Well..because THIS. It helps to put the video on right now and shimmy in your desk chair:
There’s a lot of jumping in this post. Jumping on trampolines. Jumping into new friendships. Jumping into better weather and better days, after a TERRIBLE weekend and a TERRIBLE Monday. I have two warnings/disclaimers before you proceed:
1. Some of the photos in this blog post are not up to par with my usual level of quality. You’ll see why soon.
2. The next paragraph or two is kind of gross. Don’t read that part if you don’t feel up to it.
So a main reason my weekend was so TERRIBLE was because Athena had some sort of GI problem, only about a week or so into being in our family! We fretted because the last time we had seen these sort of symptoms were in Cassidy’s 15-year-old husky when she had an intestinal blockage from eating a pinecone or something. And that was probably a $10,000 debacle, in which we were worried sick. So you can imagine how this made us feel over the weekend. She’s gotten her way into our hearts, see..
On Monday morning she had an appointment with the vet, that we were told we could cancel if she seemed fine like she had the night before. She wasn’t fine. When I got home from preschool dropoff, she had “diarrhena” (Scarlet’s pronunciation that I won’t correct because I love it) on the couch. I was running around to take off the cushion covers and throw them in the laundry. I made her sit outside, which made me sad, but I had a one-year-old running around. Then Cassidy came home to take her to the vet where she would stay all day for testing. I was horrified in 500 ways. Then when I was putting the cushion covers back onto the cushions (a chore that deserves its own circle of hell), I somehow moved my hand in a way in which one of my fingernails..and this is so heinous I can’t bear it…FLIPPED BACKWARDS at a more than 90 degree angle. I..finally know what it looks like under a fingernail. And oh, the pain! It’s unspeakable. It’s better today. She’s better today. Today was better today.
She went back to the vet today (Tuesday, as I write this). They found an infection, and also inconclusive results found on x-rays and ultrasounds. So the theory is that she may have eaten a toy that got stuck and caused a blockage and an infection. Or it’s just an infection. Barium went through her and we’re just waiting for..one good bowel movement. That may tell us more. Either way, she’s home and she’s going to be fine. I’ll uh..let you know if we find anything coming out again. If you want to know..
Which brings us to what I actually wanted to talk about today – Allie from VitaTrain4Life!
We had been talking here and there about how we both live somewhat close to a new trampoline park. We both like to jump. We both have 4.5-year-olds (and I have a Des). So last week, we made plans to meet there! I admit I was a little nervous, because like she said in her own post, meeting a blogging friend is like meeting a celebrity. On the other hand, meeting a good blogging friend is like..well..meeting a friend. You feel like you already know them because you DO. This blogging stuff? It’s for reals! And now I have met four blogging friends who can attest to me being me, and looking like I seem to look, and having two kids, and..well..people always expect me to be taller. I’m 5’6″. Cassidy is 6’1″ and looks tall compared to anyone!
So anyway, I walked into the trampoline park, with Des in one arm and Scarlet clutching my other hand. I saw Allie ahead of me in line instantly and she grinned and waved. I relaxed! I waited in lie for about…20 minutes. Seriously. While I waited in line, Des leaned on my shoulder and Scarlet lovingly hugged my leg. We looked like such a nice family. I wondered if Allie (already in the trampoline park with her cute twins) could see us and thought maybe we were a non-screamy family. And..ha to that!
We’re not. And talking to her in person was fantastic, although we were interrupted every..five seconds. We do have four kids between us and all. Next time, Allie, let’s meet without kids and with some other New England bloggers. I can’t wait!
The lighting was terrible and the bouncing was plentiful so the photos aren’t up to my quality. Yet, here is Allie with our kids!
These are her cute twins (and I can even tell them apart) and a blurry Scarlet:
It was harmonious (until Scarlet yelled at me). It was real and it was spectacular (which I believe is a Seinfeld quote).
And I can’t wait to do it again.
Now it’s April and I think Athena is fine now, and we’re jumping into better and brighter days, I hope. March came in like a lion and out like a…rabid bobcat. I’m a glass-half-full kind of girl, though. And my Facebook status from April Fool’s Day:
**The first trampoline photo was from the first time we went with Scarlet’s grandparents. More on that at a later date.