Sunday, May 29, 2011
|Does this mustard make me look fat?|
It's Your Love by Faith Hill and Tim McGraw. Possibly one of the most overused wedding songs, but it's so sweet!
2. If you could guest star on any TV show which one would you pick?
GLEE! I would be Kurt's super cool, hip aunt. Mr. Schu, Finn and Puck would all fall madly in love with me. I would have to publicly break their hearts on Brittany's internet show "Fondue for Two" by announcing that I was running away with Dr. Carl.
Not that I've thought about it or anything. *ahem*
3. What is your favorite children's book?
Growing up, I loved the Ramona Quimby books. I also read all of the Babysitter's Club and was so proud that I could write just like Stacey. Now my favorite book to read with the kids is "Wiggle" by Doreen Cronin.
4. Did you watch the Royal Wedding?
I watched the kiss on the balcony. So sweet - Kate was so beautiful!
5. What is your favourite thing to have off the barbecue?
I LOVE BBQ food! My favorite is probably burnt hot dogs slathered in mustard. Mmmmmmm...
(This was fun!)
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Monday, May 23, 2011
|You keep pounding that hammer sweetie and I'm going to knock you into next week.|
We had stumbled into Family Night. Yippee. And that's when my mood when from semi-crappy to "Look at me again and I will stab you with this straw". I couldn't eat my favorite foods or drink their
All in all it was disappointing, gross, loud and probably the worst dining experience ever. And we'll probably go back next family night. What can I say? Kids eat free and I'm a sucker for the lemonade.
(p.s. after coming home and downing a ton of ibuprofen, I got to eat the best chicken salad sandwich known to mankind. God Bless Chick-Fil-A.)
|Don't bother me. Mommy's resting.|
The appointment with the surgeon went well. We have to keep Gracie's head elevated above her body as much as possible and keep her headband on for another week. We go back next week to hopefully be able to take the band off!
She's been a little fussy these past few days. It's so hard to tell if it's her head bothering her or if she's teething. I think it's both! I'm so ready for her to feel 'normal' - but I suppose that's a relative term now.
I have so much more to talk about - a meeting with the School for the Blind, Riley's Preschool Graduation, Chick-Fil-A Family night with a migraine...and I know you can't wait to read it all. :) The suspense is maddening!
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
It's been a long, rough day so this will be short. (In fact I'm writing this in my bed on my phone. Yay for technology!)
I get morning devotional texts from our local radio station Pulse FM. Tonight I got a text that just said, "God is in control." I normally get them in the morning, but I don't think it was any accident that I got it tonight instead. He knows how hard this is. He knows how I want to fix everything. He knows that I don't feel strong enough. He was reminding me that he's got this. He's writing Gracie's story and has amazing things planned for her, better than I could ever imagine. I just need to let go of MY plan for her.
Suddenly my day doesn't seem so rough after all.
More tomorrow - I promise :)
During the procedure, Dr. Yount closed the door and had us wait in the seating area just outside. When everything began, we could hear Grace start crying pretty hard. Riley was so concerned, he laid down and tried to peek under the door to let Grace know he was there. Brenna started singing "Row, Row, Row Your Boat" (Gracie's favorite song) loudly to make sure she could hear her. Knowing your kids care so much about each other certainly does a mom's heart good. :)
|I wanna get physical, physical.|
The nurse practitioner that works with Dr. Yount used to work in the NICU. She was in the unit when Grace was born and now takes extra special care of Grace through all of her procedures with Dr. Yount. We've always had such caring and compassionate medical professionals caring for Grace, but I am especially thankful for Sally. It is much easier to hand your baby over to be poked and prodded when you know that someone is there that genuinely cares about her.
Thank you for all of your prayers and support. We know God has had his hand in every step of Grace's journey.
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
I should be getting ready to take Grace to the hospital. But I have two hours before I need to leave and maybe if I keep putting it off, pretending we don't have to go - everything will just disappear! Like some procrastination magic.
(In case you don't know, we are going today to have a "tap and dye" - they will inject dye into her shunt to see if there is a blockage/malfunction. If there is, she will be admitted to the hospital tonight and have another revision tomorrow. Basically we are re-living last month all over again.)
But you get to benefit from my procrastination! Lucky, lucky you.
Pros and Cons of another hospital stay:
Pro - I'll get to watch Glee fairly uninterrupted tonight.
Con - Hospital cable really leaves a lot to be desired late at night.
Pro - I'll get to sleep in a bed all by myself.
Con - That bed is a very uncomfortable recliner.
Pro - All of my meals will be brought to me and I won't have to do dishes!
Con - It's hard to get excited about hospital food.
Pro - I'll finally get some peace and quiet.
Con - It will be too quiet and I'll miss my family like crazy.
Pro - I'll get some time to with just Gracie!
Con - She'll be hooked up to things and the wires will make cuddling difficult.
Okay, I can't procrastinate any longer. I'll try to post something as soon as we know what is going on! (And hopefully it will be from my own noisy, cluttered house instead of the hospital!)
Sunday, May 15, 2011
I am ready for Riley to be challenged by kindergarten.
I am not ready for my baby boy to start kindergarten.
I am ready to get a start on my day before the kids get up.
I am not ready to leave my cozy bed at 6AM.
I am ready to manage my family's finances better.
I am not ready to stop trolling the web for cute toddler dresses.
I am ready to burn my nursing bras.
I am not ready to stop having those quiet moments in the middle of the night when it's just me and Grace.
I am ready for Brenna to be potty trained.
I am not ready...no, actually I'm just totally ready for that!
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
|I am so in love with those gummy smiles!|
|Every time I see them, I just want to eat those chunky thighs.|
In the morning before Gracie's appointment I will be taking Riley for his kindergarten physical. Can he possibly be this old??
It will be a busy day full of anxiety and needles. Send a few positive thoughts my way, will ya? Thanks. :-)
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
|photo courtesy of mikiep - very talented artist on etsy.com|
Today I picked my son up from preschool and he had on the cutest superhero mask. They had made them in class, decorating them with stickers of various cartoon superheroes. When I asked if everyone made one he said, "No. The girls made some girly thing with ribbons. They can't be superheroes."
SHUT THE FRONT DOOR.
He's five, so I don't know exactly what was said in class. I'm sure that it was not specifically said that "girls cannot be superheroes". But the boys made superhero masks and the girls made something frilly. I am okay with girls wanting to be princesses. I think every girl wants to feel pretty and regal and twirl around in gowns. But why not give them the option to be either a superhero or a princess? Or both?
I'm sure I'm making too much of this. I tend to do that. But I worry about my girls. I worry because they'll grow up in a society where padded bikini tops are marketed to preteens. Where a nine year old worries about the size of her thighs. Where it's more important to be good looking than to be a good person. I don't want anyone telling them they can't be a superhero. That they shouldn't be smart or speak their mind. That they have to fit a certain mold to be beautiful.
To quote Jon Acuff:
I want to send my kids into the world so full of love that the world won't be able to empty them.