Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Monday, July 29, 2013
Because so many of you have been kind to ask, this is how I spent my 39th birthday:
As I do most mornings, I awoke before the others, went for a walk with my friend and walking partner, and pulled some weeds in my yard. Upon my return, everyone was up and gathered in the living room to present me with homemade cards and bracelets, and this long begged-for gift-- a kayak!
Sunday, July 28, 2013
Friday, July 26, 2013
I do not know Emma. I never met the girl. But I know many, many people who are hurting this week, reeling from the sudden, senseless loss of Emma. She must have been amazing... everyone says so. It's not that I think people would have said terrible things if they thought someone who had died was a terrible person-- but I think then they would just say nothing.
Thursday, July 25, 2013
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
The children talked me into buying a life jacket for the dog. That was pretty much our entertainment for the day.
Monday, July 22, 2013
Sunday, July 21, 2013
Saturday, July 20, 2013
Yeah, even though I say I never really loved the show, I can objectively admit that actor John Stamos is a good-looking man. It just is not something that can be argued. What's more, through my work in the crisis pregnancy and pro-life arena, I have come to appreciate, even admire John Stamos for the work he does as the celebrity spokesperson for a fantastic organization called Project Cuddle. Project Cuddle aims to save newborns from abandonment and place babies in adoptive homes, by assisting birth mothers, particularly those who may be hiding their pregnancies, in all matters and means possible.
What's more, I admire any person who does not take him- or herself too seriously. So, when I saw this clip from "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon," I knew it was something both my daughters and I would appreciate. It did not disappoint:
Thursday, July 18, 2013
Elisabeth had a doctor's appointment this morning. My newly certified, permanent babysitter was with Grandma and Grandpa; it was short notice to lean on family, as usual; and the appointment was at such an early time it seemed unwise to try to foist the younger siblings on a friend. So, I took everyone to the clinic, a decision I would unsurprisingly come to regret.
Two hours, two lab visits, a trip to radiology and a stop at the appointment desk for a return visit later, and we were on our way. I had, at my breaking point, called Grandma to the Rescue, so I can only assume things could have been even worse.
That said, while sequestered in the exam room, the Littles had one very amusing exchange:
M (pointing to the cotton ball under E's Band-Aid): "Oh no, Libby! It's a good thing we're at the doctor, because I think your stuffing is coming out!"
B: "No, silly! People don't have stuffing. We have tissue!"
M: "Yeah, right."
E: "No, really, Maddy, he's right."
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Sunday, July 14, 2013
One of our many weekend activities included attending the wedding of my cousin Andrew and his bride Maria at the Cathedral of St. Paul.
Saturday, July 13, 2013
Friday, July 12, 2013
Thursday, July 11, 2013
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Monday, July 8, 2013
However, this does not answer for me why it is that every Midwesterner I know (myself included) say "the Dairy Queen" at all times, but, with equal consistency, also speak only of "Burger King."