Once again I fail to maintain…
Where were we? June! Yes! Let’s see…in June I threw a tea party for some friends. We spent a leisurely afternoon sipping tea, eating various tiny sandwiches and scone. I forget how tasty a cucumber sandwich really is!
Then my birthday was also BFF and my 10 year anniversary. We are fortunate that we know the day we met. She gave me a hilarious poster sized image of she and I making duck faces in our bathing suits at the beach. To say it is hideous is not giving it the comedic credit it deserves. I laughed until I cried.
Poor BFF though she spent the end of June and most of July with a nasty tick-borne something. I spent July visiting my grandparents for the 4th, taking the girls to the pool, and getting ready to start homeschool preschool in the fall, and visiting my grandparents for my Gramma’s birthday.
August found us throwing together a baby dedication for Ju and then sitting at the hospital due to Grampa’s pneumonia. I do not feel like my summer had a satisfactory ending at all! No final pool trip or hot dog roast. Instead, the season changed while I sat with the rest of the family in the ICU.
He did recover and was able to move back to Indiana to a rehabilitation center. Unfortunately, two weeks later he passed away. We traveled to Indiana for the visitation and funeral. After the funeral we had a picnic in the backyard under the apple trees that was one of the most idyllic times I can remember outside of my many fond childhood memories. The weather was perfect, the food was good, there were lots of great grandchildren running around, the setting sun ushered in sparkler time. Sigh.
We returned from a trip to Disney the day before Grampa passed. We had a great time with Mr. T’s family–his parents, his aunt and her family including two of his cousins, and one of his brothers and his family were able to join us. Highlights- our room adjoined Mr. T’s parents so in the mornings the girls would visit while we got ready, good weather for the Halloween party parade, and trying out a waterpark (Ju laid back in the center of a raft sleeping soundly), and taking Au on her first roller coaster (Fun! Like a big slide! Up, up, up, and then wheeeeeee!).
September also ushered in a big family change with me returning to work more than full time in the field. To say it has been chaotic is an understatement. Mr. T is a great Dad but a horrible housekeeper. I am a good Mom but a horrible housekeeper. This new situation has exacerbated that horribleness tenfold.
This change also meant abandoning homeschooling this year. Au started at a Montessori program on October 1. She loves it and we love that a family friend of ours is her teacher. The long commute to her school is a schedule changer though. Her being gone in the morning and then napping all afternoon has been a heartbreaker for my new schedule as there are days I see her for less than half an hour awake.
My schedule is temporary as I have ads up looking to hire. Hopefully the right person will come along quickly as I really feel like I am missing out on my kids. It will be okay short term but I am ready to find someone!
And here we are, October. I am frantically working, getting through each day one at a time until wham! Appendicitis. I spent all day yesterday at two hospitals, talked to two surgeons and am now sitting on my couch uncut and fully appendixed. I know. That is not a word. Luckily, I got well somehow and did not wind up having surgery. Thank you Jesus! I did have a bajillion vials of blood drawn and get my abdomen palpitated by four different strangers. Cool.