Sunday, December 26, 2010
Now that the festivities are over, I'm dreading the next four days back at work until another long weekend. I think Kira is terrified that Avey will now believe she is entitled to sugar cookies and candy canes after every meal, and Avey may actually suffer a little withdrawal from the steady supply of sweets and presents.
We are looking forward to 2011 and all that it will have to offer. I haven't even thought of any resolutions yet, but maybe around 11pm this next Saturday I'll start pondering those things. I'm pretty sure one of them will include something along the lines of more sleep.
Thank you all for another year of reading this blog. Here's to new laughs and tears in the coming year!
Sunday, December 19, 2010
Sunday, December 12, 2010
Sunday, December 5, 2010
Now all we have left is the Christmas shopping [nervous laugh]. But Avey is easily pleased, as witnessed by her joy from a few random articles of clothing, a stick horse, and a pompom. We'll have a great holiday, I'm sure.
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Sunday, November 21, 2010
This is precisely the point I was trying to explain to Avey at the end of the book. I thought myself very clever as I attempted to walk Avey through it in very simple terms, first asking her why Fanny didn't go to the ball, and then suggesting some ideas. Avey seemed to listen intently, awestruck by my years of wisdom. After I had finished explaining the moral of the story, Avey's response was, "That [Fanny's] doggy don't have hands, so he can't pick a melon."
Well, that's a good point too, I suppose.
Sunday, November 14, 2010
Sunday, November 7, 2010
Of course, we couldn't call him Ursula in front of his new bride - that would be embarassing - so we decided to give them both new names. Avey liked the suggestion "Timothy" for the male, and she came up with "Foovy" for the female. That's right - Foovy.
Oh, and the fish, Jeffery, has made a full recovery from the infection. Thank you all for your prayers and cards, and all the flowers.
In other news, I'm getting even older. Today is my birthday. Kira has made it a wonderful couple of days, including eating out, family visits, sleeping in, and delicious treats. Avey was a big help at opening presents.
Thanks for reading! More news to come!
Sunday, October 31, 2010
We had a lot of fun carving pumpkins too. Avey picked from several sets of eyes, noses, and mouths we presented to her and chose the combination below on the left. I think she did a really good job. Kira designed and carved the one on the right:
Avey was very well behaved, considering she had been sick with a runny nose and slight fever earlier in the week. Speaking of illness, our home has been stricken this week, apparently. Well, it's not been that bad. I went to feed my frog the other night, and I noticed that my fish's right eye was about three times its normal size, and looked like it would pop at any moment. After a little research, I found out that Jeffery had a bacterial infection. After a few days of fish-version medical treatment, he's doing much better now.
I also completed the training for my job this week, so I begin the orientation at the facility this week! Hoorah for employment!
Sunday, October 24, 2010
We've had a lot of encounters with wildlife lately too. It reminds us just how rural this area is. We have deer sightings all the time in our neighborhood, and earlier in the week Kira caught a photo of 3 deer in our front yard, hopefully eating crab apples (the bane of my existence, along with onions):
We've also had a feline visitor (or perhaps "stalker" would be a more appropriate word) for the past few days. Avey and I were playing out in the yard one evening when a black cat approached us. We gave it some friendly caresses and it followed us into the back yard. It stayed until we went inside, at which point it stared at us through our patio window and meowed incessantly, occasionally clawing at the window. We know it's a neighbor's cat, but the thing shows up most mornings to watch Avey eat her breakfast, and comes by at least twice a day to beg to be let in. Fat chance says I. It's nice to have visitors, but we prefer the type who do not leave fur all over our carpet and furniture. But feel free to eat our crab apples!
Sunday, October 17, 2010
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Sunday, October 3, 2010
Then, this afternoon, she had another party with Kira's side of the family! She may get used to birthweeks instead of birthdays, if we're not careful...
The main reason we scheduled the trip in the first place was for the Muse concert. I was very excited for it, as they are probably my favorite band currently. Unfortunately, we came home rather disappointed; the stadium at which it was held was so big that the sound really suffered. While I could hear the drums very well, they all but drowned out the vocals and guitar. And the light show was really impressive, but it was a bit too much for us old people. The band also did very little to interact with the audience - almost no talking at all. I'm used to concerts where I get to know the band a little, but this one left me wanting. Oh well, at least I get to say I went, right?
Sunday, September 26, 2010
Sunday, September 19, 2010
Sunday, September 12, 2010
Oh, I'm sorry - did you think that picture was it? No, that's Buckingham Palace, silly. I probably shouldn't have put that there, because now whatever place we really got will look pretty lame. Well, here it goes:
Sunday, September 5, 2010
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Sunday, August 22, 2010
Sunday, August 15, 2010
Sunday, August 8, 2010
Sunday, August 1, 2010
Sunday, July 25, 2010
Sunday, July 18, 2010
Sunday, July 11, 2010
It's hard to believe how the years pass by. We have our 10-year high school reunion this week, and in less than 3 months, our little Avey will have another birthday too!
Sunday, July 4, 2010
Sunday, June 20, 2010
I have often heard that in general, mothers are the nurturers of children. The parent that listens, offers support, teaches, and what I sometimes call the person who offers the “mushy-gushy feelings”. However, in our family, this is not accurate. In memory of Father’s Day, I proudly proclaim on the worldwide web that Eli provides Avey with excellent support, validation, empathy, patience, respect, and dignity. Yet, he does this without losing his manly identity. If the truth were told, I feel much closer to him in the moments I see him being the tender, kind parent he is. He teaches me daily by example of how to treat a 2-and-a-half year old with respect by listening to her endless requests, and about patience by repeating the same phrases again and again, or talking in a requested character voice. He teaches me further about patience when he offers her several ways of accomplishing a task, or waiting and giving her every opportunity to comply with a request. In fact, if Eli had a possible fault as a father, it might be that he is too patient and generous. By Eli’s daily interactions with Avey he reminds me that she deserves and requires just as much respect, validation, and needs to be listened to as much as any adult would require to feel loved and supported. So, thank you, Eli for your great example to me of what a father, and parent should be. Thank you for being my equal companion in bearing the heavy, but completely fulfilling responsibility of being a parent. Here is to many more fulfilling years in our journey of parenthood. Love, Kira
- Hostage Negotiator
- Law Enforcement Official
- Sanitation Technician
- Hair Stylist
- Fashion Designer
- Dental Hygienist
- Voice Talent
- Life Coach
- Personal Therapist
- Crayon Art Critic
- Movie Screener
- Imaginary Food Taste Tester
- Singer/Voice Coach
- Physical Therapist - specializing in walking development
- First Responder in Crises (mostly kissing "owies")
- Speech Pathologist
- Punching Bag
- Personal Chef
- and, my favorite role, Playmate
Sunday, June 13, 2010
Sunday, June 6, 2010
Sunday, May 30, 2010
Wednesday was spent running around town on errands for other people, but then that evening I had committed to facilitate a make up session for a class at a prison an hour's drive from here (I've been working as a research consultant for about 4 months now). I had never been to this particular facility before, and when I got there, they had me wait for an hour in their lobby while they tried to figure out if it was okay to let me in. Apparently, somebody didn't sign the paperwork so that they knew I was coming. At least I got paid for waiting there...
Friday we had planned to drop Avey off at Kira's parents' house for the night so that we could have a "getaway" at a bed and breakfast in town. While it was fun, and included a lot of binging on chocolate, we may have awoken more tired than when we fell asleep. It's dangerous to get one's body used to functioning with less than 8 hours of sleep, and to then remind it what 10 hours can be like. The body seems to get greedy and think it deserves even more. It may take us a few days to get back that balance of being just tired enough to function. Maybe when the kids are all out of the house we'll actually be well-rested.
Sunday, May 23, 2010
I'm not sure how Kira ever did this 4 times (High School, Associate's, Bachelor's, Master's). I still don't feel like I've recovered. Now seems like a great time for a little vacation.
Sunday, May 16, 2010
Sunday, May 9, 2010
As a small part of the celebration, we all went to the zoo in town! We'd been talking about going for months, but the last time we had planned on it was over Spring Break, where it ended up snowing all day! It was windy yesterday, and cold at times, but we did have a splendid time. Avey's favorite animals were the giraffes. She got to feed them crackers and see their long, purple tongues. She got slobbered on a couple of times.
The most difficult (and, in retrospect, funniest) part of the trip was that she rode a little train about 15 minutes into the zoo visit, and then asked about every 3 minutes of the rest of the visit to go back and ride it again. We told her every time, "We're going to see a few more animals and then we'll ride it one more time before we go home." She still asked us several times in between animals.