Maryland Sheep & Wool Unsuccess Story

I took the kids to the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival this morning. It’s about 45 minutes away, and so we set off at about 8. The car ride over was pretty uneventful; Oliver and I sang and danced to Kelly Clarkson’s new album. When we were about 4 miles away, traffic got pretty backed up.
The view in front of us:
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The view behind us:
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Oliver got bored in traffic, so I let him play with the camera. Here are his shots.
Hazel, taking her morning nap:
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Self-portrait:
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… his legs… He really likes taking pictures of his legs.
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“I got my foot, Mommy!”
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Attempting more self-portraits:
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When we got there, it started to rain. Like, driving onto the grounds, the rain started. Kind of annoying, but we decided we’d tough it out. It was pretty warm, and a little bit of rain has never done anything except frizz my hair. The volunteers assisting people in parking were kind of mean–they yelled at us, and made me park unreasonably far away, especially considering that there was a ton of open space we could have parked in that was eons closer.

As we were walking towards the festival, a good Samaritan gave us an umbrella. It was incredibly sweet and thoughtful, but there is a good reason I don’t usually give an umbrella to my three year old (and any parent of a toddler will tell you that having an umbrella means letting him hold it). Oliver looked adorable with it (and I got a lot of compliments on my beautiful daughter and her beautiful blond curls), but in twirling it around and dawdling, he almost took out a few eyes along the way.

When we got into the festival we headed straight for the animals. Oliver had been pretty excited to see them, and Hazel loves animals (future vet?) with a passion I haven’t really seen before. She just gets so excited about them. Anyway, we saw a lot of lambs and sheep and ewes. Someone who had just shown their sheep let Oliver and Hazel pet him. His wool was incredible–thick and beautiful. But the sheep didn’t ‘baa’ like a normal sheep. It yelled and scared Oliver. But Oliver remembered his name–Hudson.

After the animals, I was hoping to browse some yarn. But due to the rain, the umbrellas everywhere (there were really a ton of people there considering the weather), and my fear of losing Oliver, I didn’t browse too much, and did not find anything that jumped out at me and demanding that I buy it. So, we left empty handed (well, with a new umbrella).

It was too rainy at the fair to take any pictures, but when we got home the rain had stopped, so we played outside. Here is Oliver’s new umbrella:
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And a gratuitous shot of Miss Hazel.
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So, altogether it was a fun way to spend the morning even if it was kind of a bust. I think I might just like going and doing cool things with my kids.

Surgery Success

Oliver had his dental surgery this morning.  Besides my emotional state being frazzled at best, it went off without a hitch.  I had talked to Oliver about what to expect ahead of time, and his only request was that I stay with him the whole time (we will never EVER mention how after he fell asleep I went and sat in the waiting room).

So, here is our morning, in pictures:

On our way to the hospital after we had dropped Hazel off.
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Waiting to be checked in. They had a kids’ section for us to sit in. Olive was my champion in his Batman cape.
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Back in the pre-operating room, where we changed into our awesome outfits and Oliver got a drug to relax him so he wouldn’t freak out about the gas. The nurses were all surprised that Oliver was so stubborn even after taking the meds! He wouldn’t let me put his hospital shirt on or his hat.
Here are his cool socks:
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My rockin’, sexy outfit. Note that they chose for me “Father X-Large”–I don’t know why I didn’t qualify for “Father Medium”, at least… Oliver took the pictures of me, so I am headless and/or weird looking in all of them. 🙂
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Me and Oliver, hammin’ it up. He was so brave!
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He finally let me put on his hospital shirt (I think they chose pink because they all thought he was a girl). There was a TV right there that he was watching, and he would only let me put it on cartoons in Spanish.
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Me, showing off my awesome hat that I got to wear. I was trying to convince Oliver that he should put his on too, but no dice.
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After the surgery was done, I was brought back into the room area with Oliver before he woke up. Here he is, still sedated.
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Seeing him hooked up to all the machines and stuff brought back memories of when he was born.
Today–
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March 15, 2006–
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On our way home from the hospital, at the ready for any throw up. Luckily, he saved all his vomit for the hospital ride out, so the wagon got the worst of it.
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All in all, he only needed one crown and got a bunch of fillings. Way better than anticipated. Also, he only kind of fought the anesthesia.

Christmas at my house

Close up of the tree:

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The kids in their Christmas Eve pajamas.

From 2008-12 (Dec) – Christmas!

Being sweet together.

From 2008-12 (Dec) – Christmas!

Hugs on the night before Christmas.

From 2008-12 (Dec) – Christmas!

O Christmas Tree

From 2008-12 (Dec) – Christmas!

Christmas morning, opening stockings in Oliver and Hazel’s room

From 2008-12 (Dec) – Christmas!

Conner in the morning

From 2008-12 (Dec) – Christmas!

Me, first thing

From 2008-12 (Dec) – Christmas!

Miss Hazel

From 2008-12 (Dec) – Christmas!

Father-Daughter dancing

From 2008-12 (Dec) – Christmas!

Me, modeling Conner’s new Iron Maiden hoodie.

From 2008-12 (Dec) – Christmas!

Bizarre Coincidence

Our external hard drive is on the fritz–which is a major bad deal for me, since there are thousands and thousands of my photos stored on it.  We were tossing around the idea of getting a new one last night in conversation, but went to bed.

This morning, I logged onto amazon.com, not for any particular reason, and at the top of the page shows “Hard Drive Bestsellers”, showing external hard drives that are on sale.

Bizarre.