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Matt and I were together for 10 wonderful years - met in 1998, married in 2002, until his untimely death on November 15, 2008. We have two beautiful, healthy children - Jacob (born 5/04) and Sydney (born 5/07)... the most precious gifts he could have ever given me.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Catching Up

I can't' believe it's been four months since I wrote in here!!!

Let's see - since February, what's happened....

FEBRUARY - Sydney and I decided that I would take her to the Father/Daughter dance! We are both so happy we did it - she had such a great time! I wore one of Matt's ties with my skirt suit, and Sydney wore the beautiful powder blue dress that Aunt Michelle had given her for Christmas. Her best friend Penelope wore the exact same dress! I was the only mom there (that was escorting her daughter and not volunteering), and I felt a little out of place at first, but after seeing Sydney having a blast with her friends and not at all concerned with the fact that her dad wasn't there (at least she seem like it), I felt much better. The important thing was that she didn't miss out on this event.

MARCH - Two years in our home!

APRIL - Took the kids to Disney World with my niece Ariel during Spring Break! We drove, and that's the last time I'll do that unless we can take our time more and make some planned overnight stops that involve sight seeing or something to break up the drive a little more. I felt blessed we made it there and back safely with no accidents - especially since on the way home, there were so many accidents that it took an additional five hours to get back! We got to visit my dear friend Jenny while we were down there - it was so nice to have a chance to visit with her and her beautiful family, and stay for a couple of nights in her gorgeous new home. At Disney, we stayed at the Caribbean Beach Resort and it was fabulous!!! The kids had a blast at the pool, and Ariel and I enjoyed the Banana Cabana... =P  Our last day at the resort, and Jacob broke his tooth (for the third time in one year). This time, the dentist said it kept breaking easily because the other dentists attached the broken half of the tooth to the other half of his tooth, and apparently you're not supposed to do that. Instead, he put a crown on it, so hopefully it will hold a lot longer than before. It was a crazy, whirlwind, fun and completely exhausting week, but I'm so glad I got to show my kids Disney. My niece had never been there, either, so I was thrilled to be able to give her that experience, too! Next time it will be more relaxed - we'll make sure we fly, and have more time at the theme parks and enough down time to recover in between.

Right after we got back from Disney, I helped to move my mother from her house to an apartment closer to me. Her house was beginning to fall apart, and she is at the point where she can't take care of this stuff herself anymore. It was just too much for me to handle things at her house needing repairs, and things at my house also needing repairs (of course, this stuff happens simultaneously)... I've been helping her much more than ever since her health and stamina has been declining, and it is SO much easier having her only two miles away now.

At the end of April, the Run for Row Corp. had our first official board meeting in which we selected board members, and changed the name of the corporation to The Matthew R. Row Scholarship Foundation. This is the beginning of a whole new chapter!!! SO much to do, but it's all so very exciting!!! More to come about this soon - in the meantime, here is the blog for the Foundation (which serves as it's website).

MAY - Jacob turned 11, and Sydney turned 8! It's hard to believe how fast these kids are growing up, and how much their personalities are developed. Jacob had his middle school concert this month in which he played the tuba, and also was asked to perform a piano solo! He played the Pirates of the Caribbean score, and rocked it. He has such a natural talent for the piano, and it's quickly become his passion. My heart was pounding for him as he played, and even though he said he was a little nervous performing in front of so many people, he didn't show it at all. So proud of him!! Ginny and Roy visited from AZ for two weeks, and they had a chance to be a part of the kids' birthday party, and got to see Jacob perform. Sydney had dance pictures while they were here, so they got to see her in full costume and make up which is great since they weren't able to be here for her recital. Unfortunately, Ginny and Roy both ended up SO sick while they were out and couldn't do half of the things they would have liked to. Even though he was under the weather, my father-in-law built us a new raised garden bed - in typical Row fashion so that it will probably last forever. The last one got demolished from the November storm.

We've had a rough couple of months with our health - Jacob and I ended up with strep throat at the end of April/beginning of May, upper respiratory infections, and Jacob had his first (and hopefully last) asthma attack that brought him to the ER. I had already had an appointment scheduled for him and Sydney to have their allergies tested, so his appointment couldn't have come at a better time. Turns out the only thing he's allergic to is cats, and we have two! It's not so severe, though, that we need to get rid of them. The allergist just suggested we keep them out of his bedroom. I'm taking it a step further and getting rid of all the carpeting in the house. It was something I had planned on doing eventually since we're lucky enough to have beautiful hardwood floors underneath, but I felt a sense of urgency to get it done since all I could picture is dust and dander imbedded everywhere. No matter how much you vacuum and clean, that stuff isn't coming out of the carpet.

JUNE - Jacob's room got painted before having all the carpeting ripped out (the same day). That was yesterday... I'm now in the process of cleaning every surface of the house and putting everything back in the bedrooms, living room and dining room. a HUGE job (which is why I'm probably procrastinating and writing in the blog instead - haha!!). In between the painting and carpet rip out yesterday, I dug up a two-foot wide section of lawn next to the driveway and installed pavers and stone. It turned out pretty darned good! I'm exhausted, though, and trying to muster up the energy for the project facing me today (and I'm recovering from walking pneumonia). =P

Sydney had her ballet recital last week, and she did such a beautiful job!! It's her second year in ballet, and she is so graceful and strong. So proud of my sweet girl!

Only a few more days (well, half-days) left of school, and they're out for the summer!!! Woohoo!!