Tuesday, December 21, 2010

The Sick Bug



Gus is sick with a tummy bug that has slowed him down and makes me whince every time he looks longingly at food and then starts gulping with watery eyes...needless to say we are washing a load of assorted clothes, wash cloths and towels every day, guzzling gatorade and waiting for this nasty thing to wear itself out. Gus doesn't complain, instead he politely wakes me in the middle of the night and we sit in the bathroom and wait until his last meal has come and gone down the drain. So sad, but a little bit sweet, too, since he is more cuddly than ever and seems to need me and quiet time more than ever.

Yesterday he wanted to cook "cheesy pasta" which he later ate hungrily and actually retained so far. Today for his nap, he insisted he sleep "in my tent" so I let him and he laid there for a good 10 minutes just smiling to himself before falling asleep.

I pray he feels better for Christmas, he is so looking forward to it. Reciting his story of Baby Jesus' birth dutifully every day.
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Friday, December 17, 2010

Early Christmas with Grosspabe





Gus got a play tent for Christmas and since Grosspabe is only here until today we decided to make it an early Christmas and unveil the great tent yesterday evening. Gus was so excited! He couldn't wait for it to be set up and then everyone got invited to sit in it with him.
Now it sits in the middle of my living room and I'm contemplating charging Gus rent for it. He loves it!
Danke vielmal Osi & Grosspabe.
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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Full Steam Ahead



Gus loves LOVES his new Thomas slippers that came from Osi via Grosspabe, who landed here safely yesterday afternoon. Gus has been a light-footed ballerino (Jacob cringe inserted here) ever since. Tip-toeing around with a big smile on his face.

I'll get a picture of Grosspabe on the blog as soon as he holds still long enough to snap a picture, right now he is re-organizing my basement and thawing out my deep freezer, next up fixing my dishwasher door and decluttering my laundry.

We did have a great relaxing morning at the mall though...now I have a lot of wrapping to do.

Grosspabe is a very useful engine!
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Sunday, December 12, 2010

Powder Day




First powder day of the season here in Western North Carolina! We woke up to about a half a foot of snow and the eerie silence that accompanies any amount of snow in the South. It's the sound of everyone staying in and watching the Weather Channel and fretting about driving to the grocery store - to buy beer, bread and milk.

I still feel very Coloradoan here, puzzled by how a bit of snow will close down everything and how except for kids, people only venture outside for dire emergencies - or to joyride cars completely unfit for the conditions around the back streets.

We had fun this morning, building a snowman, a snowcastle and many half-snow angels (Gus doesn't believe in moving his arms) we went sliding in the neighbor's yard and are now sitting down to our second meal of the day.

Happy winter to all of you.
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Monday, December 6, 2010

Trimming the tree




Gus and I have had a surprisingly nice time decorating our North Carolina Fir for Christmas. Nothing broken, no pricks, no tangled or dead lights, just lots of giggles and fun - except when I got the bright idea to quickly make a couple of Thomas the Tank Engine ornaments and then asked Gus to hang it - he was game until it came time to hang Thomas...he just couldn't part with him...so he is carrying him around for now, but otherwise all is sweet and nice without too much spice in the Dinkins household.

He even posed for a picture with the "Chismas Tree" backing up into it for better effect.

Then he gave his little Thomas engine a tour of the tree, limb by limb.

Have a sweet and peaceful holiday season.
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Saturday, December 4, 2010






Look at these pleased-as-spiked-punch mugshots (his idea, not mine), that's my wonderful husband, who now is the proud owner of a plaque proclaiming him "Fireman of the Year" of the Brevard Fire Department. Among his many accomplishments - listed by the chief as the major shook Jacob's hand - finishing EMT training in less than one year and answering more than 41 percent of all calls for the year.
It's been busy for us as a family, but extremely rewarding for Jacob.

Now where, I ask you, do you hang a plaque?
Right next to my "wife & mother of the year plaque?
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