Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Truth about my past...

I am setting this up to publish ahead of time on Wednesday. Hopefully, I am recovering in the hospital from my hysterectomy and things are going well. I appreciate all the thoughts and prayers and I will be back as soon as I feel able to update everyone! 

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A friend of mine posted this recently on facebook, and I thought I would share it here. Basically, you answer the questions to learn more about each other. Play along if you would like! 

Tattoos? 0
Marriages? 1
Divorces? 0
Pregnancies? 5
Children? 3 on earth, 2 in Heaven
Surgeries? 4
Gotten a ticket? Yes
Been to Jail? No
Shot a gun? No
Quit a job? Yes
Flew on a plane? No
Gone 100MPH in a car? No
Hit a deer? No
Carried a dead animal? No
Gone zip lining? No
Been in school detention/ suspension? Yes

So what about you? Ready to tell the truth?  

Monday, August 22, 2016

Easy dinner meals for my husband to make this week

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As we head into this week, and as I am facing surgery tomorrow, I took everyone's advice and made sure we had easy to fix meals on hand for my husband to make this week. We are trying to keep things regular for the kids as much as possible, so I also took into mind what kinds of foods they like.

Instead of assigning different meals to each night like I would normally do, I have just made a list that my dear Husband can pick and choose from. Whatever isn't fixed this week will be moved to next week.

Here are the choices for this week: 

  • Lasagna (frozen in freezer)
  • Hamburger helper
  • Hot dogs and baked beans
  • Chicken patties with veggies
  • Macaroni and cheese and peas
  • Fish sticks, french fries and a veggie
  • Manwich, green beans and carrots
  • Waffles, sausage links, and fruit
  • Frozen pizza and fruit
I have every confidence in my husband's ability to feed the kids and to make things run smoothly this week and beyond. He has been great about helping out around the house and taking charge. He has really been amazing through all of this. 

Friday, August 19, 2016

Thanks and an update to my to-do list

First of all, I want to thank everyone for the kind words on my last post about my surgery date. I am freaking out, but I know that in the long run this is best for the well being of my life. I appreciate all the thoughts and prayers more than any of you know! 

Speaking of surgery, the other day I made a to-do list of things I wanted to get done before my surgery date. So let's see how I am doing on my list and what I still need to work on: 
  • Take the kids to get a new outfit and tennis shoes for school
  • Clean/straighten up our bedroom
  • All trash out to curb
  • Straighten boys' room
  • Go to library to get books for recovery time
  • Clean out the corner of the living room where I will be spending much of my time recovering
  • sweep living room, including under tv stand
  • dust living room
  • doctor appointment
  • mark school supplies
  • menu plan for this week and next week
  • write and schedule book review blog posts
  • pack bag for hospital
  • mop kitchen, dining room and bathroom floors
  • pay ALL bills for the rest of the month
  • Invoice and mail bills for 2 tutoring clients that still owe
  • text Dad to see if he can take Rebecca next Sunday to a show
  • Fill out paperwork for school
  • School open houses for kids
  • Kids back to school
  • Chore chart for kids for back to school 
So I am not doing too bad on my list. Really the 2 biggest things I want to get done that are still remaining is the dusting and sweeping of living room (since that is where I will be spending the majority of my time when I am home) and having my hubby mopping the floors. I haven't had a lot of energy this week, and my bleeding started again in earnest so I have been resting a lot! 

Today I haven't felt too bad. I did have a panic attack last night when I thought about next week, but I know that is normal. I took the kids to school today and then made a run to Kroger to get milk, yogurt and junk food to get through this weekend and for hubby for next week. Then I came home and laid down to rest. I find that I can be on my feet for a little bit and then if I sit and/or lay to rest then it is better for my body. 

I am hoping to get the rest of the cleaning done this weekend as I think I will be too busy stressing on Monday-- LOL. Actually I have a pre-op appointment at the hospital Monday and I am taking Monday to just try to relax

Well, I need to go feed the kiddos (it's pizza and movie night!)...Hope everyone has a lovely Friday night!    

Thursday, August 18, 2016

I have a date for surgery

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So I met with my doctor yesterday morning for a pre-op appointment. Basically to sign final paperwork and to get this soap solution I have to use the night before and the morning of my surgery. He also confirmed that the plan is to take everything except my ovaries, unless he gets in there and sees something wrong with one or both ovaries. He also confirmed that I have a surgery date.

My surgery is scheduled for next Tuesday, August 23. 

I have conflicting feelings about this. I will be glad to have the medical issues done. But I am also scared big time. 

I guess for now I am just glad to have a date. 

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday: Back to School

Today was back to school for the kiddos. Benjamin headed off to his second year of preschool. Jacob is entering 1st grade and Rebecca is entering 4th grade! Where oh where has time gone? 







Here's to a wonderful 2016-2017 school year for my kids! 

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Beach time, pool time and our anniversary

I am recapping our family summer vacation to Indian Beach, NC. To read more of our adventure, here are the days I have recapped so far: 
DAY 1: We went to Indian Beach
DAY 2: Ghost crabs and beach and pool time  
DAY 3: Fort Macon, Yummy food and date night
DAY 4: HOT weather and great ice cream
DAY 5, Part 1: Went to Raleigh to meet a friend from Australia
DAY 5, Part 2: 17 sea gulls and walking on the beach at night
DAY 6: Sunrise, Aquarium, mini-golf, Good food and Storms 
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Saturday, July 16, was our last full day in Indian Beach, North Carolina. We had done everything on our list that we wanted to do during our vacation, so we just wanted to have a low key kind of day. Saturday also happened to be mine and Bill's 11th wedding anniversary.



We started the day out by going out to the beach for a final morning of playing in the ocean and building sand castles. There was relaxing in chairs and building in the sand and maybe a water fight or 2 with the kids and Bill. 





After our beach time, we decided to head out to The Village Market deli for lunch. I ended up having a yummy chicken salad croissant for lunch. While we were waiting for our food, Ben and I had fun taking silly selfies.





After lunch, we headed back to the condo and decided to spend some time at the pool. The kids loved being in the pool and Jacob even got brave and started putting his face in it. 





Later in the evening, Bill and I left the kids with my sister at the condo and decided to head out for our anniversary dinner. We ended up at a restaurant named "Flipperz" which is funny because I had told Bill before we went on vacation that I did not want to go there, as when we were there 2 years before the service was lousy and the food wasn't good. Well I am glad he insisted. The service was good and the food was also very good. 





I had a drink called a "flip-flop" which was rum, pina colada, and strawberry mix. It was YUMMY! For dinner, I had a steak that was really good as well. And since it was our anniversary, we shared a yummy chocolate lava cake! It was definitely extravagant but your anniversary only comes once a year, right? 



After our dinner, we decided to head back to the condo so that we could take one more walk on the beach at night. The weather was fantastic. The kids had fun filling up a bottle with sand to take home to remember our trip! 




During our walk, the kids had fun running in the waves and having fun. At one point, Rebecca fell backwards and got soaked and just laughed and laughed. It was a wonderful memory of our last night. 

 
The rest of the evening was spent, packing up all of our stuff, doing laundry, loading the van and getting things ready to leave the next morning. 



On Sunday morning, we returned our keys and headed back on the road to Ohio. It was bittersweet to leave the coast and I do miss it. Our drive home was uneventful, which was good. The kids did like that we stopped at McDonald's for lunch (as we had had a no fast food rule during the week). 


We got home in great time, glad to be back home and basking in the memories of our great week on the Indian Beach coast of North Carolina.  

Monday, August 15, 2016

Busy week ahead...prepping for surgery....

More pretty flowers from my sweet neighbor.

Well I have a busy week this week...back to school is this week. Oh and did I mention that there is a good possibility my hysterectomy is going to be next week! I will know more on Wednesday when I see my OB/GYN again...however, it seems pretty likely that my surgery will be next week. 

To say that I am freaking out is an understatement. I am still in pain from this weekend and am still bleeding. I have things to do but I also must listen to my body and rest as much as possible. 

My husband is freaking out as well. He has no idea how he will do everything that needs to be done. He is entering his crazy busy time at work and his work just doesn't care about what is going on here at home. I have told him not to worry, but he is very overwhelmed. 

I am trying to get as much done as I can before I go in for surgery so that he doesn't worry as much. But it is going to be hard. 

That being said, I made out a list last night of what I want to get done by next week. Some of these are must dos, and others are if I feel like it they can get done. 

I am hoping to work my way through this list this week with the help of my kids and husband but we shall see.

This is what I would like to get done this week:

  • Take the kids to get a new outfit and tennis shoes for school
  • Clean/straighten up our bedroom
  • All trash out to curb
  • Straighten boys' room
  • Go to library to get books for recovery time
  • Clean out the corner of the living room where I will be spending much of my time recovering
  • sweep living room, including under tv stand
  • dust living room
  • doctor appointment
  • mark school supplies
  • menu plan for this week and next week
  • write and schedule book review blog posts
  • pack bag for hospital
  • mop kitchen, dining room and bathroom floors
  • pay ALL bills for the rest of the month
  • Invoice and mail bills for 2 tutoring clients that still owe
  • text Dad to see if he can take Rebecca next Sunday to a show
  • Fill out paperwork for school
  • School open houses for kids
  • Kids back to school
  • Chore chart for kids for back to school
I think I should be able to get most of these things done if I set my mind to it, but ultimately it will depend on how I feel.