April 15, 2018

Winter storm in April

Posted in Family news/Updates at 7:40 pm by Mel

What a busy weekend!  On Saturday morning both kids had swim class.  We’re not quite sure how much longer we’ll keep them in swim, they both seem to like it and if it were up to me I’d have them swim through high school. But with so many time demands something will need to give.  After swim class I hustled Noomi to a martial arts class in town with her troop and Dave raced Ajax to a birthday party.  As both events wrapped up we took both kids to another birthday party, where they both got to stay (also at the marital arts place in town).  By the time everyone got home at 5 pm they were absolutely beat. We put them both to bed at a reasonable time, over much protesting, and *bam* they were both out like a light!

On Sunday we woke up to an ice filled state – it had rained through the night and then froze and every surface was covered in ice.  Unbelievable.  Second biggest power outage on record according to the news.  Luckily we never lost power, though the kids kept saying that it would be pretty neat if we did.   The roads were terrible, so we stayed home all day and it was the best.  We’ve been so busy that we really needed a quiet day.  We did laundry and some cooking, a bit of cleaning (not much), and lots of TV and video games and playing with the puppy.

Even Husker didn’t want to go outside (as evidenced by the numerous accidents he had in the house).  At one point both kids were playing on the iced up deck and he was howling at the sliding door and scratching like he wanted to go out, so I opened the door and put him outside. No sooner had I stood up to close the door, and he jumped right back into the house and just sat there watching them.  I didn’t really blame him it was quite cold outside.

Noomi asked why Husker has such sad eyes.

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April 5, 2018

Spring break and birthdays

Posted in Family news/Updates at 1:53 pm by Mel

Well Ajax is 9 years old and I simply don’t know where the time went!  His birthday- day was pretty quiet as we’re celebrating it on Saturday.  His birthday did involve a trip to the dentist, as I have a few days off this week for spring break and well… that type of thing just needs to be done.  I also took him for his annual check up and he weighed in at 70 lb and 52 inches tall!  According to the growth chart he’s squarely in the 50th percentile for both height and weight lol.

The rest of week has been quiet, revolving mostly around this new puppy.  Noomi had a friend over to play yesterday and today we headed to Brighton to visit family from England.  Husker was home alone for a couple hours and did great.

We’ve been watching a lot of  Cesar 911 and now Noomi thinks she’s the dog whisperer and has asked repeatedly if Cesar’s number is 9-1-1?  We’ve told her that was not his number and please please don’t try dialing it in an attempt to reach him.

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April 1, 2018

Puppies and Easter

Posted in Family news/Updates at 8:01 pm by Mel

Well Husker is settling into the family quite well and we love him to pieces!  What we didn’t know, however, was just how much work a 6 week old puppy took.  For example, we didn’t know that a 6 week old puppy needs to go out multiple times in the night (say every 2-4 hours).  He is also up and ready to eat breakfast at 5 am (acting as if we never feed him).  We also realized quickly that he could not be left alone all day while we were at work.  Lucky for us, Emily also got a little 9 week old puppy the day after us and offered to take him to the work with her.

Mid-week hit us like a ton of bricks as we realized that it’s been a very long time times we’ve had to get up multiple times throughout the night.  It’s been tough.

The kids love Husker and getting out the door in the morning has been tough since they just want to play with him.  It’s pretty cute.  I’m also quite glad that we have old flooring that needs to be replaced.

Today was Easter and the kids found their baskets almost immediately.  Someone will need to step up their game next year.  Last night Noomi also lost another tooth (upper lateral) and is now missing three teeth in a row.  It’s making eating difficult.  After baskets we loaded up and headed to my parent’s house for dinner.  We had a lovely time with family and dogs.  Happy Easter!  Here are some pictures of the puppy (who everyone loves to carry around like a baby) and Ajax in his zombie hunting gear.

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March 25, 2018

Husker Noodle

Posted in Family news/Updates at 10:54 am by Mel

After years of waiting we finally have a puppy!  Welcome to the family Husker Noodle!  He is 6 weeks old (born February 10, 2018).  He’s a Boxer and so far seems to be settling in well to his new house.

We picked him up yesterday after Noomi and I had an all day Girl Scout event in Grand Ledge.  Afterwards we went out to eat and then hurried home to go pick up the puppy in Gregory!  We actually picked him out last weekend and Ajax just connected.  We also met the mom and grandma, both of whom were very warm and friendly dogs.  We also had a moment of puppy insanity where we put a deposit on 2, but the next day realized what a terrible mistake that would be.  So we reigned it in, lucky for us the breeder was very nice about it and applied our deposit for #2 to Husker, lol.

Last night was a bit rough in the crate, but we all survived.  It’s been over 20 years since I’ve had a puppy, but they seem to be a lot like babies – eat, play, sleep – repeat!  He’s currently passed out in his bed, but when he gets up I think we’re going to take him up to the pet store so that he can pick out some new toys!  Just like having a baby!

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March 12, 2018

Running Green

Posted in Family news/Updates at 11:27 am by Mel

Last week I was a bit under the weather so Dave took the kids to Family Reading Night.  Apparently they ate a bunch of junk, did some crafts, and listened to some stories and all around had a great time.  I stayed home on the couch and watched TV.

On Saturday, I was still not feeling great so I bummed around and did next to nothing.  By extension the rest of the family also bummed around and did chores, but nothing too exciting.

On Sunday, we all got up early and headed to Ann Arbor for Shamrocks and Shenanigans it was 20 degrees out!!).   The kids ran the 1K and had a great time.  Ajax lined up with the 8-9 yrs old with me right behind him and Noomi and Dave were behind us in the next wave for younger kids.  Ajax ran the entire race!  I was shocked.  I was a bit behind him and matched his pace and thought for sure he’d putter out, but he didn’t and he did excellent!  Noomi was terribly shy and embarrassed by all the people lining the streets cheering, so she refused to run very much and kept hiding her face in Dave’s leg.

After the run we watched the 5K group line up and take off.  We all cheered and enjoyed watching the runners in all their green flare.  Afterwards we had brunch at a local diner (Fleetwood).  The diner had a ton of stickers on the wall and the server tasked the kids with finding Sponge Bob.  That kept them entertained while we waited for our food!  We then drifted around downtown for a bit and hit up a comic book shop.   We actually had to hang a bit longer since I inadvertently parked us on the run route and we ended up getting blocked in LOL!

Anyways, it was a great day and we can’t wait to run next year!  Ajax has committed to the 5K and hopefully Noomi will embrace the 1K!

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March 4, 2018

Pinewood derby 2018

Posted in Family news/Updates at 8:46 pm by Mel

First pinewood derby in the books for our troop!  Noomi and Dave spent hours one it (well Dave spent hours and then Noomi lost interest).  Noomi named it “Meatball Crusher” and picked out teal paint.  Because she lost interest we couldn’t get her to really decorate it.  Ajax offered multiple times to draw a bear on it, but Noomi declined.

For some reason we were all expecting a small little affair with a simple plastic track set up in the elementary school gym.  When we got there, however, we saw computers and timing equipment, trophies, the works.  I was worried Noomi would be too shy to participate, but she did just fine, if a little reserved.  The Meatball Crusher came in 21 out of 24 and Dave vows to do better next year.  Noomi received a participation medal and honestly she was beyond thrilled.  I had to bribe her to take it off before getting into the bathtub.

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Updates and cookies

Posted in Family news/Updates at 3:38 pm by Mel

It seems we’re past the snow days here and heading into the unknown days of weird highs and rainy lows.  I guess that’s just Michigan.

We’ve been pretty busy, hence the neglected blog.  To play catch up here-  Girl Scouts are in full cookie mode.  Noomi sold over 100 boxes across the state meaning we had to divide up – Noomi and I headed east and Dave and Ajax headed west to deliver them all.  Although it was a crazy hectic day, it was nice visiting friends and family around Metro!  It also means cookie booths at the local grocery store, which has been quite an experience.  Noomi hasn’t particularly enjoyed that job and to be honest it’s quite hard for me not to buy even more cookies.

The kids are both still swimming swimming!  They both just advanced and we couldn’t be prouder.  Ajax has hinted that he wants to be done with it, but then when he’s at class and swimming he loves it.  We also did dinner out with a movie last weekend in town, a ridiculously cute family movie (with a little rabbit and talking pig _ based on Beatrix Potter’s Peter Rabbit).  Everyone in the theater was cracking up but for some reason it scared Noomi who began crying.  We tried.

There was also the first Daddy-Daughter dance this past Friday and it was incredibly cute.  Dave picked up a corsage and Noomi picked out Dave’s outfit.   They had a great time with lots of dancing.  Ajax and I hung at home and watched a movie and played Settlers of Catan.  2018-03-02 17.56.132018-03-02 17.58.132018-03-02 17.59.552018-03-02 18.00.032018-03-02 18.05.062018-03-02 18.06.392018-03-02 18.08.212018-03-02 18.08.472018-03-02 18.09.322018-03-02 18.10.412018-03-02 18.14.402018-03-02 18.15.192018-03-02 18.46.052018-03-04 13.53.022018-03-04 13.53.292018-03-04 13.53.56

February 14, 2018

Valentine’s Day

Posted in Family news/Updates at 9:40 pm by Mel

Ajax was well enough to go to school today (he’d been fever free for 2 days and had an appetite again).  He was also starting to go a bit stir crazy in the house.  While being sick his main concern was that he wouldn’t be able to attend his class party today. Well crisis averted!  Noomi was also happy that Ajax was feeling better as she was concerned about him being home sick.

I drove the kids to school since both had morning parties.  Ajax’s party was first. I’ve been a bit busy so I cheated and bought frozen, fully cooked sausage.  I threw them in the crockpot this morning and then we were out the door.  Ajax’s party was very nice, the kids were all polite and ate a ton.  Afterwards, I went to Noomi’s party and her’s was also an adorable party.

After her party I did a bit of PTSA work and then was able to have lunch with both kids.  I was worried I would embarrass Ajax so I asked if it was ok if I had lunch with him, if he wanted me to stay. And he enthusiastically said yes he wanted me to stay and no he wasn’t embarrassed.   Noomi’s young enough where I wasn’t worried about embarrassing her.  As a matter of fact we had difficulty because all the kids wanted to sit next to me, so I ended up squatting behind Noomi’s chair so that I could talk to everyone.

I had some treats for the kids when they got home and then an easy spaghetti dinner (their favorite).  Dave was late getting home as he had to go pick up over 100 Girl Scout cookies.  Should be lots of fun distributing them!

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February 11, 2018

Weekend roundup

Posted in Family news/Updates at 9:52 pm by Mel

Weekend roundup.

Last week, Ajax stayed the night over his friends house.  Noomi was a bit out of sorts without her brother, but she enjoyed staying up late with us and watching TV (she also had a friend’s birthday party the following day so that helped even things out).  Ajax did great at his friend’s and we picked him up in the morning before swim class.  Both kids did great at swim class.  Ajax is continuing to advance with his strokes, and Noomi advanced to the next class.

This past week the kids had 2 snow days.  Two.   We’re finally getting a real winter and it’s been a while.  The kids have enjoyed all the snow and sledding, though Noomi keeps losing her gloves.

Today, I took Noomi with her girl scout troop to the Breslin Center to see an MSU Women’s basketball game.  We weren’t quite sure what to expect, but we ended up having a great time.   When we got home, Ajax had a 104 temperature, so I took him to Urgent Care and the Doctor confirmed it was the flu. First time we’ve had the flu at our house!  So Dave bought him ice cream and red Gatorade, and it looks like he’s going to have a week home on the couch.  Ajax is quite bummed as he may miss his Valentine’s Day party this week.  We’ll see how he does poor little guy.

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January 28, 2018

Weekend Roundup

Posted in Family news/Updates at 9:02 pm by Mel

Well we’re just here in mid-Michigan in late January chillin’ in some 50 degree weather.

On Saturday, we took the kids to swim class.  Noomi is doing awesome with her backstroke and is almost able to swim.  Ajax is also doing great, he can swim and is working on his side-breath.  He is also learning the kicks for butterfly and breast stroke.  After class, we did a bit of running. We went to the mall and the kids got to play on those large trampolines attached to bungee cords.  They had a blast.

We also hit up the Oriental Market in E. Lansing.  I wanted some red bean dumplings and while we were there we also let the kid pick out a few things.  Ajax picked out a strawberry drink and Noomi chose a donut making/decorating kit.   Noomi was very proud of her homemade donuts, she ate one and Ajax tried one, but he said they were inedible.

On Sunday, our day was very quiet.  We kicked it around the house and had an early dinner.  We decided to go for a walk, since the weather was so nice.  When we got home, however, the door to our house was locked.  Apparently one of the kids on the way out hit the lock.  We had to call a locksmith and then hung out at the neighbors for a half hour.   We finally got into our house around 7 pm.  Argh.  $85 bucks later and many tears we’re still unsure which kid locked the door.

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