Happy holidays from the sweet b family. I haven't posted since last February as life has apparently moved so quickly ahead of me. Blogging has been one of my favorite things to do for the last 11 years and I am hoping to take this opportunity to get back at it with a holiday letter updating everyone on life in the B household. Things have been anything but dull since we were last in touch. I could do the typical holiday letter and fill you in on all of the things that you already know about every one's children….you know, they are all getting a 4.0, excelling in every area of their lives, volunteering 30 hours a week on top of school and cooking all of the meals;)
Let's talk about what did set our family apart from others this past year…..ER visits. Cece was admitted the hospital a few days before Christmas last year and was discharged on Christmas eve. This was the beginning of many trips to the ER for our ladies. On New Year's Eve Tess had an accident playing hockey and took a skate to her thigh. She ended up making a trip to the ER and many stitches later was on her way home. The winter and spring was full of several hypoxic events for Cece and made several trips to the ER when her inhaler and nebulizer weren't doing the trick. She quickly learned that the ER had cable, Doc McStuffins and preferred her time there over the clinic…hmmm.
In June Tess had an accident in the kitchen and sustained grease burns to her face, neck and chest. She started out with a trip to Children's ER, transferred to HCMC by ambulance and then was followed by HCMC burn clinic. This was by far one of the most difficult things I have ever witnessed as a Mother to see her in so much pain on that day and the weeks to follow. I am quite certain I probably cried more than Tess as she is tough as nails. I took a short leave from work while she was recovering and her recovery was nothing short of a miracle. She was left with minimal scarring and we will forever be thankful for the care she received and all of the support we were given from friends and family during that difficult time. In October on the day of our scheduled family photos Gabby took her turn in the ER. The competitive side of her took freeze tag just a little too seriously on the playground and she caught herself with her face. Her face landed on the metal platform of the playground equipment. She made the ER trip worthwhile with 5 stitches in her lip, a hematoma, a fractured bone in her mouth and oral surgery 2 weeks later. This was all really rough and she did great with it all. She has also healed really well. Sydney is proud to say she is the only one that hasn't made a trip to the ER. Never say never in this house.
Aside from our little accidents it has been a good year. Everyone is doing really well. Sydney is enjoying her last year of middle school, lacrosse, swimming and time with her friends. She still is the other Mom and caretaker of the family. Tess is on the go at all times and likes this best, she is so much like her Dad. Hockey, jazz band, drums and friends keep her busy. Gabby has fun with running club, zumba and has neighbor friends over every chance she can. Cece continues to make us laugh, controls us and will forever be my baby that we spoil. Meako is getting better and settling down. The family is crazy about him. Meako and I are working on our relationship but not through puppy massage as the trainer recommended more by being stuck with each other when I am the last person left to take care of him.
Steve has had a good year. He made the difficult decision of leaving RSP to work for Gensler again. He really enjoyed RSP but knew he needed to take this opportunity to go back to a company that meant so much to him in Boston. His new position has been busy and challenging but a good fit for him. I am proud of him for making this move and am happy to see him so proud of his work. He enjoys being on the go and never complains about running all over for the girls. As for me….how can I not sound as lame as I am? Steve and I ran the Twin Cities 10 mile again this year and this makes me very happy. I have an incredible love for my family, friends, sunshine, coffee and pj pants. I try hard to be the best wife and Mom I can and even when I am not they still seem to love me and for this I am thankful. Being a Mom of 4 daughters and an OB nurse are and will always be my badge of honor, go ahead and ask me about these things next time you see me, I love to talk about them.
So this is a very windy version of 2017 for the sweet b family. Thank you for listening. I am so thankful for the lives that we have been given.
Enjoy the holiday season!
Love, Steve, Gina, Sydney, Tess, Gabby & Cece
Monday, February 06, 2017
I really can't explain how this happened. I grew up in small town Minnesota, we didn't have a hockey team anywhere close to us. I went to my first hockey game in my 30's, only to watch my daughter play. The first time I dressed her in her goalie gear when her Dad was traveling, I proudly sent him a photo and he texted me back that her leg pads were on the wrong legs and she was missing her jersey. Yes, I am that Mom. When she started playing I thought it was like every other kids activity that we enlisted our girls in and she would play for a season and then try something new the following year. Wrong….she loved it and here we are, years later. She still loves it. I am still the clueless Mom at times but I embrace this and do my best to support her. I am now that goalie Mom in the stands that as Sydney describes, "They could do a meme for the noises you make when the puck is coming at Tess." I am not a crazy sports fan, I never will be but I love our little goalie so much and along with her Dad am her biggest fan in the stands. She works hard and plays hard. She makes us so proud.
We recently hosted a pasta party for the team during a home tournament weekend.
Becoming a hockey Mom happened by accident and I claim to not be one of the "crazy ones," I just love our girl so much and love watching her have so much fun with her friends and that is what it is all about.
Saturday, February 04, 2017
In random order:
Adult dinner with dear friends was a nice break and a late celebration of Steve's birthday.
Hockey brunch between tournament games.
Last night Steve took Syd and Tess for some Friday evening skiing and they had so much fun. It is so lucky that they have him for a Dad because I couldn't muster up the energy on a cold Friday night to bundle up and go skiing. What a great Dad.
I was a great Mom at home and put on my pi's by 6pm, warmed up my lavender shoulder wrap and played some cards with Gabby and Dave. Nice of me to take one for the team and stay home with the littles. Normally I just love a wild and crazy Friday night. So looking forward to the weekend with my family. Love, Gina
Friday, February 03, 2017
Thursday, February 02, 2017
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
As the saying goes, "Trust your gut." Sometimes we do and sometimes we are wrong. Cece fell off the piano bench and split her lip open quite deep. She was crying and bleeding like crazy. I may be a nurse but apparently blood pouring from my daughter's face causes me to overreact. We took a little trip to the ER and they were able to give her a very special ER popsicle to treat it. Oops. I guess I need to calm down. They were very nice to me and I maybe was a little embarrassed by my Mom assessment skills. Oh well, better safe then bleeding out!
Saturday, December 31, 2016
Wednesday, December 28, 2016
Thank you God.
Happy, happy birthday Miss Cecelia. I really can't believe that 3 years have came and gone so quickly. I am so very blessed that almost 13 years into my parenting career I still have a little one to cuddle with and carry on my hip. Just last week she forced me out of the "hamster wheel" of holiday prep when she was admitted to Childrens Hospital very sick with RSV. For 3 nights I slept
Love you to the moon and back.
Photo by Stacey Montgomery photography
Photo by Stacey Montgomery photography
Sunday, December 25, 2016
I took the mandatory awkward individual photos by the tree after Christmas Eve service.