Milly Dotsey and the Order of the Phoenix

I think it took about a year, but Milly finished Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix yesterday. I think she sped up because she wants some new headphones and I told her I’d get her some if she finished by Wednesday. There was also a lot of action at the end of the book, and I could tell from watching her read it that she was enjoying it. Since she finished the book we watched the movie last night. Tristen joined us for about half of it, but she faded out and went to bed after a bit. Milly, Fawkes, Phoenix, and I were going to take a walk to the store at the end of the street yesterday morning, which, according to Google Maps, …

Jackson Week

My nephew, Jackson, came to stay with us this past week. Addy, his sister, had a dance competition in Myrtle Beach so my sister, Andra, brought them here from Gastonia last Friday and stayed the night before heading on down to Myrtle Beach, the car one person lighter. On Saturday, Laura and Craig brought us a magnolia tree to plant in honor of the birth of Fawkes and Phoenix. If I had my druthers we’d have gotten rid of the pine trees in the front yard and planted it in place of one of those. They’re very large trees though, meaning they’d be pretty expensive, resulting in them still being there. And as a result of that, the tree was …

Milly’s Ninth Birthday Party

I would first like to say, before we get into the birthday stuff, that Fawkes and Phoenix have had two nights in a row where they’ve improved their sleep. I woke up to Fawkes making some noise at 5:59 AM. I put his paci back in his mouth, figuring it wouldn’t really last, and got to sleep until 6:11. Glorious. Tristen said she had gotten up once after their late night feeding, but it’s such an improvement over getting up every few minutes starting at 4 AM, putting them in bed at 5, and hardly getting any sleep until we all get up at 6. This was one of those days where we had a lot to do, but it was …

Milly’s Ninth Birthday

Milly was born at 1:10 AM on this day nine years ago. At 1:10 AM today, Tristen and I had just finished giving the boys their late night bottles and were taping Happy Birthday streamers across Milly’s door to trap balloons there so when she opened the door they would spill in on her. It was Tristen’s idea, and she remarked that if Milly happened to get up at like 3 AM to go to the bathroom and open the door, it might be terrifying to have things unexpectedly fall on you in the dark like that. We took that chance. Fortunately, Milly didn’t open her door until about 6:30. I heard her get out of bed and had the …