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We spent the weekend in Washington DC seeing folks from the IVP. It was a very good time. Folks came from as far away as Australia and Ireland. Makes our little trip seem like nothing at all.

It was an exhausting weekend because Punk insisted on waking up before 6am every morning. I am hoping it was because it was light in the room and NOT some new trend. BUT, she went to sleep on her own for naps and bedtime every night, and never went to bed later than 8pm. She even slept through an evening of MANY screaming and running toddlers and preschoolers. I was shocked.

Got home to find out that my grandfather does indeed have cancer and it is indeed terminal. But isn't everything terminal when you are 91? No idea on the timeline of things, which irks me because I am a super planner. Also, he still has not told my grandmother and is waiting until at least she is out of the nursing home to tell her. (So if you are my cousin and you are reading this, SHHHHH!)

I think having a child who goes to bed early and gets up early kind of isolates you in a social setting, because we were so exhausted so early and were going to bed by 10pm, and therefore missed a lot of adult fun. I hope people liked us anyway. We got to share the guest rooms area with [livejournal.com profile] hopemcg and [livejournal.com profile] meglett, arguably two of my most favorite people, and their delightful daughter. So there was that.

My daughter walked up about three steps this morning. Standing up. I was floored. Her balance is so bad, I didn't think she had it in her. But she was determined after seeing the big kids. Also, she drank from a coffee mug (water) without too much spilling. She is such a grown-up these days, it tears me up. She is consistently using two- and three-word sentences these days and it is not uncommon to hear her say something like, "Mama, tie shoes," or "more mango, please." She has added words like "moustache," "pretzel," and "people" to her vocabulary. (She enjoyed telling everyone on the train/bus/plane, "People, sit down!")

Also, the whole 'putting herself to bed' thing? Effing rocks.

And now? Vampires and bed.

Date: 2009-02-10 02:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] laursabeth.livejournal.com
Oh Jude - I'm so sorry about your grandfather. I'll keep y'all in my thoughts.

On the upside, at least you have one hell of an adorable and charming kidlet to love on when things are tough.

Date: 2009-02-10 02:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] midnights-sun12.livejournal.com
Sorry about your grandpa, it's pretty clear he means a lot to you.

In other news the "people sit down" thing just killed me a little inside. With the cute.

Date: 2009-02-10 03:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rexlezard.livejournal.com
Sorry to hear about grandpa. I hope you and Punk get to spend some important time with him soon.

Date: 2009-02-10 03:36 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sassywoman.livejournal.com
I'm so sorry to hear about your Grandfather Jude. I will be praying for him to be comfortable and for you and your family.

Sounds like a great trip. Gus is such a big girl now! Add us to the "early to bed early to wake club". We have no social lives whatsoever!

Date: 2009-02-10 03:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] indigodove.livejournal.com
I'm sorry about your grandfather. I'll keep praying for y'all.

That is such excellent news about the Punk, though!

Date: 2009-02-10 05:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] msredkitty.livejournal.com
aw, jude. i'm sorry about your grandpa. I know all too well that it's never enough time with those you love so deeply.

Date: 2009-02-10 12:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] twomomsarebetterthanone.wordpress.com (from livejournal.com)
jude - i am really sorry about your grandfather. i know how very important he and your grandmother are to you. it's never easy to lose one you love and probably harder when you have advanced warning - like cancer. i hope he is comfortable in his last days and that you find peace.

Date: 2009-02-10 12:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kjames.livejournal.com
i'm so sorry about your grandpa. that totally sucks.

as for punk: she is super crazy verbal to be combining words like that at such a young age!

Date: 2009-02-10 10:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sareste.livejournal.com
I think most things are probably terminal at 91, but that doesn't make them easy. Take care of yourself.

How did I not know you were here!

Date: 2009-02-14 09:04 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Hey Jude! It's Allison from JO7. How were you so close and I didn't know!! Now you have to come back so that I can meet you in person and Kendall can play with August! She needs a friend to talk to!! All of her other friends just point and growl :)

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