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Category: Family
Posted by: seanmcox
So, the first big news is that the destroyer has passed me by. I'm not being let go. Not that I expected I would, but I mentioned the possibility, so I thought folks might like to know that the possibility is no more. (As of Monday.)

On Wednesday we had two offers come back with an enthusiastic "Please buy now!" One of the houses needed a lot of work, but was extremely inexpensive (for this area, $290,000) and had potential, but the house has a fireplace and no heater. We told our agent that if the fireplace wasn't sufficient to count as a heater, we weren't interested, end of story. Well, when my agent came back to us about it, I had him clarify what the status was with the heater, and, at least as far as our lender is concerned, the fireplace doesn't count as a heater. Not sure why our agent bothered bringing it up then. Anyhow, it made that choice easy.

The second house was much nicer 1,500 square feet (50% larger than out 1,000 square feet minimum) on a 6,500 square foot lot. (Most we look at are about 5,000 square foot lots.) Cassey loved the house, and I liked it, but it's outside the ward boundaries. I kind of wanted to stay in the ward and I think I more especially want to now that I've just gotten this new calling as Ward Clerk. There's still a lot to learn, and I'd rather like to learn it. Anyhow, I told the agent to move forward with an inspection and to give me at least until the inspection results are returned and digested before locking us in to anything. In the meantime I'll give it some prayerful attention.

After a couple of days of good health, Ephraim went back to vomiting on Thursday morning. He didn't eat much more than crackers and juice all yesterday and this morning, and what he ate he seems to have regurgitated regularly. This morning he returned his breakfast to me while we were heading towards the car. Fortunately I could tell he was probably going to throw up, so the damage was confined to small amount on my shirt, and a couple of drips on my shoes. Ephraim didn't fare quite so well, but then, he wasn't headed to work. I changed my shirt, scrubbed Ephraim with a wash cloth and undressed him, and we were ready to get in the car and go. We've were hoping Ephraim would feel better before we left this afternoon for a family reunion, but, alas, we will have to go prepared with towels for Ephraim.

Ephraim, for his part, is taking it all in stride. He vomits, gets cleaned up, and then goes back to playing energetically as if nothing had happened. This morning after he soiled my shirt, I just set him on his feet and left him standing with his mother while I went to get mitigate the disaster. He didn't fuss or cry a bit.

Anyhow. That's the news.

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Category: Family
Posted by: seanmcox
Some time during the night, Ephraim made some noise, so I got up to check on him. I figured he'd fallen out of bed or something. I found him sprawled out in the middle of the floor, not really next to his bed, so I picked him up and put him in bed, then I lay next to him to help him calm down. He wasn't really awake, but he'd gotten a bit upset in the process of being moved to his bed. I must've been really tired, because I fell asleep.

I woke again, probably due to noise, and there was a really nasty smell. I figured Ephraim had a messy diaper, but became aware that he was also awake, sort of, and gagging. He was throwing up, so I did a little damage control then rushed him to the tub. While he was in the tub, I sorted stuff he hadn't thrown up on from stuff that was contaminated and threw the contaminated pile out on the porch. Ephraim, for his part, was doing his best to try to fall asleep in the tub. I gave him some juice to try to get stuff out of his mouth, but Ephraim only took a sip and rejected it.

After getting all the contaminated stuff out of the house, I put Ephraim in our bed next to Cassey, then got in bed myself, then thought better of it and went to open his window and shut his door.

That stuff smelled nasty. It didn't smell like any vomit I'd ever smelled before.

Anyhow, after some time, Ephraim started gagging again. We acted quickly and prevented our bed from being contaminated. This time he was much more lively when I put him in the tub. I tried teaching him to rinse and spit, but it turned into more of a rinse, swallow, and pretend to spit. At least he was in pleasant spirits.

After his bath his mother got him out of the tub and he came to watch me write this blog. I figured, since he was feeling so much better, that he might be done, but he wasn't. I had to take a little break from typing to catch a bit of vomit in my hand and do more damage control.

Since every other room smells like vomit, we're now camped in the living room watching "A Muppet Christmas Carol". Really, the living room stinks as well, but the movie, we're hoping, will help Ephraim.

I guess Ephraim's managed to weasel his way out of nursery tomorrow and quite possibly the whole battery of meetings altogether. Hopefully the rest of the evening is uneventful.

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21/06: Is it hot?

Category: Family
Posted by: seanmcox
Yesterday, Cassey reports, after she got home from dropping me off at the metro, Ephraim reached down and touched the hub caps on our car and said "hot". Later when she left to pick me up from the metro, he reached down, touched the hub caps and said "not hot". I tried to get Ephraim to repeat the response for me and I ended up accidentally inventing the "is it hot" game. He'll take a toy car, point at the hub and say "is it hot?" Then he touches it, gets a strange expression on his face and indicates whether or not it's hot. It's cute, but it gets old. Kind of neat nonetheless.

Today Ephraim had a birthday party to go to. They had rented one of those bouncy castles and consequently the back door of their house was left open. As a consequence of that, they didn't have their air conditioning running. I was sweating beads. Ephraim didn't seem to mind the temperature, however, but he found the bouncy castle a little intimidating. I went in with him to try to get him warmed up to it, but he just didn't much like it at all. I suppose he's a little unsteady on his feet still for that, especially when there are bigger kids in the castle. (The birthday boy had older cousins at the party.) I got kneed in the head pretty solidly just sitting in there with Ephraim. It was the coolest place to be however. It was shady and it had a nice current of air. The house, in comparison, was miserable.

Anyhow, I had high hopes for getting Ephraim all tired out, but he never took to the bouncy castle, and for the first half of the party he clung to me, likely afraid I was going to leave him as this was a house where we'd taken him a couple of times before to be babysat. He was having fun in the end, however.

Yesterday we went out to look at homes, and the first house we went to look at had a huge yard. Normally the lots we look at are about 5000 square feet. As I stepped out into the back yard, I heard our agent say the lot was 15000 square feet. The area directly behind the house didn't look too large, but looking to my left, the fence was nowhere nearby and there was a huge area about the size of two more lots. It was beautiful. Unfortunately, the previous owner had stripped the house. He'd taken all the cabinets and appliances in the kitchen. He'd even taken the sinks in both the kitchen and the bathroom. The house had central air conditioning infrastructure, but going around the house there was a spot where the former owner had clearly ripped out the AC unit. I think we said we would be willing to pay $320,000 for the house, but the asking price was $325,000. Unfortunately, in today's market, people are getting more than they ask and we didn't even have to know the asking price to know that what we would be able to offer would not be enough. The house simply needed too much work for us to be able to afford it and the yard is simply too rare and fantastic to imagine that others with more purchasing power won't be buying it up.

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Category: Family
Posted by: seanmcox
Father's day weekend has been busy. I had some fun, I had some adventure, Ephraim was brilliant, and I had an interesting time with my new calling. I also did some programming, but as long as my post is already, I won't bore you with the details of my debugging. (Made me happy though.)

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