2 months

It’s been 2 months since my parotidectomy. I think it’s time for an update!image

I’m pretty much back to normal. Still a little bit of lower lip droop. Occasionally, I can feel it start when I am talking, otherwise it only affects me if I’m trying to take a big bite of a sandwich.image

Or scream for help.

My scar is healing very nicely. The incision itself doesn’t hurt, it just itches.image

My ear lobe is numb, which I expected. The rest of my ear is pretty painful most of the time. It feel like someone punched me- kinda achy and burning. The area where my parotid gland was located is still sore.

All in all, I’m feeling great. Really, the only thing that bugs me is my sore ear. I continue to compulsively check my left parotid for lumps- there’s a tiny something hanging out there that I am keeping an eye on.

My next ENT appointment is in July, I’ll update again after that.

Oh Ruby….

Ruby turned 3 last week.

I decided to save a few pennies, and take her 3 year pictures myself. I bought her a new dress, some pink balloons, and we brought her scooter with too!

Unfortunately, this is the first picture I got….

So, I dragged out the scooter, thinking that would give her something to focus on.

Did I mention that she thinks she’s Evil Knievel on it?

Maybe not. Let’s try the balloons.

Maybe the lake is distracting, let’s try a different location.

This location seems to be working better!

Or not.

Let’s climb to the top of the hill and try sitting by the fountain!

Guess Ruby didn’t like that idea.

By this time, I was exhausted, so we went home.

Ruby was worn out enough to cooperate for a single shot.

Phew.

My mother and the aliens

We arrived at my mom and dad’s house last Saturday evening. When night fell, my mom got very excited, she could see “the light”. Apparently, she has been seeing an ominus light out the window for the past 2 weeks or so (she neglected to mention this Mother’s Day weekend when we were home). She thought it could be a plane or a helicopter, but ruled both of them out. She called the neighbors and had them look for the light. They didn’t see it. She even had Jan look for cellphone towers while driving out that direction. The light freaked her out so much she started to pull the shades in her bedroom at night, and double check that the doors were locked.

Imagine mom’s excitement when she had an audience for the mystery light’s reappearance! She called Mark and Jan to look at it. She sent my sister and I outside to look at it. And, I took a picture of it. 

Wow.

Mom claimed that it usually looked more like this.

Or this.

My dad took one look at it and said “oh, it’s Jupiter”

Then Jan called and set us all straight, it was Venus.

Didn’t stop Mom from pulling the shades and locking the door.

Things we do at Grandpa and Grandma’s house

We’ve spent quite a bit of time at Grandpa and Grandma’s house lately. Things are a little…. different there. The kids do lots of things they don’t do at home.

At Grandpa and Grandma’s house, everyone has their own set of wheels….

At Grandpa and Grandma’s house, we don’t eat the healthiest food….

We go to the hardware store for entertainment….

We run around outside…. (ok, we do this at home too, but there’s more space there)

Jump on beds….

And Rex naps. A Lot.

Every once in a while, Ruby and Cash rest. For one minute.

Pretty sure Grandpa and Grandma are still resting after our latest visit!

Hunting for morels

Ross and I had a plan for this trip up north. We were going to go morel mushroom hunting. We thought the woods by my mom and dad’s house would be perfect mushroom territory. Ross decided that I wouldn’t be able to protect him from wild animals in the woods, so he begged Grandpa to come with.image

We each had our handmade walking sticks to prod the brush with. It didn’t take long before my dad was shouting that he had found one.image

Fortunately, I was able to Google and show him what a morel really looked like.

We continued to poke around and work our way up to a pond in the woods.image

We saw lots and lots of mushrooms, just not the right kind.image
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The bright spot was wandering into my Grandma’s asparagus patch. Totally made the hike worth it!image

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(while eating our asparagus for lunch, both my dad and I confessed that we didn’t poke around too much for mushrooms, because we were afraid a snake would slither out)

Karate Graduation Success!

After last month’s karate graduation fail, Cash had a better attitude (and a longer nap) this time!  He was pumped!
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Daddy had to give a little speech to all the graduates to make sure that they did the best they could.  I think Cash is in the process of saying “Yes, Sir!”

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Cash was lined up and ready to demonstrate all of his karate moves!

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He got to perform one of the moves all by himself!

If you didn’t catch it, he made sure that everyone knew that he is still only 2 and not 3 yet! 

And then it was time to get his belt!!

We need to work on the art of shaking hands…but he was so excited to show me his belt certificate he forgot about everyone else!

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Before we left, he had to pose with his instructors (cousin Nick, Daddy and Mr. Dalton).  Huge muscles! 

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So Cash is now a Double Gold Stripe (whatever that means).

-lindsay**

Narwhals, narwhals

Have I ever mentioned that Ross is a YouTube addict? Actually, he and Jeff like to hang out and watch stupid videos together. Unfortunately, they only chose stupid yet catchy videos to watch. Like this one:

See how catchy it is?