The Fair

We’ve been trying to squeeze in as much fun as summer will allow, in the last couple of weeks of August.  Granny You was in Michigan for a longer trip last week, so Nico and I headed over for a couple of days to hang out.  We did some work on the family tree, which required a road trip out to the Drake aka Baker Cemetery in Amboy Township.  
Friday Gran took us to a community fair in Hudsonville, which was actually quite large, for being a community fair.  Nico got a little helicopter time in before we headed to the barns to check out the animals.  

Uncle Scott was with us- so we hit up some rides.  Here we are on something called the Glider.  True story: I don’t think I like rides.  During this one, I kept my eyes closed.  

Uncle Scott rode this one, called The Magic Carpet ride. It goes up in the air and around.  Or as I like to call it: NOPE.  

Nico had his first go at bumper cars.  He wasn’t big enough to go himself, and not quite tall enough to reach the pedals.  So I did the driving.  So it probably wasn’t as much fun as it would have been if he got to drive himself.  Maybe next time, kid. 

And then these guys.  So the last time we did a fair, Nico didnt even get close to winning a fish.  So, stupidly, I thought it would be about the same now.  That was false.  Nico won two goldfish.  He named them Little Fin and Guppy (don’t ask me which is which).  So I guess we now have to get a fish tank set up.  
This weekend, Dave went to the first soccer meeting of the new year.  He got uniforms for his team- which is cool.  They are being sponsored by Fox Sports this year, and their uniforms are green with a white stripe across the chest.  Nico is super excited about it.  He is going to try to get the team name to be the Dingos, but I am holding out for the Super Worms.  

I gotta do some chores!

Not much new going around here.  Last week Granny You was up to hang with Nico while his school was closed during Spring Break.  I think they pretty much wore each other out.

Thursday night, I took Nico up to the Capitol to see Dave.  Since it was the last week of the session, he had a bunch of late nights.  So I took Nico up there to say good night to Dave.  It was nice.  Nico was not too happy about having to leave.

Saturday, I drove Granny You back to SW Florida and caught some of Madi’s game at the IMG soccer tournament in Bradenton.  If you will remember, I played one glorious summer with IMG in the W-League.  The facility is still really nice.  It would be wonderful if we were ever in a place to be able to allow Nico to do that when he gets older (if he likes soccer that much).  Madi did well.  Scored 2 of 4 goals in their win on Friday night.  Assisted the equalizer on Saturday.

Nico caught a quick nap in the car on the way to Bradenton and was a champ.  After dinner he slept most of the way home while I listened to Girl with a Dragon tattoo.  Am hoping to finish it soon so I can see the movie (FINALLY).  

Sunday we hung around the house and relaxed mostly. Dave and Nico let me sleep in.  During this time, Nico told Dave that he had to do some chores.  And when they went to get breakfast, Nico ordered his own food.  Can you believe that? That is amazing! When I woke up, I took Nico up to see some of our other Wakulla girls play soccer at the FSU IM fields.  I have been slowly working on getting the house back in order.

Yesterday afternoon, I spent some time getting mine and Dave’s room back in shape.  Then we went to see Safe House last night.  It was pretty good.  Again, Nico was not too happy to be left with the sitter.  😦
Am sorta glad daylight savings time here is here, so we can start working in the garden again.  Nico really likes helping.  And I’d like to get some seeds in the ground.  🙂

Just want to bite him…

So I went to TOC today.  They did a bunch of xrays and long story short- my left ankle is pretty jacked up.  The degree of movement in a “normal” ankle is about 8 degrees.  My right ankle which is my “good” ankle has 12 degrees.  Not good- but it might just be that I am loose jointed.  The degree of movement in my left ankle?  31 degrees- which I suspected given my propensity to not just kinda roll/sprain my ankle, but to REALLY do it. 

The ankle guy says that at this point, its pretty much beyond repair with rehab and physical therapy.  The surgical option is to go in and stitch the ligaments back together-tighten them up and to scope the ankle.  If I manage to do this AGAIN after correcting it this time, they would surgically fix it by taking part of a hamstring tendon.  Isn’t that cool? 

So I have to decide whether/when to have the surgery.  Whether isn’t really a decision, because I would like to stop falling on my face any time I step sorta crooked on some uneven sidewalk.  I am also pretty afraid that I am going to be carrying Nico when it happens next- and that isn’t probably a good thing.  So at this point, I am trying to think of a good time.  I am thinking maybe early/mid may- after the session and after women’s state cup (hopefully?). 

On an unrelated matter, video of Nico telling Granny You thanks for the valentines!! Isn’t he precious?  Seriously- last week he was bitten twice at school.  I wonder if its because he was so precious and the other kid couldn’t help but bite him… I can barely stand it!!