Conversations With Nicholas: Whataburger Edition

Nicholas got to choose dinner last night. He asked William for Whataburger, but he said he didn't want the burger ordered the way we usually do... Nicholas: I want the burger wet this time. William: Wet? What do you mean? Nicholas: I don't want you to order it like you always do. I want it wet this time. The opposite of the way you usually order it. William: don't want it plain and … [Read more...]

Swimming Olympic Gold in 2024

Nicholas will be swimming for Team USA in the Summer Olympics in 2024. Because he had his first swim lessons this summer and is now not afraid to get his face wet. This might not sound like the Road To Gold, but when the boy was convinced that he was going to drown every time he got near water, this is a huge first step. Seriously, though? I just don't want Nicholas to be terrified of the water … [Read more...]

He Balances Me

I'm constantly amazed at how balanced my life is because of William. How balanced I am. When I am anxious, he talks me down. When I am angry, he makes me laugh. When I take myself too seriously, he lightens the load. When I am sad about Mark, he lets me be sad, but doesn't let me accept guilt. When I want to make impulsive decisions, he injects some practicality. When I'm too … [Read more...]

Fitness Friday Week 18: Weight-Loss Challenge

Oh, hi! How are you? I know you probably think I gave up on this fitness and health thing, but I haven't! In fact, William and I have just begun a little weight-loss challenge of our own. We both have significant amounts of weight to lose (although mine is more significant than his), so I thought it would be fun to compete. We started our competition at the beginning of this week and the challenge … [Read more...]

William Makes Father’s Day

Father's Day wasn't, traditionally, a big holiday for me. I haven't seen or spoken to my own father since I was 11. My wonderful Uncle David served as a surrogate father throughout my life, but I always knew he was borrowed from my cousin, Heather (although neither of them ever made me feel that way). Mark's Dad got Father's Day cards and meals from us, but Mark only got one of the special days … [Read more...]