Monday, August 10, 2009


Not much to say lately. Last week was terribly stressful and emotional, and although I'm glad to have it behind me, this week is an "on-chemo" week for M, so there's that. He's sitting at the doctor's office as I type this, no doubt with the IV dripping into his vein.

What else?

~ Only 3 weeks of summer break left. Holy crap. As always, as summer break draws to a close, I have mixed feelings. Relief about the upcoming structure and routine, which my kids really thrive on, and also a little bit of dread of the upcoming structure and routine, as it does tend to be tiring.

~ Joey has become fairly obsessed with the piano and is teaching himself how to play. I kid you not. This kid is a prodigy, I tell you. He has this incredible musical ear, which I've long suspected is in some way tied into his mathematical brain, which we discovered when he was still a toddler. Anyway, he can now play part of the theme song from Harry Potter, Mary Had a Little Lamb, part of Somewhere Over the Rainbow, part of the theme song from Gremlins . . . and I don't even know what else. And he taught himself, merely by listening to these songs and figuring out the notes himself on the piano. This kid scares me.

~ I have discovered the joys of audiobooks. Not that what I'm currently listening to is so great (Twilight), but wow, what a great way to pass the time when doing housework, out walking, driving, whatever! I should be able to get in twice as much "reading" now!

~ Discovered this weekend that Lilah, not quite 3 years old, and Annabelle, not quite 5 years old, weigh exactly the same: 29.5 pounds. Lilah is shorter, so built quite bit more . . . err, sturdy. Daisy, Annabelle's twin, is thin but a couple inches taller than Annabelle and weighs a few pounds more. I have this sneaking suspicion that Lilah is going to pass both of them up and then beat the crap out of them ;)

~ This Friday evening I have a date with some galpals to go see The Time Traveler's Wife. Can't wait. Loved the book. Stay tuned for a review :)


Mom of 2- Ottawa said...

Joey is a prodigy! My 17 yr old son is alot like Joey- He is starting engineering at University
in a few weeks and is very talented musically and mathematically. I wonder were it will bring Joey in the future!

Sheryl Banning said...

Can you get a little clip on video of Joey playing the piano? I'd love to see him in action.

Anonymous said...

I was feeling slightly broken today, then I found your blog. My father is battling cancer and I have moved home to help him. Your blog made me feel not so alone. Thank you for that. What a wonderful family you have. All my love and prayers to you and yours.

Jen said...

Joey must get his musical talent from his dad...awesome!

So when are you going to do a post about Lilah? You don't seem to talk about her much, but I bet it's because she's your "easy" kid...isn't she? She seems pretty good-natured. But I want to hear more about her! What's she like? She's totally precious and adorable, even if she is going to beat up her sisters one day soon...

Eternal Lizdom said...

What a lovely comment from Anon...

I've been reading but not commenting much lately- sorry about that.

I want to know what you think of Twilight. I read 2 of the books.

And I just got a copy of The Time Traveler's Wife and am interested in reading it soon- it's about 3rd on my list right now.