Actually it's from Ohio to Ukraine, back to Ohio, then to China

Friday, July 16, 2010

update on our lives

Is everyone else ready for the weekend? Its hard to believe that its Friday already, but since I haven't worked since Wednesday afternoon, it might not be that hard to believe. I've actually been in Cleveland since Wednesday evening because my mom had surgery at Cleveland Clinic. She's recovering well and will hopefully go home early next week. I'm sure she would appreciate your prayers for a speedy, full recovery and that she never has to have this again. I know that's what she's praying for.

Cleveland Clinic is a great hospital and they are quite serious about healthy eating. You cannot buy regular soda in the cafeteria, even though they have a McDonalds right outside the cafeteria doors where you can buy all the unhealthy food you want (and regular soda too). So I headed down to the cafeteria this morning to get a Diet Pepsi (not my Diet Coke, but it'll do in a pinch) and I took a quick look around for something to eat. They had the usual breakfast items like eggs, bagels, low-fat muffins, and doughnuts. Now the doughnuts were surprising enough to me in and of themselves, but what made my laugh is that they were only sold in packages of two full-size doughnuts!! I think the healthy eating would go right out the door on that one...or two. They also had cookies that were sold in individual packages, but the cookies were larger than the span from the tip of my pinkie to the tip of my thumb; so much for healthy. I opted for a Nutrigrain bar and a Diet Pepsi. Aren't I just the picture of health?

I drove up to Cleveland by myself, another shocking turn of events. I can usually only drive for two hours without becoming crazy sleepy, but I made it the whole four hours without even thinking about sleep! I opened the sun roof and cranked up my iPod with the 90's music and just drove. (Side note: if you have an iPod, you can get a car converter kit that plugs into your cigarette lighter and streams the music through your radio. Awesome! I use my iPod so much more now) I actually enjoyed the drive, which pretty much never happens.

me, Katie and Damon in the new hammock
(I tried to find a picture where my thigh looked smaller than Damon's)

now Damon and Wes spend a little time relaxing

Damon and I are now officially parents of a preschooler. Yup - Wesley started preschool this week and *LOVES* it! I was pretty sure he would because he's such a social interactive person, but I was concerned about the eating while at school. The first day he ate about two bites of macaroni and cheese, one bit of yogurt and a small amount of milk. He ate more the second day, so I'm praying he keeps improving. I hope that the other kids eating will inspire him, but if not, then we'll just make sure he gets enough to eat when he's at home. (I only got this one decent picture because Wesley was making weird smiles or putting his hands over his face and telling me how he didn't want his picture taken)

Speaking of Wesley's eating, something amazing happened recently...Damon and Wesley got home for the day before I did, and Wes asked for goldfish crackers. Damon just gave him the bag of them and Wes took them to the sofa, sat down and just started eating. Wesley was watching Sesame Street and chowing down on goldfish crackers - Damon and I just stood there watching in amazement! Who would have guessed that I'd ever be so glad to see my child snacking in front of the television having no idea how much he is eating?

everyone on the playset (Duke, the larger dog, actually climbed up the stairs by himself)

We had a great Independence Day with our friends. We went to a local man-made lake and beach for the afternoon, then went to someone's house for a cook-out and more water fun for the kids. Wesley got on a slip-n-slide for the first time, and guess what...he loved it! Sometimes I stand in wonder at how much this kid loves new experiences, and I hope he never loses that.

How could you not love swimming in that murky brown water? Instead of sand the ground was mostly small pebbles, not so much fun to walk on.

look at his form - I think that's form befitting a Ukrainian gymnast!

and right over the pool at the end

Have a great weekend! I'm heading home this afternoon, and I think it might be a nice weekend to spend at the neighborhood pool. Hope you're doing something exciting as well.

giving the cats at the mall a high five


Kevin and Pam said...

Just curious where you are in the process for you next baby! Do you know who it wil be or are you traveling blind (or by faith)? I enjoy your pictures and the stories of Wesley's progress.

Anonymous said...

Good luck with your mom. I love the pictures of your healthy wonderful pre-school son. God bless you and your terrific family. I so much enjoy reading your blog and seeing how well your son is doing. :-)

LisaMarie said...

My favorite picture is the one of Wes with an arm on each dog. :) Such a big boy now! :)

Tiger said...

Wesley is just adorable and we love him too... GOd bless

adoptedthree said...

All lakes in Ohio are man-made :)

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