I have a GREAT husband!!!

I know I don’t do enough to praise him and if I am not careful I cut him down, especially in front of family and close friends with things I get frustrated about.


He has been awesome!!!!

Yesterday I had to take my grandma to a doctors appointment because my sister is out of town.  The appointment was in the early afternoon.  I got back about 4 and promptly went and laid down because I knew I had a short time to rest before I went to work.  Even though he was tired, he got up with the boys since they were waking up from their naps so I could rest.  As I was getting ready to head out the door I made a comment, for him to pray for me since I was going to work all night with very little sleep.  I had only slept about 30 minutes and rested for an hour more, but couldn’t fall asleep.  Normally before working a night shift, I take a 2-3 hour nap.  He offered to take me to work, though it meant that he would get little sleep between his sleep issues and having to get up at 6:30 to come get me from work.  So we quickly got everyone ready to go out the door, since we had to leave within less than 5 minutes to get to work on time.

He was great this morning.  He put up with taking my grandma to get her labs done (that was planned yesterday since it was easier to do it after I got out of work), going to pick up her prescriptions, me finally changing out of my work clothes at my grandmas (he brought me a change of clothes), going to the post office to mail some papers to my dad for my grandma, then to William’s physical therapy.  When we got home from PT, I promptly went to bed 11:30ish am (27 hours awake, with the fore mentioned nap).  He kept the boys quiet and put them down for their naps do I could sleep.  He has even taken care of all the meals today (a job we usually share when I am home).

I am still tired, but very thankful for a kind and thoughtful husband who was so good today taking care of all of us.  I love you, Russ!!


Miscellaneous thoughts

I didn’t realize how long it had been since I had blogged. I have been busy and really haven’t wanted to spend a lot of time on the computer though I have been reading my friend’s blogs.

I am still looking for another job. It looks like the job at Mid-Michigan is not going to pan out. I want something closer to home, but I am willing for anything at this point. I would be thankful for some interviews. I am also thinking about going back to school for my masters. That would be interesting to add to my life right now with little kids, but I think it is something that I need to advance my career and get to something that I want to spend the rest of my life doing. Just wish I would have done it before kids, but then I might have taken a different path than I am thinking now and I am excited about the potential of what I want to do. God’s direction is really needed at this point.

Happy Sweet 16 to my sister, Kelly. Yes, I do have a sister that is just turning 16 (there is one that even younger.) She was excited to go get her driver’s license today. She has been doing a lot of driving since Michigan now has a stepped license system. She has been driving for almost a year. She was looking forward to taking her car back to school.

My grandma is doing very well at the nursing home. She is really enjoying it. She is enjoying not have to think about cooking and cleaning. I would say that she is thriving. She is enjoying all the activities there. My sister was taking her to clean out her apartment and had to work around my grandma’s busy social schedule at the nursing home. She keeps saying that she will be moving someplace else. We need to get figured out what she can afford. We are working on cleaning out the apartment since the lease is up at the end of the month.

William is doing great at being 2. We moved him to the 2s & 3s class at church. He is doing great with the transition, but Tyler is not doing as well having his brother in the same class. Next week he is getting moved to the 4s & 5s class. We probably should have moved him sooner, but didn’t.

On the knitting front — I have the front and back of a sweater for a friend’s premie done and am working on the sleeves. I am trying to decide if I am going to mail it to them in Calgary or hold onto it until they come to visit in July. Not sure how long it would take to cross the border.

It’s Friday

This week hasn’t been as bad as I thought. The stress level was almost as much as I thought it was going to be, but a few things got changed around.

I did work my 3 days in a row. Day 2 when I was exhausted at midnight (I get off at 2 am) I was wondering how I was going to make it through my last 2 hours, the the person who was taking over my rooms/patients arrived at 1 am. So I had this little conversation with the charge nurse —

me – “Dennis got here an hour early.”

charge nurse – “You want to go home?”

me – “Yes.” So I left shortly after 1. I was glad that I had some snacks and a pop to drink on the way home, I was so tired, but I made it home safely.

Monday before I left for work, I got a call from my dad that the visiting nurse and social worker thought that my Grandma was not safe to be living at home alone anymore. They got her admitted to the hospital on Monday to get her placed in a nursing home. Though the course of the week it has been determined that she has had a stroke at some point, which makes sense with everything that has been going on with her over the last several months. She still hasn’t been discharged from the hospital as every day they have done more tests. Hopefully today she will be discharged to the nursing home. She seems to be in great spirits, almost the best she has been in months. My dad credits it to the fact that she is eating regularly decent meals and taking her meds consistently. I am sure that the human contact is helping as well since she would sometimes go a couple of days without seeing anyone other than her cat.

I just hung up from my first interview with MidMichigan to get a job closer to home. It would save us so much money not driving 60 miles round trip for work. It is more like 10 miles and I could possibly ride my bike. I would like to work in the ER there, but wouldn’t mind an office job as well and I have applied for both. I have the second interview on Thursday.

The boys doctor appointment went well. They are growing normally. Tyler loved watching the doctor help the delivery man uncrate new furniture that was delivered about the same time as our appointment.

In a couple of hours I am off to ladies retreat for some relaxation. First time I will be away from William for more than 14 hours. Tyler gets to go to Grandpa & Grandma Sandy’s house when my dad comes up to take Grandma to the nursing home. Dad is planning on coming back up here again on Sunday to see Grandma and bring Tyler home.

8 days off and crazy time ahead

Well I just am finishing and 8 day stretch off work.  It wasn’t supposed to be 8 days.  It should have been 3 days off, work the weekend (2 days), 3 days off, but William got pneumonia and I got bronchitis.  We are both done with out antibiotics, thankfully, just 5 days for both of us and are both feeling much better.  Tyler is still not feeling the best, he had a fever over the weekend, but not other symptoms that I was going to run him to the doctor for.

The next 2 – 3 weeks are going to be very busy.  I work the next 2 days.  Saturday has nothing scheduled, but we need to go grocery shopping badly and the kids will want mommy time.  Sunday my grandma as an MRI that she has requested that my dad, sister and I take her to.  Then I work again for 3 days.  Then 3 appointments — well checks for my boys and a consultation with my grandmas doctor for my dad, sister and me.  Then I get to go to my first ladies retreat with my mom and sister overnight!!  First time I will be away from William overnight.  Then Sunday off except the normal Sunday church.  Then back for 2 more days of work.  I think I will be very glad when May 1 rolls around.

I did get some things accomplished even though I was sick – laundry, kept the kitchen up for the most part.  I even did a knitting project from start to finish (just needs a button).  One day we had a sewing bee at my moms and I got 3 pairs of sleep pants completed with my mom’s help and have 1 more that just needs the waistband and hems done and 2 more that need the inner leg, crotch, hems and waistband done.  Hopefully after May 1 I will have time to get them finished.

I’m still alive

My life has been a whirlwind this week. Since Monday I have made 3 trips to see my grandma who lives about 30 min away. She has been ill and has needed some extra monitoring. I also have some great pictures to post about excitement for a 4 year old.

Maybe tomorrow or Sunday I will have the chance to post a longer post with pictures.

So Proud of My Boy

Yesterday could have been a tough day for an almost 4 year old, but he did very well. My dad, sister, Tyler, & I went up to my grandma’s. My dad had some business to do with her and just wanted to see how she was doing. (I think the last 6 weeks, if I have been off on Saturday I have been up to see my grandma, so 4 of the last 6 weeks). When we go, we also do any “job” that needs to be done around her apartment.

Russ was tired and asked if I could take a boy with me. I’ll admit I wasn’t all that thrilled with the idea, but made plans to make it work. I was going to take a coloring book and crayons and maybe a few cars for Tyler to play with. When my dad arrived he brought Tyler’s birthday presents, one of which was a “toy” computer with learning games from V-Tech. Well that went with us to my grandma’s.

Tyler spent almost the entire time we were at my grandma’s playing with his computer. He did play with her cat a little bit and was very curious when I cleaned out the litter box, since we only have fish and never paid attention to the litter box at my mom’s. Even when he got hungry he didn’t go “crazy” like he can. He politely asked for food most of the time until he knew what he could have then he helped himself. He was content with the Ritz and Oreo’s my grandma had in her kitchen until we went to the store and Subway (the only fast food in the town my grandma lives).

When we got home it was past nap time, so we gave up trying to take a nap. Shortly after one of the kids my mom watched last week called, “Can Tyler come sledding with us?” I warned them he hadn’t had a nap, but it was ok for him to go. When he got home we fixed a fast dinner, bath-time, and bed. We made it though all of that without any major melt-downs. He was so good all day. Today has been a little rougher, though still pretty good.

Crazy life

Do you ever feel like life is just going on and you need to just go with the flow? Well that has been the way things have been recently. Busy but not much interest in being on the computer. For those on the boards I do post on, sorry I haven’t been around much.

Lets see what has been going on recently . . . . . .

  • I have been working on knitting a pair of socks since Christmas. I think that is where a lot of my spare time has gone. I am about half-way down the foot of both pairs of socks, getting near the end and about ready to start decreasing for the toes. Maybe I will have them completely knit in a month. I have another 5 days.
  • Work. Need I say more. I was getting discouraged about work recently, but now am encouraged again. Though I am ready for a day out of peds entirely. I have worked there for part of the last 3 if not 4 shifts I have worked. I am ready for the action of “up front” were more of the excitement is for an entire shift. I work today and tomorrow so that fix should be covered in those days.
  • Spending time with all “my boys.” Russ and I have been working on renewing our relationship which is great, but has caused a refocus of my priorities.
  • Cleaning and keeping up my house. I really wanted to get routines going like the FlyLady, but don’t quite have doing routines down, though my house is staying neater since I sorted the toys into 6 bins and have been having the boys help pick up their toys more.  I also have been focusing on the kitchen and living-room, since that is really where we live and getting the laundry put away when I take it out of the dryer.
  • My grandma is doing well.  She went home on Friday with a “life alert” pendant.  I have a few phone calls to make to get services set up for her, but I think she is going to do well at home.

Better head to the shower so I can get ready for work . . . .

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