What a whirlwind!
For the month of January, I've been gearing myself up for last week. Last week was the week when Kathy and Jill were flying to Colorado for their almost annual ski trip and we were going to hang out and ski with them.
Then my brother David and his family were able to get tickets to Colorado and they were going to come the previous weekend and stay the week.
Then my sister Kim decided to join the fun the same weekend as David and his family.
Meanwhile, Emma turned 5 on the 20th and we started making plans for a "kid/friend" party on her actual birthday then a family party that weekend when the aunts and uncles would all be here.
Things didn't all work out with the family party. Kim wasn't able to make it, but we still had fun at McDonald's playland with all the nephews and nieces.
I had tried to arrange to have all my work completed before the weekend began, but ended up with some loose ends Monday and Tuesday of last week. All-in-all it was ok though.
Kim left Sunday and we managed to miss each other completely. She flew home and got sick then found out she is pregnant.
Midweek, things seemed to be on track. I wasn't doing any more work, just trying to spend time with the family. I had some great time with Andrew and Miriam, David and Becky, my folks and Rachel, and all the nieces and nephews.
Thursday morning I went fishing with David and Andrew. We didn't catch anything, but the morning was perfect. Sunny, mild, no wind, and absolutely beautiful. It was a good morning with the brothers.
We got a call and found out Nancy had locked the keys in the truck and that she had gone to Andrew and Miriam's house with the kids. I had planned on changing the oil in the truck and having a hole in the front tire fixed before heading to the airport to pick up Kathy and Jill, and started to worry that I might not be able to get everything done in time.
Me and the brothers ran to get the truck. I made it to Andrew's house after picking up the truck, then Nancy and Becky and the kids went to look at a house with our realtor, Wit.
I ran to Discount Tire to get the tire patched, and told them that unless they could get me in and out fast I would need to wait. They jumped all over it and got me in and out in about 20 minutes. When they brought me the bill, the cost was $0. They patch tires free. Guess where I'm buying my next set of tires?
I didn't have time to change the oil so I just topped it off and headed to the airport. Jill and Kathy had just picked up their luggage as I was approaching the airport, and after coordinating where exactly each other was via cellphone, we managed to connect. Back to Fort Collins. Maybe.
I missed the turn to 470 north -- I do that about half the time because the exit sneaks up on me without warning, and I'm always so involved in conversation with whoever I just picked up that I miss it. So we spent a REALLY long time in traffic before making it back to Fort Collins.
When I got home, Nancy was feeling bad, so I took Kathy and Jill to Macaroni Grill for dinner. By the time we got home at 7:30, Nancy had gone to bed feeling ill.
That night, she woke me up shivering violently. I held her, and couldn't seem to warm her up. Neither of us slept all night as she alternated between shivering from cold then uncovering from heat.
I took the kids and Kathy and Jill to Keystone. Kathy and Jill threw themselves into helping me get the kids around since Nancy was out of commission. We left an hour after we had planned, but it took us an hour less than I thought it would to get up to Keystone. We had lunch and got checked into the condo, then I took the kids back to Fort Collins. I was really bumming.
The next morning, Nancy looked a little better and said that although she felt weak, she though she could look after the kids, so I headed up to Keystone.
I did one green run with Jill, then we all had lunch. The rest of the afternoon I spent with Kathy skiing blue and black runs. I ate it one time skiing moguls -- I don't like moguls any more now that I'm a little older and my body doesn't like the abuse. Give me steep icy runs.
I called Nancy mid-morning and she was still weak but holding down the fort. I called again after dinner and left a message.
I spent a sleepless night in the condo at Keystone, planning on skiing the next morning. Nancy called early and said she needed me to come home. Kathy and Jill were very gracious, and decided to fly out early to get home Sunday instead of Monday.
I took them to the airport and said goodbye. In all the running and rushing and sickness, it was really great to see them. They are such great friends.
When I got home, I immediately realized how bad off Nancy had been. The kids were doing great, but had turned the house upside down. As soon as I got there, Nancy went to bed and I started cleaning the house. Both the kids had been great all weekend, so I took them to McDonalds. Nancy was able to get a little sleep.
During my stay in the mountains, David and Becky and kids were supposed to fly back to Atlanta, but couldn't because of a severe ice storm in Georgia. I went to a late meal with them, Rachel and my parents. It was nice to be able to see them again.
Yesterday morning we took Nancy to the doctor. She has pneumonia. I've been trying to catch up on work, keep the house in some form of order, and fight off a cold or something. Both the kids are sick now and I am slipping downhill as I type.
The one bright note is that Nancy is starting to improve. She has medication and has really responded well and is helping keep an eye on the kids so I can work.
In the end, rather than being grateful for the great day I had with Kathy and Jill and the time I spent with my family, I was a royal crab. I've come around some and apologized to Nancy for my sour demeanor and have been trying to keep a good attitude as I get sick and try to stay on top of things.
What will all this amount to I wonder?
Here is one snapshot of a bright moment this weekend: