Friday, May 15, 2015

Spring Means...

time to work in the yard!

Noah and Benjamin (broken arm and all) are helping Frédéric trim the hedge behind the house. Remind us to buy a house with a much smaller yard and no hedges next time.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Happy Birthday to Frédéric

We celebrated Frédéric's birthday yesterday. We don't have that many candles, so we went with "tens" and "ones" instead.

And to more than one person's surprise, *I* made the cake, not Frédéric or Noah. I offered to let Noah make it, but he declined. We went for a simpler version of his favorite cake - this year's was pound cake with holy-COW-those-are-expensive strawberries and homemade whipped cream (which is MUCH easier to make since his cousins gave him a stand mixer two years ago).

And to Frédéric's surprise, we finally let him join the 21st century with a smartphone. He looked like a kid at Christmas, so I think it's safe to say he likes it. His cell phone was probably at least 7 or 8 years old, and was just that, a phone only.

Monday, May 4, 2015

New Cast

Benjamin got a new cast today. In theory, he's keeping this one until early June.

As the nurse started to put the blue resin on, I said, "Oh, and you wanted pink..."

He didn't think that was as funny as I did.

He likes this one a lot better, because it's much lighter than the plaster cast.

Also, his clothes are almost always color coordinated with it.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Kind of like Harry Potter

Except he sleeps under his bed instead of under the stairs. And he does it of his own volition. 

Thursday, April 23, 2015

First Broken Bone

I got a call Monday afternoon from Benjamin's teacher. She told me Benjamin was injured during recess, and was all scraped up. She disinfected his scrapes, but didn't have large enough band-aids to cover them. So we picked him up from school, got him home, and fixed him up.

But he complained of his wrist hurting. He fell on it when this other kid crashed into him during whatever game they were playing. He was pretty upset about it. He could still move his hand, but we thought we'd take him to the ER to get it checked out since swim camp was coming up, and since he was so distraught.

The ER doctor didn't think much of it either, since he could move his hand, and didn't seem to be in a phenomenal amount of pain, but he had it x-rayed anyway... and it turns out it's a good thing we took him in, because his radius was fractured and displaced.

Which means swim camp is off... as are swimming and gymnastics probably through the end of the school year.

They gave him a plaster cast for now, and we see the orthopedic surgeon in another week to see whether it's healing properly with the cast, or whether he'll need surgery to fix it.

The photo on the left represents his actual feelings about the whole thing, and the one on the right is his trying to put a happy face on it, or maybe thinking about using his cast to bash the head of the kid who steamrollered him.

He's not in too much pain, and he's quickly becoming adept at doing things with one hand. Fortunately (or not, depending on your point of view), he is right-handed, so can still do his schoolwork. We're all pretty disappointed about his sports season being basically over for the year, though, since he's been working so hard and making such great progress. We hope he heals up quickly and that in September, he will be able to pick up where he left off.