Monday, July 28, 2008
Almost all of the crop attendees: The lovely ladies I work with:
We rarely see each other in person, yet we instantly connect and hilarity ensues. Such a strange thing, this Internet community. We know so many intimate details about virtual strangers. It makes it so easy to gather and work incredibly well together, as if it were a daily occurrence. Thank you, ladies (both Team members and DSP community), for a FABULOUS weekend! I can't wait for the next one!
Saturday, July 26, 2008
We've had some great focus groups with Adobe product designers, a presentation from a Wacom project manager, and tutorials from DSP designers. Oh, and did I mention there was dancing?
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Saturday, July 19, 2008
And then proceeded to vomit for the rest of the night.
Oh, and did I mention that I decided to join in on the excitement? Yup. A good twelve hours of vomiting, followed by another 24 or so of mostly unconsciousness, equals quality family time! Emma's doctor diagnosed probable Rotavirus, a thrilling blend of nausea and exhaustion. So, Jason's two and a half days off were filled with keeping [ahem] buckets emptied & clean, keeping George occupied, and keeping food smells away from Emma & me. Fun times!
I've felt better since yesterday afternoon, but Emma is just now (Saturday afternoon) emerging voluntarily from the bedroom to eat a bite or two. (Literally, just a bite or two. She ate NOTHING yesterday and maybe three grapes the day before. She weighs less than 40 pounds. Need I mention that I've been a bit stressed about her blood sugar levels?)
So, Jason is gone for a month after caring for (and possibly being infected by) two very sick girls. But, oh, am I grateful he was here!
As I start to reclaim the house, catch up on chores, and, oh yeah, prepare for my trip next week, I thought I'd leave you with a wonderful time waster. Enjoy!
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Her class, the little red-head next to her is her new buddy. He has a ever-present wide grin and reminds me so much of my nephew. They giggle through the entire class while his mom and I chat. They'll be going to VBS together later in the summer, a happy coincidence!
Trying to coordinate kicking, using "big arms", and coming up for air every third stroke. Not easy, but she's still smiling!
scene: Me, outside pulling swimsuits and towels off the clothesline. George, standing in the doorway, watching and playing with the door.
George: Bye, Mommy!
Me: George, if you lock me out, so help me, I'll sell you on Ebay!
Monday, July 07, 2008
Most of the photos from that point on are pretty dark and blurry, but I got a couple that I liked:
We did some fun spinning, jumping, colorful, noisy fireworks, too, but my hands were too busy being held over Emma's ears to get any pictures. (By the way, fireworks are legal in Oregon, no laws were broken in the making of this blog post.)
After we were done, we all went upstairs to watch fireworks from our living room window that looks over the city. A spectacular evening for all of us.
We won't mention the tantrums due to a-severe-change-in-routine-and-lack-of-sleep we dealt with the next morning. Nope, not one word.
Friday, July 04, 2008
Thursday, July 03, 2008
So far, it's a bit rough, but I think that the lack of schedule is most to blame. Yesterday saw all of us crying at some point (yes, including me) and a lot of screaming, pouting, whining, and fighting. (Really, just the crying and a bit of shouting from me, I promise!) But that's okay. I learned a lot from yesterday. And this morning, I signed Emma up for swimming lessons that start next week. And made sure everything was in order for George's summer school that starts up next week. And planned lots of activities to get us through today.
Busy. We will stay busy.
Other than scheduling, the other difficulties we're encountering are George's reactions to stress and change, and our eating habits. George reverts back to his old habits of physical violence when he's stressed. Lots of hitting and pulling Emma's hair. No fun, but we're working on it. And the kids' eating habits haven't changed all that much, but I'm finding myself eating a lot of cereal or cheese & crackers. It's so not worth it to cook a full meal for only me. Going to have to plan on making double batches of everything when Jason's home, so that I'll have leftovers available during the week. I'm really looking forward to the full spaghetti dinner with salad I have planned for tonight. Yum!
Sorry there aren't any pretty pictures to share today. My camera has been dead since last week, just got new batteries today. Plus, my hands have been pretty full keeping kids separated!