December 2009


We had a lovely weekend.  Like most of the eastern part of the states, we had heavy snowfall all day Saturday.  Because we will be traveling out of the country for the holidays, we opened our family presents on Saturday morning while watching the snow fall.  Then, we spent the day playing with the new toys and such, throwing snowballs, and a highly satisfying (for me) clean out of the back basement.

Sunday was sunny so we spent it outdoors, shoveling the snow off the drive (the snowblower’s pull chain broke) and then took the boys to the hill behind mr. jolt’s office for sledding.  We had a marvelous time.  It’s probably been three years since we last had enough snow for sledding.   Towards the end of the afternoon, BB built a jump on the hill and we used the mini-video function on our camera to take short movies of the dramatic swoosh,whee, thump.  He wants to post it on you-tube.  If it goes up, I’ll share the link via email if you’re interested.

It was just a weekend, but it was a lovely holiday from the distress of the past few weeks.  I hope you all had or will have a lovely holiday, too.

Dear universe, I would really, really, like to get through the rest of 2009 without having to break news to the boys of a death of yet another someone they care for.  In fact, I’d prefer to go a few decades.  Thanks.

Our kids loved our babysitter’s fiancee.  Unfortunately for him, for her, and for them, he was found dead this morning, cause to be determined.  When I got the call, it was all I could do not to laugh in hysterical disbelief because it just seems completely unreal.

I’m sure any remaining, lingering readers have thought I’ve completely abandoned this here place. I mean, jeez, how many hiatuses, absences, simple refusals to post something DAMMIT is a dear reader expected to put up with?

The above paragraph is probably the completely inappropriate tone to begin a post about the various sorrows that have beset the jolt family of late that have resulted in my inability to post for fear of creating a major depressive impact on my dear readers because I had temporarily lost TEH FUNNY, to the extent I ever demonstrated it on this blog to begin with. To which I say, I’m really not in the mood to cry right now, so I’m keeping it super light and sarcastic, so deal, ‘kay?

Thus, a short explanation (wherein this seemingly light post delves into major sad facts, please have wine and chocolate or holiday cookies nearby for cheer fixes as necessary):

1) mr. jolt’s dad died last Wednesday. It was not expected. He went into the hospital about a week before Thanksgiving, we had every expectation that he would recover but the problems turned out to be far more severe than they first appeared. In case you are counting, yes, that is the second parent that mr. jolt lost this year (his mom died in February) and thus also the second grandparent the boys lost this year.  

2) LB had a major meltdown during a doctor’s appointment, shortly before Thanksgiving, which while hideously embarrassing and scary, had the upside of giving the doctor a first hand look at some of what we have been dealing with. We are now on the path of a full behavioral evaluation with some specialists later this week, he had blood taken last week to test for five million different potential environmental triggers (allergies?), and he is scheduled for some other tests later this month.

Um so, yeah. All in all, a couple of truly hideous weeks. I promise to post something in the next day or so talking about the bright moments we have had and expect to have – fortunately there are some.