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Eric’s Glasses

When Eric started asking me for glasses for Christmas, I thought he just wanted them because I was wearing my glasses more than contacts. He’s a stylish kid, often complimenting my outfits, or suggesting alternate accessories. So it was easy to pass off the glasses request as merely for fashion.

But then he asked for them a few more times over the course of the month, and kept bringing it up. Brian and I would try to quiz him to see if he could see things clearly, but we are certainly not trained in that area, and it’s hard to get a 4 year old to give detailed descriptions! I finally made an eye appointment for him and sure enough, he needs glasses!  I’m so glad we listened to him, because they said by catching it early, we may even be able to correct his (slight) farsightedness.

He had a lot of fun trying on all the different styles, but finally settled on these. Disney makes these kids glasses, and I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that they do. They’re lightweight and durable, and super cute handsome to boot. Leave it to Disney to infiltrate our lives yet again! These glasses are green, his favorite color, and the pattern reminds him of a race car. “Cars” and “Cars 2” being his favorite movies, he was sold.

Here’s my little guy with his new glasses:

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Idyllic Orchard

My parents have a few acres in Canby, Oregon and I love being there. The whole property is like a park, and the orchard is simply stunning. Sunday, the kids and I went out to spend the afternoon and we came home with a bunch of apples! I think I’ll make LeLo in NoPo’s amazing crock pot apple sauce with my haul.

Enjoy the beauty:

This is called the "applesauce tree" because it's fruit makes the best sauce, of course!

Kids hanging around the applesauce tree...

Such gorgeous lighting!

This is the "apple pie tree," I'm sure you can figure out why.


...and eating!



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Eric’s Apple


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Brave Little Trooper


We got Eric a new bike today, nearly 6 weeks after he was struck by a car while riding. That bike is toast, of course, so he finally got a new one. And he’s riding it!!

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Happy Birthday Eric! {Wordless Wednesday}

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Eric’s brace

Eric was fitted with a brace, in the hopes that it would help him stand and eventually walk. I am amazed at how brave he continues to be. Such a little trooper, even though it hurts him so badly!

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We are healing.

For me emotionally, today was better than yesterday, which was better than the day before.

{here’s the story, if you’re catching up}

For Anna, whose only goal is to forget about this whole experience, time passing is helping her move on. That scares me, because I need to get her in to talk to someone who knows how to help her deal with this. And to assuage her feelings of guilt. Yes, guilt. She thinks that because it was her idea to ride bikes to the farmers market, it’s her fault that her brother got hit by a car. She also said, “I wish I had been the one hit by the car so my brother’s leg wouldn’t hurt so bad.” Um, you’re five. You’re too young to assume so much responsibility and guilt! So yeah, counseling. Soon.

Our friends came over to visit, and they had this awesome little car. Eric loved getting pushed around on it, so we got out the wagon as well. His little friend Leif was loving pulling him up and down the block.

Eric is getting a lot of attention from his friends, which of course he just loves!

Eric’s road rash is healing with no infection. His leg is so bruised up and swollen that he won’t walk on it, but his doctor doesn’t think there will be any long-term damage. She sent us over to the fracture clinic at Kaiser, to see if they could come up with something to give him some confidence to try walking. They outfitted him with this awesome leg wrap/brace thing, and the guy there was so funny and awesome, he had the kids laughing.

laughing is better than crying!

Eric still won’t try walk, but the wrappy thing keeps the wound protected. I think anything touching it is so painful, he was really getting stressed out. This gives him a little peace. The guy who fitted him with it said it might be this weekend before he feels like walking, and that’s ok. It’s such a relief to know that it’s going to be ok, and I just need to let him heal.

Eating a well-deserved popsicle after our visit to the doctor

I rode my bike to work today, because I don’t want to be afraid to ride, and because it’s the Bike Commute Challenge, and because it’s good exercise. But I was freaked out riding in to work, and had an actual anxiety attack before riding home. I usually ride down the side of Hwy 26, which is a fast, exhilarating rocket ride down the hill. I just couldn’t do it, though — I was too worried about crashing and being covered in road rash. Thankfully, MAX was there for me so I rode it most of the way home. I only have to go to the Metro Regional Center tomorrow, and it’s only about 4 miles away so I think it will be a better “getting my feet wet” ride than all the way to the zoo and back.

We’re making progress, slowly but surely!


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