Goodbye, Boom Boom

We had to say goodbye to our precious Boom Boom yesterday morning. His health had rapidly declined, and at 18 years old… it was just time. We pulled a mattress downstairs the night before so the kids could sleep with him (he couldn’t do stairs anymore). He stayed between them all night. Listening to them sob over saying goodbye just ripped my heart out. Chloe gave him a treasured stuffed animal for our trip to the vet.

Boom Boom (Boomerang, technically) was THE coolest cat I have ever known. He made friends with EVERYONE. Even people who swore up and down they hated cats fell in love with him. In his younger days he played fetch and greeted me with a hug every day when I got home (like, literally stood on his hind legs and wrapped his paws around my neck). We would spoon every night…. Sometimes he was the front spoon and sometimes he was the back (seriously). I had him for 17 years… my longest relationship! Haha

He has always been in my kids’ lives (heck, Chase’s first word was “kitty!”), and was sooooo patient as they dragged him, carried him, squeezed him, jumped on him…. Best. Cat. Ever.  

This guy…. He went through lots of life changes with me. He was, in a weird way, my rock through some really difficult, lonely times.

I miss him terribly.

Loss

I was in Las Vegas this weekend, but not for vacation. I found out on August 8th that my biological father died, and I haven’t said anything because it’s a little awkward to talk about. We haven’t had a relationship for a long time so I’ve been experiencing a lot of different emotions. My brother and I are left to deal with all of the logistics and we’re doing the best we can, with the little information we have.

This weekend we were in Vegas to work on cleaning out the house where he lived with my grandparents and uncle until they died. Mom came along, too, which proves (as if anyone actually needed proof) she has the biggest heart of anyone I know. 

We uncovered a lot of memories in that house. We had fun looking through old pictures of us with our dad and grandparents…

…and getting a glimpse into our family history, reading love letter exchanges between my grandparents during the war, seeing our grandparents as a young couple, digging through old newspapers and artifacts….

We also learned more about my dad’s talents.  He used to sell jokes to Joan Rivers!  He was a great poker player and dealer, as well as writer:

We turned the loose change we found into an opportunity to gamble a little one night. (Stress relief, you know.)

I haven’t dealt with a lot of death in my lifetime but one thing I have noticed in my few experiences is that death has a way of bringing people together. My brother and I have talked more in the last month than we have in the past year. And even though the work we did this weekend wasn’t fun, we all managed to laugh together a lot. Because sometimes laughter truly is the best medicine.

It was a long and exhausting weekend but I’m so grateful for the family I do have that is always by my side, and I’m glad my dad is finally free of the inner demons he battled his whole life.

Thanks to all for the support. Let’s all honor him by living our best lives every day!

Back to School!

It’s time to go back to school!  Chase is starting middle school (6th grade), and Chloe is now in 3rd.  Their dad had them on the first day, but he was nice enough to send a picture:

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(Oh, Chloe…. When will you learn to brush your hair?  lol)

Chase is in the band this year.  He originally picked the trumpet…

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…but he did so well on that audition they kept asking him to come back and audition for other things, so he finally landed on percussion.  I can’t wait for the first band concert!

Weekend in Chicago!

I left the kids in Michigan (see previous post!) to drive to Chicago.  It was my friend Holly’s birthday weekend and a bunch of us met there to surprise her and go to a Def Leppard/Journey concert at Wrigley Field!

We also took some time to explore the city a bit, squeezing into Ubers, hitting the Field Museum and the Hancock Sky Lounge:

I also got to see my dear friend Nicole and her family, though we didn’t take pictures.  We really need to get better about that!

Michigan Vacation!

The kids and I flew to Michigan for our summer vacation this year!  The kids were really excited, especially because we normally drive.

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It was a bit of an adventure flying there, as our original flight was cancelled while we waited at the gate, and we had to book a new flight on a different airline.  We eventually made it, though!

It was a really nice, relaxing vacation.  The kids loved swimming with Kacee in the lake (while I “sunned” lol):

My mom took us to the “Ribbit Exhibit” at Dow Gardens, which sent us on a fun scavenger hunt!

And we helped Grandma with her puzzles.  (We became slightly obsessed, actually, and had to buy her more!)

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At the end of the week, the kids got to stay with Grandma and Grandpa while I drove to Chicago for the weekend!  (See next post!)

Houston Dynamo Game!

Chloe’s birthday “experience” this year was a trip to Houston with me to see the Houston Dynamo’s play, since she’s so into soccer!  We ordered shirts to wear so we could be true fans!

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The Dynamos won the game, and every time the scored a goal fireworks would go off and streamers would come down.  Chloe lived for those moments!

We had some time before the game to check out Discovery Green, too:

In the third picture above she is trying to climb a knotted rope.  She attempted that rope that over and over and over again until she accomplished it.  Not once did she give up because it was too hard.  I love her growth mindset!

Before heading home there was just one more thing to do:

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(Of course!)

Happy 8th Birthday, Chloe!

Chloe celebrated her birthday at the roller rink with a bunch of friends.  My BFF Katie and her daughter Ashlyn also made the trip to Austin for it!  As is tradition, I made her cake and gave her a birthday experience vs. “stuff” (tickets to a Houston Dynamo game)!

Happy 8th Birthday, Baby Girl!

We Met Bobby Bones!

I have been listening to the Bobby Bones show every morning for like 6 years, and as corny as it sounds… I feel like they’re my friends now!  I especially find Bobby’s story inspirational, so when I heard he was coming to the area for a book signing, I dragged the kids to stand in line with me!

They thought it was pretty cool, too, and now they want to watch anything he’s on!

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