Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Week 37

Welcome back and happy Tuesday!  There are so many things happening around here as we prepare to send Tyler back to school.  He's ready and we're ready and it will be a great second year.  He and I spent a good deal of time pulling things together and taking care of last minute details and of course there are still a few more things to cross of the list but we're close and almost ready to leave for LA Thursday. It's been a good summer for him and us.

Here's a peek at last week in pictures:

Day 253- Sunday, 9/10/17
Tyler and John traditionally go out to sushi each time before Tyler heads back to school and this time Justin joined them.  Brandon is still not a fan.  We were also all watching the progress of Irma today as it made it's way through Florida.  Thankfully everyone we know there fared well.  Such a crazy hurricane season this year.

Day 254- Monday, 9/11/17
One nice thing about being home on leave while everyone else is at school or work is that I can actually watch girly movies which is not something I usually do in this house full of boys.  Today I watched Beauty and the Beast and enjoyed every minute of it.

Day 255- Tuesday, 9/12/17
Freedom!  I can now safely drive and it feels great to get out of the house for short periods of time even if it is just to run a small errand or two.  I also took in a polo game this afternoon and was able to catch up with the polo parents I don't really see anymore.

Day 256- Wednesday, 9/13/17
Justin had a cross country meet this afternoon and I'm so thankful for the pictures that others take and share since I haven't been able to go yet.  He's doing well and has made so many good friends on this team.  A group of them are all planning to go to the homecoming dance together including him.  They are bringing him out of his shell which is wonderful to see.

Day 257- Thursday, 9/14/17
You'd never know that this kid had his wisdom teeth pulled out this morning.  He's always smiling.  Obviously it went well.  I was expecting a grump afterwards but he's been very positive all day and even went with me to another polo game this afternoon.  Thank goodness it went well.  I was more nervous than him.

Day 258- Friday, 9/15/17
TGIF!  These two are celebrating with drumsticks for dessert.  It's cloudy ot but overcast so super muggy and still hot.  The ice-cream helps ;0)

Day 259- Saturday, 9/16/17
Back at Target!  This place--I can't get away.  Now that I'm driving again I was here pretty much everyday and not intentionally.  Things just kept coming up and today was no exception.

OK--That's it!  See you next week. 

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Week 36

Welcome back and happy Tuesday! What a crazy week tracking Erma and anticipating landfall. First many places ruined in Texas from Harvey and now Florida from Erma. Hopefully after Jose passes we'll see no more hurricanes for a good while.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected as they clean up and rebuild. Things are going well here. I'm slowly getting back to normal in terms of range of motion and things I can do.  If I over-do-it even in the slightest my body is quick to let me know so I listen and slow down or rest up. Work and school continues for all others so it's just me and the pets during the day. The good news is that I can start driving this week so I won't always be stuck at home.

Here's a look at last week's pictures:

Day 246- Sunday, 9/3/17
It's nice to have a long weekend with everyone home.  Today John made some ribs for dinner and the kids played in the pool.  Justin says he's sunbathing but he's not even in the sun. Crazy kid! He's really soaking up the warmth from the pool deck.  The other two just continued to enjoy the water on yet another super hot day.

Day 247- Monday, 9/4/17
It's Labor Day and the weather actually cooled quite a bit.  We enjoyed more good food including ice cream for dessert and then decided night swim was in order.  It was too cool and windy during the day for the pool but later when the wind died down it was perfect.

Day 248- Tuesday, 9/5/17
Homework is a usual sight again here in the afternoons.  I decided to  keep Brandon company by doing my "homework"--paying bills.  At least it made him feel a little better.  Misery loves company ;0)

Day 249- Wednesday, 9/6/17
Tyler drove me to my one-week post-op appointment today and then we went out to lunch after.  Later a good friend drove me to a Boosters meeting.  It was nice to get out and about for a bit.  I can't wait until it's safe for me to drive again next week.

Day 250- Thursday, 9/7/17
Brandon got these new kicks for his birthday last month but can't wear them to school because he's afraid they'll get ruined in PE so he wears them every other chance he gets. Usually this means when helping to walk the dog.  He's the only kid of mine that really cares about brand names and just had to have these Jordan's.  How much longer before basketball season?

Day 251- Friday, 9/8/17
This spot is where I've been camped out the past week with Bella faithfully by my side.  She keeps an eye on me and keeps me company.  The cat will check in every now and then but he's mostly finding cooler spots to nap alone.  If it were winter he'd be sleeping on my lap for selfish reasons, but it's way too hot for that now.

Day 252- Saturday, 9/9/17
As part of my recovery the only exercise I'm allowed and required to do is walk.  So I take a morning walk on my own and then walk with one of the boys who brings the dog on an evening walk.  Sadly I cannot walk the dog alone.  She pulls way too much, but the kids have been great about offering to walk her for me, and they are happy I'm walking much faster now.

That's it!  See you next week.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Week 35

Welcome back and happy Tuesday!  I made it through to the other side and I have to say that general anesthesia is a wonderful thing.  It feels like you blink and you're done. That was the easy part--the surgery.  Now I'm dealing with the harder part--the recovery. Wow! My largest obstacle has been the ability to move and I mean move pretty much everything in my lower half but it does get better and better each day.  I'm just an impatient and active person and don't like having to wait and slow down. Enough of that.  I'm afraid this week in pictures is a bit boring since my movement was limited but it is what it is--real life!  The important thing is that my intruder has been removed for good and I will heal and the quality of my life will be better for it.

Here are last week's pictures:

Day 239- Sunday, 8/27/17
We're prepping for another record breaking heatwave by spending time in the pool.  I can just see my next PG&E bill going through the roof while our a/c works overtime to cool the house.  Summer's not really over yet--not here anyway.

Day 240- Monday, 8/28/17
As I tried to calm myself and mentally prepare for surgery tomorrow I was blessed with many good signs especially on my evening walk through the park.  There were literally hundreds of these tiny blue dragonflies all over the park grass and many larger ones flying above.  It was amazing to walk amongst them and on top of that we found this pretty blue iridescent feather.  Nature is a good thing--very calming and reassuring 

Day 241- Tuesday, 8/29/17
Surgery day and here I am in pre-op at the crack of dawn.  I'm looking positive and strong on the outside but still really nervous and wanting to bolt for the door on the inside.  The good news is that it all went really well and was over before I knew it.  Now to spend a couple days here in the hospital getting used to the healing process.

Day 242- Wednesday, 8/30/17
It's the next day after surgery and things are better.  I received flowers from my lab group and from John who has been by my side this whole time.  I was told to expect staying 2 nights but thankfully I hit all the requirements needed to go home today and was released around 4pm.  Yay!  The best place for me to heal is at home surrounded by my family who I missed dearly.  They have been great helping out where they can and trying hard to understand my needs.  It's good to be home!

Day 243- Thursday, 8/31/17
At home on the road to recovery I watch movies and try not to move too much.  It hurts to move.  I'm going to go stir crazy pretty quick. At least there is John here to help when needed and the kids to liven things up when they get home.  Justin came home today with his cross country jersey to show me.  His first meet is Saturday which is pretty exciting.

Day 244- Friday, 9/1/17
It's September already!  Seems crazy we are here.  Tyler is our September baby so he posed with my monthly marker.  My kids always want to pose with the dog. Whatever works! Plus they are being extra nice about pictures since they feel sorry for me.  I have to milk it while I can ;0)  It's also Friday and a Friday before a 3-day weekend so Brandon and Bella are having a sleep over together for fun and also to bring her in out of the heat all weekend.  Triple digits are in full force and it's super hot out even at night.

Day 245- Saturday, 9/2/17
It's smokey from wildfires and supposed to be 110 today but the cross country meet is still on.  They started super early (bus left before 6 am) and had reduced miles so they could end by 10 am before it all became too much.  And there were hills, large hills, which our kids aren't used too yet so it was tough but Justin did it and these are his friends and teammates celebrating with him after.  It's a bummer I couldn't be there but I'll hopefully be able to catch the next one.  My recovery is going well and I'm getting stronger and stronger each day with less and less pain.

That's it.  I'll be home on medical leave all of September and can't wait until I can move better and start driving again so I won't be totally homebound.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Week 34

Hello!  I'm posting a bit early because Tuesday morning I'm headed into surgery.  It's time to have a large fibroid that's taken over my uterus and been messing with me for the past 3 years removed.  I'm not excited about the procedure or the recovery process, but I am happy to completely get rid of this thing for good. Positive thoughts and prayers please!  I've never had surgery before so it's a bit unnerving.  Last week was pretty insane trying to prep for this in terms of work and home plus dealing with back-to-school craziness, but I made it through.

Take a look at how it all went down:

Day 232- Sunday, 8/20/17
Sunday night family steak dinner with all present.  Love it!

Day 233- Monday, 8/21/17
Did you see the eclipse?  Sadly I was the only one in my family that did.  I was here at work testing slides that oddly enough look like the eclipse but was able to briefly step out to the break room on our 5th floor where people were sharing glasses and take a peek.  I didn't even have to go outside and it was pretty cool.  I wish our schools would have done more with the kids.  My boys missed out :0(

Day 234- Tuesday, 8/22/17
Happy 25th Anniversary to us!  It's our silver anniversary and we snapped this picture in the seconds between him coming home and me running off to back-to-school night #1.  This one was at the middle school for Brandon.  At least John and I were able to enjoy some dessert together after I returned.

Day 235- Wednesday, 8/23/17
Back-to-school night #2 at the high school for Justin.  It makes for a crazy week, but I am glad they were not on the same night for the first time ever.  I left Justin home with his homework and went by myself to meet all his teachers.  The new tunnel our Booster's club helped purchase just arrived and was up in it's full glory which was cool to see.  We've been trying to make this happen for the past few years and now it's here just in time for the start of school and football season.

Day 236- Thursday, 8/24/17
Brandon doesn't have too much homework this year.  More and more of his teacher are trying to cut back which is great, and I wish the high school would do the same.  He does however miss his pup during the day and appreciates the extra time to spend with her when he gets home.  Where am I running off to tonight?  Snack bar duty for football.  I'm working the freshman game now so I can actually have my Friday night off tomorrow.

Day 237- Friday, 8/25/17
We are blessed with kind and giving people in our circle.  One of my graduate students gave me this healing bamboo plant today as a symbol of good fortune to help me get through my surgery and recovery.  And then Tyler just finished his EMT classes so a co-worker at life-guarding gave him a stethoscope to support and encourage his future goals in medicine.  He had fun trying it out on the dog.  LOL!  Both wonderful and thoughtful gifts from great people.

Day 238- Saturday, 8/26/17
Today we escape for a much needed break.  John and I headed to Tahoe which is where we honeymooned 25 years ago.  This was a much better way to celebrate our anniversary.  It was a quick overnight trip but still a great time in a beautiful place for just the two of us.  The fresh mountain air and slower pace did us both some good.

Whew!  That's it for now.  Next week will slow down for sure and be all about recovery and healing.  I'm hoping it will be easier than it sounds.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

week 33

Welcome back and happy Tuesday!  Last week wasn't too bad with the start of school since we had a mini vacation first and then a short school week to ease in, but this week they are hitting us hard with lots of homework, sports practice, snack-bar duty, back-to-school nights and endless forms to fill out. Not to mention my work schedule is insane right now and I have a couple dr. appointments lined up to prepare for medical leave.  I can't wait for this current week to be over.  

Before that can happen though let's take a look at last week:

Day 226- Sunday, 8/13/17
Today we rode roller coasters all day at Six Flags in Vallejo and then made our way through the wine country towards Santa Rosa to Safari West where we stayed the night.

Day 227- Monday, 8/14/17
What a packed full day!  We started our morning with a safari jeep tour which was pretty amazing-- so many African range animals to see and it's a conservation breeding place too which means lots of babies.   Next was a college tour at Sonoma State for Justin who is checking out his options before applying next year, and lastly, not far from there, was the Charles Schultz museum which was a fun place to check out.  He lived in Santa Rosa and his wife went to Sonoma State.  Justin in particular is a huge Peanuts fan but, then again, who isn't?

Day 228- Tuesday, 8/15/17
We're back in West Sac and have one day left before school starts.  I wonder how much longer these beauties will be green.  School may be starting but fall isn't here just yet.  I think they have at least another month before they turn their golden fall color.

Day 229- Wednesday, 8/16/17
Here we go!  Back to school it is for these two.  Justin is a junior in high school and Brandon is in 8th grade.  Time to crack open those books and learn some new skills.

Day 230- Thursday 8/17/17
This is what John has been doing with our tomatoes.  He's made at least 5 batches of salsa so far and they are a hit.  We really only have a few tomatoes left on the vine so that may be it for this season.  Later, after Tyler's ride along for EMT school, he went out with his friends and their coach from years past.  This is the last time they'll all be together before some start heading back to school.  I harvested this picture from Instagram.  Such a good group of guys!

Day 231- Friday, 8/18/17
TGIF and cheers to the weekend!  Don't ask me why we're in the garage but, hey, whatever works ;0)

Day 231- Saturday, 8/19/17
Dinner plans quickly changed from steak to pizza when John messaged to say he was held up at work and not to wait on him for dinner.  These two didn't seem to mind and our steak dinner was a better fit the next day when everyone including Tyler was home.  At least we could still squeeze in some s'mores as a family which was a nice treat.

Wait one more! 

August's Family Photo

We had such a fun time on our Safari tour and didn't even have to go to Africa.  It's so crazy this place is so close to home but feels a million miles away.

That's it for now.  See you next week.