Monday, October 30, 2006


Well, we made some calls this morning and Larry has an appointment with a kidney specialist on Friday, maybe even tomorrow if they can squeeze him in. He also has an appt with an Urologist at the U of Miami on November 15. We're praying. Our meeting on Friday with one Urologist was rather quick, so we are hoping she was just rushed into making a decision. Hopefully, another doctor will have seen this before and will have a better understanding of what we need to do. Thanks everyone for your prayers. It means so much to us!

Friday, October 27, 2006

How to Turn Your Life Upside Down in 24 Hours (in 10 easy steps)

1. Have your spouse wake up with lower back pain.
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

Wise One I May Not Be

Seven miles last night I ran.
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

You Smell Stink

Make Up Alley is somewhat of an addiction of mine. I rarely purchase make-up or cleansers without first spending a great deal of time researching my options and getting real life people's reviews on the products. One day I was just looking around and pulled up the most popular just to see what was out there. I reviewed the aspirin mask first, and then I started reading about apple cider vinigar. Of course, I was intriqued and went the next day to Whole Foods to pick up some ACV and jasmine water (my attempt to mask the smell). I've been using this mixture a few times a week for about a month now and honestly, aside from the smell, it's a pretty good toner. I don't think I would recommend it for someone with dry skin, but my skin is slightly oily and when a do get a bump, it dries it up in a couple days. I guess you could even use it just to dab on bumps if need be.

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

A Plethora of Printables

At the suggestion of my online buddy, Bonnie Wren, I registered a domain name for my new venture and Voila, Plethora-of-Printables is born!

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

So in the Dark

The nation's sixth-largest school system lost its leader Tuesday, after a sharply split board voted to fire Superintendent Frank Till.

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

New Web Based Business

Ok guys, here's my new venture. I'm sure I will play around with the website some, but I didn't want it to be overwhelming. What do you think.

Inspiration Station

Friday, October 13, 2006

Project in the Works

I'm working on a new project that would involve a web based type of business to bring in some extra cash (hopefully). I'm excited because it's something different and the products aren't expensive, so it shouldn't be hard to sell. Also, the business is just starting up, which is cool.

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

Stepping it Up

A co-worker is training for the Disney marathon that takes place in January. There are a group of women walking the marathon with her and they meet throughout the week to train together. Yesterday, she asked me to join her as Wednesday is a shorter distance night and I agreed. We walked 4 miles in an hour. I feel pretty good today except for some stiffness and a couple of blisters on the lower part of my heel where it meets my Achilles tendon, a weird, weird place for a blister. I've read up this morning on blisters and now know I need to lube up my feet before going out. I also need to buy a couple more pairs of good running socks. I'm pretty much in awe of myself. I know it's not a huge distance, but it's more than I've ever done.

Next week, they are doing 6 miles and I'm actually kinda looking forward to it.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Claiming my Blog

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Help, Anyone . . .

For the past couple of months, Shey has been getting up sometime between 2 and 4 am. It doesn't happen every night, but more often than not. I thought when we reliquished the pacifier that it might get better. I should have know though, he never cried because he didn't have his pacie, he just cried. Most the time I go in there, calm him down, then leave the room. He still cries, but he goes to sleep after a couple of minutes. This, though, is getting exhausting, very fast. Last night he woke up at 2:30 and I did that, then he kept crying, "daddy, daddy, daddy." This almost bothers me more than the moaning, "maaaammmaaa" It now bothers Larry too and last night he was going to go in there and just lie down on the guest bed, but I said, "no, he needs to go to sleep." and he did, eventually. But then at 5:30, he was up again, so I ended up on the guest bed in an effort to get another hour or so of sleep.

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

Things to Remember

Peyton and Shey have been doing so many cute little things lately that I just wanted to write some of them down to remember.

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,

"what's this?"

"What's this?"

"What's this?"

(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

Teachin' 'em Early

Imagine my surprise when Peyton brought home his "homework" exercise yesterday and it was a photo of a keg. Imagine my greater surprise when I glanced at the bottom and noticed the publisher: Pensacola Christian College.

Thursday, October 05, 2006

No Excuses

I went at lunch to the running store nearby and was fitted for walking/running shoes. Now I have absolutely no excuse to get my ass out of the house and move. It's a really nice couple who run the store and the wife let me know of a runner's club who exercise together really close to my house 3 days a week, so I'm going to look into that as well. I figure even if I get out there for one of the sessions and then meet with a friend a couple other times a week I should be good.

Let's get physical, physical.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

On a Roll

Two days in a row I've gotten up to do my Denise Austin Fat Blasting Indoor Walking DVD. Woohoo. ha ha Actually the plan is to that this week to get back in the swing of things (it's only 15 minutes) then next week, a friend and I are going to start walk/running a couple nights a week. Also, my co-worker is signing up for a half marathon in December and she's trying to convince me to walk it with her, which I may. That would give me some good motivation. I would like to lose about 10 more pounds, so that means I have to really buckle down. Larry was talking about fasting next week, which I've been wanted to do again too, so that would be nice to do it together.

We're obsessed, obsessed, I tell you. That or certifiable.

Monday, October 02, 2006

A Wee Bit Peeved

Tonight, we celebrate Yom Kippur as all good Jewish folk should do. The thing is, Larry's family are not practicing Jews. This fact alone normally would not bother me as I know there are many a people who celebrate holidays even though they're aren't "strict" with their faith/beliefs/whatever at other times. What bothers me is we are "breaking the fast" at Larry's aunt house and she is serving fish, bagels and egg salad, as apparently, we are allowed dairy products, but not meat. This still doesn't bother me, I can eat fish, whatever, no big deal. Here's what bothers me, she's not "allowing" us to bring food the boys will like, ie. chicken nuggets, ham sandwich, etc. I still wouldn't have a problem with this if they went to synagogue or actually meant any of the celebration. I daresay their refrigerator will have meat in it somewhere whether we are eating it tonight or not, and their kitchen definitely is not kosher.

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.