Friday, November 21, 2008

Lost and Found

Lost: Kepler's glasses.
Duration: Long enough that I decided to buy a new pair.
Found: Wrapped around the bars of his crib, five days after I ordered the new pair.

Lost: Important insurance papers.
Duration: Two Weeks.
Found: Yesterday, in the space between the cabinet and the fridge.

Lost: Kepler's NEW glasses.
Duration: Since about 4 hours after I put them on him for the first time.
Found: NO. And I've looked everywhere. My goal is to find them before his eye doctor appt next Wednesday!

Just a little snippet of life in the fast lane.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Housecleaning, er, Homeschooling this week

There should also be a dictionary, car keys, and a thermometer in her hands. This week, we homeschooled, yes indeed, but we also cleaned like maniacs. I just think I reached critical mass on how much clutter I could stand. So, out it went. We did less book work this week, but some good life skills work. Somebody please tell me how many weeks down and how many to go!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Last Christmas's Least Practical or Useful Gift

Last Christmas we went a little crazy in the gift-buying department. One of the gifts we bought for Kepler was a neato set of playdough -- 20 cans of excellent colors. He seemed a little young for it, so I put it in a box under Greg's end table by his chair. Long about April, I got some out and offered it to him. He liked it about as much as pond slime. Put it away. Offered it again in July. Still didn't think he wanted to be associated with it at all. Along about September, Kepler discovered the box. And he learned how to slide it out from under the table. We learned how to slide it back in, over and over and over. So, the past two months, I have been gathering up empty playdough cans, along with large hunks of playdough that have been liberated from their cans and left in interesting places. I think we're down to two or three cans. He STILL doesn't like the playdough, except to liberate each color systematically. I'm sure he has enjoyed it, just not like the manufacturer, or the giver, intended. I'm learning to be detached from the outcome and this seems like a perfect time to practice!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

10 Years Ago Today

Actually, 10 years ago yesterday, I was sitting in the midwife's office with Greg, 14 days past my due date with baby #4. We all decided to give it overnight and see if baby decided to make an appearance. If not, I would show up at the hospital at 6 am and we would induce labor. Baby didn't, so we showed up the next morning. After simply breaking my water, I went into bigtime labor and 3 hours later, Anna-Jessie was born, all 11 lbs 7 oz of her. There was only one other baby born in the hospital that day, and the teeny little thing was only 5 lb 10 oz. THAT mom was sailing around the hospital like she had just finished a 5k. I on the other hand was recovering from my natural childbirth, and there was a little recovery involved after birthing such a toddler-sized baby. What a sweet girl this one is and how she blesses us every day. Happy Birthday, Anna-Jessie!