Well hello there! I must say my little blogging hiatus went a little longer than I had planned! Be warned…this is a long one!
Things remained incredibly busy while we were up in New England and the boys did not allow me one minute of rest! Apparently my kids don’t like to sleep while traveling either. Mini #2 has never slept great in general, but put him on vacation and it’s 100 x’s worse. I was lucky to average 4 hours of sleep a night during the entire 10 days. There were a few nights when he was up every hour. Seriously?! The kid is almost 4, why is this still happening??
We arrived back home on Thursday the 2nd and I feel like I need a vacation from my vacation which I think is pretty normal. My husband isn’t usually able to join us except for a few days due to his work schedule, so it’s pretty much all on me, which is pretty exhausting. Thank goodness for my parents that were there to help!
So let’s catch you up on the rest of our trip. There were definitely some fun days, and some days with unexpected drama.
We had several beach days…
Let’s just say I love the beach. I do, I really do. I would love to own a beach house some day (in my dreams), but going to the beach with kids, yea, I don’t enjoy it as much. It’s a LOT of freaking work. Sand gets everywhere. I mean to get sand out of every crack and crevice of their behinds makes me want to poke my eyes out. The pain is real people. And when they are soaking wet and then decide to roll around in the sand and then come and sit in your lap? Uggh. Where is my adult beverage?? I needed lots of them. Some day I’ll get to sit in my beach chair with a glass of something delicious and listen to the waves crash and take in the smells of the ocean air and actually enjoy the relaxation
My cousin snagged these awesome mason jars with coozies… Aren’t they awesome?
Don’t get me wrong, I love that the kids love the beach and it was so awesome to watch the kids be able to play with the grandparents and cousins. It really made my heart swell.
I got in a few workouts in my gym….
And in order to get it done the boys insisted on doing it with me. Gotta get in those donkey kicks and bird dogs!
After this, the photos drop off dramatically. And here is why….
We took a beautiful trip up to the White Mountains to Franconia Notch and the Flume Gorge. In all of my years growing up in this area, I had never been there.
It is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been! We took a great hike with the kids and I got a ton of great pictures.
I can’t resist a great photobomb with my mom, sis & neice!
We arrived at this awesome covered bridge…and the drama unfolds.
Mini #2 was so excited to walk over the bridge. I turned to take a picture and caught him out of the corner of my eye scaling the side and trying to climb over. I ran over to him, put my phone down to grab him off the edge and as I was pulling him over, my BRAND NEW Iphone 6 got knocked over the side. Into the raging river. Whomp whomp. Thank goodness #2 was ok, but I wanted to vomit as I watched the phone tumble to it’s demise. It was one of those slow motion situations
….it hit a big rock, then landed in a shallow part of the water. I just stood there trying to figure out how I was going to go get it and my dad, who is a very avid hiker told me there was no way to get it safely unfortunately, so I had to say goodbye. Uggh. Thank goodness I had insurance on the phone and the funny part is that I have NEVER purchased insurance on a phone before until this one. So instead of shelling out $700 for a new one, I ONLY had to pay $200 (which still hurts). Mr. Cupcake wasn’t with me and I dreaded telling him what happened. When I finally did get to tell him I made sure I told him that we can replace a phone we can not replace a child. Nuff’ said. I was so bummed, I had SO many amazing pictures that I had just taken, it really was heart breaking. But such is life and we move on thankful that our child didn’t jump over the bridge into the river. That would have been MUCH worse.
After the gorge we drove to Canon Mountain and took the Tram up to the summit. It was the most amazing day and you could see to Canada and New York from the top…amazing views. (Pics courtesy of my sister)
The next day we headed to my sister’s house so the kids could swim in the pool. It was your average day, nothing exciting going on, but nothing could have prepared me for having to play nurse on this day.
Ya’ll know I’m a Pediatric ICU nurse. When you are a nurse people ask you all sorts of questions and expect you to know the answer. My favorite is “What is this rash?” I always laugh because I know nothing about skin or any minor clinic issue. I always say if your child stops breathing, call me, THAT I know how to deal with. And I say it jokingly of course, but it’s true. I know how to take care of your kid if they are in critical condition on death’s door or if they stop breathing. I’ve been lucky in my 13 years of nursing that I’ve never had to utilize my ICU skills on anyone that I know personally….until last week.
I won’t go into every little detail and I’ll try to make a long story short. I was out at the pool with my sister and my youngest niece (3). My 2 mini’s had gone in the house as well as my eldest niece (5). My sister was skimming the pool and my niece was standing next to her. I was sitting on the patio but couldn’t really see my niece, as she was blocked by my sister. The next thing I know my sister is carrying her out of the pool area saying that she fell and couldn’t wake her up. She ran over to me saying frantically “What’s wrong with her?” I look at her and discover that she is having a seizure. She continued to seize for what seemed like forever and then she promptly started vomiting. I screamed into the house for my brother-in-law to call 911. She then started turning blue. One of the most scary experiences of my life.
I’ve seen this a million times, but never on anyone in my family.
I slowly began talking to my sister telling her what was happening as we laid her down on her side. Thankfully she never stopped breathing, but I was ready to do CPR if I needed to. The fire department arrived first. They were able to get her some oxygen while we waited for EMS. By the time EMS arrived, she had woken up slightly, but was extremely lethargic. I was so worried that she had hit her head when she fell which caused her to seize. EMS took her to the hospital along with my sister. It turned out that she didn’t hit her head after all (thank goodness) as there was no evidence of a head trauma, but she did have a 102.3 fever. Turns out she had a febrile seizure which can be very common in children. We had NO idea she even had a fever.
This was one of the scariest things that has ever happened to me, and I can’t even imagine how my sister and brother-in-law were feeling. I will say that for the next 3-4 days all I could see when I closed my eyes was my niece’s blue face, something I will never forget. I’m usually very good at compartmentalizing experiences like this, but it was way too close to home.
The other 3 children needed a lot of TLC afterwards because they watched the entire thing unfold from a window above the pool patio. After EMS had left, I went in, still shaken up myself, and asked them what they saw and what questions they had. They were most concerned with the “puke” that was on the patio. Luckily I was able to help ease their fears and we proceeded to watch the Sound of Music and sing for the rest of the evening as distraction. I had to put on a good show, but deep down I was totally freaked out.
My niece was discharged from the hospital about 5 hours later doing just fine. In fact, she was in amazing spirits the next day, running around and playing with her cousins. I was so relieved to see that but man did she give us a scare!
The next few days we lay a bit low.
On Monday we had another beach day!
Luckily we got a few good beach days in because we had many rainy days. On our last day there of course it rained so we headed to Boston to take the kids to Lego Discovery Center! So much fun!
The next day we packed up the car and began the trek home. The drive up to NH was so much better than going home let me just say that. The kids had totally hit their limit and were cranky and exhausted, it wasn’t pretty. We did made a quick stop at Liberty State park to show the boys the Statue of Liberty. It seemed like a waste to drive through NYC and not show them a little bit!
Great view of the Manhattan skyline!
Over this last weekend we’ve spent time recovering and enjoying the 4th of July weekend as a family! I hope you all had a wonderful last few weeks and a great 4th of July weekend!!
This week starts week ONE of Marine Corp Marathon training! I’m really excited to get this going and fingers are still crossed that this darn hip issue stays at bay. As usual I’m linking up with Tara from Running N Reading for the Weekly/Weekend Recap!! Go check her out if you haven’t already, she is one of the sweetest ladies that I “know”
Have you ever had a tragic phone demise?
Who is marathon training right now, and which one?
Do your kids sleep when on vacation?