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Various Updates - Stroke Update

May 27th, 2009 at 02:13 pm

We got the "bad" news that it was indeed a stroke that my father suffered. A "small" one, but a stroke all the same.

He will probably be put on disability. They are saying it will take 6 months to see if he recovers.

For now we are very much on "wait and see" mode. More tests, more appointments, etc. He does not return to work until Monday, from vacation. Phew. It's nice they have time for this all to sink in before they figure out their next steps, etc.

My mom is not in 100% health and I imagine we will spend many future weekends helping them out - with whatever they need help with.

They are entirely too young for this!

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In other news, our kids are completely spoiled. They are going to Disney World this fall. MAke that 4 years in a row for them (DLand, DWorld, Dland, Dworld).

MIL has been pushing and we were not interested in the least. Considering finances, time off, etc., etc.

Silly me! I really thought she had let it go, though it has been brought up many times.

Yeah, what do I know.

It came up over the weekend and she pretty much said she would help pay (she's never invited us on a trip and not paid) if dh's dad was still working in the fall. He's not expected to - he is supposed to be laid off in June - and retiring.

Anyway - I honestly think she is completely full of crap. Like she only says that so we will go this year, which is her whim, obviously.

BUT, dh does have his GRandDad there. We had been talking about going next year anyway. I've personally been sidtracked with dreams of Kuai though. We figured MIL would pay and we'd do both, regardless. We certainly couldn't do both on our own. Florida is far more expensive since it would be airfare for four, as opposed to 2. My budget does not do airfare for FOUR!!! IT would need some major revisions, that is for sure.

Anyway, she mentioned my BIL could not get the time off, as I hemmed and hawed about money and vacation time. I finally told dh later that he should take the opportunity. IF the three of them could go for "free" then they really should go. They went without me last time. & I survived. & I don't mind putting off paying for ourselves to go to Florida in the future.

My only wish this year was not to travel anywhere. So hey, everyone is happy!

I know my MIL was a little annoyed by our conversation though. We just bought our GPS and we are talking about going to Hawaii next year (airfare for TWO being our only real expense - maybe $800 total). & I assure you she was rolling her eyes when we brought up Florida was not in our budget. Well, MIL, I don't know what world you live in, but I need more than FOUR MONTHS to save up for a vacation, for FOUR, to Florida. YEesh! So yeah, that whole thing, drives me nuts. Which is kind of where our resistance came in the first place. Let's plan a trip like a year or 2 in advance, like normal people. Maybe we can pitch in a bit! I Can assure you we wouldn't have just spent $500 on toys if I thought she would "win" this whole Florida thing. !!

Dh and I have both been a little tired of these last minute trips, on some level. I am personally tired of MIL controlling all things vacation in my life. Since I don't GET much vacation time. But the fact of the matter is dh and the kids have a lot more time to spare, than I do. & I do think they should take advantage. Particularly if there is any truth to the matter that the vacation gravy train would run dry in retirement. Seems reasonable it could. So just in case, I think they better go.

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It's 97 degrees here. BLECH!

10 Responses to “Various Updates - Stroke Update”

  1. Miss Sporty Saver Says:

    Oh, sorry to read the news about your dad. I'll say a prayer for him. Stay positive, all things will work out Smile
    Disney!!!!! I love that place. I was thinking of doing a vacay this summer to Disney and Sea World.

  2. creditcardfree Says:

    I did a quick search on expedia...for four people in sept approx $947.60 roundtrip. Of course, I don't know your dates and exact airport. We got our tickets down to $901...at one point I could have gotten $815, but DH waited too long to call me back! That includes everything but the luggage fees.

    It would be nice if you got to go. I love Disney!

  3. disneysteve Says:

    Best wishes for your dad.

    As for Disney and being spoiled, my daughter, who is now 13, has been to Disney World 14 times and her last trip was not long after her 12th birthday.

  4. monkeymama Says:

    Um, okay, since when was it so CHEAP to fly to Florida from Cali? Is this a current economy thing? YEesh.

    I personally don't do Expedia (Especially with kids). I like picking my airline, etc. (Terrible experience with Priceline many years ago so I am wary of those things). Expedia may be different though - I get them all confused.

    However, you piqued my curiosity. $250 per ticket (taxes and all) for our dates, are not bad. A lot of the prices are under $200 pre-tax. Now that I think about it, I am not sure if I have ever priced it. I just assumed a flight to Orlando would be a tad mroe expensive!

    I still need more than 4 months notice to save up that kind of cash. AND I am still completely content with not going. But maybe we will all go again in 2011???
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    DS - your daughter is SPOILED. Big Grin At this rate I wouldn't be surprised to say the same in 10 years though... My parents took me once when I was like 10. Though we lived close. I was content with that.
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    Thanks for the well wishes everyone.

  5. monkeymama Says:

    One more comment - airfare to Raleigh as same as always. Denver is $150 round trip. I guess forget my sister, but we have to visit my Grandma again this year. Big Grin (Historically Raleigh was the cheapest flight around. Not so much any more. Florida is cheaper!).

  6. homebody Says:

    I am sorry about your dad. Try flying out of Humboldt! Expensive! DH just flew to NC to visit the kids and granddaughter (and help them move to SC), but we used miles, one way 50,000 miles! Now we just have to get him home, but I don't think he is ever coming back, (to in love with his granddaughter). We have flown Reno to Raleigh for under $250.00 in the past year. We took our kids 3 times to Disneyland while they were growing up. When they were 2.5, 8 and 10; 7, 13 and 15 and the last time the two younger ones at 18 and 12 since the 18-year old had a cheerleading competition there. That was the best time. It rained and everyone left the park practically but us. Heck it was still warm and we are used to the misty rain. Besides you get all wet on Splash Mountain anyway! Hope you enjoy whatever trips you decide on.

  7. Ima saver Says:

    Hope your dad is better, how old is he?

  8. frugaltexan75 Says:

    I'm sorry the news wasn't better about your dad.

  9. monkeymama Says:

    He's 57.

  10. scfr Says:

    MM - I am SO terribly sorry to hear about your father, and sorry I did not comment about it earlier. (I'm just now getting caught up on some blog reading post-move.)

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