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June 29, 2009

Second Week Down

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Eight weeks left with the NYC – DC commute for Matt.  I just sent him packing back to the Big Apple for another week a couple of hours ago.  We were lucky enough to have him home again this weekend. 

Ironically, I haven’t posted much about what happens during the week, and that’s because, well, nothing much happens.  Sure, Karol’s vocab is out of this world, and Patrick is chatting so much now he could have his own radio show, but for the most part we three just sit around here waiting for Matt to come back.  On occasion I’ll try to take the kids on some sort of outing – anything to get out of the apartment – but it generally just ends in tears (theirs or mine; it’s a toss-up) and a ruined bedtime routine.  The best days are the ones where we get home from work/play, eat dinner, have some free play and then read stories until bed.  Occasionally I’ll have the energy to stay up and do some housecleaning, but generally I go to sleep when they do.

The weekends are the exciting time for us.  Not only because that’s when Daddy’s home (although that’s at least 70% of it) but because we can plan activities in reasonable blocks of time.  This weekend we had a great Saturday: pancakes for breakfast, then out for a walk to the market and a picnic with lots of other kids and parents in the afternoon! 

Sunday we actually made it to Mass ON TIME.  We sat in what’s called “The Upper Room.”  It’s kind of like the cry room because it’s sealed off and the Mass is piped in on speakers, but it’s on the 2nd floor and is basically just overflow space.  It overlooks the entire congregation and the alter, like having a balcony seat to the Mass.  Karol behaved marvelously today, and really enjoyed watching the Mass from above.  Patrick slept for most of it, so I got to cuddle and squeeze him the whole time.  I actually got to hear the whole homily!  The rest of the day we spent pretty much in the apartment chilling out.

Here I am trying to catch a pic of Patty's new tooth.  It's barely a nub on the bottom front right.

Here I am trying to catch a pic of Patty's new tooth. It's barely a nub on the bottom front right.

In other news, Patrick is officially cutting teeth, and not thrilled about it.  I can tell it’s pretty uncomfortable and I just feel terrible for him.  He was struggling with it all day, and (stupid mommy) it wasn’t until tonight that I thought to give him any Tylenol to relieve it!  Finally though, after lots of feeding, a pacifier, getting wrapped tight, and turning on the ocean sound machine, he’s out.

Karol had the honor of licking the beater!  Well, Mommy helped...

Karol had the honor of licking the beater! Well, Mommy helped...

 

 

Karol and I had a wonderful time today baking up cupcakes for Matt to take to his office in NYC (don’t ask…or ask Matt, not me!)  Karol certainly likes to be a part of the action, and with my mediocre cooking skills, there’s very little chance she’ll make it any worse!  Actually we whipped up some awesome Irish coffee cake turned into cupcakes.  There was a fair amount of batter left over that pretty much became my dinner.  I feel pretty icky, so I’m regretting that now, however.  And yes, I had to thoroughly mop the floor tonight.

June 22, 2009

One Week Down

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Nine to go.  Last week was our first week with Matt away at New York.  As you can imagine, it was a little bit more of a struggle, but things went pretty well, for the most part.  Karol was noticeably missing him, though.  What’s worse is that she really can’t express her feelings yet, so it all just builds into an emotional breakdown for her.

But we got a pleasant surprise – Matt was able to come home for the Father’s Day weekend!  We were originally going to go up and visit him in NYC, but the car has been having problems, and it was tons easier (and cheaper) for Matt just to take the bus down.  We’re hoping to be able to do this most weekends.  

I can’t put into words the difference having Matt home made for Karol.  All I can say is that it was evident in her whole demeanor that she’s just not at ease without Daddy around, and she’s so contented and comfortable when he is.  

Karol and Matt on the metro.  Yes, she's totally a DC native.

Karol and Matt on the metro. Yes, she's totally a DC native.

We spent most of the weekend out and about, so next weekend I’m aiming to stay in most of the time and maybe utilize the lovely amenities at our apartment, like the pool.  That is, if Matt’s there.  I’m certainly not going to attempt to take the kids to the pool alone!

This morning was…rough.  Karol had a terrible time and was stalling leaving the house.  She wanted to cuddle and read, but not until it was time to leave, of course.  Once she got settled in at Lori’s, she was fine, but I hate seeing her so upset.  She was just terribly upset and I hate that I can’t fix it.  Maybe tomorrow morning I’ll wake her up early and try to get some extra mommy-time in and see if that helps.

So the week got off to a rocky start, to say the least.  Stay posted to find out how the rest of it goes!

March 23, 2009

Matt’s Summer Plans

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I almost forgot to write a post about this, can you believe it???  Most of you already know, but in case you don’t, I wanted to catch you up on Matt’s BIG NEWS!

Matt had an interview for a summer internship in NYC with Deutsche Bank, and apparently they wanted him so badly, he didn’t even make it back to DC before they called to offer him the job!  He’ll be doing asset management in the Americas (don’t ask me what that really means).

This will be an AWESOME opportunity for Matt, but of course we will have to be apart for 10 weeks this summer (oh yeah, and the 2 weeks he’ll be in Turkey…over MOTHER’S DAY, no less!).  I’m (perhaps overly) optimistic that I will get along fine as a single mom for the summer, but I’m afraid Karol will have a rough time of it.  She is very attached to her Daddy.  Just this morning she was nearly overwhelmed with anxiety when he got out of the car to go to school this morning.  I’m not looking forward to her reaction to spending a couple weeks without seeing him at all!

As for me, I think I’ll be fine.  I’ll probably just work, work, work on school and the kids until he gets back.  Plus, we’ll be living right next to my work and Lori’s by then and I know I’ll have a lot of help from family while he’s away.  And there’s always Skype and G-Chat!

March 11, 2009

Fair Weather Friend

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The weather here in DC has been crazy these past few days.  We went from 10 inches of snow to shorts and t-shirt weather in less than a week!  I have been anxiously awaiting the return of spring so I’m glad to see some warmth.  I’ve managed to get the kids outside for at least an hour the last several days.  On Friday, Karol, Pat and I wheeled around downtown Silver Spring in the double stroller.  Saturday, we added Matt and did the same thing, at a bit more of a leisurely pace, and stopped for Ben & Jerry’s.  Today we were supposed to ‘spring forward,’ but being from Indiana we totally forgot.  I was so excited we were going to be early for once to Mass, until I realized it was actually already half way through!  So we went to Uncle Joe and Aunt Judy’s and waited for the next Mass, which they were attending too:)

After Church we came home, changed into play clothes (I recently bought Karol a pair of new jeans which are a little big, as you will see), and went out to the little jungle gym near our apartment.  Here’s a video of Karol being very adventuresome and playing with her Dad!

On Monday we shopped for a new gym bag for Matt in downtown Silver Spring, and on Tuesday Karol went to Lori’s and Patrick and I went to Target to get some St. Patrick’s Day gear.  Today, we’re going to head down to the Blair Shops and pick up Matt’s interview suit for a big interview tomorrow!!

Tomorrow, Matt heads up to New York to interview with Deutsche Bank for a summer internship.  We’ll all be praying for him here, of course, but we have a few plans for tomorrow ourselves.

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