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Prince Noah and the School Pirates by Silke Schnee


It’s time for young Prince Noah to go to school. The prince, who starred in the book The Prince Who Was Just Himself, may be a little slower than other students, but he has no less joy in learning. In his kingdom, children go to school on sailing ships. There is a ship for girls and one for boys. There is a ship for children with an eye patch, a ship for children with one leg, and a ship for children who are slower learners. No one knows why there are so many different ships, but it has always been that way.

Then a terrible storm drives the ships into the hands of pirates. The boys and girls realize that they will only escape if everyone does what he or she does best. Through their adventures, they learn that diversity makes us strong and that every person has something to teach us.

This delightfully illustrated fairy tale instills appreciation for children with Down syndrome and other developmental challenges, making it a valuable aid for teaching toleran…

My hysterectomy story: the first week

I am chronically my recovery from my TAH (total abdominal hysterectomy with tubes also taken) that I had on Tuesday August 23rd. To read about the day of surgery, you can go here


Tuesday night, I did end up getting hooked up to oxygen as my oxygen levels kept dropping when I would go to sleep. It was a reaction to the anesthesia and pain meds. Wednesday morning, I was awaken very early by the nurses to get vitals, take the oxygen off and to take my catheter out. The goal for that day was to get me to go to the bathroom and walk to and from the bathroom by myself and to control my pain. 

Wednesday morning, I ordered breakfast of an omelet, blueberry muffin, bacon and fruit. I was told that if I ate then I would feel better. Well it took me almost 2 hours to eat my breakfast. Then I only ate about half of it. I will say that the food as the hospital was restaurant quality and not like your typical hospital food. 

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My hysterectomy story: the day of surgery

Well it has been almost a week since I had my total abdominal hysterectomy and got my tubes taken out as well. I want to say thank you to everyone for their thoughts and prayers. It really meant a lot knowing that I had people that care about me. 

It has been a week of ups and downs and honestly, the recovery has been a lot harder than I have expected. Today was the first day I felt like sitting down at the computer to write about it.

So my hysterectomy was scheduled for 9am last Tuesday. I was supposed to be at the hospital at 7:30AM. Thankfully, my mom agreed to come take the kids to school and to take care of them that day until Bill was able to get them. After waking the kids up and crying with them, I kissed them all bye and Bill and I left for the hospital. The hospital is only 5 minutes away so that was nice. We arrived at 7:25. 

When we arrived, I signed in with ambulatory surgery and they had me go back to get ready and Bill was shown the waiting room. After going back and signi…

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! 


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?

Easy dinner meals for my husband to make this week

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 helperHot dogs and baked beansChicken patties with veggiesMacaroni and cheese and peasFish sticks, french fries and a veggieManwich, green beans and carrotsWaffles, sausage links, and fruitFrozen pizza and fruitI 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 re…

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 schoolClean/straighten up our bedroomAll trash out to curbStraighten boys' roomGo to library to get books for recovery timeClean out the corner of the living room where I will be spending much of my time recoveringsweep living room, including under tv standdust living roomdoctor appointmentmark school suppliesmenu plan for this week and next weekwrite and schedule book review blog postspack bag for hospitalmop kitchen, dining room and bathroom floorspay ALL bills for the rest of the month…

I have a date for surgery

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.

(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! 

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

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 wa…