Sunday, July 21, 2013

Cookies in the Orphanage?

Lincoln headed south yesterday with Jenn to meet Grandma Laura and Grandpa Dave and spend the next couple of days with them.  After hearing what was on the agenda for him, he ought to come back home completely exhausted.  Just in time for our trip to Cedar Point!  He can sleep all day Thursday.
It's just a different dynamic with 2 kids in the house.  Lydia and Henry have been hilarious with each other, playing all sorts of funny games and having conversations that crack Jenn and me up.

Lydia's transition to a big girl bed continues to be an adventure.  It's like pulling teeth to get her to use the potty in a timely manner and avoid having the bed-time routine take an hour.  She also has no qualms about getting out of bed and rearranging things in her room.  When she's supposed to be sleeping.  {sigh}
Over the past two weeks I hosted a University of Minnesota veterinary student at the clinic for an externship.  It's times like that that I really wish I were closer to Ohio State because I really enjoy having students around and giving them some real-world experience.  The goal is to be encouraging while exposing them to things that they'll see when they leave the teaching hospital, and we were able to do that over the two weeks.  It was an interesting week when Other-Dr. Gates was in Canada and I had my busiest solo week of my career.  The first Monday I saw 29 appointments, and the student said she went back to her parents' home that night (she related this to me a week later after she had time to process it... and her parents live in Hudson), and said, "Holy... smokes..."  It was a fast-paced week, but one that we got through in a very rewarding way.
Lincoln went bowling with his preschool class last Thursday and had a lunch of hotdogs, french fries and some kind of pop.  What's not for a preschooler to love?!

Jenn continues to crank out the amazing cakes, this time for Grandma Paulette's Birthday.  A Lemon Cake with Strawberry Buttercream Icing and a Chocolate Cake with Caramelized Banana Filling and Peanut Butter Buttercream Icing made for some good post-dinner sweet consumption.
Grandma Paulette's Birthday
Sometimes during dinner when the food is particuarly good (which is most evenings... which is why this story is funny for our family), Lincoln will turn to Henry (they sit next to each other at dinner) and say, "Henry, did you eat __{insert food here}__ when you were in the orphanage?"

And Henry often responds with a short, not-really-understanding-the-question, "Ya," or, "No."

The other evening we were eating a pasta dish with really good chicken meatballs and Lincoln asked his usual question, but this time Henry responded, "No.  We had cookies and dessert."  Ha!  Clearly he doesn't have an accurate memory, and that's okay with us.

His speech is developing unbelievably. He's cranking out complete sentences and thoughts with some degree of regularity, and while there's still catch-up space between him and Lydia, he's narrowing the gap.