Baltimore Anniversary pt 1

So Katya’s One-Year Checkup was this month.

Things got a little hairy in the car, because Chad and Katya brought along their pet guinea pigs. (I haven’t mentioned that Chad has got guinea pigs now, have I? Well, he has. But these are some toy guinea pigs gifted to them by an awesome family friend. The live ones stayed home.)


There was a slight mix-up with our lodgings, so we unexpectedly ended up at the Ronald McDonald House, which was very different.  The locks on the room doors were far superior, being key pad and code which silently unlocked the door, as opposed to the Childrens’ House’s noisy key-card system. But the Ronald McDonald House did not have filtered water available.  But it was fine.

Daddy took Chad to the aquarium and to visit his friends at a small church school while mum and I did the morning hospital thing.

Katya’s appointments went well. I should have taken a picture of her with Dr. D, but…



After her Plastic’s appointment, we went up to 10S to see Payton from Child Life, and the nurses. Katya was happy to see the nurses–though the ones she knew best weren’t there–but what made her really happy was to see the cleaning lady! When Katya saw that cleaning lady, her whole face lit up and she ran over and gave her a hug! Katya very seldom initiates hugs, even within the family, so that ought to tell you a great deal about the depth of her feelings. But Katya always has approved of cleanliness.



The Very Short Summer Break

Katya is currently out of school, which means we get a week and a half of “summer” before we start having to get up at 6:55 again. It’s great she has summer services, but keeping a school schedule means that we always have to be at the house to get her off the bus, and we can’t do much in the evenings because she has to get to bed. As you can imagine, that cuts out a lot of spontaneity.

So during our little eleven-day break we’ve been trying to pack as much fun in as possible, while still getting stuff done around the house.

The morning before Katya got out of school, we cashed in on a groupon for a historical house tour, which was a lot of fun.001005

We also stopped by the conservatory and walked a very little around their grounds. We’ve never been to the conservatory in summer, so that was nice.012

We then went to Katya’s end of school program. Yes, I blurred that kid’s face out, and yes, it looks a little creepy. Sorry.016

And summer break started!