Monday, October 30, 2017

Socially Spent

We have not done classroom birthday parties yet mainly because we felt she was too young and we had things going on. Plus, I'm no good with new people. I get all weird. I have gone her entire school career without learning any of the parent's names. I know this is probably horrible but the extent of our interactions is usually opening the door for each other on the way in or out. That's it! I know who belongs to which kid! Mostly. 

Now it's just awkward to ask, I've seen some of these women for 3+ years. 

However, we decided this year we would make more of an effort to socialize her so if she came home with an invite and wanted to go - we would try to make that happen. 

And the universe LAUGHED and she came home with three invites for this past weekend. 

And the kids have words now and spent the entire week talking about the parties like little gossipy teenagers. There was no way of getting around it.

Saturday we had a Halloween party with costumes and pumpkin painting. 

I am grown. I haven't dressed up in YEARS!!! But I didn't want to be the only one not in a costume so I borrowed some scrubs from my mom. I mean, if I'm going to be uncomfortable, I might as well dress comfortably. 

We show up at 3 with our pumpkin and the host (who is the ONLY other adult wearing a costume - more showed up later though) says she's not sure she's had anyone show up at 3 before - they usually show up much later! 

For clarification, the invitation listed the party at 3pm with no end time. And it didn't say it was 'starting at 3'. It said When: 3pm. I noticed the timeline for the event when we got there and things were scheduled until almost 6. Jesus, take the wheel.

Turns out it's an all-evening family event they throw every year. I was glad Alice got to go this year. She had a ball. She ran all over in her princess dress and cried huge tears when it was time to go. It was cold but she was happy. And she was finally able to see J's room because they've been talking about it all week and he wants her to see it. It's upstairs now and you have to take your shoes off.

Ummmm......pump your breaks, little girl! Wanting to rush off to see some boys room. She will give me all the grey hairs.  

On Sunday, she had back-to-back birthdays. 

We started with a little girl in her class and the invite said "costumes optional". Thinking ease, we went with Fancy Nancy because all that involves is a party dress and some accessories that are going to end up in my purse after a few minutes anyway. We arrive and not a single child is in a costume. Not even the birthday girl. Bless.

Alice is super awkward and these party helped me to realize that ALL kids are super awkward. This little girl is about as excited about socializing as I am. And all Alice wanted to do was play with her toys because they're all new to her! 

Alice doesn't understand the rules of a party. "It's time to play this game!" "No thank you, I don't want to." Yeah, that's not how this works, you have to play along, kid. And then tears. Always tears. 

As we were making our exit, the mom mentioned we could do play dates and dinner. She had my number on the caller ID so she could contact me. 

Y'all - this is like my worst nightmare. They have a really nice, calm house. I don't know how to behave in that kind of environment. And what happens when it's our turn to host?! I'm already sweating just thinking about it. 

Our next party was for a little boy. There was no guidance as to what to buy these kids so we got board games that would be appropriate for each child. 

We arrive to the party at Peter Piper Pizza and immediately realize the party is for a kid I've never even seen. Apparently, there are two boys in the class with the same name and while I was shopping for one, it was the other one I should have been shopping for. This was probably the most uncomfortable social encounter we have ever had. 

Although this does explain why the child I shopped for was in no hurry to leave the little girl's party before his. 

There were at least 3 other kids from Alice's class and I did eventually meet the boy's parents and figure out which child he was. 


This was just all too much socializing. 

I had to write down names so I could remember what they were for when we run into each other at the Thankful Feast. 

And I think we might have hit our max on social engagements for the year. 

We're officially socially spent.

Real talk.

Until next time......

Friday, October 27, 2017

An Update

I haven't mentioned my boob in a while. How refreshing! However, I know some are curious so here goes the update....

Since my last post, I developed a third abscess. It was, by far, the worst. Luckily, it was also the last. 

I stopped going to physical therapy. I have a hand massager that I use on my own at home. It seems to do the trick.

We've tapered my steroids. 

I've plateaued in the healing process. It's discouraging. 

I have one little knot left and it seems to be super comfortable. It's not growing, but it's not shrinking either. 

I left my massager at home while we were on vacation and it did grow a bit. I saw the doctor when we got back and she noticed it too. She also wanted to see what it would do with no steroids so I was told to finish my pills, give it a few days, and see her again.

I took my last steroid on Sunday and by my appointment on Thursday, the spot HURT and the tissue around it was swollen again. 

This isn't surprising. Everything we've read about this stupid disease says it's a long process to heal. Most articles listed 6 - 12 months and we're only at 6 months since diagnosis and treatment. I've come a long way and I've made lots of progress!! But it's a marathon, not a race.

So I'm back on steroids. 

The end goal is to get the spot small enough to surgically remove, however, the tissue around the spot must also be disease-free or this will happen again. With that being said, I will continue the steroids (it's a small dose) until maybe next spring, that way we can ensure all of the tissue is healed. 

Since acquiring me as a patient, my surgeon has had two more cases come to her. 

And all of a sudden I don't feel all that rare anymore, how gross! ;) 

Just kidding. 

Until next time.....

Friday, October 13, 2017

Day 5 - Epcot!

Our final day.

We chose to go to Epcot on Friday. I was worried because it isn't really a park geared towards little ones, however, we all had a blast! 

We were there during the Food and Wine Festival which is an event that happens every fall. There are snack-sized samples from ALL OVER THE WORLD. It was FANTASTIC!! We saved a lot of our snack credits for this day and we didn't do a table service for lunch and instead ate (and drank) around the world. WORTH IT! 

We started the day with most of the adults riding Soarin' which is a REALLY neat ride in Epcot. I highly recommend it. I wasn't sure how Alice would handle it so she and I did some shopping instead. 

After that, we started in Canada and worked our way through the World Showcase! 

We had nothing on the schedule until much later so we all went our own way. 

Tami, Jon and Travis enjoyed all the drinks and food each country had to offer. They made it all the way to the other end! Mawmaw and Papa tasted their way through the countries as well. 

My Beloved, Alice, Nana, and I took a MUCH slower pace and we never made it past Norway. We stopped to meet Alice, which was a bit awkward again, however, we immediately got in line to meet Mary Poppins and it was completely different. Alice TALKED to her!! AND SMILED!!! Mary is JUST SO MAGICAL!! Seriously. This was enough for me. I got a smiling picture with Mary Poppins. We can go home now. 

We meandered through a few more countries, stopped to have a parasol painted for Alice in France, shopped in China, waited out the rain in Morocco. It was very low pressure and it was a perfect end. 

Before dinner, Alice and I had passes for the Frozen Ever After ride in Norway. It's the EXACT same ride as the Viking ride it used to be only now it's Frozen themed. And I forgot about the two drops until we were on the boat. Ooops. Alice handled it well and let me know that she would like to NEVER do that again. Sure thing, kid. My bad. 

For dinner we ate at Akerhus in Norway. It's a character meal (WITH ALL THE PRINCESSES!!) with traditional Norwegian food. I was worried about the menu, however, it was all delicious! 

AND she smiled with ALL OF THE PRINCESSES!!! Bless it be. She even hugged Cinderella. 

It was WONDERFUL. And COMPLETELY different from our first princess experiences. Again, a perfect way to end the week. 

After dinner, we rode Spaceship Earth and then headed home. We didn't stay for the night show. With it being a Friday, the show would have been later than normal and we were looking forward to going back to the resort. (I've seen the show before and it is worth staying for if you have the energy and the time.)

Lunch (snack credits): Eating through the countries was a lot of fun. Alice isn't an adventurous eater so she mainly ate snacks and a big pretzel. She did eat well at dinner. This park is all about the drinks and you can get traditional drinks in all the countries. With it being Wine and food Fest and the additional countries, the options were amazing. And it's fun! But expensive, so be prepared. 
Dinner (1 Table service): Akershus in Norway. This is a character meal, however, if you are on the Dining Plan it is only 1 Table Service credit which is nice! This is the princess meal I recommend. It didn't feel as rushed, it was an easier wait, and much 'cheaper'. The princesses are great and there's a Princess Parade. Uncle Travis enjoyed walking through the parade with Alice. Bless him too. 

It was a magical week. It was hot and crowded, however, I think we all had a fantastic time! And given some more time, we will all want to go back eventually!! ;)

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Day 4 - Animal Kingdom!

This is a day we missed a lot of the actual park. We started out with lunch at Sanaa (1 Table Service) which is at the Animal Kingdom Lodge. The food is traditional African food and it was delicious! If you ever get a chance to eat here - do it and order the Bread Service for an appetizer. Seriously, you won't regret it.

After lunch, we headed to the park. This was another uncomfortably hot and crowded day. Animal Kingdom has added so much stuff since our last visit and can be a harder park to navigate. It is a lot of up and down in the landscape with a lot of walking in between. 

We started with meeting Mickey and Minnie!! This is the only place you can meet them together and they are wearing they're safari outfits. SO CUTE!! Minnie gave us all kisses. 

We did It's a Bug's Life in the Tree which I'm pretty sure Alice did not approve of. We headed to Pandora after that. Half of our party rode the flying ride while the other half rode the river. We were on the river ride and I thought it was super neat!! The things The Mouse does with technology! I found it to be impressive. After this, Alice fell asleep so we stalled. I had a Henna tattoo done!

I also found THE PERFECT Disney trading pin for Alice.

Because, yes. 

Stay weird, my child. 

We eventually woke Alice up for a later-in-the-day safari. We got to see several animals and she thought that was neat!! 

We did a quick service meal (I recommend Yak & Yeti) and then headed to the Rivers of Light show. This is a newer show and while it was neat, it wasn't anywhere near as impressive as the Magic Kingdom show. I recommend doing this show before you see that show. 

This was the 4th day of our trip and we were tired and basically over the schedule and just wanted to make it through. Travis did get to ride Everest which is totally worth it if you don't have a kid in tow! It's an awesome roller coaster. 

The day started late and ended early and we missed a lot but we had a good day - and this park serves alcohol!! (The only park that doesn't is Magic Kingdom - unless you eat at a few restaurants that do serve wine.) 

We closed out our trip with Epcot!