Wednesday, April 18, 2007

The Drive

This last week has been quite a rollercoaster of ups and downs. My children attended a funeral for the first time- my grandmother passed away and her funeral was one week ago. I was incredibly impressed with both their behavior and their sensitivity.

The following day we all loading into the minivan and began a 14 hour drive from GA to WI. On the way up we drove for 6 hours and stopped for the night and finished up the next day. We had a very nice visit with DK's mom and step dad and all the cousins. My southern boys got to stomp around in some snow, and we witnessed the (fairy themed) wedding of two very dear friends. We were all in costume, and the boys were all adorable!! D was a dancing fool at the wedding. We;ve got to get him involved in community theater or something...he's a natural!
The drive back was a bit more difficult. After a lovely luncheon with family we hit the road around 2 pm and hit post ballgame traffic in Chicago. After spending 3-4 hours in traffic, and not making it much father than Gary, IN, we stopped for the night exhausted and frazzled. We got up the next morning and had to do the remaining 12 hours in one day. This is tiring for adults...but throw in 2 kids and an infant and it's a *really* long drive. But the kids once again did amazingly well.
I've learned a few things- my family can log close to 40 hours of driving time in just a few days with very little bickering. Driving cross country can be a blast. Peppy music makes the drive more fun. And Gameboys are invaluable on a long drive. Some rest stops are very nice, and some are just nasty. And lastly, when you are nursing a baby at a rest stop, truckers steer clear of you. :) I look forward to making that trip again next year..with hopefully more time to explore all the interesting things along the way.

Friday, April 6, 2007


I have noticed that when crises occur, they seem to somehow come in waves.

Our kitchen flooded 2 weeks ago, the flooring and subflooring were ruined and I'm dealing with the insurance company, contractors, etc and our kitchen is pretty unusable.

I already mentioned in a previous entry about my dad. He's still in the hospital. He's developed an infection and is still getting transfusions because his hemoglobin keeps dropping and no one is sure why.

My 93 year old grandmother developed pneumonia earlier this week and now her lungs are collapsing and her heart is in failure, and she is being released to hospice. The doctor thinks she'll only live a day or two longer.

Oh and yeah..we are supposed to be leaving Wednesday for a 14 hour drive from GA to WI.

And I think J has another ear infection brewing. Can someone cut me some slack, please?! :(

At this point I'm very glad I scheduled 2 spring break for the least with everything else going on, I don't have to worry about lessons next week.

Today we are heading to the vet school open house, and I am really looking forward to some lighthearted the dancing dogs show!

Wednesday, April 4, 2007

Hectic Weekend

I haven't posted for a while. My father has been in the hospital. He was in ICU for several days, but is doing better now, though he hasn't been discharged yet. I've been running back and forth between home and the hospital, which is about an hour away.

Monday, there was no schooling accomplished at all, but Tuesday and today we worked hard and made up for it. Tomorrow we have our co-op and then we'll trek back over to the hospital. Friday we have an event that S has been waiting for all year! The local university has a top rated vet school...and this vet school is having an open house. DK even has the day off (for Good Friday), and we can all go on this field trip together.

This weekend I will simultaneously be catching up on everything from this week, and preparing for a big trip we have planned towards the end of next week. We are taking next week off from school (Lucky kids get 2 spring breaks!) Though we have to make it up by running a week longer into the summer. I am only hoping my dad is better and out of the hospital before we leave..otherwise I'm not sure what will happen!