Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Top 10 things that I'm thankful for

  1. A happy, well-adjusted, mostly healthy (minus the recent snot infestation) family.
  2. Family coming to visit us over the holidays.
  3. Spending time with the other side of the family during the holidays.
  4. Adorable Thanksgiving crafty "things" that Matt has been bringing home from school.
  5. Kisses from Robert that appear out of the blue.
  6. The help that Megan gives me when I'm ready to tear my hair out from wrangling the littlest wild child.
  7. My loving and supportive husband.
  8. Food on the table (even if it is just hot dogs or mac-n-cheese)
  9. The opportunity to be with the kids all day, every day.
  10. The opportunity to get rid of the kids when Aunt Alicia or Grandma takes them off our hands for a break.

There are so many more things that I'm grateful for but right now, at this moment and over the past week or so, these are the things that stand out the most.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

It's obviously here to stay

I thought that I was past the irrational worry that comes with being a parent. The kind of worry that you know is ridiculous but with all signs pointing toward the outlandish, you just sort of give in to the craziness of your thoughts and begin to wonder if it could perhaps be true. That maybe the good luck of having three healthy kids has finally ended and this is where the bad begins. Because I couldn't actually be lucky enough to make it through raising these kids this far with only one unexpected hospital stay, right?

But the other morning when Matt told me his head was still hurting him, I realized that those irrational thoughts haven't and probably never will go away. Daddy had given him some ibuprofen the night before when he complained that his head was hurting. So when I asked him where it hurt and was able to rule out a sinus issue (I had woken with a sinus headache myself, so I thought that maybe he had the same) by where he pointed to the pain, I then took a closer look. There was a huge "egg" on his forehead above his left eye and there was no visible bruising to go along with a dinger of that size.

I asked him if he hit his head and how the bump got there but he could not recall any particular event. So I continued asking him throughout the morning and still nothing. That's when the irrational thoughts came to my head... No, I won't go into detail so let's just stick with the description of irrational. Make that extremely irrational.

By the end of the day, he finally mentioned that he hit his head on the wall when he was in the basement with Pap-Pap. And it wasn't until he came up with that story (I say story because we still don't know if it's true or not) that I stopped all the crazy worrying.

I knew that I would always be concerned about my kids even after they grow up and move out of the house but I never thought that the concern could always overlap into the crazy at any given moment! I'll be more prepared the next time.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008


Halloween was spent with our neighbors where we ate, DRANK (Van Gogh Double Espresso Vodka, oh my!), and were merry (probably because of the aforementioned vodka). Of course the kids enjoyed the candy that they collected and there is so much left over that I'm already tired of looking at the bin that it's sitting in.

This year Megan was a Devil, Matt went as a Harley Biker and Robert was a bat. They were all excited about their costumes (except Robert who absolutely hated having the hood up on his costume and frankly could care less about dressing up..."just keep shoveling candy in my mouth!") and Halloween has quickly become one of my more favorite holidays. It's less expensive than Christmas and yet there's plenty of loot and lots of fun to have. I'm sure that will change when the kids outgrow this but for now I'm planning on enjoying this for a few more years.