Sunday, November 20, 2016

The camping trip


This is our third year to join friends at the camp groups for some Halloween fun! Lou's leg situation  (part I and part II) didn't stop us this year, mostly because we'd already paid for our cabin and basically if we'd been stuck at home and missed out on one more thing because of the leg, I think we'd loose it. 


Plus there was that whole Cubs in the World Series things... so off we went, with projector and outdoor screen in hand.  We were the most popular camp site- because kept stopping by to check the score and inning.  


Bee sported her Katniss Everdeen costume.  Lou was Peeta, but had some issues and didn't get out the cabin door in time to be photographed.  I seriously can't wait until the wheel chair is a thing of the past.  He gets anxious about being in public in the chair.  A  lot. 


I pulled out my Pipi Longstockings costume from several years ago at the last minute (back from 2012).  I had intended to be Effie Trinket, but didn't get my act together in time.  That's been happening a lot lately.  


There was some wheelchair baseball.


And a lot of golf cart rides.  We have been on the waiting list for 2 years! Check out all these boys.  Poor Bee is outnumbered with these sweet friends. 


Another camping trip in the books.  We've already booked next year too!

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Welcome Fall




Good news!  Bee got her cast off! That's one kid down and one to go! 



Oh happy fall.  We celebrated with a picnic on the porch and a friend visit to the farmer's market. Could the weather be any better?  


We found a new little roadside market to buy the last of the season's tomatoes.  They let Bee and her friend but all the u-pick flowers they wanted.  What a treat! 



The new house has so many trees.  They're lovely. And then there's all the leaves to take care of.  There's our Saturday.  Happy Fall. 


Friday, November 18, 2016

that leg

Oh, that leg!  (Part I) We went in to get x-rays about two weeks after the break and discovered that the bone had shifted and was not in the right position.  That explained the pain poor Lou was in.  The pain we were all in! 


Poor kid needed to have it re-set and cast in a big ol' heavy cast. Thankfully we had a full week off this year for fall break- perfect for recovery.  


He got a big. Heavy. Long. Annoying cast.  It's been the bane of my existence.  


The procedure went well and only set us back 2 weeks.  Oh Geesh. 


Lou eventually got used, mostly, to things and we got a system in place for all the things we usually do.  We're on week seven now but this has seriously been the longest weeks of our lives.   It has been harder than I expected and really just a rough time.  


He missed the last bit of baseball season and is missing all of basketball season.  



School has been tough, but he's managed.  We've managed.  Thankfully hubby and I work at the school and are able to help out as needed.  It's been a lot on hubby- Lou has needed help in and out of the building each time classes change.  


Next week we go back for more x-rays and hopefully we end up with a boot or at least a shorter cast. Hopefully a boot.  He could use a better shower these days.  Just saying!

Friday, October 7, 2016

that blue dress

So I had this navy dress that had been with me forever.  Like since the mid 90s.

 Just to date this photo, the sister in the sunflower dress is a wife and mother and the littlest sister-baptized baby is in her lat year of college and engaged.  hmm... Littlest sister was born in 1994.   

 

So it still fit, but needed a little loving. The length was weird. Not maxi dress long, not ate and short.  I love to wear dresses to school- basically because you're not wearing pants.  I considered removing the sleeve, but I have to wear a sleeve to school so that seemed pointless. 


I looked around online and discovered that the print is pretty cool again.  




I decided to shorted it and add a belt with the removed length.  


Totally wearable again.  


Thinking about what else I have that could use a little remake.   I've probably got this dress somewhere...  Hello 1997.   


On a side note, this was one of my senior picture.  It was a pose my mom wanted.  That was back when the show 'Touched by and Angel' was popular.  There was this scene in the opening credits where she is wearing a hat and dress in this style and sitting barefoot on a suitcase waiting for her next assignment.  That's what inspired this lovely photo. 

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Those summer birthdays

Flash back... catching up on some things from the summer.  We have some summer birthdays... as all good teachers do.  

Lou went and turned 9.  

This little thing....







He wanted a low stress party.  I mean, I wanted a low stress party.  I told him three friends, whatever he wanted... he chose this pizza kid-fun-place in town.  The boys played games and ate pizza and had a blast and then I took everyone home.  Best party ever. 


This goofy girl went and turned 11.  








She chose to have 10 good buddies over to spend the night.  Go big or go home, right?  The girls camped out in the living room and daddy set up a big screen to watch a movie.  The girls were all such good guests and even cleaned up after themselves.  We had lived in the new house 1 week and broke it in with a big party.  



Wednesday, October 5, 2016

they come in threes, right?


They say bad things come in three, right?  We've met our limit- within four weeks.  

Bee was playing in a soccer game.  Have I mentioned that she's pretty good?  Then she fell  and broke her arm. 



 She's feeling good and was able to be a splint instead of a cast.  In fact, she broke it mid-game and finished the rest of the game before alerting us to a problem.  She didn't even tell her coach, who is a doctor.  She told us when we were the last ones in the parking lot.  Grrr. 



The next week Hubby needed gallbladder surgery.


Two weeks later, the day after dear hubby had returned to work it was Lou's turn.  We were camping at a friend's house and he took a hard landing on a fireman's pole.  


Look away if you need to! 


There was crying and screaming to a level I've never seen.  It was intense.  


Lou was sent home in a temporary cast pending an appointment with the orthopedic surgeon.  When the swelling went down, the surgeon said he didn't need surgery and would stay in the temporary cast another week- but no school all week.   Which brings us to today.  Third day in a row home from school.  He'll get new X-rays next week. His pain meds were readjusted and he is so much more comfortable.  Each day is better than the last. 




Thank goodness for friends.  Different friends have brought us ice-cream, took Bee to her physical therapy appointments, helped us transport Lou to appointments, loaned us medical equipment, sent over things to do, and just came over and loved on us.  


Our house is not wheel chair friendly!  He's taken over the master as it's on the first floor.  Thank goodness for sisters.  They'll watch movies with you and help you take advantage of the no eating in bed rule.  

That's three things... we don't need any more!

they come in threes, right?


They say bad things come in three, right?  We've met our limit- within four weeks.  

Bee was playing in a soccer game.  Have I mentioned that she's pretty good?  Then she fell  and broke her arm. 



 She's feeling good and was able to be a splint instead of a cast.  In fact, she broke it mid-game and finished the rest of the game before alerting us to a problem.  She didn't even tell her coach, who is a doctor.  She told us when we were the last ones in the parking lot.  Grrr. 



The next week Hubby needed gallbladder surgery.


Two weeks later, the day after dear hubby had returned to work it was Lou's turn.  We were camping at a friend's house and he took a hard landing on a fireman's pole.  


Look away if you need to! 


There was crying and screaming to a level I've never seen.  It was intense.  


Lou was sent home in a temporary cast pending an appointment with the orthopedic surgeon.  When the swelling went down, the surgeon said he didn't need surgery and would stay in the temporary cast another week- but no school all week.   Which brings us to today.  Third day in a row home from school.  He'll get new X-rays next week. His pain meds were readjusted and he is so much more comfortable.  Each day is better than the last. 




Thank goodness for friends.  Different friends have brought us ice-cream, took Bee to her physical therapy appointments, helped us transport Lou to appointments, loaned us medical equipment, sent over things to do, and just came over and loved on us.  


Our house is not wheel chair friendly!  He's taken over the master as it's on the first floor.  Thank goodness for sisters.  They'll watch movies with you and help you take advantage of the no eating in bed rule.  

That's three things... we don't need any more!