Month: April 2013

We’re Our Own Brand of Weird

Jeff and I saw a good movie called Mud on our date this weekend. Aside from the creepy couple sitting next to us (old man/young woman) and someone shouting out loud once in the theatre (post-Aurora, this really freaked me and pretty much everyone around me out), I really enjoyed this coming of age film. It was about family relationships and…

Gatsby, Jackie Robinson, & A New Odyssey

This week the following things happened. (Stop reading now if you tire of my blog posts as lists) : 1) Jack woke one Thursday and decided some early-morning vacuuming was in order. He roused the bleary household. When baby toddled too near his vacuum, he pushed baby over, spent the waning minutes before his bus arrived sitting in time out,…

A Little List

A few thoughts, in no particular order: 1) Scout fund raisers where four teens and two of their leaders spend an hour raking the heck out of your leaf & bracken-packed backyard beds are the most brilliant idea ever. Spring yard clean up? Boom. Done. Thank you scouts, and thank you scout leaders! 2) Freezing spring temps are still better…

Stickers Doctor Asks a Question

Today the pediatrician asked me about how and when Jack was diagnosed with his syndrome and with autism. Apparently, in their practice which encompasses the entire valley, two more patients now have Macrocephaly Cutis Marmorata Telangiectasia Congenita Syndrome. Whaddya know, it’s big time now. I recounted the story of figuring out Jack. We talked about pediatricians and specialists and office/hospital…

Chachismo

Who is that little boy in the moon boots and elastic-waist camo pants, the unattractive neon Star Wars Lego tee and the ubiquitous hoodie? Who is he, and why is he shrieking on the sidewalk because he heard a fire engine’s siren blaring far off in the distance? Really, who is that kid who has one volume at the grocery…

Four Floors And A Funeral

This week, my boys have been on spring break, which was supposed to feature a camping trip to the southern part of the state, but which instead involved a trip to Idaho for Great-Grandpa’s funeral. We also did a crazy amount of dragging (old poopy carpet outside, en route to it’s Dumpster destination), measuring (planks of new flooring installed by…

Easter Events

A) We lost Jack at Grandma’s house today. Seriously, post-dinner and egg hunting, Jack was nowhere to be found in the backyard or the house. Or the street for that matter. Jeff saved the day and called off the search party when he followed the sound of vacuuming…and found Jack at the neighbor’s house. With the neighbor’s vacuum. B) Charlie…