Last night was a very long night for both David and me. First, I'll tell you about my poor, sweet husband. He has been working on finishing a case for work that he wanted to turn in this week, so both Monday and Tuesday he only got around four hours of sleep. On his way home yesterday to meet us for Katja's birthday dinner, he got called out to a shooting , and had to stand outside all night in the rain. As I write, he still isn't home yet. That would be hard on anyone, let alone if you have cancer! My story is a bit more humorous, and reminds me what it was like to be a nursing mom with a 3 week old baby who doesn't sleep through the night. Last night for dessert, the kids had chocolate birthday cake. Can anyone say caffeine? They were wired, and with daddy not being home to tuck them in like their normal routine, they had a little trouble falling asleep and wanted to come out of their rooms every five minutes for a drink etc. I thought we were over that when they graduated toddler hood. My dog, also had issues which I will explain later. When David isn't home, I can sleep, but it is a very light sleep. I hear everything. First, I woke up because I couldn't remember if I locked the doors, car, and closed the garage. Then, every time the wind blew last night, I thought someone was knocking at the front door. When I finally fell asleep, my dog started to cry to tell me she had to go out to the bathroom. ( The vet said we had to put her on a diet because she was getting too fat, but I think my neighbors were secretly feeding her, because for the last 2 days she has had nonstop diarrhea.) When she has to go, she really has to go. So, I flew out of bed to let her out. An hour after I fell asleep again, Avrielle had a nightmare, and was screaming "Mommy, Mommy" as loud as she could" I flew out of bed again, went to her room and found her fast asleep. My heart was pumping a mile a minute. When I finally went back to sleep, about another hour later my dog started barking uncontrollably at the window, so again, I got up, went downstairs and looked out the window. There was a big raccoon trying to steal her container of dog food. I threw one of Chandler's shoes at the raccoon, he dodged it and looked at me as if to say, "Is that all you got?" He didn't even run. I was too tired to find anything else to throw, but he slowly mosied across the grass and through the fence. I let Happy out to go to the bathroom again, and she decided to sniff every inch of the backyard to gather information about her little visitor, and wouldn't come back inside until she did. I would have left her out if I didn't think she would bark and wake the neighbors. By the time I think I fell asleep again, the sun was beginning to come up. Psalm 118 :24 " This is the day that the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it." I think I would rejoice more if I could go back to bed and wake up a little later in it, but I will probably go downstairs again and make a really strong pot of coffee:) At least going up and downstairs all night burns calories from chocolate cake right???
I am happily married to my beloved and my friend, David, and I am a mom to my precious children, Avrielle and Chandler. I started this blog in January,2008 as a way to keep our friends and family updated when my husband was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Little did I know that my dad, a non smoker, would be diagnosed with lung cancer also only two weeks later. My dad passed away on March 22, 2008, only 2 1/2 months after his diagnosis. These last few months have been a trial, but God has been good and faithful, and kept us in His hands.
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Chandler: "Mom, could I just marry my sister? That way I don't have to kiss anybody new."
Avrielle: As we are trying to find my car in the crowded parking lot, "There it is mom, I memorized your licence placemat."
Mom to Avrielle: "It's time to brush your teeth." Avrielle: "May I appeal, I need to defrost more from waking up."
Mom to Chandler: "If you're not thankful for your dinner, maybe I should take it away, and all you will have to eat is some bread." Chandler: "Sounds great!" Mom: " Ok, since that didn't work, How about if we take away all your toys too, so you will see how much you have to be thankful for..." Chandler: "I'll just play with my bread!"
Chandler as he is trying to throw a dirty kleenex into the trashcan. "He shoots, (it lands on top of Avrielle's head) He SCORES!!!
Wow Avrielle, that was a quick shower. Did you wash your hair? "I only put conditioner on it, because I washed it last night and I just needed to remind it that it had been washed already so it will obey me this morning."
Chandler: "Dad, could you please make sure you take the right sandwich to work tomorrow? I don't wan't you to leave the healthy one for me by mistake."
Chandler: Can you not put gel in my hair this morning? If I get it cut later, it will hurt because it will be like they are cutting through a wall of steel!
Chandler at Trader Joes: Why does nanny have to take so long reading every label in the freezer aisle? Can't it be the "try out" aisle instead???
Chandler telling a story at dinner: "Not yesterday, but the yesterday before..."
Mom to Chandler: Your closet is a mess. Yeah, I know, it's always an adventure because I get to find new undiscovered sightings. Mom: What kind of undiscovered sightings? Well, you know, like, I'll put something in there when I'm seven and then discover it again when I'm fourteen.
Mom to Chandler: What is the most important thing you learned from Papa? He taught me never to hit people with the golf ball when I'm chipping.
Mom to Avrielle: What is your favorite memory with Papa? He took me to the American Girl Store, and walked all around with me explaining the history of all the dolls until I found the one I wanted.
Chandler, What does it mean to store up treasures in heaven? Well, it's like God has cubbies for each person, and when you do something that pleases Him, He puts a trophy in your cubby."
Chandler after hearing the bedtime story of Corderoy. "Mom, some stories are so good, I feel like I want to cry inside when I hear them."
How do you like the pistachio Chandler? It's sort of medium low on the scale of goodness.
Chandler while looking at a pre -cancer picture of David, "Wow Dad, I don't remember that you used to have an afro!"
Chandler, you need to wipe the chocolate off your face! Do I have to mom? If I leave it on, I can taste it again later!
Avrielle while watching Taming of the Shrew in the park: "I love the play mom, but which one is William Shakespeare?"
Chandler: Mom, can you please buy some more string cheese? It really puts you to work! Mom: I thought you don't like doing hard work. I love hard work when it comes to my food!
Chandler to mom: "Do I have to open my Christmas presents? I want to warm up to the day first."
Avrielle watching Taming of the Shrew in Hart Park. "Mom, I like the play, but which one is William Shakespeare?"
"Avrielle, You have been really quiet since the debate has been on, do you have any questions about what is going on or what they are talking about?" She look over to us very seriously, and said,"Mom, I think I understand what they are saying, but I only have one question. How can they stand there and talk so long without having to pee?"