Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Catching you up

These last few months have been quite the whirlwind.  Sorry for abandoning all my blogging peeps, but we've been quite busy, and not always in a good way.

A little bit after my last post, Mr. VB and I became foster parents.  We were placed with two little girls, ages 3 and 6.  Four itty bitty girls all at once was quite the challenge, but I loved having them here....at first.  And then it started to get challenging.  I had initially wanted to adopt these girls, but they were part of a sibling set of 9 kids total, so at the end of August, the girls were moved to a home that would be able to accommodate these two, plus a few more of their sibs.  I guess it's good in the long run, but I sure will miss those little stinkers.  Wish I could show you a pic of their adorable expressions, but we're not allowed to show their faces.  

During their few short months with us, we tried to fill their free time with a ton of "firsts."  First time camping, first snow cones, first hot chocolate, first time seeing the ocean, first time on vacation at a hotel, first time going to the mountains, first dental surgery (bleh. our 3 year old had such bad neglect that she had to have 5 fillings, 3 root canals, 4 teeth pulled, and 3 crowns.  Thankfully they put her under!)  first time apple picking and making fresh cider, first time making a cake, you name it!  Our 6 year old (almost 7 year old) even started kindergarten for the first time!  When it was time for them to go, I printed all the pictures for them and then put together a nice album with stories written on the back of the pictures so they would have it to remember us by.  Hopefully the family that adopts them will love on them forever and give them an awesome upbringing!

The day after they left, I also started struggling with the fact that life might get a bit difficult soon.  My paps have come back "abnormal" the last two years, so I had a hunch something bad might be coming down the road, and this year was the year.  I had a biopsy the day after the girls left which showed that indeed, I have precancerous cells that need to be removed.  Things just got real.

So......pre-op in a couple days and then surgery on the 21st, yes, that happens to be my 35th birthday y'all.  Happy birthday to me.

And of course, to add to the chaos, a few days after my biopsy, I had an ovarian cyst that burst one morning so I was so fortunate as to spend the entire day in the E.R. with a morphine drip, ultra sounds, and CAT scans.  The two issues aren't related to each other, but it's sure not a good thing when "lady parts" issues pile up!

I have an awesome doctor with great bedside manner, and I have full confidence in him when he says it's early and it'll be no big deal.  I'm totally done having babies, so frankly, I don't care what they do with my lady parts, but I'd honestly rather they take them out all at once instead of piece by piece if you know what I mean!

On a much happier note, we had an awesome, busy, fun-filled summer with beach and camping trips, and hubby and I got Disneyland annual passes for the fam, so you KNOW what we do every spare afternoon we have!  Luckily it's just 40 minutes or so from the house and traffic isn't usually too bad!  The kids are LOVING life!

Oh, and did I mention I went blond?

But just until I realized how expensive it is to upkeep dark roots and then I went right back!


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