Sunday, July 31, 2011

goodbye July

I simply can't believe that summer break is half over already. :(
July both flew by in an instant and seemed to last forever. You know how that can be.

Our July seemed to break down into three big categories--sports, health-related issues, and home improvement...


*Annie's and Max's soccer seasons lasted through most of the month. So Monday through Thursday evenings were reserved for soccer games. Until this past week, when Max had his end-of-season party on Monday (which we had to plan and execute since Rich was the assistant coach, and the head coach was out of town). Annie had a game Tuesday, and then her end-of-season party Thursday. Max's party was held at the town park, right near the huge playground. Max overdid the enormous spinning tire--after an hour of nearly non-stop spinning he started throwing up. And throwing up. And throwing up... Poor kiddo. And yet I'm fairly sure he didn't learn anything from it. :P

*Gray had basketball camp, and thankfully he had a fantastic time. He's always excited about new things as long as they're far off in the distant future, but as the time to actually start something approaches, his anxiety kicks into full gear. But despite not knowing a single one of the hundreds of kids there, he stuck with it and enjoyed it. (With only one major breakdown.)

*Max and Annie had track camp. This was Annie's third year attending. Max has wanted to go ever since Annie started, but this was the first year he was old enough. I guarantee it won't be his last! Annie had fun, but Max was absolutely in his element!!! By the end of the second day, he was telling us that he wanted to be a track coach when he grew up. :) Oh my gosh, and the track meet at the end of the week--SO MUCH FUN!!! Annie placed fourth in both the long jump and the triple jump, and second in the 200 meters. It was funny--watching her run on that track I couldn't help but marvel at how much she'd changed even from last year. Such long slender legs. And Max, our little track star, placed first in every event he entered (the 400 meters, the 100 meters, the 200 meters, and the pole vault). The 400 meters was the first event, and we were afraid that maybe that would wear him out. But the 100 meters followed immediately after, and he still managed to blow everyone away (despite the fact that none of the other kids in the 100 meters had even entered the 400 meters). As for the pole vault, I really don't have any idea idea how they judged that one, as not a single kid in his age bracket even cleared the lowest setting of the bar (I'm guessing they judged on form and how close they were to clearing it, but I really don't know). Anyway, Max may truly have found his calling. :)


*Both the boys had their 6-month dental cleanings/checkups. And all was well...hooray! Annie also went in that day just to make sure all was well with her newly braces-free teeth, and all was.

*Gray was to his psychologist. Overall, things are going pretty well for him. Of course, knowing that he doesn't have to go back to public school helps immensely.

*Annie saw her neurologist. Her left hand is back in the normal range. And her right hand showed 50% improvement. But despite the good news, he did warn us that she's bound to get worse again once school starts and she's back to writing and typing all the time.

*Rich's knee starting hurting him, and eventually started swelling up quite a bit. The doctor said it was tendonitis. He was supposed to stay off of it as much as possible for a week (definitely no jogging and no basketball with the boys), but with all the work we'd been doing around the house it's proved a little tough to really give it as much rest as he was supposed to. It is improving, just not as fast as we'd hoped it would.

*I kept my promise to Rich, which was that I would go to the doctor if all my physical problems didn't resolve themselves with the end of the school year. My doctor has given me a tentative diagnosis of fibromyalgia. After much blood work, etc., she still thinks that's what's going on. (Along with the fact that I have severe anemia--but that's easily treated.) She's referred me to a rheumatologist to confirm the diagnosis. Though frankly, I'm still holding out hope that the rheumatologist will find that there's something different going on--you know, as in something curable. In the meantime, I'm living in this sort of contradictory state of trying to accept the fact that I will have to learn to live with a chronic illness while still holding out hope that I won't.

Home improvement:

*Rich and I have worked a lot on decluttering and cleaning up the garage, but while a lot of progress has been made, we've still got a long way to go. We did clean out a huge set of storage shelves in our basement. And I've worked a bit on decluttering and cleaning out my little craft/pile-everything-that-I-don't-know-where-else-to-put-it room. It, too, has a long way to go. (Proof that we've been getting rid of tons of stuff can be seen on my 50x50 list--nine overpacked trunk-loads of stuff hauled off to the charity thrift store this month.)

*My parents generously came and stayed with us for five days, and helped us conquer many a project! The guys re-roofed our little toolshed, replaced our broken ceiling fan in the bathroom, fixed the pipe that had burst in our basement, and removed the dead garbage disposal and re-piped the sink. My Dad is a freakin' home improvement guru. :)

*My Mom helped with the big switchover. We moved Gray's bedroom to Annie's old bedroom, Annie's bedroom to the old library, and the library to Gray's old bedroom. Actually what she helped with was the painting. It seems like we painted everything in the house, though we actually only painted one full room (Annie's new bedroom). But we painted parts of Gray's ceiling and we painted tons of furniture. Ugh. But I never ever could have done it all without her help--my shoulders/upper arms/neck won't let me reach high for long at all, and I can't seem to put enough pressure on a roller to get anything close to decent coverage, and my hands can only grip a paintbrush for so long. :/ Anyway, aside from a few more little projects--whipping up a pillow to match the curtains I made Annie, framing another print for Annie's room so we can hang some things on her walls, and sewing up a door panel for Gray's room--we're about done. And the results have made us all very happy. :)

This was Gray's old pigsty of a room:

It is now our new library (we boxed up close to half of our books to get ready for moving):

This was Annie's old bedroom:

It is now Gray's bedroom:

And this was our old library:

It is now Annie's bedroom:

All of the above left little time for the things I enjoy, however...things like reading, crafting, and being online. Hell, I didn't even get much done in the way of school prep, which is so not a good thing. And sadly, I don't think I'll get much of a chance to do any of those things for the next couple of weeks either, as my parents are coming back midweek to help us with a new round of projects. *sigh* Someday I will get to catch up with all of you again. Someday...


Vivienne said...

Oh my! You have been busy. All that house shuffling! I am very impressed by your new library!

Jean said...

Re the health issues. If the diagnosis of fibromyalgia holds up, I imagine that Kara will have some good advice given what she's gone through recently with her diabetes. Chronic health issues suck, but here's something I learned in psychology. You may not be able to change the stimulus (your condition), but you can change the result (how you deal with it). It can become an enemy to be smited by not letting it get the advantage of you. You are a strong lady, lady, and I'm betting you can handle it. Now to find some sort of greeting card to mail, which was on my list of things to do today. "Card for Debi" Love you!

Nymeth said...

This probably sounds weird and/or creepy, but I really appreciated the update on the munchkins and the photos. I've grown so used to regular news of them over the years that I've really missed them lately.

Also, what Jean said *hugs*

Eva said...

Oh Debi, I hope you don't have fibromyalgia. But if you do, remember that there are drugs on the market now! And more in development! So hopefully it will not be forever untreatable. There's a new one that I've just started trying (now that I finally have health insurance again); if the rheumatologist (sp?) confirms your diagnosis, I'll be happy to let you know how it's going with me (I just started it 3 days ago so too soon to tell).

Anyway, loved all of the updates! And so many room makeovers. :D

DesLily said...

gosh, like the others, I hope its not fibermyalgia but..i know 2 friends who have it and in their case it's controlled really well where at much of the time don't know they have it..and small flairups occur... liveable when not in constant pain so I have my fingers crossed for you.

and wow! I got exhausted just looking at what all you did around the house!!!! help or not that's major, major work!

looks like the kids have had a grand summer so far..must be nice to take the whole summer off like kids huh?! we'd ever know again? hahahahaha..

it won't be long now until you relax at least a little when Chris visits! enjoy yourself before your school year starts!

Amanda said...

I hope it doesn't turn out to be fibro, Debi. :( I hope it ends up being treatable either by medicine or by diet change or something. My thoughts are with you.

animewookie said...

Living with chronic illness is difficult for the whole family. My twins have had several chronic issues since they were babies. We find that a sense of humor, (which you already have;) is mandatory and flexibility is very helpful as well :D I do hope it's not Fibro, but it's wonderful that you already have all the strength, love and support you'll ever need. You'll get through it as a family no matter what <3

Wow, looks like you've really got a track star there! *All* of your children seem like amazing people :D

Oh, and I'm an so freakin jealous of all the work you've accomplished...especially your library ;)

Heather said...

Debi! Oh my Debi dear, how happy I am to see a post from you! The kids look so gloriously happy and strong; you must be bursting with pride. I hate to hear the doctor's think you may have fibro, but I hope that even if it is, that it will be manageable for you. And if it's not, that it is something ridiculously treatable.

Debi my dear, I am totally butt crazy in love with your library. When do I move in? ;)

Love you!

Debi said...

Thank you! :)

LOL-great minds and all-I already told Kara I knew who to come to if I really have to hunker down and accept the idea that I'll be living with a chronic illness. Love you, too! And you will be hearing from me--some nice snail mail like you always brighten my days with :D--soon. As soon as this next round of house projects is done.

So NOT creepy!!! In fact, it made my heart swell with joy to read those words. Rich agreed--he came to me yesterday and said, "Did you see that comment Ana left on your blog? How could she think that's creepy? She's just the sweetest." True story. *hugs back*

I already emailed you, but I just had to say again how nice it was to see you here. :)

LOL--yeah, I swear it feels like we painted nearly everything in sight. :P And YES, I want the summer off! Hell, I'd settle for a day off! ;-) But you're absolutely right--less than two weeks now until your son will be here--best part of the whole summer! :D

Thank you so much, Amanda!

Wow, I had no idea your kiddos had to deal with chronic illness. That makes me so sad. And yet, even though I don't know you well (yet!), I can't help but think how lucky they are to have you as their Mom! Thanks so much for your kind words!

How about TODAY??? :D
I've missed you so much!!! (But hope to finally get to catch up with you in next couple weeks.)

Care said...

What IS it with thie Blogger signIn stuff when I already AM signed in! so frustrating commenting sometimes... Anyhoo.

HI! The library is SO COOL. Aint movin' fun? You can use it to get so much done!! :) Happy Projecting. hugs, Care

Melissa said...

Oh, my goodness. You absolutely put me to shame with all your hustle and bustle! I'm afraid I haven't even done a fraction of what you've accomplished this summer.

I am so sorry about your diagnosis, Debi. I hope that you are able to find a measure of relief.

On the plus side, your family is amazing!!

Megan said...

Wow, what a packed full post, I'm not sure what to respond to! First of all I hope it's not fibro, but I hope that if it is, simply knowing what you're facing will help you deal with it. Sometimes it's easier to deal with an unfortunate reality than it is to deal with all the wondering what the heck is going on. =/

Whatever it is, it doesn't look like it's keeping you from getting a ton of stuff done. All the home improvement looks great!

Love reading your updates - looking forward to the someday when you'll get to catch up with us again. ;-)

Debi said...

LOL--so true!!! We've vowed that when we move this time, we will spend our time fixing up the place for us instead of for the people who will live there after us. ;-)

Thank you! And the same can definitely be said of your gang! :D

Yes, those are very wise words. And I can't wait till I finally get caught up with you all! Any idea how much I've missed you?!!

kreed said...

I can't tell you how excited I am to see all of the pictures and read about your latest adventures! Speedy kids and room changes and revamping and repairing - girl, you are amazing!