Saturday, August 1, 2009

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Ahhhh, Florida

Thanks to the wonderful generosity (and company) of Bumma and Grampa, four of the five of us have begun day two of spring break in a resort condo in Orlando. Two days of driving, and an evening at the pool. Leaving the pool, we saw this, captured by Mother's cell phone camera:

Looks farther off than it seemed, and certainly less colorful, but that's the shuttle launch - possibly the very last one. We even saw the boosters fall off. It was an amazing sight to see.

Eldest, meanwhile, is having his adventures in China. It's bright and early there, and we've just gotten word that jet lag plagues the group, but they are off for day of sightseeing in Shanghai.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Cassie's Last Day

This is a sad day.

Youngest woke up with a fever of 101.6 this morning, meaning we have to cancel his birthday sleepover tonight. As if things weren’t sad enough.

Around Christmas, our dog Cassie started losing a lot of weight. She is getting older, and she had a shoulder injury, so we weren’t too alarmed, though we kept an eye on her.

One morning last week we discovered that she seemed bloated. When home remedies we found on the web didn’t help, I took her to the vet.

After they drained the fluid the vet was able to feel her abdomen.

Cassie has a large tumor in her abdomen, almost certainly cancer. She hasn’t had anything to eat or drink in days. Her digestive system seems to have completely shut down.

There were many tears in the house last night, and many sad but important talks with the kids. Today I’m staying home with Youngest; the others are all at school. Tonight, with the sleepover canceled, we’ll have one more night at home with our dog. Tomorrow I’ll take her for one last walk, and then to the vet. I’ll come home alone.

Winter '08 '09

I’m sitting at home with a sick seven year old today. We’ve just graduated from Madgascar 2, which was hilarious, and have moved on to Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. It’s a sad day, which I’ll address in the next post. But I’ve uploaded pictures and want to journal some of what’s been going on with the family.

We've had some big snow-falls this winter.

We visited Lakeside with some close friends, where the kids did some sledding:

And walked on Lake Erie:

On a snow day, Eldest won a ten dollar dare:

We had two birthdays:

We had hot chocolate with good friends:

Someone got her braces off:

And, sometimes, we just got goofy:

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Monday, November 17, 2008

Youngest's New Room

Dictated by Youngest:

At first my room was really babyish and it had baby paper around the walls. And then we decided to change it.
And the first thing we did was push all the furniture out and then take the wall paper off and then start to paint.

And then we put all the furniture back in and took down the curtain. And then we put all the knick-knacks in and then I think that’s it.

Now my room looks super-hero style. My new poster is all Marvel people.

I like to find super heroes in it.

The end.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Some Shots Of Eldest

Eldest has had a busy fall. As soon as soccer wrapped up (he was voted "Most Improved" by his teammates), he was asked to join the cast of the fall play, "See How They Run."

Here are some pix from that show and from the fall choir concert.