Monday, August 6, 2012

Do Over

This summer had all the makings of greatness.   Four kids all at an age to go swimming, travel, play outside, and have fun.  Todd's work schedule looked better than it had the past few summers.  Weather HOT and steamy making it perfect for sprinklers, water parks, and swimming at the lake.  

Then Grace broke her leg.  Out went the swimming trips and any other fun activity that required lots of running or walking, which is most of what I had planned.  But, we went with the flow and tried to have fun anyway.  We went places with Grace in the stroller.  We played in the back yard.  We made a fairy house.  We went up north.  And it was okay.

Then Todd's work schedule got crazy again.  I don't know why summer is always his busiest time, but it really kind of stinks.  Any plans we had for travel were gone for the summer.  Ah well.  

After what seemed like an eternity (but really just 4 weeks) Grace finally got her cast off.  Hurray for swimming and sprinklers and summertime fun!  Unfortunately she refused to put any weight on her leg so we were even less mobile than we previously were with her hobbling around on it.  

Then Ben had his eye doctor appointment.  We found out that the glasses he had been wearing religiously and begrudgingly for the past 3 months had made no improvement on his eye muscles.  Now he is scheduled to have eye surgery this month (FREAK OUT!) and with that there are many, many doctors appointments and again more restrictions (no swimming, etc).  Worry.  Stress.  Worry.  Stress. 

A bright spot would be Todd's birthday!  Only it wasn't.  It turned out that on Todd's birthday his dad had to be admitted to a nursing home.  It was not a good birthday.  It was sad.  And emotional.  And draining.  And deja vu.  Worry.  Stress. Sadness.  Worry.

The kids have had colds for the past week and today Tommy feels really nasty.  My computer hasn't been working and I haven't been getting my emails.  Tomorrow is a Wisconsin bloggy get-together and I can't go because I will be taking Ben to yet another doctor appointment.  And now I have to start shopping for school stuff.  This summer officially sucks.  

I want a do over.


DysFUNctional Mom said...

I wish I could wave my magic wand for you! And I would like a do-over for this whole year.

Mom24 said...

There's no sugar-coating it, it definitely sucks and you deserve a do-over. Sorry it doesn't work that way.

Tracey - Just Another Mommy Blog said...

I'm so sorry! That is way too much crappy stuff and not enough fun. I hope this fall is easier than you forsee with his eye issues...

Hugs to you.

Lindsay Y. said...

Ufda. I'm so sorry - it's so hard when you have great expections for ANYTHING and then nothing goes the way you think it should or hope it should. Good thing we know Who is in control of all this craziness. I have been clinging to the words of:

Group 1 Crew - "He said"

I won't give you more than you can take. I might let you bend but I won't let you break. I'll never ever let you go.

lime said...

it's crappy but here's a little something i hope helps you gets tedious, don't it?

Kat said...

Lindsay- exactly right. Thank you. :)

Lime- That was priceless. Thanks for the link. It definitely made me smile. :)

Tabor said...

So sorry. Fall has to be better. My daughter has been stuck with the three little ones on her own as well as living in a house with a kitchen remodel. It has finally all come to a respite and I am hoping she has an easier fall.

ewe are here said...

Ugh. It really does seem so incredibly unfair when school breaks go so terribly wrong. They're little -- they deserve a postive, fun, happy break! I'm so sorry ... I hope things pick up for you all.

April said...

Ugh. I'm kinda depressed just READING all of that. :-( Definitely not a fun summer. Good luck to Ben on his surgery! And I'm so very sorry to hear about Todd's father. Definitely not a way to spend your birthday. Very sad. :-(

Wisconsin Girl said...

Rough sorry your summer has not gone well. Prayers that Ben's eye surgery goes great (it will!) and that fall brings with it some much more happy events. Hang in there!

Michelle said...

That's so tough! So sorry your plans continue to get so screwed up! Hope you can find some sunny patches!

Meagan said...

That does sound like a tough summer! On the bright side your baby girl will be at an even better age for travel and exploring next summer! And back to school is an exciting time - maybe things will slow down a bit soon.

Tonya said...

praying peace for you as you get closer to the surgery. And my 3rd just broke his finger so now swimming is out for us too. Bummer :(

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A new day that you have never lived before.
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We can squander, neglect, or use them.
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