How do you Explain....

As I sit here at the hospital at roughly 3:00am with what sounds like a helicopter landing outside the window and a horrible case of indigestion from my watermelon, I wonder, how do you explain to an eight year old that she will forever be counting carbs, checking her sugar levels, and administering insulin. I know I could never have understood what was going on in my 2nd grade mind..

The only thing I can think to do is to act like it's a regular thing, similar to cleaning your earrings after you get them pierced.. It's just part of the routine. In hopes that one day she will forget the worry free times and just think of carb counting and insulin as normal.

It sounds sort of like trickery but I'm sure a month or two down the road we'll be coping just fine.  In my mommy mind my little lady has just lost one more carefree part of her childhood, which makes me more determined to not make a big to do out of it. I want her to know she can do anything she wants just like all the other kids.

Today is my brothers birthday, the anniversary of Mt.St.Helens, and now the day that my little lady got diagnosed with type one diabetes. This day marks so many occasions.  It is also the day that my grandma got to leave the hospital after breaking her upper femur.. What an amazing, long, and remarkable day.

Here's me brave little lady doing awesome in the er. She only squeezed out one tear while they were putting in the iv.  And one photo of her riding in the ambulance (the same one my grandma rode in!) What a long and event filled day.


A long time coming...

So it's been a while hasn't it.  Boy things can really keep me hoppin' these days.  Between the Fil-Am, the PTO, the kids' classrooms, and all the other chores around this place I rarely take time to actually sit in front of the computer anymore and just type.  I just check emails on my phone, check facebook..  This poor computer has been so neglected since J and I got our new phones.

But alas, I find myself sitting here (where I have been sitting much of the entire day) so I thought to myself why not post a little something..

So I finally walked for my graduation that happened in December.  It was nice, a friend of mine convinced me that we should do it together and we did.  I think all in all it was a nice experience and a lot of fun was had.  Here's a photo of me, I'm very far away but it's me :)

On mothers day we went up to my grandma's house to do some yard work.  My aunt bought a new weed whacker so I could take out some of the tall grass.  I was able to get a little done but then my grandma decided to go and break her leg which involved paramedics and a special trip to the hospital in an ambulance.  So mothers day ended up at the hospital, but as of today my grandma is doing good.  The surgery went well and they are hoping to have her in a rehab place by the weekend.

Monday was quite a day, it seems like I had chaos and activity surrounding me from all sides.  But I persevered and got through it.

Tuesday I volunteer in Alexa's classroom, we read about spiders and had some interesting discussion.  Then around dinner time J got stranded in the truck and we had to go rescue him, what an ordeal that was.

Wednesday I got up early and took doughnuts to the hospital for everyone to enjoy, then I was able to sneek in a nap.. along with some laundry.

Today is Thursday and it has been a busy day, all the to-do items that didn't get to-done early in the week are now frantically being done.  I had an application to fax in hopes that I can get some financial assistance for my endoscopy bill, and I had to create the tickets for the UPCC concert that is coming up, then print out all the forms for the PTO that the principal asked about...  Now I need to update the FAACCV website and print some photos to send to my brother with his (Christmas) Birthday gift!

The girls are doing good, I have a dr appointment for Alexa tomorrow because she has been drinking water like a dehydrated camel.  So I just want to get that checked out and make sure she is A-okay.  They have also been taking zumba classes again, at the last one they were really getting into it.

J has been building the girls a bigger swing set, we decided that the first one he built wasn't stable/big enough for them.  This one is quite a bit bigger.  We've also spent time gardening and planting all of our vegis for the summer.  And I of course have been tending to the flowers, lots of flowers.

Well I guess that is enough for now.. here's some photos we took at the tulip festival when we went on J's first day off after tax season.  April 18th

Oh and here's the girls with the teacher appreciation gifts..  The sun is in their eyes so they look terrible but we were running late so I just snapped what I could!