Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Blast from the Past

I happened to read our individual descriptions on the left side of the blog and realized they were just a little bit out of date.  I have updated them to better reflect everyone's current interests.  However, I realized it was fun to look back on where we were.  Here are the old descriptions.  The best I can tell they are from the summer of 2011. This means the kids were 10, 7, 4, and 4.

This is what happens when two math geeks marry and have four kids!

I no longer work outside the home. This is a new endeavor as I spent the last five years working part time for my church. I love to cook, take photos and blog. I hate doing laundry and dishes. I love a good novel, but am not much on non-fiction or literature. I love my kids and being a mom. 

Our firstborn who died at birth. He was our sweet red-headed baby boy. He may not be with us on earth but that makes him no less part of our family. We miss and love him very much.

The Grinch
Our oldest son Rehm. He is my walking encyclopedia. He loves Harry Potter, the ocean, space, science, Pokemon, Phineas and Ferb and anything that has a screen. He loves to know why and how things work. 

Cindy Loo Who
Our oldest daughter. She is the most empathetic girl I know. She loves school, playing with her little sisters and all things social. She is as stubborn as her mother, especially when dealing with her mother.

Thing 1
Our feisty second daughter. She is very dramatic. Her world is one of extremes. She loves to dress up and to play Barbies. 

Thing 2
Our cautious third daughter. She is very sensitive and likes to do things in her own way and own time. She loves to play sports and loves cars and tracks and seeing how things work together. 

Spoiling the Girl

Poor Charlotte is still feeling yucky. She's still only eating soup and shakes. It is so strange for her to be so quiet. I'm so used to her loud, dramatic, awesome self, that hanging out with silent Charlotte is disconcerting.

This is a very typical sight right now. This little note pad goes with her everywhere. I haven't seen her phone since Friday, but this guy is always with her. When she can't convey what she wants with signs or needs to say more than a word or two she writes it on these cute little pages and hands them out. 

Everyday I try to find things to do with her that will entertain her but not be too much. Today we went to lunch at PDQ. She had a shake though she didn't eat much of it. She said it was too thick. So I got her a soda to go with her shake. 

After lunch we went and had our toes done. She seemed to enjoy that. Now we are home and she is ready for a nap. 

In a couple of weeks I might need someone to remind me how much I missed normal volume Charlotte. 

Monday, May 30, 2016

My Latest Finished Project

I made a huge picnic blanket for this summer.  I can't wait to use it.  I got the idea when I went to quilt guild with my mom last summer.  During show and tell a fellow member showed one she had made.  I've been planning to make one ever since.

I just re-read the above paragraph and realize how old I sound talking about going to quilt guild.  I know I've always had this preconceived notion that only little old ladies go to quilt guilds and quilt bees.  I won't lie to you.  There are plenty of  "older" ladies in attendance but they aren't all old and there are lots of fun and creative ladies there regardless of age.

There are a couple of things that makes it so great.  First, its size.  It is approximately 6 feet by 7 feet, which means several maniacs can fit on it at one time.  Second, is the backing.  It is backed with a canvas painters tarp.  The tarp adds weight for making it easy to spread out and keep down.  It also is supposed to be naturally water resistant which will be awesome for the beach this summer. Third, it rolls up into an nice burrito of a blanket for storing and toting.  And last, but definitely not least, it is bright and colorful.  No one will have any trouble finding our spot.

I used these instructions to make my blanket.


It's Been a While

In fact, when I opened blogger I wasn't sure I even remembered how to do a blog post. I've been missing blogging and my family has been missing my blogging, which is kind of ironic as the reason I stopped blogging was because they didn't like stuff about them being on the blog.  So we are going to give it a try and see how it goes.

To help the process along I am the proud new owner of a new laptop and a new camera.  Neither is fancy but both were missing and needed for blogging to be easier.

In other news, Charlotte had her tonsils removed on Friday.  She is such a trooper.  I am so impressed with her.  She has been the model patient.  I was a bit worried, as was she, as she is a very social person and gets bored easily.  We were both scared she would go stir crazy in no time.  So far, so good.  We have gotten out of the house each day for something.  Today it was a trip to Ulta to purchase yellow nail polish.  Yesterday, we went to lunch with the family and ran to target for a pair of sandals.  We also dyed her hair yesterday.  She is now sporting a purple under layer.  She is thrilled.  Typically she can't have hair color as she is in the pool 6 days a week and color lasts no time.

Now if the battery for the camera would charge so I can play with it.