City girl here - I never knew that onions had those green stalks attached to them. I pulled off the one C munched on and sliced up a bunch of the rest for our eggs in the morning. As I tried to fasten the container (holding C in one arm as he didn't want to be put down), I dropped it. Slices of onion went everywhere, and he dove right in to help me pick them up by eating them. I grabbed several of them out of his hand, but he got another one in his mouth and was running out of the kitchen so I couldn't take the last one. As he was running, I heard him happily crunching with his teeth. :) Onions and blueberries... what a combination!

Happy Friday everyone! :)

Thursday, June 6, 2013

This and that

I can't believe it's already June! What a crazy few weeks we've had around here...

1) Memorial Day weekend was our 6th anniversary. My parents came for a visit... they watched Caleb (who apparently could have cared less that we were gone :)) while we went to see Iron Man 3 and get ice cream at SweetFrog. The movie was great, and so was the ice cream. :) I never had any interest in comic books, or movies made from them, until DH.... and now, I will happily watch any movie and The Avengers is one of my favorites. Who knew! :)

2) My students had both their spring adjudications and recital last week. They all did well, but we had a bit of an adventure at the church where the adjudications took place. The night before they were to take place, there was a really bad storm - lightning took out a very large tree and left the church without power. After one of my students auditioned by whatever light we could get using the windows, we ended up moving to another teacher's home because we couldn't be in the building without power. The parents were awesome and understanding at the change of location - and some of them I had to call en route! I really work with amazing families. :) I took this week off though, and will resume lessons next week. Summer is always a lighter schedule which I love!

3) Last weekend, my sis R came for a visit. She's awesome and C LOVED playing with her. And she's the PT so C got a bunch of treatment while she was here. He had no idea - she makes games of everything. No wonder her families back home love her! :)

4) C got a TOTcollar as one more item to help treat his torticollis. He still has about a 5 degree tilt... the TOTcollar wasn't fitted properly however, so he hasn't been wearing it. It actually made his tilt worse, so we're going back to get it refitted next week.

5) In other health news, C apparently has an allergy to strawberries. Whatever it is - he has a bad case of eczema on his shoulders and upper arms. I couldn't figure out why it was so bad, but then DH and I wondered if it was the strawberries - he loves them and was eating them all day! So, we dropped them from his diet and his skin seems to be improving. Maybe we'll try them next year. He doesn't seem at all bothered by it - he's not scratching at all, but it was clear something was up.

6) I have hesitated to say anything about this on the blog, but we have a visit with C's birthmother this coming weekend. We haven't seen her since last summer... I'm nervous and excited at the same time. Please pray for a good visit!!

7) We've spent a good amount of time at the pool lately. Fortunately, there is one in our development - we literally have to walk out the front door. Love that convenience of townhome living! C has NO FEAR of the water... and while I'm grateful that he doesn't seem timid, him wanting me to let go is not exactly what I had in mind! Hopefully he will enjoy swimming in the lake later in the summer as much!

8) We broke down and got a baby gate. While DH & I know C can climb the stairs fine on his own, he was getting a little to ambitious in his bolts for the stairs down to the front door. I spent almost 30 minutes talking with a story employee to get the right kind of gate. As you can see, we have the gate stretched across 2 sets of stairs so I needed a really wide gate.

We didn't want to drill into the wall or the banisters, but kind of made our peace with it being necessary, until I thought of these little babies - at $6 for 3 (I had one leftover from a garage project), it was better on the wallet than the $50 we originally spent on the banister and wall mounting kits!

I'm sure zip-ties could be used as well! I like that these are rubber and have a great grip on both the banister and the gate.

9) One more prayer request for a special intention. I can't go into detail yet, but hopefully will be able to in a few weeks. (And, no, I'm not pregnant and we are not adopting again - at least not yet on the adoption part. :)) Just prayers for a personal situation. Thanks!

Sorry to have been MIA for a while... I hope to get back to blogging - and commenting more - on a regular basis in a few weeks. Hope you all are having a great week! :)
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