Tuesday, January 15, 2019


 Cleaning the basement--downsizing mittens and snow clothes again.   I've done this before, sent all the kid sized snow pants to Alicia, sent away mittens and hats.

Having so many kids, we had accumulated a shocking amount of snow clothes.

Now we're down to this little tiny mitten box.

 Cute hat and scarf sets, but also if they're outgrown, time to move them along.

 Today James and I went to Costco with these two.  They were great shoppers, enjoyed the trip. 
 Then we went back to their house so this girl could go to her afternoon preschool.   While the little one napped, the two of us sat in the car in the driveway to get out of the wind while we waited for her bus.

She jumped right in, and into her seat.  I buckled her and told her to have fun.

As the bus drove away, she was in the window, grinning and waving.

Their little sister in not better today, but she's okay.  We'll see what tomorrow brings.

So much love, Grandma and Grandpa and Everybody

Friday, January 11, 2019

another good day

Awww, so sweet.

Love, Grandma and Grandpa

Thursday, January 10, 2019

of course

Today James and Kari were having a tea party with these two little girls, and was interesting, but also fun.

Then all at once?

Elin threw up.

Yes, on the rug, right beside the tea party.

And then, as if this isn't bad enough?

Maria's puppy ate it.


I texted Maria just because I could picture her face when she read that text.

(I'm cracking up again now.)

Oh my goodness.

Another good day!   She drank 10 ml of milk today and is off oxygen.

Onward.   Tomorrow is Friday.

Love, Val

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

a fine wednesday

 Some friends gave us this dresser they didn't need anymore, so it has taken up a home in the family room. 

Someday we'll furnish this room properly, but for now, it's working great.

Today we went to my parents for lunch.  Kari and James will be back to college shortly. Winter break is wrapping up, and it was fun to spend the day at my parents.

 Yes, her. She was frisky and funny and found my parents house  quite entertaining.

 I didn't take very many pictures, and this one is not great, but they were happy with the new Play-Doh. 

The meal was delicious and my folks sent home leftovers, which made Jay happy because he had to work and wasn't there.  (He also loves my mother's cooking.)

And this little peanut!  She's had a great week, looking fantastic.    

Onward.  Tomorrow is Thursday, which is almost Friday.

So much love, Val

Monday, January 7, 2019


Love, Val, aka MOM aka Grandma

Friday, January 4, 2019

a tough week

All that spaceship gear on her head is just monitoring equipment, ready to observe any seizure activity. 

There were seizures earlier in the week, quite terrifying, but in between she was wiggly and cute and alert.

Tests were run. Her nurses and doctors are so responsive and caring.  They discontinued one medication and started anti-seizure medication and all has been peaceful for almost two days now.

All the space gear is off her tiny head.

So much love, little darling.

Love, Grandma and Grandpa and Everybody

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

doing okay

Not great, but okay.

She's very wiggly and alert and receiving very good care.

We love you, Darling,  Grandma and Grandpa and Everyone