Well, I'll tell you.
I've gone back to being just a straight-up Midwest-girl.
More on that in a bit.
In the meantime, I should let you know that I've been practicing a form of blogging that I like to call "Avoidance Blogging". Let me explain. Usually, blogging is some sort of therapeutic activity...a place to jot down thoughts, record events, a platform to promote ideas and discussion.
In Avoidance Blogging, you don't do any of that. Instead, you simply own a blog, and don't write on it. Easy-peasy, huh?
I guess I should clarify though--Avoidance Blogging isn't simply forgetting to blog--it's much more involved than that. In Avoidance Blogging, you think about your blog and you may even mentally compose several posts. And almost daily something happens that makes you think you really should be posting about this or that.
But, unfortunately, there are SO MANY of those things running through your head and so many different things occurring in your life, that you completely avoid your blog (hence the name) in hopes that things will settle themselves back into nice neat little happy posts with out any record of the chaos in between.
Avoidance Blogging. If you haven't already tried it, you probably will.
Now that we are settling into some type of normalcy and the upheaval of our lives and emotions has finally subsided, I am leaving my stint as an Avoidance Blogger. Instead, I will condense the past Moving Month into one, devoid-of-emotional-angst post--complete with an almost daily breakdown of what has been happening and a smattering of pictures.
Here we go.
The Moving Month:
Dec. 1--Our First home is officially back on the market.
Dec. 2--Our friends-that-are-family have a going away party for us. During which, I fail to take any pictures because somehow it would have made the fact that we were leaving seem more real.
Dec. 3-17th--Dr. C leaves for Iowa, leaving me alone with our three-children and a house that has to be constantly kept "show-ready". We have various showings during this time, but no offers.
Dec. 5th--Dr. C starts his new job.
Dec. 9th--Church Christmas party and sitting on Santa's lap.
|Miss B was not a fan of the guy in the red suit.|
Dec. 14th, 15th, 19th--Miss B's last days with our Kids Therapy Spot/Early Intervention family.
|Miss B with her first boyfriend.|
|Miss B's Occupational Therapist and Speech Therapist|
|Miss B's Speech Therapist|
|Miss B's Physical Therapist|
|Miss B's Service Coordinator|
Dec. 18th--Our last Sunday with our church family in The South.
Dec. 19th--The movers arrive and start packing up all of our things. Miss B's amazing school, The T.K. Martin Center, holds their annual Christmas party and Miss B attends for the first and last time.
|Miss B's lovely teacher.|
Dec. 20th--The movers finish packing up and all of our belongings and head back to the Midwest.
Dec. 21st--The boys have a half-day of school; their last day at Sudduth Elementary. Some people come and look at our house while we are doing our final cleaning and loading up the van to overflowing. We leave our Southern Home and head to St. Louis for Christmas.
|T-Man making a funny face.|
|Dr. C wearing the crown from his popper thingy.|
After dinner, we spend the evening by the fireside, and read the Christmas story. A perfectly lovely Christmas Eve.
Dec. 25th--Christmas Day. We wake up, open our stockings, stop, eat breakfast, go to church, come home, eat lunch, and don't even start opening presents until 4PM. And my kids are okay with it. Miss B had started feeling bad on Friday and by Sunday morning, she is looking pretty sickly. She still perks up enough to open presents.
|Miss B loves this FurReal cat thing. The rest of us think it is a slightly possessed toy that really should have an on/off switch. It is currently residing in a corner of the basement, facing the wall. Please don't tell Miss B where it is.|
|T-Man, the Bounty Hunter|
|Miss B signing "help" as in "GET THIS DOLL OUT OF THE BOX FOR ME, NOW!"|
Dec. 26th--Dr. C leaves St. Louis for Iowa to meet our moving truck. He is unable to return until Thursday night. Miss B wakes up feeling worse. We go out to lunch with my very good friend E.Lee who I hadn't seen in over a year.
That night, Miss B takes a turn for the worse, and a new adventure begins. We start at the Urgent Care center, they give her a breathing treatment but think she is too sick for them to handle. We are then sent to the ER. The ER spends 5 hours giving her meds (which she promptly spits back out), lots of tests, 2 breathing treatments, and then decides she is too sick for them to handle. After a lovely ambulance ride, we end up at St. Louis Children's Hospital and a definitive diagnosis of RSV and bronchiolitis.
We are there for a week.
Miss B staying with us is touch-and-go for a couple of days there. She spends some time in the PICU and her IV faithfully pumps her little body full of fluids and steroids and eventually antibiotics.
(Have I ever mentioned how thankful I am for modern medicine??? My little lady would not be with us today without it.
On the flip side though--those high-tech monitors with all of their wavy lines and different beeps could very likely drive a parent insane. Any parent who has spent some time in the hospital with a child knows what I'm talking about.
There's the beep. beep. beep.--the one that means something is up, but you just have to hit the silence button and keep an eye on it.
Then there's the higher-pitched, faster-- Beep! Beep! Beep!--which means it's time to call the nurse.
And then lastly, the panic-invoking, fear-inducing--BEEP!!!BEEP!!!BEEP!!!--that means it's time for you to run into the hallway and scream for someone to get there RIGHT NOW, #$&* IT, AND TAKE CARE OF MY BABY!!!
I hate the beeps.
Dec. 31st--Miss B's very nice doctor brings us a bottle of sparkling grape juice for the evening. Dr. C and I toast the New Year with styrofoam cups at 8PM. Then Dr. C leaves and spends the rest of the evening at my parents' house with the boys so they would have at least one parent for the holiday celebration. I spend the evening watching The Big Bang Theory marathon on some random channel.
Most unusual New Year's Eve ever.
Jan. 1st--Miss B finally busts out of the hospital on New Year's Day--my 30th birthday--and we load up the van and make the rest of the journey to our new home in Iowa. Probably my most unusual birthday ever as well.
Jan. 2nd-Unpacking and settling in begins.
Jan. 3rd--Dr. C heads back to work; I get the boys registered for their new school. That night, we head to our first Iowa caucus where we hand-write our ballots and turn them by placing them in a plastic sack. Afterward, we check out the Mitt Romney Caucus Night party.
|The press area--holy cow, there were a lot of cameras. Not to mention all the wandering camera people. Wowzas.|
The kids and I only stay for a few minutes (it wasn't exactly a kid-friendly event). Dr. C takes us home and then goes back for the speech. Definitely a unique experience.
Jan. 5th--T-Man and Fearless are supposed to start school, but pick up a nasty stomach bug instead. I'm still not sure that it wasn't at least partly psychosomatic, but due to the fact that there was actual throwing up involved, the first day of new school is delayed.
Jan. 7th--In need of furniture for our new house that has a completely different floor plan from our old house; we drive the two hours to Omaha to the Nebraska Furniture Mart. We returned victorious with a new sectional precariously tied to Dr. C's truck.
Jan. 8th--Our first Sunday in our new ward. Everyone was perfectly welcoming--some new friends invited us to dinner that evening and we had a lovely time.
And finally--if you've made it this far--Jan. 9th--T-Man and Fearless started their new school. T-Man loved it, Fearless is not sure yet. I'm crossing my fingers that he will love it soon.
|No, he didn't take the sword to school.|
And that my friends, wraps up the recap of The Moving Month.
Here's hoping I don't need to practice Avoidance Blogging again anytime soon.
Here's hoping I don't need to practice Avoidance Blogging again anytime soon.