The Lee Family. Once upon a time Noel and Rena got married and had 2 kids - Doris and Donald. Then one day, Doris got married to Jeremy and had her own 2 kids - Vince and Edda. We all live far apart, and keep moving around. It's hard to keep tabs on each other. Welcome to our blog.
Edda's real birthday was on Sunday the 24th. It was just going to be me and Edda as Vince and Jeremy already left for New Mexico the day before. A few years ago, Jeremy was traveling for work on Edda's birthday and I made him promise that he would not leave me alone with Edda on her birthday - it was just too tough to celebrate without him. But something about this year, maybe our pancake breakfast a few weeks ago, maybe because it was just me and Edda and maybe because it was spring break, but the day was just filled with my own happiness and Edda's happiness. We went to the dog park, to see a movie where we shared a box of popcorn, shopping and had dinner with family and ate a lot. And it was good. Look how big Edda is!
Last Saturday we hosted a big birthday bash for Edda's 9th birthday. It was an early open house from 9 am -1 pm where we served coffee, pancakes, bacon and sausage. We've wanted to do this for many, many years, based on the children's book, Curious George Makes Pancakes. We tried to invite all the people in our immediate community and we probably had about 80-100 people show up for pancakes. Jeremy flipped about 200 to 250 pancakes made from scratch. I wish I took more pictures. My mom was the amazing bacon/sausage-meister. Edda! and Edda had the most fun of all, she was so social and so happy, a big smile on her face the whole morning and she would walk around leaning on the guests and smiling at them and told them herself with her smile that she was happy that they were there. The event was so heartwarming and special to me.
We asked that in lieu of gifts, for folks to make donations to RSRT to fund research for Rett Syndrome. I'm still adding together all the offline gifts, but I think we are well over $3,000 in donations. Here's the link in case any of my 10 bloggy readers would like to donate:
Mom is leaving for the west coast in a few days. What will I do without her here? We went to lunch down the street from the house 3 dishes for $20. Enough for us and enough leftover for dinner at home.
Vince had a violin competition this past weekend. He is such a funny kid - we've been practicing for at least 6 weeks on this piece and it isn't until like 2 hours before we leave for the competition that he kind of realizes what he is about to do. Suddenly he asks - are there judges? how many other kids will be there? you mean they are going to rank us?. If I were him, and I'm clearly not him, I would have been freaking out for weeks before the competition and trying in vain to practice super hard. Vince, not so much. It's OK - probably healthier for one's psyche to be freaked out for a shorter amount of time?
The Pink Panthers might have been the worst team in the league - but we had one amazing win (11-10 in overtime) which will live in our memories forever and ever. Last night we hosted the 12 boys in the house for pizza/Kool-aid/chips and ice cream sandwiches. It was a little loud. We kind of had to strap Edda in a bar stool so she wouldn't get run over by the trampling of the boys.
So the sequester is in effect. I feel very lucky in that I haven't heard a word from management about the patent office going on furlough. I heard from my union that they would get rid of overtime and then halt new hires before furloughing employees. So for me, the sequester is pretty quietly felt, although it is not the same case for other federal employees in the area.
We are all eagerly awaiting the snowstorm that is suppose to hit tonight. Nicknamed the snowquester - we are hoping to get at least 6". We haven't had any snow really this season.
Vince missed a practically a whole week of school last week having this cough and now I have it. Ugh.