Monday, December 28, 2009

Not Me Monday - We're Walking Edition

Welcome to Not Me! Monday! This blog carnival was created by MckMama. Are you feeling guilty for not buying your Christmas Tree in time or for taking the Christmas sugar cookies you baked for the kids to decorate over to their father's family's house so that they could get their house all messy from icing, sprinkles and little hands decorating them? If so, you can head over to her blog to read what she and everyone else have not been doing this week.

This Christmas, I did not go see me Daddy in the hospital, only to miss my son taking his FIRST steady 11-step walk! Instead, his father and their family did not get to enjoy watching our youngest babe follow in the footsteps (literally) of his older cousins and siblings for the first time.

I also did not discover my washing machine stopped working (the thing in the middle won't spin) and I didn't call my friend, Beth, at 10am in the morning (thus, waking her up) to tell her my washing machine broke (her husband is not a MUCH better Mr. Fit-It than Joe...haha).

And finally, I did not buy my oldest daughter her first shaving kit for Christmas (she is 10 1/2 years old) because she REALLY needed it. Nope, not my daughter who was NOT born with hair on her shoulders...haha. How old do you think that didn't make me feel?

What did you NOT DO this week?

Happy New Years!

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Saturday, December 26, 2009

Dad Update

Despite having Daddy in the hospital, I can honestly say it was a Wonderful Christmas for our family...there is truly so much to celebrate for our family along with Jesus's birthday. We still had snow on the ground, and still do in some places, we had time with family and friends, we had safe travel in the rain and we still have Dad.

After opening presents with my family, Trina and I went to see Dad. We took him gifts (Theme: 'Now and Later'...stuff he can use now in the hospital, and later when he is better) and I showed him pictures of the kids from Christmas morning...I had also video taped the kids sending him Christmas wishes, so I he could see them, but my camcorder died...right when I turned it on to show him...ughh. But, he was glad to at least see the pictures. We also watched A Christmas Story and he ate pears and pimento and cheese sandwiches for Christmas lunch.

I had a chance to speak to the doctor who was there yesterday, who was really nice and spent a good amount of time answering my questions. I got the results of the MRI...the results are both good and bad, but mostly good. The MRI did show some 'spotty' neurological damage which indicates he did have some sort of very mild stroke. Fortunately, the damage is limited to spots throughout the brain in areas where he has plenty of extra neurons which will pick up the slack...so, while his speech is a bit slow, the doctor has no doubt he can have a full recovery (well, mental recovery, he will still be somewhat limited physically from everything he has been through...just minimal, common sense stuff that anyone wouldn't do after these types of surgeries, nothing major)...So, we are truly optimistic that he will sing again and so is he! He will be on medicines...for the rest of his life...to prevent future strokes as he will now be more likely to suffer one in the future.

We still don't have a realistic idea of when he may get out, but hopefully in the next few weeks...which is what has been thrown around.

Our family is enjoying a nice, week-long vacation together...no work or school until Jan 4th.

Yeahh!

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Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas!

Well, this is and will always be my very first 'Merry Christmas' Blog Post...I will tell you there were times today (well, yesterday) that I didn't think I would get to write this post (considering my computer crashed yesterday and I had to drive to DC to get a working computer...and to drop my poor 6-year-old-on-its-last-leg-probably-crashing-as-we-speak-destined-to-never-work-again-computer off at our IT company's office...also in DC.

I also began the day (yesterday, Christmas Eve), without a Christmas tree...see, the tree we bought, (yeah, the one from the Dollar General See here) was a huge let down...on the same day my computer quit working, our FAKE FIBER OPTIC TREE also quite working...ie: the lights wouldn't turn on. So, I went over to see what was wrong. I grabbed a hold of the base and wouldn't you know it...the FAKE FIBER OPTIC TREE (that I paid $35 for from the Dollar General) FELL OVER!!! Yes, it just plopped right on over...ornaments, angel and all...down to the ground. I mean, I was devastated, probably more than the kids..who just looked on in shock (remember, they liked THE FAKE FIBER OPTIC TREE)...and thus, we were officially treeless on December 23rd.

So, the girls undecorated the tree, I put it back in the box, called Dollar General and accepted the fact that for the first time EVER, I didn't have a tree for my children 2 days before Christmas.

And with that, today I was on a mission (well, actually about 7 missions), but the two most important 1) Get a 'functioning' computer 2) Get a Christmas Tree.

By 11am, I had picked up the laptop, dropped off my computer and was leaving DC. I decided to drive down Rt1 from Triangle to look for trees...on Christmas Eve. And, I saw 1, just 1, tree stand and guess what, nobody was there. Now, as much as I hate to admit it, in just that one moment, I thought about going over there, taking a tree and leaving some money in the storage bin they had. But, I thought it out rationally and decided to move on to a better solution (after all, going to jail was not 1 of my 7 missions to accomplish for the day).

I called my Sister and my friend, Beth, who BOTH told me to call HOME DEPOT! And, let me tell you...were they right. I called Home Depot, and I asked the customer service person if they had any live trees left...'let me check,' she said....'Ok, ma'am, we have about 15 left and he is back there trying to GIVE them away.' PAUSE....Can you believe it??? So, I headed on over to Home Depot, I walked to the nursery, I looked at the trees, and I took my pick of the bunch.

I drove home all the way, about an hour, savoring the smell of that REAL, REAL, REAL Christmas Tree, as if I had never smelled one before. I was so grateful to Home Depot for making our Christmas a little more REAL! Thanks Home Depot! You really did a good thing today!

Happy Birthday Jesus!
Merry Christmas Everyone!

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Monday, December 21, 2009

'Not Me' Monday - Let It Snow Version



Welcome to Not Me! Monday! This blog carnival was created by MckMama. You can head over to her blog to read what she and everyone else have not been doing this week.

This weekend we did not get almost 2 feet of snow here in central Virginia. Said snow did not prevent our annual trip to the Christmas Tree Farm to get our Christmas Tree (they did not close for the season due to the snow). I did not instead go buy a "FAKE" fiber optic tree from the Dollar General. I mean, I HATE fake trees (no offense to anyone who chooses to use one, it is just not my personal preference), so I definitely would not have spent $35 on a FAKE FIBER OPTIC TREE, especially from the Dollar General. Nope, not me!

Even if I had bought a fake tree, my 3 small children would not be in such fascination with the fiber optic-changing color-lights that are built into the tree that they just stare, and stare, and stare at it. Surely they would not appreciate such a FAKE example of what a Christmas Tree should be! Not My Children!

Finally, I would not have been so crazy to have loaded my entire family into our van on Saturday to drive 40 miles on snow covered roads just to get to a Wal-Mart with fully stocked shelves and no lines! Surely, no mother would do something so insane. Not me!

So, what did you not do during this winter festival of snow?

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

UPDATE: Daddy is going in for an MRI today...please pray that it comes back normal...we have been a bit worried as he hasn't quite been himself since they woke him up, which is somewhat normal, but it has lasted a week now and they want to test for any abnormalities in his brain.

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Saturday, December 19, 2009

Snow Far, Snow Good!

Well, we have about 6-8 inches on the ground (and decks, and cars, and trees) and I am happy to report that I woke up this morning, with lights, food, and 3 children excited to see what lays ahead of them for the day.

I got to thinking this morning, how I am so excited to be 'trapped' inside with my family. No, we still haven't got a tree. No, my Christmas shopping still isn't done. And, no, I was not prepared to spend the last shopping weekend before Christmas 'trapped' inside of our house (well, I haven't exactly tried to get out yet, but I can only imagine we are officially 'trapped.').

But, as I am sure many of you know, this time of year shouldn't be about the Christmas tree, or shopping, or having the best decorated house (after all, I don't think you would be able to have seen any ones Christmas lights last night) although many of us are often preoccupied with all of these things...Rather, isn't this time of year supposed to be about sharing the Joy of Christ's Birth and spending time with your family? I have no doubt, that on this last shopping weekend before Christmas, it was God's Intention of snowing us in...with our families...so we can spend this time with them, instead of out, in the hustle and bustle of the malls and streets, shopping for presents and buying last minute Christmas Trees.

So, we have heat, lights, food and Internet (now that Vic swept my satellite dish off) and most importantly, we have each other.

So, I am happy to report...Snow far, snow good!

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Friday, December 18, 2009

'Be Careful What You Wish For.'

Just the other day, I was emailing one of the guys at our student insurance administrator's office in Ithaca, NY. I was telling him how envious I was of them for their quite regular snowfall...and, in his reply to me, his exact words were, 'Be careful what you wish for.' Well, Ken, I think you were right (Are you a weatherman in your part time job, or is this just pure coincidence that they are calling for UP TO 18" HERE????). Because, as excited as I am about our seemingly pending blizzard, I am praying, hoping, wishing, pleading that our electricity stays on. I am sure I will be posting pictures of snowmen, snowball fights, 4-wheeling, and bundled-up-babes tomorrow (if we can have electricity). This is from weather.com:

A WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL MIDNIGHT EST SATURDAY NIGHT.
SNOW WILL CONTINUE TONIGHT INTO SATURDAY MORNING... FALLING HEAVY AT TIMES. SIGNIFICANT ACCUMULATIONS OF SNOW ARE EXPECTED... RANGING FROM 12 TO 20 INCHES FROM TONIGHT THROUGH SATURDAY EVENING... .WITH THE HIGHEST SNOWFALL TOTALS OCCURRING OVER THE WESTERN SECTIONS OF THE WARNING AREA... OR APPROXIMATELY ALONG AND NORTHWEST OF A LINE FROM FARMVILLE TO BOWLING GREEN.


WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Also, I am so pelased to report that father is doing VERY well in his physical recovery...they had him from the bed to his recliner chair and back, with assistance of course. There are even talks of moving him out of the CVICU tomorrow...However, there is a small problem with his oxygen/carbon Dioxide levels...so he is a bit, well kooky. I won't divulge the immediate details, at least not until we know this isn't anything permanent...but, once we do, I promise, I will have many stories to share about our father's imagination, many.

By the way, the next time I am green with envy about you northerners and all of your snow, I will most certainly Be Careful What I Wish For!

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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

'Oh, right, I do have children!'?!?!?!?

Gosh, I feel so horrible...so, much of my life over the past few weeks has been spent focusing on, thinking of, praying for, and talking about my father. I just realized it has been almost two whole weeks since I so much as mentioned my children on 'Our Family Blog.' I will take this time, while I am thinking about it, to update you on a few highlights about the kids.

I will begin with Victoria...last week she was inducted into the SCA as her classroom representative. I was honored to watch as my oldest began her journey into being a Big-er Kid! I was certainly proud of her as she got her certificate and sat amongst the other 'chosen' students. She is certainly maturing into a wonderful young lady.

Evelina went to the Children's museum in Richmond with her PreK class...she has been getting Green Smiley faces every day and will get to do her very first year of Christmas shopping on her own at the Holiday Shop at her school. Not only is is fun for the children, but it is also fun to see what they pick out for everyone. I am sure I will get a good laugh out of it...(one year, Vic bought Joe a flashlight that said "#1 Grandpa" haha...I almost died laughing).

Joe Jr is now standing up, completely unassisted, on his own for a good period of time...he has already taken a few, and I mean a few, steps, so I think he may be getting ready for full mobility.

I will admit, NOT ONE of my children walked before they were 1!!!!!!!!!!!!! NOT ONE!!!! But, at least I am not a parent over obsessed with my children achieving milestones ahead of the curve...

So, that is about it...other than we still haven't got a Christmas Tree...We will definitely get it this weekend...Plus, I like to leave it up at least a week after Christmas, so at least it will last! We (well, Joe) will go cut it down at the tree farm right down the road...we just pick it out and he cuts it down and they wrap it up! I will take pictures once we get it all up and decorated.

Hope you all have fun preparing for Christmas!

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Monday, December 14, 2009

'Not Me' Monday - 'He's Awake' Version

Welcome to Not Me! Monday! This blog carnival was created by MckMama. You can head over to her blog to read what she and everyone else have not been doing this week.


I will start off by saying I did not get to see my Dad, awake, for the first time in almost 2 weeks today...after he didn't have 4 surgeries and we almost didn't lose him.

I was not highly upset when I was at the hospital to see my Dad, at 11am (very strict 11am-1pm visiting hours), and I couldn't see him as they were doing new lines on him.

I did not bother the nurse at the desk, 4 times, before he finally let me in to see my Dad.

Also, once in to see my Dad, I did not frustrate my Dad, by not being able to understand quite what he was trying to tell me (he is still intubated...how is intubated spelled anyways?).

I was also not EVER so grateful to see my Dad frustrated...as this would mean he is going to be just like the old him...I swear, I don't, nor have I ever, frustrated my father....never, not me!

And finally, I did not go see my dad today, after not showering ALL WEEKEND as our hot water went out...again...Nope, not me, I would have surely found a way to shower before going to see my Dad, in the hospital...

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Friday, December 11, 2009

The Road To Recovery

So, yesterday proved to be another huge milestone for Dad and his wonderful team of doctor's and nurses. He was all put back together and was a 'good boy on the operating table,' as his surgeon put it. He also had another machine removed tonight (the 'balloon thingy' as my sister calls it) which helps maintain his BP...and...the nurses have began slowly decreasing his sedation meds; it may take a few days to get him awake as it is a slow process. I can only imagine how much pain he will be in, so as far as I am concerned, I am a bit nervous about him having to deal with it when he wakes up.

But, after almost 12 days if him being sedated, I am also bit anxious for him to wake up...so I can 'calmly' tell him how much I love him, and how much his grand kids love him, and so we can show him all the cards he received (especially one in particular...sissy, we may have to wait to show him 'that' one, he may laugh just a little too hard), and so he can see all the pictures we put up, and I can't wait to 'gently' give him a hug.

I am so grateful right now...to everyone who prayed, or called or emailed, for the Fairfax CV ICU unit, for God's decision to let us all continue sharing our lives with him, but I am also grateful for my father's will to fight to live through this all. It shows how much he loves life...and us all!

With open arms, I welcome The Road to Recovery, and no matter how long it may be, I am ever so grateful that my father is on it.

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Monday, December 7, 2009

Thoughts From A Loving...Sister!

Before I move on to my main post, first things first...Dad's surgery was a success from the doctor's point of view (sounds good to me, too)...he has a long recovery ahead of him, but it looks like his will to live, his surgeons, our prayers and God pulled him through today.

THANKS TO THEM ALL!


Today was a very big day! It began with EXTREME anxiety, panic, and nerves. I dropped my children off, with a dear friend, in the dark of morning. I commuted north bound...destination: Fairfax Hospital...purpose: Dad's Big Day!


En route to Fairfax, about 10am, I received a call from my father's surgeon asking me to give consent for my father's surgery, yeah, the one I was on my way to, that wasn't supposed to begin until 1pm. He explained that he was calling me as he couldn't get a hold of my sister and wanted to take Dad in the O.R. now. At first, I wasn't concerned that he couldn't reach her as I had just got off the phone with her and I knew we were both on our way to the hospital. But, after I gave consent, I tried, over and over again, to get a hold of my sister. She didn't answer. Of course, I begin to worry about my sissy...It is rare she won't answer calls...especially from the hospital...well, after 5 minutes of painstaking worry, my sissy called. All I can say is in that 5 minutes, I thought the worst. That something happened to her. That in that moment, I could possibly be without a father...and a sister.

Now, I have posted about how important my father is to me. He has been here for me throughout my entire life and I love him very much. What I haven't said is that the same is true about my sister. In the past 10 days, she has been a rock for me. She has taken the lead. She has calmed me, hugged me, loved me, put up with me and has even let me use her parking pass at the hospital. What more could you ask for in a big sister? Although, she did monopolize the $4 People magazine I bought at the gift store today (Yeah, it's hard to compete with Tiger Woods). Just joking, Sissy!

But, I wanted to write a post, just for her, so that she knows how important she is to me...

Sissy, I couldn't imagine having gone through this all without you. You have been strong, intelligent, resilient, brave, hopeful, protective, nurturing, comforting...you have been the best big sister I could have ever asked for. I hope you really do forgive me for peeing in your Barbie pool...If I could go back in time, I promise, I would change that one thing.

I know we still have a long journey to get Dad better, thank God, but I am so grateful I have you to share it with.

I love you, Sissy!

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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Pictures of My Dad!

I just wanted to share some pictures of my Dad. I can hardly think of anything but him and it helps to focus on all of our wonderful memories instead of his current condition.

This is My Dad, My Sister, Vic and Eva at Eva's 1st Birthday Party!



This is My Dad Inspecting His First Cell Phone
(that I bought him for Christmas).



This is Me and My Dad on Christmas Day 2007!


I can't recall the exact event, but it was a cookout, and my Dad was here at my house
(I do know that much)!

This is My Dad at Eva's 4th Birthday Party!

(in March of this year...despite what the date on the picture says)

I Love His Expression!



This is my Dad and Vic at their First Father (Grandfather) Daughter Dance (50's style)!

He won a prize for best male costume by the way!


This is My Dad, Me and Vic at the Father Daughter Dance (It was a luau theme)!

And, if you look over to the left side of this page and up a little (in Vic's Bio), you can see the picture of Vic and Dad from the last Father Daughter Dance they attended (it was a Disco Theme)!

I will have more soon! You know I have tons more where these came from!

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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Thoughts From A Loving Daughter

As far back as I can remember, I have been a Daddy's girl...I don't think I have ever loved anything, other than my own children..and God of course, as much as I love my dad.

I love my Daddy so much, that I don't care that he talks loud at restaurants OR that he wears thigh high socks and shorts (together that is) OR that he loathes household cleaning OR that he gets highly upset when a waitress forgets his lemons for his ice water. Matter of fact, I am praying that he can continue doing ALL of these things in due time.


Throughout my life, he has shown me first hand how to be kind, compassionate, understanding, faithful, honest, hard-working, giving, and, most importantly, he has shown me what is means to love unconditionally.


My father enjoys driving elderly people to their doctors appointment, singing (at church, with the New Dominion Choraliers, and in the National Philharmonic...yes, he LOVES to sing and is good, too), volunteering at the thrift store, going to Bible Study and being a man of faith.


I am proud to have inherited my fathers intelligence, his last name, his sarcasm, his forehead, his broad shoulders, his large upper-body and even his walk. I wish I had inherited his amazing singing abilities. Unfortunately, as much as we love to sing, neither my sister nor I were fortunate enough to get that trait.


Last night, I wanted to say so much to my Dad, but all I could seem to say to him was that I love him. I know they are only three, small words, but they mean EVERYTHING. I am praying that I will get to tell him that again soon.

Dad is not doing good as there were complications with his surgery and he is currently on a bunch of machines to keep him alive. His doctor gave us a 75% chance of him pulling through this. As an accountant, it gives me hope in the numbers, but right now all I KNOW for certain that I can do is put my faith in the Lord. The Lord is in control and I will let him guide the doctors and my father as he sees fit.

Lord, I know you may be calling my daddy home, and if you do I understand, but please, please give me the strength and guidance I need to get through this.
Our Father,
who art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy Name.
Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
and the power, and the glory,
for ever and ever.
Amen.

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Monday, November 30, 2009

This Is REAL!

So, it isn't that I haven't been totally cognitive these last few days...I know my father, my only parent, will have a major surgery tomorrow that will hopefully heal his heart. I have received so many warm comments, prayers, support, and kindness from friends, family, even strangers in in Blog-Land. But, tonight, it really hit me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I just got off the phone with my dad. I told him I loved him and that I would be there tomorrow when he wakes up from surgery (I wasn't sure if I would be able to as I am almost 2 hours away from the hospital and with 2 school age children, it would be hard to get there without help, which I have now)...As we were saying goodbye, it hit me...THIS IS REAL! This could be the last time I said "I love you, Daddy" or "I'll see you later" or "Goodnight." This could be it!!!!

Then, I bet you can guess what happened next...My voice started shaking, my eyes started tearing up and then WHAM! Full blown, balling my eyes out like a BABY (or more like when I was a child and my weekend visit with my Dad was coming to an end)...This could be the last time I EVER heard my Dad say, "I love you, kid."

And, as I am trying my hardest to stop, as to not upset my Dad, he was SO CALM! So, at PEACE! Like, even if he didn't make it, he knew the Lord would be there, for us all! His trust in God and his doctors is incredible and it is just another reason, to this day, I want to be more like my father.

Dad, I will see you tomorrow when you wake up!
I love you!

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"Not Me" Monday!

It is so hard to even think about what to write (with daddy's surgery tomorrow and all).

These last 4 days have been like a blur...But, I will continue on with "Not Me" Monday, so that I can be brutally honest about the things I HAVE NOT done this week. I can confirm I DID NOT (really, I didn't) burn my hands again. Our HOT WATER IS (really, it is) working! (see http://momof3inva.blogspot.com/2009/11/not-me-monday_23.html) Ha ha!

So, I have not gone 5 days without even touching laundry...I have not let it go so long that Joe decided he had to intervene and do it himself. Joe DID NOT wash my REDSKINS sweatshirt along with WHITES with HOT WATER! We are now not stuck with PINK socks/undershirts/underwear!!!!!!! Nope, not Joe, he certainly knows better!

I also did not neglect to notice that I was putting said pink clothes on our ONLY SON! Who would put pink clothes on their ONLY SON??? Not me!

What didn't you do?

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Sunday, November 29, 2009

Got Santa?

Bass Pro Shop is giving away FREE 4x6 Photos with Santa...of course, we were there 2 hours. Fortunately, the kids behaved wonderfully and were occupied with crafts, remote control cars and shooting games (no bullets included, of course). It was a nice outing although the pictures aren't too great! Kudos to our kids for being so patient and well-behaved. Thanks Kids!








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Thursday, November 26, 2009

Please Pray!

UPDATE#4
Dad was moved out of the CICU on Friday, which is GREAT! Also, I saw him yesterday, and he looked GREAT! And, I found out his surgery has a 95% success rate, which is SUPER GREAT! I am prayerful that this surgery will be a success and that Dad can begin a new life filled with lots of heart healthy food and activity. I have been praising the LORD for His decision to let me, and the rest of us, enjoy my father here, on this earth. I gave my daddy a few BIG hugs and kisses and will go see him, hopefully, before his surgery. Thank you ALL for your thoughts and prayers! We aren't out of 'the woods' yet, so keep 'em comin'.
UPDATE#3
Dad is definitely having a quadruple bypass. It has been moved from Monday to Tuesday. I talked to him this morning and he sounded great. I am so thankful he is still here and as sarcastic as ever. We had to get off the phone as a doctor he "hasn't seen since he got personal with his groin" was there to check him out.
See why I love my daddy? I get my humor from him! I love you Daddy!
UPDATE #2:
Dad will have his bypass on Monday. They aren't sure yet if it will be triple or quadpruple. I saw him tonight and, although a little doped up, he looks great given the circumstances. An artery known as the widow's artery was 99% clogged. They said 30 more minutes and he would not have made it. I am SO VERY THANKFUL he is in good hands and is stable. He is even cracking jokes like his normal self.
UPDATE #1:
Dad's catheterization shows 10+ years of blockage. They will perform bypass surgery in a few days. In the meantime, he is in the CICU at INOVA Fairfax Hospital.
ORIGINAL POST:
My father had a heart attack this morning and is being transported from Potomac Hospital to Fairfax Hospital to have a catheterization performed. Please pray for a full recovery for my father and also that the doctors do the best possible job they can do to make him better.
Thanks!

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYONE!

As the year comes to an end, we reflect back on all of the things we have to be grateful for. Of course, I will make a list of all the things I am thankful for (well, ok, not everything, but at least the important ones):

  • -GOD...for through Him alone, these blessings are possible!
  • -Our Healthy, Happy, Loud, Hungry, Dirty CHILDREN!
  • -Their FATHER
  • -Our Non-Nuclear FAMILY (my father, my sister, my Nana, My Uncle and Aunt and Cousins)
  • -My FRIENDS
  • -Our HOME
  • -Our JOBS
  • -Our 'sometimes normal' LIFE
  • -TOGETHERNESS

I am sure I can go on and on, but I think these are the most important! We are surely blessed and although I sometimes feel undeserving, I promise to give thanks, not only today, but every day!

So, this brings me to our menu!!!! And, of course, loving food as much as I do, this was so easy for me to write about!


Since we are staying home, and it doesn't look like we will have company, I am preparing a fairly simple menu:



  • -Honey Roasted Turkey Breast (No, I didn't do the WHOLE turkey...we don't eat dark meat)
  • -Praline Sweet Potatoes (This is the BEST recipe, although, I cut back a little on the sugar http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Praline-Sweet-Potatoes/Detail.aspx)
  • -Bread Stuffing
  • -Mashed Potatoes
  • -Green Beans in Ham Sauce
  • -Baked Macaroni & Cheese
  • -Baked Apples
  • -Deviled Eggs (maybe??)
  • -Pumpkin Pie w/ Whipped Cream Topping

So, what are you making? What are you Thankful for?


Happy Thanksgiving!

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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

I hope this works, I hope this works!

I wanted to try out my picture software, and so I decided to make photo layouts of the family (excluding myself)...maybe in another 50 pounds I will do mine...unless, of course, you want me to do one using pictures from 7 years ago...that I may be open to...haha!
Well, I think it worked!







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Are We Mean?

Yesterday, I had an encounter with a nice elderly couple. An elderly man was driving a large Lincoln Continental and was parking it in the all-too-small space next to me. Luckily, my parking wasn't the greatest, so I was far enough over the opposing line that he could fit. Anyhow, realizing that he was going to back out, and park again, I rolled my window down and motioned for him to park, that he was 'ok.' I proceeded to change my all-too-poopy baby, when the elderly woman, his wife, thanked ME for being so polite commenting, "It is so nice to meet such a nice young lady now a days." At first, I didn't think anything of it, and told her it wasn't anything.

Well, while changing the baby, the couple came back to their car to find HE LOCKED HIS KEYS in the car! So, it was raining, I was finished changing a poopy diaper and I told the lady, who was walking with a cane in the rain (I wasn't intentionally rhyming), to come in my van to sit. So, she did and her husband used my phone to call AAA. While he was on the phone, the woman began telling me how this was the 2ND time he had done this...haha.

Anyhow, after a few minutes of "answering a million questions," quoting him, of course, he was finished. He thanked me and asked me if he OWED ME ANYTHING FOR MY HELP!!!!!! I was shocked and as politely as I could, and in a very caring voice, I said, "You don't even owe me an apology, it was my pleasure." Him and his wife both claimed me to be an Angel in disguise and we both went along our way (I went directly to the trash can to throw out that HORRID DIAPER)...haha.

Well, the reason I am sharing this is because it shocked me that our Silver Threads think of us as not being polite, caring, compassionate, and perhaps self centered. I couldn't believe he thought he would "Owe Me" something. I just hope I made them see that SOME OF US are caring, compassionate, polite and willing to serve others when they need us the most (which, in my opinion, I really didn't do anything I wasn't supposed to do in that situation...I would hope that someone in my position would help my Nana, whom I love dearly, if she were locked out of her car, in the rain)!

So, go win one for the home team, and let's show our aging parents and grand parents we aren't the Generation of Self!

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Monday, November 23, 2009

"Not Me" Monday

This week has been filled with the unexpected.

Last night, our hot water did not suddenly stop working right before bath time. I, subsequently, did not try to boil water to pour in the bath tub to give our babies a warm bath. Even if I had, I certainly wouldn't have filled the pot all the way to the top with water so that when I went to pick it up to take it into the bathroom, I spilled rapidly boiling water all over my hands causing 2nd degree burns. Who would have done something so stupid? Not me!

Also, I did not partake in trying to fix the problem of our hot water by shutting off a leaky valve on our bedroom bath tub that you could only access by moving our washer machine to get access to the valve stem. I most certainly did not find the most disgusting lint build-up under the said-washing machine. It certainly would not have been so bad that I would spend an hour cleaning it up. That's really GROSS (no pun intended).

Then, this morning, my son did not have such a massive poop on the way to the doctors that it went up his back and out of his diaper and on to his clothes. I did not accidentally get you know what on my hands and, and even if I would have, I would not have wiped it off with baby wipes and followed up with hand sanitizer instead of running to wash them! Had that happened, I would have certainly washed thoroughly and then followed up with sanitizer! Certainly!

What have you Not done this week?

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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Words...It's Your Choice

I felt compelled to write this post today. No, it is not about my children, rather it is about words.

I have been dealing with a new VP at work who, let's just say, is not favorable of work-at-home situations. Fortunately, she is not my supervisor, nor is she my boss's supervisor. However, some words she has written hit me very hard...to the point of tears. Since school started, my children have been sick on and off. It caused me to miss a Friday or two in the office. Now, if anyone knows me well enough, not being in the office doesn't prevent me from getting my work done, however, she felt the need to inform not only my boss, but the President of my absences. Based on my 7 years of dedication to my company, neither my boss nor the President were concerned, however, I was utterly devastated. I devote my entire being to my family and my job and was so hurt by the idea that someone, who hasn't even been at my company for 5 months, could possibly do something like that and accuse me of not being dependable. I never knew I could be so hurt by someone elses judgement.

Well, this morning, that VP sent ME an email telling me how much of a valuable colleague I am to her. And how she sees that I completely focus my work, not only on my accounting duties, but on the ENTIRE organization. I was so HAPPY!!!!!

So, I just want to say WORDS, no matter spoken or written, have a HUGE affect on the people you direct them towards. While negative words can cause hurt and pain, positive words can certainly make one feel BETTER!

So, if you have a choice, which you do, choose to speak positive words of encouragement. You will certainly make someone feel better, even if they weren't feeling bad to begin with. And, if someone directs negative comments towards you, take it lightly and be kind in return...because that same person may just realize the errs of their ways.

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Monday, November 16, 2009

Not Me, Monday!


OK, this is my first time participating in "Not Me, Monday" so I will do my best.

First thing I could think about happened just last night. After Eva had her bath, she did not get her feet dirty by walking on our front porch without shoes. I did not, in turn, clean her feet with baby wipes and send her off to bed. Not me!

I did not choose to not cook dinner last night and instead serve Kids Cuisine to Eva, leftover breakfast to Joe (biscuits/gravy/eggs) and an apple and eggs to Jr instead of cooking a wholesome dinner. Not me!

I also did not agree to watch/take care of my friend's very large dog for an indefinite amount of time until he can get a better home for him...not me, because certainly I am not an avid animal enthusiast. The dog did not POOP IN MY HOUSE LAST NIGHT...that would have been gross! And I certainly would not have grabbed toilet paper and an empty Cheetos bag to pick up the remnants of his activity and spray and wipe it up half asleep with toilet paper as well. NOT ME!

And this is not my official First Not Me Monday Post...Not me!

What didn't you do this week?

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Thursday, November 12, 2009

Boy Will Be Boys!


This is Joe Jr and his buddy Tre (they are about six months apart)...Aren't they just adorable?
Boys will be boys! But aren't they cute?


Look at those beautiful eyes!

And time for a funny picture!
We love playing Peek-A-Boo! Wanna Play?
Here I am!
Peek-A-Boo!


I Found You!

And Now, I am Going to Get You!


Like I said, boys will be boys! And I just adore this one!

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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Eva's First School Performance

I just wanted to post Eva's first school performance...I know she is destined for stardom! I have loved her voice since she was born and this performance prooves it...she can sing and dance (not that you can really distinguish her voice)...But, I can confirm she is ok and didn't suffer any trauma from the speaker falling on her head...Poor Baby!
You have to click here to view it on You Tube:
Enjoy!

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Noise, a Blessing!

Today, as I sit here typing this, the children (home from school for election day) are fighting and whining about who gets what toy or who gets to play with the piece of scrap fleece I cut last night to make blankets for Girl Scouts (yes, a piece of scrap fleece which I ended up cutting in half so they both can have a piece). As I sit here, again, listening to my three children making tons of ever-so-distracting noise, I am GRATEFUL. Yes, I am grateful that my children fight, that they cry, that I never seem to have a quiet moment when they are all home. For so many mothers don't have this opportunity to experience the chaos of their children. I am Blessed to have such chaos in my presence. Thank You, God, for blessing me with 3 sets of healthy hearts, lungs and minds...for without these my life would be ever-so-quiet. Thank you for the NOISE for it means I have three healthy children. May each and every day be filled with noise.

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Friday, October 30, 2009

A Year In Time!

I just wanted to post some pictures from this last year...my, how time flies. We've had births, birthdays, snow and so much more...What a blessing this year has been. See for yourself!
We had a Baby!


We had a baby in the NICU!

We Celebrated Jesus's Birthday!

We had Snow!
We had Birthdays!
We snuggled!

We Ate and Grew (or grew from eating)!
We Celebrated Easter!
We went to Nana's

We Girl Scout-ed!

We went to the Beach (and the aquarium and Go-Karting) in North Carolina!

We went to the ZOO!
We had our 1st day of School!

We had our 1st School Performance!

We Jumped on the Trampoline for the first time!


We Trick or Treated...in the rain!


See, I told you we had a busy year! And, I bet there is so much more we did that I can't even remember...Because I also TURNED 3o this year! AHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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