Wednesday -- March 12th
Rainy weekend. My parents decided not to come because of the rain. They will come up for Easter instead. Don't know how good of a hostess I'll be then. I'm set for surgery on my shoulder on the 19th. Been putting off the problem - burcitis, tendonitis, calcium deposit... It's luckily my left shoulder, so I can still keep up with some things around the house. Boy, is my laundry going to pile up though!
Doesn't the amount of laundry you do every day truly amaze you?! Where does it all come from? If there are 6 people in the family, why are there atleast 10 complete outfits in the hamper, or should I say, near the hamper, every night? The hamper is never empty. My washer and dryer never stop running.
Ever notice that out of all the piles, maybe a few pieces actually belong to YOU? Why is that? That's because women actually realize that you can wear a sweater, jeans, whatever, more than once if it isn't dirty! Fold it and set it aside! Am I right ladies?
I love when you ask the kids to pick up their rooms and then you turn to look at the hamper. It's now doubled in size! That's because whatever has fallen off of hangers in their closets, whatever outfit they took out of their dresser then changed their minds about wearing...all end up in the hamper. Much easier for them that way! I'm not complaining. I wouldn't want anyone else doing the laundry for fear it wouldn't get done right. In fact, I've asked Ernie to give it a go a few times, and I'm quite sure that he's not color blind, but let's just say I've told him to step away from the laundry. The same trick works for him when it comes to making the bed. He knows if it's not made right, I'll want to re-do it, so he's just given up completely...hmmm, as opposed to doing it right!
So, we'll just have lots of laundry and lots of unmade beds for a while, but that's ok, we'll survive!
Maddie turns 10 this Saturday! Wow - so hard to believe! She spent her birthday last year in the hospital and had her pic line put in her arm that day. That was a really tough day. I am SO grateful for where we are this birthday!
Friday -- March 7th
Yeah - it's Friday!! The fifth grade had their annual Wax Museum presentation last night at the school. It was so great! The costumes on the kids were so amazing! Michael was Jim Henson. He looked so good with his beard and mustache and had memorized his lines perfectly! I was so proud of him. Each child had to recite their life story/history by memory, after you "activated them" by asking them to tell you about themselves. I brought William with me and Ernie had to stay home with Thomas and Maddie.
William ran around and found his favorite Wax personality - the guy who invented the Hershey Kisses - of course! He kept coming back to me a with another handful of kisses. I only hope he didn't keep "activating" the poor kid, making him recite his lines over and over, in order to get thoses kisses!
The boys had so much fun playing outside yesterday afternoon. We get so excited when there's any little bit of warm weather! Unfortunately, I think Thomas sprained his ankle. It's swollen and it hurts when he stands on it. I'll have it looked at today.
My parents are coming up from CT. for the weekend. They haven't been up in a while so it will be nice. We're expecting a lot of rain. Maybe we can all get an umbrella and go singin' and dancin' in the rain!
Have a great weekend everyone!
Monday -- March 3rd
Well, school vacation was pretty lame. Everyone was sick the whole week with the cough/sore throat thing, so we didn't do much. Maddie had it the worst and had a high fever off and on for several days. Her body had a little more trouble kicking it than the rest of us. We're all finally on the mend.
Michael and I went shopping at IParty at the end of vacation week, to find a beard and mustache for his wax museum project at school. He is going to be Jim Henson, creator of the muppets and lots more. Well, they didn't have what we needed, so I bought a wig there, that we took home to cut up. It turned out great. Got a mustache and beard out of it. He'll put it on this Wed. for school and then the parents are invited Thur. night to see. It should be fun.
We had clinic day this past Thursday. Maddie had her blood draw and her monthly exam. Everyone was so excited to see her and nobody recognized her with hair! Maddie was so glad to see everyone. She misses her nurses and friends. She even had time to squeeze in a guitar lesson with the new music therapist, Brian. Ernie had met us over there for the check up, so when we were done, Maddie went back to the office with him. I got to drive home alone, blast the radio and sing horribly, without anyone listening! It was great!
I went out Thursday night, to meet up with friends, Alison Lutes and Amy Palmer. Alison and her husband, Dave, have been running the Norfolk Kids PMC ride since starting it, several years ago. They have decided to take a break this year and Ernie and I have agreed to run it! We're really excited and hope to raise lots of money for cures! We have set the date for June 8th and will hopefully post a fund raising link on the website real soon, so that anyone who wishes to contribute can do so. You have all been so generous in the past and we're so grateful.
We had a good weekend. My childhood next door neighbor, Trish, and her daughter, Molly, came up from CT. for a sleepover Sat. night. The girls got along great! We took Molly to get her ears pierced while they were up. What a great memory! I still remember getting mine pierced with Kim Costello when I was 12...
While we had girl's night, Ernie took the boys, and Michael's friend, Drew, to a hotel for the night so they could get out and go swimming. They had a great time. William and Thomas decided they wanted to come home to sleep, so Ernie brought them home later and then stayed overnight with the two older guys. They all had fun!
Well, that's about it for now. Have a great week!