Fritz is 12!

Last Wednesday Fritz turned 12. This means he get to go to Young Men and on Sunday he was ordained a Deacon so next Sunday he’ll get to pass the Sacrament.

As is our tradition, Jamie took off work and the birthday kid got to pick whatever he wanted for the three meals that day. Fritz chose hash browns for breakfast, potato cheese and chili soup for lunch, and a Chinese/seafood buffet for dinner.

He really wanted a programmable robot, but the one we found that seemed the best for him was kind of expensive so we told him he could choose that one and just get one gift or he could get a bunch of smaller gifts. He thought long and hard about it and decided to go with the one big one so he got Cue from Wonder Workshop. From his grandparents he got the sketch kit to go with his robot.

He did an hour of drop-in programmable working toward his yellow (second) belt at Code Ninjas. That’s his happy place. He got two challenge games done (basically his end of white belt test) leaving three left before he gets his next belt.

When our boys turn 12 they get new fancy church clothes to wear. We found Fritz’s outfit at Dillard’s. He really liked getting a vest and bow tie because that’s what his big brother wears to church.

The Chinese/seafood buffet had a game room attached. Fritz had fun playing Whack-a-Mole, uh, Shark after dinner. It all added up to a pretty awesome twelfth birthday.

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So much planning

I’ve been working like crazy on lesson plans for next school year. I’ve got almost everything printed. My parents brought an awesome GBC binder with them so the workbooks are nicely bound and waiting in the utility carts I got for the boys (red for Cameron, blue for Fritz, and sand for Adrian).

I’ve got ten of the twenty year three Layers of Learning units all planned and I’m working on the last book that I need to pre-read for unit 10. The printables for the first ten units all ready in the filing cabinet. I’ve got lists of supplies I need to get/assemble still.

I’m on a bit of a time crunch, though. In a month Jamie and I will arrive in Ireland to visit his mum. We’ll get back the weekend before school starts so I want to have everything for school as ready as possible before we leave.

YouTube can be very useful

Jamie has been changing the oil in all our cars for a while now. He learned how to do it from YouTube. Ani’s car needed a new alternator. Again, YouTube to the rescue. A couple weeks ago he replaced the rear struts on Ani’s car (ah, the joys of an older used car). YouTube taught him how to do it. He’s done the brakes on two of our cars with YouTube as a guide. The amount of money we’ve saved on paying other people to fix our cars is huge at this point.

Side note: One of Ani’s front tires was bulging so Jamie checked her spare tire to see if it was a regular tire and he could just switch the one going bad for the spare. Nope. Her spare tire was completely blown out. Who put a blown out tire in their car’s spare spot? The people who sold her car to the dealership, apparently. (We got two new tires and the good old front tire is now in the spare tire compartment in case she should ever need a useful spare.)

Jamie and I went to DC

Jamie had a week of training in DC that just happened to be the same week as our 20th anniversary so I went with him. While he was in class all day I wandered all over the place (I walked well over 40 miles that week).

I went to the Renwick Gallery. I love that place. The art is really unique.

Down by the White House there was a dancing Trump clown. Between him and the various random protesters (including the octogenarian anti-NRA crowd), it was like a party over there.

I went to National Geographic and lunch with my sister. I am no good at taking selfies.

DC is beautiful.

I found everything Truman related in the American History Museum.

I went to the Smithsonian Castle. Somehow I never realized they have a random collection of stuff there.

I met an on-line friend at the Natural History Museum one day.

Jamie and I went to see Oceans 8 the Thursday it came out. That was also the day the Caps won the Stanley Cup. Without realizing, we got tickets at the theater right next to where the Caps play. There was a vast sea of fans in red out on the street there. It was amazing (and extra amazing when the Caps won not long after we finished watching the movie).

I went to the Air and Space Museum. It’s a lot smaller than I remember from when I was a kid. I went to see a show in the planetarium. That was really cool.

I went to the Sculpture Garden. This has always been my very favorite sculpture.

We went to visit my aunt. It was so nice to see her.

We moved to a hotel in Virginia the last few days. I was sitting there reading one day when the fire alarm went off. It was a false alarm, but I got to stand out in the drizzling rain and cold while the fire department cleared us to go back inside.

We flew home after 10 days away. It was nice to be back in San Antonio.

As part of their bedtime routine, I tuck stuffed animals in with the boys. I picked out these adorable little bears to bring back to them. They love them.

I think Lola was the happiest to have us home. The last few days we were gone she got sadder and sadder and was quite listless. She wouldn’t let me out of her sight for a couple days after I got home!

Ani and Valium (Wisdom Teeth)

Just over a week ago, Ani got her bottom two wisdom teeth removed. Because of her chronic health issues, the oral surgeon didn’t feel comfortable knocking her out for it, so instead, she did conscious sedation using Valium. The night before, she had to take one and things got kind of amusing. (Note: Ani remembers none of this. Also, she’s healed up very nicely and this weekend was much better than last weekend.)

March for Our Lives

March for Our Lives

On Saturday, Jamie, Ani, and I joined about 1,000 of our fellow San Antonioans in support of common sense gun control.

March for Our Lives

A few tourists, upon realizing what we were doing, joined the parade.

March for Our Lives

People along the route applauded as they watched us go by.

March for Our Lives

As with anything in San Antonio, it was a pretty laid back, we’re having a party sort of atmosphere.

March for Our Lives

But March for Our Lives and the incredible ease with which people can get guns in this country is not fun and games. It’s a very serious issue. Ani returned from her really long Invisible Recovery hiatus to make a video about it.