Monday, April 30, 2007

the life of Riley

Swing away, Riley!

gazing balls and peonies and roses, oh my!

The outside work is almost finished. Yesterday, I planted all the outdoor plants and placed our outdoor stuff. It was fun. Now, if everything I planted lives, we'll be in business!

Sunday, April 29, 2007

and so it begins...

We have a garden! My hubby built a nice frame for it, three boards high, that we can lean on to weed. My mom provided numerous large coffee cans for my new plants, and my daughter and I removed all the clumps of grass. While only being about 1/4 the size of the garden at our last home, this one looks much cuter and will be much less work...especially as this summer sees us with a camper in our lives. I'm hoping for enough tomatoes to make salsa and enough cucumbers to eat, and maybe some zucchini for zucchini bread. The peppers would be great for salsa, too, and I hope to freeze some green bell peppers for use in the winter. Seasonably warm temps, for a change, made it a great day to be outside. Today, I am off to plant all of my containers. I will post later on tonight once everything is in. Yea, Spring!

Saturday, April 28, 2007


It may actually be springlike in temperature today. Imagine! It has not been a very nice spring here so far...cold temps, wind, rain, clouds, ick. Maybe today it will redeem itself. I'm going to scope out the nurseries that opened yesterday. After one year without a garden, we're going to put one in again this year. We only have one jar of salsa left, so it's time to make salsa again this summer. Our garden will be pretty small; tomatoes, peppers, and maybe a zucchini plant. But, it will be a sight for sore eyes!

Monday, April 23, 2007

thoughts cubed

1) if your teeth aren't in pain, you take them for granted,
2) we don't realize how great the gift of speech is unless we don't have it,
3) friends are an incredible blessing that help us create laughter, which is wholly unappreciated by all of us who are able to experience it.

Friday, April 20, 2007

rock on

My resident rocker, Riley.

rebel tooth

Here's a few spooky little pictures of Mason's mouth...lovely images, eh? On the left side you'll see a big lump beside his other teeth...that's a rebel tooth that was supposed to stay quietly encapsulated up above the other teeth...but has decided to try to come down in the completely wrong place. Grrrr. We are headed to the dentist first thing Monday morning to see what they want to do with it. You'll see his messy nose, as well...sorry for that. I am wondering whether the tooth is encroaching upon his sinus cavity, as well, since he's had a runny nose since the tooth starting coming down. On an interesting side note, you can see the white line down the center of the roof his mouth...the ENT doc at birth told us that had only recently closed, and he was almost born with a cleft palate. (A big Whew! that it closed before birth!) I don't know if they'll pull that errant tooth, or what, but I'm sure Mas will feel better once it's no longer an issue. Poor kiddo! Say a little prayer that they can take care of it as easily and pain-free as possible.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

waitin' for the storm

Here we sit, waiting for the first "real" thunderstorm of the season. Take some fresh warm spring air, some unstable fronts moving in, add in some thunder, lightning, strong winds, maybe a wisp of hail here and there, and we can finally say, welcome spring! Woo-Hoo! I can't wait. The air never smells as good as after the first rip-roarin' thunderstorm of the season. Our whole family is storm-crazy; I think any one of us would be a tornado chaser without a lot of thoughts about the safety of it. I will be sure to post an update once we get nailed by some nasty weather. YEA!

Tuesday, April 17, 2007


So, here we all are, doing our respective "things" as the earth spins round and round. Some of us blessed with ordinary every day brown corduroy brains, some of us with tiny underdeveloped wrinkled cotton brains, and some of us with fantastic multi-colored velvet brains. Isn't it strange how we are all thinking differently all the time? I watched a show about some autistic savants this morning who put on a piano recital. It made me jealous of the mothers of these blind autistic boys...knowing that they at least have their music to cling to; something to show the world their boys are "in" there. Sounds rather pithy of me, doesn't it? It's hard to explain the levels of stature amongst the special needs population. I can remember being jealous of some moms we knew in Omaha who had boys with Down Syndrome, because I remember thinking, at least they have a "cause" to identify with, groups that form solely because of their child's disability, books to read to help them navigate the unchartered waters ahead of them. Sometimes I feel our family is hopelessly floating out at sea, bobbing helplessly in the ocean as sharks swim around and wait for the slightest scent of blood. Hmmmm. It's an odd world, to be sure. I enjoy the poem "Welcome To Holland", which describes to a parent what it's like to be thrust into this world of disability with your child. I prefer to think of it as "Welcome to the Outer Limits." Being undiagnosed (with no savant skills in sight) is rather like being in a completely limitless world, and yet having limits all around us. True, we don't have any type of prognosis ahead of us, which means we aren't counting out Mason's days, but we likewise have nothing to really rely on as far as long term life plans. Mas is very healthy compared to how he used to be, but yet he cannot speak; cannot tell us if his stomach hurts or his tooth hurts or if he loves us or if he knows who we are. We are so blessed in so many ways, but it can be frustrating to parent a little soul who has few ways to reach out to others. I guess the important thing to remember is that we know he is in there, even if he doesn't have any "pet tricks" to show anyone else. I have to remind myself to cling to the moments when he truly shows his deep inner light to us; when we see it flicker and glow in him, to enjoy that wavering light before it goes back inside. Perhaps that is his special skill.

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Three thoughts

1) Campers rock.
2) 50 degrees is way cooler than 30 degrees.
3) The air smells different now.

We're Camper People!

YEA!! We are now officially camper people! We bought a tent camper today in Sioux Falls. (When my brother and sister and I were little, we had a Fisher Price camper with the little plastic people with the round bottoms, and we used to call them the "camper people.") I am so excited to call ourselves camper people now! It's not a fancy camper or anything, but it will be nice to drag it to muskie lakes and be able to sleep up off the ground (we used to tent camp.) Riley said "this is cool", so that's about as much excitement as we can get out of her at this age! Mas seemed to like all the windows and screens. I'm sure he will enjoy hanging out in there. It's pretty exciting stuff around here. I will post pictures once we actually have it home. They are putting on a new awning and getting some new tires on it for us. I think my dad would be proud we can go camping in a camper now.

Friday, April 13, 2007

Three thoughts....

1) Monster cookies are wayyyyyyyyyyy too good.
2) Does oatmeal in a cookie make it healthy?
3) How many monster cookies can a person eat before they're ill?

Hee hee!

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Three Thoughts

1) Enough with the snow already.
2) Mason loves airplanes.
3) I need sleep.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

T3-Three Thoughts Today

1) Snow loses it's charm in April.
2) Sanjaya still stinks.
3) We need to know someone famous so we can get better concert tickets.

rush, snow, teeth, the bowels of hell

That pretty much sums up the last few days. I spent about five hours total yesterday securing Rush tickets for Howard & Riley & I. The good news is, we managed to snag three tickets. The bad news is, they aren't great. One is a single, which is row 2 seat 1....won't be able to see much, but it's on the right side, so maybe Geddy will sweat on me or something! The other two seats are on the floor near the back, which stinks, but Riley will be able to see the screens, so that's good. This will be her first ever "real" concert, so I'm thrilled she will always be able to say it was Rush...unlike Howard and I, who have to say it was Bon Jovi opening for .38 Special at the Sioux Falls Arena. The plus side of that concert was, it was right when Slippery When Wet was out and Bon Jovi rocked the house. The down side was we discovered that .38 Special stunk live. (Later we discovered the same thing about REO Speedwagon...but, I digress.) It snowed here all day yesterday, so we now have a good 5 or more inches of snow on the ground, and it's still coming. Grrrr. Due to the lovely weather, and a two-hour late start, I had to cancel Mason's dentist appointment in Sioux Falls, which took a long time to even get. The good news is, we can get in two weeks from now. The bowel reference is to Mason and his lovely diarrhea at the moment; makes potty training a real treat. It is always fun to be reminded that corn doesn't digest, though. Sometimes a person isn't up close and personal to their own stool and they forget about fun little tidbits like that. The funny news on the potty training front is: yesterday I had put a pull-up on Mas after I saw he had diarrhea. I thought we'd give him a break from undies until the diarrhea had passed. Anywhoo, we went to the bathroom two hours later and his pull-up was dry, which is big. I put his underwear on then, with a pull-up over that, and his jeans. I was getting ready to have him stand up, and I was saying, "You were dry! What a big boy!" Then, he pointed up at the M & Ms insistently because whenever I say he's dry, he gets an M & M! Too funny! The young man knows how to get his chocolate. Strong work, my boy.

Friday, April 6, 2007


Three thoughts for the bunny weekend:
1) Foil-wrapped chocolates are a wonderful invention.
2) Easter grass is no longer going to be used by us, following a mandate from my 12 year old daughter.
3) The easter bunny is way cuter than real rabbits.

With that, have a hoppin' happy Easter!

Wednesday, April 4, 2007

where is spring?

Okay, being a South Dakota-grown girl, I know that normally spring is not due for some time, but living here the past few weeks in the 60s and 70s has made it hard to accept that it's still only early April. I can remember many good, strong blizzards in the middle of much as I'd like to forget that possibility. It was 0 when I woke up today, which made the morning walk that much colder. To compensate, I listened to REO Speedwagon, which had most of their hits in the summer months, or at least, that's how I remember it. I thought it might make me think of summer and not freeze to death mid-stride! Perhaps we need more sun to make us all think clearly around here! Ya think? At any rate, this weather makes me forget it's almost time for the martins to come back; hopefully they had enough success here last year to roost in our martin house again. I hope they wait until it's warmer, though, as I worry about them so much and want them to be successful here. I will post pictures once we see them send out their scouts!