Tuesday, January 17, 2017

too much may...

May was insane.  Seriously, it was.

When I was going back through these pictures I am wondering why Chris and I weren't just exhausted all the time....maybe we were?!

May is the end of the school year, so lots of changes there; soccer started (Chris coaches, and Nathan and Evan play); my brother got married, we had Karen's baby shower....Oy!

Let's just do a quick post on the wedding here, shall we?

We had the rehearsal Friday afternoon and night, as most weddings do.  I got my hair done that morning, but my appointment was late, so I couldn't go back home before pictures to help with the kids.  So, to help Chris out with dressing three little boys and himself, Karen dropped Cory off at our house that morning, and then they carpooled to the church and Karen and I carpooled to the hair place.  

I didn't really care for the hair place whatsoever (although my stylist was friendly);  they didn't allow tips on credit cards, so they barely got one from me, and my sister wasn't about to go to the ATM, so she didn't even give one since we weren't carrying cash.  Isn't that ridiculous?  Not that Karen's stylist deserved a tip; she was making some snide comments about her hair while she did her updo!  

They had good food before the wedding, Jimmy Johns.   I should have tried to eat more, since that is all the food I got for the day...



We took some family pictures outside, which was nice, since no others were taken...   




Karen looked really pretty that day...she had that pregnancy glow...

Jeffrey was exhausted but did really well!  He walked up and down the aisle, and that's all I was hoping for...

This is the only family picture I have of all of us...

done!  yae! 

After that we went to the farm; although, we didn't take many professional pictures there, so we did a lot on our own...

This picture makes me laugh:




I got a picture of Kevin spilling his drink...haha...

Uhh...whoops!





Grandpa and Grandma took Evan and Jeffrey home, but to my surprise, Nathan wanted to dance!  He danced for hours.  They had this HUGE area of candy, so I think he ate candy, danced, drank pop, and repeat.  At one point we had to go out and get some air since he said his tummy hurt...gee, you wonder why?



Tuesday, January 10, 2017

the one where april ended before it started...


“How did it get so late so soon? It's night before it's afternoon. December is here before it's June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?” 

 - Dr. Seuss


The quote above says it all....close your eyes and the minute, the hour, the day will be over...how did it get late so soon?!

April starts off with new hope of a nice summer, and the wind-down of work in two weeks.  I started working on a Christmas present on the first day of April, to relax from a long week of work...

Of course, Mystro got in the way...


The boys played indoor soccer.  I thought it was rather lame, but at least they got some exercise.  The jury is still out on whether or not we sign them up again...



Evan met with a state senator (or representative?).  I honestly don't know, but he thought it was neat. 

It got warm, fast.

Jeffrey's first time in a big ball pit...


And as usual, things couldn't come at a worst time for me.  Nathan's First Communion was, of course, the busiest weekend in April...


Godparents...




Afterwards everyone came over and had some bloody marys and donuts...of course all Schwartz boys had to hogpile...








Small groups at church ended that last week of April too...here is me with my class...

Right before the deadline, Evan was sick and had a virus.  The virus went away, and he was feeling better, but he woke up and couldn't move his legs.  Chris thought he was faking it or had bad cramps, but after a couple attempts I could clearly see he was NOT faking it.  It was 6AM, so I took him over to ER to figure out what the hell this was.

While we were there, about an hour in, they started running tests, and then there was loud screaming, yelling, and all the nurses and doctors focused on a room next to us...then there were "codes" called and security guards...no one would tell us anything but, "sorry, you are going to have to wait..."  Finally a nurse said, "this is what happens what a patient attacks two nurses..."  I was SCARED sitting there, but Evan was all matter of fact.  I remember him saying, "wow Mommy. That guy really doesn't want to get a shot!"

Anyways, as I sat there with Evan, I was googling his symptoms.  I discovered that in young boys, there is a rare complication of certain viruses where they wake up, usually it is first thing in the morning, and they can't move their legs.  Usually it is the day after the fever breaks, which is exactly how ours was.   I tried to share this information with the doctors/nurses there, but they wouldn't listen.  They ran more tests and everything came back fine.  Eventually they told us to just "go home" and "wait and see".  Well, by then I already knew what it was so I was no longer freaking out...and sure enough, just like it said online, it randomly cleared up in a couple days.

It was definitely quite a scary experience.  I remember sharing the news with my family, but the only one who seemed concerned and understanding was my sister, Karen.  As usual Chris' family was supportive and understanding.   I miss my brother, we used to be so close, but aren't anymore, and I remember on these days I was really sad about that, but had to let it go.



Of course, Nathan had his school play that day, which I barely made it to...boy was I glad I did because it was so cute!

The rest of April was pretty normal...thank goodness...










Meet Sticky Paws!  I love him.  He loves me.  We both love Post-Its.

Hair done for the wedding!

I made Karen stand next to the stork sign, prior to registry shopping...

 Chris always leaves the lights on for me!

I gave away some of my favorite clothes...these lasted through 8 years of boys...pretty impressive...


I finished a CAL for the first (and probably last) time ever.  I just couldn't keep up and was frustrated by all the peeps who crank things out in a day.

Ice cream!


Hung out with Nathan and Evan one day...J Dog stayed with Grandma...



Visited Daddy at his work...it was really  neat!


Said goodbye to these cushions (in theory, the boys still use them for forts)...and got some new ones, with some color!  I wanted some sort of flowery purple, but they had nothing but BRIGHT flashy colors in purple, so I got blues...