I’m neglecting this blog I know…forgive me. I have much to say, but virtually no time to say it. So here is an update on life with the girl.
Thanksgiving was perfect because it was low-key. We ate mucho, we laughed with friends and we simply relaxed. It was the definition of what Thanksgiving should be. No pressure to do anything except for bake the perfect apple pie.
VIPS-Bloomington Holiday Party
I was ecstatic to receive the invitation to the VIPS-Bloomington Holiday Party as I knew my mom would be in town from Costa Rica. I tell her almost daily about how much VIPS has changed our lives so I was looking forward to the opportunity for her to meet our VIPS family. So she, Lola and I headed down to Bloomington on a beautiful Friday morning to hang with some of our favorite people.
The theme of the party was “thankful” which was fitting because I have nothing but thanks in my heart for VIPS. The group was small this time, but a couple of the other VIPS mamas were there to visit with. It’s always reassuring to have someone to share victories with as well as setbacks. These girls get the challenges Lola faces as they too have children with severe vision impairments as well as other disabilities. Along with Rebecca Davis (founder of VIPS-Bloomington) and Ann Hughes (you all know her!), there were also volunteers from Indiana University, many of whom remembered Lola and her story from the Dining in the Dark fundraiser.
Just as she did last time, Lola’s first adventure was in the ball pit. Actually sister was quite pissed when she had to get out. In fact, she would meander back to the ball pit any chance she got. Ann played instruments while we sang songs, we played the parachute game, we nibbled on snacks and we all took turns sharing what we were thankful for. Of course most of us mothers shared how thankful we were for VIPS along with our healthy children. My mom was last to go and it was hard to see her choke back tears as she explained how thankful she was to be able to be part of the special day. After a couple of hours, we gave hugs and said our goodbyes. We were asked to try to think of fundraising ideas for VIPS and I’d love to hear suggestions if any of you have them.
On December 2nd, we celebrated my hubby’s birthday (one day after my sister Jada’s – Happy Birthday Jay!). I’m such a nerd when it comes to birthdays or any other occasion where gifts are involved because I can’t keep a secret. In fact, Rob received one of his birthday gifts a couple of weeks before his actual birthday because…well I guess because I just like giving gifts. But this year, I knew I hit the jackpot (not the Powerball darnit!) when I found a box record set of one of Rob’s favorite artists, Marmoset (a local Indiana band). So the morning of his birthday, my mom made a french toast breakfast and I excitedly gave him his gift although it took everything in me not to give it to him the night before.
We spent the rest of the day working on projects around the house before we met up with friends later that night at Saffron Cafe, an amazingly delicious Morrocan restaurant in downtown Indy. Surrounded by close friends and indulging in ridiculously good food, I would have to say I think my husband had a satisfactory birthday. We all sang Happy Birthday as the waiter brought out a piece of Baklava and soon after we called it a night.
I didn’t have a chance to give Rob a blog birthday shout out, but I have to share how much I love my husband. In all honesty, I couldn’t have dreamed up a more perfect partner for me and I couldn’t have imagined a more perfect father for my daughter. My friend asked me the other day if Rob was always so happy and without hesitation I replied yes. He just has a calming aura to him and a pretty positive yet logical outlook on life. He inspires me to dream big and not sell myself short. I see the interaction between him and Lola and I can see the love they have for each other. They share a deep bond…one any woman would hope her husband would have with their kid. We’re lucky to have Rob in our life and there isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t remind myself of this.
I love you Robbie and I feel honored to be your wife. Thank you to your parents for bringing such an amazing individual into the world. I am forever grateful to have you in my life.
My Mom Was Here but I Have NO Pictures!
Part of my absence was due to the time I spent with my mom while she visited from Costa Rica. She was here just over a week although the time always seems to go by way too fast. We did the usual things like shop and eat, but really Rob and I immersed ourselves in projects and my mom babysat Lola. I felt bad for not spending as much time with her, but I knew the importance of the time she had with Lola. They played, they danced, they sang songs, they went for long walks and they snuggled every night. My mom helped encourage Lola to accomplish her newly learned tasks like eating her Mum-Mum by herself, drinking out of her big girl cup and waving bye bye.
Sadly, we said goodbye on Thursday, but there was no time to be too upset because my step-daddy Steve took her place as we picked him up from the airport last night. I’ll say that Lola is loving seeing her Pa Pa! It had been over a year since she had last seen him, but she instantly took to him like there had been no time missed. I’ll be back soon with an update about our adventures with Pa Pa Steve.
I’m off to spend time with my two favorite men, Rob and Steve! G’night all!