We had a nice surprise on Friday when we found out that Evan was getting a three day weekend! Yay! 🙂 He has been working long hours on The Bachelor, but things on the show are now under control (for the most part) – so he got all three days of President’s Day weekend off! It was wonderful.
We took the girls to the beach – the weather on Saturday was perfect for it, and there was nobody there!
Ginger (8) and Violet (6) in the water:
Paprika (11) in her new bathing suit. She picked it out herself, and I really like it.
Ellie (3) getting buried in the sand by her sisters:
On Sunday afternoon, Evan took the girls for a bike ride. I stayed behind and had some one on one time with Violet. We were going to go out on a mommy-daughter date, but instead she wanted to help me organize the garage. Ha! It was actually pretty fun. I think Violet liked looking through all the old boxes and finding “treasures” (as she called them).
Last week was the big girls’ piano recital. Paprika, Ginger, and Violet all played their piano pieces -and they got to pick their outfits they wanted to wear to the recital. Violet (6) desperately wanted to wear her Halloween costume (she was a Musketeer). So, of course, I said sure! 🙂 She was so happy, and she looked so cute.
The good news is that they all played beautifully, and they were very proud of themselves. They worked hard practicing for months – and it showed. They were prepared and confident! 🙂
The girls with their piano teacher, Ryan:
Ellie (3) sat on my lap for the whole recital, and she loved listening to all the performers. She kept whispering “When will it be my turn?” or (my favorite) – “Hey, that’s the song I was going to play!” 🙂 Soon enough, I’m sure she’ll be up there performing – if she wants to!
Waiting for the recital to start:
Ginger wasn’t feeling well enough to go, so I stayed home with her and we laid in bed and watched The Great British Baking Show on Netflix (for the ten millionth time). 🙂
Ginger (8) has had a hard couple of weeks (months…years…) health-wise. She got hit really hard with Flu A back over New Year’s, and she’s had a hard time recovering from it. She’s been through so much – and it’s really a novel to write it all out, but needless to say – the girl has such a tough time and has dealt with countless doctors (and children’s hospitals, for that matter!) The things we do know are that her thyroid is totally non-fuctioning, and she has Hashimoto’s disease, among some other health concerns. Her new pediatric endocrinologist (at UCLA) mentioned Addison’s disease to me, and some other possibilities.
I don’t know – the bottom line is that she is very sick a lot of the time. She has a great attitude, but it’s hard to watch her be so sick so often. I am her caretaker when she’s sick (pretty much 100%) – and it’s really challenging, but thankfully – I’ve gotten pretty good at it over the years! Still, it’s quite draining for us both when her symptoms are severe and she feels awful a lot of the time. So when she’s feeling good enough to go for a bike ride, or to go to the beach – that makes me so happy. She usually has to come home and rest after these short outings, but just seeing that light at the end of the tunnel makes me smile a lot.
She’s had a lot of appointments lately, and lab work. Her latest lab work was yesterday at the hospital in Westwood at 8am sharp. Since Evan was home, he took her and I stayed home with the other girls. Afterwards, he took Ginger out to breakfast by herself, which was such a treat. 🙂 We should have those test results back later this week, and hopefully find out more. It’s like putting together a puzzle trying to figure out what’s going on with her. I wish there were clear answers and a magic pill she could take to make everything better, but that’s not how it works. I mean – she does take medication, but it doesn’t solve everything. 🙂 Still, we are grateful for the health she does have and for doctors who care! (Looking on the bright side…)
So, enough Debbie Downer. Here are some pics of Violet (6) at gymnastics. She decided to stay in the “rec classes” for now (instead of moving up to “team”) – since the rec classes are more fun and all her friends are there.
Now, on to a new week! I will post the pictures of Paprika’s art show in a bit. I know I’ve been behind on my blogging. I feel like I live a lifetime every day (in a good way) – and then by the end of the day, I’m ready for bed! 🙂 Haha. But still, I do want to keep up the blog – so here’s to trying a little harder. 🙂