Monday, August 10, 2009

I try not to blog when I’m in a bad mood

So I’ve been absent from here for awhile. Sorry about that but life kind of got in the way for a little bit.

IMG_4338 We’ve been busy trying to keep Brendan entertained, which means we’ve had lots of trips to the parks and ice cream stands.

IMG_4339 The local library also had a fun activity day at the park and Brendan got two free books, a stuffed dinosaur and a balloon for attending.

IMG_4231 He had such a good time even though it was about 90 degrees out at 10:30 in the morning. Ugh. I can’t complain too much though- it’s nice for it to feel like summer for once.

The highlight of Brendan’s week was getting a pair of Sponge Bob pajamas in the mail from his grandma and grandpa. As soon as he opened the package, he had to put them on. He loves them.

IMG_4346 Mostly we’ve been dealing with our stupid car and its problems. There is a woman in our ward who doesn’t have a car and her and her teenage daughter needed a ride to a dentist appointment in a town about 40 minutes away (there are dentists much closer to us, so I don’t know why she has to go to one so far away). She asked me to take her and I agreed. It’s nice to do service for people and I generally really enjoy that… unless my car breaks down on the way home. The timing belt broke when we were still about 20 minutes from home. Luckily some of our ward members live not far from where we broke down and they came to our rescue. I am so grateful for them. I don’t know what I would’ve done if they hadn’t been able to come out to help. We had the car towed back to town and now it’s been at the mechanic’s for about 5 days. Hopefully the parts come in today and they can tell us if the engine was damaged when the belt broke. We’re crossing our fingers that this can all get fixed quickly now. It really stinks not having a car.

IMG_4226 Brendan also had his speech assessment this past week. It looks like Brendan will need speech therapy and we’ll start that in a few weeks. The speech therapist guessed that Brendan’s speech development was at about the age of 19 to 20 months, so he’s quite a bit behind. We’ve also got to take him for a hearing test just to make sure he doesn’t have any minor hearing problems that may be a factor. I’m looking forward to beginning this process for him and get him some help. The good news is that Brendan loved the speech therapist and tried to get him to jump on my bed with him. I think he’ll have fun while learning some skills to help him. And if he’s happy, I’m happy.


  1. Count your blessing Valerie... count them ONE by ONE! Brendan is so adorable!

  2. I left out the S in blessings!!! Argh

  3. To Zach: not unfortunate, just a typo. Blame it on English being my second language.

  4. To Cecilia: I'm not saying it was Freudian (subconsciously intentional) just unfortunate--and funny. Leaving off the S turns a phrase full of optimism and gratitude into quite a depressing phrase. Maybe I should have used the word "ironic" instead.

    And don't blame your English. Your English looks pretty good to me.

    p.s. Hi, Chris!