Friday, January 15, 2016

Same Road Trip, New Car

Demi has had her new 4Runner since early November.  But this is only the second time Caz has been in the car.  How the dynamics have changed, now that he can drive.  I really wanted him to log some road time on this trip but it really wasn't a great opportunity.  The boys had to adjust to not having a 3rd row.  They actually had to share a whole backseat.  Like an ordinary family.  How novel.
     It went just fine.  We only stopped once, which is a minor miracle.  We made good time.  The boys  played Trivia Crack with Demi.  It was fun to listen in.  It was a total Griswold drive in the new family truckster.

Friday, January 8, 2016

Packing with Care

It's all a part of the growing up process.  We had quite a night, last night.  Demi and I had arranged our schedules, asked for favors, and made Caz a priority, all in order to go see him run.  He has a state meet on a Friday night.  It was going to be a family outing.  But then, just before bedtime, Caz declares that he likely isn't running.  One of his relay teammates had pulled a hammy at the last meet.  Two others were home sick from school today.  "I likely won't run."  So we explain to Caz that it's fine, but then we are going to save our chips for another meet, so we won't be going.  "That's fine.  I am still going to the meet."
     Fast forward to 4 pm today.  The meet starts at the Roxbury.  Text - "When you come, can you bring my compression shorts.  I can't run without them."  Next Text - "I am definitely running".  Needless to say Demi had to pause and take a breathe.  I started running calculations in my head about how to make the meet.  Demi explained to Caz that he was SOL.  I ended up at home having dinner with Demi and Coco.  He knew the story.  He needs to prepare better.  He needs to communicate better.  But it's all a part of growing pains.  He did run.  And he ran well.

Saturday, January 2, 2016


Today is an adjustment day.  Linda and I got up early.  Since we went to sleep at 8 last night, we did get 10 hours sleep.  I went to the gym.  Back to training.  Coco got up around 7 and Caz slept until 9. They are going to have to get up early for school on Monday, so this is just the beginning.  We had to adjust our eating schedules.  The menu will change drastically too.  No one is going to bring us endless cappuccinos each morning anymore.  The boys won't have their pick of croissants or pastries.
     Demi is off to bring our last family member home.  She's going to the NY ferry to meet her sister and get Gizmo.  We all missed our little pup.  She is going to be over stimulated with all the attention and affection.  And we will love every minute of it.

Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy 2016

It is a New Years Day return for the Chin Family.  Our direct flight from Rome landed at 2 pm local time.  Which means it was 8 pm Rome time and our bodies were feeling it.  We made it to about 8 pm Duxbury time before we all crashed.  Jet lag, here we come.  But it is all worth it.  It was a trip of a lifetime.  I will back post a chronicle of it.  I really don't like advertising any lengthy departures, so apologies for the historical posts forthcoming.