Monday, May 31, 2010
Such simple words, words I have been wanting to hear from my daughter Joselin.
Today she said them to me with sincerity.
She misses me.
I pointed out to her that this was the first time that she said that to me since she left. She said that she knew that. She said that it was very hard for her to say that, to trust that to anyone. She trusts me enough to tell me that she misses me.
Sunday, May 30, 2010
John just brought in 8 boxes of books for me to put away. I don't know if that is all our books or not. Every time we move, he complains that we have too many books. He is probably right, but I can't stand to get rid of books. Many of our hardback children books actually came from my mom. She kept all our childhood books and since I am the only provider of grandchildren I received all of them.
I guess it is taking a long time to unpack because I find every available opportunity to be distracted. Movies to see, shopping to do and places to go. I went to Lowes for some sprinkler irrigation parts and came home with plants. I have some yard work to do, Lowes has 10% off for military this weekend, that led to the temptation to buy plants. However, I am forcing myself to leave the yard work for after the house is finished. Those plants sitting in their pots are such a temptation for me to be distracted.
The little ones are ready for mom to be finished with the unpacking as well. Larissa has already asked me several times when will I work on her playhouse. I told her I need to finish unpacking and my chop saw. The rest of our household goods are supposed to be in on Friday. My chop saw and vacuum cleaner are in that batch.
Larissa likes to play near me when I am unpacking. She left me a gift today.....
I wish I had time to play.
Friday, May 28, 2010
Shrek was living the good life but it got boring. He wished for the "good" old days when he could be an ogre. He got his wish and lost everything in the process. Naturally, the rest of the movie was about how he got his life back.
I wonder how many of us are like Shrek, not appreciating what we do have. The old the grass is greener on the other side theory. I know that sometimes I get bogged down in life and responsibilities and don't really appreciate all that I have in life.
Sometimes I am just too busy, too distracted, too surrounded by "stuff", to really appreciate my family. But, I wouldn't trade them for my "old" single days. I love my family and my crazy life. It is mine and I have no desire to wish it away.
I think that I am going to try and slow down just a little bit and really enjoy my crazy family.
Thursday, May 27, 2010
I have at least 10 pairs of scissors. I have one with Jason's name written on it from his elementary school days, he is now 21 years old. So why is it that when I want a pair I can't find any?
We don't seem to get rid of anything.
Every year I buy the young kids a new box of crayons and resupply along the way as needed. Somehow many crayons make it home at the end of the year and make it into our crayon stash. Before we moved, I threw away pounds of crayons, I know that some dated back a good 10 years.
So, a lot of my time has been spent unpacking and trying to decide what to do with the stuff. In this house it is so easy to just keep and worry about it later because it does have a lot of storage. I have a long way to go!
We have decided to stay in Smalltown, SC, after a lifetime of moving I just feel at home here. This is a first for me.....47 years of moving and I feel like I have come home. So, we put an ad on Craigslist last night for free moving boxes.....we have a few extra with many still in the house. Someone replied this morning and is coming over today.
I put all the toys in one space but haven't had time to even get to them yet. The little ones have pulled some out and are so content to be home. We got Larissa her bike and the little ones spend many hours every day riding. Ha, after the first day Larissa came to me complaining that her bottom hurt, too much bike riding.
Yesterday we did get to Augusta to find John an apartment. We were able to find him a place very close to work so he is content. He will be 100 miles away so he will be home every weekend. He is giving them a year and then will be trying to get closer to home.
Lots to do today so I'd better get at it.
Sunday, May 23, 2010
All along the way there was a lot of traffic and police. It was a Thursday so we weren't sure why there was so much police presence and traffic. We hit a lot of traffic going over the Mississippi River. Every time I cross that bridge I am amazed that the bridge is still standing. I see missing pieces and such. But we were glad to see the Mississippi, it meant we were making progress.
Once we got past the Mississippi we made good speed until we hit upon a terrible traffic jam. It wasn't until we got to the accident that we realized why. A truck had lost it's load.
We got into Biloxi and decided to stop for the night. Many of the hotels were full and we were told it was because a lot of folks have come to town to help with the oil spill clean up. Ah, we didn't realize that the oil spill would affect our drive, but Hwy 10 does run all along the coast so it made sense. We did find a room and got a great night of sleep.
Friday was a good travel day. We ran up 65 and 85 and got onto 20. No traffic in Atlanta. We got to smalltown, SC by 4 pm, just in time for dinner at San Jose.
We went to the house and unloaded some of our stuff that we had brought. I love the piggyback that we bought for my car. I has come in handy on several of our trips.
Our last purchase in Texas......
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
All full, unfortunately not everything is packed. They stuffed some stuff behind the cab and called for another truck. We will see what shows up at the other end. I will be shocked if everything makes it. Of course, there will always be damage as well.
In more important news....Anthony lost a tooth today. We were at church and he complained that he couldn't eat his pizza. I asked to look at his tooth and could see the new one coming in so with a yank the old one was gone. Now, the tooth fairy needs to remember her duties. I must be getting too old for this because the last time the tooth fairy forgot to come until after breakfast! Yea, one of my failures, I don't make a good tooth fairy.
I am going to miss the church we have been going to. This is actually the first church I have attended since being saved where I feel that I have a fellowship with the women class and I was able to learn so much from those women. I never attended church as a child and was saved in 2002 in my old age. It is not easy sometimes to live a Christian lifestyle when you have never had an example to go by. But, that is a story for another day. Tomorrow we hit the road.
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
I had my computer packed up and am using my little 10" emergency laptop. It isn't so bad except that I cut my fingertip so bad that it requires a bandaid. This tiny keyboard is hard to type on with a bandaid on your fingertip. I can see where folks who keep long nails would have problems with it. Other then a few typos it is not too bad if your eyesight is good.
Normally, when we move we stay at home until time to pull out. I was taking stock of air mattresses and decided to spoil myself. For the first time, we are staying in a hotel while the packing is being done. Naturally, we spend the day at the house managing the packers and then come back to a pool and great bed. We are staying in a two bedroom suite that is fantastic. I don't know if per diem will cover all of it, but I don't care because it fits our needs.
Tomorrow the truck will arrive and everything will be gone. We have carpet cleaners scheduled to arrive at 3:30 and hope to have all cleaning done by then. We will have dinner at church and then have an early night.
Thursday morning we will pull out. John and I are heading in different directions. I am heading straight to SC so I have to go through Houston. I need to time it so that I don't get there during morning traffic. I believe we will leave between 8 and 9am.
John is going to TN where Joselin is currently living and taking some of her stuff to her. He is also taking Kim his motorcycle because she is having some transportation problems. I was shocked when he volunteered to bring Kim's two little ones back with him to SC so they can spend some summer time with their grandma who lives down the street from us. I imagine I will take them back sometime this summer when I go to visit Joselin.
Tomorrow will be a full day, I will sleep well tonight.
Sunday, May 16, 2010
The packers will be here bright and early tomorrow morning and I don't feel ready. Of course, I never feel ready. When you have little whirlwinds....er I mean kids constantly getting into stuff it makes it a little difficult to prepare. I also had extra doctor appointments this last week that I hadn't considered.
It is great that my husband has his moves paid for and that packers will pack everything. however, there is just a little disadvantage to that....they will pack everything. If you leave it sitting out it will get packed and that includes trash.
This is our first move that we are going to spoil ourselves.....we will be staying in a motel at night and spend our days at the house watching packers. Normally, we just stay at the house until the truck is gone and then we clean up and leave. I guess we are getting too old and have no interest in keeping air mattresses back. Also, it will be so much easier to put our suitcases and such in the car and not worry about it. Normally we designate a bathroom for our stuff we don't want packed and then tape the area off. Sounds easy but we have had movers that attempt to pack what we have asked them not to. They get paid by the weight so....
This evening I decided to take a break and take the kids to the park. Anthony comes down smelling like Jason's cologne.......a big no no. He is not supposed to get into any of Jason's stuff so instead of the park he stayed at home with dad and had a shower. Sometimes it just sucks but it was a natural consequence.
Can you see the squirrel?
Sarah felt she was too big to play so she climbed instead.
Saturday, May 15, 2010
When we rented this house we really thought that we wouldn't be here long. We had no idea that our house would never sell! So, our rental house isn't an ideal house for bike riding. We don't have a driveway and the street has too much traffic for my comfort.
Jason gave me a break and took the kids out to ride their bikes in the street. This summer I hope to get Anthony off of the training wheels and Larissa into a bike that fits her. We gave away her last bike because it was too small and haven't replaced it yet. We did keep the big trike because it took me forever to find one big enough for Larissa.
Because everyone borrows my clippers and then never returns them. I have even bought everyone their own pair, given them as stocking stuffers and tried a lending out program. All to no avail, I still could never find a pair in the house. So, I kept my car pair a secret.
Moving does strange things.....some of them good. When you go through every nook and cranny you just never know what you will find.
Could just be a few pairs of nail clippers................
Friday, May 14, 2010
While I was sitting there watching all those lines going across the screen my biggest concern was that she wouldn't have one of her episodes. It is about like taking your car to the mechanic and it refuses to act up. I wanted her to have an episode so we could determine what is going on with her. Naturally the day before I had told the neurologist that if she sleeps, she will have an episode, I was hoping that I hadn't jinxed the testing.
For 10 minutes we sat and watched the lines go across the monitor. Then she did it, she cooperated. These episodes are actually scary to us, her jaw clinches and she sounds like she is struggling to breathe. She started doing her choking sounds and the lines on the screen went wild. The technician jumped up and tried to get her to sit up, to wake up. He eyes rolled back in her head and she continued to sound like she was choking. Finally, after an eternity (maybe 30 seconds) she coughed and came out of it. He asked her how old she was and she told him 4, then she went right back to sleep.
The technician told me that he had never seen anyone do that, he admitted that it scared him. He called the neurologists office and told them that he needed to come down and check the tape. The doctor was in a meeting and we were told that we would need to stay in the building until he could come and check out the tape.
The technician then ran a strobe test that didn't effect Larissa at all. He told me to wake her up and right when I put my hand on her stomach she had another episode, another one got taped in case the first one wasn't sufficient. She had two episodes in less then 30 minutes. These don't seem to bother her at all and she doesn't seem to realize that anything has happened.
We went to the waiting room to wait for the neurologist. I tried to stay awake and Larissa ran around like she just had a great nap. Two hours later her doctor came and checked out the tape. He came and talked to me. First off he said that she is in fact having seizures. He talked about seizures part way through our conversation and then switched over to using the word epilepsy. My baby has epilepsy. It just doesn't seem fair to her, she has struggled to overcome her early beginnings and now has something else to deal with. I am sure that she will do fine, not quite sure about myself yet. I don't think that I have time right now to fully process this. I need to do some research since this is new to me.
However, I am thankful too. Thankful that we have the medical care to quickly address the issue. On Monday I brought my concern to her primary physician, Wednesday she saw a neurologist and Thursday she had an EEG and a diagnosis with a prescription called in. How wonderful is that?
A quick to do list:
cancel paper done
cancel utilities done
cancel water done
cancel cable/internet/phone .....done, need to take boxes to UPS
stop forwarding of mail from SC to TX ....can't find out how to do this, cancelling a permanent forward is not an option online....need to go to the post office for the form ..done, what a pain
forward mail from TX to SC done
go to three schools and withdraw kids
gave notice for house/ need to coordinate an inspection after movers leave
schedule required carpet cleaners
have movers come and estimate packing time/boxes and such done
coordinate with movers on both ends
get physicals for camp this summer while we have tricare doctors done
see what tricare providers are taking patients in SC ...done, picked providers and put in paperwork
pack some of Joselin's stuff for her/will take to her on the way to SC done
pack up computer for Kim
prep car/ oil change
make sure movies are in the car for trip
get copy of immunization record from Lackland done
make sure I have all documents to hand carry (birth certificates, passports, SS cards, IEP's, shot records...) .....working on it
pack stuff we don't want the movers to take and items we will need before we get household goods delivered ....in progress
try to cook the food in the freezer/fridge .....trying
talk to moms nursing home and give brothers contact information.....today...visited but unresolved
order bolts for washing machine done
ordered cable/internet/hock up in SC (can't be without internet for too long)
Jason's car need check up done, expensive but done
need to change emails to my yahoo account....what a pain
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Where is she learning this?
She IS a beautiful child, inside and out.
On a good note, I told the ladies in my women's Bible study class the story. Right after class all the women went up to Larissa and just loved on her hair. On the ride home, Larissa said that she would be willing to wear her hair down at church. I really do love this church, I will miss it.
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
At this time we still don't have any answers. She is scheduled for an EEG at 8 in the morning. She is supposed to stay up until 10pm and be woken at 2am. I have to wash her hair tonight and not use any moisturizers. That should be interesting, I have never done her hair without any oils at all. It also has to be completely dried so that leaves out braiding. He hair take forever to dry when braided. I guess she will go natural tomorrow, that should be interesting to say the least. I don't think that I have ever just left her hair down, I will need to take a picture of that. I am truly amazed at how fast they are moving here. I mentioned my concerns to a doctor on Monday, saw a neurologist on Wednesday and have an EEG on Thursday. I really didn't think it was possible. She is being seen at BAMC (Brooke Army Medical Center) for any of you military folks.
On the moving front, it is not going well! I haven't gotten anything accomplished today and don't think I will be too motivated to do much tomorrow. I did, however, go through my clothes and have two more bags of clothing for Goodwill.
5 days until the packers arrive.......
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
I also had Larissa checked out. She has a long history of clenching her jaw when she sleeps. Well, the ENT in SC told us that it was just jaw clenching and is not a problem. We should have gone with our gut, we just didn't feel that it was only jaw clenching. We have noticed that it has been happening more often. Last week Larissa fell asleep on me and I just held her instead of putting her down (she is over 40 lbs and gets heavy!). I held her for an hour and she had two episodes in that time. It wasn't just her jaw clenching, her entire body was clenching and shaking. It is really strange, she clenches her jaw, acts like she is choking, can't be woken up, throws up her hands and wheezes. At the end she will let out a cough and can be woken then. If she is woken right at that point, her eyes will be rolled back in her head. I really felt that she was having seizures. I described her symptoms to the doctor today without telling her my concerns and she immediately said that she was having seizures. I figured that since we were moving next week that she could just give me a referral for a neurologist for in SC. Well, Larissa has a neurology appointment on Friday. I am not sure what they can do for us since we are moving next week, I hope to get a referral for a neurologist in SC. I feel bad that we have let this go on for so long. I should have gone with my gut before and pursued it more back when we were trying to get answers. She even had a sleep study done that came back inconclusive at that time. This is new to me, I have some research to do. Of course, I hope that the neurologist concurs that it is just jaw clenching, I just can't process this right now. So, add neurologist appointment to my things to do this week.
I also got my blood drawn today to see if my thyroid is still "out of whack". I will find out the results on Friday. All I can say is it is a good thing I am not afraid of needles, the nurse blew out my one good vein with blood so she had to look elsewhere for blood. Add, go to doctors appointment to my list.
On our move front, my count down has been off! The packers will be here on Monday, yep a week from today. I took care of the cooking for the week by taking apart the oven for cleaning. Shucks, guess it won't be available for cooking. They estimate that it will take three days to pack and pick up date is Thursday. I think that it will only take two days for packers, hopefully the driver will be able to pick up one day early. If not, we will have a day of boxes and nothing to do but clean. Funny, the guy who came to do our estimate had a hard time, I guess that our garage was a little difficult to estimate. Can't imagine why!
I got a call today from the movers informing me that I need to go out and buy bolts for my front load dryer. Apparently these are needed for them to be able to move the dryer. The men who delivered my dryer should have left the bolts, naturally they didn't. So, add hunt down and buy bolts for my dryer to my list of things to do.
This is only Monday, hopefully I don't have too many other things to add to my list!
Sunday, May 9, 2010
Anthony made me a card all by himself. I really love it when they are able to make their own cards and express themselves.
Then I spent the afternoon visiting with my mom at the nursing home. Last week, she tried to get up and walk without assistance and fell. She bruised her hip, they had to xray it to make sure she didn't break it. She is not supposed to walk unassisted. I really hate it when she falls, she fell when she was in my home several times, once she broke a shoulder. I took her some flowers, a card, some pictures, new house slippers and a new house dress in the style that she likes to wear.
I wonder why it is so difficult for me to get rid of clothing that I can't fit into at this time. I guess that my dream is to lose weight even though I haven't lost any weight in a long time. I have had hypothyroidism for years now and find that I gain about 5 lbs a year. Of course, after my last doctor visit my doctor said that my thyroid numbers were "out of whack" and she doubled my thyroid medicine. I need to go next week to get my numbers checked again, ugh, add that to my list of things to do.
I am going through my clothing again later this week with the thought that if I do lose lots of weight then I can go buy new clothing. Hmmmm, wonder if that mindset will work. Seems opposite of trying to get rid of clutter.....to think of shopping. Oh well, maybe it will work.
Less the two weeks and we will be on our way! These last few weeks are flying by and I still have too much to do.
I'd better get to bed, I expect I will have breakfast in bed in the morning.