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Friday, July 1, 2011

To Counteract the "Debbie Downer" Posts

I reread the last three posts and realized I need to start focusing on the good parts of vacation. Taking Gia to the pool with some of the other moms that promised their younger kids they'd take them to the waterparks really was very nice. We scored a great table which was no small feat. Having Gia sleep on me was heart-warming and made me hopeful that there will be a few more times that she'll do that before she doesn't anymore. Having two Pina Coladas was a bonus. I love Pina Coladas. People watching with friends was a fun way to pass the time. Nico might have been tired from the waterparks but it was a nice change from him just being tired. He was as healthy as a horse on this trip and though I didn't like the envelope he was pushing, it is a good reminder that he is a normal teenager and I guess I'd rather have him asking to stay out late than having him stay in because he is sick. I thank God that CF doesn't or didn't stop him from playing baseball or having fun. Tommy wasn't feeling well but he battled through on two of the days in order to enjoy the waterparks (for the first part, he was fine...he battled through for the second one). It might have slowed him down but it didn't stop him.

My sister made her delicious seven layer bars and it became a joke that every time something went wrong, she would say, "How about a seven layer bar?" And they really did make things more bearable. The downside of that is that I gained back the little weight I lost. I mentioned before that one of the highlights was going into town with my dad to get Tommy's meds and I felt like I was 10 years old again and my dad was letting me get whatever I wanted. Plus, it felt good to have someone to share the worry a little bit. This isn't a big thing for most but I was so proud of myself for finding the Walgreens and finding our way back. I am totally dependent on Leo when it comes to that because I don't pay any attention when he is driving (usually I am dealing with the kids or trying to grab a quick or not so quick nap). Yes, I am a June Cleaver wife in the year 2011 in more ways than one (just not the apron and pearls way). One of the mornings it was overcast and drizzling but my sister and I went with our kids and played sand volleyball. It was hilarious! I kept saying that it was going to be a memory we'd never forget--volleyball in the rain. Now that I think about it, it was just the older girls that played with us and it was nice to see Belle laugh and not take herself so seriously. I think part of it was so nice because the men weren't around to make it competitive (read: Leo and Nico). I hate doing laundry on vacation but doing it with my sister was actually fun and she made me laugh because she is the funniest person I know. Having her tell everyone that we HAD to go together because we'd get lost made us laugh the whole way up and what is funnier is no one even thought twice about it.

I said I wasn't going to blog about my family because I didn't want them to worry about doing or saying something and have it end up on here so I'll stand by that but I have to say one thing. My mom is one of the most "glass half full " people I know. Even at the height of my worry or stress, she would just rub my arm and say, "It's going to be okay." I know she spent the three days praying and thank God she did because it could have been worse. The kids could  have been throwing up. That would definitely be worse or it could have been Leo that was sick and then Lord help us all.

Anyway, two days out from the whole thing I can feel the anxiety dull and though I still have sick kids over here, they have a that millions of healthy, normal (I hate that word) kids get and they will be fine in a few days. Gia is back down for a nap and the twins are on the couch watching tv (Tommy's fever is gone and he has asked me 20 times if he can go to practice) so I am going to go do Zumba and try and work off some of the seven layer bars that are no doubt sticking around.


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