Finally settled in to Rumson NJ

Snowman, Surgery, and a Sister’s Support

We finally got a bit of snow this winter. It was the perfect kind for building a snowman, and we finally got to put the snowman kit Gee gave us years ago to use. Evan and Erin had a blast.
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The weatherman says a big storm is on its way — we might see over 12 inches of snow come Monday night. But this would not be the first time the weatherman has been wrong, so I suppose we’ll just have to see.

Erin decided she no longer wanted to do karate, and I’m not to force my 4-year-old to do things she doesn’t want to do, so it’s just Evan for the time being. Erin is still a big supporter though, and she made sure to bring her camera to Evan’s latest belt test (he’s now a JR Purple belt) so she could capture the moments.
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Unfortunately, Erin had to get a second set of tubes put in her ears this month. It seems she has inherited her mother’s poor inner ear anatomy, and is prone to thick sticky fluid getting trapped in her eustachian tubes, thereby diminishing her hearing. She was a trooper before the surgery, and very happy to have her kitty and fish to keep her company. The surgery itself was relatively minor, but it is always difficult to watch your little one battle the after-effects of anesthesia, and it broke my heart to hear her complain that her ears hurt afterwards. I remember that pain, and I feel guilty that my horrible genes are to blame for her suffering. It was rough, but she bounced back after a few hours. Hopefully the second time will be the charm…
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Work is going fine. Each day I’m able to write a little more of the third volume of my Stewards of Reed series, and I’m hopeful that I’ll be able to finish it some time this year. But I do miss these cute little faces when I’m away all day.
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