Monday, December 28, 2009

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Monday, December 14, 2009

At Newberry sitting on some very old looking bleachers! Wish I weighed 40 pounds lighter!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Thankful for our simple life.......

My Husband and I decided to sneak away for a quick weekend getaway to central Florida this weekend.  Oh the excitement of some alone time without the kids!(Love you guys and gals)  It never fails though that when we're on our way out of town it doesn't take very long for me at least to want to turn around and head out of dodge as quick as our 4 wheels will carry us!  As I am glancing around during the drive I can honestly say that I have seen probably at least 1000 homes that look identical to one another!  It makes me wonder if they have a button they push so their house either does one of the "chirps" or maybe makes the porch light flash on and off so they make sure they don't pull into the wrong driveway!  I guess you could say that there is a convenience to city life.  It seems that on every street corner there is either a gas station, grocery store, pharmacy, wally world, mall, movie theather, etc. to just name a few.  Not to mention every conceivable restaurant you could think of!  But, along with the convenience comes the added benefit of being able to shake hands with your neighbor through your bedroom window!! :o)  No this ex city girl desires nothing of city life.  Give me 10 acres out in the middle of nowhere where my nearest neighbor is more than a stone's throw away, where at night I can hear the crickets and their annoying musical that they put on but I love it anyway!  Plus the added bonus of the natural alarm called the roosters at 5am in the morning!  Lord let me never take for granted the beautiful painting you have gifted me right outside my front door!  How beautiful being a redneck and country bumpkin can be!

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Friday, December 11, 2009

Question of the week.......

Well it seems as Black Friday was too much of draw for most this year!  I myself was one of the few that did not get up during the pre-dawn hours to fight the mad crowds of shoppers looking for the must have deal of the season!  My f/i/l actually got up at 2:30am in order to get himself a new battery charger!  I actually did go shopping that day but didn't walk into the local Wally World until 11am and behold the items I was interested in were still there!(Hint Hint for those of you die-hard Black Friday shoppers) 

I have blogged earlier about cutting back this Holiday season.  We are not participating in the annual gift giving exchange with the family.  I think the money would be more wisely used for possibly a local charity that helps the less fortunate during this time of year or in our case put it towards our Church's Lottie Moon Christmas offering this year.  However, regardless of the amount we spend we do have one important rule that we are faithful in keeping.  We DO NOT put our Christmas on credit!  It is a wonderful feeling knowing that when you wake up on the 26th you won't be expecting a huge bill at the beginning of the month!  So, what are you going to use this year?  Cash or Credit?

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Friday, November 27, 2009

Thanksgiving blessings......



Yesterday was a wonderful time sharing the day with family and friends.  We had an absolutely delicious dinner followed by the taking of family photos.  I thought I would share a slideshow of some of our family.  Hope you enjoy!


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Monday, November 23, 2009

A few home remedies......

Thought I would pass along these neat home remedies that I saw in a newspaper article recently.
  • Got gas problems?  Take one tsp of olive oil on an empty stomach each morning.  It helps to prevent gas.
  • Tummy hurt?  Mix 1/2 tsp of baking soda with 4 oz of warm water and send it down the hatch.  You burp almost instantaneously.
  • Got bloating issues?  Take the juice of 1/2 of a lemon and mix it into 1 cup of hot water.
  • Blocked up?  Take 2 tsps of apple cider vinegar twice daily and mix it with 8 ozs of water.
  • Heartburn problems?  Before you eat, mix the juice of 1/2 lemon along with a pinch of salt and add it into 8oz of water and drink.  After you eat you can also try 1 tsp of honey to take care of that heartburn as well.
Hope one or all of these help if you have those dreaded digestive problems!



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Question of the week.......

Well, it looks as if the classic Christmas movie "It's a Wonderful Life" won as the favorite Christmas movie.

This week I thought I would throw out a poll regarding probably one of the most anticipated days of the year.  I'm not talking about Turkey Day or even Christmas, I'm talking about you guessed it......Black Friday!  So, are you going to brave the pushing, shoving, name calling, kicking, biting (hopefully not!) crowds that are associated with what they say is the busiest shopping day of the year?  I admit that I too have participated in this holiday tradition.  Not the pushing and shoving or even biting part but I have gotten up at a ridiculous time of the morning with way not enough sleep only to arrive seeing that 1000 other people got up even earlier than I did!  All for the sake of a $5.00 mini chopper!  Ok well maybe that was a little bit of an exaggeration but I did score a nice shop vac for the hubby last year for only $20 so I guess there is some savings to it.  I myself haven't decided if I am going to brave the early morning rush hour this year.  I am really cutting back on my shopping this year not only due to the economy but something just doesn't seem right about it to me anymore.  Like I said in a previous post it seems that more and more generations are relying on the amount of "stuff" that they have.  I personally think it would be wonderful to get back to the basics of what Christmas truly means.  The celebration of our wonderful Lord and Savior Jesus!  I wonder when it was that we allowed the world to turn it into a free for all?  Hmmm, anyway I hope you enjoy and participate in this week's poll.



Mondays.....

Well, here I am again on a Monday waiting on the repairman for my washer!  Twice in one month, how lucky can I be!  I was just able to knock out Mount Fullbright of laundry from the last time of being without a washer for over a week!

I guess it doesn't help matters that I couldn't sleep last night (must have been that 3 hour nap) so I did the next best thing......clean.  You would think with 5 kids I wouldn't have to worry about these things.  I'm seriously thinking about bring back Eva Braun for a return visit.  After waiting all weekend for the kids to get their chores done (miracles do happen don't they?), I had finally had enough of seeing the hurricane a clutter around my living room and decided to tackle it at 11pm.  Three hours later I put quite a dent into it.  Cleaned off the top of the TV, swept the living room, rearranged the dining room table, picked up the clutter off of the end tables, dusted, and even got in another episode of Law & Order.  Whew!  Finally went to bed around 2am, listened to Meg's Ipod for about 30 minutes (still can't seem to find mine), and finally drifted off to la-la land.

With all that I did last night and early this morning you would think that I would be able to sleep in!  Nope!  Was wide awake at 6:30a after 4 hours of sleep so now I can say my hutch is clean, my bedroom has been straighted up, the clothes that are multiplying by the second in my bathroom have been shoved, kicked, and thrown into the corner so the repair guy can get to the washer!  I am now enjoying my THIRD episode of Dora the Explorer that is after watching Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and Special Agent Oso.  Now if only I can talk the Hubby to start putting up Christmas decorations my crazy life will be absolutely perfect! :o)

Saturday, November 21, 2009

So that's how they're made!


Ever wonder how a pumpkin pie is made? Well thanks to my s/i/l Becky you finally have the answer! :o)

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Keep it Going!!



With their victory last night against Williston, the Lady Dogs are now 6-0 for the season! Even though the game started at a slow pace the Lady Dogs soon picked up tempo with some good passing and crosses. Our Meg even had her first assist for the season! Their next game is against Wakulla on Tuesday. Way to go Ladies!


Monday, November 16, 2009

Question of the week.......

Well it seems that most everyone has jumped on the 2% milk bandwagon myself included. My mind tells me that it's better than whole milk and let's face it, I have never been able to get over the skim milk taste or non-taste!

With the holidays upon us already (I am finding it harder and harder NOT to put up my tree!). I thought I would enter the movie vault with this week's question. What is your favorite holiday movie? Do you prefer the classics? Or do you like the comedies?

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Proud Assignment

Last Wednesday Jacob was given a very proud task by the NJROTC at Suwannee High School. He along with a cadet and fellow band member were asked to jointly play taps at the local Veterans Day Memorial service. What a huge honor! Of course he was trying to make it out like it wasn't a "big deal" or anything. But, he didn't have a choice as to whether or not I was going. Even Mamaw came to watch him play. I don't think he liked the fact that I brought my camera though! It was a great morning. Speeches, memorials, a 21 gun salute, and of course taps played military style by echoing off of one another. Jacob truly understood how thankful the veterans were when one older gentleman from the local DAV came up and firmly shook Jacob's hand looking him square in the face and said, "Thank you, you did a wonderful job.". It was then that I think Jake realized how big of a deal it really was. I have included a video shot by a local reporter of the 21 gun salute followed by Jacob and Jenna playing taps. I hope you enjoy.

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Household Helpers..........

Here are some more household helpers to add to your filing cabinet. Some are quite unique but simple as well!

  • Soap wrappers - Don't throw away that soap wrapper! Place in your dresser drawer to add a nice clean refreshing smell to your clothes!
  • If you find some scratches on your wood furniture, try rubbing it with a shelled walnut. You see the scratches disappear right before your eyes!
  • Tired of your buttons coming off? Dab a little clear nail polish on the threads. This will harden them and make it harder for the threads to break.
  • Are you tired of your fingers being the target when nailing something? Try holding the nail with a wooden clothespin. Even if you miss your finger won't be the target!
  • If you have trouble with your shoelaces coming untied. Try rubbing a candle on the shoelace making it less slippery so the knots won't come undone.
  • Eggshells make great glass bottle cleaners. Crumble up an eggshell and put it in whatever bottle you are trying to clean. Add some detergent and warm water and shake vigorously then rinse with water.
Hope these work for you! I intend on trying them out around my house as well!

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Friday, November 13, 2009

Enjoying this lovely fall weather on a quick trip to Lake City. Isn't it wonderful!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

No sympathy here....

You know we had a wonderful weekend just getting away for a few days and visiting with family. But isn't it always the case that the minute you get home harsh reality sets back in? We arrived home around 7:30p and all seemed good. The four "teens" were spending the night at their respective grandparent's homes and the only one we had with us was again "little man". All was good until about 9:30p. I was in the living room catching up on email and such when I started hearing the "noises". I got up to investigate where and who they were coming from when I discovered that dear hubby was hugging the porcelain thrown and a garbage can all at the same time. Not wanting to interrupt a good thing I walked back into our bedroom and decided to wait it out with Adam on the bed. That's when I started hearing the other "noises". I turned to see Adam just sitting there giggling uncontrollably. It seems that he thought the noises that Daddy was making in the bathroom were the funniest he had ever heard! How can you scold a cute little 3 year old sitting there belly laughing while at the same time try and hide a smile yourself because he looks so cute?! Well, it seems that dear hubby heard our entire conversation amongst the waves of nausea. I will have to give him credit, he saw through the agony and was able to kid with Adam as well about his "sick" sense of humor!

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Monday, November 9, 2009



This past Saturday the Hubby and I decided to take a quick weekend trip. Our first stop was at "Mule Days" in Calvary, GA. Now for those of you that may never have been there it is a huge flea market/craft fair located in a "don't blink or you'll miss it" town located just over the Fl/GA line north of Tallahassee. I was shocked at the number of people that came to this middle of nowhere place all for the sake of celebrating mules! And when I say mules I mean mules! I have never seen so many in my life! I thoroughly enjoyed all of the vendors and little man especially enjoyed the homemade ice cream. On our "hike" around the venue, we came up on the edge of you guessed it a cotton field. Although Adam really didn't understand or maybe just didn't care what it was, he at least stopped long enough for me to take his pic with his "buddy" for the day! Dad looked like he was enjoying himself too! Our next stop was to see John's brother Grady and his family in Alabama. Even though it was for only one night we had a wonderful time catching up! I even got my s/i/l Kathy on the Blogger bandwagon! She is now the proud owner of her own blog called Feasting at the King's Table. If you have a chance stop by and drop her a comment welcoming her to the world wide web of blogging!

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Sunday, November 8, 2009

Question of the week.......

Ok, well everyone must have read the same article I did for last week's question or Google must have been onfire with everybody trying to find out the answer! If you chose Wendy's you were correct. Most Professional Chef's actually prefer Wendy's as the favorite fast food restaurant.

This week I thought I would ask a question about one of the staples of the fridge.......milk. When buying groceries and reaching the dairy section, what milk do you reach for? Is it whole, 2%, or skim milk?

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Saturday, November 7, 2009

Only a woman can relate......

My s/i/l Kathy sent me this in an email and I just had to share! This is a story that one part or another has surely happened to all of the women out there and I knew you all would enjoy it! Please share your comments about your bathroom horror!

Ain't this the truth.!!!

When you visit a public bathroom, you usually find a line of women, so you smile politely and take your place. Once it's your turn , you check for feet under the stall doors. Every stall is occupied.

Finally, a door opens and you dash in, nearly knocking down the woman leaving the stall.

You get in to find the door won't latch. It doesn't matter, the wait has been so long you are about to wet your pants! The dispenser for the modern 'seat covers' (invented by someone's Mom, no doubt) is handy, but empty. You would hang your purse on the door hook, if there was one, but there isn't - so you carefully, but quickly drape it around your neck, (Mom would
turn over in her grave if you put it on the FLOOR! ), yank down your pants, and assume ' The Stance.'


In this position your aging, toneless thigh muscles begin to shake You'd love to sit down, but you certainly hadn't taken time to wipe the seat or lay toilet paper on it, so you hold 'The Stance.'

To take your mind off your trembling thighs, you reach for what you discover to be the empty toilet paper dispenser. In your mind, you can hear your mother's voice saying, 'Honey, if you had tried to clean the seat, you would have KNOWN there was no toilet paper!' Your thighs shake more.

You remember the tiny tissue that you blew your nose on yesterday - the one that's still in your purse.. (Oh yeah, the purse around your neck, that now, you have to hold up trying not to strangle yourself at the same time). That would have to do. You crumple it in the puffiest way possible. It's still smaller than your thumbnail .

Someone pushes your door open because the latch doesn't work. The door hits your purse, which is hanging around your neck in front of your chest, and you and your purse topple backward against the tank of the toilet.. 'Occupied!' you scream, as you reach for the door, dropping your precious,tiny, crumpled tissue in a puddle on the floor, lose your footing altogether, and slide down directly onto the TOILET SEAT. It is wet of
course. You bolt up, knowing all too well that it's too late. Your bare bottom has made contact with every imaginable germ and life form on the uncovered seat because YOU never laid down toilet paper - not that there was any, even if you had taken time to try. You know that your mother would be utterly appalled if she knew, because, you're certain her bare bottom never touched a public toilet seat because, frankly, dear, 'You just don't KNOW
what kind of diseases you could get..'


By this time, the automatic sensor on the back of the toilet is so confused that it flushes, propelling a stream of water like a fire hose against the inside of the bowl that sprays a fine mist of water that covers your butt and runs down your legs and into your shoes. The flush somehow sucks everything down with such force that you grab onto the empty toilet paper dispenser for fear of being dragged in too.

At this point, you give up. You're soaked by the spewing water and the wet toilet seat. You're exhausted. You try to wipe with a gum wrapper you found in your pocket and then slink out inconspicuously to the sinks You can't figure out how to operate the faucets with the automatic sensors,so you wipe your hands with spit and a dry paper towel and walk past the line of women still waiting.

You are no longer able to smile politely to them. A kind soul at the very end of the line points out a piece of toilet paper trailing from your shoe. (Where was that when you NEEDED it??) You yank the paper from your shoe, plunk it in the woman's hand and tell her warmly, 'Here, you just might need this.'

As you exit, you spot your hubby, who has long since entered, used, and left the men's restroom. Annoyed, he asks, 'What took you so long, and why is your purse hanging around your neck?'

This is dedicated to women everywhere who deal with a public restrooms (rest??? you've GOT to be kidding!!). It finally explains to the men what really does take us so long. It also answers their other commonly asked questions about why women go to the restroom in pairs. It's so the other gal can hold the door, hang onto your purse and hand you Kleenex under the door!

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How thoughtful.....


Wouldn't we all be blessed if ours Husbands were as thoughtful as this one? :o)

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Friday, November 6, 2009

Isn't this the truth!








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Yuck!

Well here I am again still trying to recover from my washer being out of commission for over a week. Why is it that when you purchase an extended warranty that they fail to tell you "Oh we'll repair it but it will only take an act of congress for the repairman to get there."! I figured out how to remedy this situation. I have decided that the next time this scenario occurs (which with the model washer we have it seems is going to be a common occurrence) I am going to load up every hamper and laundry bag, haul them up to Badcock, and ask the first person I see where the loaner washers are for me to use!

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Thursday, November 5, 2009

Forget me not......


I remember growing up that my Dad rarely gave money to those standing outside stores, or soliciting at traffic lights because he was unsure of their sincerity. So, you can imagine that I took notice when he would freely give a donation to one certain group every year outside of the grocery store we frequented. They were the Disabled Veterans Association raising money for disabled vets by way of taking donations and in return giving you a homemade "forget me not" which was their way of honoring those fallen comrades. My Dad would proudly display his forget me not on the visor of our car forbiding anyone to remove it until he replaced it with a new one. Even the "old" ones were given a special place in his roll-top desk. These forget me nots have brought on a new meaning to me. My Dad has been gone now almost 4 years and I made a promise to continue his proud support of what I feel is a very noble cause. I still have the very last forget me not that he purchased nearly 5 years ago and it will forever proudly be displayed in my own vehicle no matter how faded it gets. This year I proudly donated my money and walked away with that very special token that has become so special to my heart. If you happen to walk out of a store and see one of our veterans please reach into your pocket and be willing to give a little something to help support the Disabled Veterans Associations' efforts to raise money for the care and support of our hero's. Personally I will be passing my new forget me not on to the next generation in our family. My son Jacob started driving this year and I will be giving him his very first forget me not in his Pop's honor. Hopefully everytime he sees it he will remember what all of our American Serviceman past and present have and are still doing for him so he can live freely. Plus, as long as he has that forget me not attached to his visor, he will always have a part of his Pop riding along with him.

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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Is it that time already?


Well it looks that it's that time of year again. I was perusing around walmart when much to my dismay there they were putting out the Christmas candy already. Didn't we just do this? An entire year could not have almost gone by. I honestly don't know if I'm ready for this Holiday season. I am already turning gray much quicker than I would like to. Now throw another Black Friday into the mix and I'll have to take permanent stock in Clairol! Seriously, have any of you actually just stood back during the start of a Black Friday and just watched the action? Monday Night Raw has got nothing on the little blue haired ladies at Wally World. I remember seeing two of them get into a knock-down drag out over a can opener. Well ok maybe not a knock-down drag out but it was as close as they could muster with their walkers and canes. If I bought every item that Adam has now famously declared "I wanna buy that!" while watching the commercial on TV, our family would be below the poverty level and living in a cardboard box somewhere but at least would have one heck of a toy chest! This year I think my family along with most others need to go back to basics. When did just getting together with family and friends sharing a fresh baked fruit cake or confection become inadequate? Ok so I would probably agree that fruit cakes should be outlawed in all 50 states but it's the thought that counts huh? How about if we all try and make at least one homemade gift this year? I don't mean recycling the painted pinecone your 3rd grader brings home from school either! I have listed a few sites that have some great ideas for homemade gifts that you and your family can make together this year. Hey, post a comment and give everyone some ideas or let us know what you're planning on making.

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Well just like those tests from chemistry in high school, I squeaked by with a passing grade! Whoo Hoo!
I am sitting in the eye doctors waiting to get the infamous yearly eye exam. I wonder if my age will finally catch up to me this year?!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Go Lady Dogs!


Well as you can see from my previous mobile posts the Varsity and JV Lady Dogs took on Gainesville High this evening in the openers to both seasons at Langford Stadium. I would like to give a shout out to Coach Ross and all of the JV team for a GREAT 7-0 JV win!

I must say this being our first foray into regular season varsity soccer I was quite nervous. I would just like to say the varsity girls held their ground throughout the entire game and pulled it out with a 2-0 win! Kudos to goalie Autumn for some awesome goaltending and also a big great job to Shannon on scoring on two penalty kicks! Meg got to see some playing time which was great especially since they are still trying to slowly get her back up to speed! Overall it was a great presentation of teamwork and perseverance. Go Lady Dogs!

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Game just ended and ....... WE WON!
We are at the opening game for the Lady Dogs varsity soccer team. GO Lady Dogs!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Never too old to graduate.....


For the past 2 months my Mom has been dealing with some serious medical issues. Who knew that the tremendous back pain that she had been dealing with was actually a serious case of osteomyelitis of the spine that would require an 8 week course of IV antibiotics. Her venture started with a 3 1/2 week stay as an inpatient and because of the lovely Medicare laws it ended up with another 4 1/2 week stay at a skilled nursing facility. My Mom would be the first to admit that she actually began to like her long "vacation". I will say she plays a mean round of bingo! :o) Just ask Adam, he raked up a quite large collection of quarters from his Mamaw! Well, all good things must come to an end and hence last Friday was her "Graduation Day". I knew nothing of what was about to happen as we walked towards the exit on her way home. Neither of us knew that all of the Department Heads had gathered at the front entrance along with balloons to sing their "going away" song. Mom got to have the center of attention for one last time and I know she enjoyed every moment of it! I would like to send a big thank you to everyone at Surrey Place for their wonderful care they provided to our family!

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Sunday, November 1, 2009

Question of the week......

Well, it looks like the SEC was the choice as best college conference. GO GATORS!! This week's question go off in a totally different direction. I was reading an article in a magazine recently where they were interviewing professional chefs about certain subjects. One of those subjects was what most chefs choice of fast food restaurant was. I was quite surprised about who the majority winner was. Now here's the question for you.........which one do you think it was?

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Saturday, October 31, 2009

Faith and Soccer


The other night was the preseason classic for the High School Lady Bulldogs soccer season. The whole gang went including Mamaw to watch not only our number 21 Meg have her first playing time as a high schooler, but to enjoy seeing all of the Lady Bulldogs take on the Fort White Lady Indians. It was great seeing each team display great teamwork and sportsmanship during the game but the greatest display came after a scary moment right before half time. If you have ever watched soccer then you know that traditionally during a free kick the team defending usually sets up a "wall" which consists of 4 players to try and block the opponents attempt to score on goal. Our Lady Dogs had their wall in play and when the shot was taken they attempted to increase their chance of a successful block by timing a jump in the air at which the ball hit one of our players square in a the throat. She immediately fell to the ground in obvious pain and the coaches were immediately at her side. It became apparent that every precaution was being taken when emergency services were called to assist. I am proudest of what happened next. After several minutes both teams were sent to their respective sidelines. You know in today's society when all you hear about is people wanting to take prayer out of schools, saying that you can't mention God in the classroom, and insisting that "religion" should be separate from schools. These two teams at that moment didn't care about what the fools of this world say. After just a few moments the Fort White Lady Indians came walking across the field as a team and when they got to our sideline I clearly heard one of them ask our girls "Would you like to pray with us?". Without hesitation our girls as a team joined hands together and immediately began praying for their teammate laying on the ground being attended to by paramedics. To me, that is the greatest example of sportsmanship and teamwork that you could ever see.


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Monday, October 26, 2009

Happy Birthday Day-Day!


Well today we had another birthday in our house. This time "Day-Day" as Adam affectionately calls Damien turned 16!! Whoo-Hoo! We now have 2 16 year olds, a 14 year old, a 13 year old, and a 3 year old all under the same roof! The girls and I "slaved" away in the kitchen making Damien a homemade from scratch (thought I had a cake mix in the cabinet) cake and Adam proudly presented it too him with John's help for a rousing rendition of the birthday song. Hope you had a great birthday Day-Day!! :o)

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Happy Pumpkin.........


One thing that Adam has been absolutely dying to do is carve a pumpkin. I have been telling him for several weeks that we would get one and that he and Daddy could carve it together. Well, today I finally gave in and home we came with our prize pumpkin and a brand new carving book with tools! Now all I had to survive was the 4 hour wait for Daddy to get home from work! I must admit Adam even caved in during the last 30 minutes and threw Daddy under the bus and was trying to find ANYONE that would go outside and carve his pumpkin with him! Poor John didn't even get through the front door when the little tornado flew into him a breakneck speed and ushered him back down the front steps to show off his trophy sitting on the golf cart. For the next 40 minutes or so Daddy and his "bud" went to putting on a carving show that even a pro would be impressed with. Before they started Adam insisted that he wanted a "happy" pumpkin. Luckily for Daddy the pattern he picked out happened to be the easiest one in the book!

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Sunday, October 25, 2009

A boy and his favorites.....


Well you know we all have our favorite thing that we prefer or enjoy but it all seems to be multiplied by 100 when you are only 3. My "little man" has two things that he absolutely loves more than an ice cream cup from DQ and that's Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and trains. You can imagine his absolute excitement when more than a week ago he started seeing the "commercial". You know those things we parents call money traps. It seems that about every 30 seconds I keep hearing that now all to familiar phrase, "I wanna buy that!" howling from Adam's mouth what seems to be at least 1000 times daily. Well, the commercial that about put him over the top was the one advertising a special presentation of a new Mickey Mouse Clubhouse called the "Choo Choo Express" being shown on this Sunday. Yep you guessed it. Every day this week and I mean every day ALL DAY this week it seems that every time I turned around there it was again that lovely 30 second tidbit that only succeeded in recharging Adam's utter out of control excitement. Have you tried to tell a 3 year old lately that the show they're advertising is still 4 days away?! Welcome to my world. Well, today finally came and the show that has been my nemesis all week actually turned out to be a pretty good thing. I didn't have to ask, ok maybe yell 10 times for him to get into the bathtub. He actually went streaking across the living room running to the bathroom. There was no bribery involved in him getting dressed for bed. He actually dragged his little sofa out into the living room all by himself along with his Thomas pillow and blanket. He even made his little "bed" right smack in front of the TV patiently waiting the last 3 minutes before show time! Hmmmm, kudos to me for remembering to record it! I know a good thing when I see it!! :o)

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Saturday, October 24, 2009

Household Helpers..........

Well having a household with 7 people living in it means that having cleaning products readily available is a no-brainer. But, like everyone knows sometimes your best intentions fly out the window and you find yourself with a load of dishes in the sink with no detergent to wash them with. Just the other day I was looking through a magazine while waiting in the Doctor's office (I seem to be there a lot lately!) when I came across a nifty article that suggested some common sense substitutes for certain cleaning products when your first choice has mysteriously disappeared.
  • For the disappearing dishwashing liquid? Use laundry detergent. A teaspoonful of liquid laundry detergent works just as well as your tried and true dawn!
  • I don't know about you but it seems I go through a gallon of stain remover a week! Ok well maybe not quite that much but it sure seems like it! If you find yourself reaching for that old friend during laundry duty only to find him AWOL reach into your medicine cabinet and call-out your backup with the old hydrogen peroxide. It will work similarly to color safe bleach and can be applied directly to most of your fabrics.
  • Ok now I know all of you housewives spend at least 5 hours a week polishing all of that silver in your house right? Ok well maybe not quite that but if you DO find yourself all ready for rubbing duty with nothing to work with go ahead and grab the toothpaste. Regular old plain non-gel toothpaste will rid your silver of that tarnish just as well.
Hopefully you won't find yourself in a bind but in case you do maybe one of these might be your answer!

Question of the week.......

Ok, since we are full blown into college football right now I thought I would do a college themed question this week. Well since by now most of you know that I live in Florida and am a full blown Florida Gator fan you all pretty well know what my answer is but..........who do you think has the best conference in college football?

Go Bulldogs!!

Well, we just got back from watching not only Meg but our friends' daughter Hanna play in the annual green and white game for Suwannee High School soccer. Yep, that's right Meg is playing High School soccer! Her playing for High School is great in itself but the real miracle is that she's able to play at all after her nasty injury last year. So far so good with the ankle. She's had some soreness with it but of course tonight when I asked her how it felt after the game it was "great". I think her getting to play on the varsity squad had something to do with that!! Go Meg we love you and are so very proud of you!!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Well we are in Gainesville again today for our weekly visit. I wonder if my hubby would mind a side trip to the mall?

Friday, July 17, 2009

Question of the week......

Ok since we are full blown into Summer at the moment I guess you could say it sort of influenced the latest question. What is your favorite summer melon?

Thanks to all. . . .

Ok so yesterday was my birthday. I must say that everyone went out of their way to make the day special. The girls even took it upon themselves to make me a special birthday cake. I will upload a photo of it. Tonight, they threw me a belated pizza party complete with presents and yummy desserts! I just wanted to throw a shout-out to everyone that went out of their way to give me a wonderful b-day present!

Monday, June 8, 2009

We are on our way to Tampa today for another checkup. Hopefully we will be able to start walking on it today!

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Family fishing fun . . . . .


Well we just got back from a great week of family fun in Horseshoe Beach. The week was filled with fishing the flats and swimming in the pool! I thought I would post a few pics of some of the fish that were landed during our trip.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Horseshoe here we come! I'll post on the blog to keep you posted on our fishing trips!

Friday, May 29, 2009

Question of the week. . . .

Well it seems that the majority had their minds in the bathroom when answering the last question of the week. Toilet paper won out as the "hands on" favorite.

Since today was officially the last day of school for our children and we are embarking on our family vacation tomorrow morning I thought I would ask a question regarding everyone's plans for this summer. So here goes: Are you and your family going to visit relatives this summer, going somewhere you've never been, visiting a theme park, or going back to the 'ol family cabin for your yearly visit.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Update. . . .

Well I think the last post I made about my Mom was when she was still in the hospital. After 10 days we were finally able to get her discharged to a rehab facility for some much needed rest and physical therapy to rebuild her strength and stamina after a quite serious illness. It turned out that she had urosepsis which is actually a blood infection caused by a very bad urinary tract infection. All of this triggered a rebout of her pancreatitis. Thankfully all of that is in check and after 3 weeks of hospital and rehab she came home Tuesday! Even though she is still quite weak I know how relieved and happy she is to be home. Thanks to all who kept her in her prayers. Please keep her in them for a little while longer. She is not near 100% yet but she is getting closer every day. Unfortunately we've had a little bit of set back because it seems she pulled her lower back out and is suffereing through some lower back pain and muscle spasms but hopefully this will pass with some rest and relaxation!

Feeling young again. . . .

You know have you ever been told that "Kids keep you young". I've been told this numerous times in my young life (ok so I am now closer to the top of the hill than the bottom but I like to be positive instead of negative!). It's funny when you first have your kids all of the "firsts" that you go through. You know what I'm talking about. Crawling, teething, eating, walking, potty training, etc. It's the potty training that was the inspiration for this post. I have an absolute delight and joy in having a 3 year old at this stage in my life. I don't know if it's the fact of the "keeping you young thing" or just the simple fact that having 4 teens I at least still have one at home that listens to everything I say! I absolutly fall in love with my little guy all over again every day. Just the things he says and does throughout his daily walk just amaze and entertain me all in one. I was sitting down the other day reliving some of the moments of my older kids childhood when I think the one thing that goes along with raising kids that DOES NOT keep you young popped into my reality. You know that period in every child's life when most times Mommy can get COMPLETELY exasperated! And if anyone ever tries to tell you that they had a completely enjoyable and pain-free time with their interaction of this part of child rearing RUN!! They are either habitual liars or completely delusional! I'm talking about potty training. I will be the first to admit that out of all of my children my sweet little Adam about threw me under the bus! Just when I thought I was going to have to do some drywall work from putting my head through the wall the idea of potty training clicked. FINALLY! The only thing is that just when I thought my worries were over out came the infamous 4 little words that every mother loves (not really!) to hear. MOMMY!!! Wipe my butt! Gee, I wonder why I've never seen that one on a Hallmark card?!

Lessons learned. . . .

I received this in an email today. It is from a 90 year old columnist in Ohio. Some years ago she printed in one of her columns 45 of the lessons that she had learned in her life. I think if I am blessed to learn not even half of these she mentioned I will still consider my life to be blessed. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.

1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.
2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.
3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
4. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and parents will. Stay in touch.
5. Pay off your credit cards every month.
6. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
7. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone.
8. It's OK to get angry with God. He can take it.
9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.
10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.
11. Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.
12. It's OK to let your children see you cry.
13. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it.
15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don't worry; God never blinks.
16. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.
17. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.
18. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.
19. It's never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.
20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer.
21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special.
22. Over prepare, then go with the flow.
23. Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple.
24. The most important sex organ is the brain.
25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.
26.. Frame every so-called disaster with these words 'In five years, will
this matter?'
27. Always choose life.
28. Forgive everyone everything.
29. What other people think of you is none of your business..
30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.
31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
32. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
33. Believe in miracles.
34. God loves you because of whom God is, not because of anything you did or didn't do.
35. Don't audit life.. Show up and make the most of it now.
36. Growing old beats the alternative -- dying young.
37. Your children get only one childhood.
38.. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.
39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.
40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's,we'd grab ours back.
41. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
42. The best is yet to come.
43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
44. Yield.
45. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift.."

Sunday, May 17, 2009

River time. . . .



Yesterday we thought we would take advantage of the fact that the river is still up from recent rain and decided to take the boat out with the kids. A nice boat ride along with a stop at a sandbar for a cookout and swim time made for a great Saturday! Little man of course has to be right in the middle of the action especially when it involves his Sissies! Luckily I had my phone to be able to take this pic of the three of them on the front deck enjoying the ride!

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Question of the week. . . .

Well it looks like most chose the healthy approach to this weeks question in choosing wheat as their favorite type of bread.

Now this week my question is influenced by one of my Husband's favorite shows. I'll admit that he's even gotten me hogtied into watching some this season. I am talking about Survivor Tocantins. If any of you have ever watched the show, each contestant is allowed to bring one personal item with them of their choice. So, if you were put on an island away from home for whatever length of time, what is the one item that you would bring with you? My Husband's choice was an unlimited supply of toilet paper! :o)

Monday, May 11, 2009

Useless Info. . . .

Ok, I know that a lot of you may have heard some of these little tidbits but for those of us that live a sheltered life I thought I would share! :o)

  1. Stewardesses is the longest word typed with only the left hand.
  2. Lollipop is the longest word typed with only your right hand.
  3. Dreamt is the only word in the english language that ends in "mt".
  4. Our eyes are the same size from birth but our nose and ears never stop growing.
  5. A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.
  6. A goldfish has a memory span of only 3 seconds (no wonder they eat themselves to death!)
  7. Almonds are actually a member of the peach family.
  8. An ostrich's eye is bigger than it's brain. (That explains a lot!)
  9. Peanuts are actually an ingredient of dynamite.
  10. There are more chickens than people in the world. (Especially around my house!)
  11. Women blink nearly twice as much as men!
  12. The cruise liner QE2 moves about 6 inches for every gallon of diesel it burns!
Yes, you can thank me for all of these important facts! :o) I knew you couldn't make it through the day without knowing them!

Friday, May 8, 2009

Prayer Request. . . .

Some of you may know that my Mother has been hospitalized since Sunday. She has been holding her own but her condition as of today has somewhat worsened. We have been told that she now has a flare up of her pancreatitis as well as urosepsis caused by a very bad urinary tract infection. On top of this, her renal functions are at 50% which as bad as that sounds is up from the 10% they were when she was admitted. Because her renal functions are compromised, her hemoglobin level has dropped to below 10 and she is scheduled today to be given a blood transfusion. We are praying that this will help with the hypotension and shortness of breath that she has been experiencing. I will try and post updates as the days progress. Hopefully she will be blessed with a discharge date of sometime early next week. One blessing is that she has agreed to go to a local rehab center to get some much needed TLC after she is discharged from the hospital! Thanks for everyone that has been praying for her.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Question of the week. . .

Well you all know that pink won out as the popular choice for Meg's cast color. Alas, even though she did not have to get a cast don't fear I will post an update of her new and "improved" boot for all you pink lovers out there! :o)

This week I thought I would make all of you answer a "healthy" question albeit a small one. I'm sure everyone knows how hard it is to convert a die-hard white bread eater to wheat but that is exactly what I have decided to do! So here's my question, which bread do you prefer? White, Wheat, or some other lovely tasty loaf from the bakery?

Update. . . .

Ankle update! As you all know yesterday was a post-op appointment for Meg at the orthopaedic doctor. I apologize to all but we ended up with a fancy dancy brace/boot instead of a cast! I promise Meg was all set to get a hot pink one and was pretty disappointed when they said she was getting the boot instead. But, overall we got great news! They removed the large bone fragment from the ankle joint and the doctor said that the overlying cartilage on the talar dome was still attached but was peeled back like a flap. When they looked underneath the flap there was actually still bone attached and so they were able to reattach it with special nails! This was what we were hoping for as it was the best scenario overall for Meg. The doctor seem very pleased with what they were able to accomplish during the procedure. Meg is now in her high-tech boot with no weight bearing for the next 4 weeks until we go back and then they will start letting her put some weight on it slowly. Don't worry, the medical assistant informed Meg that when we come back that her boot had to be adorned with something! So, in honor of all that voted for the winning color our choice for decoration will of course be pink!

Monday, May 4, 2009

Tampa here we come. . .

Well today we are one our way to Tampa for Meg's post-op visit. And as you all can see, pink won out at the favorite color for her cast. So, in keeping with her promise Meg has agreed that if she must "walk" out of there with a cast on it will be hot pink! :o) I will let everyone know the outcome of our visit when we get home. Oh the joys of 3 hours there and 3 hours back in one day!

Friday, May 1, 2009

Blogoversary!

Wow! I forgot that today was my blogoversary! Thanks to Teena in Toronto for reminding me. I can't believe it's been a year! I've actually had fun sharing the daily antics of our family with you. And to celebrate this special occasion, I'm reorganizing my kitchen cabinets!! Yeah! ( I know pretty lame huh?) Anyway thanks or tolerating my ramblings and useless info!

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Things I've done or not. . . .

I saw this over at Jenna's blog and loved it so I had to do it as well! Although I don't think I will ever accomplish everything since I am not too keen on flying so I think riding in a gondola in Italy is out of the question!

  • 1. Started my own blog
  • 2. Slept under the stars
  • 3. Played in a band.
  • 4. Visited Hawaii.
  • 5. Watched a meteor shower
  • 6. Given more than I can afford to charity
  • 7. Been to Disneyworld
  • 8. Climbed a mountain
  • 9. Held a praying mantis
  • 10. Sung a solo
  • 11. Bungee jumped
  • 12. Visited Paris
  • 13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
  • 14. Taught myself an art from scratch
  • 15. Adopted a child
  • 16. Had food poisoning
  • 17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty (They weren't letting people climb the day I went.)
  • 18. Grown my own vegetables
  • 19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
  • 20. Slept on an overnight train
  • 21. Had a pillow fight
  • 22. Hitchhiked
  • 23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
  • 24. Built a snow fort
  • 25. Held a lamb (does a goat count?)
  • 26. Gone skinny dipping
  • 27. Run a Marathon
  • 28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
  • 29. Seen a total eclipse
  • 30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
  • 31. Hit a home run
  • 32. Been on a cruise
  • 33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
  • 34. Visited the birthplace of my ancestors
  • 35. Seen an Amish community
  • 36. Taught myself a new language
  • 37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
  • 38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
  • 39. Gone rock climbing
  • 40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
  • 41. Sung karaoke
  • 42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
  • 43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
  • 44. Visited Africa
  • 45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
  • 46. Been transported in an ambulance
  • 47. Had my portrait painted
  • 48. Gone deep sea fishing
  • 49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
  • 50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
  • 51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
  • 52. Kissed in the rain
  • 53. Played in the mud
  • 54. Gone to a drive-in theater
  • 55. Been in a movie
  • 56. Visited the Great Wall of China
  • 57. Started a business
  • 58. Taken a martial arts class
  • 59. Visited Russia
  • 60. Served at a soup kitchen
  • 61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
  • 62. Gone whale watching
  • 63. Got flowers for no reason
  • 64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
  • 65. Gone sky diving
  • 66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
  • 67. Bounced a check
  • 68. Flown in a helicopter
  • 69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
  • 70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
  • 71. Eaten Caviar
  • 72. Pieced a quilt
  • 73. Stood in Times Square
  • 74. Toured the Everglades
  • 75. Been fired from a job
  • 76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
  • 77. Broken a bone
  • 78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
  • 79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
  • 80. Published a book
  • 81. Visited the Vatican
  • 82. Bought a brand new car
  • 83. Walked in Jerusalem
  • 84. Had my picture in the newspaper
  • 85. Read the entire Bible
  • 86. Visited the White House
  • 87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
  • 88. Had chickenpox
  • 89. Saved someone’s life
  • 90. Sat on a jury
  • 91. Met someone famous
  • 92. Joined a book club
  • 93. Lost a loved one
  • 94. Had a baby
  • 95. Seen the Alamo in person
  • 96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
  • 97. Been involved in a law suit
  • 98. Owned a cell phone
  • 99. Been stung by a bee
  • 100. Visited to Mt. Rushmore
  • 101. Learned to play a musical instrument
So what things have you done or haven't done?

You might be a redneck if. . . . . .




We all have heard the classic "You might be a redneck if" jokes by comedian Jeff Foxworthy. You have to admit they are quite humorous. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would actually have the material to legitimately add another one to his long list of redneck jokes. Unfortunately my husband and boys provided the ammunition for me the other day. My hubby comes in from work and after about 5 minutes he says, "Boys come outside I've something fun for you to try.". Next thing I know all four (Adam was even tagging along for this one) were out back under the shed each holding a marking stake. You wouldn't believe what this "fun" activity was. They were all out there swatting bumblebees! Apparently this is how it works, one person is delegated to be the "tapper". They have to tap the wood where the bees have bored their hole into. This must aggravate them to the point where they fly out upon which the rest of the hillbilly quartet tries to knock the living daylights out of the bee. The thing that is funniest is they actually spent about 45 minutes doing this! The way they were hooting and hollering you would have thought they were watching a college football game or something!

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Question of the week. . . .

Well, it seems that brown just nudged out white for everyone's favorite in eggs. I guess that shows that what's inside the egg is more important than what's on the outside!

Anyway, this week Meghan is the one who came up with our newest question of the week! We go back in 2 weeks to get her temporary cast and stitches taken out and there is a strong possibility that she we be coming home with a brand new cast! So here's her question, what color cast should she get?

Pain meds and Church not a good combination. . . .

Earlier today I noted that Meghan actually felt good enough to go to Church which was great! Before we left the house instead of the usual 2 pain pills I gave her only one (didn't want a loopy 14 year old wheeling herself around Sunday School!). Well, apparently even one has it's effects when combining it to "school" of any sort. Meghan managed to fall fast asleep during her SS class! Thankfully for her it's taught by my hubby! I think he had quite a fun time with her regardless. You know waking her up by raising his voice a little and then asking her to read something knowing full well she had no way in the world of knowing where in the world they were in the lesson! :o) It even spilled over into the Church service. I wheeled her in a parked her in the back of the sanctuary (yeah, we're back row baptists!). Well, in about 20 minutes I looked over and Meghan was nodding and it wasn't to give her approval to the sermon! At one point I thought she was going to fall out of her wheelchair! LOL Poor Meggie, I don't think she had a clue as to what went on in today's service! I will say she had a nice long nap when we got home! :o)

Blessings from the garden. . .

On a previous post I mentioned how we decided to plant quite a large garden this year. Hmmm let's see, we have corn, lima beans, okra, green beans, cauliflower, broccoli, greens, watermelons, cantaloupe, and potatoes. I don't think I left anything out. It has been quite a wonderful blessing every day to look out the kitchen window and see the bountiful harvest quickly growing in the front yard! I have found it quite relaxing to be able to go out in the afternoon and work alongside the hubby "stringing up the beans" and whatnot. Well, today after church my hubby went out and "harvested" our first bounty from the garden. Fresh brocolli! The brocolli has been steadily growing and today it was ripe for picking or eating actually! I do believe it was some of the best brocolli I have ever tasted!
Meghan is having a good day so far. The pain is under control and she actually felt like going to church! :o).

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Surgery update. . . .


Well surgery was Thursday. Our day started with being called in 3 hours early due to a cancellation which was a good thing so Meg would not have to be NPO until 12:20! We arrived around 9am and they took Meg back and did the usual "preop" stuff. You know, 300 more questions for me to answer, changing into the infamous hospital gown, putting on the hair net, starting the IV, etc.. I even had to put my John Hancock on her ankle to verify which one they were operating on. It reminded me of when she was 18 months old and I had to do the same when her ears were pierced. :o) Well, first Dr. Walling came in and spoke with her and much to her delight gave here the green light to attend her eighth grade trip to Wild Adventures! That made her day! After all the "official" forms were signed it was time for them to do the nerve block on her leg. This was the point when Mom had to leave and go back to the waiting room. I will have to say that Meg was a real trooper and at least on the outside she didn't show any cracks in her armor. She was in surgery for over 1 1/2 hours and I still don't know all the details of her procedure. Unfortunately when they brought me back to the recovery room to see her, the Doctor was already back in the OR so he wasn't around for me to speak with. Seems I'll have to wait until Monday morning when his assistant calls me to find out exactly what they did! :o( Anyway let me just say that when I walked into the recovery area to see her can I just say that the anesthesia was still working pretty good. Our little Meg was sitting there with a zombie look on her face very calmly and quietly eating saltines with no expression at all. I can say that her leg looked like something from a cartoon. It's about three times the size of her other leg. And believe me it weighs as much as it looks! I think Meg is happy that the nurse at school requested that she come back in a wheelchair I don't think she was looking forward to having to lug that thing around on crutches! This morning Meg is in much better spirits. Last night the nerve block wore off and the pain settled in but thank goodness for pain killers! Meg had a good night's sleep and now has the full attention of her 3 year old brother this morning to keep her company! I will keep everyone updated as the days go on. Also, on Monday we'll find out if she's going to be in a brace for 6 weeks, or a cast for 3 months!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Road Trip Part Deux. . . .

Well as I mentioned in an earlier post, I had to take Meghan down to Tampa for a consult with an orthopedic surgeon. It seems that our little soccer player did some major damage to her ankle. From what we can gather, 25% of her talar dome (the bone that connects the leg to the foot) is damaged to the extent that the closest doctor that could see her for this injury was 3 hours away! Boy, when Meg does it she does it big! :o) Anyway, we went over spring break to meet the doc and surgery is tomorrow! :o( There is a pretty large bone fragment that has actually made it's way to just under the surface of the skin that they are going to try and reattach with metal tacks. If the fragment is too damaged, then they are going to have to remove it, clean out the ankle joint from all off the foreign bodies that have broken off off her talar dome and do a procedure called "microfracture". It is where they will actually drill tiny holes into the surface of the damaged bone to try and stimulate it to grow fibrous tissue aka scar tissue to keep the bone from deteriorating any further. Pray that this procedure works. Our next step would be called an Oates procedure where they actually would have to take bone and cartilage from either Meg's knee or a cadaver and try and rebuild the area of the talar dome that is damaged. I will be sending updates over the next couple of days via twitter (Joyce made me!!) so I can keep everyone in the loop. Talk at ya later!

Country Girls. . . . .


A couple of weeks ago we took a short road trip to Tampa during the kids spring break to take Meg to the orthopedic Doctor. Meg, Brenna, Adam, and I went down for a couple of days and stayed at Aunt Georgia's. While we were there I noticed a Dunkin Doughnuts down the street and decided since the girl's had never been I would take them there and get a "baker's dozen". I'll admit it had been quite awhile since I myself had walked into one of these lovely little shops and immediately started drooling over all of the wonderful doughnuts that they have to offer. I can remember as a child going with my Dad on Saturday mornings to pick some up as a breakfast surprise for the lazy ones back at the house still in bed. When we walked in the girl's I think were pleasantly surprised at all of the choices they had. When it was our turn I asked the clerk if they had any munchkins left. You all know what I'm talking about. Remember when you were a kid and you actually were able to con your Mom or Dad into buying a whole box for you? Man just like potato chips you couldn't eat just one! Well, the girl responded that they were out to which Brenna immediately asked, "What's a munchkin?". The girl behind the counter kind of glanced at Brenna and said matter of factly, "It's a doughnut hole.". Now, this is when Meghan promptly replied, "What's a doughnut hole?". This is when the girl threw me a look that all but said, "Who are these girls and what wood pile did you drag them out from?!". I at least was able to control my laughter when I politely explained to her that the nearest Dunkin Doughnuts to us was about 50 miles away and that they had never had the honor of visiting one. I then had to go on and explain to my girls just what in the world a munchkin was and how important they are to not only a child's education but also the world economy. Ok, well maybe those last two are far fetched but at least 3 out of 5 kids have had the lovely honor of saying they have eaten one of my favorite childhood junk foods!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

She gets it from her Mom. . . .



Well I can definitely say that there are not words to describe how proud and excited I am for Meghan. Today I had the distinct honor of attending her College Scholarship signing party. That's right! She was awarded a college scholarship in EIGHTH GRADE!!!!! Every year the Suwannee Foundation for Educational Excellence awards 4 Take Stock in Children scholarships to local middle school students. Meghan was one of 8 finalists of which she had the great honor of being one of only 4 actually chosen to receive a 4 year scholarship! She now has 2 years of junior college and 2 years to a state university of her choice paid for! I can honestly say that the audience was filled with one very proud Mom along with little brother and Grandparents and family friends thrown in for good measure! Way to go Meg!!!!!!!!!