Friday, April 29, 2022

High Five for Friday (4.29.22)



Last week Tom and I went on TWO dates: a lunch date to Mad Taco and a dinner date to the ISEN Department Gala. Though we've had plenty of at-home movie nights, gone on many long walks around our neighborhood, and made quite a few couples drives to Lowe's to buy more mulch, our last true date was pre-pandemic and on our anniversary in January it was about time we started going out again. I sure do like staying in, but on occasion it's fun to change out of our athleisure wear (me) and tie dye shirts (him) in favor of a dress and suit.

With our friends Eric and Irma...this is the
only picture we took between the two dates. 😂


My babies are getting so big! (Well, one of my babies is already really big, one of my babies is already big, and one of my babies is trying to get big.) These three are so sweet, all in different ways. I feel particularly attached to them given that we've had them for almost a month and how hard I've worked to help them grow from tiny rat babies into real live kittens. If you're local and want to come meet them, let me know!

The first time Adagio made it to the top of
their new (somewhat miniature) cat condo.

I mentioned last week how Adagio tells me he's done
eating by climbing in between my legs
. Bourree tells
me he's done eating by climbing on my back.

Every. Single. Time. I have the scratches to prove it...

Plie has needed lots of baths lately, and she likes
to snuggle up with us afterwards for warmth. Inside
Tom's sweatshirts might be her favorite place.

You can see how skinny (almost gaunt) her face
is here - she's rounding out much more nicely now! 

After a week in the bathroom and two weeks enclosed 
in the playroom, we're starting to let the babies out into
the rest of the house. Adagio went first (most in control
of his bowels), and he LOVED studying with Will.

Bourree went second (after proving he was fully in
control of his bowels as well), and while he didn't love
studying, he did love climbing all over everything.

Hopefully Plie's turn to experience the wonder that is Will's room is coming!


Saturday included a difficult start - Morgan's Celebration of Life - but once we returned to College Station we tried to appreciate the day's activities and experiences in her honor and memory. In addition to a ballet rehearsal and pointe class, we had a fun (for daughters and moms) birthday party at Urban Air and an enjoyable evening watching older dance friends perform in the Strutters Spring Showcase.


Will got his first disc golf ace! The course - in San Marcos - is set up kind of like miniature golf for disc golf, in that every hole is "gimmicky" (Tom's description), so Will sent me pictures "explaining" how it happened:

Teeing off.

The disc hit the ground at just the right spot so that
when it started rolling, it went up that narrow ramp...

...and had enough power to keep rolling up...

...until it shot off the end of the ramp...

...and into the basket!

My boys were THRILLED. It was an exciting accompishment for him!


Happiness Highlights

A couple of beautiful moments from Saturday morning... 
If you look closely, you can see that every tree along the road to
the church and Morgan's elementary school wore a blue ribbon.

And after the celebration of life, they served her
favorite foods: hot dogs with ketchup, pickles...

...canned shoestring potato fries, Oreos, Skittles, and Cherry Coke.
These are some of my kids' favorites as well, as we had (and still have)
them often when Will was little because they're all allergy friendly.

Ferguson defied the odds and
made it to his first birthday.

I LOVE this picture of my parents and
my nephew, Carter, at his soccer game.

Happy weekend, friends!

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Until We Meet Again

On Saturday morning, Hallie and I - along with hundreds of others - said goodbye to Morgan. I can't - nor do I want to - go into great detail here, but I will say that her Celebration of Life was heartbreaking and heartwarming, horrible and beautiful, painful and healing...all at the same time. Rest in peace and fly with the angels, sweet girl. We will see you again.

On Easter Sunday and nearly four months after his death, we said our final goodbyes to Tux. We opened his ashes, and each of us - with tears in our eyes - spread a handful around our newly planted "Tux's Tree". Rest in peace, big buddy. We will see you again.

Friday, April 22, 2022

High Five for Friday (4.22.22)

When it's dark, look for stars.

We're looking...


Happy birthday, Hallie! She enjoyed two sweet celebrations with her dance friends (one with her birthday buddy, Abby) in the days prior, and then had a simple yet lovely birthday. The additional celebrations we had planned felt different than we had intended, but Hallie and I went ahead with our joint haircut/color appointments and shopping trip and then she had her besties over for dinner, an outdoor movie, and a sleepover.

Hallie and I walked (after attempting to bike and discovering
that my bike tire had a hole in it) to the donut shop for breakfast.

My first attempt at the watercolor frosting technique.


The picture of Hallie blowing out her candles and
these wrestling pics are the only ones I took. Proof
the night happened, and that these relationships are
good for Hallie's heart and soul. 


On Hallie's birthday we hosted a sprinkle - to celebrate the impending arrive of baby #2 - for one of Hallie's dance teachers. 

Hallie made it to the diapering finals, where
good fun was had by all...except maybe the babies.

Their winning crawling, diapering,
bib-attaching, bottle-drinking team.

Sweet friends.

Congratulations, Ms. Christi!


I'm extraordinarily grateful that while the Ballet Babies have given me quite a few new gray hairs and required me to get up at 3am every night for nearly three weeks, they're (s...l...o...w...l...y but surely) heading in the right direction. They are ridiculously adorable, and tremendously social and friendly - all three are going to make amazing pets when they're ready to be adopted in a few weeks.

This is what meal time looks like.

It's a mess...five times a day (including
at 2:30/3am - I'm tired), times three kittens.

They don't eat well on their own yet - they lack focus - so I sit
in their enclosure and "help" them eat enough. (I do so in a variety
of ways. Another post...) When they finally finish and I've wiped
them down with baby wipes (see the photos above), they climb
onto my lap and snuggle. It's amazing.

Adagio has decided that the hole between my legs is
the best spot to snuggle, and he's willing to fight for it.


It's like King of the Mountain,
except the Mountain is Erin's Lap.


Happiness Highlights

While driving to soccer, Will and I listened to one of his playlists.
The songs he'd chosen were excellent...except for this one. We had a
good laugh about how/why he wanted this throwback to elementary
school background music on a playlist (it sounds like something used
to drive someone crazy by playing it over and over and over again).  

My new Easter door decor - thanks, Mom!


They're beautiful! Not very tasty though...

The kids and I played in the sprinklers - football, basketball,
disc golf, and obstacle courses - for more than an hour after
Tom worked on them. I shouldn't do obstacle courses anymore...

That's all I've got this week, friends. Working my way back to five.