Sunday, December 26, 2010

Merry Christmas in heaven mom

Mom passed away at around 7 pm Minnesota time last night on Christmas. So happy that she is at peace and reunited with so many she loved so much. Love you Mama. -Monica

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Love you sweetie pie

Sorry to be such a bad blogger, but it's been a pretty tough time of late. My dear mom who had been trying to come back from a second hip break in one year took a very bad turn for the worse in recent days.

I traveled from Washington, DC to Minnesota to be with her and it's been so sad to see her leaving us. We love her so much. The reason I titled this post "love you sweetie pie" is that after many days of not being able to speak, she finally did again when her favorite priest came and said "Mary, I'm so glad to see you!" She responded "I'm glad to see you too." I think she needed the spriritual nourishment he came to bring. I'd already returned to DC so I wasn't there in person to witness this, but by all accounts it was awe inspiring.

She has continued to speak a bit now, so I was overjoyed when my sister put the phone up to her ear she said "hi Monica" and "love you sweetie pie". I'll never hear words so sweet again. -M

P.S. Here is a pic of me and mom with Danny from 2009.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Happy Birthday Benji!!!!

We love you! (Yes, we know it was yesterday.)  Your 12-month slide show is coming soon, we promise! - Mommy & Mama

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Thursday, December 09, 2010

Our budding gardener...

Benji in Nana's back yard in South Carolina a few weeks ago. This boy is interested in everything!

Friday, December 03, 2010

Jeez! I feel like freaking Job!

Enough! Although my broken toe is healing and I can now wear tennis shoes, my limp is pretty darn dramatic as I try my best to not put pressure on that darn appendage. To add insult to my injury, I had a sunspot on my face blasted with liquid nitrogen this week, so now my cheek is transforming from a slightly red spot to a blistering and soon-to be scabby bump. Lovely. The things I do for health.

And today I did a blood donation at the Red Cross called apheresis. They take blood out of one arm, remove the good stuff like platelets and return your plasma and red blood cells into the other arm (along with some saline solution). It's a continious process that lasts about 2 hours. The platelets are used by those who are undergoing cancer treatments and I like to do this because it seems like a pretty simple way to help people in need. But unfortunately I ended up with some sort of saline leak into the area around the return needle site. Lovely. Tingly, hard and swollen.

Job I tell you.

But. I will not get down about this temporary state of affairs. I will walk normally again in about three weeks. My sunspot will be gone by then too. And this arm with some heat and elevation it should be cleared by tonight.

Lots of people have it way worse than I do. And I have to say, that being forced to just relax and watch a movie for two straight hours isn't all bad. "A Mighty Wind" is still hilarious! -M

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Can you believe that the holidays are upon us???

I'm definitely having a hard time wrapping my head around the fact that there are only a few short weeks left until Christmas. This year we once again put 24 little gifts in bags for the boys (okay Danny) to open one each morning. This sort of living Advent Calendar has been a huge hit this year. As a 3 year old Danny is much more into trying to figure out what is in each bag than he was at two.

Of course all this counting only makes more real the fact that time is flying! We've got a little one year old birthday to celebrate, decorations to get out this weekend and of course there is always "tree time"!

Figuring out presents is usually a bit of a challenge. We've not yet really done any shopping yet so I guess we have a clean slate. Twenty two days left to go. Wow.

We'll be hosting two events at our house this holiday season. A party for Su's work team and of course Benji's first birthday. All the rest of our activities are at other people's houses which I really like. Much less cleaning up to do at the end ;-)

Have a great day everybody. If you have any good ideas for gifts for Susanne e-mail me at my work address if you know me okay? Thanks! -M