I can hardly believe I’m saying this, but Lex is prepping for high school! The 8th grade class went on a tour there yesterday, and tonight was “8th grade family night” at the high school. We met the principal and assistant principal, met some teachers, got some questions answered. All very crazy. And yet, we all feel ready. He is excited for it and I’m not nervous, which is a HUGE change from the elementary-to-middle school transition a few short years ago. He’s come a long way. At the tour yesterday they got a course catalog and a form to fill out to select their first semester classes. He’s hoping to take a 3D printing class and I’m hoping he tests out of Algebra I. Have I mentioned that math debacle this year? It was frustrating, but I think it will all turn out ok. I’ve been emailing with the high school math director and she has been super helpful. It was nice to put a face to the name tonight and for her to meet Lex. He also chatted with the high school band director and came away from that all excited to join pep band! He already does (and will continue doing) concert band and jazz band, now he’s excited for pep band too! Pep band plays at the home football games! That will bring a new element to our lives. :) I’m not thrilled with the way they handle the language program, but that’s a small concern. Lex is excited and that’s AMAZING! Before I know it my little guy will be in high school! (He’s not so little any more!)
The HMMS Spring Concert this year was great. Mostly Lex, of course. :) I love watching him on the drum. He’s such a neat kid.
Volume up. Enjoy!
I don’t remember any of the song names and he’s in bed now, so you’ll have to just guess. :)
Lot’s going on here, yet nothing that feels terribly blog-worthy. I have a few minutes while the kids are getting ready for bed, so here are a few things from the past week (or few). I just took a spin through my phone gallery for inspiration. :)
DBS PTO set up a mini-golf fundraiser again this year. It was even better than last year because I didn’t have to organize it or clean up! Whoo hoo! I did help set up on Thursday (no school Friday) because it was in the library and the parent volunteers needed help, but I didn’t have to plan the whole thing like I did last year!
Eve had no interest in playing, but the boys were happy to play a round!
I came home from school one day and found the cat had claimed a pot holder as her own. IF I FITS I SITS.
She also helped Eve decorate for Easter. :)Barnaby
We babysat Barnaby last weekend while his family was out of town. It was fun to have a dog around the house again. Eve loved the cuddles. Not so much the farts though! He’s a stinky boy! LOL.
I just realized that I never did a post for Lex’s spring concert. Oops. I’m going to put that in a post of it’s own right now. I love watching him in the drums!
The project for last weekend was a book report project. All year they’ve had to do “book talks” each month about a book they were reading. This month the teacher decided to mix it up and gave out a variety of options. Lex decided to do a book trailer about a Minecraft book. Eve chose the option of making a playlist of songs to describe the first Artemis Fowl book. She had a great video project started with images from the internet that resemble the characterless, but when she started looking for music she got frustrated with the difficulty in finding the songs she wanted in good quality, not remixed, and, of course, for free. Alan and I had a good laugh. We remember those days of downloading free music! She ended up just doing a poster for a different book.
Lex, on the other hand, perservered and made a really amazing book trailer! Alan helped by recording Lex playing the scenes in Minecraft, then Lex used WeVideo to put it all together, with sounds and voice overs. It came out great!
Round two of the science project update. :) Lex decided to make his 3D model Earth with a more traditional styrofoam. He wanted to make it nesting spheres, but after an extended visit to the craft store where they didn’t have exactly what he wanted and everything was very expensive, he decided on the standard cut-out.
I think it’s the epitome of a traditional middle school project, and it looked similar to many others that were presented that day, but he put a lot of work into it and was satisfied with the results. :)
The kids have had lots of school projects lately. Lots of homework in general! Two weeks ago it was all about making 3D models of the Earth. They each had grand ideas in mind, but ended up having to scale down for a variety of reasons.
Eve’s plan was a Jell-O/brownie Earth. She planned ot use brownies as the core, different colored Jell-O as the layers, and fondant as the crust, with fondant continents as well. It was a grand idea, for sure! Implementation was a little trickier. At first she wanted a full globe, but I talked her out of that. There’s no way Jell-O can support itself in a full sphere! She settled on a half-sphere. The next question was how to make perfect half-spheres in an layer-able way. We came up with this. Not exactly perfect, or even close to perfect, but she tried!
Then she baked some brownies for the inner core. The challenge came when we had to get the Jell-O out! There are some preventative measures we could have taken, but we didn’t, so it was all pretty stuck!
Things got a little messy with the final layer of Jell-O!
We discussed some salvage efforts, but she decided to just eat the Jell-O and make a paper project instead.
She decided to also make a slide show with these photos, so her teacher knows that she had bigger plans and the paper wasn’t her only idea. Eve used all the pictures I took along the way and added her own captions to the slide show. The teachers got a good laugh!
Drum lessons are over now so I’m just going to post this here and write another one (soon?) with Lex’s science project. Maybe I’ll get around to writing about their ELA projects from this week too. All are pretty cool.
I haven’t posted anything about my second trachea surgery here, that I can remember. I thought I should though, just for posterity and future reference. For the moment it’s over and done with.
Last spring I started experiencing shortness of breath and wheezing, like I had back in 2015/16. Instead of going through the whole process of x-rays, cat scans, asthma treatments, etc, I just went back to the ENT who fixed the problem in the first place! Actually, I went to my PCP first to get the needed referrals. My official PCP, a different doctor than I saw during the first round of all this, thought maybe the problem was caused by reflux. I told him I didn’t have reflux, just the occasional heartburn. He explained reflux and I said, “Ooohhh, yes, I guess I do have that!” He gave me the ENT referral, but also had my try Prilosec for two weeks. Guess what? No heartburn — at all! That was a nice two weeks. Unfortunately the damage was already done.
I went back to the ENT in November and he did the scope again, finding that yes, once again the scar tissue had built up in my subglottic area (just below the larynx) and was causing the wheezing and breathing problems. He said we should definitely do another surgery. I said, ok, but I don’t want a third, so how can we prevent this in the future?! He agreed that reflux is a likely cause and prescribed a longer duration anti-reflux med.
So I had the surgery again on February 8th. I intentionally scheduled it for the week before vacation so I could have two weeks off. I remembered that last time one week didn’t feel like enough (though when I went back and reread the post I realized I also went to a Lego League competition the day before going back to work, NOT the best idea!) This time I had a quiet week at home (with the except of Eve home sick one day, snow day another day, follow up appointments another day, etc) Then we went to Franklin over vacation so I was able to relax there too. That’s what I do best in Franklin! :)
I went back to work this week and I’m feeling pretty great. I can totally breath again! I can walk up stairs without feeling like I’m dying. I don’t sound like Darth Vader anymore. I got nice flowers and a get well card from my coworkers, so I sent out a thank you email and gave them all a quick overview of what’s going on. Since then so many have come to talk to me about it! People have said they thought I had asthma, or bronchitis, or emphysema! Geesh! I’m glad I cleared that up with everyone.
I’m currently taking reflux meds, but also changing my diet to reduce the reflux in the hopes that I don’t have to be on the meds forever. Now we wait and see if the whole thing comes back again after a few years. Fingers crossed it does not!
If you’re curious, here’s a good description of what’s going on.
Here’s a super detailed version of it with some gross pictures, and that article led me to another that might explain what I really have. I’m posting this mostly for my own reference, in case it comes back again in two years.
Anyway, that’s my story for this evening. It’s great to be able to climb stairs and read a full picture book without having to stop and catch my breath!
Eve was packing her lunch yesterday, as she does every day, and I happened to see this: I was laughing so hard. Obviously she wasn’t trying to take the whole box, she just set it there while getting a smaller container from the drawer, but it looked so funny I had to take a picture.
Later that same day I had lunch duty and I saw a girl with this for lunch:
Again, so funny! I showed her the picture of Eve’s lunch and asked if I could take a picture of her lunch too. She said these were cookies that teachers had ordered, not really her lunch. Still, funny!
We’ve have a big, empty wall in the mudroom that I’ve been thinking about how to fill. I’ve come across mirrors and signs in stores that I kind of like, but don’t love. It suddenly occurred to me last week that I want to put a large canvas photo there. The silly thing is that the idea was in my head while we were building the house, I could envision it and everything, but then forgot. D’uh! So now I’m on the hunt for the perfect photo. Something with depth, something with water (not sure why, but I feel drawn that way), and something with fun memories. I’ve been exploring the blog trying to find that “just right” photo. Here are some ideas. I’m not sure they’re perfect though.
Or maybe this one. No water, but yellow and green. Might look nice in the mudroom.
The point of this post really is that I’ve been loving my blog lately. :) So glad I started and maintained it, even if not always regularly. I love going back and seeing the old pictures. The kids as babies and toddlers, of course, but also me and Alan, and everyone else! I love reading the posts. Sometimes I was happy, other times I was grumpy, and sometimes, the good ones, I was deep and insightful. I love it!
I was going to post a few more fun pictures that I’ve come across, but there are just so many adorable pictures I can’t decide. I’d end up reposting all of them! Well, most of them. They’re not all nostalgia repost worthy! :) So you’ll have to go back and find your own adorable pictures to reminisce about. Or not. Whatever makes you happy.
Lex’s school participates in a District Band event where selected students from 25 different schools come together for two days of musical fun. This year Lex auditioned and was selected to attend. He was thrilled! The event was all day yesterday (he got to miss school!) and today, with a final performance for family and friends this afternoon. It was a long drive (apparently a big district!) but we had fun and definitely enjoyed the music!
The high school band performed first and they were fantastic!! I didn’t record much of their performance, but I loved these golden bongo drums and wanted to share.
Then the middle school band was up. Lex played the bass drum for the first song, the symbols in the second and third songs, and the castanets in the fourth song.
We had to stop and charge the car on the way home, so we invited Macy to join us for dinner. Macy was also in the band. She plays trombone! We had a loud and silly ride home, with a stop to recharge us (pizza) and the car (electricity) on the way.