Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Flat 7-Up and Saltines

 We had an interesting weekend - one of those stretches of time that are just taken out of your hands. On Thursday, my little lovey girl and I took the J-bird to school, went to the park with some friends, and came home for lunch, and that's when Miss V started acting weird. She didn't want to eat, and she said her milk tasted gross (the milk was fine. I did a taste test). She told me she just needed to take a nap, so I read her a story and tucked her in. She got up after a couple of hours, and I made her a snack, which she picked at, and then she started making weird noises. I asked her if she felt like she was going to throw up, ( a stupid question, because she hadn't thrown up since she was a baby, so how would she know?) She answered, "Maybe?", so we went into the bathroom, and sure enough...

Oh, my poor girl. I kept thinking she was done over the next few days, because she'd go hours and hours without tossing her cookies, but she kept NOT BEING DONE. She didn't have any signs of dehydration, so we didn't tip into "needing an IV" territory (though I did call the pediatrician's office on Friday, just to talk to a nurse and check in, and a trusted friend of mine who is a nurse practitioner on Saturday morning). Miss V was a trooper - stayed in bed, sipped water and clear liquids, hit the yuck-bucket all but one time, even kept a sweet attitude and said stuff like, "Thank you for taking care of me, Mommy.", for crying out loud.

I don't fuss so much over childhood illnesses anymore, the way I did when my first kiddo was tiny, and a runny nose would give me paroxysms of anxiety (Give me a break. It was my first time being someone's mother.). This was worrisome though. I slept on her floor (Hey guess what - these hips are no longer made for that), checked on her constantly during the day, even when she was sleeping, held her and rubbed her back and spoon-fed her water and juice - did all the mom stuff. I also went through a LOT of bleach water and Lysol on every surface, and I washed my hands until they felt like they were going to fall off. Hallelujah - no one else in the house ended up hurling, AND, my precious little doll baby went from this:

back to this:

Very quickly. What a relief.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Into The Wild Blue

Off he went. So thrilled. So happy!

Miss V and I hit our favorite coffee shop, went to the grocery store, walked around Goodwill for a bit, and then we went on home to start our at-home school for this year. I have a Montessori-style classroom area all set up for her, and we are both so excited about it.

I think it's going to be a good year.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Last Day of Summer Vacation

Day camps, whole afternoons of free time, playing with friends, family vacation, swimming lessons, running through the sprinkler, popsicles from the ice cream truck, the Farmer's Market, Vacation Bible School, new neighbors, getting taller, an awesome new back yard playhouse, so many adventures, and so much fun...

 It's been quite a summer

The J-bird goes back to school tomorrow morning. I will love having the one-on-one time with Miss V again, and she and I will both miss having the J-bird around all day. Miss V and I will be doing pre-school lessons at home, and she's super excited.

This is always a really bittersweet time of year. Nothing marks the inexorable passage of time quite so distinctly as the start of a new school year. All those fresh school supplies. All that excitement and expectation in the air. But something sweet is over, too. Time marches on. My boy is a second grader. My girl is a pre-schooler. Blink. Blink again. Here we go.

To The Coast!

 We stayed in Olympic National Park, but left Lake Crescent to head out to the coast for the last stretch of our vacation. On our way, we stopped at the Hall of Mosses. If you are out that way, this is worth a stop. It's a short, lovely hike, and it's just absolutely beautiful. Of course, you may enjoy it better without two crabby children who had to wake up from car naps, but hey, that's all you.

 Thing 1 and Thing 2 powered through and were very sweet. It's hard not to enjoy this much beauty.

 After the Hall of Mosses, we checked in to our cabin at Kalaloch, where we could step out our back door and gaze at the immenseness and power of the Pacific Ocean

There's something about the coast in the Pacific Northwest that just moves me. The beaches are usually cool and sometimes misty or foggy. They are often rocky. The ocean is relentless. It's often windy. The beaches here are definitely not Caribbean. You won't get a tan. Doesn't matter. I could stand or sit out there for hours. We really enjoyed our time at Kalaloch. We went on several beach walks, a nice little hike through the woods, and, as an added wonder, our cabin had a kitchen, so I was able to make our meals. That was nice.

Our Kalaloch cabin had lots of room, so Amy and Bailey road-tripped up to spend the last afternoon and night with us. We had a great time, exploring the tide pools, playing Uno, and just being together.

 We woke up that last morning, packed up all our stuff, and drove to one last lodge at Lake Quinault for a fantastic breakfast together. We walked around the grounds a little and then hit the road, taking the windy coast road this time to head back down to Oregon.

We did the caravan bit down through Washington and into Oregon, stopping in Seaside to grab a snack and stretch our legs. The windy road made our poor little J-bird carsick (not the first time that's happened to him, unfortunately), but that was the only bummer about the haul back home. We pulled back into our house to find it still standing, the vegetables still living (thanks to the neighbor kids, who watered them while we were gone), and my wonderful, beautiful, perfectly comfortable bed ready for me to sleep in it...after unpacking, settling the children, and running all the laundry from our trip, of course.

It was a wonderful, action-packed week - one we won't soon forget. Vacation 2014!