Sunday, October 25, 2009

Murphy's Law

Caleb's godparents came out to watch his game yesterday. The plan was to do that and then go to the pumpkin patch. City Farmers was having their fall festival, so we wanted to go support them and let the kids have some fun.

Godparents have new twin baby boys, so they didn't quite get a chance to eat lunch before they came to the game (which started at 1:00). When it was over, we went to the burger place to eat. By the time we were done, it was 3:30. The festival was supposed to be over by 4:00, but we figured we'd just hang out for a bit afterward. We dropped off one of the cars at our house and left for the nursery.

About a mile from our house, Caleb screamed.

Scott: What's wrong?
Caleb: [holding his nose] Ouch, ouch!
Scott: Let me see.
Caleb: [pulls his hands away to see they are covered in blood] Oh no!
Scott: Hold on!
Nikki: [general freaking out that triggers crying from Caleb]

Caleb had whacked himself in the face with his water bottle in precisely the spot that causes blood to spurt from the nose. I pulled over, we grabbed a towel from the back, and told Godparents we needed to go back to the house.

After we got things settled down back at the house, we had a hard time getting motivated to move. The boys went outside to check on construction. The five-year-olds went to ride bikes. The rest of us contemplated napping right along with the sleeping babies on our laps.

Finally, a decision had to be made. At first we talked about going to a pumpkin patch in Lakeside, but it closed at 7:00. We ultimately decided to go to the very commercial pumpkin patch off the 15 that we've gone to for the past five years. We got everyone loaded up, drove to Poway, and found the lot fenced off with nothing but some Con-Ex boxes on it.

Plan D wound up being Cold Stone on Pomerado Road. Fortunately, there was a Target right next door with, glory of glories, pumpkins in the garden center. So we got to enjoy ice cream with not only the godparents, but my parents as well. We were home by 7:30 and had the kids in bed by 8:30. And we have pumpkins. YAY!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Weekly Update?

So apparently I'm blogging once a week these days. This week was actually much better than last week (which looked a lot like last Saturday). Scott was the one with meetings this week, so I got to spend some time reconnecting with the kids.

Caleb has an IEP meeting next Wed. We will have to make a decision whether to put him in their early kindergarten program or keep him in preschool. There are benefits and drawbacks to both scenarios. Please pray for guidance. He's take another cognitive leap and is impressing us every day with new phrases and skills. Last night he put together a puzzle without any help!

Nikki is at yet another birthday party with one of her best friends. I'm grateful she's getting some time with some wonderful girls (Jaycie last week, Trina this week). She's been struggling with a "mean girl" at school, but seems to be handling it beautifully. Unfortunately, she has to depend on this girl to get to her zero-period Spanish class every day. I'm also praying for a solution to this problem. Ah, middle school. How do I hate thee? Let me count the ways...

Crawford had its homecoming game yesterday. It was horrible. 70-0. Plus our quarterback broke his leg and one of my students broke his arm. He's just in a splint and is in a lot of pain, but he's going to Children's today to see an orthopedist.

So this morning we have chores (because my house has been sorely neglected) and then Boo's soccer game this afternoon. It should be a good day. Yeah, Saturday!!!! Hope yours is great, too!

Saturday, October 17, 2009


  1. 6:00 am Crawford (picking up students)
  2. 7:30 am Mission Bay for Out of the Darkness walk
  3. 11:00 am Crawford (dropping off students)
  4. 11:30 am home for a shower
  5. 12:00 pm Caleb's soccer game
  6. 1:00 pm home for Nikki
  7. 1:15 pm Nikki to birthday party #2
  8. 1:45 pm Clairemont High for football game
  9. 4:00 pm Crawford (dropping off students)
  10. 4:30 pm crash and burn
  11. 8:00 pm laundry
  12. 10:00 pm pick up Nikki
But man, it's good to be home!!

Friday, October 9, 2009

Going home!

I leave Ecuador tomorrow. I'm really looking forward to seeing my family, who I miss terribly, but am so grateful for this incredible experience.

Please pray for the team. Three have been stricken with the flu and we're all leaving in the next 24 hours. Please pray for a return to health for those who are sick and for continued health for those who are not. Also, prayers for safe travel would be greatly appreciated.

I can't wait to share stories when I get home. See you soon!!