If you remember our exciting news, Michael lost not one tooth...
...but he lost TWO teeth at once. (sorry for the blood. Gross, I know! But check out that excited face!)
Two holes in his gums.
Michael wrote a sweet letter to the tooth fairy, then he taped his teeth to the paper.
The tooth fairy left him a note behind and $1 per tooth (plus a bonus buck for losing two teeth at once). Michael said he KNEW the tooth fairy was real because she had such nice fairy hand-writing. ;-) And she left a picture of herself as further proof.
Michael now speaks with an adorable little lisp, and he looks SO, so cute with his bottom two teeth gone.
I guess I should have done a better job anticipating the sunshine when I had Jon place my container garden where he did. When he put it in, the sun shone well into the space, but as the spring grew into summer and the sun angled differently and the trees grew their shade, my garden got too much shade to grow the plants well. I'm a miserable failure of a gardener.
The squash and zucchini grew tall then stopped all the sudden. The tomatoes (which were of questionable health when I planted them) never grew from when they were transplanted.
I got one puny orange bell pepper.
I got exactly 7 green beans, though. They were yummy raw. I had 5 and David ate 2.
Maybe one day i will figure out how to grow my own veggies.
I got a few "after" pictures of what the storm left us as far as debris last week.
Our deck had a lot of branches
We lost quite a few limbs in the front yard.
The street had quite a few small branches and such.
Jon took down a couple very large limbs. He loves chainsaw action.
When our power was out for 4 nights and 3.5 days, I figured out that I could keep it much cooler inside by putting sheets up over the windows and sliding door. It may have looked dumb, but it helped a lot.
Today, we will be headed to Delaware to remember the life of Jon's Aunt Pat, who entered heaven on Monday. Aunt Pat was a frequent follower of our family's doings on this blog, and she often sent me little notes of encouragement via email and in the mail. A birthday, anniversary, or any other special day didn't go by without a sweet note and thoughtful card from Aunt Pat. She showed her love in many ways, but most specifically to us in the written word. Though we do "not grieve as others do who have not hope"*, we will miss her.
Sweet David is such a precious little guy. He's mellow, enjoyable, and sociable. He is such an easy-going guy to care for, and even easier now that he's starting to communicate more. He will come and inform me, "Mommy, Hun-GEE," when he wants to eat, or "Nigh-Night" when he's tired. David will be 2 years old in just 2 weeks, and we are thoroughly enjoying it as we see his personality coming out. He's an absolute delight to us all.
Kate, age 4 1/2, is our ray of sunshine in this house. She is a lover of all things beautiful. She is a morning person, an optimist, and is absolutely delightful. When she's not creating art, writing (fantastically phonetically-spelled) notes, listening to audio books with accompanying paper books, or picking flowers, she can be found somewhere trying to mother her little brother. We adore this lovely little girl. She brings us such joy.