Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Having a Rough Day?

Do you ever have one of those days?

When the tempers and tantrums flare.

And you just can't figure out how to turn things around from bad to...


Much Better.

Like skippity-do-da kind of GOOD?

Well then, I recommend a little of this,

and this,

and this too.

It works. I promise!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Fun by all, was had.

My recent appendectomy threw us for a spin, and caused the cancellation of Tanner's birthday party. That is NEVER good. But we rescheduled and most of his buddies were still able to attend. Tanner had a blast and felt loved, which is the most important part.

The party was Star Wars themed. We made light sabers out of rigid water pipe and foam pipe insulation sleeves. Then the Jedi's in training used their weapons to balance bombs and kept them from detonating on the ground.

The trainees also collected asteroids that had fallen in the basement. Inside each rock were party favors.

Then they had to use their new skills to destroy the death star that had landed on our back patio. Water bombs did the trick.

The trainees played pass the meteor.

My personal favorite was the ship designing course they had to pass. Each young Jedi created a model space craft to take home with them. They really concentrated on this task.

Tanner and some of his Jedi buddies. Thanks for the fun evening and great memories!

Bargain Finder

I know a lot of you birthday party-planning Moms out there will be just as excited as me about this bargain find. Our local Dollar Tree sells mylar balloons, helium-filled and tied with curling ribbon, for $1 each. I know other party stores in the area sell each mylar for a couple of dollars and then charge to fill them. I was so happy to find these, which matched Tanner's Star Wars party theme perfectly.

We hung some on the mailbox, to help our new friends find their way to the celebration, and then in bunches around the house. Talk about easy decorating.

They also had really cute Halloween balloons on display. I'm thinking I may buy a few next week, before they sell out, and then return with them closer to the 31st to have them filled.

Do any of you know of any other birthday party related bargains? I would love to hear about them.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Wordier than usual...

My Appendectomy.

This is one of those annoying things in life that I never thought would happen to me. However, now that I am on the recovery side of things, I can say that it wasn't as bad as I would have feared. That is actually one of the good things about an emergency surgery. There is no time to be fretful or anxious. You just cope.
If you are easily bored, do not continue. Yet if you are one of the morbidly curious, this should be a good post.

Last Wednesday I was being so timely and made Tanner's 9th birthday cake a few days early. Margaret and I licked the batter bowl clean, of course. So later that afternoon when I felt sick, I blamed the raw eggs. In fact, all I could think of was the many times Jason has warned against eatting uncooked dough and giving it to the kids. I thought I was in for a little nausea and started watching for Margaret to show signs as well.

When the boys got home from school, I was feeling worse. At 5 I called Jason and told him I was so queasy, that I wouldn't be able to make dinner. When he got home I fell asleep in Meg's room, where we had been reading books. Yes, I should have gone to bed then. No, I really didn't feel like getting up and into bed. It was then I realized the pain in my stomach wasn't as bad when I stayed still. Moving hurt and required me to grab at my abdomen. I stopped blaming the cake batter and started to think I had a flu.

That night I woke up again and again, still with this sometimes dull, sometimes severe pain on my right side. Around 11, I felt sure this wasn't viral and started taking Tylenol. I remembered once having a bladder infection without any symptoms. I began to think I must of had a UTI that left untreated became a kidney infection, and was now very painful.

I debated going to the ER that night, but decided that if this something that would be treated with antibiotics, I might as well wait until morning.
Thursday morning I told Jason I thought I had a kidney infection and he urged me to see someone asap. I think seeing me slump around made him nervous, but I assured him I could handle getting the kids to school and sent him off to work. My great kids basically got themselves ready and I dropped the boys off as usual.

I couldn't get into Dr. Belfer until 10:45, so I actually kept my scheduled hair appointment that morning. I know, I was the crazy lady getting her hair done while her appendix was getting ready to burst. But all you do at the salon is sit there, and sitting wasn't the problem, just moving made me cringe. In hindsight, I still think this was a good call. THe salon was down the road from my doctor's office and when the time came I drug myself to the car and drove the few blocks to finally get some relief, at least I thought so.

When Dr. Belfer (one nice man, by the way, he worked me into his schedule even though I hadn't been to see in in 5 years) told me I didn't have a UTI, but looked like someone with a bad appendix, I think I laughed. You know the kind of nervous laugh that only comes out when you really shouldn't be laughing. He felt my abdomen, while I cringed and gave him threatening glances, because it really hurt. Of course, he said it could be a ruptured ovarian cyst and only a scan would determine the difference.

So off I went to the hospital, still thinking I wouldn't need surgery. But as the afternoon progressed, my pain increased and when the scan came back positive, I was actually glad that relief was on the way. This was one instance where being a wimp, paid off. If I had endured the pain longer, my appendix may have burst inside me. That is much more serious and requires weeks to fully recover.

I started making a flurry of phonecalls to make sure the kids would be taken care of. All of a sudden, I realized Jason wasn't there and that I really needed him. So he hightailed it over to the hospital and made it just a few minutes before I went into surgery. Everything happened so fast once they determined surgery was needed, it is really like a whirlwind in my memory. At one point a nurse asked if I had brought anything to put my contacts in. I realized that I woke up that morning and thought I needed a prescription. By 12 I was at the hospital and at 2:30, I was prepping for surgery. No, I didn't have a contact case with me.

I had never had general anesthesia before. I think the surgery went fine. Dr. Dressen made sure I was well taken care of. However, waking up after the surgery was awful. It was definitely the low point of my entire experience. Going from no conscious thought to extreme pain and confusion in a few seconds was not fun. I think I threw a little fit, and it was then they decided to admit me for the night. I was happy to stay.

Since then, I have been feeling a little better everyday. I was basically useless this weekend, but have been doing basic Mom duty this week. When I got home, Andrew asked if I had a baby while at the hospital. Either he asked because that was his only memory of me being at the hospital or because I looked like I had just had a baby. Swollen belly and all.

I can not say enough about all of the kind help we have received. Family took over and cared for the kids. Friends have brought in dinners and run carpools. And just about every Mom from Margaret's pre-k class has offered to help out. I have felt so loved and cared for. Thanks to all of you.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

We All Scream.

Last Saturday we finally had our Primary Ice Cream Party! I'm including this in my blog because these kiddos have sang their little hearts out for me all year. I love them all.

They've learned their 8 songs for our upcoming program and can sing them "Program Perfect" on demand. I am so proud of them!!

In The Works...

Tanner's 9th Birthday is forthcoming, and we have a great party in the works.

The original idea came from this blog. We are putting our own twist on the games of course. My favorite part in involving Tanner in the party prep. He helped me design a light saber cake, and will spend Thursday afternoon filling water balloons.

I'm no martha or jane, but I do think this is going to be a party to remember.

We are in full Star Wars mode around here.

Check back, you will, for a full report. Great it will be.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Settling In

We have been in our new home for three weeks now and are still rearranging and tweaking things. I'll probably be doing that for some time to come, but it is SO GOOD to be here. The kids have started school and we are settling into our fall routine. It is not a busy one. After our summer of ball and swimming and building and a million other things that kept us apart, we decided against soccer this fall. Instead I'm hoping for lots of family time at home, not in the car or rushing to be somewhere on time.
I have promised to share pictures of our home as a finished product and will do that soon. But in the mean time, here are some things we are doing to make this house our home.

When our driveway was poured last week, the kids couldn't resist leaving their mark on things.

Grandad reading Angelina Ballerina to our our own little prima donna.

The front of the house with stained beams. We are still waiting on our painter to finish the front door.

Jason trying to finish up on the porch. We laugh because moving in has not meant an end to our house projects, just another stage of them. This weekend our focus is seeding the yard. We'll keep you posted!