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A much-needed weekend restores much of my sanity and Siena and I plan a girls' day. We head out for brunch, school shopping, a haircut for her (thinking we just might have eradicated the lice; if not, at least a trim will make the combing easier) and a movie, Discount Motilium. We're both excited as we agree on croissants and orange juice to start our day, then are immediately thrown into conflict when she resists my choice of bakery, 20mg Motilium. I consider giving up on the whole plan and just going home to do more laundry. Instead, I manage to convince her that this particular award-winning bakery knows what they're doing when it comes to breakfast, 10mg Motilium, then we get to the front of the line and learn they're out of orange juice. I bring her lemonade to the table and she immediately launches a tirade about how she knew this was a bad idea, she knew we should have gone somewhere else, etc. Discount Motilium, Things improve when her cinnamon roll is delicious and I gently suggest she get over the bad mood or we can go home. Somehow, Motilium paypal, I find the deeply-hidden reserve of patience to say this nicely, rather than as a snarled threat, and she stops grousing. Motilium coupon, *****
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"I just want to tell you how much joy it gives me to see you two together. It's beautiful."
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The movie ends and we continue to sit in the dark theater. She leans back into my shoulder, nestles her head against mine, and stretches her legs out to the empty seat in front of us. I have a fleeting vision of previously undetected lice crawling out of her hair and into mine -- is all my obsessive cleaning, combing, and overreacting about to be undone by a re-infestation. As quickly as the thought enters my mind, I answer it. I don't care.
We sit like that until the credits are over, then she slings my purse over her shoulder and we hold hands as we leave the theater.
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June 17th, 2012
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Maybe this is how every parent feels, given that, at first introduction, Motilium uk, their child is usually a lump of adorable but helpless baby-ness. To see these lumps transition from three basic needs (food, Motilium usa, sleep, change diaper) into walking, talking human beings, is obviously the major miracle of parenthood and the reason mommyblogs and 70% of Facebook posts exist, Motilium ebay. It was amazing when my kids learned to talk, when their talking turned into conversation, Motilium india, when their rolling turned into crawling into toddling into kicking a soccer ball, etc. Each of these milestones is spectacular when your child achieves it for the first time; their progress endlessly riveting, buy Motilium Over The Counter. Still, you expected these things to happen at some point, 20mg Motilium. There is something insane about seeing your child -- not so long ago a helpless lump of cooing baby -- demolish a milestone you never even would have predicted for them, such as getting a new belt in Taekwondo. 50mg Motilium, We enrolled in the classes because the kids begged to take martial arts of some kind after watching a bazillion episodes of Power Rangers. Since martial arts was a better Power Rangers takeaway than say, early 90's hairstyles or obnoxious teenager attitudes, I agreed, Motilium canada. Buy Motilium Over The Counter, I thought Elliot would love it, Siena would tolerate it, and both would tire quickly as the Power Rangers infatuation waned.
Instead, we now spend three evenings a week at the dojang, 750mg Motilium, where Elliot plays with his Lego Star Wars guys while Siena does her class. I either work on my laptop or watch her, mesmerized as my first baby bows respectfully, speaks Korean, Motilium craiglist, executes complex routines of kick-punch-turn-block, and refrains from whining for an entire hour at a time. Motilium mexico, Who is this kid?
Matt's kid, that's who. Matt's and mine, but like I said, Motilium japan, she looks like me and she's a girl -- it's hard not to expect a mini-me, complete with the same strengths and flaws. Instead, she looks like me but loves math (my personal Kryptonite) and has a sense of direction that puts GoogleMaps to shame, buy Motilium Over The Counter. Rather than ask Siri where a place is, I would ask Siena every time. Matt used to practice pitching by endlessly hurling a tennis ball at a strike zone he outlined on his garage door. Siena runs through Taekwondo combinations whenever she has a minute of downtime.She asks about the score of whatever game is on and grinningly derides Packer fans at every opportunity, while I barely notice what sport we're watching. (Does anyone else think it's ridiculous that ice hockey and basketball are still going in JUNE?) Not that I need more sports fans in my household, but I love how she shares his enthusiasm. Buy Motilium Over The Counter, I guess I love how Matt and I are two different people and are raising children who reflect a combination of the two of us, plus their own unique traits. I'm glad I married an athlete so my children don't have to dread Field Day like I did, and I'm also thrilled when my children beg for poetry at bedtime. I love the new and unpredictable elements they introduce to our lives, like Taekwondo or playing Real-life Angry Birds by running and flinging themselves onto the couch. I love the random, crazy scramble of parenting and I love that I don't have to do it alone. Happy Father's Day, Matt.
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June 1st, 2012
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Your advice, on parenting or on boarding schools, is most welcome here. I quake in fear at the thought of summer vacation.
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He is different from his sister in other ways, Clonidine coupon, yet they are best friends. While Matt and I went into this whole two-kids thing knowing that they would -- duh -- be two different people, we are still caught off guard at times by how unique they are.* They both adore school and the Taekwondo class they've been taking three nights a week, Clonidine uk, but they bring vastly different energy levels and attention spans to their classes. Clonidine canada, Part of this is age, I'm sure, but part of it gives me anxious visions of Elliot bouncing spastically around a high school detention room while Matt and I bribe his teachers to give him passing grades, 200mg Clonidine. Clonidine For Sale, Then again, he loves doing homework, so much so that his preschool teacher has started making up extra assignments for him ("make a Lego monster and draw a picture of it").
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March 13th, 2012
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So that was all very sweet and lovely, but then the subject came up again at dinner. He told Siena he was in love with his preschool gal pal, and I inwardly cringed because this is just the sort of ammunition big sisters love to use to torment little brothers, buy Clonidine Over The Counter. Instead of taunting him, though, she gave him a hug and said, "that's GREAT, Buddy. I'm so happy for you!"
Of course, I felt ashamed for having doubted her, even in my head, but I deflected that shame by starting to tease her about whether she was in love with anyone. (I'm sure I picked that up in a parenting book somewhere.) Her answers were all indignant but smiling, making it clear that there was some object of her affection but she was not going to share any more about it at the dinner table. At this point, Elliot jumped back into the conversation.
"You know that I'm in love with someone else, too."
At which point he immediately started kissing her hand and arm, looking at her adoringly. Eventually, this got old for Siena and I had to separate them before the love-fest turned violent. I tried to have a conversation with Elliot about how siblings and girlfriends are not typically the same person, the family tree needs to have branches, etc., but I'm not sure it got through.
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March 4th, 2012
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Here’s a brief recap of the memorable events of 2011, bullet-point-style because this is like going running around the lake for the first time after a long winter on the couch: best to start slow, 20mg Motilium, and try not to hurt myself. Let’s hope my face doesn’t turn fuschia like it always does after that first run. Here goes:
- January: I set ambitious goals for my freelance projects on top of regular job hours and test the limits of never saying no to anything, leading to high stress, lack of sleep, and lack of blogging, among other issues, Where Can I Buy Motilium. Siena makes a sculpture for her school art show entitled: The Land of Cozy. Motilium overseas, The accompanying description explains that the Land of Cozy is like a giant comfy bed, where the girl can curl up with her stuffed animals while her father is taking care of her, because her mother is away at work. I cry at the elementary school upon reading this.
- February: our house is broken into and my beloved laptop is stolen, along with every other electronic device we own, 250mg Motilium. The children are devastated to lose the relatively new Wii, not so much because the device itself is gone, but because “all our records and scores and Miis are gone. FOREVER!”
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- April: We welcome a teaching intern from Chile into our home (through an international teaching exchange program sponsored by Siena’s school). She has never lived with a cat before and promptly develops hives and other allergy-related misery. We start looking for a new host family for her, Where Can I Buy Motilium. 30mg Motilium, The kids are thrilled to have her, then devastated when she has to leave sooner than planned.
- May: It snows at the annual May Day parade, usually one of my favorite Minneapolis events. Our teacher from Chile is not impressed with Minnesota. Neither am I, Motilium craiglist. We all contemplate moving. Where Can I Buy Motilium, The rest of the month is a whirl of school events as the year wraps up, along with work events, deadlines, more work, and trying to figure out what to do with the kids after school lets out for the summer. We win season tickets to the Minnesota Twins but are too busy to attend a game together until July.
- June: We head to South Dakota for two weeks, first staying with our friends Sara and Ryan in Sioux Falls, 150mg Motilium, then staying at a ranch resort for a giant reunion of Matt’s extended family, then traveling back with Matt’s parents in their House on Wheels. We visit Mount Rushmore, see buffalo, and go hiking ("forced marches or you’ll never see the iPad again" would be how the kids remember the hiking), 500mg Motilium. Siena rides a horse for the first time, and we stop at the home of Laura Ingalls Wilder in Walnut Grove on the way home, on my birthday.
- July: Matt and I escape briefly for two nights up north with friends, 50mg Motilium, Siena turns seven (seven!), Elliot continues to hone his lightsaber and ninja skills, and we head to Grand Marais for the second year in a row to paddle in the dragon boat races. I love everything about the dragon boat races.
- August: Siena goes to horse camp. Elliot takes swimming lessons and is so proud on the last day when he jumps into the pool unassisted, Where Can I Buy Motilium. We travel to San Diego for my cousin’s wedding, 200mg Motilium, and we tackle a litany of tedious house projects. I spend several gorgeous sunny days inside, painting trim a whiter shade of white and thinking the whole time that, Motilium uk, while Martha Stewart might approve of my prioritizing here, Mary Oliver probably would not. Bunk beds are purchased, Elliot’s room officially becomes “the kids’ room,” and we welcome our second international teaching intern, Motilium canada, this time from Barcelona.
- September: School is back in session, work is in high gear for both of us, and routines are gradually being settled into. 10mg Motilium, Mireia, our Spanish intern, quickly becomes part of the family. Where Can I Buy Motilium, We all spend three nights at a hotel while the windows are replaced in our house, and Matt and I celebrate ten (ten!) years of marriage.
- October: We go apple picking and procure Star Wars costumes for Halloween. Matt dresses up as a Rock Star Banana. Yes, Motilium japan, that's right. Our house is completely torn up as we have ceilings refinished, walls painted, 100mg Motilium, and the front steps replaced. We eat multiple meals on a picnic blanket in the basement while the kitchen is under construction, apologizing profusely to Mireia, who was probably not expecting this when she signed on to live with a host family (luckily, she was very patient and gracious about everything).
- November: I have a work event and a bunch of deadlines, 1000mg Motilium. We contemplate breaking up with our contractors because the work on our house does not look likely to finish anywhere close to on time, Where Can I Buy Motilium. We gets things put back together as much as we can in time to host Thanksgiving, my favorite holiday. Mireia helps us make Catalan food for appetizers; we begin our Thanksgiving feast with a Spanish omelet and Pa Amb Tomaquet (bread with tomato).
- December: Work slows down incrementally and I promptly respond to the reduced adrenaline rush by getting sick. 40mg Motilium, What I think is a cold turns out to be walking pneumonia, although the "walking" part is a bit of an exaggeration. I faint while trying to get breakfast one morning and spend the rest of that day shuffling in and out of various clinics until someone can see me without an appointment, then return home to sit on the couch with an inhaler for two weeks straight. Where Can I Buy Motilium, Christmas comes, and is completely magical. I never get tired of our traditions: family dinner and gifts (just our household) on the 23rd, Motilium mexico, or Christmas Eve-Eve, then homemade pizzas with my family on Christmas Eve, followed by Santa's arrival and then Christmas Day with Matt's family.
- January: We add another holiday tradition by celebrating Kings Day as they do in Spain. Motilium australia, Gifts from the three kings are hidden all over our house, with clues in Spanish leading the kids from one to the next. A few days later, Mireia moves to her next host family. We are all cry on the drive over to her new house. We enroll the kids in a Taekwondo class, Where Can I Buy Motilium. I make some New Year's resolutions and attempt to revisit routines that are neglected but important to me, such as yoga and this here blog. We’ll see how it goes.
My main feeling about 2011 is one of relief that it's over. It wasn't a horrible year -- in many ways it was a very good year -- but it definitely felt like the treadmill had sped up when I wasn't looking. I'm looking forward to a little more balance, and a lot more blog time, in 2012.
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