Monday, February 28, 2011

a LOVELY Change at My House Today . . .

Today was not a "normal" type day at my house.

We were blessed by a visit from this little guy . . .

Isn't he Gorgeous?

This is little "G" . . .
he is my cousin's baby and is not quite three months old.
He is absolutely adorable!
We got to snuggle and cuddle with him ALL day.

It is definitely a change in our house to have such a little one in our home! Our youngest will be FIVE next month.

Randy even got in on the snuggling . . .
Little "G" and Randy chilled out on the couch.
They were both very comfy.

Little "G" loves to be talked to . . .
in fact, he coos and tries to talk to you . . .

Here are a few photos of our day . . .

I hope your day was as sweet as mine.

Sunday, February 27, 2011


I thought it would be fun to do a picture post tonight of
a few things around my house that make me smile.

I purchased these porcelain shakers about two years ago. 
They reminded me of a set that my Grandma had when I was growing up. They are not exactly like the ones she had, but
they still remind me of her and that makes me smile.

In my kitchen, one of my kitchen sinks is in the corner and surrounded by windows. Behind the sink, there is a raised shelf where I can display pretty things.
The big plant was a "Get Well" gift for Randy. He received it while in the hospital. It is a beautiful plant that needed to be placed into a more permanent home rather than the straw basket it came in at the hospital. I have had this lovely "jar/pot" for a few years and thought . . . hmmmm that plant would look awesome in it.
I think I was right!

A clean table . . .
no crayons, little cut up pieces of paper, left overs from breakfast/lunch or dinner, no homework . . .
Just my pretty table runner and a few pretties.

I love my little tray, clock, Name Picture and lantern.

 Another view.

It also makes me smile to see a tidy kitchen and breakfast bar.
With the exception of the goldfish, froggies (Max & John), plant and paperwork to go to the office, the breakfast bar is empty!

These acrylic serving trays came in super handy since Randy's knee surgery. Breakfast/lunch or dinner is served easily.
Plus they are very easy to wash!

Bird eggs (pretty blue and off white) in a big glass jar add a fun touch to the Cherry Blossom branches. I also love this little black bird . . . such a fun addition!

A second plant (rubber) ~ another get well gift for Randy made its way into our library. A new pot for it to make its home . . . it sits on a little stool so that it sits a little higher than our other floor plant.

A view from a little farther back.

Ledges and pictures also make me smile.
These two ledges display a few of Katelyn's drawings
and school pictures of the kids.

Our family room . . .
we LIVE in here, so it has to be comfy.
As you can see, more ledges . . .
Also, I received the beautiful circle clock for Christmas . . .
I love, love, love it!

This canvas portrait of my kids makes me smile.
I took this photo on Easter of 2010 at my Mom and Dad's house.
Mia (our Mi-Ki) even got in on the photo.
I made the canvas on

Tonight we are having our first thunderstorm of the year.


It is wonderful to hear the thunder and see the lightning.
Emma . . . our Lhasa Apso does NOT share in my LOVE of thunderstorms. ha ha She has gone upstairs to hide under our bed.

Now to enjoy the thunderstorm and remainder of my evening.

Saturday, Sunday, Gimpy

Laundry has consumed my day.

Another day or so . . .
my kids would have been running around nakie!

My house smells like freshly washed laundry.
A scent I absolutely love.


My morning coffee is delicious . . .
amazing, warm, tasty

My day will be consumed with household chores today.
Sheets and blankets are on the laundry schedule.

Then, we will be dusting the upstairs.
Vacuuming, mopping, tidying
re-making up the beds
cleaning bathrooms

Life as a Mom to FIVE is never boring.
Life is interesting, unexpected, crazy.

and you know . . .
I LOVE it . . . even the dirty laundry.

Husband update:
Randy is doing well.
He is getting along pretty good and is even thinking about going from crutches to a cane.
Which . . .  is totally amazing!
Surgery was two weeks ago tomorrow.
He is doing much better than with the left leg surgery that was four years ago  . . . that surgery was much harder to recover from.

In fact, Gimpy (a.k.a. Randy) actually got into his car and took a drive to get lunch . . . Arby's and McDonalds. Randy and Katelyn had roast beef and I had a lovely Arby salad 
and the kids had McD's.

He said, It felt incredible to get out and about on his own.
I am SO proud of him!

I am down to two loads of laundry throw into the wash, waiting for two loads to dry and to loads to finish washing. Then it will be put sheets back on the beds - love them freshly washed - and take care of the floors upstairs. The kids are supposed to dust their own rooms - we shall see how that goes.

The Dixie Chopper/plow has been put back in the lower garage - I am getting much better at driving it! I could just be a Dixie Chopper Racer before you know it! lol . . . . NOT~

Cameron has been a great helper today . . .
Ryan, EJ and Cody . . . 
NOT so much!
They all have their work to do . . .
Cameron is doing his and helping me . . .
he will be getting a treat.

Well, the laundry is calling my name again . . .

chat with you soon!

Thursday, February 24, 2011


Our area is expecting another snow storm.
Not of epic proportions like three weeks ago . . .
but several inches.
We are not thrilled.

This morning I put the Dixie Chopper on the drive . . .
the crazy thing had another flat tire.
Randy called and had the tire taken off, taken to be fixed and re-installed back onto the Dixie.
Now, we are all ready  . . .
let it snow.

But REALLY, it is time for SPRING!

This morning I had a nail appointment . . .
it was wonderful.
Just enough time away . . .
I felt much better after a few hours of
nail "therapy" and chatting.
I needed that!

It is hard to "wear" so many hats sometimes.
Have you ever took the time to jot down how many hats YOU wear?
I think you would be VERY surprised . . .
there are probably quite a few.

daughter, sister, wife, mom, aunt, great aunt
nurse, doctor, counselor, therapist
laundress, maid, decorator, chauffeur,
teacher, seamstress, baker, accountant,
day planner, party planner
secretary, receptionist, entertainment coordinator,
hygienist, psycho analyst, dietitian, clothier

I am certain, I have probably forgotten a "hat" or two.
Isn't it crazy how busy our lives are?

No wonder we get "overwhelmed" from time to time.

It is beginning to sleet at our house . . .
wonder what tomorrow morning is going to look like.

Be safe everyone.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Therapy, Airplanes and Decorating

Today Randy had a great physical therapy session. The PT was pleased with the strength that has returned to his leg already. Now to work on lengthening the muscle to gain range of motion.

Tomorrow night we are expecting snow once again. I don't know that I am happy about it . . .
I am ready for spring and sunshine.

Ryan has been "into" making paper airplanes. He is doing a pretty good job and loves the book we have of paper airplane patterns. Paper airplanes have been flying all over the house. It is good to see him "really" into a new hobby.

Good nights are being said throughout the upstairs.
It makes me smile.

I have been putting out pretties for spring.
I love how they make the house look.
This year I added a bird, eggs and cherry blossom.

I love to decorate!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011


I have been on my feet most of the day trying to "catch up" on household chores. Tonight, I am exhausted and have a huge headache . . . Tylenol is helping, but I think I just need to go to bed early tonight. Our night tend to be full of interruption, so I know I am not getting a quality sleep . . . let alone quantity.

Cody has been sleeping in his bed much more now. In fact, he goes directly to his bed and sleeps there all night more than ever. I certainly  hope this trend continues.

My two middle boys decided to cause each other a little trouble at school today . . . which led to naughty notes coming home on both of them. Needless to say, I was not thrilled nor was Randy.
Hopefully, tomorrow will be a better day for them both.

We are going to try Physical Therapy again tomorrow. Randy told me tonight that he can feel his leg getting stronger and stronger. Tonight he is doing much better than he has since the surgery last Monday. He even had me drop him off at work for an hour to check in on things this morning. I was looking forward to our "outing" or should I say . . . a bit of alone time, but it was extremely short lived. We were headed home less than an hour after I dropped him off.

Tonight Randy resumed bath time for the boys and I was very relieved to hand him back the "job".

Tonight, Ryan and Cody were a bit too quiet.

Apparently, they were applying tattoos  . . .

Thankfully, they will wash off! lol

(the tattoos were from Valentine's Day parties at school)

It was really funny when Cody came walking into the family room and said . . . "Wook, I gots Tattoos!"

Ryan was close behind smiling ear to ear!

Praying for a good day tomorrow.

Rest well everyone!

This Takes Me Back

This takes me back . . .

Simple Times:

Go back, before Internet or PC or the Mac

before semi automatics and crack

before PlayStation, Sega, super Nintendo, even before Atari

before cell phones, Cd's, DVDs, voice mail and email

Go back, way, way back.

I'm talkin' bout hide and seek at dusk

Red light, green light
Red Rover . . . Red Rover

Playing kickball and dodge ball until the first . . .
no second . . . no third street light came on

Ring around the Rosie
London Bridge
Hot Potato
Hop Scotch
Jump Rope
You're It!

Parents stood on the front porch and yelled or whistled for you to come home . . . no pagers or cell phones

Take ONE giant step . . . May I?

Seeing shapes in the clouds

Endless summer days and hot summer nights . . . (no a/c) with the windows open

The sound of crickets

Running through the sprinkler

Cereal boxes with that great prize in the bottom
Cracker jacks with the same thing

BUT WAIT . . .
There Is More

Watchin' Saturday Morning cartoons
Tom and Jerry
serial adventures
Captain Midnight
Cisco kid
The Lone Ranger
Boston Blackie

Catching Lightening Bugs in a jar

Christmas Morning

Your first day of school

Bedtime prayers and goodnight kisses

climbing trees

Swinging as high as you could in those long swings to try and reach the sky.

A Million Mosquito bites and sticky fingers

Jumpin' on the bed
Pillow fights

Running home from the western movie you just saw 'til you were out of breath. Laughing so hard that your stomach hurt.

Being tired from playing

Work: meant taking out the garbage, cutting the grass, washing the car or doing dishes

Your first crush

Your first kiss (I mean the one that you KEPT YOUR MOUTH CLOSED and your EYES OPEN)

Rainy days at school and the smell of damp concrete 
and chalk erasers.

OH, I am not finished yet . . .

Kool-Aid was the drink of summer
and so was a swig from a hose

Giving your friends a ride on your handlebars of your bike.

Attaching pieces of cardboard to your bike frame to rub against your spokes. 

Wearing your new shoes on the first day of school.

Class Field Trips with soggy sandwiches

When nearly every one's mom was at home when the kids got 
there from school.

When a quarter seemed like a fair allowance, and another quarter a MIRACLE

When ANY parent could discipline ANY kid, or feed him, or use him to carry groceries . . . AND nobody, not even the kid thought a thing of it.

When your parents took you to a cafeteria and it was a REAL treat.

When being sent to the Principal's office was nothing compared to the fate that awaited you at home.

Basically we were in fear for our lives but it wasn't because of drive by shootings, drugs, gangs, etc. We simply didn't want our parents to get mad at us.

Didn't that feel good? Just to go back and say, "Yeah, I remember that!" Well, let's keep going . . .

Let's go back to a time when . . .

Decisions were made by going . . .
eenie - meenie - miney - mo

Mistakes were corrected by simply exclaiming, "Do Over!"

"Race Issues" meant arguing about who ran the fastest!

Catching fireflies could happily occupy and entire evening.

It wasn't odd to have two or three best friends.

The worst thing you could catch from the opposite sex was cooties.

Nobody was prettier than Mom.

Scrapes and bruises were kissed by Mom and made better.

Getting a foot of snow was a dream come true.

Abilities were discovered by a double-dog-dare.

Spinning around, getting dizzy  and 
falling down was a cause for giggles.

The worst embarrassment was being picked last for a team.

Water balloons were the ultimate, ultimate weapon.

If you can remember most or all of these, then you have lived during a more pleasant simpler time!

I wonder how many of you remember all of these things. I know some of you are my vintage.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Another Long Day and a Health Scare

Another Monday is just about history.

The cold and rain has returned.

The kids were home from school for President's Day.

Randy had his first physical therapy appointment since he got home from the hospital. We arrived and Randy went back for PT and then came back out about a half an hour later looking a bit pale and defeated. He was instructed to go sit in the waiting room and a lady would call him. He did and it wasn't long before his name was called. Ryan and Cameron were with us, so we all went along with Randy when he was called. We were led into a smallish office where a lady schedules appointments. The PT Therapist was concerned with the swelling, tenderness and black and blueness of the leg that was operated on. The concern . . . a blood clot. Randy was already pale from all of the activity and I felt the color drain from my face when I heard the words blood clot. Of course, Randy and I both had to keep calm and rather quiet since we had the boys with us. Ryan immediately knew something was wrong and asked, 
"Is Daddy going to be o.k.?"
I smiled at him and then told him, "we are going to go to the hospital for someone to check Daddy's legs to make sure."

A doppler ultrasound was ordered at the hospital. We were to go straight there and go to the admitting/registration office. I dropped Randy and Cameron off at the door and then proceeded to park in the parking deck with my co-pilot Ryan. We FINALLY found a parking space on level 3 and then headed over to where we left off Randy and Cameron. Randy had already checked in and they gave him a wheel chair. PRAISE the LORD! He would have never made it if he had to crutch all his way through the hospital. I got behind him and pushed the him in the wheelchair to our destination. Needless to say, I got in a bit of a walk and some resistance exercise! ha ha

We arrived in Ultra Sound and hardly had to wait at all . . . Yes, THAT was a MIRACLE! The lady came to the waiting room and retrieved Randy . . . Ryan, Cameron and I followed. Another long walk led us to a small room with a sonogram machine, chairs and bed. Randy was told to get onto the bed and I helped to make him comfortable before the technician came in. The tech's name was Dawn and she was very friendly to all of us. Yes, they let the boys and I all remain with Randy during the ultrasound. Dawn was awesome and explained what we were seeing on the monitor and what she was looking for. It really was amazing and looked a lot like Doppler Radar on the weather. Randy laid calmly and didn't look at the monitor . . . but the boys and I were all about seeing what was going on. All in all, the testing was about 30 minutes or so . . . the technician didn't see any blood clots nor did the radiologist.

To say we were relieved is an understatement!
Next on the agenda for the day . . . get Randy home and his leg elevated to get the swelling down. Home we headed.

Tonight, we are Praising God for safety and Randy being home with us. We knew blot clots were a possibility, but when push comes to shove . . . you just never want to hear the PT or Doctor say . . .

"I don't like how this looks"
"I want to see what is going on"
"Blood Clot"

A week ago we were Thankful . . .

  • Randy had a successful surgery.
  • A regular knee replacement was done instead of the ultra invasive "rod & knee replacement."
  • The kids tolerated the surgery well.
  • Randy's pain was controlled pretty well.
Tonight we are Thankful . . .
  • Randy has gained a little mobility.
  • The testing did not reveal any blood clots.
  • Swelling is down a bit tonight.
  • The boys behaved at home and while with Randy and I.
  • We had travel safety.
  • The day was pretty good overall.
The days seem to run together a bit more than I would like, but I suppose it is just the season we are in right now. My days are revolving around my family which leaves relatively little time for "me" which is o.k., just tiring. I have a system in place for all medications for Randy . . . on my Droid cell phone. He is taking six medications plus must have an injection in his stomach each morning (given by me). If I don't keep track of them, one could be forgotten or doubled up on and I certainly don't want that. The alarms sound throughout the day and night and I am thankful to have a system that can keep me straight day and night, whether I am at home or we are out and about.

Randy and I were married 28 years and 4 1/2 months ago. In all of our wildest dreams, we would have never 
thought our lives would involve:

two failed knee surgeries
one total knee replacement with rods (left)
one total knee replacement (right)
gallbladder surgery
job loss
owning our own business
closing our business
opening a new business
business success - 14 plus years now

Through it all, God has been faithful.
I have to tell you, it is hard not to worry. It is hard to trust.

It is hard to erase the memories . . .

I can still hear the sound of my newlywed husband crashing to the floor from 15-16 feet onto a concrete floor.

Emergency room doctors telling us nothing was wrong with his leg.

The surgeons telling us there was nothing he could do
for Randy's knee . . . twice. He will always be disabled, he will never run again. He will always have pain . . . 

I can still envision Randy coming home from work to tell me that he had lost his job due to his disability.

The doctors speaking the words infertility.

The doctors simply saying . . . "I am sorry."

There are also Memories I NEVER want to forget . . .

Congratulations! You are pregnant!
Congratulations! It's a girl!

I have a Birth Mother that wants to TALK to YOU!
What ARE you going to name HIM?
He is YOUR son!

We have two little boys that NEED a Mommy and a Daddy . . .
Will YOU take them?

A baby boy was born . . . would you please pick him up?



A surgeon telling us . . . "I CAN fix your leg!"

The surgery was a success!

I was able to do the LESS invasive knee replacement!

NO blood clot!

Friends, our lives are full of ups and downs. We NEVER know what our lives will hold. Many people we are in contact with are going through tremendous trials . . . their lists much worse than mine or maybe even yours . . . 

God NEVER promises us that our lives will be perfect.

God NEVER promises us that there won't be hard times.

God NEVER promises us everything will go according to 
OUR plans . . .


God DOES promise this:

Deuteronomy 31:6  Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; 
he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

Sunday, February 20, 2011


Today has been a day of emotion. Good, bad and ugly . . .

a little bit of every emotion has reared its head today.

The kids were loud and a bit crazy. There were several times I was asked, 
"WHY NOT?!" from one of the boys. I tired of hearing that same question and finally
used that old stand by . . . "because I am the Mom and I said so!"

There were moments of laughter and giggles.

Moments of complete contentment.

Moments of frustration.

Randy is frustrated that he isn't moving along faster.

There were bits of the grumpiness too.

The week has taken it's toll on emotions.

Life continues on regardless of moods or frustration . . .

laundry, dishes, meals and other duties continue to require attention.

The kids, the dogs, the fish, the guinea pig, the frogs . . . everyone and everything needs something.

Overall though . . . we are doing o.k.

Even if things are out of whack and crazy.

a Few Pictures of Our Day

Today we have been trying to resume normal . . . 

As normal as it gets in our house.

 I took a little time to take care of the new plants and transplanted this beauty.

This little area is behind the sink in our kitchen.

The boys were busy with play doh.
As I listened to them, I smiled . . ...
they were working together
and playing nicely.

Mia was taking a little snooze. 

Randy is trying to advance in his physical therapy. He has been upstairs and down to the main floor a few times today. He seems to be doing a bit better today and has accomplished a bit more in gaining independence. It is a tough road, but he is doing well with the challenge.

The kids have been helping quite a bit . . .

they have all came together and helped out

Just like a little pit crew . . .

It makes me smile!

Tomorrow the kids are out of school for President's Day.
Maybe we will take them out to lunch . . . after Randy's first therapy session.

Randy, Katelyn and I have gotten hooked on the series Prison Break.
We watched the shows back to back last evening.
Interesting series.

Now for a bit of relaxation and snuggle with a warm blanket.

Have a great day!

Friday, February 18, 2011


Friday . . . I cannot believe we are just about through this week AND on the second half of February. It seems that our days are running together a bit and it is harder to remember what day of the week it is.

The kids had a decent week at school and will be home for President's Day on Monday.

Our dogs have been staying close to me since Randy has been home and have been curious as to Randy's leg . . . apparently it smells a bit different since the surgery. Today was a bit of a better day for Randy although his leg is very stiff and swollen he has a bit more movement and he has been working to move around a little more. He gets exhausted easily and must change positions slowly and listen to his body to know when to stop and get his balance because his blood count is low. Hopefully, his blood count will return to normal quickly.

Our Master bedroom has been the "family" room of the house where everyone tends to hang out right now. It has been easier for Randy to stay in the Master bedroom and attached sitting room rather than go up and down the stairs a few times a day. I am thankful our kids are flexible and don't mind changing things up a bit.

I was able to get a few things done today. It felt good to dust, dust mop and vacuum the Master bedroom, sitting room, and Master bath. I also lit a few Yankee Candles . . . Vanilla Lavender.

We have a little remote control battle going on between Ryan and Cody . . . 
sheesh, they start early with that!

Our home has been adorned with beautiful flowers and green plants. Thank you everyone for your kindness everything is beautiful!

EJ is helping Randy  . . .  it is really cute to watch. EJ is helping Randy lift his leg on the ottoman. Slow . . . Slow . . . Slow . . . EJ! SLOW . . . the little dude was getting a bit rambunctious! lol

Katelyn has been home from school the past two days with Strep throat. She also was trying to be helpful between resting. I don't know what I would do without her.

Here are a few photos from tonight:

 a very tired Mia

the always beautiful Kamie

 Randy relaxing with his headphones (please excuse the spilled soup on his shirt)

EJ and Cody

Cameron and Cody

Katelyn is busy drawing this evening, I didn't get her photo. :-(

I am hoping to be able to join her on the main floor for a little movie watching.

So what are you going to do tonight?

Thursday, February 17, 2011


The weather is absolutely beautiful today!
We reached 62 or 63 degrees.
The snow is melting.
Spring is in the air.

Do I hear a WOO HOO???

Today Mia and I went to the hair salon. Mia is our little Mi-Ki and she loves to be where ever I go.
It was wonderful to go to the salon and get the white covered over once again.
Yes, WHITE . . . Pure White!
Did I tell you that I am too young for WHITE hair?
My stylist, Stacie is AWESOME and I feel refreshed.
Thanks Stacie Girl!
Mia and I thoroughly enjoyed ourselves!

Dinner tonight was take out . . .

Applebees steak for Randy and I
Applebees bacon cheeseburger for Katelyn.
La Gondola Ravioli for the boys.

Easy . . .
and yummy!

Today was much for relaxed for Randy and I. We chilled out upstairs and watched a little television.
We worked on his physical therapy.
We iced his leg.
We moved him around.
We worked on his physical therapy.
We iced his leg.
We moved him around.
. . .  Repeat . . .

Now it is time for the boys' baths . . .

have a great night.

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