My Life in a Nut Shell

3 surgeries for Endometriosis, countless medications, and lots of difficult years trying to conceive. We put the medical stuff on hold and decided to work on being parents instead. In July of 2000 we were blessed beyond all measure with a phone call announcing the birth of our daughter, Megan. Megan's birth mother had given birth the day before and was leaving the hospital. We had no warning that Megan was coming. At 4:29 in the afternoon we were a couple, at 4:30 we were parents. Deciding that we wanted a sibling for Megan, we looked into all our options. This time insurance covered IVF. One round and we were blessed with triplets, Abigail, Brigid, and Caroline. Did you know that there is a 70% chance of divorce in families of Higher Order Multiples? Almost two years after the triplets were born my ex-husband and I separated and eventually divorced. During that time both my Mother and Father passed away from cancer. In February of 2007 my sister came to live with us to help out. In December of 2008 she had to leave so now it is me on my own with the girls. In February 2010, Lisa passed away and finally found her own Peace.

Friday, July 6, 2012

I could get use to this

It's been a busy week at Chez Harrigan.  The girls were with their Dad last week.  It was nice to get a break from noise.  There were so many days when I never even turned the TV on.  I kept myself busy helping friends, visiting friends, and just enjoying my down time.  The girls came home on Saturday.  We've been moving ever since.

We spent a lot of the week swimming.  Our apartment pools are finally opening from 10- 9 p.m.  They had been open only 3-7 everyday.  Today alone we went twice and it was wonderful.

With me starting school in August, the girls were excited to go and see where I will be going to school.   We went on Monday and all got makeovers.  With free services and receiving student discounts on everything, it cost me almost nothing.   Caroline only wanted french braids so that is what she got.

Megan wanted to look like Kristen Stewart so we did a semi-permanent color to try it out.  That way if she didn't like it, it would just wash out over time.

Abigail simply wanted a cut to make her hair a bit shorter for summer.

Brigid wanted a complete cut.  It suits her so beautifully!!!
(Yes that is a leprechaun foot on the bathroom door.  He came to visit for St. Patrick's Day and apparently he leaves footprints that don't come off.)

I wanted something so very different.  I had this hair color in my mind for a couple of months and thought if I was able to go to cosmetology school then I would get it.  If I stayed in teaching then I would not.  

It is so incredibly freeing finally allowing my appearance finally match my inner personality.  Those are pink highlights.  

Tuesday we hung out at home.  My allergies are killing me.  This is the worst they have ever been.  One of the things I'm allergic too is bluegrass.  I live in the frickin' bluegrass state.  

Wednesday was the 4th of July.  We went to Locust Grove which is the oldest home in Louisville.  I've been wanting to take the girls for forever and took advantage of the fact that the tour was free.  My girls actually really enjoyed it.   

Thursday was an epically busy day.  The girls were going to get manicures at Empire on Tuesday but we ran out of time.   So I took them back on Thursday.  It was so unbelievably adorable to see all 4 girls sitting at tables getting their nails done.  My girls chatted with the students doing their nails.  It was definitely an image of my future with 4 teenagers!!

After nails we went to Old Navy because I have to wear solid black pants and either a solid black or solid white shirt to school everyday.   I'm a pattern kind of girl so I don't have a lot of solid anything.  I found two pairs of pants for $7 each and two white shirts both of which were $2.50.   As I was looking at the clearance racks my girls started to look at their sizes as well.  I love that they don't even look at the regular racks.  They head straight to the sales!   They started finding jeans and shirts for $1.47.  I rarely, if ever, let the girls try anything on.  I just bring the clothes home to the girls.  It was so spontaneous as they each asked to try on a shirt in the dressing room.  The store was not busy so I said ok.  An HOUR later my girls had tried on just about everything on the clearance racks.  They had so much fun!  I enjoyed just sitting on a bench watching the girls smile through every outfit.   I ended up buying each girl a pair pants,  2 shirts, and a pair of shorts.  At a $1.47-2.00, I couldn't pass it up!!  

We headed to Kroger and shopped for dinner.  We came home, they ate, and then headed to yoga.  Yes you read that right.  Yoga.   I saw an ad for Yoga East that said they had classes for kids and scholarships were available.  I called and found out that my girls qualified.  I told them and they got so excited!! (except for Brigid who was very apprehensive)  I dropped the girls off for over an hour.  When I returned they all asked if they could do it again!   It turns out that they also offer a beginner's yoga class at the same time for adults.  It's been 20 years since I've done yoga.  I miss it.  So I think I'm going to drag this fat ass to class too.   I figure I can justify the expense (it's so damn cheap!) because it's for my health.  I'm really good at starting things and then not  finishing them.  Yet the girls LOVED the class and can't wait to go back again.  

After yoga, as we were diving home, I passed by a sprayground that is relatively new.  So an impromptu stop to cool off thrilled the girls to no end.  

Today we hung out at home and swam twice.  Tomorrow I plan to nap.  A lot.   Phew.

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