Monday, January 31, 2011
Saturday, January 29, 2011
RiverTree Christian Church. We usually go to church on Saturday nights, where Niels often runs lights and I serve in the nursery every other month. Tonight there was a little hiccup with the lighting board so they called in the expert to fix it.
P.S. Happy 42 Month-aversary--aka 3.5 years!--to us!
Friday, January 28, 2011
Home. Niels and I were far too excited to go to bed an a decent hour last night, due to visions of a dream house dancing in our heads. Which meant that D and I had a quiet PJ day at home today. He spent a good amount of time today entertaining himself with the light switch.
Home. Big night! After 3 1/2 years of stalking our builders, we were finally able to sit down with them and our mostly-finalized floor plan (which they named "The Daniel" *swoon*) to discuss costs and a start date. Hopefully, we'll break ground by May.
Belden Village Mall food court. Big day! Daniel and I ventured out to my nightmare place: the mall! But Ava's 5th birthday party was worth it. (Shes the sweet girl in pink standing up and drinking her milk). Daniel was the only boy, and clearly, too young to appreciate the ratio. He did really well, despite it being nap time, but he was too tired to join the girls for build-a-bear.
Bonus pictures of the big party:
Daniel's been working on his smile for the camera.
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Home. When you start off the year with more bad brain days than good, it's not a great way to start off your fitness goals. D spent a little more time playing in his crib as I finished Julia Child's "My Life in Paris." We both felt better after our three hour naps.
Monday, January 24, 2011
Home. One of our favorite things to do is call Gramma Chi on Skype. Today they shared a snack of "hagelslag," (Dutch chocolate sprinkles). Oma and Opa brought Grampa Chi a box when they visited in November.
Friday, January 21, 2011
Home. Seven years ago, I was taking a break from work, slipped on some ice and hit my head on curb similar to this step. So now, every January 21, I stay home and surround myself with soft things.
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Home. Another quiet day at home as my brain continues to recover from our long day on Monday. I can usually tolerate most headaches, but the spinny/dizzy/nausea is harder. I took this picture through the old mirror set against the wall because it gives a peek at how fractured my vision feels today. Also, you can can see the utter mess my sweet boy made. At least he was happy and quiet.
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Canton, Ohio. Didn't do much today as my head is still spinning and throbbing from the long day yesterday. However, D and I did drive down to the SSA office to give our bank info. It was just far enough that our car did this.
Reading, PA. This was a very long day, as we drove 6 hours away to pick up our new car, another Black Ford Fusion. I tried to be creative to show our happiness about finally having two cars again. Sorry, Niels, you should have let me take a few more pictures!
Oh, and HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Mom!
Giant Eagle in Green, Ohio. Once my birthday is done, the holiday season is officially over. Today we got back to our regular routine, which today, includes a trip to our local grocery store. Daniel is obsessed with the big boy carts so he was quite happy to see this one.
Sunday, January 16, 2011
Day 15 (January 15): My 39th birthday! I had a fabulous day, spending time with my boys during the day, and celebrating with my small group (Bible study) at night. Growing up in Minnesota, many, MANY birthday parties were cancelled due to weather. This is many the 5th time I celebrate on my actual birthday.
Friday, January 14, 2011
Home. Nearly seven years after my brain injury, and three years, two months, one week, and six days after I applied, I finally received this letter from SSA. I am happy, grateful, relieved and a bit sad. I'd rather have my health, but this helps.
Thursday, January 13, 2011
Dr. Cortesi's Office in Green, OH. Joe Cool gets prepped for his first visit with the dentist. He giggled all through the cleaning with "the tickler," then cried when the dentist counted his teeth. And yes, he'll need braces and his frenulum lasered. Better start saving...
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Home. Normal life starts back up again tomorrow, so today was a PJ day for all three de Jongs. Here, Daniel wears his rocket jammies, eats breakfast out of his new rocket bowl, and watched the airplane video with Daddy.
Home. After two years and many, many trips, Daniel's diaper bag smelled like something died in it. So, we shelled our $3.75 for a new one. Daniel was very excited because we put the blue Eiffel Tower keychain from Auntie Ashley on it.
In a few weeks, it will be seven years since I sustained my brain injury. Since that time, I have almost always had a camera with me--either my regular camera or the slightly-more-subtle phone camera. One of the tricks I learned in therapy was to take pictures of things as a way of making up for my shoddy memory. I've had many, many strange looks over the years as I've taken pictures of items at the store, signs to help me remember where I parked, and other random things. Once Daniel came along, it seemed more acceptable for me to take random shots, so I felt free to take more pictures.
Over on Facebook, I noticed several of my friends mention something called Project 365. In a nutshell, Project 365 is a photo challenge where participants take (and post) a picture a day for a full year. The idea is not so much to take posed pictures, but to instead capture random, candid shots that give a view into one's everyday life. Needless to say, I love this idea because it makes my clicking habit seem more normal.
I've started posting my pictures on Facebook, but for those of you not there, and hopefully, as a way to get me blogging again, I'll repost my pictures here.
Oh, and Happy 2011!