Thursday, June 07, 2018

We’re back 

Blogging makes me happy and I am going to work on catching up going backwards so stay tuned😘

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Holiday Letter 2017

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

Friday, March 03, 2017

Cece B Can't Breath

 Cece made one of her many trips to the ER for a little help with breathing.  This time we chose the Litchfield ER because hypoxia doesn't choose good times to visit.  With a little help from a nebulizer we were on our way home and missed the baptism party we were supposed to go to.  Big bummer.
Love, Gina

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Hockey Party 2017

 It was the big end of hockey party which is a favorite for Tess.  It is a favorite for me because lets be honest, hockey season is busy…not just busy for Tess, busy for parents.  I am glad she loves it because it is a commitment for the entire family.  She had another great year to be proud of.

 Tess and her coaches

Monday, February 27, 2017

Little dancer

Miss Cece took her first little dance/tumble classes and she loved it!  She was clearly the 4th born trying to run the class but we tried to pretend that we didn't notice.  There were many classes that all 5 of us went along to watch because we all thought it was pretty fun/hilarious to watch her.  You never lack a fan club when you are the baby of the family.  She really is so lucky.  No one needs to feel sorry for the 4th born, it just means more Moms and more people to love you.  

Love, Gina

Readathon closing

I am back!  Just over a year later and I am going to try to catch us up to life with the B family.  I love them all so much but I just can't seem to get my footings.  But here I am and I really hope to get caught up.  I love being able to look back at all that our ladies have accomplished and how far we have came.  I also really believe it is therapeutic for me to jot this all down and also laugh at the chaos that we really do manage daily.  

Miss Tess was part of the readathon program and we couldn't be prouder of her dedication.  Love this girl so much.  

Love, Gina/mom

Monday, February 06, 2017

The Hockey Mom that accidentally happened

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.  

They placed 2nd and she had some cute fans in the stands cheering them on.

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.

Love, Gina

Saturday, February 04, 2017

And then it was February

2016 ended so perfectly for me.  I worked 12 hours and I was at a wonderful delivery of a wonderful family so deserving of happiness after a very difficult 2015.  I still daydream of the sacred awe I was so blessed to be present for.  2017 is already flying and I managed to get 2 months behind on the blog when I was just busy living life.  Things have been a little crazy around here with 7 people and a dog.  My home manager position definitely deserves a raise but I don't see it coming.  I will keep on keeping on because that is what Mom's do.  To list a few of the things we have been up to besides work and school and a little sleep.  Everyone has had a cold except Dave.  I currently am the last one to get it.  I did enjoy this video sent to me by my SIL.

In random order:

Tess was in the read-a-thon kickoff performance.  Very cute.  Cece also enjoyed watching it from her Sister's lap.

This girl asks me to bake almost everyday.
Cece stripped down in the Walgreens while I picked up a script for Dave.  This is why errands can be so fun with her.
Gabby enjoys Zumba class after school every week.  She is the one with the foxy knee socks.
Sometimes we feel like Meako has came so far and then we are reminded that he is still a dog.
January also brought 6:30am coffee with my sissy and amazing pastries.

Adult dinner with dear friends was a nice break and a late celebration of Steve's birthday. 

Hockey brunch between tournament games.
Friend time playing Legos, one of Tess's favorite past times.
Cece is getting older and enjoying friend time with her friends when we can break away from life's Mom duties.  Below she is pictured with her friend Caden.  She also loves to play with her friends Scarlett and Rafe,
Miss Gabby and I snuck away alone for some sweets and good company.
These 2 love playing in the snow, even though we haven't had enough yet this winter.

I also had one on one time with my oldest.  Funny how she won't pose for me but I catch her doing selfies every change she gets.  #tween.

February is already moving too quickly but we have some ladies in our house that love February and can't wait for their birthdays.  I soon will be the mother of a teenager.  I deserve gifts not her right?!  I kid.  Kind of.

Love, Gina

Evening fun with Dad

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

When family comes to town

My parents came to town to go to a concert for Kate and we were able to enjoy some time with them.  They brought along Miss Lydia and this made one little girl so happy.  They played for hours together and had a ball.  I love how much they enjoy their time together even though they don' t live close to each other.  So very sweet.
Love, Gina

Thursday, February 02, 2017

History Day with Sydney

Sydney did a presentation in school with her good friends Martha and Lola about the Seneca Falls Women's Rights Convention.  They have been working on this project for a majority of the school year and made us very proud.

Love, Gina

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

A little overreaction by the nurse in the house.

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!
I appropriately took her for her well child visit this week and she did great.  No shots, passed her hearing and vision screen and weighed in at 29 pounds and 36.5 inches tall.  All is well and I can stop bringing her to the ER;)

Love, Gina