Friday, June 28, 2013

s'more summer

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Divinely coordinated plans sent four boys out the door at 7:30 this morning: Ben to a double-shift at the MTC, Gabriel to Scout Camp, Hans and Xander to a three-day church Youth Conference. With a crazy last minute scramble of peanut butter sandwiches, sleeping bags, signing yet one more permission slip and 'will you run home and get my water bottle?'-- I was home by 7:46 to a much quieter house and only little Mary slumbering in my bed.

The kitchen and family room are an absolute wreck-- basic sanitation (no cleaning the microwave or mopping the mottled floor) will take at least two hours. So I've done the only sensible thing: snagged the newspaper, my laptop, three peaches, shut the door and gone back to bed.

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Not gonna' lie. Our unplugged summer hasn't been wholly successful. Certain people turn on the TV and cue up Netflix every time I go on a errand or to a doctor's appointment. But June requires a certain amount of latitude. And some technology is WONDERFUL.

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trois enfants qui étudient le français

We just discovered an AMAZING app called Duolingo where you can learn Spanish, German, French, Portuguese and Italian. It's free, better than Rosetta Stone and completely addictive. I downloaded it to learn a bit of French and Italian, but the kids take over my phone and computer at every opportunity. I've loved listening to them explain bits of grammar and vocabulary to each other, "La is feminine because girls sing, 'la la la.'" Kids soak up language so quickly-- they've all outpaced me.

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And nothing beats a laptop for outside movies. Ben recruited everyone to set up our Lake Powell shade shelter (no trip to Lake Powell this year-- Ben had finals and it was too sad to go without him, but we have plenty of excitement planned) and it's become the favorite respite for picnics and reading during the day, movies at night.

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My back issues aren't pretty-- six bulging discs, arthropathy, stenosis, blah blah blah-- I'm thoroughly sick of relating my diagnosis (so you just got your update, let's not talk about it anymore, well, unless you know of a miracle cure not involving voodoo witchcraft, then tell me all about it). The drugs and spinal cortisone shot didn't even touch the pain, but I'm confident physical therapy will eventually get me running again (though probably not six days a week-- which was kind of stupid anyway). I'm completely optimistic and don't feel the slightest bit bad for myself. 

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day six of the grumpy pills and still smiling

Truly, how can I feel anything but extraordinarily blissfully blessed when surrounded by these people?

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6 comments:

Tracy said...

Yum - I want s'more! Thinking about you and wishing you to be pain-free soon. Love you. xo

Julie said...

My husband struggled for two years with back pain from bulged discs. His relief came this year in the form of the following four things:
1) he had two spinal injections.
2). He started taking a joint support vitamin pack for men that came recommended by other athletic friends. GNC carries them. Seriously, this made all the difference.
3) orthotics for lower back pain, and then walking. Slowly. Sometimes only a few blocks before he had to sit (back pain is no joke! I'm sorry you're hurting!)
4) prayer. Our minister prayed for him and laid hands on his back. It helped.

Hope you find some relief soon! Prayers sent up on your behalf.

Julie said...

My husband struggled for two years with back pain from bulged discs. His relief came this year in the form of the following four things:
1) he had two spinal injections.
2). He started taking a joint support vitamin pack for men that came recommended by other athletic friends. GNC carries them. Seriously, this made all the difference.
3) orthotics for lower back pain, and then walking. Slowly. Sometimes only a few blocks before he had to sit (back pain is no joke! I'm sorry you're hurting!)
4) prayer. Our minister prayed for him and laid hands on his back. It helped.

Hope you find some relief soon! Prayers sent up on your behalf.

Charity said...

M husband had a tree fall on him while helping a single sister he home teaches. I can relate to back pain. I'm sorry. It's no fun.

Thanks for the tip on Duolingo. We're headed to Haiti to work in an orphanage. Basic French will come in handy.

Hope you feel better soon!

Michelle said...

Julie, thanks for your tips. I really appreciate them. And Charity, you will love Duolingo; and I'd love to hear about your trip to Haiti.

Chocolate on my Cranium said...

Where did you get the statue of the girl sitting and reading? I LOVE it! And I want one. :)

Is that Mill Creek Canyon in the photos? It's bringing back memories of going there as a little girl with my family doing the same thing - making s'mores and playing in the creek.

It's nice to see you in the photos every once in a while! I hope your back pain goes away soon and in the meantime becomes manageable.