Merry Christmas &
Happy New Year!
From Todd, Andrea, Alex & Nick
Saturday October 22, 2005
Okay, I know, I really deserve the
harassment this time! I'm sorry it's been so long. We have been so busy!
Luckily it's been a really good kind of busy.
really don't think that we could have crammed one more thing into our
summer. A week after Alex got out of school we left for the east coast for
three weeks. We spent the first few days in New Jersey visiting Todd's
Parents. We kidnapped Todd's mom the second night we were there and got her
a room at the hotel we were staying at and she and Alex had a slumber party!
They had a great time catching up and grandma didn't seem too tired the next
day! We left Todd's parents and went up north for a night and got to see
Todd's brother Jimmy, his wife Kris and our niece Rachel. Whenever we have
Alex and Rachel together we have to laugh that it's a good thing that they
have 3,000 miles separating them because if they lived closer once they
became teenagers, they would be trouble! We also got to have dinner with
Todd's best friend Brian and catch up a bit with him. After NJ we went to
Concord, Mass and stayed a night with our friends Carolyn and Jack. I think
that the one thing Alex will always remember about our visit will be having
a dragonfly land on her hand and sit perfectly still and happy for about ten
minutes before flying away. It was so cool! After leaving Carolyn and Jack,
we drove up to Bar Harbor, Maine for a night. We wasted no time in putting
our plan of having lobster everyday into place! Soooo good!
next morning we were up early to catch the high speed ferry to Nova Scotia.
We stayed one night in Yarmouth, NS and were finally able to see Todd's 94
year old great aunt. Aunt Edith has been waiting not too patiently for 6
years for this visit as this is the trip we were going to take back in 1999
when Alex relapsed for the first time. So the day we were supposed to leave
for our vacation we left for her first transplant instead. Aunt Edith was
thrilled to see the kids and I felt very lucky to finally meet her. What a
wonderful loving woman! From Yarmouth we drove up to Halifax for the longest
portion of our trip. We spent 5 days there and had a great time exploring
and researching Todd's family history. We left Halifax and headed back down
to Yarmouth for one more night and one more visit with Aunt Edith and then
we were back on the ferry. Once we got back to Maine we drove down to Camden
for two nights. My great aunt and uncle - they love it when I call them
that!!! Met us there and we spent a day exploring and enjoying each other.
We left Camden begrudgingly as it
was such a pretty and quaint place, but we had something very promising in
store... Aunt Doris' house!!! We always love Aunt Doris' house! It's amazing
to watch her and Alex interact. They are truly kindred spirits and Alex
thinks Aunt Doris is the best thing since sliced bread! Of course, Todd and
I kind of have to agree! If only we could kidnap her and bring her to
Washington! Alex had a great time playing in the pool with her cousin Zack
and we got to meet the newest addition to the family, Leah. She's beautiful!
The day that we were supposed to leave, we were running late - imagine that,
the Martini's, running late!!!! We were about half way to the airport,
hightailing it because we were afraid we were going to miss our flight when
Todd got an email from the airline... Our flight had been cancelled! Todd
immediately called the airline to make arrangements to get onto the next
flight. Once he got through, he was told that the earliest flight they could
get us on was Saturday morning - this was Wednesday!!! We called Todd's mom
and brother and let them know that we would be staying at least one more
night and made plans to get together again. We wound up getting a flight out
on a different carrier on Friday so we got to spend a few more days with
Jimmy's family and Todd's mom which was really nice. It was a fantastic trip
and Todd and I are still going through lobster withdrawal!!! I need a
Just four days after we got back we got a call from Todd's mom letting us
know that his dad had passed away. So Wednesday, Todd got back on a plane
and went back to NJ to be with his family for a week. I was a little worried
about him until I talked to him on the evening of the wake and when I asked
him how it went he told me that it was a blast! Only in an Italian family!!!
The day after Todd got home he drove me to my friend Allison's house and her
and I went up to Vancouver BC for four days. We had a fantastic time
shopping too much, eating too much, relaxing and enjoying girls only time!
A few days after I got back from Vancouver, it was time for camp!!! The
highlight of the summer for Alex and I! Todd and Nick opted to skip this
year so it was girls week. We had such a great time! Alex really seemed to
get it this year and had a blast doing everything she could squeeze in
everyday. Shannon was her counselor again this year which we were thrilled
about. It was definitely a week we didn't want to end.
August 21st we took possession of - our new house!!!! I told you we had a
busy summer!!! We took the plunge and found a house on the water. We're now
Islanders!!! The house is small, but fixed up very nicely on the inside.
It's on a little over a half acre and we have 105 feet of western exposure
waterfront. We look directly out to the Olympic Mountains and the sunset.
It's breathtaking! I have had to learn to turn my back away from the water
if I'm on the phone or trying to concentrate on something because you just
get lost in the view. We will be adding on to the house, so it will be a
mess for a little while, but boy will it be worth it! We had our first party
here the Friday after we got the keys and all the kids had a blast
collecting baskets full of shells. I've never seen so many sand dollars in
my life! Needless to say, we are in heaven!!! I couldn't be prouder of Todd,
he worked his butt off for so long and boy has it paid off! Our original
plan was to hang on to the Saratoga house because we thought we might add a
second story to the beach house. We decided instead of doing that we would
build a two story behind the one story and connect them. I don't have the
drawings yet, or I'd show them to you! So, we put the Saratoga house on the
market last week. We'll see what happens! Of course, all this had to happen
AFTER I finished painting Alex's room and relandscaping! Oh well, it's still
started school on September 1st and is having a great time. She is doing
well although, she did get her first discipline note from the principle...
Leslie had called me to tell me that she was coming home with it and I
should have know when she was trying really hard to hold back the laughter
that it was a very Alex like offense! Yes, Alex's first discipline note was
for kissing boys! Note that that is not boy, but BOYS. Namely an
entire 3rd grade class of boys!!! So now every morning when I drop her off
we have the conversation... Keep your lips to yourself, keep your hands to
yourself, do what you're told, don't argue, don't throw any fits, and have a
great day sweetheart! I knew I would be the parent to get the call telling
me that my kid was sexually harassing the boys!
Last month we had our first clinic appointment in 6 months! Her counts look
fantastic and Doug was thrilled with everything. He teased me that there is
definitely something to be said for stubborn parents! I told him I thought
it had more to do with the stubborn kid! After examining her and visiting
for a few minutes Doug started to leave the room and I realized that he
hadn't given me an appointment slip so I asked him when he wanted us back.
He responded by telling me that he saw no need for us to come back unless
something came up!!! After he picked me up off the floor Lisa Parks, who had
stopped by to say hi commented that generally when she gets that type of
reaction from a parent, she tells them that she'll see them in 6 months. So,
Doug looks at me laughing and says "okay, we'll see you in 6 months!" So, we
have a mercy 6 month appointment, but only if I remember to call and make
the appointment because he still didn't give me an appointment slip!
Security blanket, where are you????!!!!!!
is doing fantastic. He is still a human pinball machine and the cutest thing
ever. Boy is he lucky he is! He is a handful! I think that we were way too
cocky with Alex thinking we had the parenting thing down and Nick is God's
way of telling us that we have no clue what we're doing!!! He's talking a
lot more which really helps because he's not as frustrated. It was really
hard for a while because his comprehension is off the charts, but he wasn't
talking. So while he knew everything that was being said around him and
understood it, he couldn't communicate what he wanted.
Well, I think that's about it for now. I'm sorry it took so long to get you
an update. I'll try to update again before she graduates from med school!!!
Thanks for checking in on us!
Andrea, Todd, Alex and Nick