Catch-up 2012: May

Need I even state that I’m the worst blogger ever and I’m now doing a catch-up post from over a YEAR ago?  No, I didn’t think so.

May 2012.  Mom had a PET scan on the 3rd to check on her progress with treatment.  On the 6th, my mom’s cousin and his wife had us all over for dinner.  I enjoy getting together with my older relatives and hearing about “the old days!”

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With the gift cards from her birthday, we got Hope a cool water table!  (Actually in April but I guess I figured I had enough April pictures!)

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Oh, or maybe I realized the pictures were kind of blurry and not that great!  Oh well.

For Mother’s Day, my sister and I decided to take my mom to The Betsy Ross House for their Mother’s Day Tea.  We were running late as usual; and my sister was pushing my mom through the city in a wheelchair.  My mom was scared and feeling out of control, I guess, so was freaking out at every intersection and bump in the sidewalk. She kept yelling at my sister to stop, slow down, not step into the street, etc. etc. etc.  I know I’m not explaining it well here, but it was kind of a nightmare.  Ugh.  Once we got there, it was nice.

Before:

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Mom and Betsy:

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Hope with her lemonade:

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Hope making me a necklace!

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Betsy Ross House

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On the 18th we went to a local carnival with friends.  Hope loves having someone her size to go on rides with!

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That weekend I participated in a consignment sale.  (I can’t remember if I’ve posted about this before or not.  Ugh.)  I was a volunteer, consignor and of course shopper!  I LOVE these sales because I get almost all of Hope’s clothes there; and I make some money too!  (To offset what I spend, of course!)

On the 23rd Mom started new oral chemo drugs called Xeloda and Tykerb.  It was convenient because she could take the drugs at home and not have to go to the office for infusions.  They were some very strong drugs, though, and bound to make her sick.  And it was a lot of pills per day – large pills – which she did not like.

On the 24th, our complex had their annual resident appreciation party.  Hope got to climb up into a fire truck and explore a little bit!

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We also found out that evening that Eric’s uncle Mike, his Dad’s brother, had passed.  He had been ill, although we weren’t aware of how serious it was at all.

Eric’s Uncle Mike & Dad:

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Cool old photo of Mike:

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On the 25th I got to go to a new Philadelphia museum, The Barnes Foundation, with a friend and some of her family members.  What an amazing collection.  I highly recommend it if you live in the area or are visiting Philadelphia!

My 43rd birthday came and went with no fanfare.  It was also on Memorial Day.  Hope enjoyed her water table again — and Daddy pouring water all over her!  (That is until Daddy threw an entire bucket of water directly into her face.  Men.  Why must they always take things too far??  Oy.)

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Catch-up 2012: March

March 2012.  Mom continued radiation.  I studied for and took a couple of exams for an online job which I passed & got the job.  I technically still have this job but I suck at carving out time to work and therefore rarely work and don’t really make any money at it.  Ugh.  Shocking that they haven’t let me go actually.  If I could have more discipline about it, I could actually be earning enough money to be helping our financial situation.  In my defense, it really is hard to find the time between caring for my mom and my child, taking my mom to many, many appointments and trying to keep up with the household cleaning, bill-paying, shopping, cooking, laundry, etc etc etc etc.  Oh and the sleeping.  I like to do that from time to time.  I know a lot of people do it but I really find it difficult.  OK, so still March:  another good friend had her thyroid out.  Turned out to be cancerous.  Good God, enough with the cancer already!!  Somewhere around here I was diagnosed with Diabetes.  Something else I suck at:  taking care of myself.  Oy.

St. Patrick’s Day:

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At the end of March I started touring preschools for Miss Hope for the fall.  On the 30th the in-laws arrived and on the 31st we had Hope’s 3rd birthday party!

That deserves more than a brief mention!  My sweet cousin let me use her awesome house for the party because our townhouse is just too small to have more than, oh, 4 guests here.  We did the theme Ni Hao Kai Lan and I had all sorts of Kai Lan and Chinese-themed stuff.  Of course I intended to do a whole post just on the party – planning, prep, execution – LOL.  I kinda’ went all out.  Here are some pics!

Gift / treat / favor bags:

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Wrapped Hershey bars:

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For our youngest guests’ favor bags:

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Popcorn:

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And all this other good stuff!

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Water bottles:

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I bought the labels from Personally Yours Parties.  (That links to her eBay store.)  Awesome stuff!

Decorated Chinese take-out boxes for utensils:

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Food:

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Fake sushi:

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Cake:

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The birthday girl!

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Balloons:

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Party hat!

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Photo booth:

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Blowing out her candles:

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Gramma & Grampa!

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So, yeah, we kind of went all out.  🙂

Catch-up 2012: February

February 2012.  Had some medical tests myself including annual mammo.  No problems.  My good friend Lisa came for a weekend visit.  Always too short and too few & far between!  🙂  I decided to try to babysit a child or 2 in my home for some extra income.  Had a couple of leads that didn’t pan out and never really pursued it further.  My sister and her sweet baboo came to celebrate her birthday.  My mom continued treatment.  She got a tumor on her neck that was giving her severe pain and she ended up having to have radiation.  Thankfully the pain went away quickly as they shrunk the tumor.  I participated (as a consignor, volunteer and shopper) at the “all-season” consignment sale.

Hope & my sis on her birthday:

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My sweet girl on Valentine’s Day:

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Catch-up 2012: January

*Insert obligatory comment about how I haven’t blogged in forever and I can’t believe I haven’t posted since August and I’m the worst blogger ever.*

There.

Gosh, even when I did post last it was political, and before that, about couponing, consignment sales, etc.  And while I know my blog doesn’t need to be a day-to-day journal of my life, it IS kind of nice to be able to look back on it in that way.  So … I’m going to bore you with a re-cap of sorts.  Of like, the whole year.  Sorry.  🙂  I’ll do a post for each month to break it up!

January 2012.  Not too much was going on.  My mom was still going through chemo.  Hope was playing with her BFF while my BFF watched her while my mom had appointments.  One of my mom’s high school friends passed and we attended her funeral.  My BFF’s mom had a lumpectomy (yes more breast cancer – UGH.)  Joe Paterno died.

I never did post here about the whole PSU / Sandusky scandal business.  I really did want to.  At this point it’s old news and I’ll be brief.  Glad Sandusky got his due.  Sad they fired Joe.  I understand that he could have done more, but I still feel like he and the football program at large were made into scapegoats.  Think the NCAA sanctions were / are WAY too strict.  I don’t 100% trust the Freeh report / findings, especially with news that has come out about it over the past several months.  And I don’t think they should have taken Joe’s statue down.  Anyway, as a PSU alum, the whole thing sucks / sucked and really did sadden me.  If you didn’t go there, you don’t understand.  Period.

We had the winter’s one and only snow in January.  My mom got Hope a sled and boots for Christmas; by BFF handed a great snow-suit down to us.  All of it got used exactly once.  *sigh*  Here’s a picture!

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Or two!

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Or three!  She really liked eating the icy snow a lot!

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And Hubby turned 37 in January!

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I know – I should have my own show on cake-baking.  And decorating.  And inserting candles.  I mean, it’s totally fabulous, right?  LOL.

Potty Training Sucks!

Haven’t been here for a while … and there are a lot of things I’ve been thinking about blogging about … Penn State; a Catch Up post; our vacation; political stuff; some research I found concerning what the Bible really says about homosexuality.  But right now, this is it.  Potty training sucks!  Ugh.

We made some not-so-serious attempts before.  The first time I felt like Hope just wasn’t ready.  After that I kind of toyed with it but didn’t follow through with any consistency.  I know that was not a good idea.  Well, now she’s starting preschool in September and she has to be potty trained.  Also not the ideal situation.  We went on vacation at the end of July, and drove … so it seemed pointless to start seriously training right before we would be spending 4 days in the car.  So we told her that after vacation, no more diapers / pull-ups.  She is 3 now and it’s time to go on the potty.  They don’t make any bigger pull-ups than the size she is wearing.  She’s a big girl now.  Period.

So we started on Wednesday.  We hyped it up as Potty Day.  She got stickers AND M&M’s for saying she had to go, sitting on the potty, going, flushing, and washing her hands.  I set the timer to put her on the potty every 30 minutes.  Day 1 went GREAT.  Like, unbelievably great.  She came to me many times saying she had to go.  She went.  She got stickers and M&M’s.  She loved it!  One small pee accident and one poop accident.  All. Day.  Wow!

Day two wasn’t as successful.  She went on the potty a few times.  Had a few accidents.  Not nearly as great as Day one.

Day three was a nightmare.  I think we went through like 15 pairs of panties.  When the timer went off, she would go into the bathroom, pull down her pants and sit on the potty, but would get right back down and would not actually try.  I would put her back … she would fight and scream and cry.  This went on all day.  All.  Day.  I did wash 3 or 4 times, mainly her panties.  She peed all over the rug numerous times.  She couldn’t have cared less about stickers or M&M’s.  After Daddy got home and dealt with this just once or twice, he asked me how I keep my patience.  I replied that I don’t and I was about to lose my mind.

Day 4 was more of the same.

She hasn’t been that excited about going to school, so I haven’t said anything like, “If you don’t go on the potty, you can’t go to school,” because I figured then she REALLY wouldn’t do it.  I slept in this morning and Daddy said that she WAS excited about school today … and starting ballet … and seemed to be getting the idea that she couldn’t start those things until she is going on the potty.  But when I said that to her later?  “I don’t care.”

Ugh.

This is no fun at all!!

Tiny?

These are our canisters:

They sit out on the kitchen counter and we use the largest one as a cookie jar.

This is the sugar bowl:

We rarely use it and I keep it in a cabinet.  Hope has rarely, if ever, even seen it.  I had it out a couple of weeks ago and she asked me, “Why did you make such a tiny cookie jar?”  LOL.  I love this kid.

Catch Up

It’s been mostly the same old, same old around here.  Mom is feeling about the same — weak and very tired.  Everything tastes bad so she’s been having trouble eating.  She has chemo coming up on Tuesday, and then hopefully she’ll be done with it, at least for a while.

Miss Hope turns 2 on the 29th and her party will be next Saturday!  We’re just doing a small, mostly kid party at home.  Hope is wild about “Yo Gabba Gabba,” so it will be a Gabba-rific day!  We have great party supplies and decorations, activities off of NickJr.com, and lots of fun plans!!  I can’t wait!

We’ve been going to My Gym for the past 3 weeks.  They offered a Groupon several months ago that I snatched up, and finally just signed her up.  She really likes it!  As with everything, it took her a time or 2 to get used to some of the things there, but she gets more comfortable and better at the activities each time!  Yesterday, out of the blue, she did a somersault right on the living room floor!  LOL!  We only have 1 more week of the classes I already paid for, so we’ll see after that.  It’s $75 for 4 weeks which I think is pretty steep.  If you only go to the scheduled class, that’s almost $20 an hour!  You can, however, also go to Free Play sessions during the week.  If you go to a couple of those, I guess the price is better …

I’m also going to sign her up for swimming at the Y again.  We did it last spring and summer, and I don’t want her to completely forget everything!  Much more economical, too, at $37 for 8 weeks!

The weather has been turning nicer and it feels so good to get to be outside more!  We had a great day Friday – went shopping with a friend in the early afternoon, and spent much of the late afternoon outside playing.  It is so much fun to see Hope grow and learn, hear the funny and smart things she says, watch and hear her giggle when I bounce her big blue ball as high as I can.  What a joy!

So … cleaning this weekend, Hope’s party next … then packing and preparing in April, because we’re moving April 30th!  We all went up to the office and signed the new lease yesterday.  We’re getting a completely renovated 3 bedroom townhouse here in our same complex.  I am SO looking forward to the extra bedroom, extra bath and larger living room!  We will definitely sacrifice some space to get that extra bedroom — we’ll lose the great laundry room we have now; we’ll gain a small foyer and coat closet, but lose an upstairs hall closet.  The linen closet is half the size.  Our bedroom closet will be smaller and so will Hope’s.  But … Hope and my mom will have their own rooms; Eric and I will have a master bath; the living room is huge; and EVERYTHING will be NEW!!  Can’t wait.

I hope everyone has a great Sunday!  Happy Spring!!!  And don’t forget to go get your free Rita’s today!

Happy Birthday?

 Hope, this morning:  “Happy Birthday!”

Me: “Whose birthday is it?”

Hope:  “Somebody’s birthday.”

LOL.  Yep, it is, indeed, somebody’s birthday today!  So, if it’s you, Happy Birthday!

Motherhood

I was cleaning out my email tonight and came across this.  I really love it. 

Before I was a Mom,
I never tripped over toys
or forgot words to a lullaby.
I didn’t worry whether or not
my plants were poisonous.
I never thought about immunizations.

Before I was a Mom,
I had never been puked on.
Pooped on.
Chewed on.
Peed on.
I had complete control of my mind
and my thoughts.
I slept all night.

Before I was a Mom,
I never held down a screaming child
so doctors could do tests.
Or give shots.
I never looked into teary eyes and cried.
I never got gloriously happy over a simple grin.
I never sat up late hours at night
watching a baby sleep.

Before I was a Mom,
I never held a sleeping baby just because
I didn’t want to put her down.
I never felt my heart break into a million pieces
when I couldn’t stop the hurt.
I never knew that something so small
could affect my life so much.
I never knew that I could love someone so much.
I never knew I would love being a Mom.

Before I was a Mom,
I didn’t know the feeling of
having my heart outside my body.
I didn’t know how special it could feel
to feed a hungry baby.
I didn’t know that bond
between a mother and her child.
I didn’t know that something so small
could make me feel so important and happy.

Before I was a Mom,
I had never gotten up in the middle of the night
every 10 minutes to make sure all was okay.
I had never known the warmth,
the joy,
the love,
the heartache,
the wonderment
or the satisfaction of being a Mom.
I didn’t know I was capable of feeling so much,
before I was a Mom.

Sweet

Early this morning, Hope was asking for cookies.  “Cookie?  Cookie?”  Me:  “No, honey, you’re not having cookies for breakfast.” 

She thought for a minute.

“Candy?”

LOL.