Saturday, December 31, 2011

2011 - A Year In Review

I've tried to write this year in review a few times without it sounding too maudlin.  Speaking candidly, 2011 is a year I am glad to have over and I am looking forward to 2012 and the promise that it brings.

As the year draws to a close, I have weathered some significant storms.  There were moments when I thought, 'Can there really be anything else coming?'  Some things will take more time to play out fully, but I think that at the end of 2011, things are looking a bit brighter.

We all know the hard things that have happened, but there have been some wonderful moments as well.  Emma and John are the stars of the circus that is my life. They have been super though all of the changes we have seen this year and I am so happy for all of their achievements.  Emma is a happy and determined little ballerina and John makes the most of his talent on the baseball field every day.  The best times I have had this year were watching them do the things that they love.  The kindness they show each other and to their family and friends makes me wonder how I got so lucky.  I am lucky to know a lot of great kids, but they are the best of the best!

My brother Matt and Heidi got married this summer in a beautiful place that we all love.  I was honored to speak for them on their special day.  It is without any irony in the world that I say that they deserve each other. I will always be grateful for advice and support he has given me over the years. She is a beautiful person who I am so happy to have as a sister.

My parents and sister and rest of the family have been with me at every moment along the way and the kids and I have appreciated the gifts, kindnesses and the places to sleep as we have made our personal adjustments.  They say blood is thicker than water and this has been a year where I have fond that be be a very true statement.

That is not to say that I could have done it without my friends.  You guys (and ladies) have been an amazing well of support, helping me move in the heat, feeding me, entertaining me and the kids, checking in by text and email and dropping by to say hello, you have made things fun for me again in a way that I cannot begin to thank you for fully.

I'm most sad for the friends I have lost this year, both for me and for my kids.  We are who we are today in large part because of all that they have meant to us over the years.  However, I am also very happy to have met some new friends int he last few months.  With every change there is opportunity and I have appreciated getting to know some new people.

While things have been difficult at times, I have to say it's been a great year in a lot of ways.  I have re-discovered my writing voice, both here on the site and in some other work I am doing.  At my core I am a writer and that re-birth has been an exciting journey.  As someone said to me a few months ago, 'You write better sad.'  I don't know about better, but I certainly write MORE.  I've also been able to take a lot of photos this year, mostly of the kids, but also of places I have visited, games I have covered and generally everything that is around me. 

Sometimes I write, sometimes I take pictures.  Either way, I am trying to be more than a journalist of my life. I appreciate all that you friends have done to be part of my life this year. 

So as the lyrics of 'What are You Doing New Year's Eve' play though my head, I wish you all a wonderful New Years Eve and I hope that your 2012 is fun, exciting, safe and prosperous.


Friday, December 30, 2011

Annual Pesotski Family Christmas Letter

Every year about this time 200-300 Christmas cards and letters go out from my parents' cute little Cape Cod in Brookhaven, PA.  This little tradition grew a few years ago to include a photos page of the kids and grandkids (and granddog's) activities for the year.  I have been an indifferent supporter of the letter process most years.  Looking through the pile of cards at my sister's on Christmas Eve, I realized just how big this Christmas letter phenomenon is.  Dozens of letters were in the stack, from 6 pages down to a paragraph or two.  Seems like pretty much everyone publishes an annual family update.

As a guy who basically does that every day in this space, I get that.  The penny finally dropped.  People want to stay up to date with their friends, and some folks don't stay in touch any other way, even with Facebook and personal websites.

This year, my mom floated the idea of a 'greener' approach to the letter next year.  I suggested creating a website for the letter and photos next year and giving people a link to the site in the cards they send.  If the USPS is still in business next year, that would still mean 300 or so cards with stamps, but would save about 900 sheets of paper and gallons of ink!

So in an incremental step toward greening this Pesotski tradition, I present below the 2011 Pesotski Family Christmas Letter.  The photos page will be posted as soon as I figure out how to get it on the site easily!



Happy Christmas 2011

Hello family and friends,

Again this year our son Matt and his bride Heidi headline our annual letter. On July 7, 2011, Heidi and Matt were married on the lawn in Kennebunk Beach, Maine. The day was sunny and warm, the dog, children and even the adults were well behaved. Following the short ceremony, we walked to the beach to take photos in front of an incredible sunset and were invited onto a deck overlooking the water to finish the picture-taking. Heidi was a beautiful bride and Matt wore the widest smile we’ve ever seen. Both immediate families and Matt’s godmother Judy Flannery attended. We feasted on Maine lobster, steak and chicken followed by a delicious cake with blueberry filling made by the bride. We danced to a playlist that Matt put together.  The tables under a tent canopy were decorated with wildflowers that we’d picked at a nearby farm market, and Heidi carried a bouquet of daisies and wildflowers. The canopy was decorated with huge paper flowers in various pastel shades, made by the bride and her family. Matt and Heidi for the first time were able to spend almost all of the two week vacation in Maine with us. Heidi’s family stayed for a week in a nearby town and we all enjoyed hanging out together and getting to know one another. It was a wonderful vacation.

In August, we spent a week in Cape May Point, joined by Susan’s brother Bill and sister Marianne. Carin’s family stayed nearby with our friends the Ranson family. Chris, John, Emma, Matt and Heidi all joined us for a few days. We celebrated Carin and Kevin’s tenth anniversary with dinner at a Cape May restaurant.

Flash back to the present: it’s cold outside, and we even had a light dusting of snow Saturday night. On Sunday, as their wedding anniversary gift to us, our children and grandchildren put up and decorated our Christmas tree, train and miniature houses. This year the grandchildren were very much part of the activity, crawling through the cubbyhole where the decorations are stored to locate various decorations and covering the tree with ornaments and candy canes. December 14 was our 43rd anniversary; on that day we went with Carin’s family to see Santa Claus, had a celebratory dinner at Pinocchio’s Pizza and took a horse and carriage ride around the nearby town of Media. Last weekend we along with our sister-in-law Paula and her friend Nick enjoyed a Victorian Christmas dinner at a little British-style tea house in Media called Tea and Cakes. On the following afternoon, Susan took grandchildren Andrew and Ellie to lunch with Mrs. Claus at that same tea room.

During the year, Susan enjoyed working in the garden for most of the spring and summer. She planted more perennials this year because they come back the following years, which lessens the amount of planting each year. Spending time with her grandchildren, her favorite activity, still occupies much of her time. Three days a week she gets Andrew off to school and takes Ellie to preschool, playdates, lunch, and other activities and then greets Andrew when he returns on the bus. Aunt Heidi has taken over on Grandma’s two days off each week. Susan spent several weeks in Georgia this fall. She planned a short visit with both sisters, but stayed longer because Marianne had a serious lung infection that was very resistant to treatment.

Ron has taken up baking this year, producing cakes, cookies, breads and scones so far and amazing most friends and family members with his new interest and ability. He has been visiting Williams-Sonoma and other cooking emporia, in person and online, and has acquired quite an arsenal of ingredients and equipment. His grandchildren have been very impressed with the princess birthday cakes and Christmas tree cake. Susan has assisted him in many of these endeavors and we’ve enjoyed our working collaboration as well as eating the results. Ron has also resumed his hobby of photography with his Christmas present, a Nikon camera. He is retiring from constable work in January, and wisely found new ways to keep busy and enjoy himself. Ron was hoping for re-election to one last term as a state constable, but he and other Democrats in Brookhaven were not re-elected. After thirty years in office he will miss it but his new hobbies and his interest in genealogy, history, current events and his grandchildren will keep him busy.

Kids and grandkids: Chris, John and Emma moved to a small 1800s era house in Medford, NJ in August. His travel time to work at University of the Arts in Philadelphia is longer, but he lives closer to John and Emma’s schools and activities. Susan happily had some sleepovers at the new house last summer so she could hang out with John and Emma while Chris worked. Chris limited his travel to family vacations and a chance to broadcast the Division III basketball Final Four this year. John was 11 years old in June and is in 6th grade this year. He excels in school but his great love is baseball. He would play year round if he could, and he enjoys attending or watching Phillies games with Chris and with his relatives. Emma turned 8 in November, is enjoying school, friends, fixing her hair, dressing fashionably and taking ballet lessons. She happily added soccer to her activities this year. Chris learned enough about soccer to add helping coach her team to his resume that also includes volunteering as a baseball and basketball coach this year.  You can follow their family blog at www.cavalier92.com.

Carin is teaching 6th grade at Springton Lake Middle School, newly chairing their Language Arts Department and coordinating the Academic Intervention team for 6th grade students who require support. Kevin continues teaching gym at Devereux, a school for students with special needs. Andrew turned eight in October and is in second grade. He enjoys school and although he still prefers recess, gym and art, he’s become a very good reader and better at math than his gene pool would have predicted. Andrew is quite busy with baseball, soccer, basketball, and Cub Scouts, as is Kevin, who coaches or helps out with all of his teams and is looking forward to a spring camping trip.  Ellie celebrated her fifth birthday in November and is in her final year of preschool at the Wallingford Co-op. She loves her teacher Miss Sue (who also taught Andrew), her girlfriends at school and covering the house with her artwork, notes, and projects. Ellie visits with Grandma and Pop after school and loves trips to the library and reading books with any available party. She can often be overheard chattering and singing to herself, animals, and dolls.  When it’s quiet, it’s not uncommon to find Ellie curled up asleep, one hand on her very tolerant cat, “The Girl.” 

Matt and Heidi have embarked on a kitchen renovation that is almost complete, and they’re very happy with the work done by family friend Rob “Bopper” Ranson. They have new floors, bright white custom cabinets and wainscoting, built in benches and new appliances.  Their black lab Sadie is full grown but still lovable and frisky. On the days that Heidi takes care of Ellie, Ellie asks her to “go get that Black Labradog” and they have a great time together. Editing Endovascular Today is still Matt’s primary job that takes him around the country and occasionally abroad to meet with doctors who practice vascular interventions. The publication continues to do well, and this year, he was recognized as one of the company’s original employees at its 10-year anniversary. In his spare time, Matt still writes for the The700Level.com, the sports blog he and his friend Enrico sold to Comcast SportsNet last year. He enjoys covering all the exciting events of one of the greatest eras in Philadelphia sports history. Heidi’s web design business has continued to grow this year.

We’re enjoying our busy life and wonderful family and friends. We’d love to hear from each of you and to get together in the New Year. Contact Susan on Facebook or at supesotski@yahoo.com.

Happy Holidays and a great new year to all!  

 Peace and Love,

 Ron & Susan

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Gone

Every day there is less around to remind me of you

The ordinary things that summoned you to mind

Are used up or fall to pieces and are swept away

And your existence seems all that much harder to prove

I reach for the phone to call the familiar numbers

And realize I can’t.  You are gone. The call won’t go through

How quickly it happened, a short slide and then

One day here, one day gone.

And I wonder, really wonder

What might have been

What will be

And if you’re doing ok


Getting Things Done

After a day of cookies and hospitals and grandparents and visiting a new kitten yesterday, today is decidedly a get things done day.  It's amazing how energized two zooming kids and a good night of sleep can make you feel.

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We had a great breakfast of locally-raised eggs and local sausage, run a bunch of laundry, gone grocery shopping, paid the bils, cleaned up the Christmas debris and just finished lunch.  This afternoon we are hosting a pair of playdates, hanging some curtains in the kids' rooms, building Legos and maybe doing a bit of baking with the girls.

We've got nothing scheduled for tonight, so maybe we will make some dinner, put in some movies and see how things go after that!

For me, today is the essence of my winter break.  Getting some things done, enjoying some time with the kids and eating well. For those of you who have to work, I'm sorry.  I hope that it's at least a bit slower than usual.  For those of use off for a few more days, enjoy!


Tuesday, December 27, 2011

A New Day

image from www.flickr.com  image from www.flickr.comIt started as just a hint of pink over the trees across the creek.

Then built into a glow in the trees that became a ball of orange.

Unfortunately, before the sun came over the trees, the clouds rolled in and all we got was a bright gray morning.

Still, the bright gray is better than the cold darkness and we've got the day uimage from www.flickr.comnderway!


Monday, December 26, 2011

A Day Close To Home

The kids and I spent the day close to each other today, enjoying being a family.  We read books, played Wii, straightened up a bit, visited with friends, laughed about our good fortune and cried about the things that have changed.

It was a full day.

I can't say today was exactly the day we were hoping for, but it was the day we had and I have to be thankful for the life we are living rather than that than the life we don't or can't live.  For those who have been so important to us over the last few days, weeks and months, thank you so much, we are looking forward to many more great times.

Happy Boxing Day!


Sunday, December 25, 2011

Christmas Wore Her Out!

 


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Happily Trashed!

It took about 30 minutes, but all the presents are unwrapped and the stockings are down and we're pawing through the piles of loot. Santa did a good job here according to the kids!


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I Think Santa Found the New House

image from www.flickr.comSanta found the new house and made his stop last night.  The presents are arranged, the stockings are stuffed and "A Christmas Story" is on TV.

All we need now are the kids!!!

I hope your Christmas morning has been as festive as mine has been restful.  For those of you with young kids, I trust that you are enjoying a bit of downtime before the next round of visits begins.  For those of us with quiet households this morning, enjoy it while it lasts, the visiting and travel start very soon.  For those cooking, please don't overcook the turkey!


Merry Christmas

The sun has just peeked over the trees here in Medford and I am enjoying some cookies and juice and the last moments of quiet I will likely have for a while.  This is the first time since 1994 that I have awakened on Christmas morning with no children or significant other to share the sunrise with, but it stings less than I thought it might.image from www.flickr.com

I have a bit more to do to get ready for the kids to get here this afternoon.  We will have some time to ourselves for presents and then it is back to Delco for Christmas dinner with friends and family.  Last night was a nice evening in Swarthmore, but I can't wait to spend some time with John and Emma, hear about their Christmas Eve and watch them tear into their piles. 

Today is a day for the kids, a day for us to love and enjoy each other's company.  It's a day for sharing what we have and for thinking about those we love and those who have gone.

Enjoy your time today, because it is but a fleeting moment in your life and sadly the Christmas spirit seems to fade all too quickly. I'd like to say that I will take the time to treat every day like Christmas.  But tomorrow we will be off into the maelstrom of everyday life again, with work pressures, school projects, sports practices, family matters and bills come due.  We will do the best we can to be good people, but the spark of the Christmas holiday will sometimes be hard to find.

I wish you and yours the merriest of Christmases.  Thank you for all the happiness you have given to me and my family this year and I hope that you enjoy today and keep the spirit of Christmas with you all year.


Saturday, December 24, 2011

Santa Stop Here

SantaStopEmma's got her sign up to make sure Santa know we have moved.  The tree is lit, the presents are wrapped and I am at loose ends trying to figure out what to do with myself for the first Christmas Eve I can remember where I really have nothing to do to get ready. 

Later today I will be headed over to Delco to have our traditional Christmas Eve dinner with my family and friends, but for now I am enjoying a quiet morning here in Medford.

For many of us, Christmas Eve is the big holiday.  The kids love the gifts and the unwrapping and the frenzy of Christmas, but for me Christmas Eve, with its traditions and last-minute thoughtfulness is the essence of the holiday season. 

I hope you get things wrapped up early today and enjoy your time later.  Merry Christmas Eve!


Friday, December 23, 2011

Visions of Sugarplums Dance in Their Heads

 

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All is prepared.  There is still some wrapping to do, but for the most part, it's all waiting now.  And trying to behave!


Thursday, December 22, 2011

The Stockings Were Hung By the Chimney With Care

image from www.flickr.comWell, we don't have a chimney, but we did it old school on the railing like when I was a kid! We've just about wrapped up the decorating here in Medford.  There's some wrapping to do today and a quick run out for 2 small gifts, but otherwise, everything's set!

How are your preparations going?


Tuesday, December 20, 2011

T'was the Week Before Christmas

It's been a busy week and the real fun is just beginning!  The kids and I spent the weekend enjoying the company of our friends and family, both locally and over in Delco.  The kids did their shopping for me, we decorated my parents' tree and caught up with some friends and the cousins.

This week has been a flurry of shopping and holiday prep, with some cool kid stuff in the middle.  I think I have finally wrapped up the shopping with one small possible exception.  I finished up the family holiday photo page and contributed some edits to the update letter that my parents send with their Christmas cards. 

Emma had her holiday dance showcase on Monday and we enjoyed a night out tonight.  Tomorrow is my last day with the kids before Christmas, and we still have a few things to do, but I am trying to stay relaxed about the holidays and play things as they come.

There's a lot more to come for the week.  I'm hopeful I have turned the corner on yet another cold.  I've got some work to get done tomorrow and then a couple of days to myself before Christmas Eve. 

I'm too tired to link or post photos tonight, but there are some coming, I promise!


Monday, December 19, 2011

Special Time With My Princess!

My Christmas vacation has started and one of the best parts is a little extra time every morning with Emma. Today it's a little breakfast at Dunkin Donuts!

We had a great weekend with so many family and friends and this is a wonderful way to start our week!

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Friday, December 16, 2011

Friday Fantastic Four - Christmas Vacation

Today is my last day of work for 2011.  One of the benefits of working in higher education is the 2 week vacation around Christmas and New Year's. 

It's a great two weeks and gives me a lot of time off when most of the rest of the world is running hither and yon, trying to grab up last minute gifts and bottles of wine to take to holiday get together.  I get a week before Christmas to do all that I need to get done and then the next week to wind down.  There isn't any money to go somewhere warm this year, so I will be hanging close to my base.  I know you all don't get two weeks off, but if you did ...

What Four Things Are You Going To Do On Christmas Vacation?

1. Finish up shopping.  Yep.  Despite my earlier forays out into the shopping venues of Pennsylvania and South Jersey, I have procrastinated.  I have to make sure the piles are about the same and get a few more gifts and stocking stuffers.

2. Family Events.  While we won't have family visitors from afar this year, the locals will still gather.  My sister is the go-to person this year I guess.  I will be Swarthmore bound for Christmas Eve.  The Medford house is nice and cozy, but not really set up for large-scale family gatherings like the Mount Laurel and Moorestown houses were.

3. Lazy Days.  I have the kids a lot over Christmas Vacation, so there will be a lot of time spent just watching them play with their new stuff from Santa. 

4. Something for me.  If it stays nice, maybe some hiking.  If it's not so nice, I will have to find another way to stay out of trouble.  In the past I would always tackle some home improvement project.  I don't need to do that this year, but the days without the kids around can be tough, so I need to take some time for 'me' things!

So what are your Christmas (winter) Vacation plans? 

Have a great time this weekend!


Tuesday, December 13, 2011

John's Tree Is Up

image from www.flickr.comFollowing his review of the latest Discover Channel Gold Rush, John got his little green Christmas tree put up tonight.  He took a good bit of time 'fluffing' the tree, as he's been taught,  to make it appear as large as possible.  He spent a bit less time clearing the area though, deciding it was best on his dresser among this technology and trophies.

Nevertheless, he is quite happy with the result and also feels that the tree complements his lava lamp. 'It's sweet!' was his proclamation.  Unlike his sister, he wants the tree off for sleeping. 

image from www.flickr.comEmma spent her free time tonight extending her Christmas list.  From the little girl who last week could not think of anything to ask Santa for, the list sure has grown.  Emma also kept me company as I cleaned up from dinner, playing holiday computer games on the family computer.  They all seem to have hideous graphics and mindless pseudo-holiday music, but she was quietly enraptured until I saw her head drooping and dispatched her to bed.

As for me?  Two days down, Only three work days left for 2011!


Monday, December 12, 2011

Emma and Her Little Tree

image from www.flickr.comEmma has been dying to put her tree up, so today I made sure we had a few minutes in between running all over Burlington County to get her little pink tree set up in her room.  Last Christmas it didn't come down until July!

John hasn't found the time to put his tree up yet, but he always makes sure the first thing he does when he comes home is to turn on the image from www.flickr.com
lights for the big tree in the living room.  My guess is he will get around to putting his up tomorrow.  He was too busy texting his buddies today after returning to the land of cell phone service.

I can only imagine what the Chinese prison laborers think as they are stuffing these little trees in boxes so we can buy them for $5 and cover them with little glitter covered foam balls!


Winter Is Here

image from www.flickr.comWhile the official first day of winter doesn't happen until the winter solstice on December 22 this year, today is the first day that it has felt like winter to me.  The deciding factor for me was the frost on the windshield this morning.  I'm pretty sure that I have not had frost on my windshield since March of 2009, a pretty good run, for sure, but a pretty stark wake-up call at 7 this morning.  Ahh to have a garage again, oh but then you have to shovel the driveway...

How far can we be from this scene?

We had a very mild fall, with temperatures in the 60s as late as 10 days ago.  I Even given the freak Halloween snow storm that his much of the Philadelphia region, I still have not really felt the cold until today.  As loathe as I usually am to bundle up, I went with gloves and a scarf today, but could not bear to put on a watch cap yet. 

Only 68 days until pitchers and catchers!


Sunday, December 11, 2011

Winding Down

It's a few minutes before the season finale of Boardwalk Empire, signalling the end of my weekend.

Friday night was a fun time, drinks, dinner and dancing with old friends out in Philly.  I will be doing a review of one of the new spots we hit.  Saturday was a day of college basketball and football, and a night with some new friends.

I've been looking for curtains for my room for a few weeks.  Emma vetoed the last set after I hung them with a disgusted shake of her head and the remark, 'Daddy sometimes you have no clue.'

So after the Eagles' big win over Miami today, I returned the rejected curtains, and picked out another set that at least matches my comforter.  After a few hours of grocery and Christmas shopping, I waved the white flag, but not before crossing two more names off the list.

After making myself some comfort food, I am now relaxing on the couch by the lights of the Christmas tree awaiting the last Boardwalk Empire for 9 months.  Sigh.


Friday, December 09, 2011

Friday Fantastic Four - Outrageous Christmas Gifts

It's holiday shopping season.  I can tell because the mail guy at work is delivering boxes to every cubicle and the roads around every shopping mall are clogged from dawn to midnight.

So since you are out looking for ways to stimulate the economy, I thought I would give you my Christmas List.

What are your top four fantasy Christmas gifts for 2011?

  1. The CR-V is getting a little long in the tooth, so I think a new car would be a good idea.  The Noble M600 isn't the fastest car in the world, but it's int he top 10 and is super slick to look at!
  2. My Dell Laptop is 5 years old and also headed to the scrap pile someday soon.  I think a nice Toshiba 3D Blu-Ray laptop should be just what I need to do the blog for the coming year.
  3. I might be the last guy in America without HDTV.  It's time to change that!  I know my brother loves his Toshiba, but for me the TV to get is a Panasonic!
  4. Phinally - A pair of Phils season tickets are the way to go for my final gift request for the year.  The team is in flux right now, but who doesnt like going down to the park on a warm summer evening?

So what gifts are on your fantasy Christmas list this year?

Everyone have a great weekend!


Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Weird Kids

Somewhere along the line my kids started eating their pasta piled on top of their garlic bread. They also always require mac and cheese to be served with ham so they can dip the ham in the cheese sauce.

Weird kids! But no weirder than I am I guess, given that I like my red wine chilled way cooler than standard and my beer far warmer than is generally served here in the states.

Got any food oddnesses of your own?


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Monday, December 05, 2011

Holiday Lessons

We just had a great weekend preparing for Christmas.  The tree is up, Santa came to Swarthmore, the decorations are complete in Brookhaven and Emma wrote her letter to Santa.  Even battling a cold, it was a really nice weekend!

The preparation, shopping, cooking and parties make December a hectic, but happy time of year. Remembering past holidays with fondness is a huge part of why we all look forward to the season every year. Snow on Christmas Eve, caroling in the neighborhood, spiked egg nog, opening presents by the fire and seeing folks from far and wide are all great memories that will last a lifetime.

Still, the holidays can be hard sometimes. People who are missing from are lives feel all the more missing at this time of year.  Old wounds open afresh when you look around the table and notice the faces who aren't there as well as the family and friends who are.  Old traditions can be a little bit hard when the people who made them important are no longer in your life.

The kids and I were reflecting a bit on people who are no longer with us anymore as we unpacked our holiday items this weekend.  Emma especially had a hard time.  She missed the chance to say goodbye to some people who left us this year and it's hard for her to close out those feelings. 

With my heart in my throat and biting back tears, I had to tell my little princess, "Sometimes we don't get to say goodbye.  That's why we need to make sure the people we love know it every single day."


Sunday, December 04, 2011

Emma Does Some Writing

image from www.flickr.comEmma has managed to find a quiet moment after the happy chaos of last night to begin writing her letter to Santa.  It's a really sweet moment for me as a dad so be sitting her happily sipping my coffee and watching her.

It's in the noises and movements of children that there is peace.  I hope that you are all enjoying your time with family and friends as we go through the annual parties, gatherings and rituals leading up to the holidays. 

While the kids play in Swarthmore, Uncle Kevin and I are headed over to Brookhaven to put up the lights at my parents.  Then it's back to Medford for some snuggling time on the couch in front of the tree.

Have a great day!


Friday, December 02, 2011

A Dose of Perspective

I took my son to his friend's father's funeral tonight.  As tough as it was, I'm glad I did, because it was the kind of night that forced me to pull my head out of my ass and realize that my petty little problems today (and generally really) were nothing in the face of what some others have been going through.

Yeah, it was a bad day.  I'm sick, there were some kid issues, it was a struggle most of the day.

But it all paled in comparison to the anguish of a sweet little 10 year old girl crying at her father's funeral.  As her father's friends reminded us what a doting father she had and my son and his best friend looked back and forth at each other and the casket, I was chastened.  These little kids had lost their dad after a long fight with cancer.  I have a cold and some parenting problems.

Tonight we honored the life of a good man and a good father.  I hope his children always remember how much he loved them. 


Friday Fantastic Four - Home Sick

Well I have been laid out by a cold, so after toughing it out yesterday at work,  I am huddled under a blanket at home today.  Hence, today's illness-themed Fan 4.

What four things are part of your home sick routine?

  1. Won Ton Soup - This is my version of my grandfather's 'Jewish penicillin.'  If I was home sick as a kid, he would make a big pot of chicken soup from scratch.  It worked, but I never got the recipe, so I swear by won ton soup.
  2. Iced Tea - Decaffinated Red Rose tea by the gallon.  It keeps me hydrated and I can still sleep.
  3. The Couch - I have to get out of bed when I am sick.  I usually rest and relax on the couch, where I can at least feel like I got out of bed even if I am not doing anything else.
  4. Patheticness - Yep, I am pathetic when I am sick.  I admit it.  I got through yesterday with the help of Sudafed, but today is all about me!

Everyone have a great weekend and stay well!