Tuesday, January 31, 2012

a little slip and a Happy Birthday

Making Papa's birthday cake
Today Evi said to her friends: "Your mom is cheating with my mom".  I looked at her as I was laughing, as she tried to say that we were chatting.  They came in to split us up and Evi says, "ok ok ok, no more cheating!"  hahahaha, I corrected her, but it didn't stick because she said it again a few minutes later. :)

Blowing out the candles!
Today we went downtown with the Himmighoefers to celebrate Papa.  His birthday was yesterday, and we had cake and ice cream last night.  Today we headed to the American History Museum for some new fun and learning adventures.  I figured that anytime we go to a museum it always seems to be the Natural History or the Air and Space, so I really wanted to do a new one, yet was torn with not seeing the gem and mineral exhibit in honor of my dad (like we did last year).  We had some fun at the American History and all the girls seemed to be enjoying it, but the hands on kids section was not open, so after awhile there, we decided to go next door to the Natural History :).  I would really enjoy going back to the American History museum without the kids though, because there was a lot to read and take in that I just couldn't do with the kids.  So out into the BEAUTIFUL weather we went to walk over one museum to quite possibly our favorite!  We got tickets for the free on tuesdays butterfly exhibit, which was really cool :).  Butterflies landed on just about all of us, although most of the great pictures are on Evin's camera.  The kids were all worn out, but I needed just a quick fix of the rocks, so we got to see some of the beautiful gems and minerals and had our fun seeing "Papa's Rocks."

What a fabulous day! Funny, because I had a really hard day Sunday, but Monday and Tuesday have been great and I am so glad we were able to celebrate my dad. I know that I am lucky to have him, and I know some people have not been able to have the kind of close family bonds and ties that I feel like I have had in my family. I hate that he is gone. But I am so glad to have happy memories of him and to think of all the good he had and wanted to share with others.

Christmas 1995

Sunday, January 29, 2012

PG County

Occasionally when I speak, my PG county upbringing flows out of my mouth without any thought.  For example, today I said to a friend, "you had been decided that...".  This was followed by my own outburst of laughter at myself, that I didn't even realize I said it.  Normal people don't say things like this, do they?  Grammatically correct speakers would say something like, "You had already decided that." RIGHT?  I think I generally use good grammar.  My mom is still a grammar correction queen, and therefore I (and my sisters) all seem to be as well.  So I don't think I normally speak like this.  Or do I?Oh, PG County, I have to love you.  Have to.  Because I am still here.

*another favorite is: "we had been done that"

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Truckin' Along

I have had quite a crazy couple of weeks, and life around here has been turned upside down, then sideways, and then upright again.  In the process of the craziness of my current state, I have thought a lot about my job as a mom and I really value it.  It's funny, because the day I was telling Ron how much I am glad to be a mom, and wouldn't trade it for other seemingly more glamorous or attractive lifestyles, was the day that the kids went crazy and gave me a run for my money.  Ron joked that they must have heard me talking about it and decided to take action!  HA!  But even with the hard days, I adore my babies and am so glad to be their mom.  I need them in my life.  Although some days are harder than others, we get through the challenges together and I feel fortunate to be their mom, and am so glad I am able to stay home with them.  I am also extremely glad to work part time though, so I have a break to re-group sometimes and stay balanced :).
So that's all for now.  We go through changes and have to adapt.  But we keep on truckin' and hopefully enjoy whatever part of the journey that we can.

Since I have a broken camera...I went in to my photo files and have some old pictures to share from the pool.  I love my job, I love my family there, and I love taking my kids there!  These pictures are from June, but still great to share.  Evi was almost 4 1/2 and Jamie had just turned 1 in May.

From Labor Day weekend

Staff cardboard boat regatta in August!  Except for the extremely buoyant base you see here, this boat fell apart.  But Evi wanted a turn after all the big kids finished the racing!  It was shortly after this that some of the lifeguards got worried when they saw her in the 5 feet (without the life vest).  My sweet baby was swimming and they thought she needed help.  One even jumped in to get her, then realized she was fine :).  Evi turned into a fish this summer and I love it!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Cast Off Day

That's what we are calling today because Evi got her cast off!  WooHoo!  There is good news and bad news.
The Good:
~Cast is off
~She can move her leg
~Stopped for some "cast off" treats (chosen were a happy face cookie and a sprinkle doughnut)
~Asked for chicken nuggets for her special cast off day dinner

The Bad:
~Fracture has not healed entirely, and was actually worse than I originally thought :( .
~In a Knee Immobilizer for 3 more weeks (but it's not a cast, at least) to be sure she won't twist her leg wrong or re-injure it.  This can come off for baths, sleeping and swimming.
~She is a little grumpy, like the first few days after the initial injury, because it still hurts to move it after being in one position for 3 weeks.  Has not walked much yet.  (Hoping that will get up to the good section soon and say "walking").
~My camera fell on the ground and BROKE on the way into the X-ray room. 

I can still get the pictures off the memory card, and here are a few cast pictures from the last few days.

hanging out at the park on a great January day.  The cast didn't slow down her fun!

Playing "store" on my bed.  She was the shopkeeper...in my shirt :). 
The calculator she is holding was the cash register I think.

Angry birds is fun for these girls!

Time to get the cast off.  Ev was uncertain about it, and very frightened.

Studying Mr. Tom's (the guy cutting the cast off) movements like a hawk.  A nervous hawk.

Happy girls on our way to the hospital.
We'll see how the next few days go with my girl.
Tomorrow she is having show and tell AND pajama day at school.  That will give her something fun to look forward to after the pain she went through today!

Friday, January 6, 2012

A new year

While in Utah, our family took an afternoon to head up to Bridal Veil Falls to walk, take in the beauty, enjoy the outdoors and family, AND take pictures!  Here is one of me with my babies, smiling (sort of :) ) and looking forward to a positive 2012!  More to follow when Kris sends me the rest of the photos!

PLUS, I added a BUNCH of photos to the previous post. 

We flew home yesterday, and couldn't have had a better experience.  Our flight out to Utah was pretty rough.  Jamie wouldn't sleep but needed to, Evi wasn't interested in her movies for more than 20 minutes, and although I had a bunch of things for them to do, they were kinda restless (I can't blame them though).  They weren't poorly behaved, but it was a loooong flight.  Coming back was fabulous.  I purchased a used double stroller on the way to the airport that I had scoped out the day before.  Although Evi can get around on her cast I knew it would be easier for all involved to have them both sitting in a stroller.  It was!  We were still a sight to see though.  Mom is pushing with one arm: two kids in double stroller, one with leg in cast; pulling with the other arm: two rolling carry-ons hooked together; carrying over pulling shoulder; "personal item" of a bag/diaper bag/carry all.  The security people were so nice and even gave me an extra person to help with the stroller while I did the bags and kids.  Gate people were awesome and even told me I had the row to myself on the plane, then followed me down the jet way to fold my stroller for me.  Flight attendants were all super nice and helpful.  We even ran into good friends of my parents who were on our flight, and they offered to help.  Kids were well behaved, entertained, and pleasant.  Thank goodness. 
Was it that people saw a little girl in a cast?  Was it they saw a mom travelling alone with two kids (one of which was in a cast)?  Did I have a look of desperation in my eyes that made people want to reach out and help?  Was it just everyone I ran into was in a good mood??  I really don't know, but I was grateful to be reminded of how well things can go sometimes, since it hasn't always gone that way for me.  I am grateful to be reminded of the goodness in the world, especially when things seem dark and gloomy.  I am grateful to have little things remind me that I have a Father in Heaven who loves me, and knows my challenges and will support me through them.