and kids

and kids

Monday, February 17, 2014

A delayed Valentine Party

Because of the snow our Valentine Parties were delayed to Monday, February 17th.  Regardless, we were still filling out Valentine cards the night before.
(shirtless, of course)  Mac and Daegan were all over the process and getting it done.  Capps, on the other hand.  Bless his heart.  He had to look through his class list and read the card, and look through his list and read the card and then fill it out for the right person.  Rinse and Repeat.  Sorry, Daddy that we waited until 7:45, right before bedtime to start this process.  Welcome to the new working Mommy.....
 Mac loved his party - the Valentine card delivery chaos for 1st graders:
 And then looking through your loot:
 Daegan's class made a bouquet of flowers with tissue paper
 And Capps' class decorated bags and then went bowling
Happy Belated Valentines Day!

Friday, February 14, 2014

Valentines 2014

This is what ours looked like -

Cookies I picked up for the kids at a bakery on the way home from a meeting
 And something for the hubs with a really cool card
Whoa!  That was special!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Lovin' From Lilly

Snowpocalypse or Snowmageddon?

It is so fun to have multiple SNOW posts in one year!  I told the kids to enjoy this Winter because this may not happen again during their childhood.

Yesterday they had a snow day that consisted of an inch or two of icier snow.  It snowed in the morning and then all day it sleeted and rained and just hovered around freezing.  A very yucky day, but of course, the kids played and sledded and built and very dirty (lots of grass included) snowman.

The weather reports indicated we would get 5-8 inches of snow, but it had already turned over to rain and the roads were not that bad.  The kids were doubtful.  We got a text right before dinner that there would be no school on Thursday either because of conditions coming, which was perplexing.

And then it started to snow.

Huge Snowflakes.  And they just kept coming.  And coming.  We watched the Olympics and it kept coming.  We measured and we had 3 inches.  And it kept snowing.  The kids went to bed and I watched Olympics a little more.  A little after midnight, the little kid inside me couldn't handle it any more.  I had to go check things out.

In my flip flops and bathrobe, I went outside and snapped a few photos.
Everything was so pretty.  And then this, we may have even gotten more?
At 7:15 this morning, I popped out of bed.  I wanted to see what the white world looked like (and not just by moonlight) and I wanted the kids to enjoy it before the temperature went above freezing.

I let Omar out and was pleasantly surprised that he loved it too!  I say pleasantly surprised because he hates being cold and he hates being wet?
This was the view from our driveway
And random whiteness
 And, of course, there was a lot of fun going on too!
 Brother/Sister Love/Hate
 Omar taking in all the chaos from the deck!
Tavis (in short sleeves) cleaning off my van - which now has a crack in the windshield that he knows nothing about....
Oh, my goodness what a fun two days!  We didn't have internet today so I wasn't expected to work.  We had plenty of groceries so there was no stress there.  If only the temps had stayed colder a little longer to enjoy the snow longer than a day....

Snowpocalypse or Snowmageddon?  Maybe not - but for us, we can dream, can't we?

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

No Sense of Personal Space

Interestingly, I am not speaking of the kids this time:
When Jason comes home and plops down on the bed after work, Omar immediately thinks it is time to snuggle up!

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Wearing Black Today

I like colorful!

Some would say, for me - the louder, the better.

But today, my heart ached when I woke up.  In Mourning.  All Black.

My fingers actually tremble as I type this entry.

A few weeks ago, a dear friend got a call.  Her sister was pregnant.  Her sister is in her late thirties and has never had a child.  She always wanted to have a child, but was struggling to know if this was a good thing.

Of course, a child, is a blessing.  A gift from God.  I see that.

But to some, they do not see.

My friend was expressing to her sister the blessing side, while the boyfriend was expressing the exact opposite.  Agonizing 24 hour periods of back and forth.  Texts, phone calls, silence.  Prayer.  Texts, phone calls, texts, silence.  Prayer.  Repeat again tomorrow.

Last night, my friend got the call.  The baby no longer was living.  Pregnancy Terminated.  All of the prayer warriors devastated.  I know my friend is devastated never to meet her niece or nephew.  Why do people think this is ok, we ask?  Of course, there is no good answer to this question.

Honestly, I think we all expected this outcome, but we were praying for a miracle.  We were all pleading with God to save the life of this helpless little one that could not fight for them self.  We were praying and praying and praying.  And God did hear our prayers.  He really did.  We are instructed to pray, no matter what.  God has a plan, that might not be what we are praying for, but we are still instructed to pray.  And we are instructed to trust that His plan is perfect.

So, now my prayer is peace for my friend.  This has weighed very heavily on her over the last few weeks.  And now she is sorrowful for the decision her sister has made.  I pray she has peace that she honored God and did what she could to instruct her sister the best she knew how.

And for her sister, I do not pray for peace.  I pray for absolute turmoil in her heart and unbearable sorrow that will bring her to seek ultimate healing.  I pray that this awful thing in her life will bring her to the Lord.

So, today I wore all black.

Except bright red lipstick.  To symbolize the blood of Christ that can heal all sin.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Putin And Tavis

So, as we sit around the dinner table, actually having good dinner conversation Tavis says,

"Would you get put in jail if you went to a busy city in Russia and yelled STOP  PUTIN!"

say this out loud to yourself and think boys and gas

Of course, he wasn't asking this because he wanted to know about jail in Russia, he wanted to get everyone to laugh because he said a form of 'tooting' at the dinner table.

And he succeeded.  Mac didn't get it but was laughing hysterically.  Mollee literally shot milk out of her nose and spit it all over the table.  Daegan and Capps were also laughing.  Jason and I, maybe not our proudest moment but were so shocked and it was so unexpected, and so funny, we were laughing hysterically too.

And Tavis was sitting proudly at the end of the table, with a smirk.

......I think he and his buddies worked on that little joke in study hall.

Well played, my son.  Well played.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

When Your Comfort Tastes Like Cement

I finally saw the neurologist last week that I have waited to see for five months.  It was a last ditch effort to see if I could find someone to help me with my migraines and my vertigo issues.  I have dealt with migraines since I was 14, but the vertigo has been the last few years and really messes with my emotional state.  To explain it the best I can, I always feel like I am a little bit dizzy and I am always on the verge of a bad dizzy spell, so I live very cautiously.  I can only sleep in one position, which is on one side, slightly sitting up.

So, I saw this neurologist.  And I loved him.  But he told me initially, he doesn't typically deal with vertigo.  He deals with migraines all the time and we would try to deal with that and see if it would reduce the vertigo issues too.  I was game for that.

I have tried many different preventative medications, but there is one that I have not tried because there are many side effects.  It has a lot of success for migraines, but it is really a medication for epilepsy.  This dr asked me if I would be willing to try it.  Sure!  I'm willing to try anything.

I have now taken it for a week.  You have to start slowly.  I have to take half a pill, twice a day for two weeks, then half a pill and a whole pill for a week and work up to two pills a day.  After I have been taking two pills a day for awhile I am to discuss how things are going with the doctor over the phone.  I went ahead and made my "follow up" appointment, but the next appointment he had available was in November.  Crazy?!  He also made me promise that if I decide to stop taking it, that I would call his office and get specific instructions on how to stop taking it.  I cannot just stop.

Anyway, I have been taking a lose dosage for one week and I feel hopeful.  The vertigo has actually been reduced somewhat and the headaches have been minimal, even with the crazy weather we have had.  So, we will see.  It seems the vertigo did well initially with the diuretics too, but that didn't last.  So, I am hopeful and praying this will be a good fit for my issues.

As for side effects - weirdness.  But, I expect nothing less.  The dr did say he could tell I was the type that would go home and read the internet, so he would go ahead and give me a heads up on a few things.  I wasn't sure how to take that?!  He said 99% of the time it causes numbness in the hands for the first 5 weeks, but that always goes away.  I have experienced this and it makes it a little weird to type and text, but not too bad.  I have also experienced the numbness/ neuropathy tingly pain the feet, and I am hoping this is part of the stuff that goes away after 5 weeks.

Another side effect that I will get over and doesn't go away, but messes with my mind is that all carbonated drinks taste bad.  I know this should be a good thing because - who needs them, right?  I have tried to stop drinking Coke for years, and at the time of my appointment, I had not had a Coke in four weeks.  But now when I want that "satisfying" comfort food feeling, I can't get it.  If you aren't an emotional eater, please move on and don't try to understand, but this is a sad thing to me.

Jason asked me, "What does it taste like?"  The only thing I could think was to describe it was "cement".  Not that I have ever eaten cement, but it tastes/feels like what I would imagine cement to taste and feel like.  And it seems all carbonated drinks are exactly the same to my taste buds while I take this medication.

Which is going to be ok, if I don't have to deal with vertigo and migraines!

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