We leave on Wednesday, Jan. 30 and get back on Thursday, Feb. 7.
Sorry to hear about Robbie being so upset. It's hard when you see your children upset over something like that because there is nothing you can do to make it better. It was so hard to tell our girls when we had lost our baby.
It's still cold here. The temp is -7 and windchill is -29. At least the girls don't have to get bundled up to go to school. If the windchill is below zero they don't go outside before school, they go straight inside.
We just found out that DH and I get to go to St. Maarten this year. With the staffing company that staffs the local ER if you worked 2050 hrs this year, you get to go there. They have a time share so lodging is provided and they give you $700 for airfare. We weren't sure if he would meet the number of hours since he's only been full time 1/2 the year. They don't offer this every year. They offered it the year he started with them but we knew he wouldn't meet the hours because he only worked 5 months of that year and they haven't done it since until this year. When we found out they were doing it this year we were bummed because at the time he was still working in a clinic. He talked to someone from the company and they said November is the best time to go.
I am not sure where my reply to this post went. Enjoy St. Maarten. You both deserve a romantic trip to a beautiful place and November sounds perfect. Good luck on your trip to Nicaragua. I am jealous and looking forward to our own trips when life settles down a bit.
DH is sleeping after letting me get a break early morning today. We are learning to work as a team to make sure the other gets some rest.
Margaret - I am so sorry about Robbie. I really can't imagine having to go through grief like you have and then have it well up in your son. I hate when my oldest is disappointed/especially about something important. Our son is just learning about death and he has a hard time with it, even with us going to church, etc.
DH and I have never taken a trip to a warm, tropical place. I'm sure we'll enjoy it. The place sleeps 6 so we can invite a couple couples along. Nicaragua is warm, but not very tropical-y.
Tiffany...glad you and DH are helping eachother out so you each get some rest. I'm sure you both are very exhausted. How are the boys doing?
DH said when his wife died he was walking with DD1 before the funeral and she said "at least it wasn't a child that died., that would've been much worse" Pretty good thoughts for a 5 year old.
Well then it is WAY overdue! I am so glad you get to go. Traveling is a huge thing for me and DH and I know it will get harder now that we have three mouths to feed, but we managed to do some big trips when I was making $7/hr and he was making $11/hr after we were first married. I have heard great things about St. Maarten.
Last night I actually slept most of the night which was crazy-weird. The boys are doing well. One of them has reflux and concerns us with some colicky like behaviors. Since we dealt with colic once already we are not super excited about dealing with it again. The other slept almost the whole night, skipping a feeding. I slept with him on my lap on the recliner because I came out to feed him and then he passed out and I passed out waiting for him to want to eat. Honestly it has been a relatively easy 24 hours. We are even thinking of taking them to Texas in the next few weeks. It is bitterly cold here.
I really cannot imagine what it would be like to lose a spouse, let alone even a parent. I have really been blessed in my life so far and spared some hard times.
Anyhow, I have to shower, then pump, then go to a doctors appt.. We have a babysitter coming this afternoon to help with the boys. I feel like I need to do something special with my oldest today since I have a little more energy than normal.
DH and I went to NYC on our honeymoon, FL twice with the girls to go to Disney and Unviersal Studios, Sedona and Vegas a few times. That's where we've gone so far.
Glad last night was such a good night. It'd be great if it was an every night thing. Hopefully tonight won't make up for a quiet night last night. Would you drive or fly to Texas? It'd be nice to get out of this cold for a while. Hope you had a good doc appt and were able to do something with your oldest.
We went and met with the guy doing our granite this morning. We found a sample we liked and he also gave us a website with tons of choices to choose from. When you look at the samples on the site you get to look at the actual slab you'd get. We are going to see how we like it with the tile we chose tomorrow. This afternoon I sat at a house for a couple hours just to have someone there for a man that has dementia while his wife went and played cards. It was a respite thing and they must've gotten my name from the hospice volunteer list. It was an easy thing to do so the wife could get out and enjoy herself without having to worry.
I know when my grandfather was dying, just having someone sit with him so my grandmother could get out of the house was a huge thing. I think it is very neat that you are involved in hospice activities.
I think getting away without the kids on a romantic trip is a great idea. My parents did this every year when we were growing up for Valentine's Day. I resented it some when I was younger, but now that I am an adult I am glad that they set a good example of putting the marriage first.
Glad the bathroom project is really coming together. I really look forward to these projects in our future. We sent our rental renewal in today. Glad we won't have to move from here until the twins are 1.5 years old... or so. I know our lives will be crazy then as well, but I want to make sure this practice is really a good fit.
I was going to go back to work for a weekend in March, but one of my partners is going to cover it for me. So, looks like I am starting back mid-March.
And, we are going to fly to Texas. My mom works for one of the airlines and we have free tickets. If we go, it will be a huge surprise for the family and a chance for extended family to meet the twins. Also, if we go, we will need to stay in a hotel because my mom's house is full. I probably could stay with a friend, but I need to think of someone with a big enough place who lives close enough
We have not been to NYC yet. It is on our list of places to go, but I wanted to go when we had enough money to take in a show or two, get something small at Tiffany's, etc. My cousin lives out there so at least we would not have to pay for lodging.
That's neat that your parents did that each year for V-day. DH and I try to get away for a night for our anniversary. We also go on quite a few overnight or evening trips without the kids. Marriage is very important. If you don't have a happy marriage, you aren't going to have a happy family. DH and I have sure had our ups and downs, but that has only made things stronger.
Glad you don't have to think about moving for a while. That's great that you can get free airline tickets and that you are able to see family. It will be nice for everyone to meet the twins.
We've been to NYC a couple times since our honeymoon. One was just for a day with the girls when we were visiting DH's brother in NJ. We went into the city to see the Statue of Liberty. Another time we were staying close by and rode the train in to see "Wicked." Not having to pay for lodging will save you a ton. It's a fun city. I don't think you could ever spend too much time there as there is so much to do. DH has an uncle that lives there also.
I got the bedding for our bedroom today. I've been anticipating the UPS man all day long. He finally came at 5:30. We must be his last stop or something. I was really anxious it wouldn't match but it matches the paint colors we've picked out really well.
The only trips we have had have been to Toronto to see my family. Sean grew up traveling the world (his mom was a teacher so every summer they went somewhere) and he HATES traveling. Coming from a large family we just camped during summer holidays so while I have been across Canada and through a lot of the states I have not left North America. I would love to go anywhere just Sean and I!
Tiffany - losing a parent is hard. Losing both is even harder. I always knew that my parents would not be around for my children but it was something that I hoped would not happen. With the oldest of my sisters being 64 now, it was inevitable that my parents would die when I was relatively young. I did get to say good-bye to both (my mom was 10 months before she died) and that helped. The one that is still hard for me is my sister. She died at 29 with 3 young children (7, 4 and 9 months), it was sudden and still 22 years later her death still hurts. My BIL remarried a year later but it is still hard on him and the kids. She was actually in Toronto when she died and my BIL in Utah, they had not seen each other in 2 weeks.
In some ways I am glad that Robbie will talk about Bailey and his feelings. It hurts but I would not want him to hold things in either. I really hope that he becomes a big brother. I used to pray for Sean to be a daddy, now I pray that Robbie will be a big brother.
Tiffany - I know that my BIL and SIL would trade off with the trips, they said it was the only way to survive. My SIL BF, pumped and used formula - no nipple confusion. My one sister had 5 boys all with colic - I could not have done it. I remember hours of walking with one of my nephews trying to let her rest. Not fun at all.
Meg - if you need to find someone to go on the trip with you I am sure I can clear our calendar ;) It would be a sacrifice but I would be willing to make it! LOL I am so excited to hear all about your trip to Nicaragua, I had a friend who is a midwife go on a similar trip, she delivered so many babies in a 2 week trip, often with no power/hot water. They also took a ton of medical supplies with them. I loved seeing her pictures.
I should hear by tomorrow about my latest job possibility. I know she checked references so that is a great sign. I would be making a lot less then I have in the past but there is a lot of great benefits that would make it worthwhile.
A lot of villages we are going to have no electricity or water. When I told this to the girls they wondered how they lived...they make do. We sent down $5000 for meds to be bought there. They used to bring meds along but it is now recommended to get them there so they aren't taken away. We are also taking 1100 pounds of stuff in our luggage. I'll try to post a few pics on FB while we are there. I think the compound we stay at has a wifi connection so I can do it from a phone. I'll post all of them when we get home.
Margaret...let us know about your job. Fingers crossed you get it.