Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Did you know that you could have that many emotions running through you at once? I don't think I did. My grandmother had a bad day today and they ended up putting in a chest tube and increasing her ventilator settings. They say that she has ARDS. If you don't know anything about that, it's not good.
I know that whatever happens, God is in control. He is our great physician and no matter what the men/women with their college degrees say, anything can happen. It is so hard to just sit and wait. God is definitely trying to teach my entire family patience and understanding that is for sure. But I will tell you it's not easy. It's hard! Sometimes I think that I have too much book knowledge when they start spouting out medical terms and I have a tendency to think way too much!
It doesn't matter that there are about 15 people from my family/mom's church in the waiting room at any given time throughout the day. It's a lonely place! I keep reminding myself of the verse "Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you." Deut 31:6
It's hard. Really hard. It's hard to eat, hard to sleep, hard to focus, hard to wait. Everything is just hard.
Friday, December 26, 2008
I am just really glad that we had planned to do our Christmas with my mom's family on Saturday, so she didn't miss that. This is my work week, so I am completely exhausted! Trying to go to other Christmas get togethers between visiting hours, working at night and attempting to sleep has proved to be a little more difficult than I wanted it to be! It's okay though.
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
1. I did not get a notice that my car insurance had been cancelled due to non payment on Tues. I did not realize that I have had no insurance in over 1 week. And I most certainly did not forget my checkbook, have to go to the ATM and get cash since they do not do credit cards. And finally I did not drop my debit card in the floor on the way out of their office just to drive back to the insurance office for the third time that day.
2. I did not stand in front of my open blinded window and change my shirt so that people walking by can see me and my glory-because who really does that?
3. I did not go shopping every day and forget to do the one thing that he asked me to do for the week. I would never do that because I am the perfect wife. :)
4. I have not put off wrapping all of the presents that I am giving for Christmas and blogging about all the things I did not do this past week.
That was pretty fun, I think I might have to join in on the confessing more often. Check out this post for more Not Me Monday confessions.
Friday, December 19, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
I would like to join Faith and her Christmas card carousel. I made 2 cards this year. Unfortunately I am only able to share one since my camera is on the outs, but this one is the favorite of our family. I ordered them from Vistaprint, and I think they turned out really hilarious! On the inside I signed them from Gus & Frankie Hall. Enjoy!
Saturday, December 13, 2008
The show was amazing! I just love the way that they incorporate the true meaning of Christmas! The manger scene was definitely my favorite! They had camels, sheep and a donkey. All the while singing We Three Kings of Orient Are.
The LED screen behind them was amazing. It was definitely in high definition and while the Rockettes were on a bus tour, the picture on the screen made it look like we were really there. I loved NYC at Christmas! All of the lights, trees, windows...I want to go back now! So, thank you to my sweet sister Kali, who really "stepped out of the box" for our Christmas present! She's really not that into plays or musicals, but she did it for us.
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Situation number one: I bought a box of tangelos from someones child at work. She brought them to me yesterday and I forgot to take them home with me and they were in a box in a chair in our nurse's lounge. This morning, I pick them up to bring them home, low and behold, someone has just decided to help themselves to half of MY box of tangelos. I had not even had one. I ask around, well of course no one saw anything because who would steal someones fruit right in front of someone else. I am trying to convince myself that apparently they needed the tangelos more than I did, they just were too ashamed to ask for them. And maybe that will be all they have to eat today. I just hope they don't get too much reflux from all of the citric acid they will be eating.
Second situation: I am on my way home talking to my mom and my mother in law calls me, (I work with my MIL) leaves me a message informing me that on the unit right beside ours, rumor has it that I am pregnant. Well, since I am not, that was news to her and she just wanted to let me know and make sure I didn't forget to tell her something. I called the person that asked my mother in law to see how that got started and why that was brought up. She says, "You were walking funny this morning." REALLY!?! Call me crazy, but pregnant people don't start walking funny until the third trimester and you would think everyone would've known if that was so-especially my MIL. And for the record- Just because I have gained a few extra pounds, doesn't mean that I am with child. I AM NOT PREGNANT. Don't ask!!!!
So what to do now. Definitely start back exercising and eating less and maybe tonight I will put up a Ten Commandments sign at work and highlight the DO NOT STEAL one.
Monday, December 8, 2008
1 box Publix hot cocoa mix (penny item)
2 boxes Pop Secret
1 bag Tostitos scoops
5 lb flour
1 each Scotch gift wrap tape and packing tape
1 bag mini marshmallows
4 cans green giant veggies
1 jar Mt Olive dill pickles
2 jars Ragu pasta sauce
1 pouch Idaho instant potatoes
1 bottle Juicy Juice
1 Lysol bathroom cleaner
1 3lb bag apples
0.89 lb bananas
2 pkg brown sugar
1 3lb bag white potatoes
1 family size bag frozen green giant corn
2 8oz Kraft cheese blocks
1 gallon milk
2 Smart Balance butter tubs
1.5 lb lean ground beef
I saved $4.50 in MFC, $4.18 for the penny item and doubled coupons, $32.11 in advertised specials, and $0.40 in advantage buy savings.
Visit Sarah @ fiddledeedee, to see how everyone else did at Publix this week!
I bought 2 sweaters and a watch for $45.xx. $10 of that was the shipping charges, but I think that's pretty good for what I bought. Especially since it equalled 2 people checked off my list.
On their website everything was 40% off. I bought a pair of earrings and a bracelet for $45. My husbands family loves some Lucky Brand jewelry and for two pieces, I would've paid over $60 in the store. One more checked off the list.
My 14yr old niece wanted some good makeup brushes, so Sephora had emailed me a $15/30 purchase. Through ebates, I got a code for free shipping and a makeup case with 15 free samples. I bought her a set of brushes, gold glitter eye shadow, a huge sephora brand makeup palette, plus the normal 3 free samples with an online purchase and the 15 other ones-all for $55.xx-Another checkmark!
Everything was 20% off, so I bought 3 sweaters and a pair of pants for $84.xx. I must admit that the pants and one sweater will be mine, but I LOVE their Boucle sweaters!!! Plus the other 2 sweaters checked 2 more people off of the list. I do feel somewhat guilty now though. I spoke to my friend Jennifer a little while ago, and she bought the same sweater I did and when she received her package, found out that they were out of stock and the sweater had been canceled. I just received my box-I must've gotten the last one. Sorry!!! If it makes you feel any better, I tried it on and need to loose about 5 lbs before wearing it in public. I immediately grabbed a bottle of water, put on my tennis shoes and walked around my neighborhood.
I did several other transactions and my checklist for Christmas only has about 4 more people left. Mostly the men in my life. It is always so much harder to shop for men to me. I do however have Kent done. Not too shabby for a weekend of shopping.
Sunday, December 7, 2008
1. The Kindle-It's like an ipod for books. This is amazing and expensive.
2. Uggs-I bought a pair a couple of years ago. I love them! They are the most comfortable shoes that I own and I love these sweater boots! Kent thinks they are UGGly!!! But I love them!
3. The DVD set of Planet Earth-It's really amazing to watch and I would love to be able to watch the entire season.
4. This coat-It's gorgeous and my favorite color!
5. This shirt-I saw it at Christmas Village and wish now that I would've bought it.
6.This shirt-You can never have too many white shirts!
Well, that's all I will showcase today. There are many other items, but I don't want to look too greedy. :)
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
The first is from Lianna. I have posted about Lianna before, but this is huge!!! She is a young woman struggling with infertility. Her and her husband are raising money to go toward their third IVF attempt. She has an anonymous friend who donated a Kindle for her next giveaway. OMG!!! Have you seen this thing!?! It's like an Ipod for books! It retails for over $300. There are specific rules in order to get your name in the hat, so please read the steps carefully!
Next we have MckMama. If you have never read her blog before, you will totally be amazed!!! A quick summary, she was told early in her recent pregnancy that her baby would not make it. She was hospitalized for quite a bit of her pregnancy. None of the doctors thought that she would give birth to a baby that would survive. Guess what? She gave birth to a healthy full term baby boy! She is raffling off a Canon Digital Rebel package! It's an awesome prize package! Each ticket is $10 and all of the proceeds benefit 3 different organizations that are detailed in the post. I also added the link on the top right for more 411.
So like I said, Stop whatever you are doing and take a few minutes to read about the chip in giveaways and do what you can! These are some amazing ladies!!!!!
Saturday, November 29, 2008
I also went to Hobby Lobby and Big Lots searching for new Christmas decorations for her tree. We couldn't find any stockings that matched the decor, so we went to Hancock and found some fabric and I whipped these up that evening.
They looked a lot better after I ironed them, but I think they turned out really cute!!
I also went to Publix and they had their turkeys on sale for $0.69/lb. I bought a 12 pounder and roasted it this past weekend and it was ooohhh so yummy!!! And we had plenty for leftover sandwiches. I love my roasting pan, it makes me feel like I have accomplished a lot when I use it.
Anway, this past Saturday was my mother in law's birthday. We had plans to meet up at Stix to eat at 6:30. I was ready way early because we had gone to see my father in law for lunch that day. Well, around 4, I was in our computer room and I over hear my husband talking on the phone. This is what is said, "Hey man, do you want to go bowling after we eat tonight?" The man has not mentioned ONE word to his wife anything about bowling. I continue to listen, "Yeah, I think it would be fun if we all went. I am going to call Traci." Really!?! Would you like for me to tell you the last time I went bowling. It would have to be more than 8 years ago while I was in high school. Kent and I have been together for 4 years and not once have we gone bowling or even talked about the possibility. I walked into the den as he finishes up his conversation and asked, "Are you asking people if they want to go bowling?" Anyway I told him that it would've been nice to hear about this before he asked everyone else, but MY husband is inviting people to go and do something. If you don't know my husband, he is not exactly the most social person, and for him to be making plans with several people, in my opinion is a success.
Well, we went out to dinner and had a great time with some great family and then some of us went bowling. I of course color coordinated with my bowling ball and sweater, had many a gutter balls and never broke 100. I don't think that they will be calling me to join the bowling league, but we had a great time!!!
Color coordination at its best!
Thursday, November 27, 2008
I know it sounds as though I am a little "Debbie Downer," but throughout all of these situations, they have all brought our families closer. And for that I am thankful! Seeing how many people visit, send cards, phone calls, food, etc. There are many things in these circumstances that we all should take the time to Thank God for! Mamaw Faye's tests came back negative for any spreading of the cancer. Her genetic testing was negative. She only has to take 4 rounds of chemo and will be done before Christmas. Praise God! Mamaw Ezma is remembering more and more every day. She is getting around the house with her walker without any problem. Praise God! My father in law was not really a part of our lives prior to the stroke and now we see him more and even though the relationship is still somewhat strained, it is building. Praise God!
Tonight we went to Cullman for my family Thanksgiving get together. What a wonderful time! Delicious food, great company, great conversations! Aubrey-my niece-is adorable. She is definitely dramatic! It's hilarious to see her face light up when Little Einsteins comes on and she acts out some of the songs. What a wonderful time of year!
What a crazy world that we live in these days. Amongst everything going on around us, we just need to stop, take in some deep breaths and be thankful that we are here. We are able to have an outlet, and we are able to meet other people who inspire us to become better. Even though we may go through hard times that make us ask God, "Why me? I don't think that I can handle any more." It's always easier said that done, but we must remember that He never leaves our side! He is always there and in every situation that we don't understand there is always a deeper meaning and lessen that we can learn.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
On a lighter note, I am going to start making my Christmas cards tonight if I can ever stop looking at random blogs. I went to Hobby Lobby the other day and got a really good deal on my paper!!! I am pretty excited about what I am planning to do. I just hope it turns out as good on paper as it looks in my head. I guess we will see. I will keep you posted.
Saturday, November 15, 2008
And please say a little prayer for my grandmother. While we were at the game, I got a call that my grandmother had a stroke this morning. This is not the same one that was just diagnosed with breast cancer though. This is my dad's mom. She is in her 80s and has had one before, and has had episodes of "mini strokes" in the past. They did a cat scan and all kinds of labwork and they said everything looked good. They are keeping her overnight to see how everything goes. I just pray for knowledge for the doctors and nurses and peace for my grandmother, she gets very anxious during these episodes. Hope everyone is having a great weekend!!!
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Here are some pics of our weekend:
Enjoying the game: (No alcohol, just Kent being dumb, oh well)
Really good view:Go Saints!!
And here are all the ladies of the family at the pageant: Isn't she gorgeous!!!
Friday, November 7, 2008
Thursday, November 6, 2008
1 pkg Cottonelle
2 lg & 1 sm coffee creamers
4 pkg Pillsbury Savorings
1 Bertolli pasta dinner
1 cake mix
2 cake frostings
1 loaf bread
1 bag lettuce
1 pkg cherry tomatoes
1 loreal cleansing wipes
1 soft scrub
1 lysol wipes
There was a $5/$35 in the Bruno's flyer that I used. Then I used $17.7 MFC and since Publix doubles coupons that are $0.50 & under that added another $8.45 discount. I saved $44.52 in advertised specials with a total savings of $70.67 and OOP cost $48.18. When my cashier was giving my receipt, she told me how much I saved and said, "pick me up off the floor, you saved $70!" It was funny and made me feel really good!!
Then I went to CVS and bought 2 Olay quench lotions, 1 Dawn and 2 big candy bars for OOP cost of $2.14 after coupons and ECBs. Not too bad!!
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Sunday, November 2, 2008
Saturday, November 1, 2008
1.) Link back to the person who tagged you & share the rules on your blog.
2.) Share 7 random facts about yourself.
3.) Tag 7 people & list their links on your post.
4.) Tell those 7 people by commenting on their blogs
So 7 random facts about myself:
1.) I am not a big Thangsgiving food person. The smell of ham makes me nauseated, I hate sweet potatoes, and I'm not a big fan of dressing. I do love the holidays and getting together with my family though!
2.) I am a little vain in the fact that I love name brand items. I like to go in Saks and pretend that I can buy anything I want, when in reality I've bought one shirt from there I found on clearance for $40.
3.) I have been called Martha Stewart by some of my friends because I love to bake, I can crochet, sew, and I've made a quilt.
4.) My entire family is Auburn fans except me. Roll Tide!!
5.) When I was in middle school, I got a perm even though my hair is naturally curly. Gorgeous was I!!
6.) My first two dogs that I adopted from the pound ran away. I was still living with my parents so they were outside. They disappeared for a couple of days, then one came back. Two weeks later, the other disappeared for good too.
7.) I watch A LOT of TV. On the verge of ridiculous, but I'm okay with it.
The 7 people I am tagging:
Heather, Jillian, Courtney, Jennifer, Ashley, Brandy, & Dawn
Friday, October 31, 2008
Neither of them were liking the elastic straps around the back legs.
And finally, Frankie the Weenie...dog. HAHAHA!!!
Thursday, October 30, 2008
I can't believe we are really here!
Crazy screaming mid 20s-30 year old ladies-What What!!!
Revolving stage in front of us:
Be Still My Heart:
Brandy & Erica:
Shannon and Yours Truly:
I think I may have shed a tear when it was over :(
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
This was it. There were about 12-15 shops that had essentially the exact same items. i bought 2 photo albums, a pair of flip flops and Kent bought a hat. Then we had lunch:
Of course it started raining while we were there, and our taxi driver had a blow out on the way back making me think that he just took off with our $$ and souveniers. Alas, he came back and we spent the rest of the afternoon in the pool. On Sat, before we headed to the airport, Kent had made friends with our taxi driver and he was taking us on the west side to get some lobster. We had heard from other hotel guests that the lobster there was the best. So they were right!! It was the best lobster I have ever eaten!! Not too bad priced either!Well, I guess I will leave you with some more of my pics. I only took about 100, but I will spare you and give you a glimpse:
The view from our balcony:
Our sunset pic:
One of the many towel arrangements we came back to: I loved this tree!:
I am really good at taking pics of ourselves: And finally, one of just the beautiful sunset: