Showing posts from March, 2014

Pictures of the Palace

Okay, folks, I promised pictures of the new place and I'm finally delivering.  Well, actually, I'm delivering in the form of a video, because I thought that would be a little easier.  It is short, and if you like before/after stories (especially the horrific "before" parts), you'll want to carve out the four and half minutes for this.

Here are some pictures of the yard.  If you're a landscapey/garden-minded person, please feel free to give advice.  I want to get it looking nicer but don't have a lot of practice with such things. 

Here are my little garden helpers!

There you have it.  Allen and some friends of his have been doing demo all week and finding out all kinds of things (some good, some not so good).  Lots of black mold and water damage, but we are going to get all of that taken care of.  The ceiling doesn't seem to be sagging as originally suspected, so that's good. Lots of work to do, and Allen is really busting his butt to get it all d…

Max's 2nd Birthday Party

You didn't think I was going to leave you all without photographic evidence of Max's birthday, did you?

Well, you might have been justified in thinking that, because it was super, duper low-key.  All five Cooks are sick to one degree or another (although I'm thinking the kids are on the mend), and I woke up feeling exhausted and not at all refreshed.  I didn't even want to make breakfast.

Luckily, with a birthday kid in the house, I had the perfect excuse to go to Haggen to get some donuts.  First, of course, they had to get properly accoutered…

 The kids were excited to get donuts for breakfast, which is a very special treat!

After breakfast, we headed to the library, where I let Ruby and Max each pick out an Elmo DVD.  We paused for a quick stop at the playground...

…and headed home.  The rest of the day was spent in Mommy trying to get things done/get some sleep while kids watched videos and played.  The boys did take a nap, but Ruby seems to be transitioning out of…

Tribute Tuesday: Max-Pascal!

Oh my, can it be two years since Max graced us with his presence?  It doesn't seem possible!
Is there anything better than napping with snuggly newborns?!  I'm hard-pressed to think of anything more delightful than that.  Combining sleep and a precious baby is a total win-win in my book.  
Max is my second child but my first son.  Of course I knew in a factual sense that he would be a totally different little person than his sister, but it's so amazing to see all the ways in which their personalities emerge and develop.  

Max loves his siblings.  He loves Ruby, even though they have lately been bugging the heck out of each other by being possessive and grabby of the other's things.  They sleep in the same bed (one at each end) because they like to keep each other company.  

At first I wondered how Max was going to handle the transition from being the baby of the family into being the middle child (at the tender age of 18 months!).  I had heard many cautionary tales o…

Worn Down (an apologia for lack of blogging)

I feel like a clock whose batteries are on the verge of being done: just getting slower and slower, more and more out of sync with real time.

I'm pretty sure there's a medical reason behind this.  Last Monday, I finally had the appointment with my GP that I'd been waiting 6 weeks to have.  I told her about my symptoms which seemed to match perfectly with those of hypothyroidism.  She looked at my blood tests from January and said, "No, when your thyroid levels are this low, it means you have hyperthyroidism."

Well, I'd done enough WebMD searches to know that the symptoms for hyperthyroidism are, unsurprisingly, mostly opposite of what I was experiencing.  Rapid heartbeat, shaking, tremors, increased nervousness (okay, that one was applicable), rapid weight loss: these were not my symptoms!

When I attempted to make this known to the doctor, she looked at me with a somewhat glazed expression (probably that of one who has seen too many patients already in one…

A Worthy Cause...

I don't personally know this family, but a friend of mine does and posted this on her FB wall.  I looked into the family's story, and it is so grievous.  Two daughters (ages 3 and 6) killed in a horrible car accident; in my opinion, you don't need to know a family personally to be able to sympathize with them at such an awful time.

There is a fund set up to help them cover medical and funeral expenses; because even though it seems like adding insult to injury, bills must be paid, even in such grief.  I made a donation, hoping that even the little we gave can go a long way in helping them, and I will be praying for them.

Won't you consider reading their story, sending up prayers, and maybe contributing to the fund by clicking the hyperlink?  If you are a Christian, you are commanded to love each other in both spiritual and tangible ways. If you are of some other faith or none at all, you most likely feel it a matter of basic human dignity to help those in need.  It'…

Tribute Tuesday from a Daddy's Girl

Back to Tribute Tuesday this week after taking a week off from, well, just about everything last week!  I’m celebrating someone who has a birthday this week (the 19th) and without whom I wouldn’t even be here.  That’s right, I’m talking about my daddy-o.
Where do I begin? I think it is only over the past 12 years or so that I’ve truly come to appreciate the father I’ve had.  There was never a time when I was unhappy to have him for a dad, but years and years of taking him for granted.  
You know how a child thinks that every family is like her own?  That every family goes to church on Sunday morning, takes long summer vacations in the car to visit relatives, and eats homemade pizza once a week, just because hers does?  I was that child.  

Of course, I was slowly disabused of the notion that all families are like mine over time, mostly by meeting other children whose families did things differently.  And while I met many other fathers, I can’t ever remember looking at someone else’s dad a…

7QT: The Late, Late edition

--- 1 --- Well, lookee here…it's late at night on Sunday and I'm just now getting the Friday Quick Takes up.  Didn't even get to Psalm 71 as advertised last Sunday.  Does it ever happen to you that when your usual routine is disturbed it takes you a long time to get back into the swing of things?  I had the loveliest of disturbances (see take #2) but I am really having a hard time getting back into gear.

--- 2 --- Crickets have been chirping on the ol' blog this week, but that's only because I've been far too busy hanging out with Chandra, my awesome cousin/soul sister from another mister.  She spent a week with us before jetting down to L.A. for work purposes (ha, just a convenient excuse to bask in the sun, says I).  The weather here was pretty nice for her: not too rainy and several days of warm spring sunshine.

Our mutual friends Sarah and Joel kindly hosted her in their Vancouver home, so I did a lot of driving back and forth between the 'Couv and Oreg…