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Friday, December 19, 2008

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Ice Storm Pictures






We got our ice storm last night. School was canceled today. The good news is Mikayla (the one with the tummy aches) has felt perfect the past two days. I'm thinking that virus was just making things a lot worse for some time now and it's finally gone. I do think the ice is beautiful. I am not fond of the cold at all. I do however love the way the cold makes me want to curl up under a big blanket and read a book. I love my hot chocolate too. Warm fuzzy socks and a sweatshirt all go right along with this cold weather. I can't complain about that because I think I'd miss it if I didn't have it anymore.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Ice Storm and Neck Tension

They are calling for a huge ice storm today. This is bad, but an even huger issue with the salt shortage around here. They are calling for about an inch of ice on the roads and expecting power outages. If I disappear, well you will know why. I'll post tomorrow if I am able to get online. I hate ice. Though I will say it's beautiful after an ice storm. The trees are covered in cases of ice just like a crystal. Tall dried weeds in the fields and ditches will look like sharp blades of glass. It's a pretty awesome site. I just don't want to drive on it! So I hope that everyone around these parts is ready for what they are calling a terrible ice storm.

Onto neck tension. I have it. I have it bad. I never did until I started drawing really intensely. I would hover over a drawing for hours without stretching. I'd be stiff and sore but it would get better. One month I got a headache and it did not go away for a good month. I thought terrible things and didn't know what was wrong with me. My doctor told me it was neck tension. I did some series of stretches and it got better though at first it hurt more. Now anytime I sit at the computer for long periods my neck and upper back/shoulder area hurt terribly. I hate having pressure of any kind in my neck. It feels too similar to the pressure the tumor put in there. So I get paranoid. The follow up is coming January 23rd. I need a good massage. I think maybe also a chiropractor. haha

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

It's a Wonderful Life

Well for the second time this December the hubby and I cuddled up on the couch to watch It's a Wonderful Life. We were finally getting a break. The kids were in bed. It was quiet. Mikayla is my 8 year old who has the frequent stomach issues. This past month as I mentioned before we have all had them. There is a BAD bug in this house. I am not sure what it is but stomach aches, and nausea. Angel had a vomiting episode 2 weeks ago. She is better now. Well I never know how much to believe Mikayla since she ALWAYS has stomach issues. She wasn't feeling well and I knew it. I have an appointment for her on Friday to hopefully get things worked out. I figured if I had stomach aches this week then honestly she will probably feel even worse. So I planned on taking her in and that was that.

Unfortunately that kind of planning only really happens in my dreams. I heard a cough...then two. I told Jason (the hubby) that I better go check on the girls. I walked into their room only to see Mikayla sitting up, half asleep throwing up all over her bed. It was bad. That's all I can say. I sat there rubbing her back, telling her it was ok. Her bed was already destroyed and it was really too late to save anything. So I just tried to wait for it to end. Then I looked up to see Angel walking around the side of the bed in a daze....covered in puke. Yes. Mikayla threw up on her sister. I mean...all over her. She has long red hair and it was drenched. Her face, yes drenched. I yelled for Jason and he came running. He grabbed Angel while I tended to Mikayla. He got Angel into the tub and seriously she had it in her eyes...in her nose. UGH! I have never seen anything like it. They had been snuggling earlier and I thought it was cute! Angelina was falling asleep while we cleaned her in the tub. She thought she had thrown up but when she realized what happened we just got a huge "ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww" in return. I love my girlies. They sure keep my days busy and honestly this is one of those things you will be telling your grandchildren some day!!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Winter Wonderland!

It's snowing like mad outside and has been all day. I got myself up and started getting ready for the day. I even put on makeup and did my hair. Then I looked outside and what did I see? A blizzard. I do not drive in bad weather for obvious reasons but this year I have been told there is a salt shortage. It's apparently true because usually the salt trucks are out there BEFORE the storm hits. They usually salt the roads and as soon as it starts they start plowing. I have yet to see a truck. I haven't even heard one. I am pretty terrified at how bad this winter will be. The roads are barely distinguishable from the corn fields. I will be staying inside with a cup of hot chocolate tonight curled up on the couch with the hubby!

A New Van and Random Thoughts

Yes I got a new van. I've been driving a bright yellow Neon which let's be frank, suits me perfectly. I'm 5'2" about 102 pounds....and I have blonde hair. I sometimes think I look a little too perky. If I wear pink, which I love, I slightly resemble that girl from Legally Blonde. lol I still love it. I'll look like a Barbie Doll. I don't care. I think it's slightly annoying to *some* people. Oh I am not always like that. I do wear my dark colors too. I love purple as well. (chuckle)


Me in my usual pink.





I love this new van. It has a DVD player in it. I have been dying for one. I need it for long trips. I absolutely love long road trips. Especially with the hubby there. We have such good times in between breaking up fights between the girls. The doors are automatic on it. I am taking a little time getting used to it though. In the mornings when I drop the girls off for school it's kind of a speed drop thing. There is a huge line so we try to go fast. I pull up, they open doors, climb out, slam door and I go. Fast. Not today. I pull up pushing button for automatic doors to open. Nothing. CLICK CLICK CLICK. Nothing. UGH! Oh. Yeah. I UNLOCK the door. Click, open. Yeah!!! Now, click to close. NOTHING. EEEP! Line of cars behind me. Door will NOT shut. :( So I pull into a parking spot with the door wide open. I put the car into park, hit the button and it shuts. Apparently I'll have to put the car into park before that feature will work right. I'll have to learn to change up my usual routine which will take some practice at first. I am sure I was an amusing sight this morning. I always take the kids to school in my PJ's. haha

Random thoughts? It's December 16th. I know I say it a lot but hey, it's my month. My birthday is creeping up. The holidays are around the corner. I am thinking of this year as a lot of firsts. My first birthday in remission, my first Christmas in remission and let's not forget the New Year!! My first year without cancer in probably 5 years. Maybe more. I just know I started to feel symptoms in 2004. Who knows how long before that it actually started. So I am thrilled. Seriously I have had some depressing things happen this past month but you know, I won't be knocked down. I am strong and I just keep getting back up again and I always will. I am not easily brought down. I don't recommend trying. I am a fighter and really you have to be in life. Cancer could have killed me but I fought and if you get a cancer diagnosis you have to do the same. Do not ever think of it as a death sentence. As a commercial for a cancer center I saw said "There is no expiration date stamped into the bottom of your foot." I had a strong support system and it helped but it comes down to you. Like I said, I may fall....but I won't stay there. I get right back up again and if I have to, I'll fight some more.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Husband Meme

Well I saw this one on Bethany's blog over at Happy to be Called a Mommy. I thought I'd give it a shot! Try it on your blog too...umm and if you have a boyfriend, wife or girlfriend you can just change it up a bit.



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1. He’s sitting in front of the TV: what is on the screen? Maybe UFC or a video game.

2. You’re out to eat. What kind of dressing does he get on his salad? Ranch.

3. What is one food he doesn’t like? Sauerkraut

4. You go out to the bar. What does he order? Captain and Coke

5. Where did he go to high school? in Illinois :P

6. What size shoe does he wear? 11

7. If he was to collect anything, what would it be? classic cars

8. What is his favorite type of sandwich? he loves potted meat, corned beef, spam even. He likes his hot mustard too. (Not all on the same sandwich lol)

9. What would the Husband eat every day if he could? Tacos

10. What is his favorite cereal? He's not really a cereal eater. But if I chose one it would be Fruity Pebbles.

11. What would he never wear? a tutu? I don't know. lol

12. What is his favorite sports team? Dallas Cowboys

13. Who is his best friend? Me.

14. What is something you do that he wishes you wouldn’t do?
Forget to pay bills. (eep)

15. How many states has he lived in? Well, he was born outside the US....then lived in Illinois for the most part. He has traveled and stayed other places but he's home for good now. Thank God.

16. What is his heritage? Lots of things like me. But I think there is some German in there....and Irish perhaps.

17. You bake him a cake for his birthday; He'd rather have brownies.

18. Did he play sports in high school? He played basketball. I played too...and for the same school. We went to high school together.


19. What could he spend hours doing?

Playing video games.....and spending time with me.

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Stomach Aches All Around

Well this past two weeks has been interesting to say the least. We have all gotten some terrible stomach aches along with other aches and pains. It seems to come and go which is odd. My stomach is starting to ache again as I type. I am guessing we have all caught some irritating bug that is taking his time leaving. Two of my girls have had it as well as hubby. So we've been spending a lot of extra time just cuddling up on the couch with a big blanket and a movie. I love watching all the old Christmas classics. My favorites? "It's a Wonderful Life" and "A Christmas Carol" with Alastair Sim. That is the best one in my humble opinion. I much prefer it in the original black and white as well.

My stomach aches are the explanation for my lack in posting and dropping the past few days. It's a pretty irritating kind of ache. I felt better after eating...then it came back hours later. I hope it passes soon! And I pray that the baby does not get it. It's so hard when little ones like that get tummy aches because there is little you can do and they cannot tell you what is wrong.

I would love to know what others favorite movies are at Christmas time. Maybe I'll create a poll. haha

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