Friday, December 29, 2006
This post is sponsored.
It was pretty cool. Well, the super powers part, not necessarily the killing of other witches part.
Beware! The blurs will get you!
Apparently, my youngest became a ghost while I wasn't looking!
What is a mother to do?!? Finally, I set the timer, threatened the oldest with his life to sit still, and held the youngest in place until the timer flickered, then tickled them both before the camera went off. The end result was two photos, photoshopped together.
While the kids look cute, the photos are oh, so red. What I wouldn't give for a new digital camera!! When I ordered the photos, they arrived even redder. With a new camera and printer, who knows, I could be the next, um, well, some famous photographer! Being bestowed with a new HP camera and printer would make me one Happy Person!
This post is sponsored by HP.
The mommy part of me feels bad for wanting the ear holding to be vanquished forever. It's probably the last remaining attributes Peyton has carried over from babyhood (except for his loathing of bedtime), and I know when it ends, a part of me will be sad. I think that sad part will miss the babiness the most. The fact that my first born is really growing up will sink in and hit bottom, anchored to my heart.
The adult part of me just wants to say, "keep your grubby hands to yourself!"
Thursday, December 28, 2006
I can tell such a difference in my overall attitude when I'm not taking care of myself. I feel so blah and tired. Also, my clothes are getting tight. EEK! I think Larry's going to jump on the bandwagon with me too. He's talking about getting a watch that will help monitor our heartrates and mileage, so we can train more effeciently.
Here's to a Happy and Healthy New Year!
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Friday, December 22, 2006
Thursday, December 21, 2006
Why hast thou over-
With all the holiday parties and goodies, I am just flat out exhausted. I'm not ready for Christmas to be over yet, but I am ready for the junk food to be gone! I haven't worked out or eaten right in over a month and I can really tell. I just feel blah. Back in July, I completed an 8 day fast using the Master Cleanse and I'm planning on doing another beginning the first week of January. I'm actually looking forward to not eating for a while.
I need a nap.
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Meeting someone on the Internet was a great experience for me. Larry and I were able to truly get to know one another and would talk for hours online and on the phone. As with any online dating experience, please use caution and make smart choices when meeting people for the first time.
This post is sponsored.
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
A word about my sponsored posts. Most of them are through Pay Per Post, a company that offers businesses the opportunity to pay bloggers to advertise on their blogs. The bloggers post their opinions with links to the sites within the post. The pay from $5.00 a post and up. With everything that has been going on, and the medical bills that are starting to come in, I thought I would use this to bring in some extra money. I don't want to bombard the blog with them, so I am trying to post a personal post for each sponsored post. Thanks for reading and if it sounds like something you would be interested in, the link is on my sidebar. :)
However, should you choose to carry a credit card and use it responsibly, they can come in handy. If you do your research, and remember some credit card advice, you can use credit cards to help you. A professor of mine was also a financial planner and he paid with a credit card for all of his purchases. BUT, he made sure to pay it off at the end of the month, every month, and for the full amount. By doing so, his money stayed in an interest yielding account, while he used the credit card company's money for items during the month. You must be very diligent to do this though.
It also helps to stay abreast of credit card news by using sites specifically dealing with credit cards UK.
My suggestions is that if you apply for a credit card, only get one, and keep your limit low.
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
Four years ago, Brian moved up to Orlando to attend school. We would see him when he was home on breaks. It's crazy watching someone grow up while missing months in between. He would leave for a few months, and return 3 inches taller. The wireyness turned into tall and lean. The curly hair was kept short now and dare I say, a six pack had developed that Brian loved to show off. The politeness of his childhood remained though, and he is a dear friend to us, and especially Larry's younger brother.
As Brian neared graduation, he enlisted in the Air Force. He's opting to go through boot camp even though he's not required as he has a degree. He learned that fellow soldiers respect you more for doing so. This is the man he has become.
Brian leaves today for Texas for basic training. He called Larry Sunday night to talk for a few minutes and ask him to watch over Marc (Larry's brother). That's when it really hit home for Larry. We're so very proud of Brian, and for me it's one more reason this nonsensical war should end sooner than later.
If four years of college matured him to this point, I can only imagine what a tour of duty will do for him. I pray without ceasing that he will not be sent away, but if he is, for his safe return. Having two boys, I can't even imagine what his mother is going through now. We love you, Brian.
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Monday, December 18, 2006
A couple of weeks ago, I found Mental Tesserae and now I am hooked. Thankfully, she only began blogging back in August or so, and as such, catching up on her archives isn't taking me as long as it normally does. Julie has a great way of relating art to her life and a piece of art accompanies most of her entries. Her entries are heartfelt and her way of looking at life is truly extraordinary. I say, check her out! (Wow, I have such a way with words!)
This post sponsered.
Thursday, December 14, 2006
*For those slow ones out there, think of the phrase, "The only difference between men and boys are the size of their toys." Now replace men and boys with women and girls and throw in a battery operated somewhere.
We had such a grand time that I signed up to host my own. I'm hoping for the end of January, enough time past Christmas, but just in time for Valentine's Day.
There is one thing though that can kill a good time rather quickly, when I arrived home at about 10:00, both boys were still awake, watching TV with their father. Seriously! I very quickly read them a book and spanked them soundly and put them to bed. (ok, I didn't spank them soundly, I saved that for Larry (ok, I didn't even do that.))
Bedtime is really just crappy time at our house. Peyton has NEVER gone to bed easy and Shey, who used to be my dream sleeper, has learned the ways of the older stubborn brother. Last night, though, I was not having it and they both threw fits from their bedrooms. Oh well. I told Larry, if we can't control these children at 2 and 4, what are we going to do later.
I feel a smackdown coming in the K household.
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
What about silver? Monex Deposit Company (MDC) offers silver and other precious metals for sale. There are a couple of different ways you can purchase the silver, which are coin form or a more natural state called ingot (which reminds me of the money in Harry Potter). Monex Deposit Company has been in business for more than 30 years and will shop the metals directly to you or arrange for storage in a safe place, such as a bank.
I know I spend several hours thinking of the perfect gift for my friends and family. With this, I can give a gift that no one already has!
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
The more I’ve thought about the topic, and read Mrs. Kennedy’s reply post, the more I wanted to write my own thoughts down, not so much as an argument, or an explanation, but a “here it is post.”
I’ve always had a strong believe in God that was instilled in me by a mother who faithfully went to church when the doors were open throughout my formative years. I never really felt the need to rebel against the church, even when I didn’t go for all those years. It was still there in my head and I knew I would make my way back when I found a place I felt I belonged. I attended a small private Christian school that imbedded the knowledge of the Bible in my head, but without much historical background to substantiate it like my adult self would have liked.
It wasn’t until Larry took me to church for Mother’s Day that I found that. The pastor was conducting a series on The DiVinci Code, like I’m sure most churches were doing with the movie release. He offered intellectually sound evidence to prove the validity of the Bible and the events that are within it. I only remember a couple off the top of my head. One being the meticulous way the scribes would transcribe the ancient texts passed from generation to generation. That even if one comma was out of place, the parchment was burned. Another being the sheer amounts of pieces that remain from these ancient texts. Just for example (and these aren’t accurate numbers) if there was one copy of a Homer text, there were 100 copies of a biblical text. A third proof contained within the Bible itself are the amount of prophecies (over 300) that were given and fullfilled. Not just broad sweeping statements either, but places, people and events. This valid, not just here it is, believe it, was what I needed as an adult and had been craving. Finally, something to go on besides just faith alone.
Aside from the information I’ve gleaned from my pastor since then, there are my other, more personal reasons for believing in God. These are the thoughts that have been going through my mind since reading Fussy’s post. From what I understand, I guess atheists believe we should be good just for the sake of mankind. That to be kind to others is just how we should act. I have a problem with this. Why? Why, if there are no checks and balances other than those on earth, should we be nice to others? Why should we follow the laws?
Let’s see, I guess one could go to jail. But so what? If when you die, there is nothing, what does it matter? You’ll be gone. If there are no spiritual consequences, does it really make that big of an impact on one’s decision making? I guess people could say that those who treat others poorly will lead a life of solitude and misery, but why should that person care? They are doing what they want to do. Why do we feel this need, this inherent need, to treat others with respect?
There’s also the theory of evolution. If we really evolved from an animal, would this moral issue be within us? What would have given us the ability to feel this way? And why aren’t animals still evolving? Why don’t we see a half ape half man? What is the spark within us that makes us different? How could all of this, all that man has accomplished, just happened?
I think it is the Godliness in us that is the difference. The spirit, the soul, the conscience, whatever you want to call it. There is something inside of mankind that makes us different. Don’t you feel it?
Sure we have our shortcomings, that’s called choice, and we do have one. But there is a driving force that separates us from any other species on the planet. If you sit still and are honest with yourself, in that place deep within you, there is something there. Something that you have to admit is bigger than we are.
I don’t really know what else to say without rambling on, but I just needed to get this out. So there it is. I welcome any comments.
Monday, December 11, 2006
Colleen also has recently started a Shopping Blog. Her entries showcase deals found on the web, good and bad. Here's a great post on Disney Deals for those of us looking for vacation ideas. This looks pretty cool too for gifts for your spouse, which I will definitely be checking out as Larry is so hard to shop for. She even has a Thumbs Down section, which is nice.
And there we go, another friend made on this World Wide Web.
For those a little more serious about their Online Poker, you can go to websites to learn more about the game, the rules and tips. This particular site, which gives a step by step tutorial for Online Poker games, including Texas Hold'em, offers reviews for casinos, free gifts and a myriad of other helpful information. Have fun and play safe!
Friday, December 08, 2006
Last night, he opened the lid, put the toilet ring on there and motioned for me to put him on top. He pointed his little pee pee down, and by God, he peed in the toilet! Much celebration ensued! After his bath, I put him in the diaper like normal and he went to bed.
This morning . . . the diaper was dry. My little man, who will be 2 tomorrow, went to the bathroom, repeated the toilet process and PEED AGAIN! Oh, that would be so, so awesome if he potty trained himself!
By the way, for some reason .blogspot.com has now become denied on my work server, so I can't read any of your blogger blogs. Hell, I can't even read my own! I'm friends with IT, so I'm going to try and get this resolved.
Thursday, December 07, 2006
On the kidney note, Larry finally has his CT scan scheduled for next Wednesday and hopefully this will put an end to the worrying and they can reach a clear decision regarding the structure of this mass on his kidney. Thank you for your continued support and prayers!
Friday, December 01, 2006
Thursday, November 30, 2006
One kid looks cute, the other, a crazed lunatic.
As you can see, Shey can actually turn himself into a ghost at will!
So, so close, but the damn dog got in the way and I lopped off Peyton's head.
This one's not horrible, but I finally managed to get a good one of Peyton and another good one of Shey and I photoshopped those bitches together. These are only a few of the about 50 I took. I thought I was going to lose a kid in the process.
And ta da, my month of posting is OVER!
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
The kids and I put up the Christmas tree last night and we only had 2 casualities. And wouldn't you know it, while in bed, I heard one of the cats already puking up fake pine needles. Damn cats. If anyone knows what I can do to keep my cats from eating fake pine needles and real flower leaves, please leave me a comment. For now, we are shutting them up in the back of the house. I'm going to attempt to take the boys photo tonight for Christmas cards. Hopefully they will cooperate and I won't have to photoshop them too much. I can't believe this year is getting ready to end already. Time flies.
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
Look at me go. ha ha
The weather outside is frightful, but inside it's so delightful.
I put up the christmas lights outside last night, the office ones just now and I'm going to do our interior this evening. Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow. (Or at least drop below 80!)
Monday, November 27, 2006
Sunday, November 26, 2006
Sheyism: issie down: while laying on the floor, or just throwing your head back while walking. Means upside down. Yell jubilantly through the house: "Issie down! Issie down!"
Sheyism: Run around with your arms straight out making rumbling noises, then stop and look expectantly at your audience and say, "Airplane!"
Saturday, November 25, 2006
Friday, November 24, 2006
Thursday, November 23, 2006
I'll close with a song.
A turkey for me and a turkey for you.
Turkey that doesn't taste like a big brown shoe.
Turkey de dee and a turkey de dap.
I'll eat my turkey then I'll take a nap.
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
Only a crazy person participating in NaBloblahblah would be on the computer at 7:30 in the morning in a hotel making sure she got her post in for the day. It could be that, or the 5 hours spent in the car with two children who took turns screaming over the same toy car. Why, oh, why did I not bring the blue car. (ha, and I'm even working movie references in.) So, we have about 6 hours to go today, but I will be buying another car before we leave this city. We also have saved the DVD player for today, so hopefully we can make it with our wits in tact.
See ya on the flip side.
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
Monday, November 20, 2006
So, it's not great news, but it is hopeful news. Pray that the radiologist looks at it and says, oh yeah, that's just a wod of fat. Not the most pleasant thought, but better than cancer any day.
Sunday, November 19, 2006
Saturday, November 18, 2006
The thing that really pisses me off (beside the whole mess) is that the radiologist that looked at the CT scan from Friday gleaned more information from the first CT scan Larry had in the hospital. This is the same scan that the ER radiologist was all over the board when he read it. Had the Er radiologist been more confident in their findings, we wouldn't have been running all over the place trying to get answers for the past three weeks.
Thank you for all your prayers. I guess the good thing is that if it is cancer, since it's contained in his kidney he won't need further treatment after they remove the kidney. This just sucks.
Friday, November 17, 2006
Thursday, November 16, 2006
This morning though, Peyton ran to his classroom by himself, so I had a couple minutes to spare. I squatted down by Shey and chatted with him a while. Led him to the table so he could finish his donut (shut up, it's dairy) and just stayed. A few minutes later, the class was getting ready to go outside, and Shey got up with them and headed out the door. He waved, "Bye-bye, mommy!" and off he went.
Well, color me a bad parent. Imagine, my baby just wanted a few more minutes with me, just an extra moment, a hug, and a chat. Oh, how I love that little guy.
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
We Did It! (sang to the tune of Dora the Explorer ending song)
We did it!
We did it!
Montaseema (Whatever that means in Spanish)
We did it!
We wrote in our blogs every day for a month!
We did it!
We did it!
It was really tough going, but we showed our stuff!
We did it!
WE! DID! IT!
Yay! I had such a good time writing blogs with you guys this month! What was your favorite part? Oh, I liked that part too! Thanks for helping!
(Clearly, NickJr has taken over my brain.)
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
Larry is away in Naples this week (Florida, not Italy) and some friends are in town from CA, so I get to have an adult dinner tonight and the in-laws have the boys. Yippee! We're going to my favorite restaurant (Blue Moon) and then I plan on going home and watching UltraViolet. Hopefully, it will be decent.
Also, I found a new blog (well, new to me) Mommy Needs Coffee. A great read. Most of the time, when I find serious bloggers, the ones who do this regularly with great readership, I am just in awe. The thought and work that goes behind creating entries is just amazing. The amount of words and the variance of the language they use to describe everyday tasks and the more meaningful topics just astound me. I'm so quick to whip something out and just stand back and think, look an entry! You would think I would have more of the writer drive with my degree in English and my love of reading. Alas, I fall short, and so I direct you to a better equipped blogger. I also read through her archives on her gaming blog, which of course intrigued me, but I refuse to even look into the game for fear I will become addicted too.
And there is my entry! Look at me! :-p
Monday, November 13, 2006
So anyway, back to the bed making. After the girls came last Thursday, Peyton commented on his bed and how nice it looked. You know what, the little booger has made his bed every morning since then. He pulls the comforter up, puts his pillow and the sham at the top, then puts his big Eeyore at the foot. He even goes so far as to spread his baby blanket, with the little teddy bear head, out in the middle. It cracks Larry and me up. The kid won't put his shoes on in the morning without a fight and he still refuses to wipe his own butt most the time, but by god, his bed is made every morning!
I make a point to tell him every day too how great it looks. I'm hoping before long, I can release the cleaning girls and let Peyton take over!
On the kidney front, Larry went for his CT scan on Friday, and the results will be faxed to the doctor's office by Thursday, so I am calling today and trying to get his follow up appt. However, the staff is supossed to return at 2 from lunch, and it is now 2:25 and the answering service is still picking up. Argh! I made him an appt on December 1 with the Cleveland Clinic for a second opinion. He still feels fine physically, which is good. We're both a little drained mentally though, and I'm fighting some sinus mess. Blah.
Sunday, November 12, 2006
Saturday, November 11, 2006
Friday, November 10, 2006
I remember when Peyton had a nasty sinus infection a couple years ago that we just couldn't get to go away, and I felt the same then. The constant fevers, no clear cut answers from the doctors and the never ending worrying just drove me crazy. I rememeber thinking, I just couldn't handle it if one of my kids had a chronic condition. I give all the credit in the world to the parents who have to deal with long term illnesses and things of that nature.
Patience is a virtue and one that I do not have.
Thursday, November 09, 2006
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
We went for his blood work this morning, which is an ordeal in itself as Larry HATES needles and things of that nature. We made it through without him passing out, then went home for him to take the berium and await his 11:00 scan. When we arrived at the imaging center, they looked over the Rx again and informed us that the specialist has specified that he wanted a clearer picture of any stones that may be on his kidney, rather than mentioning the mass (which we are more concerned about). Further, should the specialist really just want to rule out stones, then the berium was no good because it actually hides stones on the CT scan. You can imagine, we were less than happy.
Larry got on the phone with the specialist, who was less than helpful, saying she couldn't reach the doctor, blah, blah, blah. Larry called bullshit and told her, look, we're worried about this mass on my kidney that could be cancerous, HELLO?! After about 10 minutes of back and forth, and me restaining myself from grabbing the phone and chewing her a new asshole, she took down the number for the imaging center and said she was would try and get a hold of the doctor to clarify.
Three minutes later at the most, she called back having already reached the doctor. Unavailable my ass. He confirmed he wanted a regular CT scan with no contract, no IVP, or anything. The problem is, the berium has to exit your body through elimination and this takes a few days. Seriously, can these people not get their acts together so we can figure out what to do?!?
We scheduled the CT scan for late Friday afternoon and we'll hope the berium has passed through his system by then. I am so freakin' frustrated and just want to let the specialist have it for writing such a confusing Rx to begin with.
And this, my friends, is why they call it practicing medicine. Ba dum dum.
Tuesday, November 07, 2006
I'm getting nervous again. We had both chilled out after the last meeting with the doctor, but with the test looming over us, I feel a little constriction in the chest. And I know it's not as important as his health, but the whole money thing has me concerned too. Our dedutible, then 20% of everything, then if he does have surgery, that will be time out of work. He has about 2 weeks of time, and I guess we could use short term disability if we have to after that. I'm just ready to know already what's going on and what we have to do.
Monday, November 06, 2006
Then sometime in the night, between 2 and 3, Peyton came and crawled in the bed, which normally doesn't affect my sleeping too much, however, I was already awake and he was having a field day with my ear. (Playing with the ears of anyone other than himself is something he has done since he was about 9 weeks old.) Then he started talking in his sleep. I finally dozed off when Shey woke up. Larry brought him to bed with us too, and I tried to put Peyton back in his bed, but he started carrying on and I didn't want to fight him, so he came back to bed with us. There we were, two little and two big monkeys sleeping, or trying to, on the bed.
Ah, it's good to be home.
Sunday, November 05, 2006
Saturday, November 04, 2006
Friday, November 03, 2006
My friend and I went shopping today and we both spent money neither of us have, but you have to, you know. Now I'm sitting here typing this while my Bliss Triple Action Oxygen mask tingles on my face. Yay for charge cards!
Thursday, November 02, 2006
I'm not promising they will be the most professional reviews, as I'm trying to write true to me rather than all criticy, but they should improve as I get in the swing of things. (Hopefully ha)
On the kidney note, spirits are high as we await the CT scan next week. We have three churches officially praying for us, and countless other individuals. Keep up the good work, we feel the strength coming through. :) I can't tell you how much Larry and I appreciate our friends.
Wednesday, November 01, 2006
The doctor had a great bedside manner and explained everything to us, down to the difference between a Nephologist and an Urologist (one treats, one cuts in basic terms). He scheduled another CT scan for Larry next week so we can have a comparison to the first one after Larry finishes the antibiotics. He said it very well could just be a nasty infection caused by the stone that has absessed. He did't promise that Larry may not need some type of procedure or even the kidney removed, but he didn't seemed rushed to operate. This makes us feel so much better. We can handle surgery if it's necessary, but just to jump right on the table freaked us out.
To me, Larry having an infection makes more sense. Just keep praying for us!
On another note, I'm still "training" for my 5k and this morning I jogged 8 minutes before taking my first walk break. Go me! It wasn't the fastest pace, but a jog nonetheless. I may be able to do this without making a complete ass of myself!
Monday, October 30, 2006
Friday, October 27, 2006
2. Have the pain be so bad, you take him to the ER.
3. Have the ER give a preliminary diagnosis of kidney stones and run more test.
4. Have two CT scans and an ultrasound run.
5. Have the scans show a strange mass on your spouse's right kidney that they don't know what it is.
6. Spend 12 hours at the ER, then go home with no news really and an appt. with an urologist.
7. Go to the Urologist and have her and her partner tell you that the mass needs to come out.
8. Have them also tell you that in order for the mass to come out, the whole kidney needs to come out.
9. Also, they don't know if it's cancerous or not until the kidney comes out.
10. This all needs to happen in the next 3 weeks.
Of course, we're going to get a second opinion and see a kidney specialist, but we're both terrified.
I just wish it was me instead.
Thursday, October 26, 2006
Full of blisters my feet are.
Speaking like Yoda I know not why.
All night long it was in my head.
Walking long distances is a strange thing. Before I leave, I'm hyped up and ready to go. The first mile I think what am I doing? This is crazy. Then somewhere in the second mile, the blood starts flowing, you settle in to the pace and your body takes over. After the halfway mark, it's just gravy and as my walking partner says, you have to get back to your car anyway!
I signed up for a 5k on November 11. It's a night run through a holiday lighted park, so it should be fun. I don't think I'm ready since I still get winded when I run for any amount of time, but I'm hoping the adreneline will kick in and I can finish in a decent time. They also have kids races so I'm hoping Peyton will participate in that.
Wednesday, October 25, 2006
So anyway, I hadn't used it for a few days, and then I put it on last night. The smell dissapates within a couple minutes unless I guess if you get really close to my face, which is what Peyton did. He wrinkled his nose and crinkled his lip then said, "You smell stink!" Personally, I just think I smell like an easter egg.
Last night after we put Peyton to bed, he was chattering to himself in the usual fashion. I was reading, so I had tuned him out, but then I picked up "36, 37, 38, 39, 40!" Then he enthusiastically said, "Good job!"
Monday, October 23, 2006
Please check out the site. I've added some pages and made it more my own. Pass the web address around too. :)
Wednesday, October 18, 2006
With Peyton's first day of kindergarden rapidly approaching, I feel I should be more knowledgable about the school board and public school system that he will be attending. I'll be honest with you, public school terrifies me. Mostly the unknown. I attended a small Christian private school all 12 years and have no idea the inner workings of the public school system. The idea of my 5-year old son in a school with over a 1,000 other students stops me in my tracks and makes my heart flutter at an alarming pace.
I've read reviews and articles about the elementary he is zoned for and I'm pretty confident that the school is a good one, but I'm worried how this firing of the superintendent will disrupt the whole system. Also, the vote was almost split, which is indicative of a troubled board as well.
If anyone has any good ideas on where to begin my search for more knowledge, please let me know.
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
Friday, October 13, 2006
Sooooo, if anyone knows anything about making a webpage, or a good hosting site, let me know. I'll post as soon as everything is up and running.
Thursday, October 12, 2006
Next week, they are doing 6 miles and I'm actually kinda looking forward to it.
Tuesday, October 10, 2006
I'm thinking about just sleeping in the guest bed tonight so we can all sleep. What is up with our children and their avoidance of sleep?!?!
Monday, October 09, 2006
Shey has this teddy bear he received when he was born that plays the ABC's when you squeeze the block he's holding. The other night, I squeezed it for Shey, and he started singing along with the bear. He didn't know all the letters, but he had the tune down pretty well and would interject a letter here or there. We must have squeezed that block 10 times to watch him bop up and down to the ABC's.
When I picked Peyton up from Sunday school yesterday, his teacher was letting all the parents know that all the boys had prayed in class. My heart swelled up and it was all I could do not to cry walking down the hall to get Shey. When we got to the car, I asked hom about it and what he prayed for. He said, all my friends mommies and daddies, grandma and grandpa and poppy and grandmommie. Then I had to try not to cry again.
Shey has been talking up a storm lately. His latest is to ask me what things are,
(That wasn't a typo, he asked me what the lotion was like 500 times.)
Yesterday, our friends came over with their new baby twin girls (awwwwwwwww) and they brought pastries over to snack on. Larry shared his with Shey, who promptly said, "hmmmmmm, good!"
Peyton's rule for bedtime, (meaning the one he came up with) is that if he wakes up in the middle of the night with a stomach ache he can come to our bed. We repeat this rule out loud every night before he goes to bed.
It's really crazy the difference in the boy's heights. We've noticed that Peyton has looked taller lately, especially in comparison to Shey, who doesn't appear to be growing at all (in fact, he's compact and can fit in most oversized compartments (inside laugh at home)). When I took Peyton to the doctor last Monday for a rash, they measured him and he's 44 inches tall, 2 inches taller than he was for his 4 year check up in May. He's going to be taller than both of us before he's 10 probably. Shey on the other hand, is growing mentally, but he's still so little, and it's just so cute. I just want to be able to remember them at these ages.
Friday, October 06, 2006
Thursday, October 05, 2006
Let's get physical, physical.
Tuesday, October 03, 2006
We're obsessed, obsessed, I tell you. That or certifiable.
Monday, October 02, 2006
Larry's mom offered to feed the boys at her house (which is next door) before we went, but then what am I going to do with the boys while I eat in this kid unfriendly house? Instead, I plan on taking Peyton some shrimp (which isn't Kosher! but isn't meat) and Shey a PB&J. Oy Vey.
Thursday, September 28, 2006
Bob, their son, worries me the most though. He's not old enough to have strong memories of his father, and he will be bombarded the rest of his life with footage and people telling him how great his dad was. I can just see him being so pissed that he never was able to have a relationship with his dad and shunning the whole animal community. I sincerely hope and pray that he will have someone to help him work through that kind of emotion. What a huge void in his little life already.
When Barbara Walters asked Terri what she would miss the most, she tearfully said, "Steve was fun. He didn't sweat the small stuff." I often say that about Larry, "He makes me laugh." I feel as long as you love one another and can laugh together, you can survive anything. I hope Terri Irwin is able to find the laughter again soon.
Wednesday, September 27, 2006
So Monday, I dropped him off at school without the pacifier, and off we went. I guess I should preface this by saying, it seems the last few weeks, Shey has become really attached to this little plastic device that has become parked in his mouth so much that we would rather suck on it than eat the fine meals I provide. It also seems his teachers have been giving into his demands as well, when in the past he would go all day without it. This was especially evident when Larry picked the boys up on Monday afternoon and his teacher commented, "You forgot to leave a pacifier this morning. We had a difficult time at nap." Oops, guess I should have clued them in on the change.
Surprisingly, Monday evening, Shey was more cheerful than he's been in a while, which continued up until his bedtime, at which time, he screamed for about 15 minutes. Which really, isn't horrible. Peyton used to do that on a nightly basis. Shey woke up about 3:45, I gave him some juice and did break down and offer the pacifier then, so I could sleep. When he woke up again at 7:30, I made him leave it in the bed, which he was not happy about, but we survived.
Tuesday he slept at naptime and last night, he went down without a fuss. He did wake up at 6 this morning, but I just got him some juice and brought him to bed with us. He was pissed! He beat Larry's ass for a good 10 minutes before he calmed down and asked for cartoons. It was so early, but at least he made it through the night without it. I'm giving him a few more days before I throw them all away.
Now, if only potty training goes this smoothly.
Monday, September 25, 2006
The procedure itself only took 16 minutes, and we were back in the recovery room with him just after he woke up. That was really the only time he was upset, and understandably so. He looked so little curled up on his side with the hospital blankets pulled up around him. After 15 minutes or so, he had calmed down, and the nurse brought him a popsicle. After that, we played more UNO waiting for him to finish the bag of fluids.
They finally took him back to the original waiting area about an hour after the surgery, and the nurse removed all the heart monitors and IV (which he did, with Peyton watching and Peyton didn't even feel it.) After that, Peyton wanted to get dressed and he hopped off the bed and grabbed a puzzle to play with. I thought he would be groggy for most the day, but apparently, he has energy to spare. We had to work to keep him somewhat calm that afternoon and he never really complained of any pain.
We go back next Tuesday so they can look over it and remove the butterfly band-aid, and then he will be good as new. No outer stiches to remove, so hopefully not too bad a scar.
Thanks for all your comments and prayers! I'm so glad this is over. :)
Thursday, September 21, 2006
I'm not nervous so much about the actual procedure itself. It's really quite simple, and an adult would have the cyst removed with local anethesia, however, a four year old runs the great chance of moving, and as such, they knock them out. And this is the part that bothers me. That slight, slight chance that something may happen with the anesthesia. I've never even been under, I hate for Peyton to be.
Thankfully, the procedure really shouldn't take that long, I'm guessing 30 minutes tops, so we won't have terribly long to worry. Send up your prayers for my little guy, please.
Wednesday, September 20, 2006
Mom and dad were in town this past weekend, so it was the perfect opportunity to have dad help me install the shower, and it's a good thing he did. We headed to Home Depot Saturday morning to pick up the connections and piping we needed. Apparently, there is much more to rigging an outdoor shower than I imagined because we needed several different connections, an elbow, a splitter for the hose, and 7 ft of copper tubing.
It took us the better part of 2 hours to hook everything up, mount the shower and run the tubing. It was hot and we sweated our asses off, but it was nice working with my dad. I wish we had more chances to do it.
Tuesday, September 19, 2006
(Chell, I've tried to leave you a couple comments, but my new blogger beta won't match with your blogger, and D-land won't take them either. Upgrade your blog, woman.)
Thursday, September 14, 2006
I know it's crazy of me to be writing to you at all, but I'm feeling a bit melancholy and you were the one I wanted to talk to. Your dad and I have decided to not have any more children, and while I know it is for the best, it still breaks my heart just the same. I love your brothers with all my heart, but you were the one I always imagined growing up. I pictured us shopping, having spa days, fighting and being best friends. I guess I was always so close to your grandmommie, that I couldn't imagine not having a daughter of my own. And here I am with two little boys and I space in my life where you should be.
This is a bit over the top, I know, but I thought it may help to get it out and let you go. It's silly really, to be upset over a child I've never met, but there it is. Your mom's a nut job. She loves you though, here or not.
Tuesday, September 12, 2006
In March, our property taxes were reevaluated at our two year anniversary, and being the first year they were calculated on our buying price, they jumped about $500.00 a month. I tried not to think too much about it at the time, but these past six months have been a little difficult. This was exaggerated by the fact that Larry and I didn't cut out spending right away. Even though we've tried to do better the last couple of months, it still seems we are living paycheck to paycheck.
I've always felt God looked out for us, whether I was faithful to Him or not. Life's always worked out for Larry and me. Somehow the money has always come through.
As my whole profile thing states, I've been evaluating my life lately and trying to be a better person overall, physically, emotionally and spiritually. This included starting to attend church again. I made excuses about going for years, the main one being that I would be basically going alone since Larry has no interest in going, and the kids would be in Sunday School. In May, Larry took me to the Baptist church by the house and I really liked it. The next week, I found out the new guy that started working with us goes there with his wife and kids. Hello Divine Intervention. Since then, I go when I'm in town and my coworker and his family save me a seat, and I don't feel so alone.
After a couple months, I knew I wanted to place membership and as such, I felt I should start offering contribution to the church. (I'm not writing all this as a "look at me", there is a point.) Things are sometimes tight, but I felt it was important and Lord knows (no pun intended) that we spend money on much, much less when we want to.
Tuesday afternoon, Larry received a call from my boss who had conducted Larry's review, (without being prodded, which is a rarity, and also even though it's not January like they negotiated in the beginning) and gave Larry an 11% increase in his salary.
I know God's not going to just hand over life on a silver platter, but I do feel this is a way of Him saying, See, I will take care of you. Our preacher just completed a series on Stress, how to handle it, and how to be done with it. I've grown up knowing the verses which talk about the birds in the air, who don't worry about where their food will come from and God provides for them, how much more so He will look after us. About not worrying about the future, each day has enough troubles of its own, but these were words in a book, that I haven't always put my full faith in. Now though, I've been given a big glaring billboard of my very own.
Monday, September 11, 2006
It was 6:00 that morning and I had awoken with an agenda. Larry had no idea that there was a little test in the guest bathroom waiting on me and that first morning pee. So, of course, this was the morning that he asked me to walk the dog, and as to not raise suspicion, I did. I rushed Zeus downstairs and let him out for as long as my bladder would allow.
I hurried back to the bathroom, peeled open the foil packaging and read the directions for the zillionith time. One line, not pregnant. Two lines, pregnant. I took off the cap and finagled my body into that lovely trying not to pee on yourself, but rather a little test strip position and let loose. I sat the test on the counter so that it was perfectly straight, lest I disrupt the angle and get a bad reading.
The wetness moved along the strip and instantly one, then two lines appeared. My heart caught in my throat and my stomach dropped. One year and nine months of waiting had just come to an end.
I ran into our bedroom and woke Larry up, who stared at the test like it was a cryptogram he didn't know how to read.
"See, see, two lines."
"I only see one."
Exausberated, I turned on the light, "Ow!"
The recognition dawned in his eyes, and we were both quiet. We laid there together, deep in our own thoughts, planning, wondering, imagining.
Friday, September 08, 2006
It lasted a couple more minutes, so I yelled for Larry thinking we may have to take him to the emergency vet, but thankfully 30 seconds or so later, his body relaxed and he shakily got to his feet. He acted all excited, like what are you guys doing up, so I don’t think he knew it had happened at all. It was pretty horrible, and even after we got back into bed, my hands were tinkling from his nails pressing into them.
I spoke with the vet this morning and he said that epilepsy is actually not uncommon for sheepdogs, and a few other breeds. In fact, his Labrador had the same thing and lived with it for 7 years without medication. He recommended running some blood work just to rule out any other issues like liver or blood sugar problems, but more than likely it’s epilepsy. He also said to monitor him and keep a journal to make sure that they aren’t getting longer or more frequent, but as long as they stay apart, that there’s really nothing to do.
I do hope that’s all it is. Zeus has been with us since we were married and he’s our first baby
Thursday, September 07, 2006
(How's that for a grabber. ha ha no pun intended.)
I'm going for a consultation on a reduction/lift that I hope to have done next April with Larry's bonus money. I know people say you should love your body, blah, blah, blah, but I've wanted this for years, and it's for me, no one else. I know I'm not huge, but I'm larger than I want to be, and I'm tired of buying bigger shirts so my boobs will fit, and I'm tired of them drooping around my knees. (It's so attractive!) And maybe, I can even play golf without them getting in the way. I think that's the biggest thing, they're just in the way.
Bye, bye, boobies, good riddance.
Tuesday, September 05, 2006
The untimely death of Steve "Crocodile Hunter" Irwin has really bothered me. I have such a fascination with people who live with such passion and knowledge of a particular topic, and this death hits me with a devastating blow. Also, he and his wife, Teri, seemed to share such a love for each other, staying married for 16 years, when most couples nowadays, especially those in the spotlight do well to make it a couple years. My heart goes out to her and their children. I just can't even imagine their heartache right now.
Monday, September 04, 2006
I've been thing lately about building my readership. All the big names cross my mind, Dooce, Fussy, and Ballpoint Wren. I think, hmmmm, what do these amazing women have on their blogs that I am missing (aside from great content and witty commentary?). And then it hits me . . .mascots!
Dooce has Chuck . . .
Fussy has Cookie . . .
Ballpoint Wren has Mojo . . .
Let me introduce you to . . . Zeus!
Zeus is a Shetland, who has been with us for almost 7 years. He's very talented and has an arsenal of tricks up his sleeve. Observe . . .
Walk away from the camera!
and for the "piece de' resistance." Zeus can
Look at Zeus go. I can feel the hits hitting harder already. Step back, Mommy Bloggers, we are on the scene!
Sunday, September 03, 2006
As promised, here are a few photos of us slippin' and slidin' down the huge water slide at our cousin's birthday party. As you can see, we had a grand old time.
Today, we went to a friend's house who lives on a lake and rode their jet skis. The boys passed out on the way home. Don't have much else to report.
Friday, September 01, 2006
Thursday, August 31, 2006
Peyton's a touchy-feely kid. He always has a hand on someone's ear, or head, or face, and now their butts. I wonder even if the other kids would notice if the teacher hadn't pointed it out, but now they have, so the kids tell on him when he does it. I felt so bad for him, with the tears welling up in his eyes, and his little voice saying, "I'm trying to remember." I know you are, sweetie, just wait, in 12 years, it will be ok again.
Monday, August 28, 2006
Stupid, stupid storms need to go away!
We had a great time at Lake Placid this weekend with Larry's parents. It was a nice relaxing time, just getting away with no set schedule. Then when we came home yesterday afternoon, Larry's little cousin had a birthday party that we went to. They had rented one of the big water slides for the kids, which they all had a blast on. Peyton went right up, and then Shey wanted to go, so I took him. It was so much fun, we're talking about renting one for Larry's birthday just for the adults. What an adrenaline rush. We took some photos, I'll edit and get up here as fast as I can.
Friday, August 25, 2006
I know you can't see all the detail, but Peyton made this jet out of Legos, and I am so impressed. I don't think I have the foresight to make something this realistic looking by using big Legos. He can recreate it over and over too. It's so fascinating to watch his progressions from stacking a bunch of blocks and calling it a rocket, to this, which actually looks like an airplane. He's doing so well in school too. His teacher said he's the one kid who always knows the answers. I just hope his teachers are ready to keep him busy in the future.
Wednesday, August 23, 2006
Tuesday, August 22, 2006
The singer explained though that raising your hands is not saying, "hey, I'm super Christian, look at me raising my hands." but rather an outward showing of "Hey, I'm a mess and I need some help." I had the vivid image of a child reaching their hands up to be picked up by their parents. I like this image.
To further solidify this idea, the preacher (I'm still having a hard time calling him Pastor, another one of those childhood notions) started a new series on stress management and not surprisingly, the first step of handling the noise of life is surrendering your life to God. All of it.
That's scary. Not sure why, but it is. The whole relationship, a personal relationship, with God makes my breath catch in my throat. Strange, how the one person/being who is not supposed to ever let you down, is the one I'm most afraid to open myself up to. Even thinking about it now makes my chest tighten.
I'm working on it though. I'm ready to feel the peace, ready to let each day take care of itself, ready to be a better person.
I've put off writing this entry, the one that throws my new spiritual journey out there. Don't want to be one of those fanatical, you know. But I needed to for myself, if I'm going to work on this, it has to be fully.
So there you go, and someone please pass my mom the tissues.
Friday, August 18, 2006
Tomorrow is spa day. A friend and I are going for a chocolate wrap thing, a facial and a pedicure. I can not wait! Pamper me, please.
Thursday, August 17, 2006
And there we have it, my yoga impressions.
Wednesday, August 16, 2006
"Ka, what's that beeping?"
I layed there quietly for a moment, listening, groggy from sleep, until I heard it too.
"It's the computer. There must have been a power surge."
Of course, I knew what the beeping was. We've lived in the house over two years and I investigate the weird noises, know the house without turning on the lights, and am awake all the time. Apparently, it has been a figment of Larry living with me, because he has yet to master the floorplan of the house and its noises.
As he walks down the hall that is straight, and leads directly to the office, he turns on the hall light, which floods all three bedrooms with light.
Then he has the nerve to give me lip for being aggrevated at being awoken at 4 am.
"But you're always up!"
But I wasn't this time, or I would have walked down the hall, in the dark no less, turned off the computer and returned to bed without anyone in the family being none the wiser.
Tuesday, August 15, 2006
Monday, August 14, 2006
So, here we are.