Wednesday, August 31, 2005

End of summer

Katrina has just wiped out the Gulf Coast of the US - New Orleans is under water. It's weird. We watched some footage, Beca got sad, I got sad. Jessi's family is living in a basement somewhere, pregnant. It's scary, thinking how vulnerable we really are.

My Janulicious group is going to move...sad to say bye to MDC for that group, but also the start of something new. It's a nice group...I guess it feels like the end becuase there are other Jan. 05 mamas on MDC that won't be able to join in. : (

Orin has his first real fever this week. sigh. poor fella is taking it very well, and of course it doesn't affect his voracious appetite. Kid poops as much as a horse and eats like ... I dunno...a shark?

One week till school - Beca is both excited and sad. It'll be nice for her to have more stimulation than she gets here most days, but I'll miss her. It'll also be nice for Orin and I to have some quiet time together. So all in all a good thing, I think. And she gets a lunchbox just like Matthew McGuire's. This is GOOD!

Jerry is in recovery from losing Geoff. It's such a devestating loss for us. He has really sad moments, and then times when life seems back to normal (ie: denial). It definately marred our trip to Niagara, which otherwise went well (other than the lack of sleep for me LOL).

Spent overnight on the 27th in Stockbridge with M&D - Orin slept so poorly with Jerry in the bed, but after kicking the big fella up onto the couch, Ori and I slept fine. a good 4 hr. stint, but he was so tired, he slept 3 hrs. in the morning too (but I didn't). I did go shopping and Mary bought me a beautiful orange cashmere stole. I purchased a sunburst pin to go with it - stunning! The kids got a bunch of stuff from a sweet boutique in town, too.

Well, I think that's about it! We're looking forward to a playdate with Sarah Steckel and Brig, on Friday, and a fun weekend ahead!

Thursday, August 11, 2005

Reborin into the Universe

A Life Reborin

Yesterday our best buddy Geoff Cushon died. He died of a heart attack jogging around the lake in Nanaimo. We are just numb. We have to head off to Niagara tomorrow, but for SURE we'd rather be flying to Vancouver and being with everyone there. We are crying and sniffing and numb. I don't even have a decent picture of him to put online. I will have one transferred so that we can share our pal. He was 48. Geoffy is now bigger than us, taken the leap into the Universe so that he can help us with traffic lights, watch Orin grow strong and useful, keep Rebecca safe. He will ALWAYS be our buddy Geoffy. And we will ALWAYS miss him. bye geoffy...

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Mid-Summer Fare

Oh my oh my - summer is just a-flying by! Cousin Sheri is here now, a 4,000 mile visit from such a sweet member of this family! Yeah! She and Beca and Jerry are off in Lake George today, and Ori and I are having a super-mellow stay at home day. Here is evidence:

He's a real sitting boy, but still a bit wobbly. He's not sleeping really well, but his naps are good; 1 2 hr. nap, and at least one, usually 2 one hour naps. He's starting in on solids very well. He LOVES tomato soup, sweet potatoes with breast milk, squash with applesauce, anything with peaches/blueberries. Except green beans. He'll eat them whole, but not pureed. And what am I supposed to do with the baggie full of frozen beansicles??? HA! Guess I'll have to come up with some real mama-creativity for that one :)

Our new backpack is working WONDERFULLY! It's very comfortable for me, and Orin isn't too small for it, like he was in that Tough Traveler. The Kelty fit better than the TT, but I think this one will fit Jerry better (at all!). And it's just got ALL the bells and whistles I could ever ask for. We're VERY pleased. May the hot tub be as wonderful (pleeeeeeeeease!).

Jerry is taking this week off, so we're packing a ton of 'stuff' in, and finishing off the week in Niagara Falls. Time to renew the ole work visa, and get a chance to show Rebecca some really great stuff! Hopefully we'll find a nice place to take some hikes, as well as the usual tourist stuff. More on that next blog, I hope!