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My Wednesday…

What a day.  I had every intention of sitting down at naptime and writing a blog post for evening publishing, but that didn’t happen.

I have one guy at naptime that won’t settle down enough to fall to sleep.  I have been sitting with him but I’m giving that up.  If he doesn’t want to take a nap, as long as he stays quiet and in his place, I’m letting him stay awake.  I talked with mom and we both agree…but today he was a handful at naptime.

I had a full house of kids.  Kalissa is back to work 2 days a week.  She teaches for clinical sites for the local community college nursing students.  It’s a good paying job and she doesn’t want to miss out so being it’s only two days a week, she went back to work.  That means I have baby Gannon and Carver at childcare too.

Kramer went to work!!  Today isn’t the first day.  He’s gone out a couple days for a couple hours.  This picture documented the first day he went out.  That was about a week ago.

He needs to get out and he was able to do a few things that weren’t too taxing.  He doesn’t have short term disability insurance and it’s now been over a month that he hasn’t worked.  I worry that he tries to do too much being he doesn’t have an income.  UGH.  It’s a terrible cycle that he worries about us and I worry about him.  It’s all part of the cancer diagnosis.

On top of all that…we found out our health insurance is changing.  It’s a terrible time for it to happen but there was little choice on his employer’s part.  With my cancer from before and now Kramer’s issues, the premium has skyrocketed.  It’s going to a higher deductible…not outrageous, not catastrophic insurance but higher than what we had.
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The worst part, it renews annually and the renewal time is May…which is mid cycle of Kramer’s radiation treatments so…we get a credit for the deductible we’ve already met but we no longer will have met our family out of pocket so we go back to paying.  UGH!  At first I did a huge panic but then got a copy of the policy and worked myself through the changes…I feel some better now.

Worst of all for the day…news from my niece Jody.  Many of you know that Jody is fighting her third round of cancer.  Jody and I have been close.  She’s more like a sister to me.  She got news we all weren’t hoping for….Even though she’s been going through treatment since December, the cancer is growing.  You can read about it here on her blog.  This just makes me sad.  Jody is such a wonderful person.  I feel terrible that she has to go through this.

So…you can imagine that when I sat down to write a blog post, it was a little hard to find much to say that was good or happy….It was just not a day I wanted.

I thought about not writing anything and for awhile I just surfed the internet in a state of “brain rot” trying to find something happy to say…but real life isn’t always happy.  Then I remember so many people saying they liked the blog because “I keep it real”.  Well today was “real”.  I also always say that I think of my blog as my diary ….well, all of this is real-all of this is diary worthy.  All of this is what cancer looks like.  All of this anyone else would write in a diary.  So I started writing….and now I’m out of things to say so I’m going to close.

I’m okay.  We’re okay.  We’ll be better.  Wednesday was a rare day when it was hard to see beyond the yuck to the good.  We know the good is there…we’re trying harder to find the good today.

The Weekend

I told you we had a busy weekend.  All of the kids were home.  Karl was home for a short trip.  Buck hadn’t been home to see Georgia yet either.  His kids had been sick and we didn’t want to risk people getting sick.

Here’s Lucy meeting her newest cousin Georgia.  She did pretty good with her.

Lucy is pretty bashful.  She doesn’t see us lots and lots so if mom or dad is around, we aren’t her favorite.  That’s all okay.  This is the age she’s at and that will all change as she gets older.  Scotty has given us a stamp of approval and I’m sure she’ll do the same in her own time.


I’m sure others of you with a bigger family can relate.  When all the kids come home it’s hard to get time with the little ones.  Happily they were all here long enough so I could do one of my favorite things ever…read books.
Scotty and Carver both like books so I have a captive audience.


We did a lot of cooking.  Previously we typically went out to eat at least one of the meals or ordered in pizza.  We did MUCH better and cooked almost everything at home this go around.  We did go to the Fireman’s Breakfast at the neighboring town.

One of my goals of the weekend was to get a picture with all of the grandkids….Lucy didn’t really want to be sitting on my lap.  It was the best we could do and I’m okay with that.  It marks the moment and where we all were at.  Here’s the picture…. Continue reading

Funnies from the Friedman’s

Here are a couple funny things that happened recently from the Friedman’s house….that’s our daughter Kalissa’s family.

On Saturday they went up to pick up the meat they ordered from the meat locker in the town north of us.  The roads weren’t the best as it was raining and mixing with snow.  But..they needed to get the meat.

Kalissa had Carver with and she took him into the store with her.  On her way out of the locker, Carver slipped and fell into a puddle.  His pants were soaked.  Immediately Kalissa started laughing…Carver did too.  Kalissa ended up having to take his pants off of him as they were that wet.  He’s been potty trained since around Halloween time so she doesn’t bring a diaper bag with anymore so she wrapped a blanket around his legs while he was in his carseat and headed home.  Carver continued to laugh and laugh about his wet pants and “naked” legs.

Kalissa carried him into the house and Carver (who now will hide and won’t let us take his picture) said to Kalissa, “Picture- Grandma Joey”.


So this picture came to me…then Kalissa had to tell me the story.  I saw him later in the day and I asked him about his fall in the water and he was laughing all over again.  He likes to be funny.  I am sure we have a class clown on our hands.

Also from the Friedman house..this…. Continue reading

Weekend with the Kramers

We had quite the weekend around here….

Kayla was here Friday and left in the early morning of Saturday.  She got in some good family time before she left.

She needed an auntie picture with Georgia. Aww.  Sweet.


(Notice the pictures in the background?  Kayla deboned shirts for me!!!  I love her!!)

Friday night was fajita night.  Notice each of the girls have a planner.  We’re trying to find days for baby showers and family day…and every other thing.  Oh my.


While we were doing that, a little cousin love was happening.  Aren’t they cute??


Georgia on the left….Gannon on the right.

Kelli got a taste of what twins would be like….um, she’s happy with one!


Carver couldn’t be left out…  He had to learn all about Kelli’s “tiny baby”.


That happened on Friday night….

Neighbor Girl was here Friday through Sunday….On Saturday we had the house to ourselves.  We got groceries in the morning and went thrifting.  In the afternoon we made it to the sewing room.  Here she is working on a craft.


Saturday we have raing and then more snow.  We had tickets to go to a local fundraiser breakfast but ended up staying home and not risking the roads.  Kalissa and her family had planned on going but they also weren’t excited about the roads so they came to our house (6 blocks away)  I made breakfast…French toast, bacon and eggs.

It was so sweet….Kalissa passed Gannon on to me and cleaned up the kitchen.  I feel like I finally got some time with him.  I needed that.

Later Kelli called us in a video chat.  Carver wanted to see Jason, the cows, Puppycat and Georgia.  Kelli, of course, obliged.


Grandpa even got in the action….
They ended up staying all day which is fine as it prompted me to make a decent supper too…homemade PIZZA!!  This one was Philly Cheese Steak.  YUM!!


I made another…that was meat lovers with mushrooms.

I didn’t get much done at all the entire day….except this…I took a nap!!  I consider that a great accomplishment.  It was my job to take Carver up for a nap so I read a few books to him and laid there for minute and the next thing I knew, an hour later, I woke up.  I never, ever, ever, take a nap.  If I’m sick (really sick) I nap.  That’s it.  We tried to think of the last nap I took and we decided aside from being sick or having surgery it was likely 20 years ago.  As Kramer said, “She must have needed it!”

I think that’s the least I’ve ever accomplished in a day…and amazingly, I feel great about it.  We had a really, really fun few days.