Thursday, July 24, 2014

Hospital Days

Two weeks out of the hospital and I think, maybe I might be back to normal.  The Little Dude is doing fine, as he continues on this journey of health and well-being.  Here is a collage of hospital pics.  You will note that there are none of the exhausted mom. {smile}

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Wordless Wednesday {almost}

Settling down in the ICU waiting room for the third night of (lousy, non-exsistent) sleep.  Seriously, it is like being a new mom and sleeping in an airport or train station.  Anyway the Little Dude was hospitalized Monday with dehydration and low blood pressure.  They've been treating him an he is doing considerably better. Here are the pictures that tell that tale:

~ Holly

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Motor Muster

Last weekend was crazy!  Zippy went camping and canoeing with her American Heritage Girls troop.  There are no photos but I heard that she had a wonderful time. There were pit toilets, a raccoon, and they cooked hot dogs by putting them in a milk cartons and setting them on fire (I'm sure there was more to that one).  They also went canoeing and fell out of the canoe, on purpose.  I do not see how any of this can be qualified as a good time, but I am so very grateful that there are good women who do and share that love with my daughter.

While Zippy was off having a fabulous time in the woods, the Little Dude and I were left at home.  I asked him what he wanted to do, he said he wanted to ride the train.  So he and I headed over to Greenfield Village.  It was Motor Muster.  That is where all the vintage cars and hot rods line the streets.  It was a beautiful, sunny day so there was about a bizillion people, but that was ok.

We did go on the train...and the (carousel) horses...and the pedal cars that they have out special for the Motor Muster.  We also saw some sheep, cows and lots and lots of cars.  

The Village stayed open much later than usual so we went back with the hubs when he got off from work.  We rode the train and carousel again, and looked at lots and lots of cars.  I don't really understand the whole looking at the engine thing, but I do like some of the hood ornaments. Oh, and we got ice cream from an old fashioned Good Humor truck (I don't think Little Dude let any fall in the hub's hair).

This is my favorite picture of the whole day:

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Happy Father's Day

So last year I forgot to send out a card and did a blog post to honor my Dad instead, and it worked out really well.  So I'm going to do it again.

Three Lesson I Learned from my Dad

Never stop learning.  
My Dad is one of the smartest people I know, especially about geography and history.  He listens to books, watches documentaries and film, and he travels a lot, learning as he goes.  He even wrote a whole book, not published, but still that is huge.

Precook your chicken
When grilling BBQ chicken (of which my Dad makes the best), precook the bone-in chicken before saucing it and putting it on the grill.  It will come out, most importantly, done, as well as moist and yummy.

Drive Defensively
My Dad taught me to drive.  I went through driver's training where I learned the rules, but my Dad taught me the most important lessons. He was a professional truck driver.  He was the one who got into the car with me, especially when I learned to drive a manual transmission.  When I was in middle school, I got to spend a couple of summers on the truck with him, watching him be professional. It left an impression.  When he told stories about how other people drive, that also left and impression.  

Thanks Dad for ALL you have taught me. 

Friday, June 13, 2014

Preschool Graduation and Rain Gutter Regatta

I never know what to call it, is it a graduation, or a promotion ceremony, or just an end of year award assembly?  I don't know.  But I do know that the Little Dude was there.  I really like the way that they do it at his preschool.  Each student gets a moment to shine in front of all the parents.  The teacher says some nice things about each student and they get a certificate of completion and a book that they worked on all year.  The book is the kind of thing that makes mom cry and goes into the keepsake box.  The whole thing is really low key. 

 Then there is a yummy meal and the Rain Gutter Regatta.  The kids race a breath powered boat down a rain gutter.  (There were lots of really proud dads with the boats.) Fun is had by everyone, well mostly.  Some tears were shed when the more competitive did not win.  

And here are some random kid pictures: