Friday, March 29, 2013

Um..... WHAT???

I am speechless.

Yeah, enjoy it. If you've learned anything about me through the course of this blog then you will know that I generally have something to say. This is a rarity.


I have been meaning to write a thank you to everyone who has helped since I put up my plea post. So many people genuinely stepped up and have continued to step up to help with all sorts of things! It has been a true blessing. What I realized today has spurred me on to write this thank you.

I'm not sure who you are (and I'm really hoping it's not a big fat mistake) but you know who you are. Oh, yes you do. THANK YOU. We are stunned. And absolutely, completely speechless. Except for these 100 words or so. We really pray that God blesses you big time. 

Humbled, grateful, surprised, blessed.......

And to everyone who has helped watch the kids, clean a room, brought us food - a ready made meal or groceries-, sent cards, however you have reached out I want you to know that you have genuinely helped us feel like we can actually live. That is not an understatement. Please read it again. We have, for the first time in two years, really felt like we have a life. It has been so nice; to not have to worry about how to get to the doctors, to not have to cook a meal, or grocery shop, to get the kids places, to know we are thought of, to make it to birthday parties, to not be stuck in the house, to have *gasp* dates!!! 

Truly we all, kids included, take none of it for granted. 




Saturday, March 23, 2013

I heard it through the grapevine... much longer will [they] by mine?

Unofficially, I heard yesterday that we are in danger of losing some of our nursing hours. Now, as of yet, my case manager and her supervisor have heard nothing of it, but the nursing company caught wind of something or other. Whether or not any of it (and who even knows what 'it' really is) is true or not I can't be certain. But I can say that it most likely is. That's usually the way these things go. I am led to a few conclusions:

1) It will probably be our hard earned 21 global hours per week they would take, which would leave us with only night time nursing. 

2) It's most likely because we have not been able to use those hours, not because we don't need them but because the agency has not been able to fulfill them.

3) If this is the case, I'm hoping it works in our favor that we have contacted several other agencies in the past few months to try and get our hours filled.

4) Once you lose hours it is nearly impossible to get any back.

5) I will actually kill someone if this happens. And there are a few people on my bad list right now so I have my choice in taking that pleasure where I choose. Watch your back, people. 

In all seriousness, please say a prayer that we would not lose any hours. We have worked so hard to secure them and desperately need to keep them. 



Saturday, March 16, 2013


We took advantage of the almost nice weather this week and threw stuff out windows. Who doesn't enjoy that??

Homemade parachute men and paper airplanes that almost flew. 

Sunglasses for the almost sunshine.

Emma almost sure she wants to take a picture with me.

And even the dog who almost jumped out the window.

For a few more pictures you can tap your way over to The Fam tab and enjoy.


Saturday, March 9, 2013

Winter catch up.

This winter has been slow on the picture taking. Or at least the whole processing and putting up part. So, without much further ado here are some favorite winter moments in 10 pictures or less:

The blue bird pictures were taken by Benjamin. I must admit that I can not remember ever before seeing a bluebird. But now I feel like I must get a bluebird house because those birds are A-DORABLE.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013


Let me tell you the benefits of having a husband who works shift work.

There are none.




*The fact that we had no nurse last night and I can barely keep my eyes open may be affecting my view here just a touch. Maybe I'm being a bit more cynical than I usually would be. Maybe not. Our nurse, unfortunately had car trouble and couldn't make it. Not her fault, it just figures.

I forgot what it was like to have to stay up. It's been several months since we've encountered that problem (THANKFULLY) and maybe I've gotten a bit.... pampered... maybe. And quite honestly it is much simpler taking care of Theodore throughout the night now than it ever has been before. And if he hadn't woken up at 5:45am I would probably be singing a different tune. 

But he didn't. So I'm not.

And for those of you weirdos who are usually up at 5:45 I ask you this: Why? WHY??? I understand that there aren't enough hours in the day to get everything done, but seriously, just leave those things undone. They WILL be there tomorrow- I promise you. It's insanity to get up earlier to accomplish more. People, please!!! Or maybe if you're up that early you get to bed before midnight or so.. that may be the key..... Or maybe it's just the fact that you aren't getting up several times a night; or 'sleeping' on a couch; or you don't have a cat mewing loudly at you or attacking the edge of the rug in the wee hours. Or, I suppose, that it could be that you just don't mind????

Anyway, it's all craziness to me. I don't want to see anything before 7:50am at the earliest. So getting up at 2am and 3am and 6am and 7am is just unheard of. I should remember what it's like to have a newborn but apparently I pushed all those horrendous memories from my mind. Truth be told, Theodore IS sleeping through the night and doesn't usually have coughing fits anymore. So the only thing I'm getting up for are his routine feedings. 

So what does this have to do with Ben's schedule? To be honest, I'm not sure where I was going with that. I've had 4 cups of coffee today and still can't think straight. I think it had something to do with the fact that because of his schedule I am always the one who gets stuck doing the nighttime nursing thing. 

It has to be the vernal equinox occuring with a solar AND lunar eclipse plus an orc sneezing in Mordor simultaneously for Ben to be home and available when a nurse cancels. He either has to sleep so he can be up like all you other weirdos super early to work or he is working and won't be home. 

That's fine. I am extremely thankful Ben not only has a job, but is willing to work those crazy shifts to support us. 

By the way, next time you see a cop, try thanking them for the work they do. It's not only him/her making the sacrifice, but their spouses, and children as well. And it could quite possibly be the ultimate sacrifice one day.

Again, I've lost my train of thought. Ah, yes, cat killing. 

I want to murder our cats. Like seriously murder them. If it's not one who decides to sleep in our room and wake me up at 3:38am to get out then it's another one walking around downstairs mewing as loudly as I've ever heard an animal mew at 5am. Or one of them stirring up the dog just because. So my plan is to kill them quietly. Make it appear as though it was a natural death so Ben doesn't kill me. A bullet to the face would be pretty discreet, right??

And on that note, I'm out of here. I haven't decided whether I'll get another cup of coffee or hey, look here, sit on the couch mindlessly and wait for the newest episode of Duck Dynasty to come on, Jack.

*And for anyone who is into Lord of the Rings, I know nothing about it. The extent of my knowledge includes the words: Frodo, orcs, Sam Wise, and Mordor. Also, I think Hidalgo is in there somewhere.... I have no idea if orcs and Mordor go together, nor do I honestly care. So if my earlier reference made no sense, that is why. To you I say "YOU SHALL NOT PASS, my 'precious' hobbits who eat a lot." Shire!

I clearly need sleep.