Friday, August 21, 2015

Comments off

Just a note here that I had to turn off my comments.  There's a troll attacking my posts.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Spiders

There's a spider infestation in my house!

Miranda

What a great friend I have in Miranda.  She's one of those people I can go months without talking to, then pick up anew as if we saw each other every day.

I was so happy to have her and Nate come to Denver for Brian's memorial back in July.  We took a few pictures to commemorate.  It was an otherwise dreary day, but I got to squeeze in a yarn store visit with her, and ice cream with the delightful April as well.

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Thursday, August 13, 2015

Pics from Home Life

Jack has been bouncing from summer camp to summer camp, having lots of fun in the sun.  He is excited, but nervous to start Kindergarten next week.  He is enjoying his last few days of looong breakfasts with TV.

Sam is exploding with words.  He's picking up so many social expressions, little hmms and such.  He's also getting better at ending sounds, so Dah has finally become Dog.  He counts like this "Nine, two, nine, two, nine, two!"  This week he has started to say "Fun!" as a statement.  I wake him in the morning, he greets me with "Fun!"  Ben asks how their day was "Fun.  Fun fun fun." 

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(me vacuuming, by Sam)
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Lakeside 2015

We met friends at Lakeside a couple weeks ago for our annual end of summer outing.  Sam was old enough to try some rides.  Jack begrudgingly agreed to ride the kiddie rides with him.  After I took Sam home Jack was able to bust out with Ben to the big rides. 

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Friday, July 31, 2015

Shooting

Peter Pan Park

This is my favorite park.  It's about 20 minutes away, up in Westminster.  So I treated it like a real outing - packed snacks and waters and a giant ikea sack of sunscreen and towels and spares clothes and such.  The boys had a lot of fun.  It's such a cute and well designed place.  I only wish there was more shade on the equipment, and it was closer to us.

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Exploring Movement

Jack and I have been talking about what elective class to take next.  His summer school, Creekside Cubs, ends in a couple weeks.  There are some classes at the Apex center that would start in August and go into September, on top of his half day Kindergarten.  Earlier this year he was talking a lot about taking ballet again.  I told him he could try tap too, like me.  He wanted dance class, then faltered and says he wants tumbling again.  I ordered some tap shoes to give it a try.


Yeah, it took about that long for him to declare he wants to take tap classes.  Too.  Both tumbling and the ballet/tap combo.  Hmmm.  It's not really that expensive, but I'm not sure he will have the gumption to attend two classes a week, on top of new Kindergarten.  He's only five - I'm wary of over-scheduling already. 

But I'm going to have a hard time prying those taps away from him now.

A Study of Feet and a Carpet in Need of Vacuuming

Looks like Sam got a hold of my camera yesterday.  Behold, his first photography show.



Daily Life

Sam can walk down stairs using the railing.  But he gets scared of the height and prefers that I carry him.  My back is happy that Jack has been coaching him with a less scary way to get down.




Kids don't care that you are sleep deprived and behind on house work and memorial work and stay-at-home work.  Good thing they are super duper cute.

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I need my 1-year-old teach my 5-year-old to do his own laundry too.  Sam even cleans the lint trap!

Moving Forward

Ben says I need to post so my top blog entry is changed, and I'm inclined to agree.  Things are still hard.  We feel very supported by family and friends, with generous help and kind words.  The memorial is this Saturday and I'm looking forward to it.  Some old friends are coming to town who I am excited to see.  All week I've been working on the slideshow for the program.  I put a lot more work into it than was expected, because it's for Brian, so it needs to be good.  Strangely, it's been a good distraction.  I think it's going to be a long year of echoing grief as we go on with life, but without our best friend in all his usual spots. 

Anyway!  Probably not what Ben had in mind.  I'll do a separate post of mundane stuff.