Saturday, February 22, 2014

First Yearly Zoo Visit

We got up at 7.30 am this morning and hit the road to take the boys snow tubing but we got the date wrong on the event (doh!) so turned around and set off home. To salvage the day we stopped at the zoo. The boys had a great time as you can see. And it was sunny with no ice! It was only 40 F (4C) but I'll take it. Anything is better than ice.

There's not much difference in height now with these two

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

My Love & My Arm

I should change my name from Pamela Jane to Calamity Jane. As well as breaking my arm I have broken my Mac laptop. So I'm typing left handed on Craig's old dinosaur. I have also dropped my phone THREE times today. What a muppet.

So what have we been up to? Well Valentine's Day was perfect. We set the boys up with snacks & Minecraft in the basement and me & Craig had a curry. Prawn poori, popadums and mango chutney and chicken tikka marsala to be exact. Craig also got me a bottle of pink bubbly and some daffodils. I got him some apple pie moonshine - how romantic!

My Love
We've had teacher conferences at both kids' schools. Both have done great. Not perfect, but then I'd probably be worried about something if they were perfect kids. To keep things real I shall relay the story here of me going to the bathroom this week, passing by their bedroom door as they had gone to bed and hearing Daniel say to Jack  "wanna smell my finger?"

At his conference, Danny's teacher said to me & Craig "He's ready for kindergarten" and I envisioned it and got a lump in my throat. My baby going to school this Autumn makes me sad.
Jack actually came to his conference with me and sat shaking, so nervous that he might be in trouble. His teacher is so nice, so kind, and I realized he was terrified of me being disappointed and that made me feel terrible. So my goal is to help him at school without getting impatient at him. That's hard for me - I'm not an elementary school teacher for a reason. In other words I have little patience, but I'm trying to be better. Both of our boys adore us and have so much fun with us that I want to cherish it and keep it going as long as I can.

Lastly I'm going to do a little post about my arm. If you are squeamish then stop reading & looking now. I'm doing this for me - to record my progress.
Physio is tough and I have a long way to go. They told me I'll be "good" after about 8 weeks after surgery (for me that's end of March) but will take a year to feel normal. I'm actually relieved to hear that because I've been getting nervous about what I can't do and how immobile my hand is, but it's normal. I just have to give it time.

War Wound
Right arm is swollen and I can't straighten my fingers (yet)

Monday, February 10, 2014

Longest Winter EVER

Last week was a doozy. I had two doctor's appointments and a trip to the physio, I travelled & got stuck in Boston, schools were closed for 3 days and we got more snow. Lots and lots more snow. Go away snow!

This weekend I thought I'd catch up with housework at least but Craig got a cold and, well I was just exhausted. So another lazy post from me, while I play catch-up. Here's a few pictures of my last few days...

An x ray of my new bionic arm

We built an igloo with the boys.

50th Anniversary Beatles concert with my Brit Expat mates

An early birthday present: my favourite album framed