Sunday, September 28, 2014

Weekend from Hello!

Where should I start?  Rory had a birthday party Friday night, so it was football then fetching.  Saturday was spent running and running.  We tried to  work on insulating the house before winter.  We got some insulation to stuff into the cracks in the laundry room (Kevin's place of work) and window.  We got plexiglass to cover the outside of the window that we stuffed with insulation too, and that was a painful process.  We didn't get tacky enough glue to hold the plexiglass, so Kevin stood there for almost three hours before I felt sorry for him and took a turn.  By the time everything was said and done, I became a gorilla tape fan.  The kids and I made it to mass except for Rory, who was sick.

Sunday, sunday, sunday....started out awful.  Kaelyn normally texts that she's on her way home, and I woke up to find no texts and no Kaelyn.  I texted and called.  She texted saying that she fell asleep while watching a movie at her friend's house.  I responded, and she didn't text back again.  Kevin got home from mass, and he used the Find My iPhone thing and found her phone in Emmittsburg.  Who does she know there?  So I got paranoid and scared.  I kept calling and texting.  Then we saw that she turned her phone off, so now I'm thinking someone has her, and they're getting sick of me calling.  We got the number for the house she was at, and they didn't answer either.  I talked to a friend, who told me I was being paranoid.  Kevin told me to drive out to the address myself, but that he thought she was fine too.  We had to leave at 10a to get to Logan's football game, so I did what my friend suggested and told her guardian angel she was his now and went to the game.  I still called her boyfriend to see if he knew anything.  He wasn't calling me back either.

I finally received five frantic texts at once from Kaelyn saying that her phone didn't have reception, and she didn't get any of my texts or calls.  She felt pretty bad about it.  I immediately texted my mom and apologized for all those long nights (without smartphones) that I put her through.  It seems that she was up in the middle of the night worrying about Kaelyn too, and I hadn't even told her.  Crazy!  

The rest of the day was spent playing.  Kevin was trying to get Rory's attention outside and ended up breaking the living room window.  $$$  We're still trying to figure out how to replace it.  I feel like this day would've been better spent had I not gotten out of bed.  Geesh!  Never looked forward to a Monday more in my life.  Kevin and Rory have a field trip tomorrow, so that should be nice for them.  Hopefully he'll take pictures that I can share with you.  

Have a great week!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Friday Quick Takes

Chemo went well for the most part.  We're going to move to three month visits for a year, talk about a scan, and then move to twice a year visits.  The Onc is not concerned about the other lump forming until it gets bigger.  They are making what sounds like leaps and bounds with medicine for this cancer.
Unfortunately, I think my unhealthy eating made my number not come back up.  Remember when my numbers were really good, and I thought it was Paleo especially when they plummeted after my sister pushed me off the wagon?  Well, my numbers were even lower this time.  I talked to a friend on Paleo, and she said that it sometimes takes six months for your body to bounce back even after one cheat of wheat.  It made me feel better....but still bad.
My fundraiser for my walk this year is going well.  For some reason the walk is the day after Halloween.  What's up with that?!  My kids are going to be up so late two nights in a row.  It's going to be a hellacious weekend.  
Kevin took the kids to choir on Wednesday night, so I could rest.  I ended up watching two chic flicks, that he didn't have to suffer and endure.  Kaelyn watched a little with me.  It was very restful.  Then we celebrated my last chemo with cardboard pizza from Wegman's.  Kevin picked it up on his way home.  Today they canceled Logan's football, so he took the girls to gymnastics.  Logan was able to go with him and watch.  So I finished my school planning and watched another movie.  And Kevin went to Adoration for me this morning at 6a.  That was a nice surprise because I completely forgot about it, and it was my turn to go.  
Last chemo pic
I only got six.  Sorry.  Have a great weekend!  FOOTBALL!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Too beat

Folks, I don't even have pics.  I'm that tired.  It was a crazy weekend...again.  Dinner went well, Logan lost his game, and we're recovering.  Wednesday rest will be welcome even if it is chemo.  It's the last one in a two year stint, but to be honest, I have another lump growing under my left ear.  And when I asked Kevin if he was excited about my last chemo, he said, "Well, not your last one."  It rolled off his tongue, so maybe that's a hint to the future.  That was the one thing the doc said about this cancer.  It keeps coming back.  Hopefully, my Paleo and nonexistent exercise will help.  How about a throw back photo?  Those seem to be popular these days.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

A Cool Fall Evening Daybook (Nightbook)

Outside my window...
It's dark and in the 50's.  Fall is trying so hard, and summer will shut him out again this weekend.  Ugh.  

I am thinking...
Why am I trying to take on something else like couponing?  It's enticing, but I can't figure it out.  It's discouraging, frustrating, and yuck.  I don't need any of that right now, but I'm giving myself a couple weeks, and if I find out that I've spent more than I've saved, I'll quit.

I am thankful...
For bill reductions.  Who knew?  I didn't even know there was such a thing until my chemo bills started rolling in.  Now, we ask just about everywhere, which is mainly just the dentists that are after our blood.  Every little bit helps!

Learning all the time...
I might have to break this up into my kids and then my kinder kids.  My kids have had a great start to school.  They have different teachers this year, the workload is a bit lighter, and they have a year under their belt of what to expect.  I think all that has to do with our easement into it again.  Rory is right now studying an Egyptian fashion craft book to make a bracelet for her upcoming project.  Rory and Logan have different teachers for history this year, so we can't get away with making one project and having them both work on it again.  Bummer.

Marley and the Kinders are doing well.  I received a syllabus from the teacher who taught half day kinder last year.  For some reason, I started looking up my own stuff to do.  One night I discovered that not only were the old teacher and I coming up with some of the same projects, but the ones she had were fun too.  Why am I trying to reinvent the wheel!?!?  So, I've calmed down and resisted the urge to "improve" the plans.  Since it's my first time out of the gate, I might as well stick to the plans and then maybe venture out a little on my own.  

I'm surprised at how much I'm learning.  We read Madeline and talked about appendicitis.  We discussed our digestive system, and then came the experiment.  I gave each kid a ziplock bag with green water and some vinegar poured into it.  Then I put some saltine crackers in and made them squish it up.  This represented our stomachs.  Then I cut the toe off of a nylon knee high and wrapped it around a cup.  I went around and collected all the bags, cut the tips off, and squirted the green mush into the nylon.  Once I was done with all the bags, I started to work it through the nylon and pointed out how the liquid was seeping through the nylon like our intestines pulling out the nutrients and water.  When we got to the end of our nylon, all the cracker fell down into the cup, which I told them was our poop.  They loved it!  I'm sure they all ran to their parents and told them we made poop!

From the kitchen...
Don't you like how we move straight from poop to the kitchen?  Kevin and I are on the wagon.  I've been enjoying our virus killing soup again, since we all have a little somethin' somethin'.  Kevin made hamburger omelet the other night.  I've got some pumpkin muffins (Paleo of course) on the mind, and Marley has informed me that she wants to go back to being gluten free.  I don't know if that's going to stick, but for right now, she keeps asking me if this or that has gluten in it.

I am working on...
Feeling better to get back to the gym.  I haven't been because of one reason or another.  I have some home workouts that I want to try though for those times when it's inconvenient to get there.  We are busy every evening from now until the end of October...except the weekends.  We just have to make it to November.  That's not so bad.  

I am creating...
lesson plans.  Even though I have the other teacher's plans, I still have to put it all together, and I'm making history up as I go.  They didn't like the history last year, so I have free reign.  They just told me what to study each week, but not how and not with any curriculum.  For instance, these past two weeks we've been studying American Indians.  

I am going...
to another retreat!  This one isn't a sleepover unless I want it to be.  Some of the ladies from school are going and since they live a half hour farther than I do, they want to get hotel rooms.  It would be a 45 minute drive for me, but it's a busy weekend for Kevin and work, so I might not go at all.  We'll have to see.  Oh, and this one isn't silent.  :(  But it is free because someone from school is paying for all us ladies to go if we can!

I am hoping...
For a good fundraiser for my Lymphoma walk this year.  I kicked it off last week.  I don't like putting myself out there because I don't think people like me.  So I read into everything when there's nothing. Anyone else have that problem?

I am praying...
For lots of tragedies right now.  People I know are losing loved ones left and right.  Please, Lord, protect us.

I am reading...
Letters of St. Theresa.  It's for Carmel.  They're interesting, but I don't understand some of them.  She writes like a person with ADD talks.  It's hard to follow the train of thought and they forget their point to begin with.

Pondering these words...
"Start by doing what is necessary, then do what is possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible." - St. Francis of Assisi

I am listening...
to the kids' sound machines.  They're all still awake in spite of Kevin sitting in there.  I don't know what they insist on doing this on school nights.

A few plans for the week...
We have company coming on Saturday for dinner.  A family from our school.  The dad is Filipino.  Kevin said to make something Filipino, but there's no way!  I don't know what we're making yet, so this should be interesting.  Logan has a game on Sunday, fire drill at school, a birthday party of a new friend from school, and the regular extracurricular activities.

A picture thought for you...

Our home school table expanded to include miss KinderMar.  

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Wordless Wednesday

Last year Marley's birthday.
The difference of a year.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Weekend Whoas

It started out as a lazy weekend.  It looked like rain Saturday morning, and instead of heading out to the gym, we sat around the house.  I got a couple things clean but not much.  We went to Logan's game just in time for it to start raining.  They lost.  :(

Kevin and I have not been eating so well, so we decided to take the weekend off.  We took the kids to Hard Times because nothing says chili like cold rain except that by the time we left, it was sunny and warm.  The whole family went.  It was nice.

Sunday we relaxed around the house and went to church.  We got some things done (meaning we might actually finish the kitchen sometime this year).   Kevin mowed the grass, and the kids got some good play time outside.  We decided to finish off the night at Roy Rogers because Kaelyn decided to tell me at 230p in the afternoon that she needed art supplies.  We headed out to Frederick and Michaels.  Unfortunately, Michael's didn't have everything she needed.  It was 630p and we were headed from Frederick to Baltimore for an art store that had what she needed because they were the only one open until 8p on a Sunday.  

This store was in downtown Baltimore.  Did I mention there was a Ravens game AND an Orioles game happening?  It was lovely.  We found the store after driving through a bad part of town.  We started walking in the wrong direction and had to backtrack to the car.  We finally made it, and the girl was very helpful and knew everything that Kaelyn needed.  It was great.  The kids were ok through the whole mess.  

On the way back, Mario (our GPS) decided to take us through the ghetto to get back home.  It was RIDICULOUS.  We finally made it home and got everyone in bed.  The end!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014