Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Well, where have you been?

Kidding.

Summer was crazy hectic for the family.  Allyn got cast #1 on in early June.  The next week my grandmother passed away.  We had to travel back to the Delta three times during the summer.  And we had a second cast put on at the beginning of August.  Between keeping the N-ster entertained and keeping the peanut out of the heat, we stayed plenty busy.   But now the nuggets are back in school.  Holla!  And I'm catching up on all of the things that got away from me on our less than lazy summer days.

Here is sweet pea the day she got the first cast off.  She took a 30 minute bath right when we got home.  She took another long bath that night.  Her hair was so clean.  Cleaning a baby covered in plaster is not an easy feat.  It's so much easier to just plop her in the tub.
 And this was after bath time.  I think that sweet little smirk says it all.
 I got some pictures of her curve.  We didn't see any correction in cast #1.  She is still at 50 degrees.  But honestly, I think she lost some of the rotation.  The rib hump looked less noticeable. 
 She also loved the week of mobility.  She was able to curl up and roll and just be a baby. 
 She has not slept this well in two months. 
 Two weeks after we got cast #2, school started back.  Nolan is in preschool three days a week.  And I decided to send Allyn two days.  I'm still going up there mid-morning to nurse her.   I'm scared to let her go too long without nursing because she is so tiny and refuses a bottle or cup.  Girl just loves her mama.  So my breaks have been in 2.5 hour windows.  But it's better than nothing.  I may even schedule a haircut for sometime soon.
 Wild man was crazy excited about his first day. 
 Dad was out of town for our first two days of school.  So things didn't flow as smoothly as I would have loved.  But we have the rest of the year to figure these things out.  In other news, Nolan has turned Allyn's baby food into his toys.  The green tops (bad guys) fight the red/orange tops (good guys).  He told me that we needed to buy more baby food so he could use the ones we had as toys.  Seeing as it was $65 worth of pouches, I told him to share or pick another game.
 And just because she is such a doll.  Love this little angel to pieces!
 Here is A in cast #2.  This one is bigger and clearly more uncomfortable.  There are shoulder straps which make everything harder.  And it already stinks.  But we just pray for correction and comfort. 

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

My thoughts on Miley-gate

It was all I heard about yesterday.  On reputable news channels and on trashy gossip sites.  People at the gym were talking.  Everyone was outraged.

I did not see Miley Cyrus's VMA performance.  I do not plan on watching it.  I'm not going to link up to a picture. 

Mid-30's Shelley can look at 20-year old Miley Cyrus and tell her she is going to regret that decision.  I know she is a performer and that is her art.  And artists change.  I don't expect her to be Hannah Montana.  But I do know that, God willing and the creek don't rise, she will grow older.  She may one day have a husband and kids.  And those images and videos that no one will be talking about anymore will still be available for her kids to see.

In my 20's I may a lot of really bad decisions.  And when I say really bad, I mean bad for me.  They didn't harm others and they weren't illegal.  They were just taking me down a path toward a person that I wasn't meant to be.  I feel like that is where a lot of our youth are today.  And performers like Miley shouldn't be to blame for their bad behavior. 

As a grown woman I need to be able to step up and say what Miley did was gross.  As a singer, let's focus a little more on the vocals and a little less on the outfit and grinding.  Because once you start getting attention, you want more and you'll go to great lengths to achieve it. 

And it is hard to course correct.  I still have days (weeks...months :-)) where I make some poor choices.  I get caught up in the drama and the attention.  But thank goodness I have a decade and then some on my 20-year old self.  And in spite of the head full of gray hairs, I like my less scandalous self much better.