As Mommy B mentioned in her latest cartoon post - the whole fam damnily has had an unfortunate run of luck lately. I'm not going to go into all the details because no one wants to hear me whine. And besides, things could be a lot worse... we could live in Tripoli.
To boil it all down, Alli has been sick and is now teething, Mommy B and I have medical/insurance bills coming in the door like they're on a conveyor belt (and we're actually a really healthy family), and the weather has kind of blown this summer. We've been able to get Alli to the beach a couple times, but not nearly as many as I was hoping - it's just been too damn hot. I'm talking 110-120 degree heat index hot. I don't care where you are, that's too freakin' hot... especially for an infant who can't exactly dive under water when she gets too warm. And now that things are finally cooling down a bit (low 90's), we have Hurricane Irene barreling towards the eastern seaboard.
I've always noticed that things come in waves - things will be really calm for a while, then all of a sudden the fit hits the shan and you have to deal with a whole bunch of things at once. When it rains, it pours - especially this weekend when the hurricane rumbles past the South Carolina coast. I can't wait to see how many people freak out and start heading for the hills. Should be interesting trying to evacuate 300,000+ people with only 2 lanes of highway heading out of town that actually lead you away from the coast. Oh there are other highways out of town, but none of them will get you out of harm's way.
The silver lining to all this is that it will all be over soon. Alli's teeth are almost in, which should get rid of the coughing at night. We have plenty of savings to cover the bills (that still doesn't make me hate them any less). The storm will pass - both literally and figuratively. Hopefully that means that there are calmer waters ahead so we can get back to normal. But then again, when you have a bouncing baby girl around the house, nothing is really "normal" anymore. We have a crazy life, but it's better than having a boring one.