Monday, June 23, 2014

Quick Week

1. So, Saturday morning at 7 am we fly out to San Diego for our 11 day California vacation. Last day of school is Wednesday and it's a half day. My parents fly to San Diego Wednesday evening. And I've been sick for the last two weeks with what we're guessing is some mosquito-borne virus (blood work results pending). Of course, when you don't have energy to do anything, you do get a lot of World Cup games watched. But Wimbledon started this morning and there will now be 4 World Cup games every day. The great news is that my aunt will be recording World Cup games in San Diego so I can catch up there. And watch some key tennis games.

My callas are blooming.

2. That was an amazing game last night, USA-Portugal. I wanted to cry at the end. But the US is not out yet.

3. I have diligently been working through my goal of "finishing" all those television series that have been lingering on the DVR for months or years:

  • I watched the last 4 episodes of Justified last week and gasped in dismay at least once per episode. And the set up for the final season is amazing. These writers are expert at managing a season-long story arc with each episode an ever growing disaster. No decision yet whether Raylan will survive the show. Wow.
  • In the last few weeks, my honey and I have finished the seasons of Grimm and Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and then over the weekend we binged on the last four episodes of Sherlock. All of them taking to heart Joss Whedon's motto, "Why go for the kill when you can go for the pain?" 
  • I also picked up a new series, Motive. In two days, I watched the first 15 episodes. Things to do when you're sick. 

4. Unfortunately, I have not had the energy for a trip to the movies, but that's what vacation is for. 

5. One of the wonderful things about June is that fresh cherries are in season. I eat almost a pound of them a day. No joke. 

This is an amaryllis, blooming in my flower bed. My mother-in-law got the great idea of planting them outside after they have finished blooming and seeing if they come up again the following year. This one did.

6. Only a few more sentences and then I can fold laundry and take my morning nap. 

I have Asiatic lilies, too. Mostly pale pink but some red, a few orange, and one white.

7. If you missed my Saturday post about my father's gift to us of painting two room and a hallway, scroll down. 

Pray for us this week. Pray that my body would heal. Pray that we transition to California with a modicum of ease. Pray that our time with my family is full of joy and rest. Give thanks for good school years and awesome teachers. 

Jen's on vacation. Hosted by Team Whitaker this week. 

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Long Overdue

Two weeks ago, when my mother was in California, my father spent 4 days painting the kids' rooms and the hallway.

Here's a bunch of pictures, before and after, to show off all his hard work.

Everything is beautiful and clean again. Much like this, 11 summers ago, when my father last painted the room (that is now Miranda's) for a new little person we were expecting.

My, how time flies.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Seven Quick Prayer Requests

1. Alex has an intermittent fever and cough so he's off to the doctor this afternoon. He actually told me this morning he didn't want to stay home, that he misses his teacher. I can't remember the last time that happened.

2. We meet with Alex's teacher and case manager on Friday for his IEP meeting to plan for next year. We already know he will be with a different teacher in an intermediary disabled classroom, back with some of the friends he left behind last year, which is good. But it will be a new teacher for us.

3. Miranda was supposed to have a well visit at the doctor's today but Alex is taking the appointment because he's sick. I still need to reschedule that for her.

4. I'm still praying about what to do with the psychiatrist we've introduced to our cadre of doctors. We've an appointment on the books for next week and I think it's going to be and one of the kids who sees him, but I'm not sure which one to take with me.

5. My mother is in California hanging with my 2 year old nephew Colin while my brother goes to a conference and my sister-in-law enjoys some time away from the darling boy.

6. My mother suggested that my father and I paint my kids' rooms while she's away, so he doesn't get bored. He's doing most of the work and definitely not bored.

7. Marshall's birthday is next Saturday and out best present to him will probably be to let him keep working on the bus. But life in his office is always exciting, so please pray for peace and wisdom for him, always.

And here's Jen!