Tuesday, May 22, 2007

I'm baaaack

Miss me?

Well, I have a lot to say. A lot has happened recently.

I don't really know where to start...

We got back from our trip last Sunday. Back in April I loaded up our van with all 4 kids and the dog and enough gear to sink a ship. I drove over 600 miles by myself in one day. From GA to DC. I only stopped once on that long drive. During that stop we had lunch, walked the dog, we all went potty, I changed the girls, I nursed the girls, and we got gas. We didn't stop again until we were pulling into my mom's driveway.

As if that wasn't enough driving, we got up the next day and drove to Canada. This time my mom and grandmother were with us. That made the drive much easier on me but also meant it took longer as we were making more frequent stops.

We stayed in Niagara Falls and then headed on to Syracuse. I attended the ICAN conference, which was wonderful and powerful. I wasn't ready to confront all of the emotion that came along with that though... ecspecially not with my mom there.

After the conference we headed back to my mom's house. We stayed there for 2 1/2 weeks. My husband eventually flew up from GA and we drove home together last week.

While in VA my grandmother died. She had cancer and Alzheimer's so we knew it was coming. It's my first real grandparent to die. My dad flew in from CO for the funeral. It was awful. I was supposed to read a eulogy at the funeral but the funeral home made a mistake and I didn't get a chance to speak. I stormed out and left. It was too much for me to deal with so I just didn't deal with it. I can't handle my dad crying anyway.

The night after my grandmother died my uncle Steve was hit by a truck on his way home from work. He was on a motorcycle. He spent a week in ICU and last week before finally coming off the vent. Then he relapsed and they did a tracheotomy. Last week they took him off the vent again. He is expected to recover but to what extent we don't know. He has brain damage and limited use of his left side right now. Luckily his helmet saved his life.

The night after my uncle's accident my brother (who lives with my uncle) fell and broke his front tooth. For someone who is interviewing for a new job this is not good. So I took him to the dentist and paid for his temporary filing. He'll need a crown when he gets insurance again.

After we arrived home in GA we discovered our A/C was out. Our house is not even 2 years old so that was discouraging. Last night, after 8 days of unbearable heat, my husband fixed it. We didn't have the extra money to call someone (especially since GA messed up our vehicle registration and we had to pay tax even though we are exempt as military from another state.)

So I'm home and I'm feeling defeated. The girls are teething and are super-clingy. I can't get away for even a minute. I can't shower without them screaming. I literally wear one of them all day long. ALL DAY LONG!!! I have 2 clients due in June and I'm not sure what I'm going to do with the kids... Maybe lock them in my closet? Just kidding... sort of...
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