1. Streamlining our cup collection inspired me to buy one of these tumblers for each child (are the Tervis tumblers popular where you are? They are all the rage here). We got a first initial, except for the boy who shared an initial with his brother — we opted for the last name initial. And then they were out of “I” cups for Isabel, so we went with a pretty flowering dogwood. It’s fun to see what words you can arrange:
As reader Anne pointed out in the comments from the dog post, I think I should (and will) make a list of all the things about life with a dog — things you should consider if you are feeling iffy. This will be the post for people who find themselves googling the phrase “should we get a dog?” If you have to ask, I think you already know the answer. Then I’ll try to counter with information from a hardcore dog lover to balance. Maybe something like, “You know you’re a dog lover if…” Do you have an answer for that? Please feel free to leave in the comments!
3. With the puppy gone, we are back to doing things like playing with toys. I didn’t realize how much life was “on hold” around here until yesterday. With the dog gone, we could take out toys! And play with them on the floor! Henry is currently enjoying his train set, and it’s so fun to hear him playing and talking quietly to himself. “I’m very social,” one train just told another.
Until now, our free time in the afternoon involved either sitting in the fort at the swing set (so the dog couldn’t jump on the littles) or having them on my bed with the ipad. That’s just no way to live. It’s not.
4. Isabel isn’t feeling great today; she spiked a temp and I’ll admit I loaded her up with motrin before heading out. I had a date with my mom — her first shopping excursion since December! — and I was just too excited. I know that’s selfish and I realized that wasn’t smart or safe, so I told my mom Isa had a low-grade temp. I’m pretty sure it’s allergies (her eyes are watering profusely) but my mom can’t risk getting sick.
5. On that note, after Monday my mom will only have ONE chemo session left. Thank you Jesus! Each time my mom has her chemo, I have made a poster for her with the number of chemos she has left (dad, will you send me a picture of one to include here?). This Monday I can’t wait to make a poster with a giant ONE on it!
6. Having said that, I will be out of town for her very last chemo! So I’ll have to have a special ZERO lined up before I go. Where am I headed? Are you ready? To… ITALY! With MY HUSBAND. I’m having kind of a big birthday this year and Paul is really showering some love upon me. (Any suggestions for us? Please share!)
7. I’ll close with this lovely photo from my backyard, one small area where I feel like I’ve actually got it together (aside from the spray painted chair, thank you Henry!)
Hiya, Jen! I’ve been praying for you girl. Love you.