Though days go fast and much has happened, I’m rather shocked that we are still in August! It has been an eventful month at our home, but not necessarily in a good way! This month marked yet another surgery for myself, this time not dental surgery but for the removal of some skin cancer on my nose. After a biopsy on two places early this summer, they both came back positive for basal cell skin cancer. It is not life-threatening, but the dermatologist liked it to a cavity that just needs to be taken care of. Unfortunately for me, the one on my nose was in a difficult spot and required a special procedure to take it out, followed by a graft (from my ear cartilage!!) to repair my nose! The whole thing was a 2-day ordeal, but honestly better in the end than I thought it would be in terms of the severity of the scar and such. The ear portion was unexpected and the most painful part of the process, especially because it ended up getting an infection. In my follow-up appointment, I learned that I need to keep my nose covered for the next month for healing! While surprising, I’ve gotten used to it and have almost forgotten about it until I notice someone looking at me and wondering what happened. As if that weren’t enough, I went back to my regular dermatologist for the removal of my second spot, which was on my chest, the week following the first procedure. This was a much faster, traditional approach and is now just healing. To top that off (again!), because we hadn’t seen quite enough doctors this month, Zachary decided it was his turn for some stitches when he fell on the cement and split his chin open. At that point, we really had to laugh—not at the injury but at the amazing amount of medical needs we’ve had this month and really cumulatively this year! So I don’t really have a lot of “fun” photos from this month, though we do have many memories. Since our summer came to a rather quick end with the surgery and my need to be out of water and sun for a bit, we started back to school in the midst of it all, which is honestly most of our photos for now!
Lauren was just as eager to start school, which to her meant letter flashcards! We hadn’t even begun our school work for the day yet, but I came downstairs and found Bethany quizzing Lauren on her letters! May they always remain so eager!
School Pictures:Bethany, 2nd grade
This was one of the activities of the day, which was some blob mapping! They are learning to draw a very rough sketch of the world accurately on the proper lines of latitude and longitude by tracing it. The goal will eventually be to draw it without the prompts.
This past Saturday night, we decided we needed a little spontaneous fun so we went to Magic Mountain after an early dinner for a few hours. It was pretty busy, but because we hadn’t been in awhile, we still had a great time. We ended up splitting up since I was limited in the rides I could do with my ear and chest still healing. So I stuck with Lauren while the older kids went with Daddy, which is why all the photos are mostly of Lauren.