Tuesday, July 22, 2008

welcome, sam!

The beautiful Samuel Asher McEwen was born today at 10:03 am. He was 9 lbs. 4oz (wow!) and 22 inches long.

I got to hold him and listen to him snort for awhile.
Here's the proud daddy.
And the beautiful mommy.
The happy new family.
I had to post this one of little Sarah Sanford because it's too cute!

Hooray for the newest McEwen!

Monday, July 21, 2008

I have to post this picture, because it is so precious. Aunt Beth left two rings for Haley and me that belonged to her mom (my great grandmother). We loved them both, so we couldn't decide who gets what. We left the decision up to Mimi, who shook them up in her hands and then put one in each of our hands.


In other news, I spontaneously decided to paint my kitchen cabinets. And not just paint them, paint them orange. It has turned out to be a catastrophically awful idea. Here's a pic of them with just a swatch that I painted to try out the color.


They are all now bright orange, and I avoid the room at all costs. I won't even post a pic yet, because I have to fix it before I can feel good about showing the orange picture. I have learned a few things about myself in the process, though:

1) Cabinets are really hard to paint. There are so many crevices and corners and it takes hours to tape it all off before you can actually start. The next time I get the urge to paint something on a whim, I should choose something more simple, like say the back door. Of someone else's house.

2) When picking out a paint color, it's best to think about it for more than 12 hours before you start actually smearing it on the walls.

3) Spontaneity is overrated.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

heartache

It's hard to come back to a blog when what I've been experiencing can't really be put into words. However, a couple of quotes seem appropriate.
The first one I found in Aunt Beth's sewing room when we were going through some things. It was a newspaper clipping of an old Irish blessing:

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.
Secondly,
Childhood is not from birth to a certain age and at a certain age
The child is grown, and puts away childish things.
Childhood is the kingdom where nobody dies.
-Edna St. Vincent Millay
I wish I could go back there.
Thank you so much, everyone, for your prayers and for sharing in our heartache.

Sunday, July 06, 2008

fireworks


This was our little home away from home the past week, selling fireworks for the fourth of July. It was really a pretty easy job the first few days. We spent a lot of time reading and I got the chance to write some. Mom and the girls came out to help almost everyday- they were brilliant saleswomen! They had all sorts of different selling tactics- flag waving, crazy hats, setting off smoke bombs. And when we didn't have customers they'd just practice what they would say if we did.
Finally business really picked up on Friday. We had a pretty constant stream of customers all day, especially after the sun went down. Everything was going just perfect until we had to turn on the outside lights. Then a huge army of a variety of bugs decided to declare war on my person. Normally if a bug touches me it sends me into a hissy fit of screaming and flailing about, but it's funny what you can put up with when you just have to do it. I had bugs in my hair, crawling on my back, trying to get in my ears and mouth. I'm not sure how it happened, but I even had bugs in my underwear. It was disgusting. One black beetle was nearly 4 inches long- no exaggeration- and he made a bee line (a beetle line?) for my face. That was just too much- I did a little flailing there, in front of a customer and everything. Ugh, it makes me shudder just thinking about it.
You'd think that guard-dog Clive could have made himself useful by protecting me or something, but he just laid there in the floor of the tiny stand, so we had to trip over him as we pulled things off the shelves. He got lots of attention from customers, though, so he seems pretty pleased with himself.