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August 23, 2010

O' Not Me...Monday!

This is the Not Me, Monday ~ ghetto fabulous edition. Let me explain...

Mckmama- Not Me Monday


In the midst of last weeks breakdown in the Wal-Mart parking lot, crying over broken pieces and parts...my drivers seat in the used Volvo that we just purchased, decided to lay back flat and not go back up. By saying that "it" decided to, I mean that I did not hit the memory button on the side that makes it do funky weird stuff that the regular buttons don't allow. So, that would not be me, driving around for a week now...ghetto fabulous style. Gangsta lean and all...this is it. And I would never proceed to brag about it in any, form, or fashion...thinking that laughter could cure all ills.

With all of the events that have taken place in the last few months with our family...good and bad, I would never still be planning our wedding at the end of September...just to add to the mix! We thought of postponing it, again, because of all of the hoopla lately, but O' Happy Happy, Joy Joy...it is officially on like Donkey Kong! The date we originally chose just happens to be the Autumnal Equinox and I would never have something to do with that, by chance the date I liked had an Earthly significance and that would never give me the idea that it is soooo meant to be! We have our family together, our children together, and our lives together...maybe it is about time to have the legalities in line as well! Being as that I love parties, I would not be the one trying to have a low-key, JP wedding and a simple, family centered after party. However, I am NOT centering my color theme for our ceremony & get-together around a bottle of Newcastle Brown Ale...nope, not me!


Please venture on over to MckMama's site to see what others have not been up to...today is a giveaway so link up for your chance to win! Have fun "Not Me'ing"!

August 16, 2010

O' Not Me...Monday!

Mckmama- Not Me Monday



In the midst of this stressful and monetary morning...I would not just sit, in the car, in a parking lot, crying because of the fact that I made a bad decision. Making bad decisions is certainly something I do not do and crying in my car is so...not me! I always try to look on the bright side and would never fall apart because of simple possessions.

I would never let 4 weeks go by without blogging about the crazy events in our life and then have the first one in a while be a Not Me post! HA! I am much more on top of all things that happen in and around this house to let such a long period of time pass before sharing info! And I most certainly have enough time to finish all deeds in our house and have time to sit and type...yea. I would not ever use that said time to do absolutely nothing but catch up on the filling DVR, nope not me. ;O

Over the last few weeks, I would not just let a so-called "friend" of mine assume the worst about our friendship and then I would not presume to fill her in as to why I could not befriend her any longer...I have way more respect and appreciation for my D-Friends List just to let one of them think that they do not matter...however, this person in question seemed to have quite a guilty conscience...and blocked me! I would never act like I was offended by this, NOPE not me! :) And, I would never refer to my D-List of friends! HA!

When it was super-duper hot this last week, that would not have been me that kept my children in the house for 3 days...Abbey has been coughing up a storm and KMan just fights to come in anyway he has it! That is me not making excuses for hoarding my offspring indoors! ;O

So, I am sure that there are a bunch of peeps that have not been up to anything real lately...but for those that have...head over to MckMama's site, the creator of the Not Me Monday, and see what others have said about the imperfection in their lives as well!

July 30, 2010

out of the mouths of moms...

OutOfTheMouthsOfMoms


The title of this blog was created by MckMama, at first as "out of the mouths of babes"...and has evolved into the things we mothers, caregivers, teachers and such catch ourselves saying to our wee ones from time to time. So...out of my mouth lately I may have been caught saying a few assorted things...

as such...



"Please don't form tackle your sister, that is not a good way to get her attention."


"No, please don't chew on her shoes...especially when her feet are still in them!"


"Honey, grasping around the neck is not a good way to lead someone to your room."


"Thank you so much for sharing but next time, please don't lick the cracker first."


"The last time I checked, crickets were not on the menu..."


"Please be quiet or I will be forced to sell you to the gypsies!"


"I don't think that your brother asked you to put your dress on him, really."


"Because he is a boy and that is how it is. No, you cannot grow one yourself...it just doesn't work that way sweetie."


"Your sister is sleeping, please don't put your fingers in her nose...or her ears...or her mouth. You know what, lets just go play catch, ok?"



I am so sure that there have been better and worse things that I have said to my offspring, but these few have stuck with me...just this past week! Who knows what adventures in parenting lay in store for the crew in this future, but I am sure that some humorous lessons will be learned...and heard out of the mouth of this mom! :O

July 28, 2010

that silver lining...

Essentially, I am one to look on the bright side of things and I usually see the glass as half full. Then, there are those times when things just wear and tear until you can no longer see the silver lining. I started preparing this post on the 20th of July...funny thing. Since that day, me and my family have had to look hard and deep for that silver lining...and on the 24th, it seemed even harder...



...but I must remind myself of the things in MY life that I am soooo grateful for...


...moments when my wee ones share, love, and teach each other...



...bare babe's feet in his sister's sunflower bed...(that one had two blooms on it!)



...the smell of Abbey pulling Honeysuckle from the bush...



...knowing that I am teaching my children the growth of their world...



...and having a handsome son with gorgeous lashes helps me see...



...my silver lining...

July 19, 2010

O' Not Me...Monday!

Mckmama- Not Me Monday


It is Monday...and I would never prepare this post the night previous...just to get a head start, nope...not me.

This week has been kinda lazy, kinda busy, kinda honest...

In the midst of it all, I would never recommend that Abbey drink her brother's milk because I am in the middle of watching The Fabulous Beekman Boys...never. I would never let the two of them drink after one another, much less tell them to take the other ones things just because I am watching the latest happenings on the Beekman Farm. It seems even with the benefit of DVR, I can't seem to tear away from the drama...so they wait for commercials! That show is awesome if you have not seen it...good stuff.



And...I would not put off making Abbey's birthday invitations until the last days before they need to be mailed in order to arrive before the party, not when I have had the supplies to get them done for a week! I am always on top of things and could not be called a procrastinator, by any means! With them almost done, we can talk about that tomorrow...but here is a peek!



Oh yea...there is no way possible that I have run our dryer to the point of its early demise. I would never continue to use it knowing that it has been "broken" for over a month...what is the word broken anyway?!? After all of the attempts to rig it for "one more load"...it is no more...and I would never be to blame for not having it repaired waaaaaayyyyy sooner! So now, I am not the one who is going to have to dry clothes outside or at the laundromat...



There will be no Linky for awhile until MckMama's new babe is born but I shall continue the fashion of ranting about what we have not been up to...and 'till she is back up and about with 5th child in sling, I shall be chillin' like a villan...down in the metroplex.

July 13, 2010

this kid...



This kid right here...well, lets just say that he is all boy, but sweet...very sweet. Being the parent of 2 girls, I have always wanted a little brother for them...and a son for myself, (trying not to sound selfish)! On May 28th, 2009 we were given that gift in a big, healthy 6lb 12oz babe.



KMan was an avid sleeper...



and was just about the best BABY ever...similar to his father's demeanor.



His first year was filled with adventure and excitement, to say the least. Rolling, scooting, crawling, driving...everywhere!



He started fully walking right after his first birthday and has been a go getter ever since...well, most of his time is spent chasing Abbey so just the same! He is a sweet soul that loves kisses and hugs. He loves snuggling with his Daddy and crying to his Mommy. He cannot live without blueberries and crackers. Is just now starting to like his greens...with his sister's help! Started clapping to a beat a few days ago, and dances like an 80's kid.



His smile and laughter brighten my day like none other and I love watching him learn new things, which is pretty often nowadays...he is a very mechanically minded child and can figure how anything works, even childproof latches. KMan loves his sisters and enjoys tormenting them by taking their favorite things then running to Momma for safety with a smile.



This kid...has taught me so much in his first year of life. More patients. More cleaning. More love. I constantly remind myself how lucky I am to have him, the only son to two crazed parents, brother to very girlie sisters, and love of my life. He sure does make a Momma proud, our little tree huggin' KMan...

July 12, 2010

O'Not Me...Monday!

Mckmama- Not Me Monday


So it is that day of the week again, where I get to bring up some of the things that we have "not" been up to lately...



First, this week has been a rainy one...and kids will be kids, but I would never let my kids play and dance in the rain for somewhat long periods of time, nope not me. I would never encourage behavior that would put their health at risk...never. They both enjoyed it, Daddy was a big part of the start of this activity and found it to be perfectly safe for all involved...everything in moderation, right?! :)



The following day, I decided that they could both cool off outside in the sprinkler and noticed that I was out of swimming diapers...soooo I would never improvise by letting them run in just undies. Oh, and since Abbey's pink and flower panties were all that I had, I would NEVER let my only son run the yard in flower print panties that belong to his sister. It was not me, taking pictures of this occasion, planning to use them for future reference... ;)



Finally, I don't know who that was that showed up at a friends house with her kids eating McDonald's and sipping Sprite? I would certainly not let them eat cheeseburgers and french fries on a somewhat regular basis much less make it a tag-a-long! They always eat whole grains and good sources of protein, I would never allow Mickey D's that often! Gosh, they do have really good fries...but I would never admit that. Oh, what good that we all have not been up to lately! :)

July 8, 2010

sunshine n' rainy days...




Well, Abbey pulled through her surgery with flying colors...she even got to come home just a few short hours after the procedure instead of spending the night at MCC. Good thing too because she sure was ready for her bed and her pillow! The past week has been filled with blankets, sunshine, and a few rainy days. Lucky for the kids, it was raining the whole time that Abbey was not permitted to swim or get wet...kept me from officiating WWIII. Kadin has been enjoying his sister and they both have been very sweet to each other...until this morning! It is good to see that I have very opinionated children that have no problem projecting a voice that can be heard! Well...they have their moments! Harley had a rough patch here last week and I am praying that my first born child will come to see me again, soon! She is so much like me...it is hard to meet her in the middle, like me...it is usually all or nothing! Gosh, I just love that girl to the depths of me and I want our relationship to improve...karma right?!? She is just so smart...and did I mention beautiful?!?



Our 4th of July was filled with sparklers and fireworks and wet kids running through the yard. Me and the wee ones went to visit Lee and Alaina, got some explosives, beverages, food, and had a blast kiddie-poolside! Abbey was a pro with the sparklers, KMan decided that it was not something that he should be into...with the fire and all! He did love the fireworks...after he saw them. Hearing a loud BOOM with no after-effects and colors kinda scared him a bit, but then the colors went flying through the sky and all fear was forgotten! Diddy had to work late but he was told adventurous tales of the evening by Abbey that night when we returned home. They both love that man...with no end. He has been singing and dancing in the rain with them all week...our little tree-huggin' hippie kids! We are blessed to live in a country where being free comes with the territory and having an open mind is a step in the right direction. :) The goodness of teaching them that there can still be sunshine on the rainy days...

June 30, 2010

never ready...

I seem to have this way about me...I tend to be late...I forget things when I do finally walk out of the door...and sometimes I am not prepared for the situation at hand. And I am never ready to walk my children through hospital doors regardless of what they are there for. I give my toddler props tonight. I tucked her sweet little self into bed, after her brother for a change. I wanted to spend extra time with her tonight, away from our normal schedule...just to let her know how brave she is and how lucky we are to have her in our lives. She is very excited about tomorrow, she throws a fit if we mention that we are going tomorrow instead of NOW...and she has her bags packed with all of her favorite things...(she did this herself, all but her toothbrush and toothpaste, which she informed me that she still needs to use when the sun comes up!). Still, I am a mom...and I am nervous. I am her mother, which makes me more nervous! Abbey has the BEST doctors that anyone could have, great family and friends praying and wishing the best, and an entourage that would make HBO jealous. Faith is a very funny things at times like this...it's all or nothing in my book. I either have complete faith that she will be as strong as ever and everything will go as planned with no complications...or I don't and I am no good to anyone. Yes, faith we have...lots of it too. And with that faith, I will still never be ready...prepared but never ready. Good thing I have this one on my heals, leading the way.

June 24, 2010

Our Abbey Girl...



What can I say...this child, this little 2..almost 3 year old girl is my hero. Some one up above is definitely keeping an eye out for this girl, and I pray that they continue to do so...




I should start from the beginning...Abbey was born at 34.5wks...just a few weeks shy of being full-term, and had a rough first night. All I remember is Bryan coming to me, crying and saying that she might not make it...and they don't know what is wrong. She has 2 separate blood transfusions that night and a bunch of tests run. The next day was a waiting game...with me coming out of my "medical morphine coma", I was learning more and more that our precious baby girl was very ill. By Abbey's second day of life, the doctors were still at wits end with what was wrong with her and by the grace of God, there was a doc there that was done waiting for results. He told us that they were going to do exploratory surgery and find the problem. Abbey was a 4lb trooper. She had Jejunal Atresia, where her small intestine was closed off right after it left the stomach and was much higher up than they have seen. She was fitted during surgery with an ostomy bag and a central line that she would receive parental nutrition through. She had good days and bad days...long days and short days...3 mths and 1 day in the NICU to be exact. After the reattachment surgery and trouble that she experienced with learning to feed and her body with absorbing nutrients, she came home a happy, healthy 3mth 8lb baby...and we couldn't have been the happier!





All was well with the wee one until her 15mth check up...her head growth had gone off of the chart, almost a 20-30% growth in 3 months, and her pedi sent her for an MRI...just to be safe. On the way home, we received the call...Abbey had Hydrocephalus and we were instructed to call a Neurosurgeon...A NEUROSURGEON?!? I was in shock...what was this that she had? Why was he telling me to call a neurosurgeon? The next few hours were spent in conversation with the best Neuro ever. He spoke with me about what was going on and what he was going to do...great guy he is. She had a shunt implant a week later and will have it her whole life. It regulates the flow of CS to her abdomen, to be reabsorbed since it was not in the brain...hints the head growth. Once again, Abbey was a trooper. I cannot begin to understand what this child had to endure...just to live. Since November of 2008, when she had the implant, she has been a perfectly healthy toddler and has even developed above the expectations for her.



So yesterday, I noticed a lump in her groin that worried me...like that takes much with her, and I took her in to her Dr. He referred me to the surgeon, that just so happended to do the first 2 operations on her tummy and central line, and we spoke about what was going on with Miss Abbey. She has a hernia...in her groin, most likely one on each side. She will be undergoing surgery, again, on Thursday the 1st. Apparently, this is common in premies...but I don't think that being common still eases by busy head with her having another surgery. Yes, we know that with her shunt, there could be one, two, many more for her if something were to happen but that goes with the territory of having Hydrocephalus...a life-long condition. So this took me by surprise. Even through it all, with all that she has been through, she is still a trooper. Sitting today, listening to what was being said...and expressing her emotion of not being scared. She is "happy" to be going to the hospital and "happy" about having the wrong turned right. I love that girl...she gets great courage and strength from her sister, who has had her share of hospital time. So yea...this kid...my KIDS are amazing. And with love, prayers, and alot of chocolate, I fear...this will turn out ok. Like I said, someone up above has their hand on this child...my grandpa perhaps...I would like to think so.

June 23, 2010

Late Father's Day...

I know, a few days late and a few dollars short, well, more than a few! This past Saturday and Sunday, the wee ones and I finished up our crafts for Father's Day...a card for daddy, very simple and NC blue, and a few sun catchers for Papa that the kids LOVED making! I was looking for ideas that KMan could partake in and this was perfect! I sat them down with a few sheets of tissue paper and let them have a go with ripping...and ripping...and ripping. Then they pressed the torn pieces down on some Press-n-Seal...(I love that stuff), with a cutout of their hand print, and then glued it to a popsicle stick frame. Abbey wanted to glitter up the frames and so I added a few drops to each side and let her smear away! They both had fun and didn't try to kill each other or myself so it was a good "art day".




June 21, 2010

"Not Me'ing"...a first for me...

Mckmama- Not Me Monday


I am sure that one of us are guilty of it on one day or another...letting the little things slide by under our noses and not going that extra "mile" to get it super clean. "Not Me Monday" was born by MckMama as a way to blog her imperfections and tribulations in parenting...so I will take suit now that I am a "blogger" and most definitely an imperfect parent. So lets begin this "Not Me'ing"...

I certainly did not allow both of my wee ones to run in our very visable backyard with just a diaper on KMan and Abbey in panties, jumping through the sprinkler! They did enjoy the freedom, so I tried not to feel so guilty! And I did not try to justify our lil' princess' "terria terms" for her brothers private parts...for sure, not me. Those of you that know my "term" for that can relish in the laughter of hearing Abbey state this to a few people. So if you blog...get busy with your "not Me" event in your life and link them to her page...or not, if you are not into the linky thing. Catch ya on the flip side. ;) Oh...I will leave one more note...

I certainly did not let Abbey "rock out" to STP with her head-band and her brothers pj's after reading time before bed...nope, not me.

June 20, 2010

the first one...


For those that know me...writing is way over due, and being as that I LOVE to take pics of the family and all of our adventures together...this is a perfect way to keep a record of the times, so to speak, (or type, I should say). So, I am embarking on this new adventure of blogging with high hopes that I can share, inform, and learn from others with great taste for food, nature, and parenting!