Thursday, December 29, 2011


I just fell off a step this morning and twisted my ankle really good, yanked my arm, and smacked the back of my head on a railing when I fell. I think I pulled some tendons/ligaments in my ankle. Fortunately, I don't think it's broken at least since I can put weight on it, but it's swelling pretty good. I have my ankle up, icing it, and took an Aleve but it's reaaaaalllllyyy hurting right now! Ouch!!! 
 Another fortunate thing is that my in-laws were already planning on having my girlie for the day and over night.  Which allows for me to keep off my feet.  Thank goodness that has such amazing Grandparents in both sets of our parents. :o)

Monday, December 26, 2011

We had an amazing Christmas for so many reasons!  And now L and I have a whole week off together. For now it's exciting.  Later in the week I'll probably be looking forward to her going back to school!  C'mon most moms are like that by the end of Christmas vacation!!

For now I'm just lounging on the couch watching Baby girl play with her Christmas toys. Life is good.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

 One of the blogs I follow is Real Housewives of Bucks County They are super crafty and I love love love all their ideas.  I especially love love love their newest blog post below.  I could not have written a more beautiful example of "what Christmas means to me" if I had tried. Fantastic! Please read and as their "PS" says, please feel free to chat me up if you have any questions!


"Christmas {What it means to us}

So we've spent the month sharing all kinds of Christmas themed decor, projects, and ideas. We even had 12 full days of Christmas DIYs.  We love all that stuff and everything about the Christmas season, but we wouldn't be keeping our promise of being Real with you if we just left it at that.  
See, there's one thing that we could never DIY and that's what Christmas is all about.  

We believe that the Christmas story is just the beginning.  You know that DIY I mentioned?  Well, what we can't do ourselves is take care of the fact that we're not perfect...nope, not even close.  Christmas is the start of God's relentless pursuit of us.  He loves us so much that he was willing to send his perfect son to earth to forgive us from our sin.  Yikes, did she just say "sin" on a light, fun DIY blog?  You heard it... let's be Real.  I sin... Jess sins... I'm willing to take a guess that you might too? It's so sweet and comforting to think of  little baby Jesus and get the warm fuzzies, and don't get me wrong, I'm so dang thankful that Jesus came as a baby, but Christmas doesn't end in that manger scene.  Christmas, the true reason for Jesus coming, ended on a cross, and ultimately with an empty tomb.  It might not make for as cute of a piece of wall art, or printable, but it's the best gift we'll ever receive.  Jesus not only came, but he died for us, taking our sins upon himself.  You know what would totally bum me out on Christmas morning?  If my kids didn't want the gifts I'd gotten them (especially the ones I got at 3am on Black Friday!)  Parents want their children to accept their gifts, and it's exactly the same with God.  We didn't deserve for Jesus to come for us, but He did and all we need to do is acknowledge that we can't do it on our own and accept His gift of salvation.  If you haven't really thought beyond the manger scene before, I encourage you to do so this year.  God's gift to you will be the last gift you ever need and man, I guarantee it will be a Christmas you'll never forget.  
We sincerely wish you a Merry Christmas, but more than being merry, we wish that this Christmas will be life changing and focused on God's gift for us (because seriously, what does being merry even look like?  I picture cheesy sweaters and really big smiles).  So, that's what Christmas means to these Real Housewives.  Thanks for letting us share with you.  
PS-If you want to know more about this whole God thing, email us any time.  There's nothing more we'd rather talk about with you!"

Monday, December 19, 2011


I spent the other evening wrapping presents with my husband.  Boy, Santa must have thought my little girlie was good this year!  We also spent the evening looking at the snow flurries falling and watching White Christmas.  It was a fantastic night!  I woke up the next morning hurting from hunching over for so long. Ugh.  It was still a great night!!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Joy to the World

Baby girl is feeling better now.  And to top that her best friend is "back".  All is right with the world! I hear the song Joy to the world singing in the back of my head. He he he he

Yesterday I ran errands all day to make up for the errands that I didn't get to do the day before. Needless to say, I am beat and staying home for the day!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011


 Last night L was crying before bed because her best friend said she was best friends with someone else instead. :o( My little girl is so tender hearted and was so upset.

This morning she woke up sick. She's a sicky sick sick little ball of vomit at the moment. Poor L. our She's had a bad last 24 hours.  :o( She was so so sad to miss school and library today!

It's so true that a Mom hurts when her baby hurts.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011


I've been dealing with some major insomnia.  It's not fun. I have no problem falling asleep.  The issue I have is with staying asleep.  I wake up constantly, through out the night. Which is bad on a normal day and even worse combined with any flare ups I may have.

For the last few months I have tried melatonin to see if that would help. Unfortunately, it hasn't.  Now my rheumatologist is going to have me try Ambian.  Let's hope it helps without any grogginess the next morning!

Monday, December 5, 2011


I don't think that I said a single thing tonight that wasn't met with tears and dramatics of some sort.  My girlie was so sleepy tonight. I got a really great picture tonight of what my dealing with my daughter will be like as a hormonal teenager.

*really loooooong drawn out sigh*

I am reminded of a verse in the bible that speaks about starting your day over new everyday.  I am LOVING that verse right now.  I have completed exhausted my energy in dealing with L. Thank goodness she's in bed. It's such a good thing that Baby Girl is usually such a fun loving, quirky, delightful child!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Trigger Point

I went to the doctor's on Thursday evening for a pain that I had been having in my side all day. While I was there the doctor said the words I have come to dread... "We're going to have to draw some blood."

As a warning, if you are in any way squeamish about needle talk just stop reading now... Before you label me as a sissy, hear me out and know that I get allergy shots every month without a cringe in sight. And every time I go in to see my saint-like rheumatologist, Dr. A, I inevitably end up giving up at least three vials worth of blood with not even a sound. The thing is that when I go to give blood at Dr. A's I have the same nurse take my blood every time.  And every time she hits my vein on the first try.  She's good! I mean, really good. I say this because I have impossibly small veins and unless the nurse is incredible at what she does they never ever, EVER, hit my vein on the first try.  This is not for lack of warning the nurses that I am near impossible to draw blood from without serious hydrating, the use of tiniest baby needle ever, really thick arm bands, and multiple gel heat packs being used. So, generally, I get stuck at least twice before expelling my blood into the vials. This even seems to happen to the best of the phlebotomists.

Anyway....... back to the doctor.  I cringed. I cringed because I had gone in to the walk-in clinic so I knew there were not going to be any actual phlebotomists on hand to hit my vein the first time. The first try of the poor nurses ended in failure.  She inserted the needle, dug around a little bit, and gave up. When she pulled the needle out it didn't even bleed for a full minute! I could see the nurse screwing up her courage for round two and became even more nervous. The second time around the nurse decided to try for a vein in my hand.  Somehow she ended up putting the needle right through a nerve in my hand. Agony!! I am embarrassed to admit that I cried right there in front of the freaked out nurse. I didn't mean to, I know she felt bad enough as it was, but it seriously hurt!  At that point the nurse wisely decided to just have me come back the next day for a more seasoned nurse to have a go at me.

Flash forward to today and I have no side pain anymore. The doctor didn't seem too concerned and it's gone, hopefully not to come back.  Unfortunately, I have developed a tender point in my hand where the nerve was hit. If I open and close my hand or if something even softly brushes again the tender point I get a zing of pain from the tips of my fingers to my wrist. It's a rather jarring feeling and leaves my hand aching, like a bad toothache, for quite while later. It's something akin to the zip you get when you put your tongue on a 9V battery combined with pain. At this point I can completely empathize with my fibromyalgia friends (and mom) out there who suffer from these in one or more points on their body. I'm hoping that in a day or two I'll have healed enough to not deal with it anymore. Until then I'll just have to be super careful and not shake any hands in church tomorrow morning.  Yikes!

Friday, December 2, 2011

I found a coupon on Facebook this morning for Target that I just had to use before it expired tomorrow.  I wasn't planning on going to Target today. Never the less I went and ran around like a fool! I had a whole list of things I needed to buy while I was there. Unfortunately, one of the things I wanted to the most happened to be the one thing that I forgot to buy in all my excitement! Wouldn't it figure? Once I figured it out I felt like Cathy. "ACK!!"

I would really really love to go back to Target right this very moment to get what I forgot.  However, I just don't have any more energy left to do that.  Hmm....I think I'll be taking a look at their website.  Last time I bought online instead of at their store I got 20% off and free shipping.  A mom can only wish!