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Happy Birthday Babycakes!!!

This is my sweet baby on her first birthday ... 9/21/05

... and this is my sweet girl yesterday as she turned 6!

Where in the world does the time go?


Fall Break ...

We have been on vacation in Florida since Saturday.  The weather is amazing and the resort is over the top!  Its like a cruise ship on land.  When I checked in I was in line for about an hour listening to all the things available to us.  They gave me a pile of paperwork.  I received a map, coupons for the resort and surrounding areas, menus for all 7 restaurants on property and a list of happenings by day of the week and hour of the day.  Are you kidding me?  No ... they were serious.

So far since checking in on Sunday afternoon we have been to four different pools, played 45 holes of putt putt, slid down a three story water slide, floated in the lazy river, been to a gator show and watched a movie in the theatre.  And that is in addition to visiting family and friends and two trips to Downtown Disney.  I fall into bed at 8 each night and sleep like a baby!

Next week will be a rude awakening!  Tons of work and a major show to prepare for!!!

But for now I will enjoy the lazy river and the breath taking weather!

Happy Fall!


Lefty ... aka the husband formally known as Lawyer!

As I promised you ... here is the update from our summer vacation to Colorado ...

We spent a glorious, beautiful and completely life changing week in Walden, Colorado in July.  All five of us flew to Denver and made the three hour drive to Lawyer's BFFs working cattle ranch.  It was nothing short of fabulous.  The weather is to die for ... the scenery is amazing and the ranch itself was so incredible.  We stayed in one of the ranch houses on the property with the BFF, her family and some friends both new and old.  I will never forget each and every minute of the trip.

I am a city girl at heart but there is a small part of me that loves the ranch.  My aunt has owned a cattle ranch for years and I have always enjoyed my visits. The calves, the horses, the bonfires and the endless peace.  Dinner always tastes so much better with a long day working on the ranch.  It is nothing short of heaven to me.  I must admit I have found I am split into thirds.  A third of me belongs in the big city, one third on the beach and the last third on the ranch.  I knew Lawyer would love it ... but I was a little unsure about the kids, especially the teenager.  However ... I was thrilled to learn they all have ranch in their blood!  My oldest has even requested to work on the ranch in two years for his summer vacation and I can think of nothing better.

We spent our days riding horses, rounding up calves, riding ATVs, seeing amazing scenery and amazing animals.  We spent the evenings with bonfires, making smores, playing cards and Apples to Apples and laughing until I literally ached.  I have never had so much fun.  I also have never pushed myself so hard and outside the box.  On one ride up the mountain we found ourselves in a thunderstorm.  The ranch manager told us that if the lighting got too close we were to tie our horses to a tree and run for cover.  Ummm ... notsomuch.  I could not even think of leaving my horse.  Thank goodness it never came to that.  Anyway ... we got lost and ended up on the mountain for three hours as the storm passed over and it got very cold.  I do not like heights or being lost and I haven't been that afraid in a very long time.  But we worked together and it turned out to be an amazing evening.  I have no desire to repeat it but I am stronger for it!

All in all we had five amazing days and five glorious nights.  That is ... until Lawyer decided one night he would interrupt our game of Scrabble to grab some shots of the setting sun.  Great idea ... not!

He spent about ten minutes outside and then realized he wanted to switch out his lens for the smaller one.  He came back into the house to get the new lens and as he was rushing out to catch the setting sun he stepped out of the house and completely missed the steps.  All. of. them!

Yep ... you guessed it.  One set of bruised ribs, one cut up foot (oh yes he was barefoot), one skinned up knee and one broken hand in three places) requiring surgery.


And here we are nine weeks later.  He has had surgery which required five pins.  He has not one but five casts.  He has used three slings.  He has not been able to drive his Jeep or do much of anything for himself.  He has been less than desirable!  But it is his dominant hand and he does write for a living!  All in all I would have been frustrated and a huge pain in the arse! 

I did LOVE the morning he woke up and noticed the cast had been decorated in his sleep.  Babycakes had grabbed her markers and sat next to him while he slept.  She drew hearts and butterflies and, of course, signed her name.  It was too freaking cute!  And ... he was a good sport about it!  I'm sure all of the contractors he works for got a good laugh out of his hearts and butterflies.  Hee hee!

He is now cast free and just started hand therapy.  He is gaining movement and flexibility in his last two fingers and his wrist and by Christmas hopefully all of this will be a faint memory.

We still had an amazing trip.  I would not trade it.  I would however insist he finish the game we started and put off the sunset maybe for another night.  But then he wouldn't have been doing what he loves to do when he got hurt and I would have been denying him that happiness.

But ... can you blame me?  I mean ... I was winning!


A moment in time that stays forever ...

Nine years ago at 9:30 am I can tell you exactly where I was.  I am sure we all can.  Its one of the life experiences that never leaves you.  I know where I was when the Challenger shuttle exploded, when Princess Diana was killed and when JFKjr went missing.  Of course these do not compare to 9-11-01 but it is the same feeling.

I have no way of knowing what it was like to experience that tragedy as a New Yorker, as a survivor, as a family member or as anyone else directly involved.

I do know, however, what it was like as an American.

And I, as we all, will never forget.


The moving sickness ...

To update you on my week ... the kids have all gone back to school ... and I have taken to my bed!  And ... oh my ... I feel notsogood! 

I took the boys to the doctor on Tuesday and heard the worst five letters any mother can hear with sick children ... VIRUS.  I despise that word.  Basically the doctor takes your copay and tells you that for x number of days your kids will be home resting and drinking tons of fluids.  It stinks for all involved.  I am all for the kids taking meds and feeling right as rain in 24 to 36 hours.  Don't we all love healthy and happy kids?

So the boys were home Tuesday and Wednesday and returned to school yesterday.  I lysoled and washed clothes and linens and tried to stay healthy.  We all rested, ate well and drank lots of water.  All was going well ... until 8 am on Thursday when Babycakes' teacher called and asked that she be picked up from school. Um ...are you kidding me?  Slight misunderstanding between the difference of spitting out water and throwing up and she is back at school today.

I, on the other hand, did not make it thru.  And I am not a happy camper.  I do not like being sick ... laying in my bed or watching my house go to pot.  But I am doing my best to keep my bad attitude to myself and drink lots and rest.  I will need the rest to crack the house back together hopefully tomorrow.  Until then I have caught up on Mad Men (season 2), Rachel Zoe, Flipping Out and the season finale of White Collar.  And that is some fabulous TV!!



The joys of motherhood ...

I apologize for not being more on top of posting lately.  We have had a lot going on in the Lawyer house and some of which deserves a blog post.  Namely ... the reason we are now calling the hubs Lefty.  But on to that later ...

I love the start of the week ... the weekend has brought relaxation and rejuvenation and I am always ready to kiss by babies goodbye and send them off for a successful week at school.  To do list for the week has been made and I am ready to hit the ground running!

That is until you hear someone throwing up down at the end of the hall at 5 am.  Shut the front door!  Really?  This is how my week starts? 

So I am getting Babycakes ready for school and the oldest pads down the back stairs.  He looks all beat up and says to me ... "Is it bad to cough up colors?".  Great!  Lovely!  Two down!!!

So today's to do list has been revised ...

(original list in black, revisions in red)

Coffee with friends Drive thru Starbucks and make it a venti
Pediatrician appt for 2
Post office and leave kids in car
Good will easy to do since its a drive thru
Consignment store drop off
Court house for Lawyer oh frick!  I'll plan that out on the way
Market make that drive thru Walgreen's for meds
Swim Team that will work since one sick child is old enough to babysit other sick child
Dinner on patio
Bath/bed for kids
Work for me all the stuff I couldn't get done during the day and probably most of tomorrows to do list too!!

Like I said the joys of motherhood!!

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