January 29, 2015

Things to write down :: week four "Junuary Edition"


January in Bandon by the Sea is fondly called Junuary around these parts, aka Bandiego.

It's gorgeous. By far my favorite month here.


Coincidentally two years ago this week we left a snow storm in Ohio and made the cross-country trip to live here. Right about now we were in Colorado, I think. But on our way.





Saturday we went out for breakfast during a showing and I was feeling pretty low. Then Gray shared that when he had a bath in our huge tub the night before that it was "like the bath was buttered" and I about lost it laughing so hard because I'd forgotten the oils I'd put in my own bath a few nights before - they were left over from my massage that week (grapefruit and rosemary, I think.)  

Then we came home and napped a healing nap, like, the whole day. I woke up just in time to take the kids for ice cream and then we headed down to the beach for quite the sunset show. 



I mean....


Sunday we drove down to Port Orford and Gold Beach and it was  s p e c t a c u l a r.





Today we went on a walk with friends and enjoyed the sunshine. I'm feeling more on the everything is going to be okay side of things. I decided that right now my wish is for the kids to finish the school year here and that we will move to a house of just the right size with as much natural light as this one. It might not have an ocean view but I do love trees and mountains and sky. 

Next week is... February! And another Seattle trip. 

January 26, 2015

Bouncy House


There was a bouncy house at the grocery store the other day and I forgot I took this slo-mo of Ivy. I have been watching it over and over and find it incredibly soothing. 

I will probably never remember to turn my camera when going from photo to video, and that is okay.


January 21, 2015

Small town girl

It was "everyone line up so I can floss you" night. You know what that means... dental check-ups tomorrow! And go figure a pediatric dentist who doesn't have after school hours. Ugh. What is up with that.

So, word got around about our loss this week. There I am in the grocery store when a teacher from the kids' school stopped me in the soup aisle and somberly acknowledged that she heard the news about Domino the gerbil. She's not even one of my kids' teachers.

I'm going to miss this small town. And that is the truth. As we look for our new house I keep checking the small towns just as much as the big ones. Today I had coffee with friends and saw several other people I knew -- two of whom I would see again later in the day at the grocery store. That's just how it is here. You see the same people at all the places and while at times it would be nice to be invisible the familiar feels good, too.


January 19, 2015

Things to write down :: week three

How is it that it's only week 3 of this year? This day alone felt like a month. The past week, well, I've never visited the doctor so much for myself in such short a time ever. The massage therapy was good- going again in the morning thanks to new doctor's orders. We have yet to figure out my weird leg issues. I've had the works- blood tests, x-Rays, and ultrasounds. Still no idea. So there's that. Then Ivy started up with a cold/cough thing and I've been nebulizing her around the clock. I haven't had so many consecutive nights of broken sleep since newborn land. 

This weekend was a whole lot of lying around and zoning out into space. I did get some more Academy Award nominated films checked off my list (still thinking about Selma...) 

Today, well, we arrived at a family milestone. We had our first pet burial after the loss of Gray's beloved gerbil Domino. I don't want to talk about it more than that but it was a very sad day in this house. The little funeral was precious and attended by all. Then I had to take Ivy all the way up to see her dr. so that she could get her albuterol refilled. And while I was in yet another dr's office our realtor texted asking for a showing tomorrow morning. Because of course!

We've been keeping the house pretty show ready anyway, as much as you can when there are six people living in it. And we do want to sell it so it's going to be ready always. Even when I just need a break already. Someday. Not today or tomorrow but someday for sure.

January 11, 2015

Things to write down :: week two

Holy moly. I needed this weekend. I am relieved that the next several days will not involve long car rides. Last week was just super long and bumpy with my birthday slipped in there somewhere.

The Seattle trip was great- the weather was absolutely lovely. The hotel was a winner - Noah was stoked about the good wifi and I loved the location. Any place close to the hospital and with a view of the Space Needle is fine by me. Noah's appointment went smoothly and we got great news that the treatment is working. !!!

I spent most of my birthday recovering from the trip and getting three interrupted naps- I think I've messed up my back and legs or maybe it's all connected. But I'm still uncomfortable and seeing a massage therapist tomorrow and regular doctor on Tuesday. Thankfully we don't have to go back to Seattle for another month. And, something that sweetens the whole moving away thing is that we will cut our drive in half when we move. (We do have a showing this week, btw.)

An un-edited photo on my phone from this week... this was the sky before our trip. The sunrises have been spectacular this month.



Up this week: massage, dance, a showing, doctor appt, Spanish workshop for Carter & Gray, book club (I did not read the book), and another weekend of noooo plans. Can't wait!

January 4, 2015

Things to write down :: week one

The kids go back to school tomorrow and we all kind of have the sads about it. I say this every year, I know. But I wish it was summer break already, or that we had one more week. I had planned to start regular bedtimes again a few days ago to get back into the groove and here we are... everyone still going to bed late and sleeping late. So, tonight is... the last night.

Kiwi are the new Cuties around here, but I'm still buying Cuties, too, when I can find them.

I booked what looks to be a fun hotel for Noah and me when we hit up Seattle again this week. I used to love using Hotwire but I'm also pretty picky about hotels and had one less than stellar experience so I now would rather pay more to guarantee we're getting something good. Hopefully this one is a keeper and we can just become regulars.

After loving the Serial podcast along with the rest of the world, I heard about The Staircase documentary, found it on YouTube, and watched every chapter in one sitting. Then Jeff watched it with me again so that I could discuss it with someone. I got a lot of knitting done, and learned a lot about the criminal justice system. So, it was educational.

A photo I took on my phone this week:


Ivy is modeling my latest knitting project that I'll probably never wear but it was fun to learn to do entrelac. After finishing up some gifts I am going to knit myself something that I will indeed wear... maybe a cowl/hoodie mash up.

Up this week: school again, Ivy's dance classes resume, Seattle for infusion #2, and I completely forgot until this very moment looking at my calendar... my birthday!!! #thirtysomething