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A whopping two entries for the entire year, woohoo!

I really suck at blogging, right?  Well, I try.  I’ve blogged some on my group blog, whom I adore – but I had to step away from the Subclub for a while.  Those girls are rocking the house and I’m so uber proud of them.  I had too much personal stuff going on,  I didn’t feel like it was fair to them for me to stay in and let everyone else carry my weight.  But I love my girls, if you love to read romance novels (no, not just smut – although, we love our smut) and want to connect with authors, stop by and say hi to them.  They’re a bunch of great gals there!

Allow me to sum up 2012.  In January, as you know – we went on the Disney Cruise for our vacation.  We didn’t really vacation anywhere else this year, ooh we did do a short trip (weekend thing) up to Niagara Falls with the M family.  We had a blast, beautiful drive up, breathtaking falls (we went to Canada side), gouging food prices, and stopped at an aquarium in NY on the way home.  Short and sweet.  We went to AC a few times, I love me some AC…although I don’t gamble, I just love the hotels and the food…good times. J took his mom, his aunt, and M to see Frankie Valli at Borgata, our friend got them AMAZING seats (2nd row!) and Frankie Vallie gave M his new CD since she was the only kid in there within reach, she had a great time.  How funny though, her first concert and it’s not Justin Beiber or a trendy boy band, it’s Frankie Valli.  And our friend got us a suite so we stayed overnight…they went to the concert while I basked in some quiet time.  LOVED it.

My sister is preggo, yay! I’m going to be an aunt!  M is THRILLED because finally she gets a cousin who is a…GIRL.  All five cousins on J’s side are boys, so she is beyond excited.

I finally graduated from MCC in May, with high honors, yay me!  I wasn’t going to walk, but J made me do it…and I’m glad I did.  M, my mom, and J were so excited…and then I realized, it is pretty awesome to graduate with high honors while wearing the hat of a wife and mom.  It was pretty neat.

M graduated kindergarten, my baby is growing up so fast.  It was a nice short ceremony.  I started my first semester at RU, it was rough at first, my nerves were shot.  It’s a behemoth of a school in comparison but this semester, luckily – I had all amazing professors.  I can only pray and hope my next semester goes as smoothly.

Since the beginning of the year, I’ve been reading…A LOT.  Well, some people seem to frown upon my choice of reading, but meh – I love what I read and it makes me damn happy.  Hence, joining Subclub.  I didn’t get a chance to read as much during the semester and I was ITCHING, just itching to read something other than textbooks!  But now I’m on break, so I’m smothering myself with books of lovey-dovey as J would call it.

What else.  In the summer, my dad was diagnosed with liver tumors.  We were devastated.  Lost.  Scared. And just plain numb.  But he’s a trooper, he endured it – went along with all the chemo treatments and with good spirits.  They found three in his liver, so they could not just cut them out.  We met with the transplant team, he is on their list but it can take years.  But in the meantime, he went through TACE treatments, the chemo meds were shot directly into a caterther into his liver.  Usually, they enter through the groin area.  Each time was an overnight stay and J, my rock, decided to stay with him overnight each time in the hossy.  Because his hossy is out of state, he didn’t want my dad to panic if he wakes up in the middle of the night and not know what’s going on…so he stayed with him each time and went straight to work the next morning.  Bless that man, I love him to pieces.  Anyhow, he had 3 tumors.  Each TACE, it took care of one.  Finally, this last one a couple of weeks ago, he had TACE on one Monday, and the following day, he had radiation.  Because it was his last tumor, they wanted to double bang it.  And today, we got the news from the hospital that it was very successful and he is now cancer free.  Words cannot express how I feel.  I’m overwhelmed with joy, I know not many people now a days are religious, and we cannot call ourselves holy rollers, but we prayed and thanked God every day, our family and friends prayed and sent kind words.  It was heartfelt, and powerful.  And today, we are even more grateful for those prayers.

I was a complete mess from July until now.  I’m scattered and just spread too thin…but now I feel better.  A small weight has been lifted, but the pesimist in me is still cautious.  Although he is cancer free now, chances are it may come back until he gets his transplant, but for how we are humbled, thankful, and grateful.

I don’t want to delve too much into it, I’d sit here and cry my eyes out.  Just know, all is well thus far.  We have been staying positive, his positive attitude is contagious, and we are grateful for that.  I am happy to say, I have some amazing and genuine friends and family – I’m truly blessed to be in their company.  I will post more soon – hopefully I will be more dedicated in posting.

Peace, love, and happiness to you.

Let’s get-a-packin’!

For the past few weeks, J & I have been doing a lot of hem haw on our vacation.  We just could not decide.  For a long time, we had planned on going to Rome for Easter Break 2012.  Then we, of course, threw in the mix – the usual Disney Cruise.  We have been on 6 Disney Cruises and we just cannot get enough.  Each time is a different experience.  But at some point, you have to say – ok, ENOUGH with the mouse.  But then, when M starts to bring up how much fun she has on Mickey’s boat…then you lose all will power to tell your baby, no – we’re going to Rome instead.  SIGH…well…I guess I’ll see Vatican City and the Colosseum one day…

So J & I did some quick thinking, and now…in 8 days, we will be setting sail with Mickey again.  But we will be sailing on the new boat – the Disney Dream.  Yay!  And the fun part is, we are going to surprise M!  She thinks we are going with J on a business trip, then once we land in Orlando, we will surprise her.  We would love to surprise her once we get to Port – pulling up and seeing the Dream, but we opted for their transport, so she will definitely know once she sees the Disney Cruise busses.

This is the shortest time I have to plan.  Usually, we have a year!  Not a flipping week to plan.  But I am excited now and more excited that we are surprising M.  She has been asking about the new boat and wanting to go…a mini Disney fan in the making.  THEN, we are going to surprise her AGAIN – after the cruise, when she thinks we’re going home – we are actually gonna spend a couple of days in Disney.  Full of surprises!

Wish us luck – hopefully – everything will go smoothly and we’ll have fun.  When we come home, it’ll be Chinese New Years, so it’ll be a fast moving few weeks!

Ok – everyone is snoring away and I am catch up on my Twilight Zones from the New Years Eve marathon.

NOW, you may begin the festivities of Christmas!

I tell this to anyone and everyone who will listen.  Before Halloween I went into Target to get something and I was blown away by the Christmas decorations and Christmas paraphernalia’s already on display!  Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE, absolutely LOVE, Christmas – it is my favorite holiday.  But mid October?!  Ugh, by the time December rolls around, the commercialism is so jammed down my throat that it literally sucks the joy out of Christmas.

But, today is December 5th, this past Saturday, we put up our Christmas tree, decorated our humble abode, and listened to Christmas music.  And so, I feel better.  All is right now.  As a bonus, we got some gift shopping done! YAY!

"I'm trying not to freak out!"

Yesterday, we went to check out the Christmas displays at Longwood Gardens.  Now, I love this place for it’s simplicity and beautiful displays.  HOWEVER…Yesterday was a whole new can of aggravation.  Oy – it was jam packed.  Maybe because it’s the first weekend in December and it was fairly nice weather outside.  We did get some nice pictures…a couple…but overall, I wish we would have just stayed local and done something else.

There's a heart shaped into the tree! Awwwww....

Whateves.  I refuse to let my negative nancy pull me down – I love Christmas time and today is a new day.  I just finished a paper (wootwoot!) while M is in school, I had time to apparently blog, and through the miracle of positive I don’t give a hoot thinking, I will enjoy this new day.

Hope you enjoy as well!

xoxo

Not that bad!

So we finally made it to the doctor’s office – I really miss having my TomTom, it sucks to actually look at the physical address of the buildings while driving! UGH.  Anyhoo, we went to see Dr. B for the first time…he came highly recommended by Kathy and he was awesome.

M would not agree though, at first she would not stop yapping with him, but when she saw the needle (he tried to hide it) and she SCREAMED!  I could have to, even though Dr. B let her sit on my lap to get the shot, she got one in the arm, one in the forearm (for the TB test) and one on her thigh.  My poor baby!!!  No matter how many prep talks we had, there was not preparing for THREE shots.

But afterwards, she was fine…got two lollipops and was a happy camper again.  In the car ride she even laughed hysterically about pee’ing on my hand.  SIGH…yes, Dr. B needed to test her pee, so she tried and of course, in the process of holding the cup and not seeing so well, she f’ing peed on my hand!

But I’m glad that’s over with – I don’t know how to break it to her that she’ll need a blood test soon at the lab…eeek!

One more thing!

J, M & I signed up for “Light the Night” walk…it’s for a great cause.  We are looking forward to it on October 2nd.  We are SEVEN DOLLARS from our goal!

We’ll be posting pics soon!

Time for school!

We are in preparation for M to start pre-k…AGAIN.  Well, it worked out well, but when I tell people why she’s repeating, everyone gives me the “oh, no – I’m so sorry!” face.  But the dealio is that, she missed the school cut-off date by ONE day, in our county.  With “no exceptions” posted everywhere on the school sites, I’d rather not stir the pot.  And plus, I am totally ok with her staying in pre-k one more year.

She was in Montessori school since she was almost 3, but this year I pulled her out and put her in Catholic school.  Hopefully, the different school and curriculum will make it feel not as repetitive for her.  I hope.  According to her, she is going to “pre-Catholic school”, lol – I guess lost in translation – she got Pre-school mixed in with Catholic school.  ;o)

Tomorrow, she will be going in for her annual check up at a new pedi – wish us luck!  She MIGHT have to get vaccines or even a blood test…eeek!  We’ll see…I’ll be sure to post our drama tomorrow!

Good night!!!

xoxo

Herrow, everyone!

So this is my official first post, to this blog at least…

Tomorrow, M starts her first day at Camp Discovery, how exciting!  We’ll see how that goes, for now I’m wondering what will I do during those amazing three hours that she will be in camp!  How do I handle such a precious gift?!

On a side note, J tore up our bathroom floor this weekend, tiled a new floor and put in a new potty.  I’m excited about the new look but of course, hate the interim.  But looks good so far, now we’ll have to paint and change the tiles for the bath wall.  Woo hoo for progress, and woo hoo for J’s hard work!

Another thing I wanted to talk about was a special project a friend of mine and I are working on.  It’s still incubating, so it’ll probably be a while before we have anything to show for, but just keep us in your thoughts that things will work well.

I am fairly close to the end of summer semester, one book/assignment and one critical paper away to be exact.  ALMOST.  Then it’s back to square one in September…hoorah.

I’m not going to promise to write every day, because it will be a straight out lie…but I will promise to write as often as I can – even if it’s about nothing at all…like today’s entry!

xoxo