Wednesday, December 30, 2009


Get it? The blog post is titled reflections, which is something that you do at the end of the reflect. But here's a picture of Romelie looking in a mirror...and she's reflected back. So it's reflections. Get it? Ah. The wit. The wit of me.

I could totally do another laundry list of updates; it's been long enough. Instead, I'll go back to my usual paragraph format and try to summarize.

First, regarding my dad. I'm happy to say that he is out of the hospital and back at home. However, he ended up being there for 11 days. At first, when he said he was expected to be there for four days, I was like "What? Four days?! That's forever!!" And then, Christmas morning, he finally gets to go home. I could fill in lots of medical details--mostly about lung fluid, picture that--but rest assured, he's doing better, although I hear both he and my brother have a case of the barfs right now. Super unfair.

Speaking of the barfs...our family had the barfs last week. Well, Romelie and I had the barfs...Chason had all the symptoms minus actual vomiting. I don't think we're responsible for passing it to my dad and Paul, though, since it's been gone for a week in my household. Romelie also went to Urgent Care (again) with her first ear infection last Tuesday night.

I think it's time for my family to have some super healthy time, don't you?

Change focus cuts! Romelie had her very first professional hair cut on Christmas Eve morning. We went to Kids Hair in Edina, recommended to us by Jen. It was pretty awesome. They kept her entertained with Dora and toys while they cut her hair. Not traumatizing at all, she got a sucker for being a good girl, and they let my mom keep some hair. Which is gross, but it made her happy.

Now...Christmas! We had a really wonderful Christmas, I must say. Often, it can get pretty hectic; it feels like we're just rushing from place to place, trying to see everyone but not really spending much time with anyone. This year, my mom's family did their celebrations on Christmas Eve day, so we were able to spend a few hours there. Then Christmas morning was spent at my house, followed by lots of playtime and nap time. Christmas night we went to my dad's for a delicious dinner (yay Paul) and Romelie and I spent the night. Then Romelie stayed with Paul and my dad, and Chason and I had Saturday night off; we celebrated with board games and stayin' in. And then Sunday we visited my dad's family who had postponed dinner from Christmas day because of the weather. And I must say, it made for a nice, long, celebratory weekend with lots of great food, family time, and minimal stress. Good job, holiday.

Romelie, of course, was spoiled silly since she basically got to open presents for 5 days straight (starting on Christmas Eve and ending with a gift from Aunt Bronwyn and family that arrived on Monday!). Thanks to everyone for keeping Romelie clothed, comfortable, educated and entertained; she has been enjoying her presents tremendously. Unfortunately I think most of the good pictures are on Paul's camera; I'll try to snag those before he goes back to Chicago.

Let's see...I got to see my friend Kristin, whom I haven't seen since our wedding, and her family, whom I haven't seen since Kristin's wedding (a couple years before mine). It was wonderful to spend some time with them, though we weren't able to do too much catching up. Romelie played piano, though, and loved it. And Crystal comes into town tonight!! Welcome back to the land of ice and snow.

It's been a while since I've updated you all on Romelie's newest skills, words, interests, and developments, but this is a pretty long entry already, so I'll save it for another blog. I will, however, leave you with this video of Romelie dancing to "Single Ladies." I tried to teach her the classic hand move from this video (if you've seen it, you know what I'm talking about), and she gave it her best.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Are you ready? Well let's do it! Break it down!

It's been two weeks. Shall we catch everyone up to speed? Here's what you missed:

*Romelie and I flew to Chicago to visit Paul and Carrie and see Yo Gabba Gabba live. Last minute choice (flights for $100). Can you blame us? Check out these awesome videos and pictures.

*Romelie barfs in the car on the way to the show. I debate pulling over to clean her off (which would have made us late), or turning around and heading back to Paul's apartment (which would have meant expensive tickets go unused). I kept driving. Anyone blame me? I sure did. Luckily I had brought a change of clothes and she didn't barf again. Must have been something she ate.

*Romelie gets a cold later that evening. Lasts a few days. Thank goodness for baby Tylenol.

*Paul and Danni take Romelie to Children's Museum in Chicago. Much fun is had despite the cranky sick kid.

*Return to MN. Hey, when did it become so frigid? Highs around 0 degrees; windchill already at -25 degrees. Uh...I guess it's winter.

*Danni gets cold. Misses work.

*Danni finally returns to work Wednesday morning. Gets call from Jen around 11:15. Romelie has had two instances of diarrhea. Must be picked up and kept home for 24+ hours. Danni leaves work. Sorry, Bakken! Danni also cancels speech practices. Sorry, BSM!

*Romelie returns to daycare. My mom comes into town. Beautiful old dog, Chloe, comes along too. She needs to be put to sleep. Sad, sad Danni.

*Friday morning - put wonderful old dog to sleep. Lose it big time.

*Friday later morning - drive Mom to hospital for carpal tunnel surgery. Ouchie. Get well soon, Mom!

*Big big big situation. Will not share--certainly not on a blog, for crying out loud--because frankly, it's no one's business. Age 10 years. Eh...whaddya gonna do? :)

*Saturday, discover Dad has the flu. Get well soon, Dad!

*Monday, discover Dad is in the hospital with pneumonia. Come on, world...really? Saw Dad last night. Looking good, you.

*Monday, after much delibaration and soul-searching...quit job as speech coach at BSM. Feel terrible, but need personal time. Head coach is amazing and wonderful. Thank you for understanding.

Which brings us up to today. So good...

That's what happens when you don't blog for two weeks. I'm sure I missed a few stories, events, and other happenings, but that's all I feel like writing at the moment. Romelie, by the way, is all better and doing great. Finally back into her routine (travel and illness messed it up pretty badly) and seems to be very happy. I will be sure to share lots of Romelie updates in the next entry. Ten more days until Christmas?! Raise your hand if you're completely unprepared.

(Pause. Sheepishly raises hand.)