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.
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!
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?!
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.."
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!
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)
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.
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?
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!
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!
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!