Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Not broken....

Got news from the radiologist yesterday broken foot. Just the bone chip, severe sprain and pulled ligaments and tendons. Like that's not enough. Should feel much better by early next week according to the orthopedic surgeon. So, no cast for Lance.

Hannah is doing okay with her cast. She has been complaining a bit about it "itching" but I'm hoping it's just a newness phase that she will forget about soon. Ha! One can hope. We have let her turn the hairdryer on cool and try and blow some cool air in there to help with the itching, so far that seems to alleviate the whining.

Monday, September 22, 2008

The Crash-meisters

I knew this was going to be a lllooonnnggg weekend, I had a 4-day weekend and we had plans to get the new roof put on our house in two days (Saturday & Sunday). Hannah was inside being "Miss Hermit" when all the other neighborhood kids were outside playing. Mean Mommy that I am, I came inside and told her to put some shoes on and get outside and enjoy the weather. It was 80 degrees out Sunday. I figured these types of days are getting numbered so enjoy them while you can, right? A mere ten minutes later, the kids all started hollering that Hannah had fallen and there was lots of blood. I ran to check on her. She had fallen on cement while playing "tag"....and it most likely didn't help that she was wearing flip flops!! She is sssoooooo my child. She scraped her whole knee, hit the cement with her left wrist and her left wrist gave way so then she hit her lip. She looked like she got beaten up and LOST, seriously. I had her lay down for an hour to see if her wrist really hurt that bad, when she finally came out and said "mom, it still really, really hurts".

So, off we went to the ER - and it was there that the doctor told us she had a fractured wrist. Her first broken bone. The first of all of our girls, heck, no one in our little Party of Five has broken a bone ever, until now.

Dad, still home roofing and not one to miss the party rolled his right ankle while on the roof while we were inside doing the "one-hour rest period". He said it was sore, but assumed it was a sprain. As I came back home from the ER with Hannah, we saw him sitting in the driveway with his sock off and his bare foot in the beer cooler! He says "I think I really jacked up my foot". So, I left Hannah at home with the other two girls and Grandma and off I took to the ER again. The nurses were quite shocked to see me return with a "new patient". Xrays revealed a bone chip just below the toes, some severe tendon and muscle pulls and today we had to have a CT scan to rule out any hairline fractures. Yippee, I could have two babies in casts. LOL!

All in all, we are thankful that neither was hurt any worse than they are and that everything is correctable. It will be an interesting next several weeks around here with mom doing all the work (yeah, like that's a change, ha!). We won't know the results of the CT until tomorrow sometime. Will update when we know. Pray for just the bone chip and pulled tendons and muscles.

These photos above are of Hannah and Kylie, my niece with their broken wrists (actually Kylie's is a growth plate issue)....Kylie's cast comes off tomorrow so we wanted a pic with both of them casted before one comes off. The other is of Lance, Hannah and Kylie - all which are being called "Crash" at the moment, lol!! Crash 1, Crash 2 and Crash 3, just like the Things from the Grinch!!

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Drumroll please..................ta da!!!! It's done!!

Finished photos of my "Trash to Treasure" post in August....decided to paint the cubes a light cappuccino color as I felt the baskets (Dollar General = $35) would get lost in the black, as would some of my supplies. What fun. I just need to put the drawer handle back on, but I stripped the screws taking them out so I need to run to Menards and get a couple new excited to fill it. Won't look this pretty then!!! lol!!!

Runs in the Family

I am now fully convinced impatience runs in the family, lol! The girls usually are in bed on a school night at 9pm....I know, some of you are probably thinking kinda late, but we've tried earlier only to have them still up at 9pm. They hit their beds around 8:50-9pm and are usually asleep within 15 minutes. They're not crabby when they wake up, so it works. On the nights I work, I leave right after kissing them goodnight and I wake them up in the morning around 6:20am after I get home from work. They don't even know I am gone. We get everyone breakfast, get hair done, double check for any papers that need a "mommy" signature, lunch money that may be needed, books that need to be marked as read and get lunches ready if they are cold lunch. I LOVE hot lunch days, mostly because I am so tired when I get home the last thing I want to do is make lunches for three. But, I do, because I'm supposed to :o)

My point, okay - the only thing the girls miss is "snuggle time". They like snuggling with me on my nights off because it only happens two or three times a week. So, last night Avery and Gracie begged to lay down in my bed and have me come snuggle with them. My bed is a queen, so it's easier to snuggle with a mommy + two girls in that bed instead of a twin bed!! I was trying to finish laundry and get things picked up because today they started putting on my new roof. I told the girls "10 minutes" and I'd be ready, tucked them into my bed and ran my booty off for the next 10 minutes.....only to find the above when I!

Sweethearts.....I love snuggling with you, but I love watching you sleep so peacefully even more!!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Shake It

Here's how to "play" along!

1. Put your i pod on shuffle.
2. For each question, press the next button to get your answer.
3. You must write that song name down & the artist, no matter how silly it sounds.


HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOURSELF? "Blaze of Glory" Jon Bon Jovi (lol!!!!)

HOW DO YOU FEEL TODAY? "Last Name" Carrie Underwood

WHAT IS YOUR LIFE'S PURPOSE? "Aplogize" Timbaland

WHAT DO YOUR PARENTS THINK OF YOU? "Disturbia" Rihanna (hmmm, okay)



WHAT IS YOUR LIFE STORY? "Better Than Me" Hinder

WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GROW UP? "Celebration" Kool & The Gang


WHAT WILL THEY PLAY AT YOUR FUNERAL? "I Believe" Diamond Rio (that makes me feel kinda wierd, it's a song about death)

WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST FEAR? "First Time" Lifehouse (well, maybe about 18 years ago, lol!)

WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST SECRET? "Pocketful of Sunshine" Natasha Bedingfield

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR FRIENDS? "A Little More You" Little Big Town


WHAT MOTIVATES YOU? "Stolen" Dashboard Confessional (what does that mean?)

WHAT DO YOU DREAM ABOUT? "Won't Go Home Without You" Maroon 5




WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF YOUR BLOG? "What I've Done" Linkin Park (true, oh true)

WHAT GOAL ARE YOU CURRENTLY WORKING ON? "Gimme More" Britney Spears (rotflmao!!!!!!!!!!!!!)


Monday, September 15, 2008

Update: Trash to Treasure

Remember the mailbox sorter table I saved from incineration from my cousin? Just an update, it's painted and stained and ready to be put back together. Should have pics for you all this week. It weighs almost 400lbs, so I have to round up some strong dudes to help carry it downstairs to its new home!!!

It's that time of year again.....fall and Halloween are fast approaching. We're working on costume ideas. Have been doing it for a while, as we've already gone through many phases of the "I wanna be a Disney Princess again" phase. UGH! For the record, no one is being a Disney anything this year. Got lots of ideas up our sleeves and pondering the idea of a Halloween Costume Party.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

September 11, 2001

So many times, I have listened to my mom talk about where she was when President Kennedy was assassinated or when Elvis died. or when the Vietnam war started and ended. History that forever changed her world.

As a young child, I experienced the Challenger explode in space. There we were -6th graders - watching the shuttle take off into space on live TV in the classroom. Space exploration, and especially one launching the first ever teacher, into space was big news and a great educational opportunity. We all sat there with our lives forever changed about space exploration as that shuttle exploded into pieces. You could hear a pin drop. Teachers ran out of and into rooms, there were tears shed and children in awe of an American tragedy. I didn't quite grasp the concept of emotion shed then but the incident forever changed how I felt about the "coolness" of space exploration. NOTE: These are emotions I felt as a child. I was scared to think about space and what existed beyond our Earth. I was frightened to get on an airplane for years.

As an adult, September 11, 2001, forever will touch my heart. A young mother, just taking her eldest to preschool for her first full week (Labor Day week was a short 1 day class). As I was getting her hair into pigtails, my cell phone rang. My husband Lance was on the other end. He was driving semi (not sure to where, minor details didn't stick with me) and had heard other drivers talking over the CB radio about an airplane striking the World Trade Center. "Turn on the news, a plane just crashed into the World Trade Center". I turned on the TV to watch the destruction and immediately felt a slight wave of emotion come over me. Those poor people. At this point, I had no reason but to think it was all just an accident. I watched as the camera noticed another plane strike the second tower. I saw people jumping from the top floors to their death. Immediate tears and frightening, I couldn't understand how one plane had accidentally crashed but now two? What in world is going on, I remember that thought so clearly.

I grabbed Hannah, her backpack and Gracie's little toddler hand and hurried them into their carseats to get going for school. The radios were all news coverage of the World Trade Center. As I pulled up in front of the preschool, I looked at Hannah, walked her in and gave her a huge hug. Something in me told me to hug her hard that day. Gracie and I headed to Target...I over heard talk of a secure air space and that all planes were told to land immediately and at the current time no planes should be in the air. I looked up traveling down US150 and there was a plane. I screamed, I remember it so vividly. I was afraid and wanted to run back home. I heard the newsman say that a plane was on radar headed for the Pentagon and one appeared to be headed to Washington DC. I remember tears, I remember thinking that life as we knew it was about to end. I remember holding my baby girl in my arms minutes earlier and wondering if I was going to be there for her again. Serious thoughts that I think probably crossed many people's mind that day. Seven years later, I still get teared up thinking about 9-11. I thank God for the firefighters and police officers and loving citizens of this great country who gave their lives that day to save others and protect this country. To those passengers who fought the terrorists and won, but ultimately lost, you are my heroes. To the dispatchers who fought so hard to get help to a place in such turmoil. To the police officers and firefighters who saved others, who tried but couldn't get them saved and to those who gave their lives, thank you. To the people of this country that to this day, still stand together tall and proud, hands entwined and shed tears when they hear the Star Spangled Banner, God Bless America or Where Were You When the World Stopped Turning......thank you. We are Americans and we are strong. We are Americans and we will survive.

And to our military who continues to fight so that the rest of us may enjoy the freedoms of this country each and every minute of the day. May God Bless You Richly. Amen.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Ad Inspiration

My scrapbook page - Our "staycation" to Lost Island Waterpark

My ad inspiration - A Carnival Cruise Lines Ad!

As a blog challenge through my local scrapbook store, Scrapaganza, I created the layout above. Just some Bazzill papers, Blue Stickles, Prima, Fancy Pants overlay, Cricut used for the words and a White Signo pen. Pretty fun and challenging.....not to mention that I found tons of inspiration for future layouts in all of those non-scrapbooking magazines.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Trick or Treat.....

A little Halloween altering going on today. This was a green frame I picked up in the $1 section at Target. A little paper and ribbon, voila! I am so ready for Halloween this year.