Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Weekend Recap - 5/14/18


Lately, it feels like every week includes some new challenge or hardship.  Last week was a doozy.  I think I’ve cried more in the past two weeks than ever before in my life.  Two former bosses along with one of my good friends were laid off with several other employees (many of whom I've known for years).  These were people who helped build and shape the company.  People I considered dear friends and mentors.  They contributed so much.  They were liked by everyone.  When I learned of it, I was in disbelief.  My disbelief quickly turned to anger.  How can a company treat people this way?  I've decided it's time for me to begin looking for a new job.  Because I really need more chaos in my life. :\  When it rains, it pours...

On the brighter side, A had CF clinic and it went well.  The confusing part is that both his FEVC and FEV1 numbers were up, but the percentage was down a point.  I’m taking the higher FEVC and FEV1 as a good sign.  I had a good laugh when I looked at his results and the tech had written that the patient was cooperative.  Haha! 

On Friday, W attended ‘Kindergarten Experience’.  I worked from home in order to drop him off and as this happened to be the day my beloved coworkers were packing up their offices, I was so happy to be working from home.  W told me quite a few times that he was nervous and I continually reassured him that this would be a great way to meet teachers and check out the classroom.  From what I could tell, it went well.  He was only at Kindergarten for an hour, but was paired with a Kindergarten buddy, read a story, had a snack, and made a cute little paper duck. J  Those kindergarten hallways are the cutest – I love all the little projects hanging from the walls and the sweet handwriting.

Saturday morning, the boys actually slept until about 6:45ish, which is really good for them.  S woke first.  I’ll typically go get him and bring him to our bed where he drinks milk, we watch PBS cartoons, and ease into the day.  A, S, Addie, and myself were all lying in bed when I smelled something.  I thought it was the dog and commented that she was stinky.  A couple minutes later, I smelled something again.  S told me he needed a diaper change.  I sat up and realized there was poop everywhere.  Happy Mother’s Day weekend to me.  S went straight into the bathtub while A took the sheets off the bed.  After a bath and starting a load of laundry, all three boys headed out to pick up Starbucks.  I had requested it for Mother’s Day weekend and they delivered.  After breakfast, I headed out for a pedicure.  So relaxing!  In the afternoon, I visited my brother in the hospital and picked up Chinese food on the way home.

Sunday, we headed to church and Starbucks again.  I opened some fabulous Mother’s Day gifts, which included necklaces made by W, a handprint and poem made by S, and a blender and pedicure gift certificate from A.  Everything was perfect.  And if you’re wondering about the blender, I specifically asked for it. ;)  I thought it’d be fun to make smoothies and get some fruits and veggies into the boys.  Epic fail there because they both gagged when I had them try a yogurt smoothie.  I thought it was delicious.  A entertained the boys much of the day, I allowed myself to sit on the couch for a blissful hour and do nothing.  I made Cajun pasta and sausage for dinner, which was delicious.  All in all a good Mother’s Day, albeit, a little sad given current circumstances.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Weekend Recap - 5/7/18


Another busy weekend in the books.  I spent some time at the hospital Saturday and Sunday with my brother.  While this situation is incredibly difficult, I’m so thankful for A.  He’s been entertaining the boys with park visits and even trips to the amusement park while I’m away and he's been holding down the house.  I’ve been receiving phone calls from family and friends who’ve heard about my brother.  They reach out to me instead of my mom, knowing that she’s often at the hospital and overwhelmed.  I’m relieved they’re contacting me and so appreciative of the offers for help, but I have to admit, it’s draining.  I hate being the one to confirm such terrible news.  I save my tears for when the boys are in bed or when I'm in the car alone.  Everything about the situation is emotionally exhausting.

Despite the hospital visits and sadness, we’re trying to make sure that the boys maintain a sense of normalcy as much as possible.  W has had some rough days and I'm sure he's catching on that things are really difficult right now, but we're doing our best.

They’ve been playing outside so much - soaking in the sunshine and warmer spring temperatures.  W has taken to riding the scooter he received for Christmas and zips through the neighborhood.  S is trying to figure out how to pedal.  Every day, W asks, “is it warm enough for sandals?” and also, “when can we get out the pool?”  Our pool is a tiny plastic kiddie pool so I don't understand the intrigue, but they’re very eager.

On Sunday, May 6, we participated in the Great Strides walk.  I wish we had had a larger team, but grateful to those who walked with us and supported us.  Our team raised over $500 (close to $600), which I’m really proud of.  A little side story: the boys were super excited to see purple shirts (W's favorite color!).  We found some in their size and moved along.  We later learned that the purple shirts were actually for those with CF.  No one told us.  Oops!  We had to explain a few times that A has CF and the boys do not.  They looked cute nonetheless.

Friday, May 4, 2018


Something happened last week.  I’m not ready to talk about it in full detail, but I’ll summarize by saying my younger (and only) brother is in ICU.  He’s very sick and doctors haven’t given us any hope.  In fact, they've begun talking hospice care.  I’m completely heartbroken.  I’m trying to continue on and stay strong, but I’m hurting.  With that, I plan on taking a break from the blog (or at least my posts will be sporadic).  Until next time...

Monday, April 23, 2018

Weekend Recap

Weekends always go SO fast!!

Saturday started with haircuts for the boys.  It’s such a relief that they behave perfectly these days.  I remember those first couple haircuts that involved so many tears! 

W was invited to a royal birthday party that afternoon.  He was supposed to wear ‘royal attire’ and he was the cutest little prince I ever did see.  I asked the birthday girl’s mom if I should drop W off or stay and she said either was fine.  I asked W and he wanted me to stay.  Luckily other moms were there too so it wasn’t awkward.  I noticed that W didn’t interact much with the other children.  He was near them and participated in the activities, but he didn’t really converse or socialize.  It made me sad and worried.  W has always been shy in social settings, but talks nonstop at home.  However, once we left the party, he told me he had so much fun.  I suppose that’s all that really matters.

I talked with my mom a bit about W and expressed my concerns about him being so quiet amongst other children.  Since she taught for so many years, I assumed she’s had students like W.  She told me I shouldn’t be concerned – it was just W’s personality.  I also talked with one of my colleagues and she told me that his reserved nature would be an asset – he’d be an excellent listener and take everything in (which does sound a lot like W).  Both conversations made me feel better.  I’m just wondering if I should be doing more to encourage his social skills.


S and A had their own little outing while W and I were at the birthday party.  A took S bowling and out to lunch and I hear they had a great time.  I think it was good for the boys to have separate activities for a change and they both really seemed to enjoy their outings.

The rest of the weekend was spent running errands and playing outside.  BOTH boys went to the children’s mass at church and enjoyed it so it looks like we’ll have a new routine at church.  And we FINALLY had nice weather.  It was in the 50s and sunny so we spent much of the weekend outdoors whenever we could.  

We finished with a delicious Sunday dinner.  I know I mention this often, but I really enjoy making a big meal on Sundays.  Sad the weekend had to end!

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Still Here

It may have seemed like I disappeared, but I'm still around.  We've been SO incredibly busy and my blog suffered as a result.  Let me back up a bit...

Last week it snowed - more than once if I remember correctly.  So depressing.  I don't remember ever getting snow this late in April.  So we had snow Monday, we were wearing shorts on Thursday, and it snowed again Friday (or something like that).  It was making me insane.

How I Feel

Saturday, we awoke to sleet/ice/snow pelting the window.  I had planned to run out and try to score some of the Hunter boots that were part of a collaboration with Target.  I tried to get them online, but of course, they were already gone by 6 am.  W really needed new boots (his old ones had a massive hole, which totally defeats the purpose of rain boots) and had his heart set on red.  Naturally, when I checked online, the closest Target had no red boots - only yellow and striped.  I mentioned to A that I was going to try and convince W to go for one of those options so I didn't have to drive 35 minutes to the Target that had the red boots.  My sweet husband offered to drive to the further Target in the April rain/snow.  And he found boots that were close enough to the boys' sizes.  He even stopped at Starbucks on his way home.  Best husband ever.

Given the weather, I had no intention of setting foot outside, but A said we were either going sofa shopping or cleaning the house.  Obviously, I chose shopping.  We had been planning on purchasing a new sofa for a really long time and then put it on hold when we had a ton of medical expenses for Addie.  Our current furniture is over 11 years old and it's held up really well for the most part.  But it's definitely starting to show its age with two kiddos and a dog.  I had no plans of actually buying a sofa on this day, but wanted to look at different styles and get an idea of cost - costs ranged quite a bit depending on style and fabric so I really had no idea what to expect.  Immediately as we walked in, I saw a sofa that had the perfect fabric.  I wanted a gray sofa and this one was sort of a gray tweed with a hint of gold.  I'm not describing it well, but I thought it would be perfect with our wall color.  We walked around for quite a while and I found a sofa style I really liked that happened to come in the same fabric and I found the price to be really reasonable.  A and I debated and discussed and decided to buy it.  BUT then we needed a new chair.  Our current chair is old and the fabric wouldn't match our new sofa.  I found a fabric I loved and we chose a "chair and a half" style.  Then, when we were ordering, we discovered that the chair actually did not come in the fabric I wanted.  So we had to start over and choose a new fabric, which I'm a little nervous about - I absolutely loved the first fabric choice.  We were at the store forever and the boys had so much fun.  They loved walking around and checking out the furniture and especially loved the bunk beds.  So we're excited about our new furniture, which is set to arrive at the end of May.  And admittedly, I'm nervous about a big purchase that I really hadn't planned on making that day.  I always get nervous about big expenses.

After that, we grabbed some lunch and headed home.

Sunday, we awoke to snow on the ground.  S ended up going to the kids program during mass at church.  We ask the boys every week if they'd like to go and they never want to so this was a big milestone for S.  He was so cute walking back into church with all the kids. :)

After Starbucks and grocery shopping, we headed home where A started a fire in the fireplace.  Because snow.  In April.  We finished the day with the boys helping me make our famous mac and cheese.

Monday, I had an all day work summit.  We did volunteer work in Chicago, visited Cloud Gate (aka the Bean), and had a department dinner on Michigan Ave.  My Irish colleagues were in town and I had so much fun spending time with them.  I also loved volunteering at our adopted school - gathering school supplies and listening to presentations from the students.  It was a really long day -  I left the house at 7:15am and didn't arrive home until 9:15pm, but definitely a fun day.

Tuesday, another work summit, but this time, meetings were at the office.  The conferences I attended were really interesting and it was a great learning opportunity, but oh my gosh, I was exhausted by the afternoon.

Wednesday, some of the students I had been mentoring presented their projects and I had to serve as a judge.  I'm really proud of their ideas and their creativity.  They all did an excellent job.  I think I missed my calling as a high school science teacher. :)  Or maybe not... mentoring has been very rewarding without having any nightly "homework" to grade.  Speaking of school, A had "open house" so he was at school late.  I feel like I've hardly seen my dear husband lately.

And then today, I took the day off in order to chaperone W's field trip to the fire station.  We had lots of fun visiting the station together and I'm so thankful I was able to spend some one on one time with my little guy after a very hectic week.

And we finally have sunshine and 40 degree temperatures so maybe spring will eventually arrive!

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Weekend Recap

I had five meetings yesterday and was so mentally drained by the end, I didn’t post my usual weekend recap.

Our weekend was uneventful, which is exactly what I needed.  I didn’t even take a single picture of the boys, which is unheard of for me.  I guess I was just focused on being in the moment and relaxing when possible (not really possible with two little boys).

We spent Saturday morning lounging around and easing into the day.  Once we were finally dressed, we headed to lunch.  I had a coupon for a free kids meal at Red Robin – score!  The boys love this restaurant – chicken, fries, lemonade and balloons – what more could a boy ask for?  Then it was off to the mall.  I always wear a watch and hadn’t been able to for some time because my watch battery died.  It was driving me crazy – I’d constantly look for the time and then realize I wasn’t wearing a watch.  Anyway, the boys had also been asking to go to the mall play place aka germ city.  It was freezing so it was a good option on this day.  Time will tell if they catch yet another virus from the germ cesspool.  But they both had a great time and I’m happy to have my watch back.

Sunday was our usual.  After church, Starbucks, and grocery shopping, I made dinner - chicken mushroom Florentine over linguini, and grilled mushrooms, zucchini, and broccoli.  It was so yummy, you guys.  The pediatrician gave us a hard time about the boys not eating enough fruits and veggies… they didn’t eat these grilled veggies BUT, I’m going to keep offering and hope that they’ll eventually try them and like them!  And what are parents supposed to do?  S eats fruits, W eats corn and the occasional strawberry, but I’m not sure what to do to convince them to eat more.  I’ve heard of parents trying to sneak them into meals, but I know my kids would find them and refuse to eat.  We’ll keep trying.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Friday Thoughts

Gosh, it’s been a really long week with a memorial service for my cousin and doctor’s appointments for the boys thrown in.  The boys have gotten to bed late the past two nights and I’m just ready for a noneventful evening.

Wednesday evening I was hurrying home because we had to leave for the aforementioned memorial service.  I thought I’d stop on my way and pick up a sandwich before dashing out the door again.  It was a great idea until I got to the drive thru window and realized I didn’t have my wallet (it was in the diaper bag).  So no dinner for me and I was totally embarrassed.  Note to self: make sure you have money BEFORE placing your order.

My amazing and wonderful husband was nominated for Teacher of the Year in his school district.  I’m so incredibly proud of A!  This world needs more men like him!!

This is the winter that will not end... yes, it goes on and on my friends...  Currently 36 degrees.  In April.  Not acceptable.

My boss' boss, aka VP of the department, sent me an email and it began with Dude.  Dude??  Really?!?  I was telling my mom about this scenario and she responded, "But you're not even a dude?"  So not the point, mom.  Lol.