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Do you hear what I hear?

Week two, day five of school…and Alyssa didn’t make it in. Not only did we bring back some of the Atlantic Ocean and Delaware Beach in our car and clothes and on our hair and skin, but Alyssa managed to get both water and sand in her ear. She doesn’t have an outright infection, but the foreign bodies in her ear canal have inflamed her middle ear and the tube that is connected to it. So, after this morning’s doctor’s appointment and a quick stop at the library, she spent the day at home, dealing with continuous ringing and popping sounds in her ear, as well as dizziness and nausea. Ick. Poor girl. There’s nothing to give her – the sand has to work its way out, so it’s just going to take a bit of time.

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Surf’s up!

Yesterday, because I’m apparently all about the cliches lately, I drove myself, my mother, my 16 year old brother, and Alyssa and Ryan to the shore. Our destination, Delaware Seashore State Park, took a little over three hours to get to, thanks to crazy Labor Day weekend traffic. The tide was high and rough, the sand seemed especially messy, but the kids had a great time, and I had a great time watching them. But 6+ hours of driving plus being on the go from 6am until nearly midnight after a crappy migraine on Saturday night really did a number on me – it’s currently just a little past 8pm and I’m quite happy to be going to bed soon. ;)



I hope you all had a great (long) weekend!

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Happy eighth Birthday, Kirin!

Kirin turned eight today. I always thought it was kind of cool that he is exactly one month younger than Ryan.




He sheds. He drools. He eats more than his fair share at the food trough (but will patiently wait for the others to finish first) – and has the body type to prove it. He likes to drag out all of the plastic shopping bags I keep under the kitchen sink (is this a thing? hoarding a plastic bag full of other plastic bags?) and frolic in them. He doesn’t really like sharing his personal space with the other cats – and growls if they get too close. Most people don’t even know he exists unless they spend a lot of time at our house, because it takes him a long time to warm up to people. He’s anxious (so much, in fact, that he even has his own prescription for anti-anxiety medication). And he’s more than a little neurotic.

But we love him anyway.

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My Third Grader & My Fourth Grader

First day of school!
First day of school!

School started yesterday. I promise, they were much more excited than they let on in these photos. The morning was a little rocky with Ryan, but I anticipated that and so I was up early and extra patient and accommodating. We were all ready to head out the door promptly at 8:15am. Alyssa couldn’t wait to get to class, as her teacher, Mr. B, is the same teacher she had in second grade. Ryan was very, very nervous about a new grade, a new classroom, a new teacher, and new classmates, and a current lack of a TSS; but last week’s Open House helped, since he had the opportunity to meet his teacher, tour his classroom, and see where he would be sitting at and who he would be sitting with. Still, there was a bit of chin-trembling when I walked him to the bus. :/ But, his teacher said he had a great day, and he was in a good mood yesterday afternoon.

This morning went a little better – possibly helped by these multi-colored spiky backpacks that Alyssa and Ryan are super-happy about. :)

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Backups are your friend

If there’s one thing I’ve learned in life, it’s this: always have a spare. Whether it’s a spare battery, USB cable, jumper cables (ask Dan about that one…), or drum beaters for your drums, the motto always have a spare will never do you wrong. At worst you’ll be carrying a little something extra with you. And at best? You’ll be damn glad you packed that spare. For drummers, spare beaters and pedals can mean the difference between the show going on as planned, or it going on without the accompanying drums, or it not going on at all.

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