Thursday

skateboarding is not a crime

you know how some people seem to have more than their share of bad luck? my brother got his car, bike, and skateboard all stolen, and he just got laid off from the graphic design firm he's worked at for about five years. come on!

i talked to him tonight, and he was actually doing pretty well. he's been spending his suddenly-free days logging volunteer hours to transform a neglected philly lot into a skate park in a low-income neighborhood. it seems like such an innovative revitalization project.

above is a picture of the park's progress, and this one is of josh skating a part that is completed. cool, huh?

my parents, brother, and sister bethany are all coming out next weekend for my birthday. i'm so excited to see them! dylan has changed so much since christmas when they saw her last, and it will be so great to be together.

today is day 6 of jim being away, and dylan finally fell apart. tonight i was desperately wishing jim were here so i could pass off parenting responsibilities! dylan only napped 40 minutes, and she completely melted down at dinner: tears, tantrums, pasta on the ground. fun times.

thankfully, dylan is asleep now, and she only woke ONCE the past two nights! here's hoping for another sleep-filled night and for everyone to hold it together until jim comes home.

7 comments:

TAMI said...

So awesome that your brother is volunteering his time that way!

My "worst mom moment" ever happened when The Engineer was out of the country for a few weeks right after our third Munchkin was born. Blessings on you and Dylan while you muddle through without Jim ... which is a fertile reminder of how wonderful WHOLE families are!!

Jenney said...

Oh I have so been there at dinner...hope Jim gets home soon!

Becky said...

Solo parenting can be so very rough. I hope today goes better!

maryann said...

Cool pictures! I'm so glad Josh is volunteering in such a worthwhile project where he has expertise. I hope he will find satisfying work. So glad Jim is coming home tonight. You did a good job at holding down the fort but "two are better than one". Really looking forward to gathering so much family together to cele-brate your birthday and see Dylan toddling around! Love you, Mom

Christina said...

Sometimes the most meaningful and fulfilling work is the stuff we don't get paid for (including being parents).

Trust me I have had those "on the verge" moments myself when Scott has been gone. Stop breathe and pray for peace and patience. I am sure by the time I am writing this Jim is home and you are enjoying that extra pair of hands.

Debbie said...

What a great guy your brother must be. Hopefully, that good he is doing will come back to help him in his current situation.

Laur D. said...

i hope you had a lovely birthday weekend with your family!

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