Thursday, July 31, 2008

Life is full of disappointments

So the day did not turn out quite as I thought it was going to. We made it to the hospital and checked in easily. One of the nurses even commented on how smoothly it was going. I went into the operating room and remember talking to the nurses and doctor. The next thing I remembered was a nurse at the foot of my bed asking how I was feeling. Then the Big Man appeared by my bed and asked if I would remember the conversation. And I do. It went like this, "They couldn't do it." I actually thought he was kidding, but he wasn't. They were able to do a small procedure that may give me some temporary relief. But the other results were likely to have been PERMANENT. Oh well. Due to a condition they couldn't foresee, that is the way it turned out. I have an appointment with the doctor next week to discuss further options.

However, the bright sides are many. It isn't as though they found something serious. I was pampered all day and received many well wishes from family and friends. MK took excellent care of T. Willy and he brought me a cup of water by himself to make me feel better. The Big Man was very attentive. What more could I ask for?

So that's it. I hope you had a wonderful day with no disappointments!

Procedure Day

So the Big Man and I are on the interstate at 4 48 am and I am blogging! I love technology! All is well and we are headed to my outpatient procedure. I am not nervous but eager for it to be over. Not much else going on. Just wanted to check in.

Soccer camp did not go well. He just wasn't ready. But we had a fun time talking to neighbors and friends we haven't seen in a long time.

Have a great day!

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Vacation wrap up

We came home Tuesday and are back in the swing of things here. MK has gone to band camp, and T. Willy is going to start soccer camp on Monday. I have no idea how he is going to do. He is very excited about it and wore his cleats around the house all day. So if it goes well, I'll post pictures next week.

Here are a few more pictures of our trip. Have a good night!

Monday, July 21, 2008

Oh, those Wildwood days!

We have had a fantastic time in Delaware. This morning T. Willy woke up crying. When asked what was wrong he said he'd had a bad dream. "I dreamed the trip was over." That about sums it up. There is never enough time to do everything and see everyone. We had lunch with my dear friend, Shannon, and her husband, Keith, today, and we have already made plans to get together next summer.

Yesterday we went to Wildwood, New Jersey, to walk the boardwalk. It was my first time there. We rode rides and ate all of the beach specialties we could. We walked the whole thing, but took the tram back. It was a wonderful time with my brother and niece. We were also able to see why they sell so many sweatshirts on the boardwalk. By the end of it, we were chilly!! We are definitely not in Florida. Anyway, here are some pictures. Note the one of the three of us brother caught us in our natural states. In my defense, I was texting Noelle. She was sick so I was checking up on her, and she is feeling better! MK took the go-kart pictures and my niece took the one of me on the ferris wheel...also a very natural pose, because it was HIGH!!!!

Have a great day and watch out for the tram!!! (If you've been to Wildwood, you will get it!)

Thursday, July 17, 2008

My new shirt...don't you want one?

Two malts and a chocolate cone...this is day 3 of the trip...I will just have to roll onto the plane Tuesday.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

We're here!

We made it to Delaware this afternoon and have already had fun! We have played with the niece and nephews, hung around with the grown ups, eaten good food, visited friends, and gone to Dairy Palace. What, you may ask, is a Dairy Palace? Thinking about that made me think about some other things that are MUSTS and unique about our visits. So here is a short list.

Dairy Palace - our hometown ice cream stand. It has been around for years and is a local tradition. From the time it opens in late spring until it closes in early fall, it is a must for anyone with a sweet tooth. My personal favorite is a chocolate malt, but tonight I had a chocolate cone with "jimmies," or sprinkles to those of you from other geographical areas. Shannon, my very dear friend, and I used to come here as teenagers, and we still can't resist it. It is still as I remember...Little League teams still line up for cones after games and teenaged boys still take their girlfriends there. Ahhh...the memories.

Capriotti's - If you think you've had a good sub at Subway...think again. Every trip home requires at least one visit. The subs are I always get one and eat half, then save the second half for another meal. I am never disappointed. The only downside is that I have to choose between Italian and roast beef...they are both so good!!!

Tax Free Shopping - There is no sales tax in Delaware! So shop your heart out and pay what you see on the price tag. This took some getting used to when I left, but now takes getting used to when I'm back. I find myself adding up the 6% we pay at home and then realize I don't have to pay it.

There are others, but these were some that stand out for me. It is nice to be here and we are ready for some more fun! Have a great night!

Friday, July 11, 2008

Smiles and Berries and Phones...oh my

MK got her braces yesterday. She is still uncomfortable but says today is better than yesterday. I will try to post a picture soon. The braces aren't so bad, but she also has a palatal expander and it is really causing her some trouble. She can't eat and is very hungry. It should keep getting better; she just has to give it time. She is also having trouble playing her clarinet, and even though we are heading north on Tuesday, is going to band camp on Monday.

T. Willy and I went blueberry picking on Wednesday. He had a really good time and was a joy to have with me. He picked his little heart out, and never complained. It was really hot, and just one time said he would feel better if he could just have a "little taste of water." Fortunately we had water with us, and he was energized after a drink. All he could talk about was taking the berries home to bake a pie. He talked and talked about how much he wanted a blueberry pie. So, Thursday morning, he and I baked a blueberry pie. Once again, he was an amazing helper. He couldn't wait for it to be ready to eat. Then...he took a look at the finished product and realized it was a circle. Oh dear. He was expecting a triangle. Fortunately the Big Man overheard this and explained that it would be a triangle when it was cut. Then he used our family communication method (a dry erase marker on the bathroom mirror) to draw a diagram. T. Willy seemed satisfied and kept talking about the pie. We had the spray whipped cream that he loves, cut him a piece of pie, poured some whipped cream on top and.....he would not take one bite!!!!! What???? The only reason I made the pie, from scratch...crust and all, was because he wanted it. And nothing...not one bite! Oh well...four year olds, I guess.

And today...for the Big Man...I woke up at five and drove to Fort Walton Beach to get in line for the new Iphone...which he is playing with right now. The wait was kind of long, but a lot of fun. Everyone was excited and I was number 11 in what would become a very long line. We were hoping to get 2, but they only allowed us to buy one, so I hope to get one for myself very soon. It is so fun!

So there are some highlights from our week! I hope yours was great!

Saturday, July 05, 2008

Happy 5th

I hope you had a great holiday. Ours was fine. We didn't do anything out of the ordinary. The Big Man worked, but we cooked out when he got home. We watched some neighborhood fireworks and that was about it.

We had a busy week of appointments. MK is getting braces on her teeth on Thursday, so we went to get her separators this week. I will be having a little outpatient procedure at the end of the month, so I went to the doctor too. We are living large, aren't we?

Other than that, we are doing well and getting ready to visit my family on the 15th. The kids are a little bored, I think. It seems that anything fun requires money and/or a long drive. Our town is sweet and small, but the fun stuff seems to be at the beach, about 30 minutes away. No job news...but I'm not losing hope!

Have a great day!