The best ones.

So, after posting all those photos I realized I forgot the best ones (i.e. the ones taken by someone with a genuinely nice camera & lens). These are by my friend Marty Hadding and are from (cough) November. Somehow she managed to find the only pretty orange trees in all of the Florida panhandle so we could pretend it was fall.

There are more by another professional photographer, but I think she cleverly copyrighted them because I couldn’t post them online. Fiddlesticks. I mean, good for her.

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What happened?

Greetings to the 10 people who still check this blog. Scrolling down just a bit will show you that my last post was on December 1. Whoops! It was not intentional, I assure you. So, what on earth happened since then that could have kept a woman from blogging?

In a nutshell,

…We finished Advent.
…We celebrated Christmas with my WHOLE family (parents, siblings, babies) for the first time in at least four years.
…We celebrated my sister’s birthday in Pensacola and I remembered yet again how much I love her and wish she lived nearer.
…I hurt my back.
…My back kept hurting.
…Lots of visits to the chiropractor didn’t help.
…Kind people from school volunteered to watch my kids so I wouldn’t be tempted to pick them up.
…One of them dropped a hint that I should take lots more Advil to get some anti-inflammatory effects.
…It worked, which was awesome, but other parts of my body filled in the pain void.
…I went to see a rheumatologist three times and had an obscene amount of blood drawn.
…After eliminating a lot of other possibilities, he diagnosed me with a herniated disc, fibromyalgia, joint hypermobility, and thoracic outlet syndrome. None of them are terribly severe in and of themselves, but together the effect has been a bit overwhelming.

So, I am hoping it is not a stretch of your imagination to see that getting through the day whilst providing reasonable childcare, meals, laundry service, etc. has left me with little time or energy for this poor little blog.

(I should add that I’m not trying to have a pity party because it has actually been sooooo helpful to find out all of this information about how and why my body works the way it does. I feel like I finally understand why I’ve felt badly in certain ways for years and that now I can actually try to work at the problem instead of just being confused. So, in a weird way, all the medical stuff has been good news. I will share some of the diet changes I am making in a future post, just in case anyone is interested.)

I haven’t been taking a ton of photos lately but I do have a huuuuuuuge backlog from Christmas, etc. I’m not going to bore you with all of them but I’ve picked out a few highlights. The rest are over on flickr.

I promise it won’t take me three months to come back again.

Camilla’s rather wiggly ballet class

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Her first Nativity Pageant (I painted the cave)

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Christmas morning at our condo in Panama City Beach, FL

Early morning stockings.

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Christmas day at my brother’s house

New tube-tus.

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Opening presents.

A little snack.

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Partners in crime.

Walking to the pier on a windy afternoon

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Cousins.

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Panama City Beach boardwalk.

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Riding the carousel.

Mollified by hot chocolate.

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Enjoying Marian and Jacob’s visit to Pensacola

Reading with Uncle Jacob.

My nephew.

Playing in the gazebo.

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Whacking with sticks.

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The daddies and the babies.

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Sharing with cousins.

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Cute as a button.

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A man and his car.

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Pushing turned out to be fun too.

Leave me alone, woman!

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Marian’s Birthday Dinner Feast

Marian's birthday dinner.

Bathtime babies.

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The Momofuku Milk Bar carrot cake.

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Then they left. And we cried.

I’ve taken a few more pics since then and I’ll try to put them up soon.