I like this monthly wrap up, hosted by Chatting At The Sky. It's been great to look back and see the last two posts I did with this, and I am happy to get to sum up the month again.
Sometimes you look back at the month and realize that some parts of it were really NOT good. The biggest NOT good part of September was absolutely all the illness that Robbie endured. He missed SIX days of school! That's a lot! A virus that caused a high fever (1 day missed), a double ear infection (2 days missed), and then another virus that caused tonsillitis (3 days missed)... ugh. But that's not the worst of it... I learned how scary it is to watch your previously good eater, who was what you'd consider a bit "husky"... quit eating over and over again, and lose 6 lbs over the course of the three illnesses. Doesn't sound like much until you do the math (8% of his body weight). At this point, we're trying to keep weight on him, let alone get him to gain some of it back.
Getting away with your husband for a few days is priceless. Thanks to the generosity of our older two children, especially the eldest, we had child care in place for FOUR days. We didn't go very far, but we had a great time relaxing and seeing some sights. We went to a concert, a bed and breakfast for one of the three nights, and then to the Dallas area after spending a day at a state park. We went to the Sixth Floor Museum and the Bush Presidential Library (43's library, not 41 - that library is in College Station). We went shopping, ate out for most of our meals, and talked and talked.
It was so worth it.
Robbie does miss us if we're gone. Apparently, he was sad when Mac picked him up on Monday, and only the fact that Mac told him again and again that we were coming home calmed him down. It's nice to know that he cares. We won't leave him again for a while... but we do hope to go away again together next year. We need to take care of ourselves too.
I didn't realize until visiting the Sixth Floor Museum how young Jacqueline Kennedy was when JFK was assassinated. She was only 34 years old. I was struck with that realization especially when watching scenes from the funeral. Thirty four. That's... just so young.
After visiting the scene of JFK's assassination, we went to the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. This is the third presidential museum I've been able to visit, and I hope to get to a few more in my lifetime. I love history!
We knew that we'd be a bit sad after seeing the JFK museum, but we forgot that there would be a lot of sadness involved with the Bush Museum. Rounding the corner to see those steel girders from the Twin Towers... oh, my.
I learned then why the towers fell. I mean, I thought I knew, but my husband was able to explain it so much better this time (his engineering expertise is in the realm of fatigue, fracture, and failure of materials so he'd studied this situation). In a nutshell - and this is just how I understood it, so if it's still wrong, sorry! - the fire weakened the supports, and then they weakened to the point that key joints came apart, and then the floors pancaked down...
Possums are not very cute, but my new stuffed animal is.
It's a very long boring story... so just take my word for the fact that possums are actually part of the story of my marriage, and this is actually a very romantic gift.
And that's all I have to say about this month!