half heard in the stillness-- between two waves of the sea.

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You guys won’t believe this. With your help and Rosie’s lemonade stand fund raiser we’ve raised $1,119 out of $2,500 since Thursday for K’s summer hosting opportunity! I fell asleep last night anxious that we wouldn’t get the rest of the money in time.  I mean how could it be possible for us to get $2,500 so quickly?  The last thought on my mind as I fell asleep around midnight was a prayer that if we were meant to have K this summer it...

Fundraising to host an orphan this summer! 3

Fundraising to host an orphan this summer!

Exciting news! So exciting I’m about to explode. Our family has decided to host an orphan from Ukraine this summer for six weeks.  Rosie is absolutely thrilled.  She’s already pledged all the money in her piggy banks to go towards the fees. We’re going through the program Children’s Cultural Connection. The little girl we want to host is six years old.  Her name is only listed as “K”.  She likes play dough, dancing, dress-up, and is above average in her studies....

Rosie in the garden. 0

Rosie in the garden.

Oh, I love them both. And Rosie, well she’s just so grown up looking lately.  How is this happening so quickly? She’s about to lose her first front tooth on the top.  She’s going to look so different after that. (Yes, Duck Face is huge now.)

Broken Leg. 4

Broken Leg.

On Sunday night Rosie was being absolutely awful and refusing to go to sleep even though she was waaaay over tired.  She just kept screaming and kicking, it was terrible!  Finally at 10 Tyler went in her room and sat on the bed to scoop her up in his arms, but somehow in a split second in the dark her leg got caught or something.  Tyler doesn’t even know what happened.  Rosie was kicking and fighting him and it was a...

Pleasantries. 0


Today was an awkward stressful sort of day where a lot of things went wrong. For example the electric company contracted a tree cutting service to trim branches from around the power lines, but instead they came in my yard while we were asleep and chopped down (at the base) my five foot tall red leaf maple tree that Rosie and I planted a couple years ago when Ada was born. They also moved my picnic table and left it against...

Worst Road Trip EVER. 5

Worst Road Trip EVER.

This is a great blog entry.  One in which I admit to drugging my toddler and leaving my five year old alone with strange men outside a diner.  In other words, it’s a post about a bad day.  A really, really, REALLY bad day.  In hindsight it’s a tiny bit funny.  Just a teeny tiny bit.   We tried to go to meet friends from my April 2010 due date club yesterday in Asheville and it was a complete and total fail. ...

Alice & Ada (Photos) 0

Alice & Ada (Photos)

Last week we babysat Ada’s friend Alice for the afternoon.  Alice and Ada are almost the same age.  Alice is a few weeks older. We played outside a lot. Toddler face-off! (Ada has a fantastically over dramatic frowny face she always makes, and lately it’s been even more dramatic by the addition of eye rolls with the frown and pursed lips.) Alice tested out Ada’s new scooter. Rosie played with her friend Hannah who lives down the street. Bubbles were so...

Sickie Ada. 1

Sickie Ada.

Ada has been acting odd for the past month or so.  Gagging a lot at night in her sleep, off balance, dry cough.  She never had a fever or a cold, so I assumed she just had some allergies going on and started giving her children’s Claritin. Last week she started freaking out because she said there was an ant crawling in her ear.  Then she kept coughing.  I was thinking she must have some fluid moving around in her ear. Last night...

I survived, minus three teeth. 2

I survived, minus three teeth.

Alas, I have survived the wisdom tooth removal. Barely. I psyched myself up beforehand so I wasn’t even that nervous.  The night before I wasn’t allowed to eat or drink after midnight, and I dreamed realistically that Ada was unwrapping foil covered chocolates and stuffing the candy in my mouth.  I was like, “Om nom nom this is so delicious.  I can’t swallow or I won’t be able to have my surgery.  But it’s so goooood…” Then I woke up and it was time to go.  Tyler...

Ada’s Second Birthday & Wisdom Teeth 2

Ada’s Second Birthday & Wisdom Teeth

Fail Tooth removal is scheduled for Wednesday at 9:15.  The Fail Tooth is a bony extraction because it’s impacted, the other two I think were labeled simple extraction. Want to see my teeth?  Fail Tooth is so obvious.   There’s actually a pocket underneath that impacted tooth on the bottom. (Right side of the picture, left side in my actual head.) The pocket underneath has trapped infected food in it and it’s also causing a cavity on the healthy molar next to...