Friday, November 28, 2008

Delayed one more day. . .

No go on coming home today. (Friday) His oxygen saturation wasn't high enough, espically while sleeping. By this evening he was doing MUCH better.
The hospital had Nintendo Game Cube as well as Wii. He only wanted to play Gamecube.
He also watched a SpongeBob Marathon on Cartoon Network.
If I never see (hear) another episode of SpongeBob again, it'll be too soon.

Meanwhile, I finished "Breaking Dawn", the 4th (and last *sniff sniff*) book in the Twilight Saga. Great saga--I highly recomend it!
I started "OutLander" by Diana Gabladon. It was highly recomened to me by a friend.
So Ken is at the hospital now with Eric. He'll be released tomorrow, we'll go to my in laws' for leftover Thanksgiving dinner, and sunday morning I'll be shopping with my sister in law, mother in law and best friend.
Most of my christmas shopping is done, though. Thank God for that. But the Christmas season wouldn't seem to be 'kicked off' if I don't get out in the crowds with my girls and shop!!
I'll be stopping at Target in the morning. (I'll probably hit a few other stores, too, before Eric is released!) Target has The Notebook on dvd for $3.98!!! SHUT!UP! I'll be looking for that.
Ok, I'm dead tired. Be back asap.

Thursday, November 27, 2008


Hey everyone.

I was sick for a while, if you remember, and then my husband got sick. Now my middle child is in the hospital with asthma/pnemonia. He was admitted yesterday, and the dr. says it looks good that he'll be out tomorrow.

A small dent in our turkey day plans, but that is OK! The food will wait, the family will be happy to see us when we can get there, and the mall isn't going anywhere!! (I shop on black friday. OH, wait--I *did* mention that a time or two.) SO this year it'll be saturday. No biggie.

The most important thing right now is that Eric gets well and can BREATHE. (Small detail, eh?)

Walking update--I've been walking two days a week with Wendy and I'm noticing I feel stronger, sleep better, and am not as hungry. (Weird?) I was complimented, too, that I"m looking slimmer. Polite, yes. Flattering, yes. How true, I'm not sure. ;) I'm going to keep my routine the same right now, as December tends to get full pretty quickly. I am almost ready to add a third day. I think first I'll add a day (at HOME) of strength training. That will be my challenge and change for December. Come January I'll be regularly walking twice a week and strength training once a week. Then I'll add another day of walking. :-D

Ok, I am going back to the hospital. Enjoy your turkey, family, shopping-- look around and really notice just how rich you truely are! Eric being in the hospital made me sit up and take notice of how much we have and how lucky we are!! :)


Sunday, November 16, 2008

Hibernating this weekend

I was suppoused to go to a weekend crop, but I just wasn't well enough. I'm glad I stayed home, becuase I slept quite a lot--and I know I needed it. With my husband around 24/7 this weekend, there's been ALOT of chores accomplished! I surely appreciate it. I *did* get a little scrapping done. Here's what I did--
I worked on our family Christmas pictures from last year. I want to get them done before I take 2008's pics. Then I won't be more than a year behind.
It's so hard to photograph layouts. This shot seems so far away. You certainly can't see the pictures in the layout.

This page shows our FIRST time of having stocking hung 'by the chimney with care'!!

While I was laying on the couch at one point, JackJack got comfy with me. He's such a purr-er!!

Ugh. Nice shot. Can I note here that my psoriasis gets worse when I'm sick. Psoriasis is an auto-immune disease, so it gets worse when my body has to fight an illness.

Mmmm. .. fresh bread! I didn't make it from scratch, but it tasted like it. It's a frozen dough that you put in a loaf pan, let it rise for about 8 hours, then bake for 25 minutes. It went well with the homemade chicken noodle soup I made on saturday. Today (sunday) will probably be chili. Mmmmm. . .

Maybe it's becuase I haven't been 100% health wise, but I feel like I"ve lost some of my scrappin' 'mo-joe'. Maybe I just need to jump back in the saddle and do some more today.
That sounds good. That's what I'll do.
On the 'shrinking' note, I"ve been walking with my girlfriend two days during the week. The first time we walked (two weeks ago) I was really working to keep up, and was having a VERY hard time talking while walking. This past week on one of the days we walked I felt much stronger and wasn't working quite as hard! My finger nails have been NOTICEIBLY stronger--I wonder if that has something to do with the better eating I'm doing? At any rate I'm now looking around for signs of improvement other than just on the scale, which is, by the way, down a total of 5 pounds from my all time highest. It's a far cry from pulling 50 pounds off this year (which was my goal back in January), but I need to look forward, not backward. I have three weddings to go to next year, and I want to have a good chunk of this weight off. I'll be posting more about shrinking from here on out--I need to be accountable.

Thanks, friends! Be back later :)

Friday, November 14, 2008

Under the weather

Hey everyone~~ I've been as sick as a dog. (Wait, where did that saying come from? Well, I"ve never been a dog person, so I don't know how sick a dog can get.) Anyway, I've been resting up and starting to feel better. I'll take some pics, make some cards and post up this weekend. I suspect I'll be in the family room with the fireplace going, Ken at the computer next to me at my scrap desk, the kids playing in their playroom down the hall. Sounds fantastic! I was suppoused to go to Kankakee to scrap this weekend, but there's just no way. I am not well enough to drive and be up all day and night. I'll be taking rests on my cozy couch frequently this saturday, I'm sure. Hot tea in hand.

Ok---I'll get back to you all soon!!!!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Thank you Card

I had to make this tonight for a friend who not only stepped up to help me without hesitation, but actually went beyond what I asked for and put me in a comfort zone any mom would be greatful for!

Thank you, Wendy!!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

I'm falling in love!!!!

There's a new thing I've fallen in love with-----IRON ONS!!!!! I made a t-shirt for myself for halloween that says "Trick Or Treat" in 'bling'. .. I'll take a picture when it's out of the laundry. Anyway, I got the idea for black friday (my FAVORITE day of the year!) to make t-shirts for my group and I, but it got a bit costly----so I made these little canvas bags!! It was so much fun! Now I know what you're thinking: "What the heck are you gonna do with that little canvas bag that doesn't have any kind of closing mechanism, won't fit over your wrist, much less your shoulder and can't be attached to another purse handle?!" Well I thought it through and have a few ideas. Either A)It can fit in a bigger purse (like mine) or B) it'll just be for in the car. (And will come out at our 'pit stops' like Starbucks or Panera) I'm thinking this little bag will hold our small notebooks with lists of what to buy, who to buy it for, what store to get it at, which store has what on sale, etc etc, a pen, chapstick, gum,. .. whatever. It's just so cute and it was SO MUCH FUN putting it together!! I have to buy one more for Deata; I had another black bag, but Abby was helping me and she really wanted one. So I made one for her. It says "Abby's Stuff". (She's not on the list of those who are going shopping on Black Friday. Oh, no.) I'll go back to Hobby Lobby and get another black one for Deata and maybe I"ll find more things to iron letters to. I LOVE it!

{{Clapping and laughing!}}

Sugar high

Here are the kids on halloween! Eric is the one to the right with the "scream" mask, and Tom is the grim reaper, covering his face with the hood.
Taking a break. We did ALOT of walking, and the kids got ALOT of candy!! Their friend was trick-r-treating with us.

LOL! It looks like in this picture of the kitties they are looking up at the picture above!

The kids LOVE to sort their candy. Piles of 'like' candy as far as the eye can see. Notice the jenga and pyramid - type structures.

Eric tosses a piece of candy to Tom. They trade like they're on the floor of the stock market exchange. Candy flies everywhere--and the kitties try to catch it!

There's the jenga pile I mentioned. (Kit kats)

How cute is my niece?!

Tom turned 11 on Novemeber 3rd.
Time sure does fly.


I have lots of halloween pictures to share with you, but right now I'm rushing to get the kids out to school and right after that I'm meeting a friend for a walk! I'll get back sometime today :) . . . Enjoy the warmer weather today becuase it's slipping away quickly. . .

Things that make me smile

Things that make me smile