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So – I wanted to put a picture on my facebook profile of me and my kids (all of them) on my birthday and I unfortunately came to the realization that no such picture exists because it never happened!  Lauren was born in 2005, 6 weeks after my birthday and in 2006 Lauren, Nathan and I were in New York and Julia and Luke were home in Colorado.  In 2007 Nathan had been dead for 2 months.

I’m not going to let this ruin my birthday today but it was a downer to discover this.

I’ll throw some picture out here anyway.  Interesting because it looks like it was hot last year too.  It is supposed to be record-setting hot today.  Also, I made my own cake last year and will again today… not because I have to, because I want to!



Lucky Thirteen

Luke and I celebrated our 13th anniversary yesterday.  We started early on Friday night with a dinner outside in the beer garden at a german restaurant.  Just a side note that we have been having record heat here and so it was a warm night out side in a sleeveless shirt no less.  Yesterday we snuck off to lunch while Lauren was at preschool and after the kids were in bed we had some champagne, raspberries and chocolate fondue.

Thinking back over the years…with pictures on or near the day.

Year 1:  Luke and I had just moved to Colorado a few weeks earlier and were renting an apartment.  We went out to dinner at a local steakhouse.

I can find not one single picture taken in 1998!  The whole year.

Year 2:  We were in our new house and planning on starting a family.  We went out to dinner for fondue.  It was snowing!

Year 3:  We had a three month old baby.  I am guessing we had a quiet evening at home

Year 4:  We had a 15 month old baby and I was 5 months pregnant with Julia.  Back then we never had a babysitter so once again I’m sure we did nothing much.

Year 5:  We had a 2 year old and an 8 month old.  I remember thinking that 5 was a milestone.  There is a good chance we had fondue or something after the kids were in bed.

Year 6:  We were in Denver for Nathan’s transplant.  He was three and Julia was 20 months old.  She was at home with my mom.  I do believe Luke and I snuck away for a late dinner together.  The transplant unit there felt strongly that parents not spend the night.  There was no where to sleep in the room either.

Year 7:  Nathan was 4, Julia was 2.  I just went to read the caringbridge journal  the beginning of the entry talked about the frustrations I had that day trying to schedule scans…here is the end.

Once again today it was quite hot out and the kids had some fun playing outside with our new neighbors who are the same age as they are. That was the one fairly smooth part of the day. Dinner involved Julia throwing a fit about the meat I put on her plate (though it was really a control issue). She screamed in her room the whole dinner and then finally calmed down and ate all her meat. 

The kids are happy to go to bed but are being just awful lately with coming in and out of their room for one excuse or another. EVERY night we have to yell at them after repeated request for help with toys they have dropped or other trivial things.

Have I complained enough? I guess so….we all just need a few good days so we can recuperate. I think it is not the acts themselves but the cummulative effect which is wearing away at Luke and I. We did toast to our anniversary with a glass of wine at dinner (to the lovely sound of Julia screamining). We will celebrate without kids soon, we hope. 

Year 8: Nathan was 5 and Julia was 3, I was 7 months pregnant with Lauren.  We had a fairly tame day at home.  Nathan was in the middle of battling his first relapse.

Year 9:  Nathan was 6, Julia was 4, Lauren was 10 months old.  Nathan, Lauren and I were headed to  New York City, the next day.  Luke and I (and baby Lauren) went out to lunch while the other kids were at school.

Year 10:  Julia was 5, Lauren was 22 months,  Nathan was gone.  We weren’t in the mood to celebrate.  I went to choir rehearsal.

Year 11:  Julia was 6, Lauren was almost 3.  We got to go out!  Here is the entry.  I think Julia took our picture.

Year 12:  Julia was 7, Lauren was almost 4.  I just read the blog entry from that day.  I wasn’t in a very good place.

Thirteen years of marriage in a nutshell.  The one sure thing in this bumpy ride is my love for Luke and his for me.  That has not and will not change.


I went to choir rehearsal last night.  It had been quite a while.  I missed a lot of choir this summer due to travel and Luke’s business travel.  Then, in the last few weeks, I have wanted to hibernate at home.  Whenever I start feeling myself go into the grief place I need to be alone and since I am rarely ever alone I try to avoid places with lots of people.  Church and choir are certainly places with lots of people!  Our church has thousands of members and the choir about 150.  We went to church last week but went to the contemporary service which happens at the same time as one of the traditional services the choir sings in and so I only saw a few people I knew.

Last night, so many people were genuinely happy to see me.  They knew I had been gone and were glad I was there.   I was surprised by this.  I guess that just shows where I am right now.  It was a really good feeling and it underscores what I know deep down, that choir is good for my soul in so many ways.  I need to push myself to go even when I am uncertain about going.

So, thank you to any Big Blue folks who might be reading this and Carol L, you were right, of course and I will keep going and be OK with missing every once in a while when I just need to.  

Family Photo Dec. 2000

I just ran across this – I had forgotten we had this taken. What is up with my hair? (and look at all of Luke’s hair) No matter – it is the slightly teary baby that is cute here.

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So I just dropped Lauren off at preschool.  I have been, for some reason, plunged into a grief cycle right now.  Lauren being in Nathan’s preschool definitely has been bringing up some feelings.  I think I recall being in a similar place last September (and frankly most of the fall-Christmas).  Nice.

I decided to sit at Starbucks for a little bit and maybe blog.  So – I sat down but before I could get started I caught a glimpse of one of Nathan’s former preschool classmates and her parents.  After a while she saw me waiting for her drink and started chatting.  Eventually she asked how Nathan was.  She didn’t know.  Yikes – it has been since forever that I have had to tell someone that who actually knew him.  So – I told her.  It was awkward.  Especially with her 10 year old at her side.

So – yeah, not feeling any better right now and the blog subject fell right into my lap.  It’s not really funny to think that the whole period between now and Christmas might be like it was last year.   It is not really a matter of a change of attitude or something.  If you ask all the people I hang around I think they would say that I do really well, that I am strong.  I go through all the motions, but on a happy face as much as possible.  I can’t do anything about the grief within my soul though.  It is there and I do my best to ignore it but sometimes I can’t do anything about it.

Convenience product

I was overly excited to see this on the shelves.  Lauren loves spaghetti for lunch and this will cook quickly and I don’t have to struggle to cut it!

Trying to breathe


so – nothing to say on the blog while I deal with these stupid allergies that have me up half the night.  I am ready for a good hard freeze.  

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My Week.

So – my attempt to blog more has failed a bit this week.  I’ll try to recap.  Oops – it is kind of long, sorry.

IMG_0086Monday:  Lauren and I hung around in the morning and then Luke fed her lunch and took her to preschool so I could have lunch with my friend, Carol (Hi Carol!).  We try to have lunch once a month or so.  Carol is in my choir and I certainly haven’t seen her there lately since I have have not been going so much.  Monday after school the girls both have ballet – one right after another.  I stayed through Lauren’s lesson and then she and I left to go give her new violin to her violin teacher.  Lauren doesn’t get to play it quite yet but she is about to earn it.  It is a 1/8 size.  The shoe is for scale.  It is so cute!
Dinner was a mixture of cheese tortellini with ham and broccoli with fresh bread.
Lauren also practiced violin because she is working on practicing 100 days in a row to participate in an ice cream party.  She has a fake violin and bow she has been practicing on for now.
Tuesday:  Lauren and I went to my friend Linda’s house and I helped her with some tech stuff and chatted while the little girls played.  Lauren went to preschool and then we found out Julia’s music lessons were cancelled so that was actually kind of good because we had a co-ed wedding shower to go to right afterwards.  The girls went over to a neighbor’s house while Luke and I were gone.  Most of the shower was outside under a gazebo in a house in Black Forest (treed, more rural area of the city).  There is a little bit of the fall chill in the air now and it was lovely out there.  The shower was fun with lots of good company.
Wednesday:  Lauren started swimming lessons.  Lauren likes to be in the water but is fearful of a few things so we have decided to try some lessons.  The lessons are fairly pricy even though we are members but her class only has 4 kids so I think it will be good.  She was afraid of a few things but the teacher (an older man) was very good with her and reassured her she would not have to do anything she is not ready for.  She will be going on Monday and Wednesday  mornings. Lauren went to preschool and the girls played outside after school.  Dinner was beef satay with peanut sauce, rice and zucchini and summer squash.
Thursday: I need to start with Wednesday night because I was having some restless leg and general not-going-to-sleep-well vibes so I dug into my bedside table for one of the many prescriptions I have tried that have not helped my night terrors. This one I may have only tried once and must have only tried one, not two as is an option on the bottle.  So – I took two and it took me until about 10:30 in the morning to be fully functional.  I got up at 7:30 but was very groggy and out of it.   I tried to take Lauren to the library around 11:00 but she threw the biggest fit (about her hair and her show and tell) that I ended up turning around and coming home and putting her in her room.  Luke got her some lunch and took her to school (one of the many perks of Luke working from home and being able to do family things on his lunch break). I ran some errands, including a whole van-full of donations to Goodwill, and got her from school.  The girls watched James and the Giant Peach after school and then did homework and music practice after dinner (roasted whole chicken, raw green beans and sweet corn).  After they went to bed Luke and I went outside and turned on the fire pit and made some plans for this weekend that we are excited about. I didn’t go to choir rehearsal and I am grappling with some things about that but that will be another post.  I plan on resuming it full force next week even though these weeks have been light compared to our full school-year schedule.  In addition choir being missinb this week, it was also missing morning bible study, Julia’s music lessons, Lauren’s violin lesson, volunteering at the school, and children’s choirs at church (where Luke and I help out in the kindergarten choir).  These things will be added next week and the weeks after so I had better gear up!  It is proving hard to give up the summer habits.  Luckily Lauren has afternoon preschool so we are not running around in the mornings.
Today!  I sit here in my PJs and I know there will be some cleaning and organizing some things.  Dinner must be planned and I think we will be watching “The Princess Protection Plan” this evening with the girls.