Wednesday, May 24, 2017

It Is Too Much. Let Me Sum Up

 May is kicking my butt, guys. A lot of great stuff - some not so great stuff. Here's the run down:

At the end of April, we celebrated my darling James's 39th birthday! I've rhapsodized over this man so many times, but it bears repeating what a thrill it is to know that the fella I lucked onto at 22 really is the one and only one for me. He's a partner in every way. He's a phenomenal dad. I love him so.

He was out of town on his actual birthday, so the kids and I spent the week decorating the house and getting surprises and presents ready for him. The J-bird and Miss V pooled their money to get him something really special...which they put in the bottom of a gift bag under some socks and underwear (family joke). He loved it.

After that, my good friend, Robert and I put on a benefit concert we'd been working on. It was something we'd been mulling over for a while, and it really turned out well. We raised a good amount of money for two great local organizations, and we felt pretty great about the music we made.

(photo from Kristy Haines)

After THAT, my parents came to visit from Kansas!! We had so much fun. They hadn't been out this way in a few years, so it was great to show them all the changes we've made to the house and to spend time with them in the place we love so much. We took them to some of our favorite places, introduced (or re-introduced) them to a lot of our people, and just enjoyed their company so much.

My children's choir performed in church. Twice.

My pastor wrote a book, and I organized a book release party for her.

Unfortunately, my little J-bird has had a rough go of it lately. Two weeks ago, he slammed his finger in the car door. He did a pretty thorough job of destroying it, breaking the bone and destroying the nail and nail bed. The whole thing required surgery to repair.

Just when things were calming down, and he'd finished up the course of antibiotics prescribed in the ER (because it was an open fracture), his lips and tongue swelled up suddenly and alarmingly, and we ended up back in the ER. As it turns out, my sweet boy is allergic to amoxicillin. He's spent the last five days covered in hives and taking medicine around the clock to try to calm them down. NO FUN.

On the bright side, his finger is healing! He got a cool, new, smaller splint, and he's in great spirits. Things are looking up.

 We even got to go on his class field trip - a nice, muddy hike out at Stub Stewart State Park.

Miss V, on the other hand, is having a wonderful month! She's winding up her first year in school. She received a friendship bracelet from a buddy at school today. She loves science and math and art, and she currently thinks fart jokes are the funniest thing ever. *sigh* Oh, to be seven.

Somewhere in the midst of all of that, I also turned 39. I don't usually make a huge deal about my birthday. James, on the other hand, makes me feel special no matter what, and he always, unfailingly makes my birthday really nice. This year was no exception. His theme for the gifts he bought me was wonderful.  For a major bonus this year, my friend, Kristy made me an entire birthday day in Portland. We had bacon and whiskey and listened to records and played was so sweet and personal and kind - just like her. Then, to top it all off, I got to meet Amy on my way home for supper. It was a great day, and I really needed the break!!

So, you know, it's been a heckuva month. Birthdays, a concert, two trips to the ER, a surgery, a scary allergic reaction, a wonderful visit from family, time with friends, very little sleep...

And here we are. Still rolling along. Hoping June is a little less intense.

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