An Old Soul

As parents, we hear our children talk all the time.  Today's reminds me that I need to take the time to truly listen so I don't miss moments like this.

Jack was watching the snow fall heavy outside our window.  He had been quietly watching for a long time.  He says without turning away from the view, "Sometimes the snow makes me cry"  I asked him why and he replied, "It's beautiful"

The beauty of that thought process makes me cry.  Happy tears for a boy that I wasn't sure would ever talk.

Sweet 16

*My oldest son turned 16 a few weeks ago.  He is so precious to me and seeing him age has been amazing!

  November 15, 1994



November, 2010

Watching this boy turn into a young man has fascinated and terrified me.  Recently, I realized how short his time as my child has become.  He graduates in less than two years and leaves my nest.  I can't think of it without tearing up.

*In other news, Jack has found his future profession, so he says.



He says his name is Asimo, the robot.


Don't be jealous of my mad robot making skills.  

Sneaky Thanksgiving secret

If you thought I meant a really cool recipe, I am sorry.

We have been in collusion, the ex husband and I. Keeping a secret from my children is NOT easy. I am just bad at keeping secrets, I let things slip, I forget that it even is a secret. But for five long weeks, I managed it. The ex was giving out little hints here and there. Telling one boy that the DS he left behind in the summer would arrive on the 25th. When another asked over the phone what he was going to eat on Thanksgiving, the ex said, "the same thing as you!" He told one boy that when he missed Papi on Thanksgiving, he would be right beside him. Nobody caught on...hehehehe.

The boys dad was coming for Thanksgiving and they had no idea. Today, while we were all busy cooking and eating and parade watching, my dad left saying he had to go home and check on the dogs. Mom threw out, "take a shower while you are there" Overkill much mom? She makes me giggle.

A trip to the airport and back later, he walks in on our unsuspecting boys. I LOVE it when a plan comes together!!

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These turkeys......



...are glad this turkey made it.

Sounds in the darkness

Every night as Jack falls to sleep, he sings and talks.  Most of the time it is nonsense or phrases from his favorite shows.  Lately, it is the Beatles.  I present to you the audio of my newest favorite.
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To nose job or not to nose job

As a teen I broke my nose during band practice.  I was in the guard and we were throwing rifles and boom, I missed.  Well, not missed exactly, I just caught it with my face.  I popped in back in place on the spot in panic.  It felt like it was lying down on my cheek.  I swelled and suffered, but refused to go to the doc for it.

It healed a bit crooked, but it has never bothered me.  I really only notice it in pictures.
Pre-break


Post-break

Nobody noticed unless I pointed it out.

Over the years it got more pronounced.

Aesthetically, it still doesn't bother me.

You can really see the difference if you look up my nose..lol


I am starting to get reduced air flow in my right nostril.  I get sinus headaches a lot.  I was starting to think it was time to get it fixed.  Then I saw my MRI.


My nose is in the top center.  This view is from looking down into my head from the top.  I knew it was off, but I didn't realize it was almost closed.

So.  It is time to begin searching out my options.  If you have had experience with nose surgery or an experience similar, I would love to hear from you.


Feeling grateful



Five years ago we moved because the heater in our apartment burned out. It did not actually start a fire, but the fire department said we were lucky. I am so grateful we moved. The unit in front of the one we lived in burned Sunday.  Two people lost their lives and many more were injured.  Twelve families lost everything they own. My heart goes out to them.  

http://www.woodtv.com/dpp/news/local/kalamazoo_and_battle_creek/One-found-dead-after-apartment-fire

There are days when I struggle and worry. Today, I am incredibly thankful, grateful and blessed. We were able to move into this house because of my ex husband. He stepped up and helped us get out of that death trap. He had been trying to get me to let him help us move into a better place and I was stubborn. I didn't want to be indebted to him.

Thank god I came to my senses before this was our tragedy.

In happier news, our Halloween party was a success. The kids had a great time and the food was super cool.   My mom outdid herself this year.

Here we have Ogre Toes.  These are bread sticks with almonds for the nails.  We dipped them in Unicorn blood (pizza sauce.

Super gross!!

She found these cool labels at the dollar tree!



She also made a stuffed pumpkin



We had a great time playing Halloween themed pictionary.




We made WAY too much food, of course, but it was worth it.



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