Rebecca helped Mommy clean the bathrooms in the morning. (Copyright © 2013 by Wil C. Fry. All rights reserved.) In the afternoon, RLF helped MF bake cookies:
Forgot to mention yesterday: In the afternoon, while MF sat in a lawn chair in the shaded driveway, Rebecca and I were on the sidewalk. A high-school-age female walked by, waved at Rebecca, and Rebecca waved back. Rebecca turned to look at something on the lawn, and then looked up to see the girl walking[…]
Since MF allowed RLF to help with cookies a few days ago, now anytime I do something at the kitchen counter, RLF starts pulling a chair over, saying, “I hap, Daddy!” WEATHER: 64-88°F, partly cloudy.
According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, our county is partly in “extreme” drought but mostly in “severe” drought. This has been going on since late 2010 or so (we got a bunch of rain from Hurricane Hermine that fall). Yesterday, there was a light mist falling in the afternoon, and today it was foggy/misty in[…]
Last night at bedtime, RLF asked MF: “Why are you mean, Mommy?” Out of the blue. It stunned us for a second, but I eventually answered: “Mommy’s not being mean; she’s trying to teach you stuff.” She accepted that answer.
WEATHER: 54-69°F, cloudy
Rebecca helped MF make cookies today, then she ate four of them. I went out while they worked on that and mostly just walked around Home Depot. When I got back, Rebecca was very proud of herself and explained the cookie-making process to me. Later, she carried an empty cookie sheet through the house, placing[…]
MF spent the morning with intense potty training, to very little avail. Yesterday, I began “Operation Every Book Is About Potty” — I randomly inserted phrases about going to the potty into her favorite books. She noticed right away; her confused expression was priceless. The fact is; she knows how to do it; she used[…]
Rebecca has begun the “what’s that, Daddy?” phase (precursor to the “why?” stage, perhaps?) When reading a book, she points at each part of every picture and asks: “What’s that, Daddy?” Or details of her toys. Or anything she’s not certain of the name. It began halfheartedly a few days ago, but today was in[…]
WEATHER: 50-75°F, mostly sunny
Rebecca and I went on a “bear hunt” (it’s what she calls tip-toeing through the house with a flashlight). I darkened the master bedroom and we played in there a while. I got down a yellow blanket (used to belong to my parents) and we made a tent of sorts with it, our flashlights providing[…]
Let’s see if I can write this without getting anyone (specifically, me) in trouble. My wife came away from college with a bachelor’s degree, a master’s degree, and three student loans of varying amounts. Through judicious budgeting and careful attention, we were able to pay off the smallest loan within a couple of years, while[…]
Awoke at 6:15 a.m. to what sounded like heavy rain. Turns out it was light rain but heavy winds. After an hour, we’d only received 0.15 inches. Temps dropped to low 50s by 8 a.m. (it had been 70s all night). MF went to her scheduled hair appointment; I took RLF to H-E-B for groceries.
Morning: I cleaned up my office a bit, finally unloading my photo backpack from our Oklahoma trip. We’d planned to pack up winter clothes and get out summer clothes (again), but the forecast had changed. We’re supposed to have two nights in the 40s the next few days. So that will have to wait. Again.[…]
Took two diaper boxes full of books to the Killeen library to donate them. They said whatever they don’t use in circulation will be put into their semi-annual book sale. I’m really glad we got library cards and are using them. When I think of all the years that my books went unused on my[…]
Today, Rebecca aligned things. She laid several books on the coffee table and arranged them in a neat row, from largest to smallest. Later, she took nine puzzle pieces (her latest puzzle has nine pieces) and lined them up in a smooth arc. When she parked her tricycle on the paved walkway, she was careful[…]
A few weeks ago, Rebecca took apart her flashlight and hid the battery cartridge. After days of not finding it, we threw out the useless shell. Two days later, she handed me the missing battery cartridge. Sigh. She wanted her flashlight back. So today, I took her to The Home Depot (I was looking for[…]
Rebecca had a very close to perfect day. She played independently (shopped with her shopping cart, worked puzzles, made phone calls with her toy phone), ate well (cereal, toast with jam, yogurt, graham crackers, chicken nuggets), and communicated well. We picked up a few groceries in the morning and filled up the van. That tank[…]
April 9-11, we drove to Oklahoma and back for a short-but-sweet visit with my family. Scroll down for description of the driving part of the trip. I’ll focus first on the actual visit.