Wednesday, September 24, 2008

less monday, more Jack

My kids are the greatest! Really, when things are difficult, they do indeed impress me. With the power and cable out for a good portion of last week, they didn’t complain, they read, played games and rode their bikes, keeping busy. B got his drivers license on Saturday although he hasn’t soloed yet, and I am not really going to push it. H has a bad cold and missed school on Monday and Tuesday. Jack got shots on Monday and K skipped school. All in all, things could have been ugly, but they were all really good. We are doing some extra things to get ready for the fall, cutting fire wood, oil changes for the car and putting away the pool. I am mentally getting ready for license class and am starting another blog to give me a “vent path” for this ordeal. The picture of Jack with the hat is what he wore to Mass on Sunday and the ones from Monday are him playing in the water dish in the kitchen. The new thing VIDEO!! Jack crawling in the living room from a couple of aspects. Enjoy

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Ike and stuff

It was an uneventful week, until Sunday evening. Mother-in-law (MIL) was visiting and I was getting ready to start the midnight shift. K and B had gone to Youth group and H/mil were watching Jack, when I went to take a nap. When my alarm went off, it sounded like all hell had broken loose. Tropical storm Ike had arrived. Power was unreliable at the house and as I left, K told me to watch for downed trees. It took me almost an hour to go the ten miles to the plant because of traffic and backtracks to avoid downed trees. The only places on the PA side of the border that I could see that had power were the two plants on the river. No trouble at the plant and the grid was amazingly stable. The only bad thing going on was that the Cable was down, hence no Jack on Monday. I got tired of waiting and uploaded him at work for your enjoyment. The two pictures show him moving toward the camera under his own power and I am going to try to figure out how to shoot video on the camera so that you can see him in action. Enjoy!!

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

a buisy weekend

We had a busy week and weekend. I worked both days and K had quite a bit of homework. We are all adjusting well to the new schedule of work and school. I picked Jack up and he fell asleep while going to get H at the bus stop. He is so cute. Also included is a fresh picture of H and I. Enjoy

Thursday, September 4, 2008

no excuse, seriously

I’m back on daylight shift for a while and this week has been wonderful so far. I have been coming home each day, after picking up Jack and H, taking a swim and cooking dinner. Then we do some dishes and other chores and play with Jack and the others. Jack is doing well at the babysitters, a surprise to me, and he is cutting teeth and fighting off a stomach bug, still smiling. The students are doing well, although there is much complaining and grouching about homework, getting up early, not having enough free time and the like. We are making advanced plans for cooler weather by cutting some firewood, moving stuff around in the garages for winter parking and putting the van in the basement garage temporarily. I don’t want my yard to look too redneck. Enjoy the pictures I will try to get some of the others up soon.