Lydia began holding her own bottle this week!
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Lydia began holding her own bottle this week!
Sunday, March 27, 2011
Jenn's birthday came and went and she received some very nice gifts from our parents. I was in Indianapolis two days before her birthday and brought back some Oliver wine as a surprise. Then last night we had a babysitter all lined up so we could go out with friends, but plans changed at the last minute, so we decided to go to the Melting Pot for a Big Night Out. It was fabulous.
Lincoln continues to amaze us. He's really been into Big Bird Discovers The Orchestra, and he even found a paper towel roll and an old Saran Wrap roll and put one inside the other so he could slide them and said, "Look! I'm playing the trombone!" He's also been brancing out from his John Deere movies to include the Life series. This started when we began calling them "Zoo Movies." So now he gets to learn about animals during lunch time. He loves it, and the stuff he remembers is crazy!
Lydia's a bit sick now. She's been running a fever off and on for the last several days, and been a bit more clingy than normal. She's sleeping well and eating well, so that's a good thing. She'll get past it soon.
Did you see the story about the Super Moon about a week ago? I read about it after the moon had risen off the horizon, so I couldn't do much with taking pictures, but this is what I got. Looks like typical moon shots to me, but I wasn't on a beach like the author of the story linked above.
I mentioned going to Indianapolis earlier this week. I received an invitation from a practice manager (the one who recently wrote the book on using social media in veterinary medicine) at a very progressive veterinary clinic to attend a workshop of the Veterinary Management Association of Indiana, and because I needed some extra CE, I made the drive over. It was really neat to talk business with clinics outside of the northeast Ohio area, and it was really cool to tour Broad Ripple Animal Clinic. They're doing some very cool things there, and they've given me some good ideas for Cuyahoga Falls Veterinary Clinic. The medicine and surgery that we practice is exactly the same, but the logistical things that they have in place are pretty clever.
We're looking forward to hosting our guests from the west!
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Lincoln's prayer, 3/16/11
Thank you for this day, forgive us for our sins. Thank you for my warm, comfy bed. Thank you for my toys in the basement, for my blankets, and for my buddies. Thank you for Grandma, Lydia, Mommy and Daddy. In Jesus name, A.....men.
Lincoln has been much less hostile to Gretel since we got back from Tennessee. Not sure what the change was, but we're happy about it.
Over the last week, he's been coming up with some crazy lines and thoughts. He's using words that I'm not sure we taught him, but he's using them properly and with good grammar. Some of the synapses that his thoughts reveal make us laugh. For instance, "When I grow taller, I won't be a kid anymore, I'll be an adult." Grandma Paulette wrote down a number of funny things that he said on Monday and Tuesday, so I'll have to get them from her.
Jenn's leading the devo tonight at Ladies Night. This is a first for her. Also, Men's Retreat is approaching, and I just heard from one of the newer guys to our ABF that he's coming. Last year we had 8, and this year there are 9 committed, with a couple on the fence. It ought to be a good time. I'm heading up the Friday evening discussion-time and I feel over-prepared at this point, but I guess that's better than feeling under-prepared. I guess I feel over-prepared because I've got pages of notes for my lesson, but I know that the best part of the evening will come from our group discussion time, so I don't want to limit that with my talking. It's all up to God, though, and I'm counting on Him to make it a great weekend.
Monday, March 14, 2011
Lincoln's prayer on Sunday night was as follows:
Dear Jesus, thank you for this day. Forgive us for our sins. Thank you for my warm, comfy bed, for my buddies, for my room, for my bunk beds, and for my warm house. In Jesus name, Amen.
We all had a fun, full weekend with the Hopwoods in Tennessee. Lincoln and Lydia travelled quite well. What used to take me 8 hours now takes us 10, but that's cool. Lincoln and I got to visit Lipscomb and spend a few minutes with my college advisor, Dr. Lowrance. Lipscomb is becoming a full-fledged research institution these days as far as the biology department is concerned. As far as the campus is concerned, it's expanding rapidly and there are some fantastic buildings that have gone up in the 10 years since I left.
We took a swing by the Nashville Zoo on Friday while the Hopwoods were at work and school.
(l) A cardinal landed in the tree right above me.
(r) The gibbons were only active for a short period of time, but when they were, they could be heard all over the zoo. Notice their swollen necks. That's how they make their loud noises.
We got to climb up in the tree house that Uncle Jeremy built. Holy cow! He did a great job and after Lincoln got past the initial scary part of climbing a ladder in a tunnel, he had fun haging out a few stories up in the tree with his cousins.
Because Lydia is much more easy-going about sleeping than Lincoln was at 5 months, we decided to take a trip to Chattanooga to see the Tennessee Aquarium and Children's Discovery Museum and we left on Friday evening at bedtime so we could maximize our time on Saturday. We're crazy! But it worked out great! Neither Lincoln nor Lydia have had a day in their life with more stimulation than they did on Saturday. Thankfully Lincoln was able to get a nap in at the hotel between all the fun stuff.
We ate lunch at a place called The Mellow Mushroom. Looking at the kitchen staff, the place is appropriately named. They make a good pizza, though, and Lincoln enjoyed watching the pizza dough flipping and spinning through the air.
An interesting thing that happened on the way down illustrated to Jenn and me that kids absolutely do listen to the lyrics of the songs that are played around them and they internalize them.
As you may or may not know, I am observing Lent by fasting from sweets. Jenn was going to observe Lent by following the South Beach Diet. But after she felt quite crummy after 24 hours with any carbs, and then after she vomitted a couple of times in the morning of the second day, she decided to forgo the sickness and join me in abstaining from sweets. It was nice knowing you, SBD!
In the midst of all of the running around from here to there, we got to spend some slower moments with Jeremy and Emily. They certainly have a lot on their plate, and we were so thankful for their hospitality during the weekend. For more on what's going on with them, check out their blog. Em will have some neat photos up there that you won't find here. And I can't say it enough, Grace and Cole were fantastic cousins to Lincoln and Lydia over the weekend.
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Finally, it's not often that I'm in front of the camera, but I've been experimenting with the self-portrait.