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  • Writer's pictureElijah Ricks


We have very little to report this week, as Kira spent most of it struggling with her illness, and I did my best to be at home with the kids. Kira’s been sleeping a little better, but her cough keeps her up most of the time. Luckily, Hakan has been a champ sleeping during the night: Last night he woke briefly at 2 a.m., but needed only his binky. Then he slept until 5! Hopefully this will last once Kira’s feeling well again! 

It was the first week of school for me, and I am teaching statistical methods. Because it is a new course for me, I’ve been working to get a good flow to the material while keeping it interesting. It’s a different style of course than I’ve taught before, but I think it will go well.

I’ve had a lot of news coming in from Roosevelt about my employment there. I’ve already signed up for which courses to teach in the Fall, and they have sent me all sorts of paperwork about the position. It’s beginning to feel very real and exciting!

Hakan continues to be on the verge of crawling. He can inch forward, and maneuver in other directions pretty well for a little guy, but he still does not outright crawl. As you can see from the above photo, he still manages to explore a good chunk of the apartment. 

The most bizarre part of the week was Thursday. It was lightly snowing when I dropped Avey off at school, but by the time I went to attend her school presentation at noon, the weather was getting very bad. The wind was roaring and the snow was whipping through the streets. I got to the school and found out that they had cancelled the presentation, but that we could take our kids home due to the weather. The roads had gotten really bad by then, and we got stuck a couple of times on the way home. Once we were back safe, we watched in awe as the snow piled up – a rare sight in El Paso. I wish we could have taken the kids out to enjoy it, but the wind was so fierce that it was just miserable.

We will probably not see a storm like that again until we’re in Chicago. At least we got a taste of what it will be like! We learned that we don’t have enough winter gear!


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