Monday, July 26, 2010
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Saturday, July 17, 2010
- Atticus's vocabulary is ever-expanding. Upon being placed in a new bed last week, he exclaimed, "Mama, this bed is horrible!"
- He's also trying to do his part to ensure that truth and justice dominate the household. Today brought the following declaration: "Norah is being naughty. She pinched Atticus. Norah, you go in time out!"
- Tonight I reminded Norah again that we don't hit people or animals and she replied, "But Mama, you hitted the bugs." It's true that I was swatting biting flies today on our walk. I didn't think she noticed and I never would have imagined that she would make the connection.
- Norah screamed and kicked when we tried to get her to try on two different outfits yesterday. However, when she saw a third outfit, she whipped off her old dressed, helped my mom and me get her into the new outfit, and then demanded to keep the new outfit on. I'm going to be in trouble during her adolescence.
- We went to the annual chicken barbecue at the Putnam fire station. Atticus fell asleep on the way there and kept requesting that we return him to the car so he could finish his nap.
- My parents have cable at Camp and I may be addicted to the Food Network now. It's almost enough to convince me that we should switch to cable for our internet.
Friday, July 16, 2010
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
The kids and I are visiting Kim and Dan in New Hampshire right now. We were just supposed to stay last night, but we're having so much fun that we are staying another day. Today, Kim, her sister-in-law, and I took our four kids to Boston Children's Museum. It was awesome and I really wish we had something like it closer to us at home. Favorite activities included washing babies in soapy water, disco dancing, playing in the huge sand and water tables, and a contruction exhibit. A good time was had by all.
Paul is now in Nelspruit, South Africa. He says all of the travelers are going through a bit of culture shock being back in a westernized country after being in Uganda.
Monday, July 12, 2010
Sunday, July 11, 2010
We went on a family boat ride down the lake and Atticus and Norah tried swimming off the boat for the first time near Pell's Point. They were fearless and enjoyed themselves immensely. They then immediately fell asleep on top of me on the boat ride home. At one point, we hit some huge waves that washed over the boat, dousing all of us quite thoroughly. Both kids just rolled over and fell back asleep. Changing bedrooms and not having a door to shut or bed big enough to share with Mama keeps them from sleeping and makes our lives hell, but soaking them with water isn't a problem. Go figure.
This afternoon when they were supposed to be napping, I was spying on the kids. They were both standing up in Norah's port-a-crib and had pulled everything off the dresser into her bed and opened it. There was one big box that they couldn't figure out, however, and I overheard Atticus say, "Stay here Norah. I going to go get the scissors." Just what we need... Tonight, they were back in their normal bedroom, and Norah fell right to sleep. Atticus didn't fuss or monkey around too much (thank heavens!), but at one point he was making noise and when I went up, he had found a wrench and was walking around trying to "fix" things.
I missed Paul's phone call today, but he left a message saying that they went on a riverboat safari. According to this website, Winston Churchill and Theodore Roosevelt both traveled through Murchison Falls National Park, and parts of The African Queen were filmed there. Paul said that they saw more elephants, hippos, giraffes, and antelope. I wonder if he's become jaded about those animals since they saw them yesterday too.
Saturday, July 10, 2010
I miss Paul terribly and was so happy to talk to him for seven minutes today. He is at Murchison Falls National Park in Uganda and has already seen wild elephants, giraffes, hippos, antelope, and warthogs. Tomorrow they will be going on a boat trip within the park and the next day will be devoted to looking for big game like lions while on safari. I am incredibly jealous and I really hope he's taking a lot of pictures.
P.S. I apologize to Atticus and will add some money to his therapy fund to cover the following entry. Today while he was on the potty, Atticus looked up at me and said, "Look at me Mama! I'm doing a good job on the potty. I am really listening to my vagina!"
Friday, July 9, 2010
To delay bedtime tonight, Norah kissed everyone at the house at least three times - including Uncle Eddie, Aunt Donna, Grandpa Terry, Nommie, Mama, Atticus, Gigi, and Kramer and Bailey, the two dogs. She kept breaking out of the house where she was supposed to be getting into her jammies and going to the other adults in search of immunity from bedtime.
I was out of the house having coffee with my friend Liz (a very special treat!) when Paul called today. According to my dad, the motorbike portion of the trip is over and Paul is still in one piece. For some reason, I was very concerned about the motorbikes, so this is a weight off my mind. I believe that the travelers leave tomorrow for a wildlife park. I'll post a little more about what I know then.
Thursday, July 8, 2010
My mom very nicely found a popsicle in the freezer for Atticus, but then Norah had a tantrum because she wasn't given a popsicle. Apparently, it didn't seem fair to her.
I heard from Paul briefly this morning. He is still in Gulu and enjoying his experience.
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
It is even hotter here on Lake George than it was in the Midwest. The water is actually warm and the kids had a wonderful time swimming. Atticus started putting his head underwater last week and is now almost swimming. It's pretty awesome for someone who is self-taught and barely three-years-old.
I missed Paul's two telephone calls today by minutes. One came while we were on a plane, the other while we were in the water. I'm really, really, bummed about this. I don't know if we've ever gone three days without really talking and I'm missing him a ton.
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Today we went to visit Atticus and Norah's cousins, including new baby V. Paul has our camera, so I'm limited to pictures from my phone. Atticus and Norah were completely uninterested in V (who is teeny-tiny and darling and hardly made a peep while we were there - even when her siblings and cousins accidentally sprayed her with water), although they did make it a point to yell at cousin M when she was on my lap because I'm their mommy, NOT hers. Something tells me that when the next adoption goes through, we may have a little bit of sibling jealousy to work through.
The big news at the cousins' house is that Uncle John filled the sandbox with blue and green sand. Wow, that is some messy, messy stuff. It has all the qualities of sand (gets and sticks everywhere) with the added benefit of leaving blue and green dye everywhere and being super visible. The kids, of course, thought it was amazing.
Paul's mom had minor surgery and came through it just fine.
Paul called my cellphone while we were in Sam's Club buying a new air conditioner for our bedroom. I'm sure my complaints about broiling make those in Uganda want to play me the world's tiniest violins, but it has been awfully hot here and the kids have been sleeping in bed with me the past two nights. Paul will be delighted to hear that the new unit is small enough that I was able to carry it and install it myself, it works fine, and it cost (slightly) less than one hundred dollars. Anyway, he only had a minute to talk (they're still trying to find a method of calling that doesn't cost several dollars a minute), but he's there and he's safe. He says that so far, it looks a lot like Ethiopia except that Coke has sponsored all of the village signs instead of Pepsi which is the case in Ethiopia.
They flew into Kampala and were traveling today to Gulu.
Monday, July 5, 2010
- Paul left for Africa yesterday and I already miss him terribly. We haven't been away from each other for more than a few days at a stretch the entire time we've been married. Right now, two and a half weeks seems interminable.
- According to his itinerary, he's on a layover at Heathrow Airport in London right now and should be arriving in Kampala, Uganda shortly after midnight our time tonight (7:45 a.m. Uganda time).
- The fireworks last night were a huge hit. I hadn't planned on letting the kids stay up, but it was too noisy for them to ignore. They crowded around the window of our bedroom until nearly midnight (!) oohing and aahing over every single firework.
- Atticus keeps setting the timer and telling me that when it goes off we'll fly on an airplane.
- Atticus and Norah both get up in the morning and immediately ask, "Where's my brother/sister?"
- We regularly find them with their arms around each other chanting "Best friends!"
- They've eaten all the raspberries, blueberries, and strawberries off of my plants - including the berries that weren't anywhere near ripe. Seeing their joy in doing it, however, has totally made the gardening efforts worth it.
- Norah stood next to the garden yesterday shouting, "Hurry! Grow! I want to eat you!" at the corn.
- I routinely remind them not to poo-poo in the pool when we go. Now Atticus has started attaching this warning to every place we visit. "Remember, no pooping in the library!"
- We've been walking past their new school every morning. A new building is being constructed and, since we've told them they won't start school until after Norah's birthday, the kids have decided that the new school is Norah's birthday present. Atticus reminds us that we can't go poo-poo in the school.
- Our upstairs air conditioner went on the fritz yesterday, right in time for Paul to leave the country and the local temperature to reach the 90's. I'm feeling very tempted to surprise my husband with newly-installed central air when he gets home. Luckily, the kids and I will be leaving for the lake soon, so I won't have to spend too much time resisting the temptation to drain our bank account. One disadvantage of living in an old house is that installing central air would require a lot of updates in our duct work.
- I cut Atticus's hair by myself this morning and it actually looks pretty good. The trick was remembering to run the clippers against the grain of his hair.