the eric update – day 1096: the case of the mysterious infection.



after a few days of odin complaining that it hurt to go to the bathroom we suspected that he might have a bladder infection and took him to the doctor only to be told that it was highly unusual for a boy to have such a thing as were advised to come back if it got worse, which it quickly did. come to find out he did, in fact, have a raging bladder infection, which thankfully was quickly brought under control with a round of antibiotics.

he’s all better now, but it’s still a bit of a mystery as to how he could have contracted a bladder infection which seems to be quite a rarity in little boys. we’re hoping it doesn’t make a reappearance and that it was just a fluke, but it’s hard not to imagine that the infection might be indicative of something else going on. for the time being we’re going to take a "wait and see" approach and hope that the infection doesn’t come back anytime soon.

the eric update – day 1091: the boy genius makes his poppi a card.



odin set out with the simple instructions from his mamma to make me an extra special card for father’s day, which led to a wonderful abstract purply design.

and when he was complete he ran to his mamma and asked her excitedly to come look at his creation while pointing out to the three letters he drew without aid and said slowly, "happy father’s daaaaaay, d-a-y."

while he’s known his letters for quite some time and we’ve been having him practice writing his name with us slowly showing him how to write each letter, i do believe this is the very first time he’s ever written a word with any help whatsoever.

the eric update – day 1091: odin whips up the perfect father’s day dessert.



"odin, what special dessert do you think poppi would like for father’s day?"

"brownies, mamma. poppi would really like some brownies."

and so, a big batch of homemade brownies ( which also happen to coincidentally be one of odin’s favorite goodies ) were prepared with tender, loving care. and today odin even decided he’d try to master the hand-mixer, a noisy contraption that he typically doesn’t want to have anything to do with when he’s helping out in the kitchen. but when it’s a special dessert for a special poppi, i guess you overcome your fears :-)

the brownies were, as you might imagine, delicious.

ah yes, the simple pleasures of country living.



the fresh air, the quiet, the friendly people in a supportive community. and no volkswagen mechanic within 100 miles who will do warranty work and is open on saturdays.

i love madison as much as the next guy, but jeez, it’s a hike just to get a repair. but it was time to stop tempting fate and get the driver’s side airbag fixed. could there be a more enjoyable way to spend a saturday than driving 4 hours round trip and sitting in a dealership for a couple of hours?

the eric update – day 1086: odin meets dexter bean!



unless you follow arca racing or the nascar busch series you might not know dexter bean. but odin sure knows that he’s a rookie racecar driver because dexter’s team garage is on a regular driving route and many times a week parked in front of the garage we see a giant red semi-trailer that looks a whole lot like mack from odin’s favorite movie "cars" that is used to haul dexter’s cars to races. invariably, if dexter’s semi is parked in front odin will exclaim, "look! look! dexter bean’s racecar semi!" and if it’s not there odin will likely ponder where dexter has gone, whether he’s racing and the chances that he’ll win.

today when odin and his ever thoughtful mamma drove by and noticed that there were people milling about she stopped to ask is they might mind showing a very excited little boy around. a request they happily obliged!

it just so happened that dexter himself was there and he showed odin that he could carry not one but two racecars in the truck which is something that he liked to do in case one didn’t work. he got to see the cars up close and one of them even had scratches on it from running into the wall, which you can imagine is quite an exciting sight to see. he even got to talk with the mechanics minding and mending the motor, mighty motor, maker of motion ( a favorite phrase from his favorite book, "a racecar alphabet" )! and maybe best of all dexter gave his new buddy a card with his autograph on it.

dexter, i do believe you have a new number one fan. thanks for taking a few minutes out to make a kid’s day.

the eric update – day 1083: a farm adventure!



odin and i had the chance to visit an organic valley dairy farm with some friends and it was quite an adventure.

we slept in sleeping bags and got up at the crack of dawn to see 100 happy cows who spend their days grazing on wide open pasture get milked in the "milking parlor". it was quite a sight to see and despite the opportunity to try his hand at milking he politely declined preferring to watch from a distance.

we saw cows and roosters and hens and tractors and silos and sheep, but i don’t think any of the sights and smells and sounds surpassed the simple pleasure of getting to hold a little, fuzzy baby chick for the very first time.