Monday, December 29, 2014

December Update

I know I have not posted much this month at all. Whooping Cough has kicked my butt big time. I did not really have much to post because I did not do much. I go to work and work wears me out by the time I am home, I am exhausted. I have been able to sleep in bed three nights this month all the other nights are in the recliner. It kind of stinks because January 5th my husband will begin his new hours and he will begin work when I am getting off work and he will be home by four in the morning. We will have the weekends together and plan to have at least one weekend a month where it is our quality time…no children activities.
I have read very little. I am mainly sitting in the recliner with my feet up most of the time, trying to prevent the swelling in my feet. The house well, it was a mess because for a month I did not do anything because I was unable to. I would get winded doing anything. Everyone pitched in and the house looked nice for Christmas. Now, it is easy to keep picked up because everyone is doing their share. I was only able to complete one painting and I just finished it on the 28th

I am not completely happy with the larger camel but it is what it is and Emily is in love with it so I guess that is all that matters.

My Uncle Jimmy had a celebration of life luncheon on my birthday but we did not go. Problems on my Mom’s side kept us from going because we did not want trouble there. My cousins are handling his death well, but I know it will sink in the next few months. My uncle was wrong, the house was insured so the insurance company will be repairing the home. The community is trying to get an apartment for the girls until the house is ready. They are so fortunate to have a loving community. The girls refer to their dad as their HERO because if he did not scream for help they would not have woken up in time to get out of the house. I am so proud the girls look at the positive and look at him as a hero since he was the cause of the fire as well. Thank you to all who have been praying for them.  I will try to post regularly but it will all depend on how I am feeling.


Blessed Christmas 2014!

Christmas has come and gone and it was not our normal Christmas. I have been very sick, however, we were able to pull off Christmas this year just down sized what I typically do.  It was simple and nearly stress free. I do feel blessed. The decorations were very limited. I only had one room “Christmas Time” as Taj puts it. I did pull off a few decorations upstairs.
The boys (Ethan and Noah) decorated the entertainment center also with my
Christmas Village but no one took a picture of it.
I have three Party Light Christmas Globes I just love. I just wished I had three more ( I might have to look on the Internet to see if I can find them.) this way each of our children can have one. Taj just loved them this year. My boys always enjoyed them a lot when they were little, Ethan still does.
Todd pulled out our three tier shelf and decorated it. It was a lovely touch to the corner when people entered our home.
We did decorate the outdoors on the 21st but I failed to take any pictures. Next year my friends, I will.
Typically I have a second tree decorated in our small living room and this train goes around the tree.  We had to put it out for Taj to play with.  He loves the Christmas Express.
One of the decorations in the kitchen was made the weekend prior.  Todd, Taj, and I made a gingerbread train.  Noah did not want to participate that day.

Christmas Eve, Todd’s side of the family comes to our house. Our dinner consist of sandwiches, chili, oyster stew, veggies, chips and dip, and Christmas goodies. This year I added BBQ little smokies and meatballs. I also did not make any of the Christmas goodies this year. I bought Christmas Cookies and Almond Bark dipped Pretzels. Madi, Ethan’s girlfriend, did bring over some home baked Christmas Cookies. She is such a good girl. I like her a lot.
Todd's nephew Andrew (above)
Michelle, Todd's Sister (below)
My step-daughter Emily
Ethan and Madi took my camera and took a picture of Tilly.
Tilly is my favorite cat.  She was my first friend here in Iowa City
other than Todd.  Poor ol' girl she moves so slow and begs
for food.  She is 21 years old.

They also took a rare photo... me.
(Above)  The boy is the girl's this week's boyfriend as Michelle put it.
The girl is Todd's niece Lexi.  The boy far right is Matthew, my oldest. 
They are waiting to see what Grandma Connie (Todd's Mom)
got for Christmas from Michelle. 
(Below) Connie with her poster of One Direction. 
She thinks they are hot and loves them.  
Taj playing
 Christmas was very laid back. Matthew stayed home because he is fighting a sinus infection. Joshua and McKenzie were in Indianola for Christmas Eve and Christmas. The girls go to their Mom’s for Christmas. It was just Noah, Todd, and myself. I rested a lot.

The 26th Joshua and McKenzie came over to open their presents.
The 27th was my birthday and we went to Des Moines to celebrate Christmas with my Mom and sisters. Very laid back, just my style this year. It was nice but definitely missing my Dad. He was always the life of the party.
Above the boys playing cards and McKenzie
Below my Mom...not thrilled I am taking her picture.
Above and below are my sister Katie's girls:
Lexi, Kaylee (wearing the headband) and Miranda laying on the pillow.
Here the older girls are snuggling their baby sister while she tried to nap.

I hope you all had a Merry Christmas.


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

All Things Must Pass

2014 has been a rough one for me and it looks like December is going out with a bang.  I can say, Noah is putting forth effort and is making good choices right now.  I think he has seen how the stress has physically taken a toll on my. My body is literally ill from it all. I have never been this sick.  I barely have any energy. They have diagnosed me with Whooping Cough but are now checking to see if I have heart problems too.  My feet and ankles are swelling.  My hands are retaining fluid. I have gained 12 pounds in one week from fluid retention.  Yesterday was incredibly tough.  I lost my uncle in a house fire.  The toughest part is knowing he was literally on fire and his daughters, my cousins saw this with their own eyes. They are only 18 and 17.  They tried to save him but could not. He has only one leg and gets around in a wheelchair.  They tried their hardest to carry him out but the fire was too bad, they had to leave him. He did manage to crawl some but fell short of the front door by 5 feet. Those poor girls living with this image. They have been telling everyone they are sorry, they tried. My heart is so deeply aching for them.  I know how it feels to lose your father but not like this and to feel guilty.  They lost everything, their home and their father. Their mother is not in the picture. Here is the news report if interested.  Please say prayers for my cousins.

I feel so helpless...

My oldest called crying tonight. I wish I could protect his heart.  He is such a wonderful young man and deserves someone to treat him right.  My heart hurts for him too.

I feel so helpless...


Thursday, December 4, 2014

Happy List~ Love, Cardinals, Cuteness, Tree Trimming

No matter how dark it feels, you always need light in your life and this is why I love Happy List posting...

I am so HAPPY I received my new lap top in just two days after I purchased it online.  I was not expecting it for another until December 6.  Now, I will be able to post more often again (as long as Noah is not acting up too much.) and touch base with all my favorite bloggers again.  HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY!

This was my highlight on Thanksgiving, as I posted it was a horrible one but I did have two HAPPY things, one I posted that I saw a Cardinal driving home.

 "A cardinal is a representative of a loved one who has passed. When you see one, it means they are visiting you. They usually show up when you most need them or miss them. They also make an appearance during times of celebration as well as despair to let you know they will always be with you. Look for them, they'll appear."
Picture and saying from Facebook

I believe do believe this about cardinals, my Grandpa Rich told us grandchildren this years ago.

Next highlight on Thanksgiving was Taj's conversation with Emily.
Emily: "Who's that?"
Taj: "Noah"
Emily: "Who's that?
Taj: "Ethan"
Emily: "Who's that?
Taj: "Josh"
Emily: "Who's that?
Taj: "Uncle Matt"
Emily: "Who's that?
Taj: "Noah"
Emily: "Why is he not Uncle Noah,Uncle Ethan,and Uncle Josh?"
Taj: "Cause they are my brothers"

Todd and I have always thought this little boy since a wee little barely moving around thinks he is one of the boys.  It is so funny to hear what he said. He had everyone laughing.

Sunday we had the kids over and we decorated the main tree.  Unfortunately Emily was unable to make it, she had to work.  Sunday's have been my favorite through out the past two months. My boys come home for dinner and I have all four of them together and they play card/board games and giggle with one another as back in the time when they were little.  The month of November we had Kera and Emily (once because she works most Sunday nights) over to celebrate all the November birthdays we have for dinner as well.  Typically the girls come over on Tuesday night for dinner and to watch Sons Of Anarchy.  I love it when the house is full and I hear their laughter.  Kera is getting into the card/board games too now with the boys.  I think this is a very good thing and it makes me very HAPPY.  Here are a few photos of the kids putting the decorations on our main tree.  I will post our holiday decorations another time. 
 Kera,Taj,Noah, and Matthew's arm.
 Kera, Joshua, Ethan, and Taj's head.
All of a sudden we kept hearing: "Hey guys.  Where's Taj?"
It was a tiny voice too.
Then we heard tiny giggles...
 ...same tiny voice: "Here I am!"
 "Ethan!   Carry me upstairs please?!"  
Ethan will do just about anything to make this kid giggle more.

 I do not think I ever posted a picture of my Grandparent Wall display.  I remember posting I was going to but never did. Here it is. I am very HAPPY with it.  I let Todd pick out our pictures with him.   These are his favorites.
hmmm... maybe I need to fix the picture on the bottom. 
It is hanging crooked. ha ha ha

What do you have to be HAPPY about?


Wednesday, December 3, 2014

December Goals

It is a blog hop, so click on the Monthly Goal button and you will see those who play along post as well.
Monthly Goals

  • Continue and build on work out regimen  FAILED BIG TIME-  I have been sick nearly all of November.  Working out sends me into a coughing frenzy.
  • Lose 10 pounds FAILED BIG TIME- I gained a pound.
  • Complete two books  SUCCESS  
  • "Tree of Life" Painting Class with Noah  SUCCESS- A day we both enjoyed.
  • Painting for Emily's Christmas Gift  SUCCESS
  • Painting for Joshua's Christmas Gift FAILED
  • Ethan's Senior Pictures Take Two  SUCCESS- Although the cost was a lot more than I wanted to spend and I have way too many, I am very happy with them and had a wonderful time spending with just him. He deserved to have pampering. He has had rough year as well.
  • Have A Wonderful Thanksgiving  FAILED- I had the worse Thanksgiving I have ever had this year.  I knew it would be rough being the first year without my Dad but to be honest, that did not even weigh in to the worse ever.  The fact I was so worn out from being so sick, Noah running away two nights prior, and Todd's Mom getting so mad at us because we were leaving like we always do to get back and shop.  His sister came very late so everything started very late.  It was horrible, the yelling, the crying, the stress.  The possibility she will not come to our house now for Christmas. 
  • BLACK FRIDAY SHOPPING SUCCESS - Although we were late and did not get two of our items on our list, we did have success.  All of my shopping but two items are done now.  One big thing I bought myself is a new lap top.  I cannot wait.  I will be posting regularly again.
  • Decorate for Christmas In Progress - Our Main Living Room has been completed.  If I were not in bed so much during my four day weekend it would have been completed.
November slipped through my hands. I shut my eyes for one brief moment and the month was gone.

I would like to say take it easy, but during the holiday season, I cannot sit back and take it easy.  Although I was in the Christmas Spirit at the beginning of November I am not now BUT I will show Christmas Spirit no matter what. I have a little boy who comes to our house regularly and he is so into Christmas this year. I have shared with all the kids I will be baking only Christmas Cookies this year, no other candies. They all were disappointed but I told them I had no energy this year for the baking, I will do all of it again next year.

  • Bake Christmas Cookies
  • Paint Joshua's painting
  • Paint Taj's paintings
  • Paint Taj's name
  • Finish my Christmas Painting
  • Take a painting class
  • Finish my Christmas Decorating
  • Visit my family in Des Moines
  • Read one book
  • Get better
What goals do you have?


He Loves Me