October 31, 2012

Me And My Cookie

Watch out. The Gang is out tonight.
I'm pretty sure everyone in this house loves Halloween.
Especially Mathilde.
She's so excited to get to try every American candy ever made.
Ha ha.
I'll mention her probable stomach ache tomorrow.

We went out in our neighborhood.
Then Cookie and I came home. 
Followed by the Gang.

Cookie and I raided the first round of the Gang's winnings.
And got pretty sticky.

Cookie nursed.
Cookie went to bed. 

And I wait for the Gang to return.
So I can get my favorites out of their treat bags.
And let them gorge on fake chocolate (read Tootsie Rolls).

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October 29, 2012


My baby boy is nine.

What do you get a nine year old boy for his birthday?

We got him a bike.
And a nerf gun.
Nana and Bapa gave him $9 in half dollars.
And a digital camera.
Grandma Coleen gave him a watch. 

And all of his friends at his party gave him nerf guns.
Pretty funny.

But that made the nerf gun fight that much better.

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October 27, 2012

Haunted Basement

Our first Halloween party was a hit.
It took a bit to get people to eat our treats...
Especially the rats.

And there were a few scares in the haunted basement.
Mostly when Mathilde and her zombie friend Allison
Reached out and touched someone.
It was perfect.
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October 26, 2012

Tough Mudder Training - Two Weeks In

I went to bed at midnight. Usually we train at 6:30 am, but since there isn't school today and Tymon's working from home, I changed the alarm to 7:30. Sweet Elliott crawled into bed with me this morning. Usually, I fall back to sleep when he sneaks in but when I snuggled him, noticed Tymon checking the time. So I checked, too. It was 6:37 am and he's wondering when that alarm would ring. Ugh. No sleeping in for us. It's like our bodies are all ready into the groove of getting up and moving. We tried to ignore the clock and sleep another hour. Nope. Didn't work. We were up three minutes later.

We're getting stronger. We started out being totally wiped out and stopping after one of the three circuits in our regimen. Each day we add one more exercise and just today finished all three circuits. Yay! Now we just need to do each of the exercises better.

Right now, I can jog 3/4 mile before getting my first side-ache. Two weeks ago, I was getting them in less than 2 minutes. I do 20 modified push-ups in a minute and 15 burpees.

I'm happy to see progress already and a little bit worried that I'm so weak right now. We've got 6 months before the Tough Mudder...and aside from today's internal clock wake up, my hardest struggle has just been getting out of bed.

Yesterday, I was exhausted when the alarm went off and didn't move. Tymon rolled over and asked me to motivate him to get out of bed. He just wasn't feeling it. Ha ha. Neither was I. I suggested we sleep longer and do a jog later that night.

Apparently, that was exactly the motivation he was looking for. He jumped out of bed saying, "let's do this." Wow. I easily could have slept longer. But somehow, if you let yourself slide once, you'll do it again. We can't waste away our training opportunities. We'll only suffer in the long run.

October 24, 2012

Just The Right Size

This past week Kira gave me her shoes.
She wanted to go somewhere.
We weren't doing anything.
But all the same, she was ready in case we did.

Another little boy used to do that.
He knew whenever we were going anywhere.
Found his shoes in the closet.
And waited patiently on the bottom step.
For us to help him get them on.

We tried to bury his shoes with him.
We couldn't find one.
But tore the house and cars apart looking.
It was not to be found.
Not even when we moved and cleared out the entire house.

I broke down.
We can't put one shoe in the casket. 
Shoes come in pairs.
Where's that damn shoe?

My baby.
Older today than our sweet Evan.

I'm grateful
Each day we have her.
I worry that she'll be taken from us early.
I pray
That I'm wrong.
That I can hold her forever.
That she'll grow up.
And run around with her siblings.

Memories of Evan frequently come 
When the girls are little.
Doing what Evan did.
Climbing on the table.
Turning off my computer.
Pouting when needing a hug.
Wiggling during diaper changes.

Those memories will fade.
Like they did when Jocelyn passed him.
It'll be the same as Kira grows.
But for now
She's just the right size.

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October 15, 2012

Tough Mudder

The Tough Mudder Challenge. Ever heard of it? I hadn't until Tymon told me that one of his co-workers invited him to do it. I looked it up and was immediately drawn to the name. Tough Mother. Yeah. That's me.

I begged Tymon to invite me. Sometimes, I just need to prove to myself that I can do hard things. And this is one of those situations.

We started training this morning. I'd like to say how easy it was. Ha ha. We only got through one of three circuits. I got a side ache during the first 30 seconds of our one minute run. And added another one to the other side 10 seconds later. My jumping jacks turned into jogging in place with my hands in the air. I did 15 push ups modified with my knees on the ground in one minute. Hopefully by next month it'll be 15 real ones. This is going to take a lot of effort. If you'd like to put your body through hell and feel good about it later, come join us. Tough Mudder, Seattle, May 4, 2013.

I'm pretty much hoping not to die.

Mickey Hands To The Rescue

Two months ago, my parents gave Jocelyn a balloon.
She brought it home and immediately let it go.
Under our ceiling fan.
When it was on.
And the balloon went for a ride.
Round and round.
It was so fun.

Until I saw it.

The main problem is that we don't have a ladder
that reaches our vaulted ceilings...
But we do have a ladder.
And crutches
(temporarily due to Mathilde's sprained ankle 10 days ago).
And Mickey Hands.
Wrapped in packing tape.
And a jimmy-rigged rope to operate said sticky fingers.
Oh yeah.
Tymon got that stupid balloon down.
Three cheers for MacGuyver!
And I thought Mickey Hands were just a toy.

What a relief not to have to look at that anymore.

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October 8, 2012

Rat's Nest

There's been a rat's nest at the nape of my neck for several weeks. It comes a few hours after brushing my hair in the morning and gets worse by mid-afternoon. I usually manage my tangles by using a heavy dose of conditioner on my hair after washing it...but it hasn't been working as well lately...as in I haven't liked the last three bottles of conditioner that I've bought.  

As noted here, I changed my hair care routine last week. No more bottles of shampoo and conditioner. Just baking soda and apple cider vinegar. The vinegar actually does a pretty good job with the tangles...but did nothing to prevent the rat's nest. So I braided my hair after my shower this morning and cut it off.

I have plans to donate 3 of my 4 braids to Locks of Love. My remaining one, I'm thinking of making into something for Kira. She loves my hair. Stroking it while in my arms. Twisting her little arm up in it. Brushing it on her face. She will miss it the most.

And what strikes me most about this haircut is how similar I now look to my sister...we haven't looked this much alike since we were 14 and 15, bought matching outfits and pretended to be twins.

Ahhh...the good ol' days.


October 4, 2012

Driving In The Hatta Desert

Driving in the Hatta Desert was AWESOME. Seriously, my most favorite driving class ever. And because it's about driving, I've posted it under my defensive driving habits blog.

But while you're here, answer the following: What do ripples in the sand indicate to the desert driver?

October 1, 2012

Something Different - Day One

Today I started doing something different with my hair. I don't want to say what it is, yet. Unless you can guess  right. Then I'll tell for sure. Of course, I'll tell you in two weeks regardless. This had better work ...

Update: November 4, 2012
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