Sunday, June 29, 2008

War Wounds

I have been dying to see my scars since i have been home. I convinced Jennifer that i needed to change the bandages, despite the doctors note saying "do not take off the dressing till your first visit". As you know I am a health care professional so i felt that didn't apply to me.

Just went left

Just went left

Saturday, June 28, 2008

He's got the "RATTLERS"

Jason made it through the surgery okay. I was scrambling because it did take longer than I planned and Tyler and Abbe were off with Mrs. Jessica. She had to be somewhere at three and we were still in Smyrna. We got it all figured out but I was stressed for a minute.

So we got there at 8:30, and he went in. I guess they did all the pre-op stuff cause he didn't go back to surgery until 11ish. His doctor was quite the looker, if you kwim! Thank goodness he didn't go into gynecology. Any how, he said the surgery was only 15-20 minutes, but they decided to put Jason completely under instead of just the block. That process drug out the entire day. We finally got back to see him after 1:30 pm and ended up leaving a little after two.

He's sore and pretty drugged. He's starving too. He's got about four prescriptions in there he's "rattlin'" so he should be good.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Big Day Today

I'm breaking out the Xanax. See, I have to drug my husband BEFORE we get to the hospital. Remember my pregnancies and how he couldn't be there for the deliveries? How when Abbe Mae was born, the nurses practically had to carry him out of the room? He left me all alone because it was too much for him? Or how about when he had his man surgery and how traumatic that whole experience was?!

So, I'm going to get him a warm cup of brew and a pill to calm his nerves. I think when this is all over, I need some retail therapy.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

10 to 12 Year-Old Kids

I have a pretty strong spiritual side to me. I'm not a person that talks about God or the Holy Spirit while trying to convert you, but I do believe. I absolutely love the church I attend. I've made many friends their, donated a lot of time and money to them, and my kids love every thing about it.

Any how, I'm teaching Vacation Bible School again this year with the 5th and 6th graders. Last year, most of the kids, because they are older, were less than thrilled to be there. They seemed to be there because their parents wanted them too or needed them too. It was okay, nothing special, but this year it's different. Way different.

These kids are amazing. They are well-behaved, excited to learn, willing to try new things and just extremely loving.

Monday, I blind folded them and made the do activities without being able to see because the lesson was about the blind man and Jesus. Tuesday, they had leprosy as the lesson was about Jesus curing the 10 men with the disease. Wednesday, they all were paralyzed. The activity required them to unscramble and put together a verse on a poster, while paralyzed, because they heard story about the paralyzed man who had his sins forgiven by Jesus. And the children were all excited and interested in these activities. But today, today got to me. Today we talked about the rich man and Jesus telling him to give all his money to the poor to be saved. Before the lesson I passed out monopoly money and asked them to pretend it was real. I gave them all a few minutes to write down a few things they would do with it so we could talk about it. As I collected their answers to read, I was shocked. The first comment was, "I'd give half of it to charity." I'm thinking, Wow, that's nice. The second paper said, "I'd give all of it to my mom to help her with the bills. She's a single mom and does a lot." The third, "I'd give it all to the government to help them find a solution to the oil problem and to stop the war." Fourth, "I'd give it to the Easter Seals because when I was five, I was diagnosed with cancer and they helped me." "My little brother has downs syndrome so I'd use it all to buy him special toys." And so on.

Every single one of these children were gracious and generous with their money. The were thoughtful and caring. They put the needs of their family, community and country first. I was expecting quite the opposite. I was looking for answers like, "I want a cell phone or a car" but I didn't find it with this group of kids. To be so young, yet to think in such a caring way has really inspired me to be a better person and to understand that childen are smarter than I may think. And I'm really thankful for that.

It's funny because they had a teacher slot open for Abbe's age group. I asked the Director to move me there but it was filled quickly. I was a bit frustrated because I thought it might be fun to be with the little kids, especially mine and since it was Abbe's first year, I felt she might have needed me. I'm SO glad it didn't work out. It was a real blessing.

Tomorrow is the last day if VBS, but I'll be at the hospital with Jason. We have our VBS show tomorrow night which I'll attend so that I can help the kids with their songs. It's been a great time this summer. I know Tyler, Abbe and Olivia had a fun time!

Model-Netics Graduates

After 4 months of classes, im a official model-netics graduate.

After 4 months of classes, im a official model-netics graduate.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

"You don't have to sell your body to the night...."

I bought the new Rock Band for Wii. Everyone loves it - I swear it is so much fun. I'm ready to build a stage and buy new outfits for my vocal presentations. But because of his upcoming surgery, Jason may have to put down the guitar and sing; I'm not sure the world is ready for that!!

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Just curious....

Countdown is on

Just a heads up, in case anyone cares.. Friday I will be going under the knife having my carpal tunnel, or more appropriatly put, my severe case of carpal tunnel surgucally operated on as well as my 3 finger Trigger Finger. Basically 2 surgerys.

Ill probably have several inches of intense scaring and 30-50 stiches. I have been "going left" the last couple of days but its just not the same.

Keep me in your prayers Friday, June 27 10 am central time. Time of the first incision.

Sunday, June 22, 2008


Smoke detectors starting blaring again last night in the middle of the night again for NO APPARENT REASON!!! What is it??

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Free movies, flip-flops and painting

The local movie theater offers free children's movies in the summer. Each week is a different movie and today was Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium. The kids enjoyed it. Not as much as I did though cause A) it was free, B) popcorn and drinks are a $1 each, and C) a million kids attend so it's expected to hear crying or fussing.

After the movies, we headed up to Target for a quick shoe shopping trip. Girls each got two pairs of flip-flops and Tyler got man flip-flops. He's growing so fast.

We came home to relax cause I hate to overdo it with the Ab-ster. Although she is full of energy, I still think she's been through a lot this week. This evening, I decided to finish up Jason's project and paint the shed he built. That is very typical of Jason, he's gung-ho and excited about something, then towards the end of the project he loses his enthusiasm for the said project.

On a side note, Jason is having surgery next Friday for carpel tunnel and trigger finger. You all should know by now that Jason and any kind of medical procedure is not a good experience. He's already complaining and talking about the upcoming misery. So by the time he actually has the surgery, I will be more than over it all!

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

All this from a bug bite......

Sunday night, after playing outside all day long, we all came in for baths and bed. I noticed Abbe Mae had a little swelling over her eye but when I asked her about it, she told me Olivia hit her. Now if you know Olivia, that is very possible. Then before bed she told me her head hurt and her tummy hurt - I chalked it up to being outside in the heat most of the day and gave her some Motrin and a few sips of 7UP.

Monday morning, I woke up to check on her and her eye was golf-ball-sized. I made a doctor's appointment, got ready, woke her lazy butt up and off we went. She had a reaction to whatever it was that bit her. They were concerned because it was her eye and all of the swelling. I guess if the infection reached the "orbit" it could cause some serious issues so they wanted to treat it aggressively to get her in tip-top shape fast! The doctor promptly gave her two shots of antibiotics and benadryl. She told me to come back tomorrow and be prepared for IV antibiotics at the hospital if it wasn't better but to watch for fever or increased swelling. Well, sure as the sky is blue, Monday night the swelling started down under her eye and into her face and she started saying it hurt so we went to the ER. Vanderbilt admitted her, got her hooked up on an IV for meds and she had to be put to sleep for a CT. That part was the worst. The CT showed signs of an infection, but only in the soft tissue. So after a few days in the hospital, we are home and as of this morning her eye wasn't open but it slowly opened almost all the way by tonight! She can see again!

I have to share, when they were putting the IV in her, I was all in her face singing to try to distract her (yeah right!) and she screams, "ZIP IT MOMMY and just get out of my face!!!" So I

She was a VIP in Vanderbilt Children's Hospital. She had her little car parked in her room and whenever we went anywhere, she drove herself. It is an amazing hospital and the things they do for the sick littles blow my mind. Very humbling experience sitting next to some really sick kids at the afternoon concert they put on. I did take a few pictures of her driving up the the nourishment room to get popsicles, but I have to figure out how to get them off my phone.

We have no clue what bit her and probably never will. At first we thought it was a spider, but because of the actual bite it left, the doctor ruled it out. We know it wasn't a sting cause she didn't cry or anything. I'm scared shitless that we have no clue what it was, but at least I know how the reaction starts. I'm just glad she's home and healthy. All this from a bug bite..........

Monday, June 16, 2008


This comment made me smile from ear-to-ear last night. It was the best thing I've heard in a long time and I have to share, not only to make you smile, but so when I read back on my blog, I'll remember it.

While laying down for the night, Abbe said me:

"Mommy, I like flowers, rainbows, butterflies and ponies."

Doesn't it make you melt!

Cubs or White Sox

While I was in Chicago, I just happened to come upon these two fellas horsing around. Then this article in the Chicago Sun-Times.

Baseball is a big thing in Chicago. So is basketball, football, hockey, you name it they love their sports. But there has always been a cross-town rivalry between the Cubs and Sox. There was a time for several years where I'd go down to watch the Big Hurt, aka Frank Thomas, play for the Sox and actually became a big time Sox fan. But the Cubs and Wrigley Field, there is something special about that place. Something fun and magical. The fans are die-hard and love their baseball. One day the curse of the Billy Goat will go down and the Cub fans will get their chance to celebrate.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

107 S. Butrick Street

This is the house I grew up in. It probably is one of the more decent houses in the neighborhood, as it's a pretty bad area now. It's nothing like when we were little. In the late 80's, some gangs and not so pleasant people moved in and it went down hill from there. But it's still where most of my childhood memories are. I guess that's why I like sidewalks, an alley and close neighbors.

I've had dreams about being back there, in that house. If I ever won the lottery, I think I'd buy it. But sometimes when I think of it, it seems like forever-ago. It's hard to believe, now, that that is where I came from. Especially when I go back and see it now.

My parents owned it until the early 90's before ditching the neighborhood. They ran into our elderly neighbor a few years ago at O'Hare. He grew up in the white house next to us, lived there for 80 years or so. Unfortunately, he was car-jacked and left for dead in his own drive way so his son had him sell and move out.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008


I'm home. It was a great trip. So sad. I miss my friends terribly. Everyone looked great and we had a fantastic time even though there were some rough storms that came through. As much as I love going up, it makes it so much harder to come home. Anyone that has moved away from home knows how I feel.

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Jumpy Jumpy

I finaly got the trampoline out of my office and put together.

Friday, June 6, 2008

ENT Update

Olivia had her tubes consult today . The doctor mentioned that if a child drinks a lot of milk or has a lot of dairy in their diet, it can cause chronic ear infections. I think I've heard this before, but a bell went off in my head. We spoke about it in depth some more, and I decided to hold off on tubes and try soy products for the next three months to see how things go. Meanwhile, the ENT will see her with any ear infections she has this summer and we will decide how to proceed in September. I'm thrilled at the prospect of no tubes and trying to avoid surgery. But if it doesn't work, we will do the tubes.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

I'm on my way.....

Home sweet home!!

I'm leaving on a jet plane first thing Saturday morning for a weekend trip to Chicago. I'm thrilled and really need a break from the girls. As much as I love them, they have been a bit over the top the last few weeks. Not to mention Jason has been working a lot and busy building when he's home so I've had my fair share of 1-on-1 time with them.

I get into O'Hare Saturday morning. Going to a fancy graduation party Saturday night. Sunday we are boating all day. Monday I will hang out in the city, eat, window shop and then take the blue line out to O'Hare for my 6:50 flight.

There are so many things about the city in the summer that I just love. My favorite is time is nighttime. It reminds me of being young, hanging out, getting in trouble and doing things I totally should not of been doing. We were fearless and fierce. Humboldt Park didn't even scare us, but the Southside did! Driving around listening to B96 or WGCI with the windows down, in a clean car with my girls! Growing up way to fast but living in the moment.

I can't wait to see my GIRL CREW!!

$2.70 a gallon!

Tyler and I just happened upon a radio station promotion today. 103.3 Nashville's Country took over the Kroger gas station in Providence and took $1.03 off of the price of gas. It was quite the fiasco. Since the girls were with their grandpa, we decided to get in line and wait it out. Channel 4 news was there, Chic-Fila, radio DJs passing out CDs, and plenty of good ole' boys in their huge pickup trucks and moms like me in SUV heaven. I was excited and disgusted at the same time. Excited to save a whole dollar on overpriced gas, but disgusted at the fact I'm driving a gas guzzling minivan, sitting for 45 minutes with the air on to save a dollar per gallon on gas. I would love to have a smaller, greener, more economical car but can I with three kids?

We were the third to the last car to get into the promotion so Tyler was thrilled. I think my bank account was too.

Interesting Read.....

Color-of-Integrity Food Manufacturers

Monday, June 2, 2008

What a day

1. Olivia has another ear infection. We have an appointment with an ENT. I'm guessing tubes.

2. Jason has carpel tunnel and has an appointment with a hand surgeon.