Friday, April 4, 2014

Actually Did Something

I'd hoped to finish the bathroom, but due to problems beyond my control...namely the fact that it turns out I don't like inside when the weather's nice...I haven't.  Yes, it's been over a year.  Yes, I feel like a failure.  Yes, it would be nice to have another bathroom again.  Especially since my daughter is getting older.  No, I don't plan on running out and finishing it in the next two days.  Basically, I blame Chloe.  I had planned to work on the bathroom last year during Spring Break, but her coinectomy took me away.

No, today saw bigger fish begin.

It's Cora's fault.

She's the one with a vision.  I'm happy to sit in a chair and read a book.  She suggested, just the other day, that we take the side yard and put in pavers instead of grass which is reluctant to grow.

It sounded like a good idea at the time.

So, Tuesday I took the rototiller and rototilled the area in question.  So, today and yesterday a little,  I tried smoothing and leveling said area.  Then Cora said, let's get gravel.  Fine.  I ordered a load of gravel.  Then went to town and got some soil for the raised gardens.  Then I came home and worked outside again.  The gravel came and Chloe and I went to town again and got a couple of pavers to see which we liked.

I made quite a bit of headway...now to repeat the process again tomorrow and the next day and the next until it is done.

Chloe helped a lot.  She drove stakes into the ground...in places i didn't even know needed stakes!
 

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Life Lately

I've had this blog for a very long time.  It seems lately, though, that is has fallen into disrepair.

Chloe is growing and learning and never ceases to amaze us with her audacity and intelligence.  She is generous and loving.  She also just got her THIRD tube for her ear today.  She impressed the outpatient surgery staff.  When she told them she wants to be an anesthesiologist, she made about a dozen friends.  Seemed they bent over backward to make sure she had a good experience.  Not only did she add to her already significant stock of medical items, she made a bunch of people happy.

Cora and I were happy that she behaved and did not cry, since she'd been somewhat uneasy about the upcoming surgery.  Over the last couple days she'd pretty much given up whining and seemed resigned.  When she got there the staff took good care of her.  There was no crying.  She is such a wonderful person.  I was particularly fond of her parting hug and kiss.

Other than that there have been no emergencies this spring break!  Given last year's I'm okay with that!  You can see some pictures at my photoblog:  awesomejim.blogspot.com

Saturday, February 15, 2014

A Much Needed Break!

This morning my in-laws called and offered to take the girl for the day.  They went up to visit their other grand daughters and thought C would like to go along.  That left Cora and I some time alone. For awhile we were confused and somewhat panicked.  Un-planned alone time...what do we do????

It was raining.  Well, snaining.  Part snow, part rain...it really couldn't decide.  Otherwise we would have totally gone for a hike.  So, we ended up shopping a little and finally going to lunch.  It was good, we just had some appetizers.  Ahi Tuna and some scallops.  It was delicious.

We got home and unloaded our loot, just as we closed the door, the phone rang.  We'd had several glorious hours of talking without interruption and without hearing singing from the back seat.  But it was time to pay the piper.  She arrived about a half-hour later.  And...you know what?  I'd missed her.  I always miss her.

Now we are relaxing as a family.  Tomorrow?  Who knows what tomorrow holds for us!  Perhaps a new adventure.  We will just have to see!

Monday, February 10, 2014

Last Few Weeks

 Chloe and I spent a few days at home...

 Friday night (February 7) it snowed.  She was in pajamas...

 We went out and enjoyed it Saturday.








And then Saturday night it just started snowing.  It came down HARD.  I went for a walk to take pics.  Cora and Chloe came out and met me on my way back.  We played in the snow for awhile and had fun.  I used my flash...


Sunday I dug the cars out.  I decided to put the snow on the yard in a pile.  It worked well, because we used it to go sledding with Chloe...








Friday, January 24, 2014

A Letter to My Daughter.

Dear Daughter,

I love you.  I love the person you are becoming.  I love to watch your sense of humor develop.  I REALLY love that your sense of humor is a strange meld of mine and your mother's sense of humor.  But, let me be honest, I see my own sense of humor most.  It's in the way you steal my glasses in the morning and try to wear them.  Then, when I try to take them back, you rub your fingers all over the lenses so they'll be smudged.  Then you belly laugh.

You were so small when we got you.  You loved your mommy so much.  You hardly spared a look for me, apart from acknowledging me as someone who was kept around my your all-important mommy.  Without me, you didn't figure having her would be possible, so you suffered through my company and, when necessary, my attentions.

Now, we can have entire conversations with you.  We can discuss whether or not we are going to Gymkids, the Post Office, or shopping.  We've been doing that for some time now.  Still, I never hesitate to ask, and you go to great lengths to convince me of our real destination.  I continue to get the word "leotard" wrong and ask you where you "Leah" is, and then your "Leah's Card."  Then "Leah's Cart."  I never tire, but neither do you tire of correcting me.  I think you enjoy it.

In the morning when we are all getting dressed for our day, you are sometimes helpful.  Other times not so much.  On several occasions I have asked you to assist me by grabbing my shoes.  You have often obliged.  It's when you choose to walk over and pick up the shoe in question, then look at me, place it on the ground and then put your foot in it and run away that lets me know you have my sense of humor!

I love the way you see things.  You decide to wear leopard spotted clothing, even though it drives me nuts.  You know that using chap stick on your cheeks is something that really enhances your beauty.  It also makes you smell like root beer.  You know that it is necessary for me to rub your armpits with my deodorant, even though, I usually put the cap on first.

The other night, I held you up so you could brace yourself on the walls and hold yourself four feet above the ground.  You FREAKED OUT.  Even though I was trying to assure you I would not let you go.  The next morning you asked me specifically to do it again.  Your mother thought we were crazy.

It makes me laugh every time you look at the smoke in the room when we are cooking and say we made the room blurry.  You say the same for fog.

There are so many things about you that are awesome, well, I could go on for hours, and , perhaps I will, but for now, I love you!!    


Sunday, December 29, 2013

Another Year Soon Done

Unbelievably, we are done with another Christmas and soon we will meet another New Year.  It's been awhile since I last posted.  Weird how some things change in importance.
We decorated the tree and the house.

We spent the days leading up to Christmas cleaning the house in a way it hasn't been cleaned for quite some time.  We did not overdo it, but we made good progress each day.
The annual dog torture was inflicted.

We chased down Santa Claus and his roving Christmas Trucks...
  



We baked cookies...well, Cora and Chloe did...


but we ALL decorated them!


We were able to spend Christmas Eve with the in-laws celebrating Cora's sisters' birthday and Christmas.



Then we had a nice quiet Christmas morning at home and then Papa and Nana came over for Christmas dinner.  We spent a couple lazy days not doing much, apart from taking in a movie with Chloe. 



We went and saw Frozen!  She really liked it.  Among my favorite parts was when the heroine got frozen, Chloe's reaction was visible and audible.  It was proof she was invested in the movie.  Then, once, when she had to use the bathroom she was full of anguish because she did not want to miss the movie and said so, quite audibly!  I loved it when she asked if she was being good, when Cora confirmed it, she then asked if we could take her to another movie.

We spent Friday at home with an official Pajama Day.

Finally, Yesterday, we cleaned a little and then went to celebrate our Christmas with my family.  We bought the Pixar Planes DVD for my Nephews and then we got each of the boys a Planes' character.  They were a real hit.



Apparently, the pinnacle of Chloe's night was getting to hold her youngest cousin.  Isaac, born in November!
Cora took the week off from work and I, of course, have it off because of school.  It has been really nice being home as a family.  Cora goes back to work tomorrow and I know it won't be nearly as fun as it has been.  I'll probably try to get some work done on the accursed bathroom.

That will be my New Year's Resolution.  To finally finish that damned bathroom.  Considering I started in march, it's kind of a joke.  My re-modelling abilities, that is.  I suppose it isn't so much that I'm not able to do it, but more of a "Do I want to spend the next couple hours doing something that will be easily cleaned up, or do I want to make one tiny step in that damned bathroom and home I can clean up before I have to leave again?"  There is also the fun value.  It's much more fun to take Chloe to the park than to bury myself in the bathroom.  So, we know which decision gets made more often than not.

As the New Year closes in, many people like to look back.  I like that, but that will be for another post.  Today, I'm looking forward.  I'm proud to be a member of a most wonderful family.  Every day is a magical mystery tour, and I love every one of them.  I wish time would slow down so I could appreciate them more.  Instead, time seems to be speeding up.

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season.








Sunday, December 1, 2013

Thanks

I had the honor of enjoying three Thanksgivings.  One was at my parents, one was just the three of us, and the last was with my in-laws.  All three gave us time to be with the family and things to be thankful for.

Today, I have to look toward the coming week and finding jobs.  We are also going to dig out our decorations and start decorating.

Given a few minutes to reflect, I am thankful for many things.  Top most on my list of things I am thankful for are as follows:

1.  I am thankful for the opportunity to be father to the most amazing little girl the world has seen.  She tackles life at full speed with an optimism and compassion that is intriguing in one so young.  Her great intelligence and desire to learn is joyous.  I continue to fall in love with this little girl every day.  Every time she runs to me and hugs me my heart melts.

2.  I am thankful for my exceptionally caring and lovely wife.  She works every day and despite being away from home considerably longer than me each day, she manages to spend quality time with her daughter, and even me, each day.  She is generous and caring.  Sometimes she cares too much and does more for others and forgets to do things for herself.  She is truly a wonderful person and I can not think of anyone I would rather share my life with.  She encourages me when I am down and is sometimes what keeps me going.  I am in love with this gorgeous creature and cannot believe my good fortune.

3.  Our small family is not only the best family I have ever been in, it is simply the best!

The rest just falls into place, and, for that, I am thankful too.