Sunday, October 13, 2019

Miles At Age 10




To read about Miles at age 9, click here.




1. What is your favorite color? "Red, black, blue, and highlighter."

2. What is your favorite toy? "Hmm... let's think... um, Nerf guns."

3. What is your favorite fruit? "Mangos or kiwis."

4. What is your favorite tv show? "Um, let's see... probably Last Kids On Earth."

5. What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch? "Um, pbj and chips. Specifically, Ruffles."

6. What is your favorite outfit? "Um, probably my black and highlighter striped shorts with my Harry Potter glow in the dark shirt."

7. What is your favorite game? "Super Smash Bros Ultimate."

8. What is your favorite snack? "Let's see... chips."

9. What is your favorite animal? "Black panther, peregrine falcon, or cheetah."

10. What is your favorite song? "Old Town Road."

11. What is your favorite book? "I have to say Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Actually no, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets."

12. Who is your best friend? "Jack, Dominic, Simeon, Lucas, Vihan, Brian, Nathan, Logan, Ethan, Nico, Gauge... that's it."

13. What is your favorite breakfast? "Pancakes, sausage, and bacon, and orange juice and cranberry juice mixed together."

14. What is your favorite thing to do outside? "Play tag, or hide and seek, or sardines."

15. What is your favorite drink? "Dr. Pepper or Mountain Dew."

16. What is your favorite holiday? "Christmas or Halloween. Mainly Christmas."

17. What do you like to take to bed with you at night? "My body."

18. What is your favorite thing to eat for dessert? "My dad's caramel brownies with mudslide chocolate ice cream on top."

19. What is your favorite dinner? "Mussels and fries or hamburger mac."

20. What do you want to be when you grow up? "A video game tester or a food tester. And engineer. And an architect."


Buddy, it has been a privilege to watch you grow (physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually) this year.  You are incredible, and I feel blessed every day that God chose me to be your mom!


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Wednesday, October 9, 2019

It's Already October!

It's already October!  Fall has started, and this weekend is supposed to actually start feeling like fall in Houston, which will be incredibly welcome.  And Miles is turning 10, and I get to see my bestie!  Good things coming this weekend!

Things have been very busy around here lately.  Gisèle has cheer and/or theatre every day after school, and Miles has taekwondo 3 days a week.  He has been asked to join the JV team/class, also, which will add a Saturday class starting about a week and a half from now.  With drop-off, pick-up, and activity chauffeuring, I spend a lot of my day in the car.  Joggers, tees, and flip-flops for the win!  (And coffee.  Lots of coffee.)

Jamie loves his position at Halliburton, and we're really enjoying our church and community group together.  We have good friends there and are trying to take the time to have a date night together whenever we can.

Health-wise, side effects have been tolerable lately.  My rheumatologist says I'm showing markers of RA (rheumatoid arthritis) and Lupus, but don't have enough markers of either to have a diagnosis.  I do show definite inflammation in my joints, though, which explains why I hobble every time I get up.   This is very normal post-chemo, and with Lupron, so it's nothing special!  I've also gained weight with the forced menopause, which is extremely frustrating.  I'm about 30 pounds overweight at this point, and it all seems to be settling in a tire around my waist.  It doesn't seem to matter how much/what I eat, or that I'm working out regularly and doing daily crunches.  Somehow, I need to figure out what to do about it.

In other health news, I was diagnosed yesterday with sleep apnea, so that'll be interesting to explore.  Jamie let me know that I've been making a weird sound in my sleep for a few months now - I sound like a woodpecker - so he recorded it and I played it for my dentist when I went in.  She did a 3D xray that showed that my airway is down to 0 - the worst she has ever seen - so put "bumpers" on my back teeth and sent me home with a sleep study device.  The x-rays are still being analyzed by doctors for a full diagnosis, but the sleep study doctor came back the next day with a diagnosis of sleep apnea.  After I have the results from the scans, we'll discuss next steps to take care of it.  (Possibly a DNA, which is a device to widen my lower jaw to make more room for my airway.)

To give you an idea of what I'm talking about, here is an xray of the previous worst case my dentist had seen in her office, and then my airway.  Take note of how far up each airway goes, as well as the red (narrow/bad) areas.

The worst case she had seen before me

My airway


She wants to use my xrays in studies and share them with colleagues.  Just once, I'd like to be in such great shape that a doctor is amazed, instead of so broken that they are intrigued!



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Saturday, August 31, 2019

Crazy School Year

This school year is crazy.  (But it's really nice to have the craziness be about the kids' schedules, and not about my health and appointments!)

Jamie and I keep a shared, color-coded calendar (Google Sheets); we have an "all" section at the top, a section for meals, and a section for each person in the family.  If something is an appointment/time-sensitive, it's in bold.  This year, with Gisèle involved in cheer and Production Theatre, and Miles in taekwondo, every day has something on it, and everything is in bold.

G has cheer until 5:00 after school Mondays and Wednesdays, and cheers at games at least once a week.  She also has theatre rehearsals Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays until 6:00.  (Yes, there are some conflicts there.)  M has TKD from 4:10 until 5:00 Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.  They each have a sports bag full of gear taking up space in their room, and we are doing a lot of laundry.  Oh, and school - all pre-AP classes for G, and GT for M.  I'm spending my days doing school drop-offs, running errands or going to my own appointments, then doing school pick-ups and activity chauffeuring.

We are guarding our weekends as best we can.  Any evening time we have as a family - dinner together! - and weekend time we can spend together is precious.  But it is so worth it to see these two thriving, doing what they love!



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