Bug Bites, Bee Stings, and Bruises

Summer has finally arrived here in Fort Collins! The Yoos landed in Colorado just over two years ago. We arrived just in time for the pool to open, the mud to dry, and the brew and yoga fests to begin. I will never forget meeting my next door neighbors within the first hour of our arrival. I was so excited to learn that they had kids of similar ages and the greatest piece of information that I learned about them was that they were Notre Dame grads! Coming from an Irish Catholic family very involved ND, this was huge. Even though they have yet to have us over to watch a game, I am grateful for their friendship and support. 

Fast forward two years we are happy to say that the walls have been painted (some yellow, some blue, and most grey), the wood floors have been chipped away (dog dents and kid drops), the kitchen used (a lot!), and the family photos hung (need to be updated!). This summer is off to a great start. Mom (me) had a lot of anxiety about what would go down with all three kids home ALL THE TIME so made plans to visit her Mom in Chicago that first week of summer. That week went by way to fast. We found ourselves back "home" in FoCo and started enjoying summer and all of its offerings including nature hikes, pool, library summer reading challenges, bike rides, visits to Dad's office, discovery museum just to name a few. This all sounds fabulous right?! The Perfect Storm had to hit. I would like to think of myself as an Optimistic person so I was not sitting on the edge of my seat waiting for the storm, but in the back of my mind I knew we would have "one of those days". I like to consider "one of those days" as a reminder of how blessed I truly am. I have three healthy children, one amazing husband and an extended family that supports me 100 and 10 percent. 

"One of those days" happened this Wednesday. The kids woke up all complaining about bug bites before 7am. Pete was already on his way to the store so I had him pick up some "homeopathic" oil to soothe their bites. Mid-morning I explained to Shannon that we were heading to her Wellness visit where she would most likely get some shots. I was so proud of her because she did not "freak out" and actually said "lets just get this over with Mom". While the visit went well her reaction to the shots was not "ideal". Later that day we decided to go on a walk/bike ride. Before getting out of the driveway Dan fell to the ground bruising up hands and knees and not 5 minutes later Catherine stung by a bee. Thankfully a neighbor came to the rescue grabbing the dog from me, calming Danny down and telling me what to do next with Shannon. You see...life will throw you "Bug Bites, Bee Stings, and Bruises" but at the end of the day challenge yourself to see what good came out of it. Wednesday my kids and I bonded with hugs and kisses, laughs and cries, and an overall sense of togetherness. What good things come out of your "Bug Bites, Bee Stings, and Bruises"? 

Colleen Yoo