I know how you feel, sort of. As an Aunt I am not as invested as a parent but it is difficult. Laura is right, you cannot worry too much. My nephews and their sisters decided that any knowledge was dangerous so they tell Gail and me very little and I confess that I am happier that way. I have this vision of their deployments and while it probably is far from reality it works for me. Jay is in my prayers as is his family. Now you know if it comes out okay that is the plan! Gosh, your post had me , picturing the "lucky meal"! I would rather the hot dogs for breakfast if it meant that the "lucky" clothing could be avoided. When Deb's team was in competition Gail and I walked into their hotel room . One girl had lucky socks...she never washed them because she did not want to ruin her streak. There was lots of lucky clothing items in that room. EWWWWWWWWWWWW! **************************** The wine is from a kit thing. I bought concentrated grape juice for two different varieties of grape, two Pino Grigios. We mixed mine yesterday, there are several steps so we have to watch it. I really hope it comes out good! There are two different Ice Wines but I did nto want to start with that, that wine would not be ready for over a year so we'll see next year. *************************** Kady wants blue, you know "like the ocean" because she wants a sea scape room. There were hundreds of shades of blue but she was pretty clear about the shade that she wanted. She narrowed it down to two an we had samples made so that she can see how it looks on the walls. ************ I agree taht the room is the last thing to worry about during the summer months. I used to make the kids clean theirs but it was never my first priority. I figure if you have a few presentable rooms you've done your job No forgiveness needed! Please don't think you need to post, we understand If ther eis anything any of us can do to help,please let us know. Your Dad is in my prayers. I also thought of you and your Dad last night. The dance was powerful and I felt that it captured the emotional turmoil family members feel. Continued prayers for your SIL. It does sound like the kids are being nutured though....banana bread adn cupcakes Big girl you have there! You are making me cry happy tears I know that soon your prayers will be answered, the little one will be a Blessing and will be Blessed. My heart breaks for the young mothers who make the selfless decision to give their precious babies a better life than perhaps they could offer. Your "mother" will be in my prayers as well. You are sleeping becasue your body needs the rest. Honestly Sheryl, I bet you went into that surgery exhausted so your body is catching up and healing at the same time. Sleep if you are tired. I cannot imagine the pain Bob was in. I watched Marisa and I saw how much it hurt. The therapist she is seeing is tough! Welby went to him and eventually told him she hated him. "I don't care. Now back to work!" I figure Marisa will hate him sooner rather than later but if she can avoid surgery, well then "I don't care!" I am so glad that you are enjoying your job! Tired but happy, it really does not get much better than that YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY Liam! Kady begins Sept 1st. I cannot undersatnd that your school board is not worried about missing school this winter. Our kids are losing their winter vacation, they are just getting the regular February Holidays off, they went late this year and the board is trying to avoid that again.