Has it really been a month since I blogged? Yes, yes it has. And that month has been kind of insane:
A whirlwind trip to Utah to see Neal’s youngest brother, Skylar, after he returned from Spain (on a mission) and before he headed to Jerusalem (on a study abroad). It was a Call reunion of sorts. Here are a few of my favorite snapshots, including this one of Addison and Skylar getting reacquainted after two years.
And no trip to Utah would be complete without a visit to Addison’s “nice Grandma.”
A two-day getaway to check out the place that Neal and I are thinking of calling home in the near future.
Addison getting as sick as she’s ever been in her life, which, admittedly, is not that sick because she’s got something of an iron immune system, but involved some vomiting (again on my mother — have I mentioned that she has thrown up, or “gived up” as she is now calling it, on me and Neal only once in her life, but my mom about 7 or 8 times?) and diarrhea that made her sob (more out of confusion than anything else; I think she’s just used to pushing for days to get stuff out).
A Relief Society lesson (me). An Elders Quorum lesson (Neal). A couple of Activity Days. Another “viral” comic — Neal keeps telling me the Man-Cold is no joke, but 644 people (mostly women) who shared it on Facebook beg to differ.
Teaching 90 students in my two classes with one of them sending me daily emails about how she is NOT LEARNING and bored and unmotivated (all direct quotes, from the SECOND week of class. Seriously?). Our Larson family Christmas, culminating in a week of having my two nieces stay with us so that we could take them to Disneyland (annual pass officially expired, just in time, since Tuesday’s Disneyland adventure culminated in a migraine and vomiting for me).
But not as tired as I thought I might be and I’ve got a one-hour massage to look forward to on Friday.
This week with my nieces was instructive about what the future holds. Ayda is four and gave me the opportunity to hone my parenting skills before Addison gets there. For example, while watching Mulan, in particular the scene where Mushu talks about her “girly habits,” we had this conversation:
Ayda: Tia, what does habits mean?
Me: Habits are acts that you perform regularly.
Ayda: What does perform regularly mean?
Me: To do something continually.
Ayda: What does continually mean?
Me: It’s like . . . something you do every day, like brushing your teeth or combing your hair.
Ayda: Okay, but I’m trying to listen to the movie.
Note to self: Think of examples, not synonyms.
Double note to self: Don’t talk over jokes about biting butts; apparently that’s comedy gold to a 4-year-old.
It feels good to capture that little bit of what we’ve been up to. Although I have no idea what my blogging future holds, I did receive what I wanted from Neal for Christmas (after only 17 reminders!), so there should be at least a few more blog posts coming your way!
Up next: Forgiveness and restorative justice.