This will probably be my last post on this site since it’s no longer fitting. I haven’t decided yet how I’ll share my stories/pictures with family yet. Too much stuff to figure out. I’d just like to thank all of my family for their unwaivering support. I’m so appreciative for all of the love and prayers. How does anyone survive without? Thank you!
Damien has been on summer break now for almost a month! We signed him up for an 8-week summer program that runs Monday through Friday for a few hours a day and it’s been perfect. He gets to run around and play with his new friends and goes to the pool twice a week.
I don’t have all of the pictures from the trip, but Grandma and Tom paid us a visit earlier this month! It’s the first time we’ve had visitors here at the house and we finally got to use our guest room. We had such a nice time and we all wished they could have stayed a little longer. Can’t wait to do it again! If only flying/driving wasn’t such a pain…
We went to the Grand Forks Fair this year. I believe this was Damien’s first carnival and he had a great time. We saw a pig race with the cutest little piglets, ate funnel cake, and rode rides (well Scott and Damien did). The weather was a little bit hot when we arrived, but ended up being perfect later in the evening.
At the beginning of the month I had surgery for the first time ever. The hospital staff was amazing and I was able to go home the same day. After almost two weeks of recovery, it’s been an overall positive experience. Although it did solidify in my mind that I would never want elective surgery, such as plastic surgery. No, thanks! Well, unless I was deformed in a horrible accident or something…Anyways…
Earlier this week, Scott and I got to visit the middle school that Damien will be attending next year for 6th Grade. I think it looks like a great school and that Damien is going to like it, as much as he ever likes school. It’ll be a little bit of an adjustment dealing with lockers and switching classrooms, but I’m confident that Damien will do just fine. It’s really been hitting me lately how fast Damien is growing up. He’s not a little kid anymore and I wasn’t expecting to feel so nervous about it.
Luke continues to be a rambunctious cat.
We’ve had an eventful month so far, starting with Easter 😀
Today Scott and I celebrated our 16th wedding anniversary! We both took the day off from work and spent the day shopping around town. We didn’t see too much out there that we wanted to buy but it was nice to just wander around and spend time together. We also ate lunch at Red Lobster which is where we had our first date–yum!
It feels like so much has happened since the last time I posted. Feels like there’s always a long to-do list, whether at home or work. I’m also spending more time in the office now and things are starting to move towards normalcy (although not fast enough). I’m definitely ready for a relaxing vacation of some sort. Still kicking around ideas.
I’m very happy spring is already here. For the exception of two weeks of windchill advisories in Feb, the winter was mild. Unfortunately there was never enough snow to go sledding and try out Damien’s new sled, but there’s always next year. We’ve already watched Star Wars Episodes 1-5. I’m not even sure how many more movies there are…4 maybe?
Damien is doing well academically in school, but is having some issues behaviorally. I’m very impressed with the teachers at his school so I think he’s in the best environment he can be. We’ll probably be trying a new medication this summer to help more with focus for when he starts middle school next year. He’s also been spending a lot of time working on his comic books. I’m told he’s writing a story on his school chromebook that I’ll need to get my hands on at some point. I know the word “cat” is in the title so I’m very interested!
Luke is like the cat version of Damien lol. Super energenic, clumsy, playful, and demanding. We’ve had his claws trimmed twice now and it’s definitely something we’ll have to continue. It saves the furniture AND our bodies from daily scratches.
We’re almost two weeks into the new year and things are great. We’re having such a mild winter and I’m loving it so much. I’ll start off this post with highlights from us enjoying many of our Christmas presents!
Now for a very naughty kitty! Oh boy. Luke still excessively uses his claws, not only on the furniture, but on our skin as well. So many painful cuts! We’ll be getting his claws trimmed soon. He also chews on paper, cardboard, strings, and some plastics. He also out of nowhere started playing in his water bowl. He basically splashes most, if not all, of the water out of his bowl. We’ve tried different dishes and raising the bowls up a little bit but nothing has worked so far. So dumb. Doesn’t he know he needs water to live?!
But of course, there is some good too…
What an end to a crazy year! It didn’t really even feel like Christmas until Christmas Eve. Truthfully we’ve been very fortunate given the circumstances. We’ve stayed healthy, we’ve kept a steady income, and Damien has really grown and matured this year. I can honestly say that I couldn’t ask for anything more.
We had such a wonderful Christmas this year. Thank you to everyone who sent something! Damien absolutely LOVED everything he received. Merry Christmas!!!
I take sooooo many pictures of Luke and Damien and I just wanted to share some of them.
Less than one week until Christmas! We’ve had an abnormally warm winter so far. It’s only snowed a little bit with some rather warm temperatures for this time of year–I love it! Of course I know the bitter cold is right around the corner, but I’m enjoying it while it lasts.
I’m happy to report that Damien has been doing AWESOME this round of distance learning. After figuring things out for the first week, Damien is pretty much able to work independently for the school day to include completing/submitting his schoolwork and attending his scheduled zoom sessions on time. He’s even able to keep track of the time himself! So impressive!
After some back and forth, Damien has officially quit Taekwondo. He had wanted to quit twice previously, but both of those times he decided to stick with it. This time though we decided we’re done after about 4.5 months. He was two weeks out from belt testing for his camo belt and had two belt stripes on his yellow belt. He did really like it and his new class was way more interesting and upbeat, but I feel like it was scheduled at the time of day where he just wanted to relax. It’s unfortunate because it was great for exercise, conditioning, coordination, precision, and focus. He was getting really good too! Sometimes his form would be better than some of the higher belts in his class. I’m disappointed, but I understand. The last thing I want to do is to fight with Damien every time we go.
The struggle continues with Luke. Luke the Destroyer. I originally erected the big tree sans ornaments to see if Luke would leave it alone. Nope! I even put some lemon zest underneath the tree thinking it would deter him since cats are not supposed to like citrus scents. Nope. So I took it down and decided to try for the smaller tree instead. Scott suggested putting aluminum foil underneath since it worked so well to keep him off of the kitchen counters. It surprisingly worked, which is still weird to me. Wish I would have tried it with the big tree!
Since the pandemic kicked off back in March, I really haven’t been exercising like I should. It’s really been a huge challenge for me. Plus, I haven’t changed my eating habits and have been eating more than I should, so I’ve been steadily gaining weight this whole time. Ugh! Going to the gym is more of a hassle than ever because of all of the extra COVID19 requirements, and I work from home a lot so it doesn’t make sense to drive to the base. After much consideration, I finally bought myself a VERY basic treadmill. I’ve only walked on it so far, but I hope to build up to running soon. The AF has pushed their PT tests back to April 2021 so I need to be ready by then.
We’ve had two holidays since I’ve last posted, Halloween and Thanksgiving. Both were low-key and uneventful. We didn’t go trick-or-treating this year or hand-out candy because of COVID-19, but we allowed Damien to buy a new video game he’s been wanting so he was perfectly happy spending Halloween evening playing Pikmin 3. We did make Thanksgiving foods for Thanksgiving with minimum leftovers and played a civil game of Monopoly after dinner.
Due to an increase in coronavirus cases in the area, Damien will be starting distance learning on Monday through the rest of the calendar year. If everything goes well, he’ll be able to start in-person learning again in January. I really hope he’ll be able to go back to in-person learning. It was very hard on everyone when Damien did school from home at the end of 4th Grade. We’re making a couple of changes this time though such as moving Damien’s desk into his bedroom instead of having it in a common area.
Right before Thanksgiving week, we received notice from the school that Damien was in close contact with a person who tested positive for corona. It really only means that we’re supposed to monitor his symptoms for the next two weeks, but we decided that Damien should take advantage of the Taekwondo zoom sessions that are offered.