Crazy Weekend

Thursday night we went to the viewing and Friday we went to the funeral for my stepfather’s mother. It was hot but the kids were good int he church. We opted out of the burial to take on the task of caring for my niece and nephew for the weekend. And what a weekend it was…

Between the funeral and playing with Aiden, the kids were so pooped that by 7:45 pm all the kids were in bed. Aiden even initiated getting in his pajamas all by himself (a fight we usually have every night). I didn’t know what to do! Fortunately, Alina decided that she hadn’t had enough food and wanted to eat again around 8:30 pm. By 9 pm, all the kids were finally asleep, but I thought that was still early for the older ones!

On Saturday, Aiden had a pool party to attend. I called to make sure it was ok that I was bringing to stow aways. Everyone had a great time until Alina decided that nap time was essential and we had to go. We treated the kids to Rita’s on the way home and planned the evening campout.

Saturday evening was The Great American Backyard Campout. My brother Jeff came up and we set up 3 tents in the common area and camped under the stars. The weather was kind as it was cool with low humidity, perfect for sleeping. By the time we set up the tents, roasted marshmellows and settled down it was close to 10 pm. I thought for sure we would all be up early.

Sunday came at the early hour of 7 am due to Alina being up. We juggled the kids and deconstructing the camp while having to get the house cleaned up for Alina’s 1st birthday party. Jeff was unexpectedly called home so he wasn’t going to be part of the festivities and my mom and Tom went down to the shore to give Tom a much needed break. So it was us and the kids and my dad and his wife. The house got cleaned, the food was purchased and the intimate party was under way. My kids decided they had had enough of the craziness and wanted to rest upstairs for a bit. My dad followed them and the 3 of them took a snooze for a while. The rest of us played a game of Monopoly. Chris took care of the kids when they got up and my dad finally emerged and hung out with them. We called the game when all the properties were purchsed and a Wii marathon began. After lots of fun everyone left and we put the kids to bed. Finally a nice quiet house.

I think we will appreciate having a low key couple of days before the next crazy weekend begins!

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Sad News

My stepfather’s mother passed away. She was old and sadly at the end of her life living in a nursing home. She passed in her sleep, which was good that she was not in pain. My stepfather however is not doing so well. He is an only child and besides my mother and her kids (aka my brothers and I) he feels like he has no one left. He does have cousins and some family, but I can’t imagine being the last of your immediate family. He has no kids of his own from his previous marriage and none with my mom. I feel for him. I told him that we would take care of him if anything happened to my mom. I hope he feels some comfort in knowing that.

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Hospital Visit

My nephew is in the hospital so we packed up the troops and headed to the hospital to see how he was doing. Not exactly how we wanted to spend our Saturday, but how can we say no to a 6 year old. Turned out to be a good day as we were able to see most of my family, which has been quite a feat lately. All the September birthdays that we haven’t been able to assemble for were celebrated in the hospital. Not the most festive place to celebrate, but it wasn’t too bad.

The kids were angels in the hospital until we were ready to go, when Aiden cried because he didn’t want to leave, but that’s par for the course lately (love all the new phases!). Hopefully, my nephew will get better and they will figure out what he had. Kind of scary when the doctors are stumped, but I’m sure they will figure it out.

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