Tuesday, January 26, 2010


i can't believe i have been so distracted that i didn't even realize the time was so soon approaching for my FAVORITE TV SHOW!!!!! since the end of season 5, i was able to get joe completely addicted along with me! we watched it thru together while waiting the 6th and final season! one week from tonight, no matter how tired i am, i will be in the hospital watching the season premiere and probably peeing my pants with anticipation of what might happen next!
i have to say i'm disappointed that it's all coming to an end this year. i mean, i could keep watching it if they kept making it! i guess they want to end while it's still 'hot' and are probably also running out of ideas. how could there be more ideas than have already been laid out throughout the first 5 seasons?!
well, here's to the last year of LOST, may it be good and answer some questions or it will have many angry fans (myself included)!!! -from what i hear, it has answers, but not the ones we might want!!!

Friday, January 22, 2010

a lesson learned...

so a while back i wrote a blog about the boys well visits. remember that "well visits 12/09" post, when we had made a decision to vaccinate the boys for both flu and swine flu. then there was also the last post i wrote, about "a new year bringing new things". (it's almost as if i posted that one too soon) i have 2 words to follow up both those blogs:
never again because i will never again vaccinate them for either flu shot!!!! owen is almost 3 yrs old and never until this year (when he got the vaccines) was he sick. aiden, has also had it bad!
one month ago today we got the shots, and in that one month we have had:
  • a double ear infection (owen)
  • a continued ear infection (owen)
  • another double ear infection (adien)
  • a stomach bug (joe)
  • another stomach bug (owen)
  • yet another stomach bug (joe and aiden)
  • and still more stomach bug (owen again)
  • and now shooty duties from hell!
seriously!!! no, seriously?! one month!!! that's like 2 things/wk. and this is just as of last night, so there still might be some sharing to go on...
we have had several sick visits, and er trip, calls into the pediatricians office, etc. we just can't seem to shake this junk! just when i think we're clearing the bend, someone else throws up all over.
this is draining emotionally and physically on all of us. i have been to church only twice since, one of the times i had to do nursery b/c no one else was there! i have been trying to catch up on laundry (cause, not to toot my own horn but, we know joe will have enough just to feed the kids and keep them breathing without adding stuff like laundry to his plate).
i also think it couldn't have come at a worse time. i have been on the liquid pre-op diet for 7 days now, and already lack the energies needed to live normal life, but cleaning up after everyone and changing baby bedding several times a day is not working out too well. the last straw will be if i get it...
please pray with me that i stay strong (and that my friends mr lysol and ms bleech do their jobs), so that surg won't have to be postponed.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

a new year brings NEW things!

i just noticed on my blog that i have been part of the blogging world for 1 year now! i have actually committed to doing something and followed through with it!!! yeah for me. as far as is it worth it, i'm not too sure. in one year of blogging, there have only been approximately 45 views. sad, isn't it?! i guess i am doing this more for me and joe, so we can remember things, then for anyone else!
as of recently:
poor little owen has really been quite the healthy little boy...until now! in the last month he has had his first double ear infection, an allergy to medicine, another ear infection, and now his first stomach bug!!!
to make things even more interesting, aiden was sick in the midst of all that too! (of course these were his firsts too, but he's not almost 3)
i am sorry for the lack of posting, but as you can see, i have been quite busy taking care of sicklings!
i actually will probably be slowing way down in the world of posting anyway, with surgery approaching (and then healing), but i will try to keep adding some things here and there. you will also be able to keep updated on my weight loss journey by following my other blog i have recently begun!

Monday, January 18, 2010

blog #2

for those of you interested in walking along side of me while i make my weight loss journey, i have started a second blog. it will keep thoughts, information, weight loss updates, doctors visits, diet & exercise plans, etc. feel free to pop on over and check out my few first posts!!! (click the link below)

my weight loss journey

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

wordless wednesdays 1/13

sorry for the blurry shots, they were taken with my phone.
as you can see though, we were able to grab proof of the cat attacks!

Monday, January 11, 2010

philadelphia -> a mission field

i have been sitting here typing and deleting things for a while now. i have no clue where to begin, or even what is safe and appropiate to share on a blog! my heart has been stretched and broken (in the good way) in the last week, as joe and i have been pouring our time, love & efforts into a family here in philadelphia. i have heard stories that i know are easier not to have heard...i have been in situations that i know are safer not to have been in...i know life was less complicated before i met this family...and yet i find myself unable to shake the thought of them, and not desiring to have not known! for to have not known would be a tragedy. to have not known could have meant death!

joe and i reflected on the story of the good samaritan yesterday.
"A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he fell into the hands of robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. 31A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 34He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, took him to an inn and took care of him. 35The next day he took out two silver coinsc]">[c] and gave them to the innkeeper. 'Look after him,' he said, 'and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.' " Luke 10:30-35
not many people can relate or even understand the heaviness on our hearts, as the story of the good samaritan is not a 'real' story, but only one they have read. to us it is real! the man beaten and left for dead, he has a name, and a family. we know where he lives (for the moment), we know his thoughts (at least the ones shared), we know his needs.

it's hard to find the line between being the samaritan who stopped to help and the priest/levite who walked by on the other side of the road.

don't get me wrong, this isn't an "all work and no play" situation! we have learned to love this family, and to enjoy the friendships begun. and with all the stories of brokenness, we also see a glimpse of hope and renewal. i watched a man go from being hardened because of his desire to be wanted/accepted his whole life, to have FAMILY, break down and sob because another person with no obligation to love him sincerely told him, "i love you, man!".

i have seen god moving and working through my husband (a true joy and honor!) and he's been able to use his past experiences and trainings to council others. i have been reminded of why we chose philadelphia as our mission field.

i have heard some say that philadelphia isn't a mission field. i challenge the thought! in fact, i would love to talk to you if you think this way...

please pray for our family as we continue to love our neighbors in the city of brotherly shove.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

my ORGANIZED craft/office area

i feel like it's my birthday, i LOVE it!!!!!

the "renovated" dining room

so today was the promised "work day" from the hubs. i've been on him for this for months! we woke up normal time, and the poor man was harassed from that moment on! there was a lot of grief given to him about not starting until his coffee was done...it's amazing how long you can sip a coffee before it disappears! by the time he was done, i had everything (but the tables) out of the room and half the old floor pulled out. at this point, he decided he needed help from someone who would go more at his pace. he enlisted his new buddy victor. victor, his wife silvia and myself had LOADS of fun harassing the poor man! we took pictures specifically showing how much he didn't work! lets begin here:
this is victor cutting the floors while joe was on a bathroom break...

this is just a shot of the new floor, though i'm sure joe is on some form of break here too...

here notice that joe is standing (a common theme) and watching victor work...

again, joe [standing] while victor works...

owen is even brought in on the action of working, joe is standing and watching him as well...

he was soo cute!!! (owen)

included in joe's handyman day:
bathroom break (multiple times), coffee break(multiple times), lunch break, "too full" from lunch break, i'm "too sore from working out yesterday" break, the plain old "i'm tired" break, etc.

then, i guess joe decided it was enough of the teasing, and he got to work!
as he was hanging the shelves, he drilled through his finger!
**note: the following picture could make for an ugly shot**
this is the drill with joe's blood all over it...

this is joe's bandaged finger.
doesn't look too bad now!

overall, the lesson learned:

disclaimer: obviously, i am still having fun with the hubs! he worked really hard and it took all day to finish the job(s)! he did drill his finger, but now i will always remember how hard he worked to make me happy! there is new flooring with molding, door hinges back on the walls & new shelves on the dining room wall for my organizing craft/office stuff!!!
i love it & i love him!!!
(also, much thanks to victor for helping all day)

Friday, January 8, 2010


sometimes it takes a really good friend to make you think about what kind of friend you are....

miriam websters dictionary defines friend as follows:

Main Entry: 1friend
Pronunciation: \ˈfrend\
Function: noun
Etymology: Middle English frend, from Old English frēond; akin to Old High German friunt friend, Old English frēon to love, frēo free
Date: before 12th century

1 a : one attached to another by affection or esteem b : acquaintance
2 a : one that is not hostile b : one that is of the same nation, party, or group
3 : one that favors or promotes something (as a charity)
4 : a favored companion
5 capitalized : a member of a Christian sect that stresses Inner Light, rejects sacraments and an ordained ministry, and opposes war —called also Quaker

The word "Friend" in many languages

Albanian - mik
Afrikaans - vriend
Chinese - péngyou
Dutch - vriend, vriendje
Danish - ven
Estonian - sõber
French - ami
German - freund
Georgian - megobari
Hungarian - barát
Indian - dost
italian - amico
Irish - cara
Japanese -- tomodachi
korean -- jingu
Latin -- amicus
Manx -- carrey
Old English -- freond, wine
Persian -- dust
Russian -- prijátel
Sanskrit -- mitra
Spanish -- amigo
Swahili -- rafiki
Turkish -- dost,arkadas

Thursday, January 7, 2010

update: a new little game i like to call "confessions"

just thought it was humorous and worth sharing...
we played the game again today!
joe very sheepishly tried to turn it around to,
"why are you mad at me, honey?"
in the sweetest imaginable voice.
he then proceeded to "confess" something else he did that he thought i'd be mad at!
i think this game will be my new friend!!!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

a new little game i like to call "confessions"...

i LOVE my husband!
he brings much joy and humor to my life (most days)!

the other day i discovered a game quite on accident! i started a conversation with him...
it was short, GREAT, and something like this:

me: half jokingly "honey, i'm mad at you!"
joe: in the same mannerism as me, "oh boy, what did i do now?"
me: "you tell me, what did you do that i would be mad at?"
joe: "i bought a candy bar (it was actually a healthy one, but he called it candy so we'll stick to the story) at walmart. i gave both mine away! i was starving, i had to eat something!!"
me: "well, that wasn't it, but is there anything else you'd like to tell me?"...

i probably shouldn't have wasted this game of something as small as these, because now that he knows how it's played, i don't know he'll fall for it agian!!! but it was quite a clever game and i will be trying again!!!

who's afraid of the dark?

interestingly enough, this week owen started obsessing about "no lights" when he went to bed. for a couple straight nights he even cried about it! he has never had a nite lite before, and has always been fine...but something in him changed!
no big deal, we would just need to get a little light for the room! we were concerned though at what sparked this sudden fear of the dark, and then we got our development update from a site i love to use to learn about what they should be doing at their current age.
turns out many 2 yr olds need help taming fears!
it means he has a healthy and active imagination if he can conjure up stories to make him want light in the night!
all in all, o is right on target and a very happy little boy to have this cool new sphere nite lite in his room with him at night!

wordless wednesdays 1/6/10

my babies are getting soooo big!
(and notice they're almost the same size...
o has only a few inches on a)

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

i heart jesus!

i'm pretty sure that everyone reading this knows...
but just in case you don't,
i do! i really do!
and when you love someone,
what do you do?
you do anything you can to get closer to them!!

i am always wanting to know jesus better!
this year i have decided to read thru the bible chronologically.
bibleplan.org is a site that helps you do that!
you choose which reading plan you want to do,
then it e-mails you your reading for each day!
if you love jesus too,
or if you're interested in finding out more about him,
this is a perfect option!

you know a toddler lives there when...

you know a toddler lives there when...
there's a trail of fruit loops (or any other thing a toddler might eat) throughout the entire house!!!

Monday, January 4, 2010

groceries for a family of 4 on a budget

normally i am running thru the grocery store as if i were on that 90's game show, supermarket sweep. remember that show? i literally make quick movements along the isles (only those i know i need something from)! no one is timing me, and in fact, i usually am childless (thanks to my loving husband) so i should be strolling at minimal speeds!!!!!

today was a different story...

i didn't sleep much last night, for several reasons we wont get into now, but this left me dragging today. i literally feel like i was in zombie mode. apparently this is a good thing at the grocery store!!! i walked so slowly and unable to focus on more than the thing at hand (literally! the thing in the hand at that moment). this helped me to be watchful and really make decesions on sales and not my normal "grab and go" momentum. i also hit the "managers specials" rack they always hide near the bathroom...i raided this thing as if they were handing food out for free!!!

normally, from the time i leave the house to the time i get back...it takes about an hour. today i noticed the time on the drive in: 1:10pm. when loading the groceries from the cart to the car i also checked the time: 2:52!

by the time i got home i had doubled my normal shopping trip!! guess there's a price to pay for being frugal & money wise. it was soooo worth it!!!!!

i left the grocery store having spent just over $68, with a weeks worth of food for a family of 4!!!
plus extra sugar free drinks & snacks for my new diet!!! rounded up, that's about $10/day!
$10/day is $3.33/meal!
$3.33/meal is $.83/person!
looking at receipts, my total savings for today were just under the actual price that i paid, rolling in at about $61 (not including the wic items)!!!! that's almost 50% savings! totaling my count to about $129 worth of food + about $37 worth of wic items all for about $68. woo hoo!

is it obvious that i am SUPER PROUD of myself?!?

when i was a kid, every time we went on a bus trip with awana, we sang a chant at the end to show our appreciation to the bus driver. i was expecting to hear something along the lines of that, only changed for my situation, "super mom cheer! super mom cheer! yeeeeaaaahhh super mom!!". notice the "was expecting"... apparently not everyone is as excited about my savings as i am....

Saturday, January 2, 2010

each day has enough worries.....

so today we made our
3rd weekly trip downtown to the pediatricians office.

todays complaint:
a rash covering every inch of poor o's little body.

it is very hard to remember
to keep composure when there is something
(new) wrong with your child and you can't fix it!
everytime it has worked out okay,
and yet everytime i still get slightly frantic!

owen went to bed fine
and woke covered in this rash
(the pictures hardly do the rash justice,
but it gives an idea.
this was also post benadryl.)!

luckily the doctors have saturday morning hours!

luckily we were able to get in!

we found out that owen is
allergic to amoxicillin!

the rash=hives.

we were told to be grateful
that his tongue did not swell and/or
that he did not stop breathing thru the night.

grateful is far to little of a word
to express how we feel!!!

"jesus, we can not even begin to explain our gratitude for your blessings!
you rain down grace, though it's is so undeserved...
thank you for being the great doctor and knowing your creation,
and for keeping him protected by your mighty hand through the night!
we thank you for health insurance that pays for his visits & meds
and for the knowledge you share with his doctors!
we thank you for revealing this to us so we don't give it to him again!
forgive us for not trusting in you or thanking you,
until something GREAT happens.
help us to ALWAYS praise your name!!