Thursday, October 21, 2010

Time to Pick-me- Up

No I don't feel 100%! I do have my moments though, and believe me, they are just moments. My back still has the fever thing going on, but last night some fluid finally oozed out. (Sorry to gross you out) Can't say it made it feel better, in fact it kinda stung. Hubby did his awesome care and that did Pick-Me-Up some. I love his nuggets, no not those, get you mind out of the gutter, ha,ha,ha! It's a term my therapist gave him. She always points out when I am craving more then he can give, he manages to give me nuggets and she taught me to enjoy them. It's more like I need to see them and seeing them I am!

During some of my moments today I was able to reshape the cheese clothe ghost back into shape. See, he's been stored for a year and was kinda flat and deformed. With a balloon to support his head, I sprayed him down with water, added a couple clothes hangers to reshape his arms and he is now dried and ready for anther Halloween Boo Bash. Kinda of a Pick-Me-Up moment for the ghost too!

Once done with that I rested for an hour and decided tonight I would make ribs for dinner. Since I didn't take them out of the freezer yesterday, cause I didn't think if it yesterday,  I gave them a bath to thaw in. While they soaked in their tub, okay it was the sink, I once again rested. Sometimes it amazes me how often doing such minor things can cause me to be exhausted or cause pain. When they went into the oven I decided to work on some of the party candy. Wow, another Pick-Me-Up feeling came over me and I got 12 Witches Wands done and 10 candy ghost. Not all at once, it took me over a 5 hour span to achieve it, but that Pick-Me-Up feeling felt really good regardless.

After all that, it was now time for the thing that would Pick-Me-Up the most. My daughter came and she took me to get my hair cut. BIG Pick-Me-Up! It was great to spend time with her and our dear friend who has been cutting our hair for years. Unfortunately she has been battling cancer this last year and we were among the first of her clients to return. For us, it felt good to be there, to be talking and sharing, and in the end...not only did she Pick-Me-Up with a new look, but we got to Pick-Her-Up. Isn't that what family and friends do. Pick each other up.

My sister-in-law called yesterday which really was the beginning of my Pick-Me-Up journey. Without her call, I might not have Picked Up the mood to slow bake baby back ribs, make the candy, or get my hair done. Just when we need a boost, we get one. From a call or special visit from your daughter to share some most extraordinary news. I can honestly reflect over the last 36 hours and see all the special moments God had planned for me.

He knew I needed this Time to Pick-Me-Up and I am for ever grateful He allows me these special moments. I will rest as needed but I will also enjoy my Pick-Me-Ups!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Keep the Faith

Today was suppose to be the day they had planned to lance open and biopsy the lump on my back.

Well, it didn't happen as planned.

There is still some infection with fever going on. I have 6 more days of antibiotics to complete. With the way it is looking, she felt it would be best to have it done at the dermatologist office that performs Mohs Surgeries. As I understand it, it is the best surgery to remove things off the skin. Since I have a number of other areas that need to be checked, it is the best place to go. Unfortunately I can't get in until Nov 15th. By then the infection should be gone and they will be able to get a clean slice. However, if after I am done with antibiotics, it has not healed, they will most likely try a different one. I am to call if it hasn't improved after these last 6 day of the meds.

Pray that the antibiotics do there job. Pray that the biopsies are benign.

I so want to feel better. We have a party we are hosting this weekend and next weekend is our 2 Annual Boo Bash. The is so much to do and I have little to no energy.

With all your prayers, I believe God will provide all that needs to be accomplished. I must remain faithful.

Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, October 18, 2010

It's Finally Over!

SHE SIGNED the papers today!

Praise God for all he has done over this time and we will always walk with him in Our Journey Through LIFE!

Thank you all for your love, support and encouragement. It means a lot to us and we would have not gotten through this without you.

Hang on tight, Our Journey is going to get even better! With these happy faces, how else could it be!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

As Promised...

The oldest grand showing their names on the fence around Castle Park. Now we need to add 2 more, one for Peanut and Maddie. I wonder if they will be able to keep them together.

My boys didn't think us women could get the tired, grumpykids to smile for just one picture.
We proved them wrong!

You just don't get more Blessed then this!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

The Cousins Meet Maddie!

Finally I am getting to post about last weekends family time together.

I had hoped to do it earlier but have not been feeling to good. I have a lump on my back that is causing pain and went to the doctor Thursday. It is an abscessed cyst. She put me on antibiotics and will check it again Tuesday and also biopsy it. With that said....

Here are pictures of our Family Weekend...where all the cousins got to meet Maddie!

All my girls!

Here we are at Castle Park....

But it got HOT and we tried to get a group pictures

They were just to hot and tired!

Swimming is always on the agenda...

Playing around just like little girls do.

Lending a helping hand!

Dressing up!

All hanging around to spend time with the littlest sunshine in our journey!

Then Monday our son took his kids to the San Diego Zoo. I wish I could have gone too, but with my back, that wasn't an option. They had a great time and told us all about when they got home.

They had Fish and Chips by the sea...

My daughter was able to get some other group shots on Tuesday and when she has edited them I will share them all with you.

I hope you enjoy seeing our 'Grands' as much as we like spending time with them.

Thursday, October 14, 2010



That is just how we feel around here.

It has been an awesome week and there is no other word that can describe it.

We were blessed to run into John Mc Cain last Thursday while going out to lunch. We had no idea he was in town, none the less he was at where we like to go. As we were walking in, he was walking out and we were provided with a photo snap we hadn't expected.

Had we known we might have dressed for the occasion. Oh well, we are the working class and I had just come from the doctors. Even so, it felt like God had a hand in us being there at that particular time and place. What a blessing!

We were blessed with 4 wonderful days with all the the 'Grands'. Yep! All 7 of them. Seems we were missing one, but his mom had to work and couldn't make the trip over. Sometimes these things happen and as we always do, we rolled with it. I wish I could post a picture of all those happy faces. All my 'Grands' enjoying their new cousin. All my 'Grands' swimming and playing in my yard. They even put on a puppet show, set up chairs like for an audience, and took turns being the puppet masters. I did post a few pictures on my 365 blog, but there were so many more wonderful moments. If you follow my private blog, head over there later today and I will have a more of the pictures available.

Yes, we are so blessed! Blessed that we are a family, a strong family, a family that sticks together through thick and thin. Blessed that through everything we can still laugh and enjoy each other's company.

Prior to them all coming for this weekend, I had been having a hard time with my health. It has limited my activity but will never limit my spirit. Just when my neck begins to get better, we are plunged into something new. Later today I have to head to the doctors for a lump on my back. I am not sure what it is but it has been there a week now and is very uncomfortable. We will take it one step at a time and see what happens. Having this pain is no blessing but we still feel blessed to have the love and support of family and friends. I always feel blessed that God has given me these last 10 years. I always see myself as a survivor. I know how much it knocked me down back then, but I also see how much He has allowed for me to be a part of all this. I hope and pray that this is just something minor, something they can take care of easily.

After all, I have plans...plans to be a part of a Party Challenge that can take our party business to the next level. Plans to host a special ladies 25th Birthday here next weekend. Plans to host our 2nd Annual Boo Bash the following weekend. Plans to go to NASCAR for the second to the last race of the season. Plans to hold a very thankful Thanksgiving and a very Merry Christmas. Plans to take us into the New Year, in new directions, and continue to enjoy this awesome family around me.

So yes, I am blessed to be where I am, have all these wonderful, happy , 'Grands' to keep me going. I am blessed that my bad days are healed by them and filled with their giggles and spirit.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

These Just In!

At the hospital...


 2 days old and can smile...she is a very happy baby!

She got to meet her cousins, Button's and Bug.

And big brother got to hold her again.
I knew he was going to enjoy being a big brother.

So...LIFE around here is wondeful!

...And Here She Is!

Meet Madison Elizabeth born Oct. 3, 2010 at 11:11 am, weighed 9lbs even, 21 inches long and full head of hair. She is just so beautiful!

With her arrival, I got to spend two days with her big brother. This was the first time we spent so much time together without his mom and he LOVED being with us. He would cry a few times that he missed his mom but when it was time to go home, he actually wanted to stay with us. I think he is just a bit out of sorts with this new sister. After all, he has been the main man for 4 years. I am sure though he will love being the Big Brother.

With the arrival of Maddie, our Firemanson will be coming over this weekend with his gang. I can't wait! My hope is to get a group photo and pray I am successful.

Our Firemanson is enjoying his regular visits with his kids. Here Titus is at his dads fire house...

The week before he took them to the Drop Zone. This was a place our son loved to escape, jump out of a plane, and float back to earth. The kids had a great time and even went in the wind tunnel to get a feeling of what dad did. Lillian had a grin from ear to ear when she went really high and enjoyed flying like a bird!

With them coming over this weekend, I went to the fabris store and bought all the supplies to make the girls matching Halloween Tutu's. Yes, even little baby (need to think of a name for her, her daddy calls her Punkie, we'll see) will get one.

So today I have already gotten Ellie's Halloween costume pinned out.

When I went to cut it out I couldn't find my good sissors. I have no idea where they ended up after the baby shower. Probably got packed in a box from the set-up but I am not going to waste anymore time looking. I needed a new pair anyways so after I get done here, I am heading back to the fabric store to get a new pair. I don't mind though. I wanted to pick up some orange netting as well for those tutu's.

I am so blessed! So proud to be a grandma to now 7, 4 girls and 3 boys.

Of I go to the fabric store and get things ready for an exciting weekend. Have a great day and thanks for allowing me to share Our Journey Through LIFE with you all.

A Monster Weekend!

I got my wish, better yet, our prayers were answered!

After a Saturday of watching the men do yard work, and a 'Grand' stomping in the yard...

Of course with Bella...

We headed out on our date, first out to dinner then off to the track to watch the Monster Trucks. The company that ran the show did a fairly good job. Though nothing like what we have seen on T.V., and some times it was rather boring (there I go again with that boring) it was nice to be out of the house, seeing friends, and spending time with the family.

Of all the moments of the evening, I think this, NO I KNOW, this was the best part. At the beginning of the event, after the national anthem, this fire truck began to whine. Actually I didn't know what the whining was till I asked and was told it was this fire truck...

And the whining was for this...

A jet engine inside.

Ok, tht was cool! But it got better. After the trucks, motorbikes, and quads did their tricks (sorry all my pictures were blurry), just before intermission, they brought the firetruck back out to set a couple cars stacked on each other on fire. Check it out...

Over the years I have taken a number of firetruck pictures for our son, but NEVER have I gotten one like this. It will be quite an addition to the collection and something we're sure to talk about for some time.

As if our weekend wasn't blessed by spending this time with the family.

We had only been home a few minutes when the call came for us to go pick up the little man. 

Yep, the new granddaughter was on her way. 

All of Sunday was spent between home and hospital and tending to the little man. Monday we got ready for baby sisters homecoming. Phew!

As soon as pictures are approvedfor posting I will fill you in on the details.

Thanks for stopping by. Love having you here.


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