Sunday, July 31, 2011

Entirely too much poo.


Sometimes I think my life is just one long conversation about poo. Jeremy actually had to establish a rule - no talk about poop at the dinner table (this includes any talk about farts as well). In this house, this is actually a difficult rule to follow. Anyways, Edda is having poo problems. Mainly getting the poo out. Poor girl, makes her not comfy. Jeremy thinks it triggers seizures. We will now track both poo and seizures on the calendar. Other people track birthdays, swim meets and dr appts - we have all those plus a few extra!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Sunday, July 24, 2011


As the kiddos are going to a Jewish summer camp - they've been learning about Shabbat. So we decided to celebrate with the traditional Friday evening meal - we got the candles, the grape juice and the challah bread and said all the prayers which we printed out from the internets. I know, I know that it's not the kosher grape juice, but I tried looking for it and I couldn't find it. I hope that with along with all my other transgressions, this one will be forgiven.



Thursday, July 21, 2011

My little projects.


I got some hand-me-down wooden benches with iron sides which were in pretty bad shape. I tore all the wood slats off and then spent an afternoon sawing through the rusted bolts that held the slats to the iron frame. Then I got my hands on some spray paint (which is really lovely stuff) and then went to town on refurbishing the iron sides.


Jeremy took me to a local lumber yard to get some cedar slats and they are sitting in the garage waiting for another block of free time to put it all together. Hopefully, it will be done before I turn 40.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Gazette mention -

Jeremy is on a local traffic commission and got quoted in this week's Gazette about pedestrian safety along the Rockville Pike.


Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Tomato hornworm -

I'm growing tomato plants. Yesterday, I found this monstrosity in the midst of the tomato leaves.


I huge green caterpillar with white maggots hanging off it's back. I screamed and fell backwards a little bit.

Apparently, it is the infamous tomato hornworm with parasitic wasp cocoons attached to it's back. The wasp larvae will suck the innards out of the the hornworm and save my tomato plants. Thank goodness, because I don't want to touch that thing.

Monday, July 18, 2011

That damn dog.

On Thursday - I was so excited becuase I had a $3 coupon off for children's Motrin at CVS. So I bought my 240 mL bottle of berry flavored ibuprofen and left the new box in the CVS bag on my bed on Thursday afternoon. At 8 pm that evening, we discovered the Maxi had eaten through the box, through the tamper resistant/childproof cap and indulged herself with almost 5 grams of pain reliever. So off she went to the emergency vet for 2 days of detox and rehab. She is fine. So I really didn't save that much money on the bottle of Motrin. That dog cannot be left alone. Anyways, that it why I did not go to the beach/memorial service this weekend because Maxi needed to be picked up late Sat night.

Here she is with the cone of shame so she doesn't mess with the IV port.



Sunday, July 17, 2011

RIP Marty.

This weekend, Jeremy, Vince and Edda headed to NJ to attend Marty's memorial service. He passed away a few weeks ago at 95. Marty is Jeremy's paternal grandmother's (Sylvia) sister's husband - so Jeremy is actually not a blood relation to Marty, but we usually see him every year at the Martin Thanksgiving until two years ago when he was too frail to travel. Everyone flew/drove into a NJ beach town and the kids played on the beach. The service was more of a reminiscence, looking at old photos and telling stories.

For various reasons, I stayed home and I was a little worried about sending Jeremy with both Vince and Edda alone to the beach, but I shouldn't have worried - Jeremy said that everyone helped out, carried Edda's wheelchair and took naps with her, looked after both Vince (at the beach) and Edda (in the air conditioning) and Jeremy managed to have a lovely (and emotional) time.

I have some beach photos from Jeremy!




Thursday, July 14, 2011


Our biggest expense due to Edda's disability is her childcare. I don't think about it too much because for the most part, it is what it is - although sometimes I sigh thinking about how low our childcare costs could be if Edda was a typical 7-year-old. We are so lucky to have great people to look after Edda and enjoy spending time with her. Here's Edda with Denise sharing a moment together:


Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Not the best idea.

Immediately after we picked up Vince, we headed to Montecello, home of Thomas Jefferson. This was not the most brilliant idea as Vince was exhausted and wanted to just hole up at home in air conditioning and play video games for a few hours. But he was not too bad - he tried to write in quill ink a copy of the Declaration of Independence:


Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Edda loves ice cream.

Vince's summer camp is nestled in the depths of Virginia - so we decided to organize a mini-road-trip around picking him up. On Friday - we drove to Montpelier, the home of James Madison. Traveling with Edda without Vince can be a luxurious experience in some ways - although she cannot participate by herself in almost all of the kid-centric activities such as a Children's Museum or a moon-bounce, she is always excited to walk/stroll on a downtown boutique boulevard or try new foods at a strange restaurant. It's not to say that the day doesn't present challenges - we always travel with movies and if Edda is impatient, we whip out the movies and she is content. In this way - we enjoyed the house tour at Montpelier and a 2 hour dinner with Edda.

We did have a theme for the day - Edda loves ice cream! (Actually we all love ice cream - but we like to blame our indulgences on Edda.)


Here's Edda at Sweet Frog frozen yogurt in Charlottesville, VA looking a little concerned that maybe we are eating too much of her frozen yogurt.


I announced about 20 minutes from Montpelier that I needed to pee. If you know me, you know I hate to stop the car to pee (I don't mind if someone else stops the car because they need to pee, I just don't like doing it), I don't like finding bathrooms, I don't like inconviencing anyone. I know, it's weird. I'm weird. But I think it must have been karma, because the closest bathroom was at the Moo Thru - a great local ice cream shop!



Monday, July 11, 2011

Back from camp!


We picked up Vince from camp on Saturday - he was hoarse from screaming and yelling and singing all week. He was dirty and smelly from a week in the lake and some inadequate showering. He caught fish, learned to build a fire and learned lots of camp songs. He had a great time! Jeremy and I couldn't chaperone the troop this summer because of work obligations - but Jeremy is pretty determined to make it next year. We are all so happy to see him back. First order of business - a BATH!


Thursday, July 7, 2011

Missing Vince!

I miss Vince. I don't think I've gone so long without actually speaking to him! I know he is having fun at camp (we get daily updates on the group activities), but it's not the same as actually talking to him...

Edda is enjoying her time at camp. Here she is getting ready to go zip-lining!


Wednesday, July 6, 2011


We are trying (like the rest of the country) to get back in shape. This involves a lot of walking, exercise videos, borrowing the wii fit and time away from the internet. Thank goodness for the dogs, they make the walking part more fun.


Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Weekend argument.


Sixteen years ago this week, Jeremy and I were falling in love with each other, but we had not yet told each other of this fact. There were a lot of trips between the third floor (Arnold lab) and the basement (Wang lab) of the Spalding building with lame excuses to say hello. I remember how I asked him to go to the fireworks with me (with a group of mutual friends) and he turned me down (!). I thought for sure he did not like me.

We had an argument last week which started one night and festered for a few days. It's a standard division-of-labor argument that crops up every few months. With both of us working, we generally split the childcare/household chores 50/50 with each person choosing what they like doing. I generally like the decluttering/lawn mowing/appt making. Jeremy likes all things kitchen/car/large home projects. Anyways, our argument started when we each decided that the other person was "Taking ME for GRANTED!" Our arguments are very passive-aggressive. We argue by being extremely nice to each other (I'll go pick up the kids, you stay home and take a shower/nap. Look what I got from Trader Joe's - your favorite ice cream bon bons!) but still being pretty mad at each other. Anyways, maybe we get tired of being mad, or maybe we get tired of being really nice to each other but we resolved our argument on Sunday night and celebrated July 4th by borrowing the Wii Fit from a neighbor and having a fun time being goofy.

We also went to a lovely neighborhood 4th of July party. They served Jello shots which were formed in the rind of a lime.


And I got to hold a baby!


Monday, July 4, 2011


Vince is off on his first sleepover camp. All packed:


Able to carry his own gear (barely):


Ready to go!


Here's the update I got:

Quick update.

We all arrived safely at Goshen.

The boys are having a blast and are covered head to toe in dirt. We'll see how many of them actually take showers tonight (or tomorrow).

Dinner tonight was baked chicken, bread, watermelon, salad and veggies. Most of the kids ate well and two lucky volunteers even cleaned and scrubbed down the dinner table. The scouts also got instruction from the camp counselors on how to properly clean a latrine. Keep this in mind for home!

We are headed over now for the closing flag ceremony and then on to a bonfire.