Wednesday, June 21, 2017
For several months, Laura has bemoaned the fact that she will NEVER lose a tooth. About a year ago, the dentist mentioned that she had a loose tooth. Well, that loose state must have only been detectable by a dental professional, because we certainly couldn't tell, and Laura couldn't even figure out which one to wiggle.
Last month, at her semi-annual cleaning, the dentist mentioned that it was quite loose, and since the permanent tooth was already present behind it, we really needed to get it out of there. She told us to give it a couple more weeks, and if it didn't come out then we should come back in and get some help. I was dreading this, and encouraged Laura to wiggle away, because Laura's very crowded mouth has led to several cavity fillings - translation: far too many visits to the dentist already. Unfortunately, the tooth didn't budge, so this morning we had to brave the office once again. That said, it was a pretty smooth experience (complete with laughing gas and numbing cream), with the added benefit of loosing TWO teeth. Double the Tooth Fairy loot!
As a stroll down memory lane, here's Danny's first tooth loss: http://seemoreseymours.blogspot.com/2012/02/dannys-winning-loss.html
And here's Clare's first tooth loss:http://seemoreseymours.blogspot.com/2009/05/space-between.html
So once again, Laura is blazing an entirely different trail...
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Clare genuinely enjoyed coaching, and I think she is a natural. Danny started the season frustrated by how much work it was for him to swim, but by mid-season was enjoying the process and cared enough to put in some extra time with Clare. His efforts paid off, too, earning him a Swimmer of the Week honor. For her part, Laura was one of the more confident swimmers in her age group, showing that her winter training at the Y paid off.
|Feeling awesome after their first-place performance in a relay.|
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Monday, May 22, 2017
This girl is more than ready to tackle high school!
Monday, May 8, 2017
All three of the kids *really* look forward to their birthdays, and this year was no exception for Danny. Being a non-party year (in the blow-out sense of "party"), Danny came up with a great suggestion for how to celebrate: He invited 4 buddies over for an all-out nerf gun war in the backyard. Considering that he has been accumulating an impressive arsenal over the last year or so, it was nice to see them all get some solid use. And thankfully Mother Nature cooperated and gave us an incredibly beautiful, warm enough but not too warm, day!
After instructing Tim and I to hide the guns (and extra bullets) all around the back yard, the five boys let loose and proceeded to spend the next hour and a half in warfare heaven. Easiest party ever! Eventually they came in for some brownies and ice cream, then went back outside to play hoops until the moms started rolling in. We knew it was a successful event when each boy groaned at the sight of their ride home - no one was ready to leave! Danny ultimately pronounced it "the best birthday ever," which sealed the deal.
And a few days after that Donna and Larry arrived into town, which not only meant a nice visit with them but the big reveal of their gift to Danny: A trip to San Diego for a full-day excursion on the USS Roosevelt next month. Suffice to say, Danny is definitely excited about this!
Monday, April 17, 2017
Since Tim was singing at Sunday evening mass, we had a blessedly leisurely Easter morning. Eventually Laura did rally the troops to hunt for the eggs the Easter Bunny had hidden the night before:
Saturday, April 8, 2017
|Gator hunting in the morning|
While the usual enticements of Florida - gator-hunting via scooter, heading to the pool, etc. - were certainly part of the joy, the presence of a brother-sister duo approximately the same ages made for many easily passed hours. The grandparents are friends of Donna's and Larry's, and the kids hit it off so well. The boys golfed while we gals dined out and enjoyed the water on the first night:
|Laura looking extremely comfortable with a beverage on the beach...|
We did part ways the next day as Donna and Larry had rented a boat, which was a gorgeous excursion complete with a dolphin viewing (unphotographed due to Laura's dire fear that I would drop the phone in the water).
Once again I was reminded of how blessed we are to enjoy such beautiful places and special people!
Saturday, April 1, 2017
Friday, March 31 was a big day for both Danny and Clare. And thank heavens they didn't overlap, so I could witness both!
As usual, we were immensely proud of them both!
As usual, we were immensely proud of them both!
Monday, March 27, 2017
Happy 14th birthday, Clare! We couldn't love you more, and we are confident you will change the world.
Monday, March 6, 2017
|The ruins of an old manufacturing plant.|
Saturday, February 25, 2017
Monday, February 13, 2017
We'll get him there for a football game one of these days, but I think it's safe to say this was an excellent introduction.