Sunday, May 17, 2020


The Friday before everything shut down my engagement ring broke. I was at work with my hands in my back pocket when I felt something odd. I pulled the foreign object out and find it to be the biggest diamond from my ring. I searched on the carpet around where I was standing and in the folds of my pocket trying to hopefully find the last of the tiny diamonds.
That weekend, the first without my engagement ring in close to 10 years, was the last time things were normal. Thursday night, the night before it happened, was Elley's first soccer practice. She had so much fun and was so excited about playing a season with all her friends from school. Friday night was Bear's first tball game. The atmosphere around the ballpark was electric and the Boy couldn't help but look forward to the many nights and weekends we'd likely be there spent watching our kids play.
Saturday Elley was double-booked for birthday parties. The first was a pancakes and bowling party. Bowling first and then decorate your own pancake. She went with sprinkles, syrup, and strawberries. Ending the party by playing video games and spending seemingly houses trying to redeem her tickets for the perfect item. The party was at the mall and I thought about dropping my ring off to be repaired. But we were running late and needed to meet the Boy and Bear for lunch, so I decided I'd do it another time.
Later that afternoon, we had a party of the "Jump-y Place." It's the number one place we go for parties and still after all this time, she loves it, especially the balloon drop. Several girls from Elley's soccer team were there as well as the coach, who talked about his game plan for the season to come.
Sunday Elley went to Hebrew School in the morning. They got to make Hamentaschen that day in anticipation of the following week's Purim carnival. Even Monday things were still normal and Bear got to dress up as a dragon for his school's Purim party.

But by the end of the week, things week different. Soccer practice was canceled on Thursday night. Tball was canceled on Friday night. The St. Patrick's Day parade was canceled on Saturday. The Purim carnival on Sunday was canceled. Elley went home from school on Friday with a bunch of worksheets and a letter that an e-mail would be sent the following week outlining the next month of distance learning. Saturday I went into work to pick up supplies for working from home.

That Friday, I never would have guessed that two months later we'd still be home. The soccer season has been canceled. The rest of the year of school moved online. We've even had Hebrew School online sessions. Here in Louisiana things are finally starting to reopen, although we haven't yet ventured out, except for one of us heading to the grocery store.

It's hard to imagine what life is going to be like going forward. How will sports for kids happen? Or professional sports for that matter? What will school be like in the Fall? Even if it's in person, my heard breaks a little thinking that Elley may not get to see some of her closest friends if they aren't in her class and aren't able to play with other classes. It's just so hard with so much unknown.

And still I have my broken engagement ring waiting in a zip lock back in my purse. Maybe eventually things will be back to normal enough where it's worth bringing it somewhere to be fixed. But in some ways, it kind of matches the rest of the world, broken, waiting to be put back together.

Monday, March 2, 2020

4 1/2 Years Update

4 1/2 Years Old
You're 4 1/2 Years old!
December 22
Practically a grown up! You're wearing a mix of 4 and 5 clothes and size 10 shoes.
January 2
You're about to start big kid school, which I can hardly believe. But you'll soon be off to Pre-K at the same school we expect you to be at till 8th grade. One of your best friends from your pre-school won't be there, but several of the other girls from your old school will. A couple of boys as well, one of which is in your new class.
January 11
You still love books and you love being read to. One of your current favorites in Pinkalicious. We're also still in the midst of chapter books, currently reading Sophie the Mouse.
February 14
We don't watch a lot of TV, but when we do it tends to be PBS kids. Of which your favorite show is Pinkalicious (sensing a theme here?). You're also a big fan of movies. You've learned we have a ton of movies in the house and are working your way through them all. It's hard to say if you have a favorite, maybe the Toy Story movies?
March 17
You'll be playing soccer again in the fall. Also the gymnastics program you did at your daycare has a session at your new school, so you'll be doing one there as well. You took swimming lessons over the summer and are at the point where you can swim a few strokes on your own.
April 5
For favorite foods, you love peanut butter sandwiches and will also choose to go to Cane's because of Cane Sauce. In all honesty you're a pretty good eater, although you've definitely picked up your Mommy's sweet tooth.
April 24
Again, I can hardly believe how big you've gotten. Especially now that you're about to start "big school." It's like a completely new chapter of your life that I'm not sure I'm quite ready for.
April 24
1 Month Old2 Months OldIMG_3341
1 Month ~ 2 Months~3 Months
4 Months ~ 5 Months ~ 6 Months
7 Months ~ 8 Months ~ 9 Months
IMG_414011 Months12 Months
10 Months ~ 11 Months ~ 12 Months
14 Months16 MonthsIMG_4546
14 Months ~ 16 Months ~ 18 Months
2 Years OldIMG_4963IMG_5104
24 Months ~ 2 1/4 Years~2 1/2 Years
2 3/4 Years ~ 3 Years ~ 3 1/3 Years
3 2/3 Years ~ 4 Years

Monday, February 24, 2020

2 3/4 (and 2 1/2) Years Update

2 1/2 Years Old
You're 2 3/4 years old!
2 3/4 Years Old
Which yes, means this is also your 2 1/2 years update.
February 9
February 16
You're 23 lbs and 2 oz (0%ile). It's an official weight since we were at the dr recently for an ear infection. Although it's the first you've had since you had tubes just over a year ago. You're wearing a mix of 12 and 18 month clothes. You're wearing size 8 shoes (although I think you technically can squeeze into your old 6s.) We actually just started potty training and you're doing pretty good. But before that you were wearing 2T pull-ups.
February 23
You have become such a character. You've developed this evil mastermind-type laugh, that I can't quite get over. You want to do everything your sister is doing, which I guess has been a common theme. In addition to calling her Kay-Kay which you've done for a while now, you've also started to call her Sissy.
March 3
Food is still a struggle, in that if your not hungry you just won't eat. But we can normally count on you to eat hamburgers, chicken, burritos, or cheese. But I will say at your last appointment, you had the highest percentile in weight since you were just a couple of month old.
March 17
After seeing your big sister go to party after party, you finally got to go to one of your own. You had a blast at the park at O's party playing with your friends from school O, KA, and P.
April 22
April 24
You got a tool bench for Christmas which is one of your favorites. You love to pick up tools and go around fixing things. You've even corrected me a few times when I haven't named the tool right. You're still obsessed with tractors and lawn mowers, although construction equipment is pretty up there too. Any time we're driving around you're quick to spot any equipment we drive by.
May 3
You do love playing in the play kitchen mixing stuff up. We actually bought you a train table for Christmas, and while we may not like playing with it that much, you do love destroying it. Other favorites are playing "mobiles" (Playmobils) or board games.
May 25
You are constantly non-stop, on the go. It can definitely be difficult for you to calm down and listen, but it's a work in progress. You're just a crazy and wild bundle of energy. It's hard to believe what a little person you've turned into.
July 7
Here's a comparison with your sister at 2 1/2 Years and 2 3/4 Years.
2 1/2 Years
2 3/4 Years
Birth Story
1 Month ~ 2 Months ~ 3 Months
4 Months ~ 5 Months ~ 6 Months
7 Months ~ 8 Months ~ 9 Months
10 Months ~ 11 Months ~ 12 Months
14 Months ~ 16 Months ~ 18 Months
20 Months ~ 22 Months ~ 24 Months
2 1/4 Years