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April 5, 2013

Getting back in the saddle . . .

Two months! I think that’s the longest silence since that first year of “blogging” when I only vaguely understood what a blog was. You can infer at least two things from this drought: (1) teaching two online classes has kept me busy and (2) I’ve been sleeping at night!

That said, this week my allergies have given me grief so I’ve been awake between 4:30 and 6:00 a.m. many days. I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to blog a bit, but it turns out it’s harder to get back in the saddle than I expected. I was trying to jump into some heavy self-reflection, which used to tumble right out of me, but today it felt more like pulling teeth. I guess I’m out of practice, having had to somewhat muzzle that voice in my head in order to plow through the semester.

In an effort to ease back in to things, then, I offer instead a semi-ordered list of recent happenings.

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THIS! This, my friends, is Addison’s poop chart. FINALLY covered in stickers. All it took was a complete overhaul of her diet. How do you think your digestive system would respond to this DAILY diet, which she was on for two solid weeks before we saw any action:

  • Fiber cereal
  • 12 ounces prune juice
  • Laxative, adult dosage
  • Beans
  • No/limited dairy

Yuck, right? Her pediatrician says it’s no biggie because “she can be on a laxative every day for the rest of her life and it won’t hurt her.” But personally, I’m a little unnerved by the fact that my very small child needs that much assistance to do a basic bodily function. On the bright side, at least she’s doing that bodily function on the toilet now.

For maybe the first time ever, I actually got my taxes filed in February. It turns out that a sure-fire way to make doing taxes super easy is to earn only $3,700 in a year!

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On March 20, Neal and I officially went on the best date ever. It was a long time coming — 8 years to be exact — but the Banff Mountain Film Festival was worth the wait! We were first supposed to catch the festival way back in March of 2005, but for reasons beyond my control, I stood him up. (Also, I cried about standing him up though it wasn’t even a proper date; although I had only known him a short time, I think I already had a strong sense that any day not spent with him was a bit sad.)  We tried again in 2006, but it was hard, living in different states and all. On the day he proposed in 2007, he already had tickets but I decided vomiting would be more exciting. We tried again each year we were in Utah, but little things always seemed to come up — like giving birth to Addison, for instance. So obviously, on the drive to this showing, I was sure we would get hit by another truck. But we didn’t! And it was fantastic! If you like mountain culture and sport, Australian mates walking across Antarctica, or small dogs, this would be right up your alley!

Also in March, Neal was spotlighted on a fellow dadblogger’s site. I even got a little shout-out in which he acknowledges that he only started blogging in order to crush me. Thanks, sweetie!

Later in March, my Dad and I took Addison roller skating for the first time. I was going to include just one of these pictures, but the whole sequence was pretty indicative of how the evening went.

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My favorite moment of the whole night (probably my favorite of the year, actually) came right at the beginning. I had not told Addison that we were going for a ward party, so you can imagine her surprise when she got to the rink and started recognizing people. “There’s Hunter. There’s Fisher. There’s . . .” Turning to me, waving her arms frantically, and screaming at the top of her lungs: “ALL MY FRIENDS ARE HERE!”  It’s not very often that you totally blow your kid’s mind!

Despite my love of dental hygiene, I officially got booted from the task of brushing and flossing Addison’s teeth. Although her dental check-up went fine (aside from the fact that she has jacked-up teeth that are too big for her little mouth), Neal decided that I wasn’t dedicating enough time to Addison’s teeth. He has a unique flossing method, indeed:

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That’s a pillow under her head, in case you were wondering. Is it possible he missed his true calling in life?

Just last week we went with some friends and one of Addison’s BFFs to the Orange County Great Park. They were about to start charging money for the hot air balloon — there’s nothing like a last chance at a free ride to motivate me to get out of the house!

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Although Addison insists her favorite part was seeing a lizard, I’m pretty sure it was actually when she stole one of their OREOs and hid in the cavity of the big rock she’s standing on above. It gave me a little scare, thinking she had been abducted, but it turns out she did the abducting.

Somewhere in the midst of all this, I cooked THREE whole meals in one week. REAL meals, too. My Aunt Helen has a new product called MealRecipes that include menu plans, grocery lists, and cooking schedules. She let me test-drive a 3-day MealRecipe to see if even a delinquent like me could do it (those are my words, not hers). I am happy to say that I made 3 tasty meals, including a phenomenal stir-fry that my Mom said was the best she’d ever had and Neal wants me to make on a weekly basis (yeah right!). I didn’t even substitute any ridiculous ingredients and I only asked one really stupid question; I’m pretty sure the recipes are fool-proof!

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I heartily recommend you make your own fantastic asparagus stir-fry or Amatriciana pasta!

Phew! I was gonna say that pretty much covered February and March, but I just remembered that it skipped a few big events: Addison’s birthday (you can get the scoop on the former here), a Bakersfield visit for Ayda’s birthday, me taking multiple exercise classes (sign of the Apocalyse? maybe), Easter. But it’s better to start somewhere, right?

I picked up a second class for Spring semester (goodbye easy taxes — we’ll probably break $12,000 this year!), which means that I think my blogging time will still be limited. But I’m determined to not cut it out completely like I have been. That said, I could use a little push to get me going again. For those who are still hanging with me, which of these topics (all drafts in various stages of development) are you most interested in me finishing?

  • Forgiveness and restorative justice, part II
  • Did I get stronger in 2012? Last year’s theme recap
  • 2013’s one-word theme (yes, I have one, and I’ve been working on it)
  • “Baby” update: 3 years
  • Mommy update
  • Dearest Addison (3rd birthday letter)
  • Adoption update — New life story, part III
  • “Dang, I look good”: Reflections on self-confidence and body image
  • Marriage counseling: 8 Lessons

And Nikki, I’ll give your vote special preference since you were kind enough to bring my blogging hiatus to an end!

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15 Comments »

  1. Yay, you’re back! All of those topics sound fascinating…. but here are my top five: Forgiveness and Restorative Justice, Did I Get Stronger?, Adoption Update, “Dang I look good.”, and Marriage Counseling. Each topic grabs my interest the most.. until I read the next one. So I guess that means that I am voting on Marriage Counseling 🙂

    Comment by Camilla — April 5, 2013 @ 4:06 pm

  2. (And, the series of pictures with you and Addision at the roller-skating rink are darling. And hilarious 🙂 )

    Comment by Camilla — April 5, 2013 @ 4:07 pm

  3. I’ve been waiting and waiting and waiting!! At this point I’ll take ANY of those topics you have listed- even in rough draft (but I have to say I still think about your part I- forgiveness and restorative justice)! Loved the pics, especially of the roller rink. Thank goodness that places hasn’t changed in the last 25 years! Things may come and go in the OC, but until that rink disappears I it’s home sweet, sweet home. 😉

    Good to “see” you again!

    Comment by Ishkhanoohie — April 5, 2013 @ 4:29 pm

  4. I vote all, in the order you listed, but bump adoption update to the top. I was thinking about you guys the other day and wondering how all of that is going. Oh yeah, it was when my parents told us they would have a foreign exchange student next school year.

    Comment by Enelo — April 5, 2013 @ 7:36 pm

    • This post made me so happy! Miss you guys. I hope to hear about all those topics, but I’m particularly interested in Dearest Addison (3rd birthday letter), Adoption update — New life story, part III, and Marriage counseling: 8 Lessons. 🙂

      Comment by Genny — April 5, 2013 @ 7:55 pm

      • Agree.

        Comment by Nena — April 6, 2013 @ 10:02 pm

  5. I vote for your 2013 theme, adoption update, and marriage counseling!

    Comment by laurenhoya — April 5, 2013 @ 8:24 pm

  6. You’ve had a good past few months!! Glad you’re back from your blogging hiatus. I vote for adoption update, reflections on body image, and mommy update. Also, I’m proud of you for making 3 meals!!!

    Comment by Kristin — April 6, 2013 @ 2:53 am

  7. Adoption Update, “Dang I look good.”, and Marriage Counseling.

    Comment by Kjell — April 6, 2013 @ 3:30 am

  8. I’m so impressed by your cooking success! Good job! Honestly, I pick each of those topics, so get blogging 🙂

    Comment by Nikki — April 8, 2013 @ 5:00 am

  9. You forgot to include our amazing anniversary getaway this year. I’d do it every year for the rest of our lives. No, wait; I’d do it every WEEK for the rest of our lives.

    Comment by neal — April 9, 2013 @ 1:59 am

  10. the last three are the ones i’m MOST interested in. thanks for blogging!

    Comment by Alysa — April 13, 2013 @ 2:54 am

  11. Oh! So glad you’re back at your blog! I second Camila’s vote, but if I have to choose one, I’ll go with “Dang I look good.” I figure that might be the one we’re least likely to talk about on our own? But they all interest me so much. Congrats on your cooking! 3 ingredients sounds like a great way to go!

    Comment by Victoria — April 15, 2013 @ 1:08 am


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