Sunday, March 27, 2011

Has it really been 2 whole years?

Saturday was a beautiful day for a birthday

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Judith was so sweet and had asked us if we would like to have Jaxon's 2nd Birthday Party at her home. The kids love to play in her backyard, which is shady and cool, and there was no shortage of little boys there that day, playing away.


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When we first got there, bringing the food and cake, Max was already in the sand box with Elizabeth, but Jaxon hadn't been to Mamo's in a while, and he was off on an adventure to explore every nook and cranny of the backyard.


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Soon, people started arriving,


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and it was time to get the Pizza party on the road :)


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Of course we had to get an Elmo cupcake cake, with matching plates and napkins, seeing how it was the little boy's current "obsession"...


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Must. Have. Brains......

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Thank you, everyone, for the lovely presents, and for celebrating the little boy's birthday with us.


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A Brief Look Back in Time


A Year Ago

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A Year and a Half Ago



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2 years ago


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Monday, March 21, 2011

Spring has Sprung

It sprang early here, really.

We have had some pretty warm temperatures here for a while now. Why can't it stay 74F all year round? It's already in the 80s and even 90s, and it just officially turned spring YESTERDAY!

Bleh.

Anyway, some time in the fall, I believe, a neighbor ran over Grandad's rose bush in the back alley. It was one that Granny Franny had "claimed" for her own and so we always refered to it as HER rose bush. The neighbor had backed his car into it or something to that effect, and had sheared it off at the ground. David has been trying to whatever could be salvaged from the broken off part, including trying to clone and grow cuttings from it.

Towards the end of winter, though, a young shoot started making its way out and up from the flattened root/base. On the nights where it got near to or below freezing, David has tried to shield it from the elements and keep it warm with a lamp and a cover.


March 12 2011

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Now that the weather is warmer, it seems to have really taken off and started this really amazing growth spurt.


1 week later
March 19 2011

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The grape plant that we planted a few years ago, is also starting to come out of hibernation and stretching out its vines.


March 12 2011

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1 week later
March 19 2011


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Sunday, March 13, 2011

Welcome Home, Grandad.

We were supposed to have an excursion with Grandad last Saturday,

and met up with him and Lin at McDonalds for breakfast, as usual.


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Grandad did not have much of an appetite and his hands were shaking pretty badly. He was also having some difficulty breathing. It was mentioned that he might think about seeing a doctor, which he readily agreed to. When we had him in our car and actually heard him breathing laboriously, we decided that instead of an excursion, we needed to detour over to the emergency room.


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We quickly called up the other family members to let them know, and before long, everyone else was waiting with Grandad in the ER, where he was being seen before being transferred upstairs.

The ER is no place for a rambunctious little 2 year old with mind of his own, so we retreated to the car, and thanks to drinks and snacks and the trusty ASUS Eee which is loaded up with his videos, we rode it out ( no pun intended ) quite smoothly.

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Turns out,Grandad had pneumonia, and so last week, we went up to see Grandad twice a day, and David spent a few nights keeping his dad company.


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and the little boy always found something new to do and keep himself occupied. AND whenever we passed by the little "nutrition" room where they kept snacks and food for the patients, he would ask for "CWAKO!" ( crackers )


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Grandad was glad to finally be able to go home on Thursday, and we are thankful that he is all better!

Friday, March 04, 2011

Kiddos and Cooties

Kids grow like weeds

We once again participated as consignors at the Dittos for Kiddos semi annual children's consignment sale. I didn't have that many things for the sale this time, so it wasn't stressful/crazy to get everything ready, hung up, entered into the online inventory, and tagged. In fact, as this was the 3rd ( if memory serves me right ) time we've participated, it seemed to get a little easier.


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I checked online tonight and 50 of the 56 items that we put up had been sold! That doesn't translate into hoards of dough, though. I priced the items in a way that I myself would buy them.. and I'm quite the tightwad, so practically all the items were priced way low.

I'm glad that there are other mothers out there who feel the same way too, because although we were not able to go to the sale for the past few days, we were there tonight for the "consignor's 1/2 price discount pre-sale" event, and I managed to get some good bargains.

And why were we not able to make it to the "regular sale" ?

Well, Jaxon had been down with a bug, and then I came down with probably the same bug. It's already tiring enough to be doing all the things one does in a day, but when a little child gets sick and needs that extra love and care, it is downright draining. Not to mention heartbreaking to see the little boy not be his regular happy self. And then to get sick yourself on top of that - BLEH.

Anyway, we are both feeling somewhat better now, and hopefully will be able to enjoy an excursion and adventures with Grandad tomorrow!

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