Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Playing Catch Up

Trying to make the most of the time we have left in this month.  Luckily I did some decorating before I got sick!  But tonight, it is snowing.  We had to bring in all of the potted plants, the pumpkins....what a pain!  Unfortunately, it's not enough to amount to anything, you know like missing school!  So that means that tomorrow morning around 6:30, I will be out there cleaning off my car in the snow.  Pie has to be at school at 7 and we will need to leave a little early to be safe.  She also has an orchestra concert tomorrow night-it should still be snowing after that, so my Mom won't be able to drive and go with us. :(  Too early for this!  The good news is that I have seen the forecast for Halloween and it isn't bad - 62 is the high for the day so hopefully they won't freeze when they are out trick-or-treating.  This year my oldest (12) is going in our old neighborhood with a big group of friends, and at our insistence, a parent.  Our 10 year old is going in our current neighborhood with some friends and my husband.  Very weird that I will be staying home this year!  We spent about $20 on candy-we have a pretty big neighborhood and so many kids!  Hopefully we won't run out. 

I'm meeting with some friends tomorrow to figure out how we are going to plan the 5th grade Halloween party.  I hope that it will be fun with this being Lu's last year of elementary school. 

Also hoping that we get around to doing our pumpkins Sunday night.  Pie is going to a dance at jr high Friday night, Saturday they have 4 hours of dance, then off to be with family, and Sunday 2 hrs of dance, 2 hrs travel time.  It's just not enough time!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

I don't even know what to do with myself!  Here my "favorite" month of the year, has been just AWFUL.  I've been sick off and on throughout, and now my girls are sick too.  I had my flu shot last Tuesday with my oldest, and both of us promptly fell ill the next day.  Most likely a coincidence since Lu was home sick from school the day before.  But how horrible-it's the 21st, the month is nearly over.....and I feel like I missed out. :(

I did get my girls' Halloween pic taken Friday, thanks to my precious Mom coming over to help.  We don't have the pictures in yet, but here's a preview.  Pie is Cleopatra and Lu is a bat, goth, ? not sure.  But she looks cool.

I got all reminisce-y, not really sad, but kind of amazed at how big my kids are and how fast they are growing up.  So I had to throw together this little Pic Monkey collage.

I really have enjoyed the beautiful fall colors this month, when I'm actually awake.  I did go in to have blood work done on Friday because in addition to being sick, I've also slept through October so I had my thyroid tested to see if it's screwing up again as well.  But this week, it's supposed to be in the 70s and pushing 80!  Only to come crashing at the end of the week with a chance of snow.  Oh, how you keep us on our toes Colorado!

I just want to feel better, have my kids get better and actually enjoy the last few days of this glorious month!

Monday, October 1, 2012

Welcome October!

was sick and it wasn't fun! It was one of those really awful sinus headachey colds or viruses. Not sure which. Snotty, coughy, but pretty much gone now, so yay! (Also involved naps daily for several days, but that's not a bad thing!)

So it is my favorite month of all. I love October! The leaves are turning bright yellow, the morning and evenings are crisp, the days are getting shorter--all good! My birthday and my anniversary are in this month, along with one of my favorite, if not my favorite holiday. <3 October (wait that doesn't work in non facebook, does it?)

My small one is taking off in a few days for a mountain getaway with her grade. When Pie did this 2 years ago, Lu had to sit through the parent night/side show with me. She has been ready since then! But now, her BFF went home sick today (probably with what I had, she had a headache), and Lu is really sad. I really hope that her buddy feels better in time-Lu would be devastated.

I picked up Pie today with a panicky weird look on her face. She broke a string on her violin! She has been playing for over a year, so I don't know if that's impressive or not that it has been this long. Her teacher said that she needed to replace all the strings because otherwise, they would sound weird, and my daughter said that 2 other strings were worn down. So $44! for strings! My daughter is very much like her engineer father, and wanted to restring it herself. She had watched her teacher do it and I figure if she's going to play the instrument, that is a skill she should have. So I let her. In my jeep while we were waiting for Lu to get out of school. SHE DID IT! There were a few scary moments, and when we got home she said she was shaking...but she was successful. We tuned it with the piano when we got home and all is well. She has chamber in the morning and a playing test, so hopefully all will continue to be well when she gets to school! :/ It was hard for me to let her do it, I kept thinking more $ if she breaks it, and I'll have to rent one until hers is fixed, but I'm glad I allowed her to do it. So proud!

We had a crazy non-weekend weekend. Thankfully we made it over to my parents' house Friday night because I knew it was going to be wild. Saturday morning we were downtown selling water and salsa (one of the girls in dance has parents who make salsa) at an irish festival. Sounds funny, I know. The girls had a blast-unfortunately in terms of fund raising it was a failure. I'm glad the girls were so into it. They were dancing in the street, getting lots of enthusiastic older irish folks to stand around and clap. Very sweet. They performed at 5 and my Mom was there with us to watch-they did fabulous. The second they were done the skies opened and it POURED. Sunday they were carpooled away with their local teammates as we do every Sunday to their team class. This time it was my turn to drive. I suspect I wasn't completely over my illness because I had a splitting headache and the carload of 4 girls were not very sensitive! Long day, we got home, ate dinner and it was time to get ready for the week. Next weekend is going to be WORSE. Our team had to fly the choreographer back in from England for a workshop next weekend. She starts Thursday evening, and since Lu won't be here Pie may or may not ride up with a friend. Friday both girls will be home, but Lu will be toast. They have the first evening workshop until 8 I think. Hour ride home, then back at the studio (hour ride again) by 9 the next morning. Double workshop for Pie, night time competition for Lu. Back home, back to the studio (hour drive one way again) for the last day of workshop, 9-2 I think. LONG EXHAUSTING WEEKEND. My poor children will need a day off after this. Our regional championship is coming up fast, third weekend in November. I will be very happy when we are done with this for a while at least.

The video is my girls dancing the weekend before last. Surprised you don't hear me snorting or coughing!