So Where Were We ...

Our heroine realized it's been many months since she filled you in with the latest happenings from Casa de Chaos.  Shame on her! 

So here is a recap, bringing you completely up to date, with just her iPhone photos!

Daddy came home on his 3rd (and final) R&R ... and had lunch at the girls school.

The 3rd grade musical.  I designed / made the set and props. 

Bar Mitzvah in California.  Lots of hanging with the cousins!  And a father / son bonding moment. 

 Love my crazy brothers!

The kids were reunited with our almost 12 YO dog Libby.  Who is now living the life with their grandparents.

We got up at the crack a** of dawn and boarded a plane to visit our friends ... 

The pilot invited Grady into the cockpit to sit in his seat, touch ALL the buttons, call for daddy over the intercom, and hang out.

 If you're part of the Foreign Service you won't judge this photo ... Yes, that's 10 people that we crammed into a minivan.  And yes, Grady was in a car seat!

 We spent 5 hours on a catamaran ... 

Enjoying an Easter party at the Ambassador's house!

Riley's first moped ride.

Sadly, daddy had to return back to the sand ...

 So mommy tracked his flight and then stocked up on the basics.

Riley started her 3rd season of softball.  Her new team name is the South Carolina Gamecocks.  I just have a hard time yelling, "Go cocks!" to a bunch of girls ...

My brother Randy kicked a** in the Boston Marathon.  I tracked his entire run online.  

The Girls hired a stand-in dad for the Girl Scout Father / Daughter Dance.  Thanks Vinnie!

 I took the kids to see Grady's favorite children's band who was playing here in Northern VA.

Grady had a minor meltdown one evening during dinner ... which I lucky captured on film.  It was about as awesome as you see here ... thankfully I had some of the basics to help me through the night!

Matt decided to take all of his allotted time off for his Home Leave when he returns from Afghanistan at the end of the month.  Which is 45 business days.  Or 10 weeks ... for those of you not in the FS.  So, I bought him a car.  An early father's day gift for him.  And an "OH MY GOODNESS you're going to drive me INSANE, so you better take yourself and the kids out of the house NOW" gift for me. 

Instead of going to my coveted hair appointment, that I made 9 weeks prior, instead, last Thursday I spent the morning here.

With him.  Doing this.  Because the little turkey woke up and complained about a sore neck and cried when he lifted his arms.  Despite having no symptoms of anything else, no fever, no vomiting, no lethargy, nada ...

Two plus hours in the ER ... with a diagnosis of a possible pinched nerve.  I'm going to take a guess that the ER visit and ibuprofen they gave him cost FAR more than my haircut and color would have!

Three weeks and a wake-up ... and life returns to "normal".  Whatever THAT is ... 


Baby Signs with Barbara said...

Great update, Jill.
Also, we are huge fans of Justin Roberts, too!

Anna Whiston-Donaldson said...

you've had a lot going on, girlfriend! loved this update and so glad little g is fine!

Mommy said...

OMG what a small world indeed...imagine my surprise scrolling through your pix and there is Ambassador Palmer. He was my AMB in Honduras when I was an Intern way back in 2003! He still looks the same :)

Kate Coveny Hood said...

LOVE all of the pictures! Now when are we having coffee...?

Kate Coveny Hood said...

LOVE all of the pictures! Now when are we having coffee...?

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