Time flies when you're having fun and also when you're not.
Saturday night, my main hard drive failed. When you've got 190 GB of "stuff" stored on there, to say it is a big worry, is a slight understatement. Eric built my all singing all dancing PC (with a terabyte of memory I might add) last year and has al gone swimmingly until this weekend. He told me when he built it that it had a "Raid 5 configuration" (whatever that means...) and so I didn't need to back anything up because if a drive failed it would be copied to one of the other drive (or along those lines). I'm not tech savvy at all so I'm not even going to try to pretend I know what I'm talking about. Put me in Photoshop and I'm fine but the hardware is all Eric. I did doubt him at one point but he, and "The Raid Configuration", have lived up to their reputation. Panic over. I now have a back-up of a back-up and am even considering a third back-up. Over the top? Perhaps.
The diet on the other hand is going AWESOME. I have been amazed at how easy it has been. I had a bit of a craving for the dairy on the third day but since discovering this and this it's been a breeze. I kid you not that they are better than the real thing. I have also found a Rice Milk that I like in my tea and so now I'm really laughing. E and L love the Chocolate Chip Cookies and Waffle Mix. It's really great to have the whole family on board and be able to eat almost the same things as we used to.
Friday, Luke got hold of a cheese stick, while ona playdate, and that night he screamed with stomach pain and didn't eat a thing. We've also noticed that after almost a week we are seeing a few differences in Luke. He used to drink obscene amounts of orange juice, probably the acid helped his stomach with all the dairy, but he's not drinking nearly as much juice as he used to. He also sat in his stroller quietly today while we did the remainder of Ella's school supply shopping. We've never seen that before. He's usually...Wild.
This leads me to today. We woke up this morning to Fall. There was a chill in the air that told me to get out my big sweater which means we've probably seen our last summer day for 2007. We've been lucky with the past 2 weeks though so we can't complain. It's hard to believe the snow will be here to stay by Halloween.
With Ella starting Kindergarten next week we're getting into the routine of the early morning. Eric got me up at about 6.40am. I showered and woke Ella up at 7am. Luke awoke around the same time. We dressed. I cooked them breakfast, teeth brushed and we were ready to catch the bus at 8.25am, except the bus doesn't come for another 8 "sleeps", so they got to watch some TV and then we headed to the mall for new tap and ballet shoes, and some indoor sports shoes, which was more of a nightmare than I had anticipated.
We went to 2 malls, 5 stores total, and in each one it was like a zoo, people frantic and shelves ransacked. I've always wondered what all the back to school hype was about and now I know. It's like a mad dash to the finish line, or to the start, I should probably say. We started out my day looking for a pair of $20 shoes but by the fifth store I didn't care what they cost, I just wanted to get out of there. I found some cute pink Nike's stashed among the boys shoes and so Ella settled on those. Coming from England this is all pretty new to me, so lets just say it's left me in a state of shock vowing we'll do school shopping in June next year :)
I leave you with one of our last Summer memories. Eric and I sitting in Deck chairs at the park behind our house with a beer in hand, watching Ella, and Luke in his jammies, playing on the climbing frame. Good times :)