Sunday, April 26, 2020

Corona Virus Quarantine

Day 1: We came home from our cruise yesterday...I feel like I need a vacation from my vacation. Due to the Corona Virus pandemic all cities around the world are placing self quarantines into place and closing schools, restaurants, events, stores. Quite frankly it is all a bit scary. I am working from home right now. Bennett is not able to return to school until after April 10th. So until then...we remote work and remote learn. He is handling it all well so far. I try to make sure that he gets up, dresses, and treats each day as though he is going to school, we can't afford for him to fall behind. It's difficult...being an in home educator, working for the law firm remotely, being a wife, cooking, cleaning, laundry. Luckily God has blessed me with the worlds most well behaved child on the planet. :) Until tomorrow...
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Day 2: Same as yesterday, but we incorporated a little muffin baking action! I can tell he is getting annoyed with staying home all day, but I’m tied to my work laptop, and going out isn’t an option anyways since I’m self quarantining. 
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Day 3:
Another day at home with my little love...another morning of working remotely, helping Bennett remote learn, and do a little art for his buddy Gordon over at NASA. Next week things should get interesting, CyFair ISD is having the children remote learn, logging in, logging minutes on activities, so I will have to juggle that, working from home, keeping house, running the charity...I'd like to think I'm super mom, but I'm NOT. Luckily Randy is giving me a girls night in tomorrow...so at least I will get to let off a little steam before the week of hell begins. hah!
Day 27: Man I missed a few days of entries... it’s been a bit of a crazy house over here. Working with Bennett on school work and juggling working remotely for the law firm is proving to be more than I bargained for, and I can tell the stress of being in top of each other and with each other nonstop for a continuous month is taking its toll. We still have another 20 days of this. Lord give us strength, they are beginning to grade the students next month, so I will be having to really stay on top of him to pay attention and get his work done. It’s a challenge and I get a reality check into his daily life and see how complicated learning truly is for him with all of his disabilities. It’s frustrating and saddening, scary yet beautiful. I really can’t explain it, but I’m grateful beyond anything that we all are still home and healthy. I will update more next week, tomorrow is Easter, everyone have a blessed day! 
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Easter in Quarantine:
We had a wonderful Easter Sunday. The Easter Bunny  left a basket and eggs hidden around the house for Bennett and we got to attend church online. We rounded out our day with a bike ride and camp out in the backyard! Week 5 of Quarantine Starts tomorrow. 
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April 27, 2020
I’ve honestly lost track of what day this is in quarantine. Bennett’s school is closed the rest of the school year. I’m waiting to find out when I have to go back to the office, but for now we are still working from home. The city put out a 30 day mandatory mask in public that begins tomorrow....this all seems like a bad dream. I’ve put on 15 pounds since being home. Eating, Cooking, the depression has really taken over. I’ll be glad once we are able to get out again. 
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Monday, March 16, 2020

Spring Break 2020

We took our Annual Spring Break Cruise to Cozumel, Mexico again this year! :) Bennett brought along his best friend Gavan, and they had the BEST time. Waterslides, Snorkeling, Paddle Boarding, Ice Cream, Hot Tub, Movies...and all the food they could eat. Boys being boys, and it was just beautiful seeing him be a KID. :) There is the Corona Virus going around right now, so we were one of the last cruises allowed to embark on our cruise...thank goodness! Mexico was alot of fun, can't wait til next year! Hopefully we get to do a Disney Cruise, he has been begging to go on one.
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MRI 03.11.2020

Well today we had our usual MRI to see what Bennett's brain tumor is doing...it is not exactly the news that we were anticipating, but it is something that will hopefully turn out to be nothing. He had extremely high anxiety today about going on the "space ship" for his MRI. It breaks my heart that he has had to endure so much. The main tumor is stable, but they have found a small punctate lesion on the outer perimeter of the larger mass, so...we will continue with another MRI in 6 months and just watch it. Praying that it stays stable and that it is nothing to worry about. His oncologist feels that it is small enough to not worry...but with Bennett's history we can't be too careful. I meet with his oncologist early April and will update everyone then.
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Cruising Into the Double Digits

It's crazy to think my little miracle has been walking on this earth for a decade, but he has! Bennett is 10! We celebrated in style...a swimming party at Aunt Shelf and Uncle David's house, complete with a cruise ship cake and his closest friends. Thank you to everyone who made the time to come and celebrate our little boy with us, it truly meant the world...6 years until he drives...Lord help me. HAHAHAHAHAH!
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And just like that....it's 2020

This is the year Bennett turns 10, this is the year we wish for a change. We promised ourselves that if Bennett made it 5 years stable with his brain tumor we would try for one more...give him a sibling. That 5 year mark is February 2020. We are making good on that promise, and we cannot wait. He will be an AMAZING big brother. He has such a big heart and not quite sure who to give it all to, so I know that giving him a little brother or sister is the right thing for our family, for him...because lets admit it, my life is for him. His happiness. So here is to a year of change, big things, and brilliant light for us all!
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Thursday, December 26, 2019

Christmas 2019

Christmas this year, like each year, seems to have come and gone so fast, a quick little spark of merriment and joy. Bennett was on the nice list and got EVERYTHING he asked for. Not sure we will be able to do that next year, but as long as we can, we will. That little man deserves everything his little heart desires. 2020 is right around the corner, and with it brings new challenges, and we are ready for them! Happy Holidays!




Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Wrapping Up 2019

It's been a VERY long year, and I for one am happy to say that it is coming to a close. On the brighter side of our year Bennett's tumor has remained stable, we took a family cruise to Cozumel, Mommy & Daddy both got new jobs, and Bennett hit a ball off of Craig Biggio at a Sunshine Kids event at Minute Maid Park! He participated in basketball, bowling, and sang at his school talent show (obviously he got mommy's singing abilities). We are excited to see what 2020 brings for the Nester Family. Here are a few candids from the past few months...