Aunt Veronica: considerate
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Aunt Veronica: considerate
Monday, December 22, 2008
Right now we have two options.
1. Take the United flight to Seattle, or
2. If the flight is cancelled, Josh will rent a car and drive to Portland. Once in Portland he will stay the night at a friends house and then Tao and Jamie, who are driving to Seattle on Tuesday anyway, will bring Josh as well.
So the absolute latest Josh will get home is tomorrow afternoon. Only five days late.
Sunday, December 21, 2008
I can hardly believe you have only been with us for two years. Your presence in this family seems familiar and normal. Your extraordinary personality is sometimes a challenge, but your smile and your kisses make your tantrums worth it.
I thought it would be fun to have your friends and family describe you in one word. Here they are!
Grandma Ann: persistent
Grandpa Jim: affectionate
Grandma Kay: determined
Uncle Christian: defiant
Aunt Veronica: feisty
Uncle Aaron: charismatic
Uncle Ben: cute
Aunt Cyprianna: spunky
Aunt Lora: headstrong
Sbeenti (godmother): active
As you can clearly see, while these traits are tiring and difficult at times now, they will serve you well in adulthood. You make everyone around you smile and laugh. Your voice is sultry and husky; bringing faint smiles to those who stand next to us at church. You love to sing; you know so many songs it would be impossible to list. Miraculously, you love playing with Levi, but definitely need your space from him. There are many times when I find you playing by yourself, perfectly content driving a car on your garage, or pushing a train down the tracks.
Incidentally, you like much of the same things Levi likes. However, you do like one thing that he despises: talking on the phone. It does not matter who I am talking to, you always have to say Hi. Your "hi's" last a long time, and you often carry on a full conversation with whomever is at the end of the line.
You are extremely active. Your favorite activity is swimming, and I am constantly amazed at the risks you are willing to take. That goes for out of the pool too! Many times you are copying your brother, but once you discover you can jump off the couch, or put your face under water, you become so proud of yourself and keep right on going.
I cried the day you were born out of sheer joy, and you still bring tears of joy to my eyes. I love you so much.
P.S. I don't know why nobody stated the obvious, but I will. Bitty, you are loud!
Later in the month Grandpa Jim came to Seattle. He had meetings for two days downtown, so the kids and I picked him up at Sea-Tac and then he took us out to dinner. Levi and Claire had fun watching Veggie Tales videos on YouTube with him!
Sometimes I feel really bad that my children don't know there Alaskan Family as well as their Washington Family. Luckily Levi and Claire are very lovable kids. They were sad when we took Grandpa to his hotel later that night, and Levi cried on the drive home.
After the Bellevue thing, we drove to the Botanical Gardens in Bellevue. This place is amazing. They have a whole garden made out of Christmas lights. It is called Garden d'Lights.
The snow in Seattle started last Saturday night. By Sunday morning, it had melted and then froze enough to leave a layer of ice on the roads. Only after dressing for church and warming the car did I realize it was worse then I thought. I could not get out of our driveway! Now, I did not aggressively attack that hill as well as Josh may have, but I did have two kids in the car and a wimpy attitude. Needless to say, we skipped church and had a snow day.
By Friday, nothing had melted. In fact, I don't think Seattle has gotten above 25 degrees all week. Anyway, Friday schools were cancelled as well, as roads were still treacherous. This happened Friday afternoon. Saturday we knew another major storm was heading our way. Early Saturday morning the kids and I packed up for Kirkland to Christian and Veronica's house. They got even more snow than we did and had a spectacular sledding hill a short walk to their house.
1:00 pm: interview at Maine Medical Center finished. Get in rental car and drive to Boston to catch 6pm non-stop flight to Seattle.
2:30: arrive in Boston, minutes after large snow storm hits the area. Travel out of Boston-Logan airport is impacted. Airport leaves one runway open for arrivals and departures.
6:00: Jet Blue flight to Seattle is delayed till 7pm.
7:00: Flight to Seattle delayed again till 9pm
9:30: Passengers are told they can board the plane. They all get on.
10:30: Flight starts to taxi to runway. Airport shuts down all runways for quick snow removal.
11:10: Airline opens runway.
11:15: Jet Blue flight crew has now worked past their mandated time and flight returns to the terminal and flight is now cancelled.
12:00: Since Jet Blue only flies once a day to Seattle, the flights fill up fast. Naomi finds a United flight on Sunday at 11am. Josh cancels Jet Blue flight and gets a hotel in Boston for two nights.
1:00 am: Josh arrives at hotel.
Josh kills time in Boston and changes flight out of Boston to 9am.
7:30: Josh arrives at airport.
8:30 Passengers begin boarding plane.
9:00: Plane is now broken and maintenance is called.
10:00: United flight finally leaves.
12:25: Josh's connecting flight in Washington DC departs.
12:30: United flight arrives at Washington DC.
12:45-5:00: Josh stands in line with a million other people trying to get to the West Coast. Josh calls Naomi a zillion times with various crazy ideas how to get home. The best one? Rent a car and drive to Seattle. From DC.
5:00: Josh finally gets confirmed on a flight at 10:30pm to San Francisco, but is told to wait on standby for the last flight of the day to Seattle.
5:15-8:00: Josh waits on standby for the flight. At one point they begin boarding and he is only the 20th person on the standby list, then the plane breaks and the flight is eventually cancelled.
8:15: Josh goes to the San Francisco departure gate and waits.
11:00: Josh boards the plane, and, since he has not called me in the past five minutes, I am assuming it has left the airport.
Josh is supposed to arrive at San Francisco around 2am on Monday the 22nd (Claire's second birthday.) Flights to Seattle start to depart at 6:30, and that is when he can start to standby for those flights. Hopefully he will get home in time for birthday cake and for his interview at Virgina Mason on Tuesday!
What a trooper! The only time he totally lost it was after he missed his connection in DC. He swore to me that all East Coast schools were getting ranked last. Apparently we can never visit Boston or DC again. He even wanted me to buy him a ticket to Seattle for $2000! That is when I called in the reinforcements: sister Lora and brother Christian. They obviously had more success than I, his attitude has been stellar since then!
As for the kids and I, this could not have happened at a better time. Seattle got 5 inches of snow last night and we are expecting another 3-8 inches tonight. We have been sledding and snowshoeing all day! I even got a cross-country ski in early this morning! And on that note, now that my kids are in bed and asleep, I am going skiing again. I may never have this opportunity again to ski out my front door in Seattle! Love it!
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Maybe if I call them Holiday Lights I can keep them up?
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Levi has a new pet. And, since we can't have cats or dogs, or any other imaginable animal in our apartment, he found a pet that he can keep. At least for now. A worm. We found him on our porch as I was sweeping the massive amounts of dead leaves away. And since it always rains in Washington, a soaking wet cement porch covered with dead leaves is a perfect place for a worm.
Thursday, December 4, 2008
But, of course, I got the wrong directions off of mapquest and we were driving all around Portland totally lost. And totally yelling at each other.
Josh was 20 minutes late to his interview. That is so embarrassing. And it was all my fault. I feel terrible!
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Josh and I came down for a couple days so that he could interview at Providence St. Vincent and Legacy Emmanuel Hospitals. They are both first year programs. Christian and Veronica graciously offered to watch our gremlins, oh, I mean kids. V says it is going okay so far. Claire only woke up at 4:30 this morning screaming for Mommy and would not go to sleep and Levi smashed his fingers in the door. Hopefully tomorrow will be better. But let's talk about Portland.
Okay, well I guess I don't really know a lot. All I know is that we went to the Pearl District and the Alphabet District. AMAZING. For anybody who likes cute, unique, small boutiques, these are the places to be! We found a fabulous restaurant called McMemamins. Josh had the beer-battered fish and chips. He said it was great. He did not want to share. I had the hummus platter which was warm pita bread, kalamata olives, tomatoes, cucumbers, red onions and, of course, hummus. It was to die for! Plus we both had their seasonal beer on tap. WOW. I would come to Portland again just to eat there. http://www.mcmenamins.com/
Then, as we walked around, we found a place called Moonstruck. It was a chocolate cafe! Yumm! Another reason to go to Portland was found. http://www.moonstruckchocolate.com/
Josh says that my reasons for where we go to residency are not really based on anything substantial. I disagree. I mean, you do have to eat and sleep, right? Why not have a nice house AND eat at nice restaurants? And shopping, just an added bonus.
Monday, December 1, 2008
We all three ran upstairs and sure enough, our toilet had overflowed so much that our bathroom was full of water. Since we have forced air heat and our heat duct is on the floor, that is where the water went, into that big hole. From there, it went onto my dinning room floor.
Thank goodness we are renting! The University immediately sent over the night maintenance worker.
She determined that we have a really old toilet. Really??? Our entire house is old; anybody could determine that. So basically, the toilet never wants to turn off. It just keeps running! So now, we have to physically turn off the water once the bowl fills in order to prevent this from happening again. Oh, and I get a new toilet today! And the special Mold Patrol will come and inspect everything and clean the ducts. And I will get a new ceiling.
Here are some pictures:
The hole in my ceiling. Look, you can even see a drip!
The bucket and towel catching water.