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Saturday, August 25, 2012

35th Birthday Scare...

Well this year my birthday was almost tolerable. I stress ALMOST!! It started off great. Sean bought me a dozen red roses, two beautiful sun dresses and a really cool Patriots shirt. We had a nice breakfast with Krispy Kreme donuts and iced coffee. We had a very calm day, lounging in our bedroom while the kids watched Phineas and Ferb. I even got a chance to play a few games on my tablet. It was all going great until Sean left to get In-N-Out for dinner. He went out the back gate since his car is now parked in the parking lot. The gate is pretty warped and the latch doesn't work well. So I guess when Sean left, it didn't latch. The kids were still watching TV and the poor dogs were out front, in the heat with no water. So I went out to fill their bowl. (Declans' job, I might add) Declan came trailing out with Sam. After chasing them both back into the house, I noticed Liam was no longer on the couch. We yelled for him, but no answer. I ran up stairs to check all the rooms, nothing. I ran to the back slider and didn't see him. However the gate was ajar. Panic took over my entire brain and I was frantic. I ran out in nothing but Seans' t-shirt and panties. All I could think about was the highway 500 feet from our little park. Liam doesn't know better and would bolt straight for the street. I looked around completely panicked. I saw a woman looking around, she was all the way down the hill from our house. I could hear Liam screaming. There he was, on this ladies porch, screaming for me. He was covered in chocolate from head to toe and wearing nothing but his underwear backwards. He looked like a homeless child. I opened her gate to let him out. She said he was wondering around out here holding a bottle of Clorox Anywhere Hard Surface Sanitizer. Of course, she thought it was bleach and freaked out. She said they were about to call the police. I thanked her for finding him and took him back home.

I was shaking from head to toe. I felt like I was going to puke. I called Sean to tell him what happened. He was in complete shock. He went straight to Home Depot and bought a bar for the slider. Liam is smart enough to unlock and open any door, but he has no common sense. He doesn't understand danger or fear. He just wanted to go outside and play. If that lady and her husband hadn't found him, Lord knows where he would have gone. At the same time, I feel like such a bad parent for not knowing my child left. I was more concerned with the dogs. Who puts their dogs before their children. I'm still beating myself up over it, but I know it could have happened to anyone. I never thought he would run out the door that though.

It's over, we've secured the slider with both a safety bar and one of those window stopper thingies. Sean reminds Liam everyday not to got running outside without one of us. I don't think it helps though. Liam is Liam, he will do what he wants and any amount of restriction doesn't seem to stop him...lol. I hate to see what he will put us through as a teenager.


Thursday, August 16, 2012

Sean Goes Back To School!

Wow, life is just crazy around here. Sean officially gets his last paycheck with his former employer in two days. Four years of blood, sweat and dedication all gone. It still stings a bit, but life goes on.

He has decided to go back to school. He had 2.5 years at GWU. Pretty much a full ride too, but just never finished for stupid reasons. Well, now he is considering a career change, to IT. He wants to learn to write code for Java. He's amazing with computers and thinks this would be a great career move. I think it's just what he needs. With his current career path, he is pretty much stuck because he doesn't have a degree. He can't get the jobs he's qualified for because he lacks a diploma and any other positions won't give him the time of day because he's over-qualified. So, after a couple weeks of being down in the dumps, My Mom suggested he look into computers. Turns out it's exactly what he needed to get himself excited.

He bought two books to get himself started, Java for Dummies and All-In-One CompTIA A+ Certification. To even get his foot in the door, he needs the A+ Certification. The book is huge, about 3 inches thick with 1454 pages. That's a lot of work, but wants he learns it all, he just has to pay $200 to take the test and he's all set. Of course he will have other certifications he needs, but this gets him started.

Our local community college has a few courses he wants to take as well to at least get an AA. It won't help with his current career change, but it will help him get the jobs he wants currently, in the wireless industry. Since we have 7 children and he is unemployed, he will certainly qualify for financial aid, and if not, it's $35 a course. Not too shabby!

I am totally excited for him. I think this would be great and I have been nagging at him to go back to school for years. It will be tough, I may have to go back to working nights at a hotel for awhile, but it could be good for me. I need to get out more. Plus I will still be able to teach the kids during the day, we'll just have to start our day a lot earlier.

On a more personal note, I finally sent in my paperwork to get my name officially changed to O'Donnell. I know, it's been nearly 9 years, but I just kept putting it off. Now, since I lost my SS card a few years back, I kinda need a new one if I want to go back to work. Unfortunately, our old cats chewed up the side of our marriage licence, right where my date of birth is shown, so they may reject it. I'll find out soon enough. Another reason not to have cats...lol.

Last but not least, the kids are all fighting a mild cold. Lizzie however, has a Staff infection that I have been fighting for months. I only just now found out it was a staff infection because I have had my second UTI in a month. I went to the doctor a couple days ago and the Dr noticed my last infection was caused by Staff, which is rare for a UTI. It finally clicked in my brain. I told him I had been fighting a weird rash with my daughter for a couple months. That would explain a lot. So, as soon as Sean and the boys get home, Lizzie and I are off to the Dr. She needs to be put on antibiotics. Apparently Staff is going around like wild fire out here. They get a dozen cases a day. That's just crazy. I have no idea where she would have caught it. She doesn't ever leave the house. Maybe from the swings outside. I am so grossed out by the whole thing. I have never had a Staff infection in my life, I've never even had head lice. So I'm pretty freaked out...lol.

A couple days ago, I took the kids out to get some cute pictures, here are the results...

Cian, Fionn, Mary and Lizzie

Cians' 1st professional haircut.

Declans' haircut.
Fionns' 1st professional haircut.

Mary striking a pose!

The fab three!