We are especially excited today because we have a new nie
ce! Word on the
street is that Mike's sister Ruth had her second girl early this morning.
We have enjoyed a lovely week. Our number one highlight was that Mike got a
work promotion on Thursday. They do year end reviews and Mike had a really
great one--so great that he was promoted from a level 5 to a level 6, which
doesn't mean a whole lot aside from a raise and a nice feeling of
accomplishment. His job will stay the same. He got this promotion really
fast--it takes some people 5 years, and Mike did it in 18 months. We are
really proud of him!
Also on Thursday Jens and I did story time at the library. He enjoyed it,
although we had to leave a little early due to behavior problems (Jens kept
running out of the story time room and into the library). Also on Thursday,
I went to book club, the first time I have ever manage
d to go. It was
really fun, and I enjoyed talking about the book (It's Not About the Bike,
by Lance Armstrong). I enjoyed the book and it was interesting to talk
about it with other people.
Friday Wendie watched Jens for
us, so we went out to eat with the Nielsens,
then sat in the hot tub. We ate at the Purple Place, a kind of funny bar
which supposedly had good food. The food was fine and the bar was funky.
It was fun, but our table was right by the juke box, so we could hardly hear
Saturday we looked at depressingly expensive model homes and had shakes,
also with the Nielsens. Sunday we had a good class with our primary
kids--they were cute and mostly behaved well for
us. I think we are getting
used to each other.
This week has been quiet and gloomy, although it is supposed to be sunny and
70 today. We went to story time yesterday instead of Thursday, and it was
really crowded. I think Thursdays are better!
Some really cute Jens things for this week: We have had a recurring problem
with playing in Casey's dog food. Jens knows "Don't touch it!" but it
doesn't always work. So last week I saw him over next to her food and I
said, "Jens! Don't touch it!" He obediently moved away and I went to check
, and instead of a mess I saw his pull-toy weiner dog, nose at the
food bowl. I guess even wooden dogs get hungry. Also this week he has
started lining up items and calling them trains. ie, he lines up his bath
letters and pushes them along the bathtub ledge going "chugga chugga chugga
. . ." He enunciates the chugga very slowly and clearly.
We got Jens a potty chair this week, too. He doesn't have the slightest
clue what it is for, but we thought we would get one and let him sit on it
and get used to it. Little did we know what a great race track a potty seat
makes! We have been working on not putting trucks in the potty and not
standing in the potty. I predict that actual potty training is far, far
I am sending a couple of pictures of Jens playing his favorite game.
Have a good week, everyone.