Jan 28, 2010

Not a Good Week

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It started on Monday when I started feeling sick to my stomach and just not feeling like myself, on Tuesday I was a little worse, still sick to my stomach with a headache that would not give up and my body was aching all over, on Wednesday I basically watched the kids while lying on the couch for most of the day, wishing I could have a sick day! Ayla was not thrilled with the idea of making lunch, breakfast and dinner for herself and Brennan, so I did have to drag my aching body off of the couch to do that! Trust me, they took full advantage of my sickness... I will have proof in later posts..lol! To make matters worse, John was on call Monday and Tuesday and worked late both days ....on Wednesday evening John decided to take the kids out for a little bit so I could have some time by myself. Kaleb was skiing with his school so I had the perfect opportunity to get a little rest and relaxation. Until.....

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The phone rang and Kaleb's number popped up on my screen, I got a bad feeling right away that something was not right because it was early and he usually does not call until he is on his way home. I answered the phone to a girl saying Kaleb needs to talk to you. Kaleb gets on the phone and says, "Mom I think I broke something". My heart sank, trying not to panic, "what do you mean, are you okay? He continued to tell me that he had an accident and landed on his shoulder the wrong way and could not move his arm. Once they got him inside and evaluated him, they said that his bone (clavicle) was definitely protruding from under his skin. Of course I am in bed feeling like I have been hit with a sledge hammer feeling terrible that I could not be there for my son. They decided to end the ski trip early and head back home so we can take Kaleb to the hospital.


It took an hour and a half for him to get home. John had called a friend of ours and arranged to take Kaleb straight in for an x ray when he got home. Some shoulder fractures require surgery right away but 90% of them only require immoblization of your arm in a sling for 6 to 8 weeks. Kaleb's fracture does not require surgery at this time but in a couple of weeks if it is not healing like it is supposed to then he may have to have surgery. Being an OR nurse, I know this is one of the most painful fractures you can have. With that being said, he is being a trooper. We are giving him his pain meds consistently so he will not be in pain. He is pretty bummed because he was getting ready to go snowboarding in Colorado with Mamaw Sandy in two weeks and he only got to go on two ski trips with his school. I know things could always be worse and I am very thankful that they are not! So we are praying for a quick recovery for Kaleb and hoping that his fracture heals properly so he does not have to have surgery.

Today is the first day that I have felt more like myself. My stomach is still bothering me but at least my headache is gone and I dont feel like I have been ran over by a mac truck..lol..Im sure a lot of it is due to stress as well, I worried about Kaleb all night and was up frequently checking on him. So, I am hoping the weekend goes much better than my week and that my sickness does not spread to anyone else!

What a week! Oh, and I forgot to mention that Brennan is getting new teeth in and has been up several nights this week, he just grinds his teeth over and over...last night he was up from 1:30 until 5:30, so throw almost no sleep on top of everything else...SWEET!! Okay, sorry for complaining... but sometimes you just have to do it!!

I hope everyone has a GREAT weekend, I know I am looking forward to one!!!!

Jan 26, 2010

Wordless Wednesday.......almost

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I should have known better.............

Kaleb's Winter Formal Pictures!

Here is a few pictures of my "first baby" going to his "first" Winter Formal on Saturday and proof that they do grow up..sniff, sniff... He was so handsome in his Tux and his date is just stunning!!


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Of course we could not leave Ayla and Brennan out!

Brennan was flirting with Kaleb's date, he could not keep his eyes off of her, he kept turning around and looking at her and he had the biggest smile on his face, it was so cute!


Oh boy, I think I am going to have my hands full one day soon!!

Jan 24, 2010

Will You Pray For Haiti


It has been on my heart lately to write a post about Haiti. We watched the fundraising event on t.v Friday night and I can not stop thinking about what these people in Haiti are going through. I could barely hold back my tears as I sat and watched it with Ayla. I explained to Ayla what had happened and why the boys and girls had bandages on and told her that we needed to pray for them. She immediately went to her dad and said, "awe daddy look at the poor little girls and boys in Haiti", John was then on the verge of tears and suggested that we should adopt one of these Haitian children. I told him that it was nearly impossible for the people who have been trying to adopt for years to even get them NOW under these dire circumstances. It makes me so mad that the government makes it nearly impossible to adopt these children who do not even have food to eat.

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If you notice on the side of my blog, thanks to my bloggy friend Stephanie, I have added a Red Cross donation button. If you wish to give a donation, just click on it and it will take you directly to the Red Cross website where you can give a donation. You can also use a cell phone to text the message HAITI to 90999 and a $10 donation will be made from the cell phone account to the Red Cross for earthquake emergency relief.

I know times are hard and everyone may not be able to donate at this time, but will you please do one thing for me? Will you please pray for the people of Haiti, that God will be with them and comfort a Nation of loss and mourning.?I wish I could do more, I feel so guilty that I have the skills to go over there and help these people medically, but there is just no way that I can. I would go in a heartbeat if I could! It will take a long time before I can lay in bed at night and not feel guilty that I HAVE a bed to lay in....I wish I could do more....feel free to grab the Red Cross button if you would like, just go to Stephanie's blog and the html code is on her side bar.

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Thank you for praying with me!

Jan 21, 2010

Favorite Places To Shop

Today I decided to join in the fun at Kelly's Korner and participate in this weeks "Show Us Your Life". Today the topic is "favorite places to shop". If there is one thing I like to do, it is shop, so I thought I would share some of my favorite places to shop. First off, I live in West Virginia and believe me when I tell you that we DO NOT have a alot of GOOD shopping here. I mean we have a Macey's and a Gap and a Gymboree for the kids and thats about it! Pretty sad,hu? I do at least 90% of my shopping on line and of course when we go out of town, I usually try to do some shopping then. Trust me, I am ALWAYS looking for a bargain and I hardly EVER buy anything if it is not on sale!


I mostly shop for my kids, I rarely ever buy anything for myself and buying for my kids is what makes me happy anyway! I do not like buying myself clothes right now because I am still not at the weight I want to be at so I refuse to buy myself anything until I lose weight. I am a beauty product junkie, so occasionally I will buy something from Sephora. Love this store! I also love Target for everyday items and go there at least once a week if not more. If I am buying for the house, I like to shop at Homegoods,T.J Maxx, Marshall's, and Pier One.

Okay on to the fun part. I am addicted to Ebay and Etsy. If you do your research and spend the time, you can get some great deals on ebay. If I find a boutique item that I really want, I will find it on ebay and most likely always get it for a lot less. I also like to buy custom clothing on ebay. If you click on clothing, shoes and accessories, under infants and toddlers there is a link that says "custom clothing" click on that and have fun!! I promise you, if you do this, you will be addicted like me!!! Here are a couple of sets that we have got from ebay..




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If you have not shopped on Etsy, you must go there NOW..lol. Everything is hand made and I love to buy Ayla cute custom made outfits from there. One of my favorite stores on Etsy is Icandie, Laura is the owner, she is sooo nice and the quality of her work is amazing! Here is Ayla in some of her Icandie dresses



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Another Etsy store is Kissing Kumquats, Kerri makes the cutest knot dresses and if you ask her, she will make a matching pair of ruffle pants for just about anything. She has made us several pair of ruffle pants and we love them.



Here are a few more links to other Etsy stores that I like

Ginger Louise Clothing
Sweet Plume

Okay my new found love is Matilda Jane Clothing. I honestly had not ever heard of MJ until I started seeing it on different blogs. I started doing research and found the MJ blog and website and I have been hooked ever since. Here is Ayla in some of my favortie MJ sets. If you are a fan of MJ, they are going to be having a sale soon, I have heard maybe 60% off so keep checking the MJ blog and they will let you know when it will start. I will also post the sale on my blog!


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Okay, can you see why I LOVE Matilda Jane???

Other Online Boutique store's that I like.......

lovesmenot- this is a custom boutique- LOVE IT!

Okay you didn't think I could leave Brennan out did you? I buy most of his clothes from Gymboree, Gap and Old Navy. But my MOST FAVORITE store to buy for him is MINI BODEN. I love, love Mini Boden, they have the cutest appliqued shirts for boys and girls. If you get on their website and request a cataolg, they will send you free shipping codes and discounts all the time. I have never had to pay shipping from Mini Boden which helps, because they are in the UK. Here is Brennan in his Mini Boden....the shorts are so cute and soft. I especially love buying for him in the summer!

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Okay, I hope you have enjoyed some of my favorite places to shop! I can't wait to go and see where everyone else likes to shop. I am sure I will be able to add a few more places on to my list...lol. I hope everyone has a great weekend!!

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Until the next time!!!!