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The Sunday Somethings, 08sep13

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

Something I’m thinking: If I don’t write this thing now, I’ll never be able to catch up with the things the kids are doing.

Something happening around the house: The cleaners are coming tomorrow for the first time in a month since we were on vacation when they were supposed to come last time. That means we have more than the usual amount of cleaning to do for the cleaners.

Something I’m reading: I read the Dry Grass of August, Hissy Fit, and Shanghai Girls. I’m almost finished with Old Man’s War. None of these are for book club, and I’ll need to read October’s book before too long. It’s been a while since I’ve read a book club book!

Something Gabe is reading: Gabe is reading Dust. He can’t seem to get too excited about it. He finished Shogun.

Something I’m watching: The fall tv shows are about to start! We recorded the new Survivor season premiere and hope to watch it tonight. We have some other shows on our radar.

Something I’m playing: While we were in Kentucky, we played Pandemic and Password. At That Board Gaming Thing, I played Carcassonne: Hunters and Gatherers, Smash Up, Hanabi (4 times), Escape: The Curse of the Temple (5 times), May Day May Day, Mascarade, Terra Mystica, The Resistance, Augustus, Santiago de Cuba, Shadows Over Camelot, Revolution!, Tick Tock Woodman (6 times), Key Market, Fische Flippen Frikadellen, Times Up (once with the 5th charades flip side round and once with the 4th freeze round and 5th charades flip side round), The Castles of Burgundy, Castle Panic, Felix: The Cat in the Sack, Forbidden Desert, La Boca (twice), Pluckin Pairs (twice), Tichu, and Wurfel Bohnanza. Whew! Gabe played Bora Bora, Trains, Space Cadet’s Dice Duel, King of Tokyo, Biblios, Spyrium, and maybe some others.

Something I’m creating: Nothing. I want to get back to the photobooks, but I’m having a hard time catching up from our vacation, TBGT, and being sick.

Something about both kiddos: We went to Cincinnati and Kentucky during the week of Labor Day. Highlights included the Reds baseball game (kids did great!), seeing Gabe’s dad and sister’s family at Entertrainment Junction (the kids will probably tell you their favorite part was playing in the mud), a big bonus fireworks show, playing in the fountain at Fountain Square, Graeter’s ice cream, touring the Hilton Netherland Plaza and Carew Tower, and our nice room at the hotel. Gabe’s parents joined us for the baseball game, and Gabe’s mom spent some time with us and stayed in the hotel on our last night. We took a tour of where Daddy grew up which was a fun trip down memory lane for him. Kentucky highlights included the horse park, the arboretum and children’s garden, visiting with Gabe’s parents/nephew/sister, bubble tea, surprising Heidi with an early birthday cake, and Maddie and Grandma getting twin Love Cats t-shirts. Things have been a little crazy since we got back from the trip. We had That Board Gaming Thing this past weekend, and this year my parents and sister came to watch the kids while we stayed in the hotel all weekend. That was great! We’re still trying to catch up from all the madness and have a little more craziness left this month.

Something Maddie is doing (5.5 years old): Maddie enjoyed her second week of art camp before we left for our trip, and she put on a cute art show. I’m so impressed with how her art is evolving. She’s been branching out from stick figures (well, sorta, they are now stick figures with more features and clothes). She’s been drawing tons of flowers, beach scenes, butterflies, fancy cakes, hearts, and houses. She nearly filled two full sized notebooks while we were on our week vacation with drawings. She did a lot of drawing while we were riding in the car. When we got back from the trip, Maddie had two days of track out before going back to school. We wanted to see how she would do with staying home while Daddy tried to work. Next time, she’s definitely doing some kind of camp! Grandma gave her a fancy, twirly UK skirt while we were in Kentucky, and she made all of us happy with her happy twirling in it. She was also very excited to get a UK hat like Daddy. She’s starting to bring home some more interesting work from school, and she’s starting to tell us more about what she’s learning. The transition back to school has been a little rough, but it’s better than we expected. She mostly doesn’t want to get out of the car in the morning. She seems to be doing fine with the school day, though.

Something Cullen is doing (3.5 years old): Before we went on the trip, Cullen had wet his bed a few times. Since we were worried about this happening in the hotel, we decided that he would wear pull ups at night. We knew it would be a little bit of a risk for regression since he hasn’t worn pull ups in a while. As it turns out, it caused not only regressions in his daytime pottying, but it created a rash. Poor guy just was diagnosed yesterday with a strep rash mostly in his underwear area (but it had been spreading to random places all over his body). Hopefully the antibiotic will clear that all up. Until recently, I didn’t even know that a strep rash like that was a “thing” – I only associated it with strep throat. Aside from one odd incident at school, he seems back on track with pottying. He has been wetting his bed some, but hopefully that will continue to improve. Cullen continues to be our funny kid. While we were in Kentucky, Grandpa was teasing him. Cullen looks straight at him and says, “Grandpa, that may be funny to you, but it is NOT funny to me.” Also, when he was walking into the horse park, he said, “I’m walking in like a man!” He also informed us that the old horse shoe that he got from the farrier used to be on a horse but had to be taken off because now the horse is a statue. On the way home, he entertained us with a chant about lighting and thunder after telling us that his whole body was an angry storm cloud and that his hands could shoot storms. You never know what he’s going to say next.

Something I am struggling with: Getting caught up…this is the last time that we’ll go on a week long trip right before TBGT! That was just too much…then we stayed up too late while at TBGT (guess we were a little crazy without the kids), and I caught some kind of con crud…then Cullen was diagnosed with this strep thing. I’m still not feeling better, and we just can’t seem to get anything done.

Something captured: If you don’t see the embedded video below, visit this link to see how Cullen entertains us in the car.