Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Yes. We're Still Here

I haven't felt like blogging lately........for a various number of reasons. This may continue on for at least a couple more weeks. I have been battling a cold for two weeks now. My computer and internet have been on the blink. Our weather has been mostly dark and rainy and that hasn't motivated me to go out and take pictures. I have pictures on my camera from Chloe's birthday two weeks ago that I haven't even looked at yet.

So for now, I will just post an update and hopefully, sometime soon, I will return with original pictures and fun tales of our adventures.

January 19th was Chloe's 6th birthday. It was a lot of fun. We had her party on the Saturday before at Pump It Up and I think it was well-received. We got her roller skates for her birthday. She wanted them for Christmas, but I waited for her to ask several times to make sure that was what she really wanted. Pearl has shown no signs of jealousy or interest in roller skates, but I suspect she is. I keep telling her to ask me for whatever she wants for her birthday (coming up in April), but she just asks for something basic, like a Barbie doll. I think the girls already have a dozen of those. Chloe is really developing her own interests and skills. She can do amazing cartwheels (self-taught) and often does them with one hand or just on her knuckles. I wouldn't be surprised if she starts doing them without touching the ground at all, but then I guess that wouldn't be a cartwheel.

We are signing the girls up for Chinese dance class. It was too hard to make the one hour round trip on Sunday afternoons for the Chinese language class. Just one day missed for illness sets you too far behind to catch up. We will have to try that again when the girls are a bit older. Dance class will be on Monday nights. Chloe still has vision therapy every Thursday evening.

After being for sale for 2.5 years, our home is in escrow!! We are not allowing ourselves to get excited just yet because we know how easy it is for these things to fall through. Nevertheless, we are in negotiations to rent a beautiful new 3000SF home right by the girls' school. I hope to sign the lease by Friday.

I also started to lose weight. I am 23 days into my new lifestyle change (i.e. "diet") and I am down 19 pounds. I have such a long way to go that I am afraid to get too excited about that too. Next month I turn 45. It is really starting to feel like a new beginning. That's it for now.


Shay Ankerich said...

So good to hear from you. So sorry you have been sick. Can't wait to see pics from the bd party! Great about your house and can you believe it? We are the same age. I turn 45 next Wed...

Leah and Maya said...

I understand without good weather there's just not much motivation to do much. We actually aren't really having a normal winter here so i have been surprised at how much more I have done lately since the weather isn't too bad. Good luck on the house, very exciting! and Late Happy Birthday! sounds like the girls should be taking gymnastics.

tiffany said...

What a great update! Lots of good stuff going on for you all. Happy Birthday to your rollerskating girl and good thoughts your way for an easy closing on your house and way to go on your weight loss too!

Wanda said...

I was happy to see that you had updated and to hear a bit of your news. Good luck with your new home - sounds wonderful.

And I especially wish you the best with your new fit and wellness goals. I know how hard that can be.
Good for you for sticking with it!

Wanda (At Last...)

Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

So happy to hear from you!! I wondered where you have been!

Happy Belated Bday to Chloe.....and congrats to you on the new house and the weightloss.....that is AWESOME!! Sounds like lots of good and exciting things are going on:)



Teresa said...

I'm a bad blogger too. It's been awhile. In fact, I downloaded pictures off my camera yesterday. They were from Christmas. Yes, Christmas. This weather has not afforded much activity and I have been more of a referee of bored kids than a photographer.

Happy Birthday to Chloe!! Can't believe they are six already. Caroline will be six in March. Unbelievable!

Congratulations on the escrow of your house. Hopefully you will close soon!

Donna said...

Hmmm... my Google reader missed this new post.

Happy Belated bday to Chloe! And congrats to you for losing all that weight so quickly! Obviously you've found something that works and I'd love to know what you're doing, how easy it is, etc.

We need to get together again. Maybe we could meet in Carmel some weekend?


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Faye said...

Hey! Congrats on the weight loss! Good for you! Hope you're feeling better soon. The weather will get better. Spring is on it's way (that's what I keep telling myself, anyway.) I understand the sacrifice over Chinese language class. Cami's Chinese School is every Sunday for 3 hours and if you miss a week your sunk. It's been a much bigger commitment than we ever thought it would be; very intense, for kindergarten! (Everyone is looking forward to June!) Here's to better days ahead for everyone!