That Time We Almost Went to Cozumel

Phoenix looking at the airplane

Of course last night was the night all the younguns had issues sleeping. Griffin woke up around 12:30 I think. Tristen took care of him then, but he woke up again around 1:30, so she asked me to take care of him then. You can sit down in the recliner with him and the kid will start snoring on your shoulder, but as soon as you put him down he wakes right up. So I’ve taken to getting in the crib with him for a bit, which helps. Then around 2:30 we heard a scream. I jumped up and ran in their room to find Fawkes by the door. I got in bed with him and settled him down, but …

I’ll Miss You, Griffin

Griffin Rice Puff Face

Dear Griffin, Your mom and I are going to Mexico tomorrow morning. Cozumel. We’re staying at a resort your mom’s side of the family has been going to for, I don’t know, around 30 years or so now. All-inclusive, so we’ll eat and drink whatever we want, whenever we want, as much as we want. It’ll be fun. The first time I went was the week of the first Valentine’s Day your mom and I had together. Milly’s coming too. She went for the first time a couple years ago and it passed Disney World as her favorite place. And your brothers are coming too. A big part of the reason we’re going right now is that they turn two …

A January Beach Day

On the way back into town after the memorial service yesterday, my parents and I went to Costco to pick up a few things. Mom stayed in the car while Dad and I partook of samples while we shopped. After we got back to the house, Mom and Dad went to go pick Erin up and take her to the grocery store. Daniel was tired so he didn’t come along and Erin wasn’t feeling great, or I’m sure she would have biked. Laura and Craig came over and we all had dinner. When Laura came in she asked what had happened to the van. I thought she was joking at first, but there are some scrapes on the passenger side, …

Earl’s Memorial Service

Earl Lemons was truly one of the best people I have ever known. Everyone talks about how he loved helping people and how wonderful his cheese biscuits were, and about his woodworking projects (particularly birdhouses, mirrors, and piggy banks), all of which is true, but what meant the most to me is how he treated me when we would talk. I had left his oldest granddaughter, after all, so I didn’t really feel like I deserved any particular special treatment from him or Peggy. I had no contact with them for some time, but I sent them a letter once. Peggy wrote me back, and at some point I called them. After that I would call them now and then …

Our Fourth Anniversary

No, this isn’t a picture of me and Tristen during our fourth anniversary. We went to see Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Star Wars movies tend to come out around her birthday and we’d been meaning to go see it, but sometimes it’s hard to schedule time for us to get out together. Her mom and her sister came over to watch the boys and put them to bed for the evening. It was also a Milly day, and it was a play practice day (she’s the Genie in her school’s production of Aladdin, in case you don’t recall), so she got out of school later than usual. Since she’d have hardly any time at all at home, I picked her up, …