Friday, November 30, 2012

Playin' Hooky

After driving an hour to Nashville for Rory's doctor's appointment, waiting an hour in the waiting room, finding out Rory is A-Okay, we decided to play hooky for the rest of the day. Because, let's face it: getting to school at 11:00 in kindergarten means all you get to do is take a nap. ;) We did some grocery shopping, hit up World Market, ate lunch at McDonalds (her choice, of course), then came home to do some cooking and cleaning. I have to say that it was a delightful day. When you're a stay-at-home mom, I think it's easy to take the days when the kiddos are little and home all day with you for granted. At least I did. And I'm not going to pretend that it's not easier to grocery shop and do all the day-to-day activities without little ones underfoot, but yesterday reminded of all the good things about having your kiddos around for the everyday activities.

And because I had just listened to The Digi Show podcast on taking pictures of yourself, we slapped on some lipstick, set up the timer, stacked up a ton of books, magazines, and even a Frisbee to get just the right camera height, and took a picture of me and my girl. (You do not even want to know how many pictures I discarded.)

Okay, this was before the lipstick.

After the lipstick.

And because she is all kinds of cute, here are a few I snapped of her alone.


At the risk of cuteness overload, here are 2 singing videos. This girl LOVES to sing. Two things: (a) turn down the volume because she is loud, and (b) she said she finished the song the way "real songs go."

And notice she does not know the words. At all.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

High Pigtails

Rory and I are headed back to the pediatrician's office this morning to do a pneumonia re-check for her. I'll be surprised if he clears us since she is still coughing her little head off, but here's hoping for good news.

We're having friends over for a casual dinner tonight. I was planning to make vegetable beef soup and this monster cookie dough dip for dessert, but I still don't have a soup recipe. Everyone keeps telling me just throw it all together in a pot, but things do not generally end well for me in the kitchen when I just dump things together. Here's hoping I'll find a recipe between now and tonight.

After-school pics.


And Rory asked for "high pigtails because they make me happy, mama." They kind of make me happy too.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Words on Wednesday

Changing it up a bit this morning. ;)

Read this verse on Thanksgiving morning and the imagery of calling out the stars like an army struck me as so majestic. "Look up into the heavens.Who created all the stars? He brings them out like an army, one after another, calling each by its name. Because of his great power and incomparable strength, not a single one is missing." Isaiah 40:26

Caught up on the (in)courage blog over the weekend, and I especially liked these two posts: God Uses You and Speak Louder Than the Nutella.

Well, I certainly didn't need actual proof that my brain is way less sharp than it was before chemo, but at least professionals are now acknowledging chemo brain.

Will you think less of me if I say that I read Psalm 34:17-20 Sunday night, and my first thought was, "that's not true!" I *know* that every word God spoke is true, but for some reason this struck me not as encouraging, but hard to read. 

Angie Smith was recently in Peru and wrote some beautiful posts about her trip. Beautiful.

Brian is attending a conference in Nashville this week, which means that instead of leaving for school at the crack of dawn and not seeing the kids, he was home this morning when they got up and he's taking them to school. And you know what that means? I get to have another cup of coffee while snuggled up under Rory's pink fluffy blanket before getting started on my daily domestic duties. Enjoy your Wednesday!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Tuesday's Tidbits

Apparently I slept a little too much last week and my body thinks it can get away with 3-4 hours a night. I thought you were supposed to sleep better in your own bed!

It's only taken 2 kids and one niece before I finally figured out how to set up a pack-n-play on my own.

Did I mention I get an extra week off chemo? So instead of going back Thursday, I don't go back until December 6. I'm trying to be thankful for the extra week, but I was soooooo counting on an extra week at Christmas instead.

I made Pioneer Woman's homemade granola bars last night. I have been wanting to try them forever, but they just didn't turn out quite right. Not sure if I got the oats a little too brown or if it's the wheat germ taste I don't like, but they did not live up to the hype for me. The rest of my family, however, thinks they're the best ever so maybe it's not as bad as I thought.

I somehow managed to forget not only the best picture, but the best story from my Thanksgiving post.

We decided to let the kids watch E.T. over the weekend. I wish I would have remembered not only the few crude teenage comments, but also how intense the opening 15-20 might be for a kid. Camden was fine (despite alot of deep breaths), but Rory lasted about 15 minutes then exclaimed, "I can't take this anymore!" and exploded into tears. After I consoled her, we (as in the adults) all had a pretty big laugh. And she slept alone and all night so I guess she wasn't scarred for life.

I love this picture with it's stained pages and the little "good" sticky note. Who knows how long my mom has been making this pie. I remember this cook book from my childhood.


I haven't seen Addison in 2 weeks, which is forever in baby time. Her regular sitter has an appointment so I'm on baby duty today. While she may have screamed the entire way home from school, to the lab for bloodwork, and all the way home, she has been delightful every moment she is out of the carseat. ;)

I cut up a cold grape to feed her, and she was having none of it.

Seriously, Aunt Melissa. What are you trying to feed me?

Please, just get this off my finger.

I. Am. Not. Kidding.

Much better!

Showing off her 2 new top teeth. I told you alot can happen in 2 weeks!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Thanksgiving Recap

It's hard to believe that Thanksgiving week has already passed by, but it has! We traveled to Illinois Tuesday night and came home Sunday - went by much too fast. It was a quieter Thanksgiving than normal; only my family and my brother Matt were able to be at my parent's house, but it was lots of good food, going to bed early/sleeping late kind of time. And cold Illinois weather, of course! Here are a few pictures (and I'm sure you'll notice right away that great photography was not the goal of the week. It was kind of nice to rely on phone pics and not bug the kids for photos.).

Because we're totally mean (and we were taking advantage of the unseasonably warm day we had on Wednesday), we sent the kids out to start a fire. By rubbing sticks together. It was about as successful as you might imagine, which was why we felt comfortable telling a 6 and 9 year old to go out and start a fire. ;)



It was fun, though!

Decided to go against the normal and get a little crafty with place cards.

Watching the Macy's parade with Uncle Matt. Thank you, Camden, for pretending that it was the worst thing ever.

My poor dad and brother put up with that entire parade so the kids could watch it. They made up for it by watching not 1, not 2, but 3 football games later in the day. And I totally joined them.

It was incredibly windy, grey, and cold so we ran outside for just a few pictures before settling inside for the day.

The Thanksgiving Day group (and possibly the most unflattering picture of me ever taken).

They absolutely love their Uncle Matt.


Writing out her Thankful List. I am hoping the lists made it home with me because hers was all sweet with things like family, cousins, mommy and daddy, and bringing me home from Korea. Camden's was all full of nature and grass. And the Wii. Difference between boys and girls I guess. In all fairness, I told him that if he was thankful for the Wii, then he could absolutely include it.


Photobombed by my mom and brother.

Out of the blue Camden decided he wanted my mom to teach him to crochet. He spent hours making this chain.

Instead of Black Friday shopping, we all went to the Festival of the Trees - a Quad Cities tradition.

We also ate Whitey's ice cream, because it's not a visit to the Quad Cities unless there is ice cream involved.

Brian and I were able to skip out on family traditions and go see Skyfall - no pictures, but it was fun!

And Rory sobbing this morning on the way to school because she didn't want to go to school - she wanted to go back to Grandpa and Grandma's house. Good news is that Christmas is only a month away.

I hope your Thanksgiving was as full of things to be thankful for as ours was.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Wordless Wednesday

Rory has been learning all about Indians and Pilgrims and the first Thanksgiving at school. I remember when Camden learned this story and came home to talk about it. Rory's take on it was that the white people killed all the Indians. Interestingly enough, both kids pointed out that they weren't white so it wasn't their fault. ;)




Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Gone, Baby, Gone

Your regularly scheduled Tuesday Tidbits are interrupted to bring you news of a big event: Rory lost her first tooth. As in, it was loose and then popped right out in less than 12 hours. I might have cried. She is growing up WAY too fast.

I am quite positive that there has never been a girl so excited to lose a tooth. She talked and talked and talked about it. And then talked some more. As soon as our company left last night, she rushed up to her room to change into p.j.'s, brushed her teeth and asked if she could go to bed. The tooth fairy made 4 attempts, but Rory kept waking up. Finally at 3:00 this morning (when I was still awake - ugh), the tooth fairy was successful. She must have been pretty sleep because she hasn't asked why I was in her room so often last night. ;)




We're headed out of town to spend Thanksgiving with my family in Illinois. Wish us luck. We haven't unearthed the portable DVD players yet so we're traveling old school - only books and art supplies to keep the kids busy. For 9 hours. One way.

Monday, November 19, 2012


Well, let's just be honest this morning. I spent the weekend browsing Pinterest, drooling over home DIY blogs and painted furniture. All completely ironic because not only did we buy a house that doesn't need renovations, but PLEASE! As if I am crafty in any way.

Here are just a few that I spent significant time reading over the weekend:

I Heart Organizing
Kayboo Creations (drooling over her painted furniture) 
The Handmade Home - my personal favorite; LOVE her decorating style and the way she has a stamped M (for their last name) incorporated into all her rooms

And speaking of decorating, my friend Kari dropped by this orange chevron pillow Friday, and I am in love. Just having this one little piece of orange immediately brightened the whole area up. I can't wait to keep adding color to my neutral room.


So besides wasting my time away in front of Pinterest, I also took the kids for their annual flu shot as well as Rory's 6 year physical. The girl grew 2 inches and 2 lbs since last year bringing her up to a whopping 35 lbs soaking wet. She's in the 10th percentile for height, but doesn't even register on the scale for her weight. That was not surprising. What was surprising is that she has pneumonia! Okay, actually, I'm not too surprised on that front either since she's had the worst cough for the last 6 weeks or so. Feeling more than a little guilty for not taking her in sooner (although in our defense we did take her in back in October for the cough, and they thought it was just viral at that point).

Camden spent Saturday raking leaves in the front yard. You don't want to know how long it took him to take care of leaves from one measly tree. Let's just say perseverance is not his strong suit.

Because of pneumonia, Rory just had to sit around looking pretty (and she was mad about not getting to help - the difference between a 9 and 6 year old, I guess).

Camden and Rory are out of school all week for Thanksgiving break so the 3 of us are spending the day getting the house ready for company tonight while Brian spends his day with his 4th grade class. We might have the better end of the deal. ;)

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Project 365 October 2012

I relied heavily on iPhone pics this month; hopefully I won't regret that!








Friday, November 16, 2012

Just Keeping It Real

I should have known when I woke up in the middle of the night with my ipad still in bed, earplugs in, cord wrapped around my neck that the day was going to be off to a rough start. My platelets were 108 (down from 358) last week so that probably explains my heavy sleeping.

Proceeding to vomit when I did get up confirmed the rough start. I'm one of those wierdos who need food in my stomach in order to not vomit. I know; it's strange. And if you pop a pain pill on top of that? Well, then I better settle in to the couch for a solid 90 minutes while it takes effect, or it's going to come right back up if you know what I mean.

We sat down to breakfast (homemade muffins so score for me on that topic anyway), and the kids very solemnly informed me that they'd decided Rory would like a baby sister and Camden would like a brother (but not necessarily a baby brother). It caught me off guard, and I dissolved into tears because while there were never any solid plans, adopting a third baby when we got moved to Texas was always in the back of my mind. And we know there's no country gonna let this broke-down body adopt a baby! I told them that there would be no more siblings, which was why it was so important to love each other in the best way possible. They proceeded to fight all the way up the stairs.

I feel like I should admit out loud that unpacking has come to slow stop, starting when my mom flew the nest last week. Poor Brian has been thrown head first into home repairs since we moved three weeks ago. Not only did we not have a working upstairs bathroom for 2 weeks (and he spent HOURS and HOURS) with that nasty toilet, but the very night he fixed the toilet, the dishwasher came unhooked from the cabinet/wall. Last night he worked until 8:30 on a leak in the brand-new fridge (which he could not fix) but did get dishwasher going again . . . just in time to completely dissemble the vacuum cleaner that is not working.

I did not shower or get cleaned up this morning when we left to go to school, but pulled on one of my old chemo hats. Rory informed me, "mama, you look like one of those dudes who's going to ask 'what's up?'" I considered taking a picture, but decided it was too early in the morning to subject my readers to that.

On the upside, Camden enjoyed his field trip yesterday, and, surprisingly, was thrilled for me to be there. He didn't even ask for me to sit in the back, but ran up to me and kept his arm around me as we were ushered into the building. You never know when you're talking about a 9 year old surrounded by friends. The production was You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, and while we LOVE to go to the Nashville Children's Theater, I have to say this was my least favorite production by far. I could not get past the middle-aged men playing Charlie Brown and Linus. Their hairy legs and knobby old-man knees in high  water shorts, as well as a middle-aged man aggressively sucking his thumb kind of ruined it. Not to mention that because they were playing children, most of the music was slightly off-key, and my ears cannot stand to hear off-key music! You can thank 13 years of piano lessons and my mother for that.

field trip

And let's end on a high note because while I'm not complaining (I promise!), I am feeling a little down this morning. Maybe I should go torture myself with an episode of Parenthood. ;)

I am not a SNL fan, but I do kind of love Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan, and this sketch made me laugh.

I can't figure out how to embed it, so click here.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Snapshot #3

Outside my window: a very bare tree - all the leaves have fallen since I took the picture of it on Sunday.

I am thinking: that I could use a new pair of shoes, surprisingly enough!

I am thankful for: the ability to travel home to Illinois for Thanksgiving next week.

I am wearing: Express jeans, b/w flowy shirt with a Gap black cardigan.

Last 3 purchases: this TooFaced eye shadow kit, groceries, a pair of "comfy" pants for Rory that don't fit.

Dinner plans: Leftover Cheddar Chicken and Rice Soup
Future plans I'm looking forward to: having a week off chemo, Thanksgiving - and how great that those two events coincide. ;)

Kid funny: When the kids are fighting/arguing/being unkind to each other, I've been making them look at each other and call each other Beautiful Boy and Gorgeous Girl. Makes them laugh and get over their fight every time.

In the kitchen: Pumpkin Chocolate Chip muffins for breakfast

On my desk: lots and lots of bills and house improvement receipts.

On my frequent playlist: I actually broke out the David Crowder Band's Christmas CD yesterday.

Snacking on: fall colored peanut M&M's; having such a hard time resisting these - pop them in the microwave for 30 seconds and the chocolate melts inside. Irresistible.

Rest-of-the-day-plans: Drop kids off at school, drive to Nashville, grab a few groceries at Trader Joe's, meet Camden's class at the Nashville Children's Theater, then on to Dr. W's office for chemo (next week is my off week so hurray for that!).

An old instagram photo that never made it onto the blog (you can tell it's old by his freshly cut hair). While it occasionally drives me nuts, mostly I like it that he still cuddles up in the morning with his blanket and stuffed animal.

Rory's last soccer game of the season (the day after we moved), and it was frigid outside. She had one leggings, knee socks, shorts, three shirts, her hoodie sweatshirt and was still cold.

And the kids' first weekly picture at the new house (from Oct. 30).