Wrightsville Beach Cleanup Day

Milly’s school planned a beach cleanup day at Wrightsville Beach for today. I didn’t say anything to Milly about it originally because I wasn’t going to have her today, but circumstances did give me Milly from last night to today and Milly mentioned to me a few days ago that she wanted to go help out, so I took her to that this morning after getting Fawkes and Phoenix up and changed. There weren’t a ton of people and they generally scattered in all directions to scour the beach for trash, but her teacher was there so the two of them walked down the beach and picked up what they could find. I, perhaps somewhat selfishly, took the opportunity to …

Griffin’s First Few Weeks

A quick recap of the last three weeks since Griffin was born. As I said, my dad came the weekend after he was born. I was going to mow the lawn at one point- it was desperately needed- but it started to rain as soon as I was about to crank up the mower. Dad took care of it for me while I was at the hospital. Dad and I took Fawkes and Phoenix for a walk down Forest Hills I think the Saturday Tristen and Griffin came home. That was Easter weekend. Dad went to the Catholic church on Wrightsville Beach because he likes that one despite there being closer ones to our house. We had a family get-together …

Here Comes Griffin!

Editor’s note: I had promised to write this right after the previous post, but alas, even while this page has remained open in my web browser, three weeks have passed. Three very busy weeks. Last night, a Tuesday night, Tristen went to Target with Torrie and the boys. When she got back and was feeding them, I looked over at her and she looked just absolutely beat. Starting the previous night I think, she would stop now and then and just breathe very deeply. I kept asking her if she was alright, or I’d ask if she’s about to have the baby. Having never gotten this far in a pregnancy or experienced any real contractions, and it being two weeks …

Tattoos, Showers, and Steps

There’s been a ton going on in the last week or so, so I’m just going to list things without a whole lot of detail, even though several of them are pretty big. Last Thursday I received one a third of my belated birthday present, which was a new tattoo. My idea was to give my left arm to my kids. There was already a phoenix on my shoulder and upper arm, so I wanted to add a fox with a Guy Fawkes mask (because Fawkes’s name isn’t spelled Fox), a gryphon for our impending baby, and a snakeicorn for Milly. A what? A snakeicorn. It’s a creature Milly made up that is a snake with a horn and wings. …

Cake Faces

I usually don’t take Fawkes and Phoenix to Torrie’s on Wednesdays since I pick Milly up after school on Wednesdays and my thinking is that it’s already a day where I can’t sit and focus on work the whole time anyway, but she’s not going to be able to watch them tomorrow, so she took them today instead. Plus I’ve got a deadline that I’m trying to make, so I’m taking any time I can get. She did ask if I’d pick Sebastian up from his half-day school. It’s always fun seeing how surprised he is when I pick him up. I told him last time I picked him up that we couldn’t do lunch, but we’d do it the …