Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Stuff you didn't even know you were wondering about . . . .

Just to bring you up to speed on some of the goings-on I have reported earlier . . . . all of this is totally in random order because that's how my brain works.

1. So -- the oldest girl chose a Homecoming dress:

Although both on this blog and in person most adults voted for either dress #4 . . .

. . . or dress # 6 . . .

. . . she had her heart set on dress #3. In a completely surprising turn of events, her father did NOT have a coronary when he saw a picture of the dress. Instead, he merely commented, "she's not five years old any more, is she?" So -- dress #3 it is. Now, on to shoes and jewelry.

2. In related news, the orthopedist who set her broken wrist thrilled the oldest girl when he informed her that her fresh fiberglass cast can be painted with acrylic paint. She is contemplating either silver, or black with a very tasteful dusting of glitter. So that will totally complete the Homecoming ensemble. [Terrible photo due to the whip-fast hands of the quasi-sexy doctor. Little crush here -- just being honest.]

3. The tall boy is on the road to recovery. I cannot thank you enough for all of your support, prayers, and good wishes -- please, keep 'em coming! And as a Catholic Christian, can I just say "thank you, thank you!" to anyone who so much as killed a chicken in her backyard on his behalf? I should post a sign: "ALL PRAYERS WELCOME HERE."

Now he has to regain his strength, wean himself from the Vicodin, follow up with his pulmonologist, and -- the scariest part -- make up all of the school work he has missed. He's plotting how best to milk his infirmity without actually missing out on anything fun. For example: making up ten days worth of Calculus homework -- entirely too taxing for his poor, poor lung. Going to play practice (he was cast in the lead in the fall play): good exercise for the lung -- all that projecting, you know.

And here's an exercise he hates, hate, hates. He has to blow on the doodad, or suck on the doodad, or something, until it measures 3500 whatevers on the little measuring cup thingie on the side. It's hard and a little emotionally stressful, since he feels he should be able to accomplish this easily -- and he can't. Remembering that he is seventeen years old, and that everything in his life thus far has come easily to him, my heart breaks just a little bit every time he struggles with this.

4. And my youngest urchin continues to shine her sunshiny smile on all of us. She is a free spirit like I only wish I could be -- and I hope that middle school doesn't suck the joy out of her. So far -- she is kicking middle school's ass!


  1. Okay, I'll try to keep my comments in order so that they make sense.

    1. Love the dress! It's similar to what my son's girlfriend wore to their Homecoming dance.

    2. Painting the cast is genious! Black with some silver glitter sounds very chic to me!

    3. Wonderful news that Tall Boy is recovering! I've got a 16 year old son, so I know how hard it is to get them to complete missed school work. And, really, is it anywhere near as important as texting your friends?

    That breathing machine thingy (5th Sister is a respiratory therapist, I apologize to her for not knowing the correct name of the device!) was frustrating for my husband after his lung surgery, too. I think he had a special name for it.....

    4. May your youngest urchin continue to kick middle school's ass!

  2. It's Suck, Suck, Suck, Liz! I should know. I play a respiratory therapist in real life. Wow! A lead in the fall play? My daughter (who has Broadway dreams)would be very jealous.

  3. I like the dress your daughter chose. She will totally rock the painted and be-glittered cast.

  4. Lots of prayers your way for the continued recovery of your lil' chillin's. The Homecoming dress ordeal reminds me of some of the dresses I picked, much to my mom's chagrin, back in the day. At least we're out of the pastel taffeta and sequin era! BTW, I gave you an award on my blog: http://tinyurl.com/yfb82bo

    Warm regards, Jenn @ rookno17.blogspot.com

  5. I'm thrilled she chose the same one I chose for her. I'm sure I carried a tremendous amount of weight in her decision:) LOL Anyhoo...looks like your posse is on the mend. 3 cheers...Holly at lifelaughlatte.blogspot.com

  6. The dress is too cute..and the cast painted and accessorized will be fantastic. Glad Tall Boy is on the mend. Hope the youngest urchin continues to kick middles schools ass!

  7. I promise that no actual chickens (or other fowl) were harmed during our...shall we say?...prayer circle.

    Don't rat me out to Frs. Meng & Searby!


  8. Just caught up on the Tall Boy's scary lung, but had to chuckle at the text messaging.

    When you take a Homecoming pic of your daughter, get the shoes in the pic!