Archive for August, 2008

Softball Mondays are over for the season

August 26, 2008

Last night was the end of our co-ed softball season. It was a long season, but an undefeated one for us…The Ligers. Cheesy name, but we like Napoleon Dynamite and we’ll make no apologies. So, every Monday for the last two plus months our team has a game and we have a great system worked out for those of us with kids. All the kids get dropped off at my house and then my niece comes and babysits six or more kids for 1 ½ hours. It’s a great deal for her since they all love playing together and she makes $30 for her time. The kids last year coined it “Softball Mondays”. Mom, is it softball Monday today???? They have a blast and we have a blast. My niece skates out of here as soon as we return but the mayhem continues as the kids continue to play outside or downstairs until the wee hours of the night (9pm-ish, yes, we are hard core) while the parents/players share drinks and stories upstairs. Our team this year rocked, even though I only played in about four games. How can that be, you ask? I spread my skills to them from the bench where I keep score – I’m just that powerful. We finished the season 12-0, one the first playoff game and then lost the championship last night. I wasn’t there to spread my skills from the bench. I take full blame. Here’s a picture of the Ligers, Royal Oak league champs and a few pictures of the crazy “Softball Monday” kids. We had some great subs this year due to all of our injuries, hopefully they’ll let me back on the team when I’m healthy next year. Maybe they’ll have to hold tryouts to see if I get my spot back.

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The surgery is behind us, finally!

August 26, 2008

I wanted to give everyone a quick update. I had my surgery last Tuesday and it was a success. The four days in the hospital were pretty painful and rest wasn’t easy to come by. My first 80+ year old roommate snored and yelled out things like “Mort Hart” in her sleep. My second 80+ year old roommate snored much softer, so I was thankful for that. I’ve gotten a lot more rest since I’ve been home and I am definitely on the mend. The pain is still very real so I guess now I can see why it’s such a long recovery. But, I’m noticing improvements everyday. Plus, they have a nurse coming to my house 2-3 times per week as well as a physical therapist and an occupational therapist. So, here I thought I would be laying around sleeping, reading and watching TV when I’ actually have 4-5 appointments here in the house this week. If it helps move things along them I’m all for it.

 

Once again, our friends and family have gone above and beyond. They’ve been dropping off dinners, medical supplies, taking our kids for play dates and anything else you can imagine. Mike and I feel really blessed to have you all in our lives. Thank you!!!

The kid had a happy birthday

August 17, 2008

We had Mikey’s birthday party a mere 2 1/2 weeks early because I wanted to make sure I could be up and around for it. It was very last minute and smaller than our usual, but it was a great day. We had a bouncer our friends brought over and our two story inflatable water slide set up. The kids all had fun and were entertained which in turn allowed the adults to sit around and jibber jabber. Sorry, haven’t used that term in a long time. It was due. Anyway, he LOVED all his presents and it was a beautiful day. He thinks he’s four now (only three years before he cracks open his first beer), but he isn’t until the 31st.

In the meantime, my surgery is scheduled for Tuesday. I probably won’t post again for at least a week and even then it will be through a drug induced fog. Apologies in advance for whatever I say! Here are a few pics of the birthday boy (handsome fella that he is).

Waiting patiently for card to be read

Waiting patiently for card to be read

FINALLY!!

FINALLY!!

Decked out in some of the bday gear

Decked out in some of the bday gear

Camping and two-wheeling

August 14, 2008

Mike and the kids had a great time camping at the Sleeping Bear Dunes. They went fishing, putt-putting, played at the camp site and spent a ton of time on the dunes. Marian lost her second tooth on the trip and thankfully the toothfairy makes tent-calls. Plus, thanks to our pal Tamara Marian can now ride a two-wheeler. In fact, she’s down right obsessed with it. Mike said Tamara will need back surgery with me because all the kids wanted to try so she’s likely to turn into a hunchback. Way to take one for the team Tamara! So, the kids have been riding bikes everynight this week. Here are some pictures from their trip and a few of them breaking land speed records on their bikes.

Marian climbing with the fellas

Marian climbing with the fellas

Michael cruising down the dunes

Michael cruising down the dunes

 

I know how to party!

August 11, 2008

Mike and the kids are gone for a few days, camping with a bunch of our friends (25 of which are children under the age of six). What am I doing with all this time to myself, you ask? Cleaning. I’m pretty exciting, huh? There was a time when I would have called friends up and gone out for drinks or a movie at least. My, how times have changed. At first I envisioned lying around renting movies and sleeping a lot. But then I realized that I’m going to be FORCED to do that after next week and I’ll go crazy after a few days – much less four to six weeks. So, with Mike gone I went cleaning crazy. I was rocking the iPod while spending over an hour scrubbing the bathroom alone. I did the windows inside and out, laundry, vacuuming, sweeping…you get the picture. I was in pain the whole time but I found the freedom to do normal things a welcome change, even with the pain. I figured that I’m having surgery in a week so I gave myself a little more latitude than I normally would. Now then, this sort of thinking has gotten me into trouble in the past but I couldn’t help myself. My main source of motivation was to do it all so that Mike doesn’t have to when he gets home. He’s not a camper but he’s off with the kids for three days knowing that they’ll love it. If nothing else, he’ll come home to a clean house and a wife who’s just a little more crippled than she was when he left.

They really love each other. Awwww….

August 8, 2008

This weekend we had a bit of a family reunion at my brother’s house. My brother and 18 year old nephew have a few dirt bikes in their garage. The minute we arrived Michael became obsessed with these motorcycles. He wanted…no…NEEDED to go for a ride. For hours we had to hear about this. Finally, once the extended family had left my brother offered to take Michael for a ride and Michael was pumped to say the least. Marian, however, started to cry as we headed to the garage. She was scared that Michael was going to fall off and get hurt. How sweet is that? At first Michael tried to reassure her. “I’ll be ok Marian. I promise. Mom said I’ll be ok and you know that mom’s always right”. I’m not making that last part up either, he really said that. Shortly after this brave little man was reassuring his sister that he would be fine, he became scared because he realized we were talking about riding the BIG motorcycle and not the child-sized one. Super Daddy came to the rescue and gave both the kids rides on a motorbike built for an 8 year old and they were thrilled. He finally had to stop after his legs cramped up too much. Pictures to come soon, after my niece Madi has a chance to download them.

Deep thoughts…by Molly Sly

August 2, 2008

A Jack Handy play from old-school Saturday Night Live? Get it? Are you with me? I’ve noticed there are a lot of unhappy people in this world. It’s starting to bother me quite a bit. Happiness is a choice, right? So just because things might not be perfect in your personal life — finances, job, relationships, whatever…you can still choose to be happy for what you do have. I think I’m just growing weary of people who tend to focus more on the negative than the positive especially when there is so much suffering in this world right now. I, for one, will admit to getting down this past month and doing my fair share of complaining but in the end I know that I’m really fortunate. I don’t have some horrible life/death disease, my children are healthy and happy, Mike and I both have jobs and still love (and like) each other (most of the time!) and we have friends and family who care about us. I’ve been up since 5:30 am and this is what I’m thinking about. I’m sure we can all find something to feel grateful for and I wish there weren’t so many angry people in the world. Just getting in the car and seeing people behind their wheels freaking out if someone isn’t driving to THEIR standards is proof enough that a lot of us don’t know how good we have it. AGAIN, I will admit to losing it in the car from time to time (but really, horrible drivers flock to me on the road). I’ll also lose my cool in slow pitch softball when a guy takes a walk (because they get to take two bases instead of one – sexism). It’s slow pitch softball for God’s sake. ANYone can hit the ball fella. Don’t take a walk. There! Sorry for the rant but just imagine how much cooler your days would be if you were surrounded by positive people.