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So here’s some bad news. I can’t find my camera. The last time I remember having it was at the bookstore this afternoon. I am really hoping that someone turned it in. I was planning on uploading pictures tonight, and I have four weeks of pictures on there! Here’s hoping.

This weekend we went on some retail adventures. What I learned from these adventures is that a lot of people live here. We went to some stores, and I just couldn’t get over how crowded they all were and how there is always a stream of people everywhere. Thomsen has been more defiant lately about staying in the cart (not to point any fingers, but, “KATE!”) when we are shopping. I told Errol that we’re just going to have to wear him in the Ergo again because I can’t put up with his fits, and there is no way I’m letting him loose. At the grocery store today, there was an announcement for a lost child, and it gave me goosebumps. It would be so easy to loose a kid in stores here. I just remember in Hy-Vee looking down an aisle and waiting until the people in it were finished before entering. Those days are so gone. Want to know something else that’s gone? The days when I thought a town 15 miles away would take about 15 minutes to drive to. Errol says we’ll only use the car outside of the Princeton Borough on weekends because traffic is unbearable during the week. The sea of people and cars is something I hope I get used to, but as of now, I could use a little elbow room!

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We leave Lincoln tomorrow.  Good-byes have been so hard.  I’ve been trying to clean out our apartment, and I scrubbed the bath tub this morning with soap and lots and lots of tears.  I will miss my life here so much.  A few pictures of my Lincoln loves this week:

t and maren

eddie and t

lincoln mommies walk

maren and t kiss

bread and cup

diane, m, me

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Kate made me feel guilty by writing a real post on her blog.  It seems like it has been awhile since I had some real commentary.  Here goes:

Errol and I went to a movie tonight.  It was our first of 2009, and I behaved much better than at our last theater experience.  Although I enjoyed The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, I found myself in tears through most of it.  I’m sure it didn’t help that I saw the film shortly after the worst experience of my life, but on the whole, Benjamin Button is a sad movie.   Not the case, however, with tonight’s feature.  We had planned on seeing the new Harry Potter but due to a power outage at Kearney Cinema 8 (?), our movie theater was playing all of their movies.  It was a little bizarre, and of course Errol wanted to just go home, since he is a man of sticking to a plan, but I convinced him to stay to watch Julie & Julia.

We did more than watch Julie & Julia.  We were thoroughly entertained by Julie & Julia.  I loved the sister relationship between Julia and Dorothy.  My only issue was Julie’s husband, Eric.  At some points of the movie, he was so completely attractive. (His glasses!)  I was just giddy with how handsome he was.  Then, in the next scene, it was, “Is that the same guy?  Not so cute.”  It was like that Seinfeld episode when Jerry’s girlfriend is less attractive in a certain light.  In any case, it was a great movie.

Something else happened tonight that made the evening even more out of the ordinary (and believe me, going to a movie with my husband is very out of the ordinary already).  Errol asked me to drive to Kearney.  Now as most of you know, I’m not the biggest fan of driving, but I said yes.  I didn’t really think about why Errol made his request, but I think I know now.  Errol drove us home because I believe I left my red glasses in Lincoln (whoops) and sunglasses at night….no.  He seemed nervous about asking where to go and, “which one is our turn?”  Could it be that Errol is uncomfortable with me being more familiar with a certain area than he is?!  Yes, I do believe it’s true.  Out on the dark gravel roads, surrounded by sky-high rows of corn, Errol commented on how scary it is driving out here in the summer.  I will miss being out here in the summer.  I am always taken aback at the amount of stars one can see from my parents’ house.  Ah, my prairie.  I love you so.

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Deanna, Thomsen, Julie

Deanna, Thomsen, Julie

Originally uploaded by altlord

It was one year ago today that Thomsen was released from the hospital. I thought I would be so happy, but I ended up crying in Julie’s arms when we left. It was scary leaving a place that I had become so emotionally attached to with a fragile 3 lb. 7 oz. baby in tow. Our primary nurses, Julie and Deanna, were so wonderful throughout Thom’s 32 days in the NICU. In the last four days, after Errol had left AZ for Lincoln to start school, I leaned on Julie and Deanna so much. I will forever be in their debt for taking such good care of Thomsen and me.

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My little bundle

august 24

Originally uploaded by altlord

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july 24 ii 085

Originally uploaded by altlord

If you need to jog your memory on what was going on one year ago today, read up.

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Four more days

Both the boys are napping right now, and I know I should be too, but I am just so excited for Kate and her babies to get here on Wednesday. I can’t think of anything else! I just finished re-reading Phoebe’s birth story and daydreaming about Kate and I going for walks together like she and Eliana did. I know I am sounding a bit obsessive, but I am so looking forward to having a bosom friend around again. My high after spending a week with my best pals in Arizona has worn off, and I feel this need to laugh and talk with a friend.

Sounds like my little one has awoken.

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