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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Our Week in Review...

Seems like my posts are coming fewer and farther in between (sorry Grandma).

Here is a quick recap of our week, which may explain the lack of posts:

With school around the corner, it's been time to order curriculum (and school supplies for my 8th grader, heading off to school for the first time, sniff, sniff) and try to get organized for the fall. Throw in a small thing known as a dossier (for our upcoming adoption) and my plate is officially full. I'm thankful for this girl here who is a HUGE help with the little ones. She may be only eight, but she will work, work, work around the house; play, play, play with the little ones, and change a diaper too (without even being asked!). In our book, SHE ROCKS!
And though fall is coming, it is after all, still summer. So we are spending quite a bit of time at the pool, trying to burn off energy and have some fun. Remember this little guy from last spring's failed attempt at swimming lessons? Well...

I'm happy to report that he officially swam the length of the pool yesterday graduating him to the "real" swim team for next year. While this is exciting for all of us, nothing quite compares to the (ahem) FLIPS that he is now doing off the side of the pool into the deep end. We are still in negotiations as to if and when he will be allowed to do them (to avoid concussions on his part and heart failure on mine) but he has earned HUGE amounts of respect from his older sibs who are now completely in awe of their little brother's physical prowess.

Speaking of physical prowess, we decided that spending a rainy Saturday resting around the house would be, well, a little boring. So why not try and move our sectional couch (including sleeper sofa portion) upstairs to the bonus room allowing for another guest room? I mean, what pair of aging 40- somethings and 80 lb 13 year old couldn't handle that? Well, 1 of the 40 somethings and the 13 year old (pictured here with his favorite sweetie) made out just fine. But my back may never be the same.

And while I was recovering from our moving experience, sweet Lauren was recovering from none other than walking pneumonia. We still don't know how she got it, but we were duly impressed when we realized she competed all of her events at her Champs swim meet with it! She is finally on the mend after a week of fever and we are glad of that!

And last, but by no means least, is little Miss Lia, also known as "my biggest potty training challenge to date." We did have success (as promised). I believed that occurred on Tuesday, a week ago. For now, she is enjoying her Princess Pull-Ups but has no concept of why we have them or how much they cost. She is content to just go change herself every time they get wet. And with the way things have been around here lately, I've been content to let her do just that.

So that's the long and the short of it from this past week. With a certain someone turning 5 on Friday, it shouldn't be too long till the next post.

At least I hope so!


  1. Okay, I'm in amazement here. Lauren swam in a meet WHILE suffering walking pneumonia? I was a mushy mess when I suffered from it when we came home from China this spring! She must be a true athlete!

  2. GEEE....and I thought I had been busy. You amaze me..of course you always have. As for Caroline, she has always ROCKED!!! Congrats to Alex, he never ceases to amaze me either!! Lauren needs to take advantage of her R&R, it is not going to last much longer. Glad she is feeling better. Way to go Lia!! And Michael, please take better care of the old folks - they are nuts!!(I know what that sectional looked like,and I can't believe you guys did that..Love to all and thanks for the up-date!!!


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