Monday, April 30, 2007

More On Tae Kwon Do

Today was the last day of the boys' orientation class. We decided to go ahead and enroll them in the kids' beginner class, which they start tomorrow. This school only has two types of memberships: individual and family (which would cover all of us). Since we have two, it made sense to get the family membership. Shock of all shocks, Mike signed up for the adult beginner class. He also starts tomorrow. The kids were excited to get their outfits and white belts (Mike got one to and is now referring to himself as Rocky V...long story). I hope they stick with it.

Oh Daniel

Yesterday evening, we were outside playing. Okay, so the kids were playing and I was cleaning out the car...anyway, the kids heard the ding-ding of the ice cream truck and asked if they could have some. Why not? It's hot and ice cream sounds nice. So, we wait for the truck to pull around the cul-du-sac and the kids start yelling out what they want. I told them not to get too attached to a particular kind because he may be out. They tell me okay.

So, the truck pulls up. Hannah had wanted Pink Panther ice cream, but he was out. The guy starts telling the kids what he does have and Daniel chimes in, "I can't understand what you are saying. Where are your teeth?" I quickly diverted his attention elsewhere and I don't think he heard but I was still really embarrassed. Nice one, Daniel!

Sunday, April 29, 2007

For Debbie

Here's our photo from MOPS and POPS night. I hadn't posted it because I think I look horrible. Whatever. Here you go...

Saturday, April 28, 2007

A Nice Evening Out

After all of the tornado stuff last night, we headed over to the church for MOPS and POPS night. The kids were all dressed in their pj's since they were having a pajama party. We dropped the kids off in their rooms and Mike and I went over to have a nice dinner with other parents.

The theme was Survivor: Parenthood and each table was seperated into different tribes. We were the Baby Booger Nose tribe. LOL! They took our picture (much like at prom) and gave it to us before we left. After dinner, there were four games. Each tribe had to send a member up to compete. Mike competed in the Parenting 101 Q and A challenge and came up with a very funny answer to the question (something about accidentially leaving a child at home alone). There was also Snugli Limbo (limbo with a doll attached to your chest) and an eating competition. That one was hysterical! They had to eat a jar of baby food peas, meat sticks, a piece of melba toast and wash it down with a sippy cup of milk. Three of the guys were sucking so hard on the sippy cups, the lids came off and they were splashed with their cupful of milk. Too funny. I competed in the Parent Multi-tasking and Agility contest. I had to stand on a block, pick up a doll, a burp rag, a binkie, a diaper bag, car keys, cell phone, and stand on one foot. I was out of the competition before they were squirted with water guns and then had to hold an infant car seat. My leg still hurts today.

We had so much fun mingling with other people (I already knew most of the moms from MOPS) and the kids had a great time too. They were still talking about it this morning.

Friday, April 27, 2007

Oh What Fun

So, I'm sitting at the computer this afternoon when my weather radio goes off. I figured that it was just some sort of test or maybe something with a thunderstorm. I did not expect to hear...

"The National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Warning, effective until 5:30"

Then, the phone rang. The Weather Channel telling me to get into the basement. WTF? I took a peek outside and heard the sirens going off and told the kids to head to the basement. I grabbed the weather radio and a flashlight and followed. We turned the TV on and started to watch the weather when Hannah starts freaking out that Guillermo's outside. So, yes, stupid me went outside to find Guillermo. He wasn't hard to find since he was panicking at the door. I don't know if he thought something was up but I was going to trust his instincts and head back into the basement. We stayed there until the radar said everything had passed.

So, we've survived our first tornado warning here in Kansas. Yay us!

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Okay...I'm Not A Happy Camper Right Now

WTF?!? I almost broke the TV tonight. After more than a year of waiting for Meredith and Derek to get back together, THEY BREAK UP????? Ummm...Shonda Rhimes is so NOT my favorite person right now. I'm so mad right now that I am seriously thinking of jumping ships. I may just have to get behind Meredith and Mark. Okay. Maybe I'm just really upset but someone really needs to kick the crap out of Derek!

And we all know that George is not transferring to Mercy West. Callie's going to divorce him and he's going to end up with Izzy. Seriously.

What are these people doing to me!!!!????!!!!

Oh...and I may just have to hate Thatcher even more after seeing the promo for next week (yeah, he slaps Meredith right across the face. Bastard)...

The Longest Day

I swear this has been the longest day of my life. I went to Jacob's conference this morning...all three kids in tow. We talked nothing of Jacob's achievements or deficiencies in school...just went over a family project he completed. While the project was nice, it's not really conference worthy in my opinion. And we got up early for it. Oh well.

Mike called at 7:15 asking if I'd seen his wallet. After a bit of looking without finding it, he said that maybe it fell out of his coat and was in the garage. Sure enough, it was on the floor. After the conference, Hannah and I headed over to Mike's office to deliver it to him.

Because it was already 9:15 when we left his office, I had only time to run home to get Hannah's leotard for gymnastics, not change her into it. We arrived at gymnastics with five minutes to spare and she was able to change and didn't miss any of her class.

For whatever stupid reason, I decided to not take the Interstate home from gymnastics, but took surface streets. Big mistake. What normally takes 20 minutes, took 40. Luckily, we weren't late picking up Daniel.

So, we finally arrive home and I get the kids lunch. Out of nowhere, I get a huge migraine. It's finally knocked down to a manageable level but it still hurts.

Grey's Anatomy had better be really good tonight.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

I Just Realized It's Only Tuesday

All evening I've been thinking it's Wednesday. Ugh. And I was looking forward to Grey's tomorrow!

I was woken up around 4:30am to the sound of Jacob screaming. Full on screaming. He feels like he's going to throw up. Great (of course I didn't say that). I give him a Pepto and stay with him for a few minutes before telling him that if he needs me again to come get me. 5:00am, more screaming. He acts as though it might happen, but doesn't. He says that he's going to try to go back to sleep. I stumble back to bed muttering something about the kids always being sick on MOPS days. 7:30am, I decide to be the kind of mom I hated when I was teaching. I'm pumping him full of Motrin and sending him to school (and he was full of energy when I picked him up from school at 3:35).

I cried my way through the MOPS meeting. It didn't help that the first person I ran into (other than the mentor moms at the door) was Shana. She asked me how I was and I told her that for whatever reason, this week's been hard. She said that it had been for her too. That was when we both lost it. Lots of talk about Mother's Day and that sort of thing. I really don't think I heard a word of what the speaker said. One of the girls announced that her son was just diagnosed with autism last Wednesday. This poor group has been hit hard this semester. Three of us have lost someone close to us (two parents and one sibling), one autism diagnosis, two miscarriages and one member's baby boy died 30 minutes after birth (they were expecting him to be stillborn so they were thankful for the 30 minutes). What kind of group did I join? Seriously, though, it's been nice to connect with people going through similar things.

Shana convinced me to join the summer Bible study at the church. She's so excited and already has it all planned that she's going to pick me up since I'm on her way. LOL! I've never done a Bible study before, so I'm really curious about it. Should be interesting.

I had a make up conference with Daniel's teacher today. And the two reading specialists. And the school psychologist. Because "we're a team," don't ya know. I felt like an idiot because I cried three times during the conference as well. Once because I was so proud of something Daniel did in class and twice because I really thought that they were going to suggest medication for Daniel. I have to give it to them...they never used the phrases "ADHD" or "medication" at all. The lead reading specialist informed me that she felt that Daniel is incredibly smart but just wants to do what he wants to do. She also feels that he is within all "normal" levels for reading but could still use the small group instruction. She said that academically, he's on target for reading and is above average in math. His teacher told me that he is the best artist in the class and uses detail that none (yes, I said none) of the other kids are using. Now, if we could just get him on task and keep him there.

We were going to try a new system that breaks his day up into 15 minute sections. He gets two "grades" (happy face/sad face) for being on task and following directions for each 15 minutes. I asked his teacher if this was too much work for her and her response to me was, "oh, no. We already do this for 3 other boys in the class." Hmmm. Do I see a pattern here? Oh well. Daniel and I went over the new system this evening and he says he gets it. We'll see how it goes tomorrow. So, my 30 minute conference turned into 60 and the only reason it broke up was because school was over.

We went outside to wait at the benches for Jacob. My mind was swimming (you would think that I'd be used to this kind of thing but it's different when it's your kid) and I didn't notice Jacob's teacher come and sit next to me. I don't know how long she'd been there but she scared me when she said my name. She wanted to set up a make up conference with Jacob. I was so disoriented that I actually agreed to meet her at 8am on Thursday. What was I thinking?

Monday, April 23, 2007

The World According To Hannah

Last night, we were watching Planet Earth. They ran an episode on caves and we were watching water running through one. Jacob says that he'd like to drink that water because it looks like tea and it's probably really fresh and clean. Hannah begins telling Jacob that he can't drink that water. Jacob asks why.
Hannah says, "because that's water for animals. It's animal water. If you drink it, you will turn into an animal."
I'm curious so I ask her, "what kind of animal do you become?"
She says, "you turn into a monkey."
I then ask, "so, if you drink animal water and become a monkey and then you drink people water, will you turn into a person again?"
She says, "no! You'll become a coin. Really. You will."
Jacob starts laughing. I'm just sitting there with a question mark above my head. Jacob says that he knows what she's talking about. "Enlighten me," I say.
Jacob says, "on an episode of Bo-Bo-Bo, he turned into animals and then he turned into a coin." Hannah then begins telling me about the entire episode.

I think the kids watch too much TV. LOL!

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Working In The Yard

Yesterday, the kids and I headed up to Wal Mart...the original purpose was to get drinks because we were completely out of juice. I had told Dad that I was leery to plant much more than what I already had because my weather guy said that we should expect one more freeze before the end of the month but I couldn't help myself. I got two rose plants (Jacob picked out a purply-pink one and I picked out a yellow one) and we got some assorted annuals. Hannah picked out some light purple wave petunias and Jacob picked out a New Guinea Impatien. Daniel picked out a big yellowish flower that I had as an inside plant in Virginia but we planted it outside. They had some really pretty orangish-peach begonias that I think I may plant in the back if they still have them when I go back there. I completely forgot about the side of the house and need to figure out what I'm going to do there. Of course, it's going to take a little while to clean it out but I may just plant more petunias there.

For Sue: I went out to get the paper this morning and the headline I saw through the plastic wrapper on the paper was Sofa For Life. I thought of Sophia. I know, I'm a dork. LOL!

Thursday, April 19, 2007

It's A Good Day

Seriously! It is because Sanjaya was finally voted off American Idol. It's about time. I do have to say that it'll be sad to not have his hair in the competition, though. I was really worried because the bottom three had Blake in it. So not cool. My guess is that so many people were voting for Chris that they didn't vote for Blake. I did tell Mike that if Blake had been voted off instead of Sanjaya (or Lakisha for that matter) I was done with AI. As soon as they sent Blake back to safety, I told Mike that I was glad that I could continue enjoying the show.

We caught the end of another good show, Thank God You're Here, since we went to a good Mexican restaurant after Tae Kwon Do last night. This has become Mike's favorite show. During one of the warm up rounds, they had the contestants pretending to be chefs promoting their new restaurant, The Buddha Baby. Ordinarily, that wouldn't have been funny, but we used to call Daniel 'Buddha Baby' when he was an infant. We all had a really good laugh about that.

I got the rest of the backyard done yesterday and got a few things planted. Some hydrangeas, daisies, pink coneflowers and black-eyed susans. It looks so sparse right now and I have to resist the urge to plant much more in there because I know that once they are full size, they'll be huge and will fill up most of the area. The hydrangeas alone are 4-5 feet across and high and there are two of them in there. I can't wait until midsummer when everything should be blooming...that is if I don't manage to kill everything off.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

An Awesome Phone Call

I dropped Jacob off at his party and the rest of us headed home. We hadn't been home but a few minutes when the phone rang. On the other end was my MOPS coordinator and table mate, Shana, who called to ask if she could bring me a meal tomorrow. Shana is a very sweet and thoughtful person. After we talked about the meal delivery, we talked for a little while about how I'm doing. Now, this is someone who lost her sister two months ago, also very suddenly, calling to ask if I'm okay. She and I prayed together for a little while and then cried for each other.

She told me that she was so happy that I felt comfortable enough to let them know what was going on and I told her that I worried that I was burdening her by telling her about it. Especially so close to her loss. She said to me, "God works in amazing ways. He put the two of us at the same table for a reason. We can work to heal together." Wow.

Note To Self

Do not use a hoe on a huge garden area while wearing rings on your hands. You get blood blisters on one hand and big old swelly puss filled ones on the other. Nice.

Another Random Post

Hannah pulled out her dress-up box last night and has been making herself a princess ever since. I swear this is the most she's played with these clothes since she got it at Christmas. She's having a lot of fun with it.

I got one more area in the backyard done yesterday. This pretty much just leaves the big back rectangle to tackle. That's going to take some time. I'm a little concerned for any plants I put in because of the rabbits outside. Babs, Buster and Topper. Hannah got all excited this morning because she saw Babs and Buster in the neighbor's backyard. I went to look with her and quickly realized that Hannah was getting a pretty graphic sex ed lesson. Just what I needed to see at 9AM. The whole thing was broken up by Topper, who chased Babs and Buster all around the backyard. I suppose that it is indeed Spring.

The boys have early release again today. Why? I don't get why they have so many early release days. Seriously. It's so annoying.

I got a call yesterday afternoon from a girl in my MOPS group. She wanted to know if she could drop by a lasagna for us for dinner. I immediately thought about the pot roast I had in the crock pot and thought that I could just freeze the lasagna for another time. I was outside talking with my neighbor, Beth, when she dropped by. Beth immediately started laughing because this lady just handed me a bag with a frozen Stoffer's lasagna in it. Beth says, "she could have at least heated it up!" We're laughing about it when Amy ATS comes up to talk to me about Daniel (like her kids are complete angels, but that's another story) and tells me that she buys those lasagnas all of the time and they are really tasty. Beth (who actually seemed annoyed that someone would just hand me a frozen lasagna) takes another look in the bag proclaims that it's a regifted food item. I say "what?" She says that someone has written the word "congratulations" on the box in a big black sharpie. LOL! They most certainly did! Oh well. She didn't have to bring me anything at all.

Monday, April 16, 2007

Another Monday

The sky is a cloudless blue and it's in the upper 60's today. I was able to go out and work on some of the garden areas in the yard. I've pretty much gotten the front done. I'm going to wait a little longer to plant the petunias and whatnot but everything's all ready for it. The backyard is a completely different story. I haven't done a thing to prepare it and you can tell. Maybe tomorrow.

I miss Mom a lot today. It doesn't help that Daniel finally got it. The first thing he said to me when he got in the car after school was, "I want to die." I asked him why. He said that was the only way he could get to see Mee Maw again. It broke my heart. We ended up talking a lot about her and looking at some pictures because he told me that he can't remember what she looks like. He's doing better now, but I just can't get her off of my mind today.


This is a fairly new song by Chris Daughtry and I've loved it since I first heard it. However, in the past couple of weeks, when it comes on the radio, I almost have to pull over because I can't see through the tears. I'm not sure why this song gets me so much, but it does. The link will play the song and I've got the words below.

Home by Chris Daughtry

I'm staring out into the night,
Trying to hide the pain.
I'm going to the place where love
And feeling good don't ever cost a thing.
And the pain you feel's a different kind of pain.

I'm going home,
Back to the place where I belong,
And where your love has always been enough for me.
I'm not running from.
No, I think you got me all wrong.
I don't regret this life I chose for me.
But these places and these faces are getting old
So I'm going home.
Well I'm going home.

The miles are getting longer, it seems,
The closer I get to you.
I've not always been the best man or friend for you.
But your love, remains true.
And I don't know why.
You always seem to give me another try.

So I'm going home,
Back to the place where I belong,
And where your love has always been enough for me.
I'm not running from.
No, I think you got me all wrong.
I don't regret this life I chose for me.
But these places and these faces are getting old.

Be careful what you wish for,
'Cause you just might get it all.
You just might get it all,
And then some you don't want.
Be careful what you wish for,
'Cause you just might get it all.
You just might get it all, yeah.

Oh, well I'm going home,
Back to the place where I belong,
And where your love has always been enough for me.
I'm not running from.
No, I think you got me all wrong.
I don't regret this life I chose for me.
But these places and these faces are getting old.
I said these places and these faces are getting old.
So I'm going home.
I'm going home.

Friday, April 13, 2007

It Is Spring, Right?

It rained off and on (mostly on) all day and changed over to snow around 7 tonight. How strange. We've got about 1/2 inch on the ground right now and it's just supposed to keep snowing through the night. Apparently, we broke a record on this day last year at 92 degrees. Huh. I hope it warms up soon.

Hannah had ice skating again today. She's off the walker and is able to slowly meander her way around the ice on her own. The only problem is that she can't get up by herself yet, so when she falls, she needs help. But she does get right back up and keeps going.

There was a new kid in her class today. I guess the dad had signed the little boy up, wanting him to learn to skate so that he could play hockey, because the mom was pissed about her boy being in a "figure skating" class. The dad had also picked the kid up some hockey skates that were way too big for him and the mom was upset about that too. She complained the whole class about how it would be okay if she had a little girl because it's "graceful and flowing...kind of like ballet" but her kid's a boy and he shouldn't be taking this class. The other two moms and I were annoyed with this lady for the whole class.

The kids all got haircuts this afternoon. Jacob and Daniel got the standard cut and Hannah got a little more than a trim. She was mad that I didn't have the girl cut more off. Yeah, I'm keeping it short because she won't let me put it up (most days, she won't even let me brush it) but there's only so far I'll let it be cut.

For whatever reason, I got the cleaning bug tonight. I had really only intended to just pick up the stuff off of the floor but it became a full on clean. The only thing I still need to do is mop but with the yuck outside, I don't want to bring the dog in on my clean floors just to have dog prints. So, the mopping waits. I still need to put away laundry and wash towels and sheets but it looks really nice.


I have to say that I'm not having the day that Sue is but it still feels pretty sucky. I went downstairs to check on the Tivo and add some stuff when I made the realization that the Tivo hadn't recorded anything for the whole week. Huh. I did some checking and discovered that it hadn't recorded because it couldn't connect with the Tivo service center. I tried to do it manually but kept getting the error message that the line was busy for each attempt. (our Tivo uses our phone line to dial in) Considering no one was up at 3 AM to even make phone calls, I thought something might be up. I checked out our modem and saw that both phone lines were on. Hmmm. I called Comcast (I'm beginning to believe that they aren't as Comcastic as they say they are) and they can't get anyone out here until Sunday. I'm just so tired of them. We've had nothing but problems with Comcast since we've moved here and I'm sick of it. Luckily, we can use our phone but I'm pretty mad that we can't record anything from the Tivo.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

I'm Tired

And I really shouldn't be. I got enough sleep last night. I don't know.

The boys had Tae Kwon Do again last night. Jacob was loving it until there was a step-punch combo that he couldn't get and then he cried in the corner for the rest of the class. The instructor talked to him after class but he still came out saying that he wanted to quit. Sorry. You have to at least finish it out. My guess is he'll forget about what made him so mad next week. Daniel certainly enjoyed the heck out of himself, so I guess it wasn't all bad.

Hannah had gymnastics today. Her favorite part is the balance beam and jumping off of the vault. She loves that. All afternoon, she would touch her hands on her toes, put her nose to her belly and roll. Just like her teacher taught her. It makes me sick just how flexible she is...she can do that butterfly thing perfectly. You know, where you sit on the floor and touch the bottoms of your feet together and pull your heels in as close as you can to your body. Her little knees lay completely flat on the floor when she does it. She can also put her nose on her knees while reaching past her toes, and her legs are flat on the floor. I can't ever remember being that flexible. Tomorrow, she has ice skating. That's her favorite activity.

I got a postcard today from the police department property division telling me that they had something of mine and I could come pick it up. I was doing the happy dance from the mailbox into the house...then I read that the item was a red diaper bag. That wasn't mine. They found that in the street. Grrr. Thanks so much for getting my hopes up.

It's supposed to snow tomorrow. 1-3 inches. This just isn't right. I want to get out and plant and work in the yard! Middle Kansas has winter storm watches and warnings out. Isn't this April? WTF?

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Hey...Good Luck...We're Over Here!

Last night, both Hannah and Jacob were up sick. Jacob crying because his ear hurt and Hannah because she was coughing and her stomach hurt. Jacob said he felt okay this morning so I went ahead and sent him to school. Five minutes after we got home, I got a call from the nurse saying that she thought Jacob had an ear infection and probably needed to see the doctor. I went ahead and scheduled an appointment for Hannah as well since she has run out of both her Singulair and her albuterol. We went in and Jacob has a double ear bad in his right ear that it's compromising his hearing. Hannah seems to just have a cold but the doctor gave her another prescription for Singulair and one for a nebulizer medicine similar to albuterol (called Xopenex). In the past two weeks, Jacob has now missed 5 days of school. I was able to get his teacher to send homework so that we could try to catch up. Because of all of this, I missed my MOPS meeting. Can we just get a little bit of normalcy around here?

Monday, April 09, 2007

Tae Kwon Do

The boys had their first lesson tonight and they loved it. There are a whopping 3 kids (including my 2 boys) in the class. That's okay, though. I swear the girl teaching the class was all of 14, but she did a great job. She came to talk to us after the class and said that she felt that Daniel did well...she was older than him on her first lesson and she wouldn't kick, so he was doing well. She also said that she felt Jacob had great potential and could go really far if he stuck with it.

After the class, we went over to Applebee's since Mike's team had graciously given us a gift card. They also gave us a gift card for Chili's which will come in handy later. So wonderfully sweet of them.

When we got home, I noticed that there was a package of some sort on the front porch. I walked up and saw that it was a pan of carrot cake and a card. Our neighbors Beth and Craig had baked it for us. There has also been a steady stream of sympathy cards coming in the mail. It's so nice to know that I have such wonderful friends who are thinking of us.


Two of my three boys are sick with colds. I don't know how Mike's feeling today but Jacob is home sick. He sounds like he's going to cough his insides out. When I went up to the school to drop off Daniel, Mr. L, the principal, opened up the door and said, "welcome back to school, Jacob." I said, "I'm keeping him home today, he's not feeling well." He looked at Daniel and said, "Ok, well, welcome back to school, Daniel." I like that he knows their names...their old principals couldn't pick half of the kids out of a lineup.

The boys start Tae Kwon Do tonight. It'll be interesting to see how they do. Yes, I'm going to let Jacob go...he's already missed the first two classes.

Thanks to the grief diet, I've managed to lose 10 pounds in the past week. Unhealthy? You betcha. However, if I eat more than a few bites of anything, I get really sick to my stomach. I figure that eating a few bites and being able to keep it down is better than eating a normal portion and having it come up. So, I've been doing a lot of slow grazing.

Saturday afternoon, my neighbor's son, Paul (he's about 13), knocked on the door. In a little voice (and with Larry, his Dad, looking on from the street) he says, "I'm starting a lawn mowing service and was wondering if you'd like me to mow your lawn." Yes! Yes, I do! It was getting to the point where we'd lose small children in it. Of course, there are areas that are just dirt, but a good deal of the bare spots have filled in quite nicely. At this point, I'm going to see how much it all spreads this summer and try again in the fall.

Trying to figure out where to put a redbud tree. Jacob said he wants to plant one in the front yard so that everyone can see it. There just doesn't seem to be a good place for it. I'd like to cut down that little bitty pine in the front yard and put it there. That might be nice.

Sunday, April 08, 2007


The kids have had a pretty good Easter. We filled and hid eggs for them and they enjoyed their Easter baskets. Unfortunately, it'll be a while before I can look at ham (I know that's true for many of us) so we're having Easter Macaroni and Cheese for dinner tonight.

Saturday, April 07, 2007

It Just Gets Better and Better

Last night, I left the garage door open and didn't realize that purses and wallets and computers were in the cars. Someone came in and took my purse and wallet, Mike's laptop, my cell phone and camera. 3AM and we've got an officer in our house, trying to get things cancelled. The officer said that if they are caught, they will be charged with felony (because the cars were technically inside the house and they came in) aggravated (because we were home) burglary. He was able to lift some prints from the cars so with any luck that'll lead to something.

I just want to strangle the little buggars.

Friday, April 06, 2007

Life Goes On

We returned home to Kansas we pulled in, the evidence of our lives put on hold is more than obvious. Five days worth of mail packed into our mailbox. Five days worth of newspapers stacked neatly on our front porch by our neighbor. The "Sorry I missed you" sign on the door from the Schwan's guy. The lawnmower pulled out slightly in the garage because we were going to mow. Inside the house, 55 degrees because it was in the 70's when we left and I had turned off the heater. The Sunday newspaper in a pile on the kitchen table, half read because I hadn't finished it when I got the call. How to move on...

Even though we had called Dad and Deb to let them know we had pretty much made it home, there was an overwhelming sense that I needed to call my Mom to let her know we were here. After we had gotten dinner and had the kids in the tub, I crawled into my bed for the first time since Sunday morning. I closed my eyes and desperately wished we could all go back to the way it was. I managed a nap on the couch this evening and around 11, Mike nudged me upstairs to bed. I can't sleep. This overwhelming sadness is crushing me...but I will move on.

Tuesday, April 03, 2007


For anyone interested, here is a link to my mom's obituary page. I know it would mean a lot to my Dad if everyone signed the guest book on the page. Thanks for your sympathies and prayers...they mean a lot. I'll post more later.

Peoria Journal Star

Sunday, April 01, 2007

I will not be blogging for a while. I got a phone call from my sister this morning that said my mother had died. I am completely heartbroken.

Dinner and a Show

Mike and I were able to get out last night without the kids. The girl we met at the pottery store agreed to babysit for us and Mike and I went to see Blue Man Group.

I've heard many people talk about Blue Man Group and how awesome it is but I really had no idea what to expect. Now I understand why no one could really give a description because I don't know if you can really describe what we saw last night.

Part comedy show, part art performance, part rock concert, part social much going on and nothing like what I had expected. They had this one drum that every time they hit it, my sternum shook. If you ever get the chance to see them, definately go!

Coming home was really interesting. We had followed some people down to the arena (aka the Death Ride) and were pretty much on our own getting home. We knew that there were two interstates nearby but weren't sure how to get to either one. We wound up following the Kansas plates (everyone seems to be turning here kind of thing) and got on the right interstate. It wasn't as hard as we thought it was going to be.

It was just so nice to be able to get out of the house. I know I say this every time we get out, but it seems like we don't get out that often, so I really appreciate it when we do. Maci (our sitter last night) isn't quite as good as Anna, but the kids liked her and she did leave a very nice note for the kids saying how much fun she had.