I am truly thankful for Kyle working so hard for our family. He supported me through college. We have always needed to be a two family income. We struggled when we both lost our jobs over 10 years ago. We have literally pinched pennies to get our basic needs. I'll never forget going to the grocery store with a roll of dimes just to get what we could to go with the things in the cupboards to make full meals. I love him for always having a positive attitude. Kyle always makes me look at the bright side.
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Talon is surrounded by a lot of girl cousins in Minnesota. There are a couple boys, but they are all under the 5 year old mark. Not as much fun when you are 10.
I am grateful for big families. It is fun to be included in Kyle's family. I enjoyed the company, it felt good to have guests in the house. I even enjoyed making all the food. It was a nice treat and I really did feel happy about it.
Monday, November 19, 2012
Every year we get invited to my little brother's house. They deep fry a turkey and it is so good!My grandma always made a potato salad with poppy seeds. Dad has taken over that staple. Funny the things that you love from family dinners.
Sunday, November 18, 2012
Flashback: in high school we had a youth pastor in the church I grew up in we played Win, Lose or Draw, a lot. Remember that game show. Anyhow, the youth pastor was drawing and she was up at the chalkboard forever. We could not figure out what she was drawing. She finally had to tell us, "Surrey with a Fringe on Top." Twenty some years later, I finally know what she was talking about.
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Kyle scrapped the last of the wall last week and we finished plastering the cracks and holes. Kyle had plaster dust every where last weekend. Literally from head to toe, down the stairs, on the doors, footprints through the house.
Monday he had the day off of work for Veterans Day. He painted the room. We chose the Behr paint shade Tidal Pools. I wanted a beach theme to bring in the ocean and lakes that we have enjoyed visiting over the past year.
Thursday, November 8, 2012
He payed for vet bills getting him shots. He paid for a license to have an exotic pet. He gave it a good go.
What he never could have anticipated was how hard it would be to take care of a wild animal. Even with all the love and attention he was given from a young age. As a kit, he was easy to take care of, almost like a cat. He used a litter box and was cuddly.
As Sylis grew he became less cuddly, out grew his extra large litter box, and would hide his food all over the house. As he got even bigger he quit using the litter box all together and decided my kitchen counters were a nice dumping ground.
We graduated Sylis from the house to an outside box and a lead line. He wore a harness and was free to roam the backyard. He broke 6 harnesses. We were late to church one Sunday trying to catch him before he got run over by a car.
About a week ago, Sylis slipped his harness again. Kyle and Kota were working on getting it back on when Sylis bit Kyle's nose. As much as we like him and gave this a good go, he needed to have a better place for him to be.
We called the man we bought Sylis from and he took him back. Dakota can go up whenever he wants to to visit and help with his process there. Dakota in the future when he has his own place can have the pick of a litter and try again at his own house.
Now Sylis will get to live with a girl fox for the winter and have a good life. This really did have a happy ending. Kyle's nose is almost healed now. Interesting lessons we have learned from trying to care for this little creature.
Monday, November 5, 2012
Reflecting on this experience, I wish Kota would have played soccer much sooner. He learned a game quickly and did okay. I think he could have been a great player if he had time and years to develop his skills. It will be interesting to see what the grand kids will do someday.
I was proud of myself this day, no tears. This is one of many things that are the last for this year.
Saturday, November 3, 2012
It seems like life is traveling at light speed recently. Well, maybe even for years now, but it seems like I blink and two weeks, a month, 1/2 a year have gone by. I have lots of things to share so I'm going to try to get in 2+ posts a week to make up for the long stretch of breaks. For now, I am just reflecting on the major things that have happened.
A year ago, I was taking an ambulance ride to our local hospital with a son who got a concussion at a football game. I will have to admit, soccer was much better on his body this year.
Last March we were enjoying this beautiful view in Charleston, SC.
July we were relaxing in Minnesota and Upper Michigan.
We had a few pieces of suffet and siding blow off the house. The rain found some weak points in the roof and we had some leaking. Like I said, nothing like the East Coast, but slightly annoying.
I survived outdoor school in the after math of the hurricane weather. (more posts later on that.) And, I survived parent teacher conference again this year. I will have to say, this year was I had some very unique experiences. I have a student whose parents are immigrants from Africa. They were so appreciative in all the work we do for their child. He told me thank you in so many ways. I have thought about what he said to me on several occasions this week. It really had a profound impact on me. I also had parents not very happy with me, interesting the contrast. I teach the same way, have the same expectations, at the end of the day, I know that I do the best that I can, and I'm choosing to feel successful!