Friday, February 27, 2015

High Five for Friday (2.27.15)

1. This week was a tough one. I've been sick since last Friday, Tom missed a day and a half of work in the middle of the week because he felt under the weather, and Tux threw up so many times between Friday night and Monday afternoon that he needed a trip to the vet, blood work, fluids, and three different medications. I skipped four days in a row at the gym, which I've never done before other than when we've been traveling. My kids ate hot lunch four days in a row at school, which I've never let them do before but they loved. I'm behind on everything around the house and work-related, which I find particularly frustrating because I was behind on everything around the house and work-related last week and this week was supposed to be my catch-up week.
At least Hallie made me this sweet card.
But…we seem to be on the mend. Tom, Tux, and I are feeling better. I finally made it back to the gym yesterday morning, my kids carried homemade lunches to school with them today, and I hope to make a least a little progress around the house and on my writing this weekend. High Five!

2. Last Saturday morning, before I connected my body aches and pains to illness rather than pushing myself hard during my workouts last week, I attended an excellent Zumba master class at my gym. Our four instructors teach differently than one another, and this variation makes Zumba special events even more fun than regular classes because you never who or what to expect next. Shake it!

3. I don't usually post pictures of my boy's midterm karate graduations (when students pass from "recommended" to "decided" within one belt color) because they're less exciting than true karate graduations (when students pass from "decided" in one belt color to "recommended" in the next belt color). This picture is worth high-fiving over however, so it made it into today's post.

The height of Will's jump front kick shocked Tom and me, as did the fact that I actually managed to capture the kick on camera. It helped that Will did his routine twice, so I knew when the kick was coming the second time around. Awesome though, right?

4. You guys, this little buddy is just the best. (I'm referring to the cat, but I think the world of the little boy too.) Especially when he's not vomiting all over the house in the middle of the night when I'm sick. Throughout the last 30+ years I've "parented" four cats, none of which behaved as sweetly as Tux.

I worry that I post too many pictures of our newest family member in my High Five for Friday posts, so I've decided to consolidate my Tux photos into "Tuesdays with Tux" posts on - you guessed it - Tuesdays. I can't decide if going this route makes me more or less of a crazy cat blogger...

Anyway, if you like cats, pop on over on Tuesdays. If you don't like cats, skip Tuesdays. But really, why would you want to skip Tuesdays? Just look at that face...

5. Happiness Highlights:
Me, Tom, Will, and Hallie. When I asked Hallie why my torso was
larger than everyone else's she explained that I had a baby in there.
To be clear, I don't. But it's cute that she has babies on the brain. 
Next Hallie wrote a book about a baby in my tummy
(and a boy wearing a mask). Maybe this has gone too far...
While she was supposed to be tidying up the bathroom, Hallie used
everything not nailed down to build a "summer fun" scene that included a
swimming pool, double-decker diving board, water slide, water fall, sandy
beach, and lifeguard stand. Her creativity never ceases to amaze me.
The kids and I had plans to see McFarland, USA on Sunday afternoon,
but we bailed when I wasn't feeling well. Instead, Will and I watched
one of my all-time favorite sports movies, Miracle, at home.
Apparently Will's need for physical contact during tense real-life
sporting events
 surfaces during tense movie sporting events as well. 
While Will and I watched Miracle, Tom and Hallie painted their
toenails. Poor Hallie, her feet look EXACTLY like her daddy's,
and I'm not just talking about the polish colors and patterns.  
After he'd finished reading through his March issue of SI for Kids,
Will offered it to me in case I needed to "brush up" on my NCAA
basketball before the tournament starts in a couple of weeks.
In addition to that lovely Get Well Soon note above, Hallie also
made me a crown with flowing, blond locks.  It suits me, clearly.
Happy Friday, friends!

Linking up with High Five for Friday!


  1. there is nothing better than children's art. thanks for showing us 2 of Hallie's recent projects. glad to hear that you are feeling better, Erin.

  2. There's no such thing as too many cat pics on a H54F post:) What a sweet card, and congrats to Will! Celebrate every milestone. Also, I love your highlights (and as a Kentucky fan, I hadn't caught a pic of the SI Kids issue, but I love it!).

    Thanks for joining us for H54F:)