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Monday, December 11, 2017


Date of occurrence:
November 26, 2017.

Leo and Emmaly went home early this morning and Kc is keeping himself busy. He is looking at videos about magicians and comes into the office with the announcement he can do a magic trick and wants to demonstrate it.

Okay, little man. Let's see it. He grabs his ear and says: "Look."
We can't really make out what is happening, but apparently it is supposed to look like he stuck his thumb trough his ear.

After an explanation, we get the picture and satisfied he wanders off just to come back a few minutes later. He has got another magic trick he just learned.

He stands on one foot and we are waiting for the trick.
Kc: "Can't you see? I am limitating."
Opa laughs and replies: "Oh, you mean levitating."
Kc: "Yeah. I am levitating."

Well, his magic act was a bust, because the levitation didn't happen. I suppose gravity threw a wrench in the works.

It was definitely limitating! Grin.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

A Winner

Date of occurrence:
November 25, 2017.

Alabama is playing against Auburn in the Iron Bowl today and we all are ready for it. Aunt A. and Emmaly are rooting for Auburn, while the rest of the family is cheering for Alabama.

The kids fill up on all the finger foods and Leo even manages to stuff his tummy to a point where it hurts. He retreats to the bedroom with his iPad.

During half time, Kc asks his friend J. if he can and wants to come over to watch the rest of the game with us.

He shows up a few minutes later and joins us. So does Leo.

His stomach is fine again and he even asks when we are going to eat.

Yeah, he is a bottomless pit. Grin.

Speaking of the pits, so was the game for most of us. It didn't turn out the way the Alabama fans had hoped, but at least the Auburn fans were happy.

It didn't really matter. We all had a good time and enjoyed each other's company. The day turned out great.

It was a winner!

Saturday, December 9, 2017

A Happy Thanksgiving

Date of occurrence:
November 23, 2017.

Aunt A. picks up Bella and Lily and they get here around 10 this morning. Both girls look so pretty and since we have almost the entire gang together, I can't pass up the opportunity to snap a picture of them.

After the picture, they don't waste any time and set out to play. Somehow, they all end up in the guest bedroom doing their thing. The boys are focused on the games on their electronics, while the girls play with their doll house.

Aunt A. keeps a watchful eye on the children, so I can concentrate on putting the finishing touches on our Thanksgiving dinner. Emmaly and I already engaged in some dinner preparations yesterday and the time-consuming dishes are done.

She loves to help with the cooking and made the sweet potato casserole almost all by herself. I cooked the potatoes and measured the rest of the ingredients and Emmaly added, mixed, and poured it into the baking dish. It is time to eat and we gather around the table.

Lily wants a 'pippa' (pizza) breadstick and a sweet role. Isabella fills up on corn on the cob. Leo tries it all but ends up concentrating on the stuffing. Emmaly and Kc like and eat everything. Kc even overeats and has no more room for dessert. Emmaly on the other hand left some space for two helpings.

It's all delicious, if I may say so myself. Compliments fill the air and Emmaly gleams as everyone thanks her for the scrumptious sweet potato casserole. And we are thankful for having the grandchildren over to share this special meal with us.

We hope your Thanksgiving was just as good as ours! :-)

Friday, December 8, 2017

The Mind Spasm

Date of occurrence:
November 22, 2017.

Emmaly and Leo were picked up by their Mom last Saturday and spent some time with her and their siblings. Both, including Kc, were dropped off early this morning and will spend today and most of Thanksgiving with us.

After a while on the electronics, I direct them outside to play some. The weather is too nice and they don't need to get all square-eyed. They sure are having fun.

A little later we go back in. The boys immediately turn to their electronics and disappear in Kc's room. Emmaly plays with her doll house for a bit and then watches some videos on the computer. She has her headphones on and is totally into the little dolls' adventures on the screen.

Opa decides to tease Emmaly and calls her. She doesn't hear it. He calls her again a few times more, but without avail. After several more attempts she finally looks up, takes her headphones off and comes over.

Opa: "Are you having a mind spasm, girl?"
Emmaly frowns and replies: "I don't even know what that is."
Opa: "That means you don't hear or see anything else but what is on TV or the computer. So, do you have a mind spasm?"
Emmaly: "No, I don't."
Opa: "Then let's see if we can have a conversation without you looking at the TV or computer."
Emmaly: "Okay. I can."

Of course she can't. Her eyes constantly wander to the TV or computer.
Opa: "See. I knew it. You have a mind spasm."
Emmaly: "But my video is playing and I am missing it."
Opa: "And you still are convinced you don't have mind spasms?"
Emmaly, realizing Opa is teasing her: "Oma, can I go now and watch my video?"
Me: "Don't ask me, ask Opa. You and Opa are talking."

She asks if she can go now. Opa smiles and lets her off the hook. She goes back to the computer and picks up where she left off.

Yup, she goes straight back to having a mind spasm! Grin.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Party Time

Date of occurrence:
November 18, 2017.

Kc's best friend J. is having a Birthday party today and it will be held at a large trampoline place.

Our little 'big' man, as he wants to be called, is excited and looking forward to it. The presents are wrapped and the waiting game begins.

It is finally time to go and as soon as we enter the place, Kc, the birthday boy, and some other party guests jump to their heart's content.

It is time for pizza and cake and that's where we run into problems. Kc is on a diet due to his stomach pains and can't have cheese and chocolate. Unfortunately, it is cheese pizza and he has to forego it.

There is still the cake though. Uh oh, it has a layer of chocolate in it and he can't have that either. I let him eat around the chocolate, so he at least has some treat.

It doesn't diminish the fun by any means and after the meal they all go off to jump and play again.

The party is over before we know it and it is time to go home again.

And in spite of his dietary restrictions, Kc had a great time!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Enjoying The Fieldtrip

Date of occurrence:
November 15, 2017.

The 5th graders are going on a fieldtrip to the Global Wildlife Center in Louisiana today. That means a long bus drive and therefore all students have to be at school pretty early.

Kc has no problem cutting his sleep short. He is already up and running way before I intend to wake him.

We ensure he has got all he needs and then some and take him to school where the busses are already waiting.

As Kc gets on the bus, one of his teachers tells us they will call when they are on the way back and about 20 minutes away from school. By doing so, we don't have to wait too long.

Off they go and we hope they will have a great time and Kc will take a lot of pictures.

And he did both. He enjoyed the trip, took a gazillion photos and even some videos of all the critters they saw and encountered.

Oh wait, that last one is a selfie! Grin.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Thanksgiving Pot Luck

Date of occurrence:
November 13, 2017.

The Scouts are having their Thanksgiving Pot Luck/Awards/Bobcat ceremony tonight and Kc, his Mom, aunt A., and I are attending.

We have prepared some food to bring along and find a table close to the podium.

The Bobcat ceremony is up first and right after that, everyone loads up their plates and enjoys all the food which has been brought in.

The awards are next on the agenda.

Kc receives several badges and a Jamboree On The Air pin.

His Mom takes tons of pictures and videos.

She is so, so proud of him.

And so are we.

Well done, little man!

Monday, December 4, 2017

Very Impressive

Date of occurrence:
November 11, 2017.

The Cub Scouts are having a Blue Angel campout and their itinerary is quite impressive. The boys will not be bored, that's for sure.

Kc and aunt A. went on last year's campout and already saw the Blue Angels fly. They had such a great time though, they were not going to pass up the opportunity to see them again this year.

The Scouts start off the day with the Blue Angel Show. After that, they visit the Naval Aviation Museum and Aunt A. and Kc even have a little bit of time left to explore the campsite.

That is not the end of the day. A cook-out and Campfire show are still on the menu.

Since he is one of the older cub scouts, Kc is tasked with teaching the younger ones how to make a campfire.

He has no problem with that. He shows them how to stack the wood and kindling and how and where to put the Ferro rod.

He lights the tinder in one strike.

We can only say one thing about that to our little firebug.

Very impressive, Sir! :-)

Sunday, December 3, 2017

A First-Rate Brochure

Date of occurrence:
November 9, 2017.

Kc had to make a brochure for one of the states of the U.S. and had to do some research, find pictures, and print it out.

The state of Virginia was assigned to him and besides making an appealing brochure, he also has to give a presentation about it today.

We practice a little and I give him some pointers. He tends to stick his a hands in his pockets during his presentation and I have to remind him on several occasions to avoid that.

While he is at school, we can hardly wait to find out how it went. His teacher is pretty quick posting grades on the school's website and I check before school is out.

Low and behold: Kc made a A. That means his presentation went great and there is no doubt about it.

He made a first-rate brochure!

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Tests And Testing

Date of occurrence:
November 9, 2017.

In spite of the medications Kc's stomach has still been hurting and the Pediatric GI has ordered some tests to get to the root of the problem.

Kc needs to go for those tests today and has to be at the hospital at 7 AM. He couldn't eat much the previous day and was allowed only water for the twelve hours prior to the tests.

This morning he is feeling sick and even throws up right before his Mom arrives. He makes it to the car though and off they go.

The tests take up to 5 hours all together and they come out negative. On the one hand, that is a relief. On the other hand, the cause of the problem is still unknown.

An ultrasound is next on the agenda. In the mean time we keep him on the medication and high fiber diet and hope and pray it will not get worse.

We were glad to hear Kc felt better as the morning progressed and made it through without any problems. That's one test down and one more to go. At least for now.

Kc is not the only one being tested; we all are. It is a testing of our faith and I can assure you...

That will test positive! :-)

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