- I had every intention of writing a blog post last week, honest. At least one. But we decided to go a second round with illness at the end of the week, instead. Late Thursday night Noah started running a high fever. It went up and down all weekend, and on Saturday Aria caught it, too.
- Early in the week we had calling and funeral for Andy’s aunt, who passed away from cancer on Noah’s birthday. It was extremely tough, but we all made it through. The kids did well. Our empathetic little Aria did great until mid-funeral, when she saw both me and her aunt, Kelly, silently crying. She studied my face, studied Kelly’s face, and burst into loud sobs. We were in the back of the room, but I still had to step out with her to help her get calmed down. She feels deeply, that one.
- Even though last week felt like it lasted a month, and this week has been fairly tough, too, we have had some good times. We attended a TinCaps game (the local minor league baseball team) with Andy’s coworkers, and had a wonderful evening. I went to another Nickel Creek concert – there’s just no downside to that. It was glorious. Jo, myself, and most of our high school girlfriends went out for coffee at the best coffee shop around. Every time I spend time with those ladies I leave feeling overwhelmingly grateful for the many, many wonderful people God has surrounded me with.
- I took the kids to the zoo for a short visit on Tuesday. We were already in town, so I figured we might as well make it a bit fun. We had a great time watching the sea lion feeding show and then visiting the petting zoo. I was amazed to watch Aria let herself into the goat pen with complete confidence, go get a brush and proceed to brush every goat in turn before returning the brush. She’s never been in the petting zoo. Apparently she feels some ownership.
- My book club met on Monday, and we were discussing this book. If you haven’t already, do yourself a huge favor and read it. This was my second time through it, and won’t be my last.
- Bonus, since I didn’t post last week: I owe Nicole Scherzinger an apology, because I have seriously underestimated her. I watched her as a judge on The Sing-Off, and found her vapid and inarticulate. Based on her performance there, and the career she had made for herself as the lead singer of a group not worth hearing, I was fairly certain she was all looks, no musical chops. Incorrect. Check out this fantastic performance (don’t just listen – watch her act).
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