Summer doesn’t officially start yet, but school is out here. So, it’s summer.
So far we have not played a lot outside in our yard. The mosquitoes are really bad. Ethan and Audrey are freaked out by them. I would be frustrated with their response if there were just a few mosquitoes. There are tons of them. We’re keeping the yard mowed, trying to make sure we don’t have water collecting anywhere and still our back yard is like a jungle when it comes to those critters. It’s no fun! They aren’t as bad in the front of the house or even when we go to the park by the lake. Sort of strange.
We’ve been making lots of treks to the park. I’m thinking of making a goal to visit all the parks in town this summer. There are 6 of them. Ethan and Audrey love going. This stage for Isaac makes it really hard for me though. Isaac isn’t big enough to play on the equipment. He will tolerate being pushed in the swing for a little while, but not long. Then he starts to whine. For the remainder of our time at the park, I have to either hold him or let him crawl around in the wood chips/sand. He doesn’t really want to be held and he’s heavy and he likes to put everything in his mouth (sand and wood chips included). We don’t stay very long. I’m trying to figure out a good solution to this.
Last week we had two birthdays. Mine was the 2nd and Isaac’s was the 3rd. Nathan brought us a cake.
I’m finally having a good week for my diet. I had been really bad for a couple of weeks (see previous picture!) and put on about 5 pounds. I just made poor decisions. The gain wasn’t surprising. This week I decided that I was going to plan ahead what I was going to eat the next day. It’s worked really well. It has taken my focus off of food. I don’t have to always be thinking about what I want to eat next or eating too much. Tomorrow’s weigh-in should bring good news!
Ethan, Audrey and I had dental appointments on Wednesday. The kids LOVE going to the dentist. This was their second visit. They do such a great job with kids and they schedule us all at once. The kid’s teeth were good. Audrey has a cross bite on one site that they will watch when she gets her permanent teeth. Hopefully it will resolve itself. I had 2 cavities. I suspected it because they had been watching these areas for a while now and they just now are bad enough to “restore”. They have this cool wand they run over your teeth and it beeps if it detects decay and reads out a number saying how bad it is. Nathan calls it the “guilt-o-meter”. Next week I get to have fillings. Not my favorite thing. but better than losing all my teeth, I guess!
Isaac isn’t walking on his own yet. He will push the little pooh-bear walker across the room. He even turns it a little when he gets stuck. Soon he’ll be independently walking. He says, “”dada”, “mama”, and “did it”(or something that sounds a lot like it–he says it a lot) and he makes lots random happy sound effect noises while he’s playing.
Our van is still in Lake City. I think this may be the end of the line for it. The electrical issues have gotten to be too many or just enough that I can’t count on it working right. Not a single mechanic has been able to fix it. This will be the 3rd place that has attempted it. If he can’t assure us that this most recent issue is resolved, I don’t think Nathan or I will want to be driving it. So, anyone want a Ford Windstar whose battery randomly stays running even with the keys out of the ignition, speedometer and other dashboard indicators sometimes stop working while you’re driving (do you really need to know how much gas you have or how fast you are driving?), and now, sometimes thinks it’s being stolen when you try to start the car and locks down and wont ignite the ignition?
We’re excited to see everyone at the birthday celebration on Sunday in Cottage Grove! I’m especially excited that I don’t have any cleaning to do so I can focus on the fun stuff- like food 🙂 !