Archive for November, 2008

Some Day My Prince Will Come

Grammy and Papa (my parents) have been visiting with us since Thursday.  Here is a conversation that took place yesterday:

Madalyn:  Some day my prince will come!
Grammy:  What is your prince’s name?
Madalyn:  His name’s Papa Prince!

Here is one photo from her party yesterday.  I need to get some more on here–I’m on the way out the door to take food to a friend who had a baby (CONGRATS WENDY!) and then we’re having some other friends over so they can see their photo session proofs (and the kiddos are going to have ice cream sundaes!).

Here is Princess Madalyn: 


I Guess Bre@st is Best!

Time to brag on my kid a little bit:

We have always known that Annagrace was an exceptionally smart child.  She was always ahead of the books in reaching her milestones (first word at 6 months, walking at 9 1/2 months, reading at age 4, adding and subtracting at 4) and breezed right through Pre-K and Kindergarten. 

This year we have really started to see just how special she is.  She is grasping concepts that kids four years older than her problems with.  She has taught herself how to write in cursive and has started (on her own) to learn multiplication.  We actually printed her off a table and she was upset that it was already filled in because she wanted to do it herself! 

Apparently she overheard a conversation I had with Aaron about breastfeeding contributing to her smartness (I have always said that since she was little, half-joking and half-serious!).  After all, I’ve gotta get some of the credit for it!  She told me tonight that she had this conversation with one of her friends:

                                 Friend:  “Annagrace how did you get so smart?”
                                 Annagrace:  “Well my mom thinks it’s from breastfeeding.”

LOL!  Too funny!  And just to clarify, she is not STILL breastfeeding–that’s just gross.  I breastfed both of my girls–Annagrace for about 4 months and Madalyn for about 5 months.  I totally would have nursed them longer if it wasn’t for my job situation.  It was total chaos trying to pump at work and just didn’t work for me at all.  (Then with Madalyn I was in home health and that was even crazier!). 

I totally think that all women should at least try breastfeeding.  I’m not a nazi about it like some of the breastfeeding coaches at the hospital.  I do think it’s best for the baby but I also think that moms need to decide for themselves.  It’s crazy to think that back in the 70’s all the experts told moms that formula was much better for their babies.  My mom has said that she never had any desire to nurse me or my brother and that it definitely wasn’t a thing that was encouraged back then.  (Of course, moms back then also smoked while they were pregnant and drove around holding the baby in their arms!).   

What do you moms out there think?  Did you nurse your babies?  How long?  Did you feel pressured into it or did you do it because you wanted to? 

And what do you all think about long term breastfeeding?  Aaron and I watched this story below about a mom whose kid is still breastfeeding at 8 years old.  I’m sorry, but that is disturbing!  The kids would draw pictures of their mom’s boobs and even had names for them.  The one little girl talked about how she didn’t know why anyone would ever want to stop nursing!  Those poor children.  Oh the therapy they are going to need one day!!!  This is totally disturbing to me–don’t say I didn’t warn you!  What do you all think?!

My Funny Kids

I posted recently about this neat thing that my friend Nikki does to remember the cute little things her kids say.  I love to sit down and read her little books when I visit because they always make me laugh!  So we started our own little books with our kids.  Here is a sampling of the contents of the current book:

Madalyn:  “I wanna wear my Dorothy blisters”  (of course, she means slippers!)

Mom:  “Annagrace, what’s Hannakuh?”
AG:  “I think it’s like a Japanese holiday or something.”

AG (after the mock election at school):  “I’m an idiot!  I voted for Obama!”

Dad:  “Madalyn, what did Jesus do?”
Madalyn:  “He’s a sweetheart”.  (‘Tis very true my dear Madalyn!) 

Mom:  “Mad, are you a Democrat or a Republican?”
Madalyn:  “A pum-pumpikin.”

Dad (explaining to Annagrace about the apostles):  “There was this guy named Paul…”
Annagrace:  “You mean Paul Newman?” 

Mom:  “Madalyn, when you pray, who do you pray to?”
Madalyn:  “Maw Maw and Paw Paw.”   

I love my kids.  They bring us amazing joy and so much laughter.  Even when they are wild and crazy and stomping their feet saying, “No I NOT going to bed” (that would be Madalyn!).  I am thankful to God everyday for such wonderful, beautiful and healthy children!

Breathe Deep

And you think YOUR inbox is full!

I haven’t logged into my juno account in a long time.  Like, maybe a month.  I stopped using that for personal e-mails quite awhile ago and leave it open just for junk e-mails or when I sign up for coupons.  Usually I check it every couple of days but I’ve been lazy lately and haven’t checked it.  I opened it up today and I had . . . are you ready for this? . . .  

                                                1,379 unread e-mails!!!! 

Yes, you read that correctly.  I’m thinking about closing this account and just being done with it.  I’m certainly not looking through 1,379 e-mails.  Thank you almighty delete button!

Friday Family Fun Night

Annagrace asked me the other day if Friday’s could be our family game night.  We have been so busy lately and have not been spending much quality time with the kids so I guess she’s starting to sense that.  Anyway, the same day that she said that I happened to read on Susanne’s blog about her family fun nights and she linked up to Heather’s blog about her themed family fun nights.  I knew the girls–especially Annagrace–would LOVE this idea.  And I knew just where to start!

So last night we had our “Kung Fu Panda” Asian family fun night!  We love to watch movies and couldn’t wait for this to come out on DVD!

I bought these dishes a long time ago at the thrift store–they were brand new, still in the packages and I bought two sets.  This is the first time we have used them!


I let Annagrace try on my sari.  I bought this in India a long time ago and Annagrace had always wanted to try it on. 


Of course, we had to have Chinese food (takeout, of course.  You really didn’t think I was going to cook did you?!) 

There is a special feature on the “Kung Fu Panda” movie about how to eat with chopsticks (there is also a really cool feature that shows a chef making noodles–it’s quite fascinating!).  Here is Madalyn giving the chopsticks a try:


And one of me and Mad Mad! 


I also taught Annagrace how to make paper lanterns–that was one of my favorite things to do when I was little!  I used to make them all the time!  And after eating and putting the movie on I promptly laid down on the couch and passed out.  (Leave it to me to ruin family fun night by falling asleep!  What can I say–it’s been a long long week!) 

Next time I’ll have a little more time to plan things out.  Anngrace loved it and she just asked me what we are going to do for our next family fun night!  I’ll definitely be checking out Heather and Susanne’s blogs for ideas!

ORAM: Living Room

This has been the best ORAM (One Room A Month) so far.  We’re continuing to work on little projects here and there to get the house ready to go on the market–hopefully in January.  Last weekend we tackled the living room.  I was NOT looking forward to this.  For one, the walls were green before.  I loved the green but I knew it would be crazy hard to cover the paint.  

Here are some befores in all it’s messy, cluttered glory.  Notice the sleeping child on the floor and the blue chalk all over the wall in the middle of the mantle peice!  This is from the kitchen looking towards the front of the house. 


This is by the front door looking in.  To the left of the photo is the doorway into the kitchen.  I had some photos of the girls hanging on that large back wall but took them down before I took this photo!


This photo was taken last summer–we had since changed the rug (moved it upstairs) and had changed the furniture around since this photo was taken.  Looking back, I don’t know why we did that.  The room looks have way decent in this photo:


I decided that we needed to paint a more neutral color.  Although we liked the green we figured that potential home buyers might not!  We painted over the green with a simple tan color (I can’t think of the color name right now) and we painted the trim white.  Then we brought that checkered rug back downstairs and rearranged the furniture, mirror and framed prints. 

Here are some after photos.  This is at the front door looking in.  The tv table is to the left of this photo up against that wall.  The color is hard to see in this photo because the lamps make it look yellow.     


I LOVE the mirror and the photos arranged like this.  I have always wanted the couch on that wall and could never figure out how to do it with the big tv table.  This works and I love it like this! 

This is from the kitchen doorway looking in.  My new canvas arrives tomorrow and I can’t wait to see how it looks over the mantle!  We were thinking about getting rid of our furniture because it is so big but so far it is working like this and we may keep it, steam clean it and freshen up the look with some new pillows. 


This is looking into the kitchen–excuse the MESS!  This is the typical state of our house right now as we try to get everything done around here!  Notice my SIMPLIFY sign over the door.  I love it.  That is the motto I try to live by!  That pyramid was made in Indonesia and was one of my most favorite Christmas gifts ever!  (Thanks honey!)   


And one last one of the wall of photos.  Notice Buddy the dog perched on the back of the couch.  I think that dog thinks he’s a cat! 


Feels SO good to have this room done.  We still need to get pillows and I am going to put up some curtains–I think I’m just going to do valances because I like being able to see the plantation blinds.

This week and weekend we are going to start tackling the upstairs master bathroom.  We have to paint the walls, paint the trim (including the door,  2 closet doors, 2 dormer doors, around the jacuzzi tub, and a built in bookshelf!), paint the cabinet, make a new shower curtain and curtains for two windows, and get new plantation blinds.  I gave my walk in closet a good cleaning and got rid of several bags of clothes a couple weeks ago and also got one of the dormers cleaned so luckily that is out of the way!      

Stupid, Aggravating Day

There are other words I could use to describe my day but since this blog is rated G I better leave it at that.  Here’s how my day went.

9am:  Trip to the ED to have my stupid finger looked at.  The doctor sliced it open (and didn’t even clean it first!  I couldn’t believe it!) and drained pus out of it then the nurse put antibiotic cream and this crazy bandage on it.  


10:30am:  Go to work and find out that I am not allowed to see patients today because I have an “open draining wound”.  In actuality, my wound is not draining now because the doctor got it all out.  But it’s the rules so I have to move all my patients to tomorrow.  Good thing I had nothing planned for tomorrow! 

11:00am:  Log onto my bank account and realize that I’ve overdrawn my account–YES, again.  I totally forgot about a $285 check that had not cleared yet (that I wrote 6 weeks ago!).  So I have to drive home (20 minutes one way) to pick up my credit card (because I don’t carry it in my wallet anymore) so that I can pay for my prescriptions. 

1:30pm:  Back to work for our RN “skills day”.  Went well.  I changed that silly bandage because it was falling off by this point.  My finger looked better but was still very red and swollen. 

3:45pm:  Go to pharmacy and then to Target to get some wall anchors so that we can get our living room back in order from painting this weekend.  Get a pumpkin spice latte at Starbucks–yummy. 


4:45pm:  Almost hit a deer on the way home.  By almost, I mean missed it by less than 6 inches.  I swerved into the other lane an lucikly the car coming the other way had stopped or I would have hit them.  Very scary!

Now:  Back home.  Finger hurts–going to take some Tylenol with Codeine in a little bit.  Trying to blog–difficult with a bandaged finger–then going to work on editing some photos.  Then going to take my drugs, change my bandage, and veg out while Biggest Loser is on!  How was everyone elses’ day?!


This is my middle finger on my right hand. I’m not trying to give you the finger, just show it to you.  See the redness?  And the swelling?  Well, it’s pretty darn painful! 



It’s swelled up 2 times the size it should be and is so tight it feels like if I squeeze it, it will pop open.   

I am pretty sure it is what is called a felon–an infection of the soft pad of the finger.  It sounds like it can get pretty serious if it’s not treated so I am going to Emergicare first thing tomorrow a.m.  I’d really prefer to see my doctor (I love my doctor–he rocks!) but it will next to impossible to get in to see him tomorrow. 

I just want it to stop hurting!

My 30 Day Challenge

Last night at 1:30 a.m. I was lying wide awake in bed.  I couldn’t keep my eyes closed.  So many thoughts were racing through my head–getting the house ready to sell, finding jobs, waiting to hear back about Annagrace’s school situation, Madalyn’s birthday coming up, our Thanksgiving trip to Kentucky, work on Monday, along with about 100 other things. 

So I decided I needed to pray.  I will am a ‘little bit all day long’ pray-er.  I have a hard time with sitting down for a designated time and praying.  So as I go through my day I say little prayers along the way.  I’ll pray for my patients as I arrive to their home, I’ll pray for stuff going on with our church family while I’m in my car driving, I’ll say thanks to God when I see a beautiful sunset or when it’s a beautiful day out.  I like staying connected to God in this way–kind of like a constant conversation with Him rather than just a couple designated times a day. 

But as I was laying there last night a thought popped into my head.  I haven’t prayed for Aaron today.  Or yesterday.  Or, well . . . in a really long time.  I also haven’t prayed for my kids in a long time.  I get so wrapped up in what’s going on with my friends’ and patients’ lives that I don’t stop and pray for my own family.  So I am challenging myself for the next 30 days to pray for my husband and my children everyday.  Even when my hubby aggravates and frustrates me (Saturday was a bad day, that’s all I’ll say about that!) and even when my kids are driving me crazy. 

And I want to challenge you to pray for your husband and children everyday for the next 30 days as well.  It can be a simple quick prayer as your child gets on the bus or a simple “Hey God–thanks!” for your hubby.   

Also, while I’m on the subject of prayer–my college friend, Neal is trying something out.  His 60/60 challenge involves stopping every 60 minutes for the next 60 days to think about God.  I admire Neal’s honesty on his blog.  I always laugh when I see how long his blog posts are because, well–that’s Neal!  (And I’m not making fun because I have some reaaaallllyyyy long posts as well!).  Go check out his blog!

November 2008