Last month was National Blood Donor Month. My husband is due to donate soon and I need him to before D and I attend an event with United Blood Services later on this month. It's at a fancy shmancy hotel again and the theme is PARIS!!! It's terrible, but I am already scheming to grab the center piece if it's something I can use now or in the future, especially if it has an Eiffel Tower on it anywhere! This will be the first time that D and I are attending just us and it's really special. Of course, I am instantly reminded about the weeks he spent in the NICU, the blood transfusions he needed, and the life-saving ones I needed that terrible night we lost his baby brother. We'll be seated at tables of 10 with our name tags reading blood recipients. I'm sort of preparing my shorter story version, but you know I'm kind of lengthy! I'll have to get that ready so that I don't unravel in front of my kid in public.
We are going to CA for a teacher conference and celebrating love! It will be 15 years of marriage this month and 22 years together as a couple. I can't even believe that! Hubby hit the big 40 in January and he's coping well so far. I remember once thinking that was old when I was in my 20's. There haven't been any weird sports car requests, uncontrollable crying, or hinting at any death defying activities. He's handling it well. I know I probably won't. With birthdays, anniversaries, and angelversaries I guess it's normal to reflect on life. It's so different than how I ever imagined it to be, but it's still good. My timeline is in full swing and like any loss parent, I'm coping as best as I can.
With the painful dates looming, I try to busy myself with other things. For our MOD fundraiser this year, we are selling Lego Batman minifigures! The kids and I made a little flyer which reads "Prematurity is NO Joke" and have a picture of a Lego Joker. So far, it's been well received and the kids are having fun with it. I am too! It's been sort of therapeutic to "feel packages" for weapons, heads, and accessories. I'm pretty good at guessing the blind bags. FYI, the minifigures are worth more if they are never opened. I've visited several stores now on a mission to find more of a certain figure. I have one more stop next week at the local Lego store for monthly mini build and I'll end the search there. My boys are excited to see the Lego Batman movie coming out next week. Again, just wonderful distractions to help me focus on today.
I hope you enjoy the event and that you get a fabulous Paris centerpiece. You are so amazing in the ways you show your boys how important it is to give and give back and to support important life saving causes like MOD and blood donation.
Happy Anniversary! 15 years is very special!
Love that picture!
Have fun at the event. Be kind to yourself as you adjust to all the memories that come with this time of year.
Immersing our kids in giving back is such a great life lesson.
I cant wait to see pictures of the event. Congrats on 15 years. We are nearing 12 and someday I don't know how we both made it here alive haha! I cant believe how fast your boys are growing. Please give them a hug from me!
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