Saturday, October 31, 2009

What a Weekend

Things are much the same here EXCEPT we have two very sick little boys. Double ear infection and sinus infections along with a nasty dry cough that brings vomiting st times (many times) has been a rough ride lately..........2 weeks ago, three days before leaving for our beach trip we made the trip to Children's with severe abdominal has been rough. All total 4 doctor's visits for each of the boys in the last 4 weeks and the hospital trip for little John........i am so thankful for insurance. We are still dealing with issues from c. diff (almost three yeas later).......the cause for the trip to Children's. I am just really rambling here. Sorry for that. I am so tired and sick of being sick. I would love it if my boys were well..........especially before Tuesday's surgery for mommy. The front of my face feels like it is gonna just blow off.......the pressure is so intense (nah, I'm not too wimpy about pain.........after open heart surgery I only took 2 pain pills and was out of the hospital in 2 days). However, this pressure is awful! i can deal with me........Lord please make the boys well. Their appetites are awful, what little we can manage to get them to eat, they end up losing from the harsh coughing. They are on a very strong prescription cough med, it is just too weak for this cough.

I hope this all makes sense, or at least some......I am not proofing this, sorry. I am waiting up to give another dose of meds and I am too tired.

I know there are many families and children much worse off than mine but God hears ALL prayers, please send one up for my boys. Bless you!

God's speed and blessings!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

A Rather Shocking Day

I have been having a few different health issues and they all are rather serious. However, today I went for a CT and I got some rather shocking news...there is a serious problem and ............................I am scheduled for surgery early next week. The doctor asked if I could be prepared for surgery in the morning.........WHAT? That soon? Yes, that soon he replied. Geez! since I could not it will take place next week. I prefer not to discuss the details here on the ole blog though. The surgery will leave me with the wind knocked out of my sails for a week (says the doctor) and full recovery will take 6-8 weeks.

The last time I was fully put under anesthesia was when I had open heart surgery and I would be lying to say that I am not nervous. I AM.......terribly!

I WILL however will still be taking orders and overseeing my little mix business (I have a couple of my regular employees ready for your business) please place those orders................we will need the income.......

AS WE RECEIVED MORE SHOCKING NEWS THIS AFTERNOON........ without disclosing too much information for safety reasons..........
John's last regular work day will be Friday......OF THIS WEEK! He technically will still be employed by the same company but there will be no regular work and that means little or no paycheck(s). It is difficult to explain, there are other companies, government agencies and lots of contract information involved.

God will take care of us, all the way around........I know this without a doubt but I am only I am asking for your prayers and comments.......if you have never prayed or commented now is your chance.;)

Thank you all and I hope to see you around soon, when able..........


Friday, October 23, 2009

Beach Trip 2009

We had a great beach vacation! We went down on Monday and came home on Thursday! The boys had a blast (and so did Mommy and Daddy!)!

We ate great seafood, oh my goodness, it was so delicious! We ate at Hazel's, The Original Oyster House, Cosmo's and Jake's Steak and Seafood Grill! We ate at Cracker Barrel on the way down and Waffle House on the way home. While there we cooked breakfast a couple of times and lunch once.

This is where we stayed (The Phoenix West)! It was awesome!

Here are the boys and John on the beach for the first time after we arrived.

Here are John, Mason and James (His Mom and Dad came with us also). What a spectular view!

We went to the zoo on Tuesday morning. It was beautiful and well kept. The boys always love seeing the animals!

Here is little John having a blast in the wind with the sand!

And Mason had to bring the tractors with dig you know!

Here is the sunset at The Wharf.

Here are my boys hanging out with their Daddy on Tuesday morning while awaiting Ms. Julie's famous bacon omelets.

Here is the view of the beach from oour 19th floor condo.........fantastic!

The ocean from our condo balcony........what a terrific view!

Here are the boys on Wednesday morning for our little photo shoot........non-professional I might add.

Here is all of us........this one is going to be framed for the grandparents for Christmas presents.

Well, we are back and I am catching up on reading blogs. I also came home with bronchitis and the boys with colds (we made a stop by the peds office on the way in). Hope we all are feeling better soon.
Have you ever been to the Orange Beach /Gulf Shores areas?
Where do you vacation? Do you like the beach?
What have you been up to this past week? Hope all is well!

Thursday, October 15, 2009


I just wanted to let you know that Marva's Mixes is open for business! So........check it out and start your Christmas shopping early!


Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Fall Made It's Appearance and Our Decorations Did Too!

Fall is my favorite season of the year. I love everything about it! October is my favorite month. Here are a few things in and around my house we have adorned with fall decor.

This wreath was made by and used by my mil before she fell ill to cancer, before she passed away she gave it to me. I will treasure it always. It is seen hanging on my front porch light fixture.
This is scarecrow man. Or possibly woman, picked up at Michael's for $5.99. He is guarding the boys pumpkins!

Here is mini scarecrow man. He is guarding the mini bounty found on the china hutch. He was bought at Dollar General for $1.

This Fall angel was made by my Mom and me 5 or 6 years ago. She won 1st place in the county fair that year. The jar of fall treats is no other than half candy corn and half dry roasted peanuts shook up good (to mix) and stored in airtight container. That treat taste just like a PayDay candy bar.

Last but not least is this fall arrangement that my friend Deb and I made. I saw one at Michael's and it was priced at $59.99. That was outrageous. We bought all of the stuff and made it ourselves for less than $15.00! It might have taken 15 minutes to put it together. I used it for a centerpiece for our table for a party a couple of weeks back.

Have you decorated for Fall yet? Blessings!!!!!!

Keeping Up With the Happenings

It has been eventful around eventful (or eruptive) mommies all know what I mean! "I gomma bomit!" That statement is never least we were not on the carpet but in the kitchen.......which is worse? It's all yucky. John and Mason both are sick with coughs, congestion, runny noses. No fever but some greeny yuck from their noses. Then I was giving John his antibiotic this morning and he started coughing......I mean really coughing and I stopped about half way through. Then he said the above statement and IT happened. He had just had breakfast. Double Yuck! He got a dose of high power cough medicine and now is finally eating some dry Cheerios. Mason is fine (as well as can be). I hope they get well soon!

Last weekend we had our huge semi-annual yard sale. The weather men were predicting rain. And they were actually rained for a very short time on us twice! We made it though at least through lunch. From 8am until 12 pm we sold $580.25 for 4 families. We all were thrilled and had it packed up before 1pm. There were some things left and we all have raided our houses again......looking for more to add. We are going to have another one the first weekend of November.

I guess that is about all I have for now........

Have a great day and blessings!!!

Backing Tracking to October 10th.......11 Years

We celebrated our eleven year anniversary on Saturday (night-to be exact). We had a sitter and decided to go eat and to a movie (and to Sam's Club- Haha!)

We went to Lonestar (I had a coupon from there for my birthday, for an entree up to $15) to eat. I chose a steak dinner with a salad and baked potato. John had the trio with bbq chicken, steak medallions and fried shrimp with a salad and a baked potato. Then we had the chocolate something the other for dessert for our anniversary (it was also free)! ;)

We then went and got our movie tickets. We usually only go once a year to the movies. This year there was NOT much worth seeing. I had a $3 coupon off on each movie ticket that made them $6.50 each.........compared to the regular $9.50 each. Ouch!!! I thought that was high......I went to the ladies room and John got us the 2 drink and large popcorn combo..........Then he said that was $18.75.............NO!!!!!!! That is just crazy!!! After seeing the movie we should have just stayed home! I was embarrassed and I was thinking that the parents that had brought their 6-8-10 year old kids to see it had to be also! It was rated PG-13 but it should have been rated R! Enough said.

This is the movie tickets, the roses John got me and our leftover supper. It was yummy!

Here we are just before we left for our date. I felt like a school girl again! LOL!

How do you usually celebrate your anniversary? Have you seen any decent movies lately? What does going the cinemas cost in your neck of the woods?

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Sunday Morning

Thiese were taken this past Sunday morning. The boys looked too cute, posing for me not to take their pictures. The top two are of John and the bottom two are of Mason. I sure do love my little boys.


Monday, October 12, 2009

Building Tall Towers

The boys love building with these cardboard blocks. Here are a few pictures below......

This is Mason with a block "mustache".
Here is John as a "blockhead". Hehe!

Look what our little Elmo builders made..........


Sunday, October 11, 2009

Fried Apple Pie Day

A couple of weeks ago I made fried apple pies. They were so yummy and by the time I shared all of the three dozen with friends and relatives there were none left. Needless to say there have since been several requests for another fried apple pie day........

Excuse the messy kitchen below, it shows the true view of pie day.

The aftermath.... a clean kitchen and a few plates of yummy pies.

Do ya'll make fried pies? What are your favorite kind? Blessings!!!

Friday, October 9, 2009

Birthday Memories

Here are some pictures from my special day. The boys got me a wonderful card that had the sticker (on me in the picture below). It said "#1 Mom"....too cute! Excuse my appearance.

The boys and John got me two cards, a 4 qt. RED crock pot, a new Bible, a Mom's pocket planner, a great ceramic coffee mug that says bargain shopper and has a Proverbs 31 verse on it and a beautiful angel (most all of this is pictured below).

I got a cute card from my aunt, a card and a pan of ham rolls (my favorite) from my friend Connie. My brother and his family gave me $20 and a Cinnamon Stick candle from Bath & Body Works (yum!).

My parents paid for a cut and highlight, gave me $50, a shirt, a manicure set, a gift cert for a manicure, a $30 gift card to Factory Connection, a $30 gift card to Cato's, a HUGE potted mum and a great little party. They are pictured below with me. My Mom made me a tasty peanut butter cake and it was soooooooo GOOD!

I had a great birthday and am looking forward to getting all I can out of my 33rd year! I am so blessed!


Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Thirty Three

I am at work today (I typed this last night) and it is my 33rd birthday. John took me to lunch yesterday and I got to go shopping! I found several great things for me, yes, just me!!! I hope you have a great day too!


Thursday, October 1, 2009

Busy Day!

Today has been one those "crazy and busy days"! My parents have been out of town for a few days and we have been going non-stop! This is what was on my agenda today.....

  • up, devotion, got ready
  • boys up, ready, fed breakfast off to school
  • newspaper office (ad for yard sale next weekend)
  • Wal-mart
  • post office
  • deposit yesterday's sales
  • Piggly Wiggly
  • empty dishwasher
  • take out trash
  • go into work for 2 hours
  • menu plan for October
  • send out a few emails
  • clean out both fridges/freezers
  • inventory fridges/freezers/pantry/cupboards
  • pay for an Ebay purchase
  • make calls
  • divide 15#'s of cooked ground chuck for freezer
  • handwash a few dishes and pots and pans
  • pay bills
  • balance checkbook
  • supper (roast, cornbread, butterpeas and mac & cheese)

Well, the cornbread is almost ready to come out of the oven and I've got to get supper over to my parents and pick up the boys! Hope you've had a blessed day!

What was on your agenda today? Blessings!!!