Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Home Again

I am home again. Too tired to breathe from too much partying. (snicker) Not really. But I really have only gotten about five hours of sleep each, the last four nights. I have many stories, and some pictures to share. Will do so tomorrow after I collapse in my own little beddy early tonight! I think things went well. YAWN!

Friday, April 25, 2008

Fix-it Friday

Hey, hey, hey, all you you bloggers. It is Friday, again. And Friday means Fix-it!
First, off to a view from the hill where she links to a place where you can FLING penguins. I mean really, what could be more fun??

And next. You, yes YOU, have the opportunity to fix ME! As you all know, I have a HUGE job interview next week. I did some serious shoppage this week, one, I needed something a bit more upscale for my wardrobe, and two, I needed the confidence you get from looking your best. Now, you, my darling bloggies, get to help me figure out what I am wearing and when. Please, if you have any particular fashion advice, or reasons why I should or should NOT do something, please, please share.
Also, any interview tips would be appreciated. I am soooo naive and unschooled in these matters.
I have had some wonderful fashion tips from the only real fashionista I "know", Mrs. Figby. I was sent on a hunt yesterday by Figby for some heeled, close toed, black, pointy toe shoes. Bald Man insists that I am not a real girl because I don't like shopping for shoes. Hours were spent yesterday and even the Princess was enlisted in the shoe search. I need small heels because I just can't wear big heels anymore and the last thing I need to kill myself trying to walk in them. So kitten heels it was. I finally found them. The winners!
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Macy's was having a rocking sale this week. I got 2 shirts, a dress and new dress slacks for 75$. I am so proud of my skillz!
Here are the new pieces:

New shirt:
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The sleeves are sheer
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Opps! That isn't a new outfit, but she is darling, isn't she??

New slacks with a subtle, shiny, pinstripe
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New dress, faux wrap:
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Shucks, my fingers musta slipped again!

I already own this next suit, it isn't the best cut, but I am not spending more money right now. I can wear it with either my white shirt, or a silky blue one. (I promise the blue one matches in real life)

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Here are the events:
1.I get off the plane, and go to the car rental, then drive to the corporate offices. I am planning on changing at the airport and touching up my hair and actually putting on MAKE UP there. Before I go to the office. I am not really doing anything there except meeting one or two people, nothing formal, no meetings or interviews, mostly just to get my hotel arrangements.
2. Dinner either night with boss peeps.
3. Next day, is THE day. 8:45 I meet with the big boss and the corporate meeting. Interviews follow.

If none of those outfits fit your idea of what I should wear, give me suggestions. I own more clothes of course, but they aren't new. I have beige dress pants, black dress pants and some business casual shirts, and a navy blue linen blazer. I do have a briefcase I am taking with me.
So give me, 1. 2. and 3. Either what you would wear, or what you think I should wear, or pick an outfit from above.
Sheer nylons or black? And which with each outfit?

Other grooming:
I will de-fur my upper lip on either sat or sun so it is smooth and clean
Eyebrows will be cleaned up
I will shave all the regular places before I go, I don't have a great deal of body hair, so I won't need to do it on the trip again.
I will touch up my gray roots either sat or sun also.
I will be bringing and actually wearing makeup!

Anything else?? Any advice? Tips? I keep having dreams that are half anxiety and half fantasy. Excited and nervous here!

Monday, April 21, 2008

It Isn't Midnight Yet...

Therefore, this is still officially Monday and this is a Mountain Monday post. Whew.. talk about squeaking by.
Spring is fickle this year. One day she is warm and cozy. The next day she is back to nipping at your poor nose and toes. But in spite of her unwillingness to stick around for more than just a day or two, the flora and fauna have decided it is SPRING already and lets get on with the business of doing our spring thing!

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Look there is honest to goodness GREEN on the mountain sides.

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Jack I think, was feeling neglected at not being allowed to participate in my blog. So I made sure to include him this week.

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Poor Jacky, if he wasn't such a good sport about being tortured for my blog selfishness, I wouldn't do it!

I am forced to see cute almost every single day. You on the other hand, are usually only subjected to my darlings once a week!

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June Bug is 10 months old, can you believe it?

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TWO, count them, TWO beautiful girls!!

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This last pic is kind of like a News of The Weird pic.
We woke up on Sunday morning to Little Man's feeding tube extension looking like this

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Bald Man said Little Man had a very restless night. After seeing that knot, I am inclined to believe him!

For anyone living out that direction, I will be in Cincy the beginning of next week for my job interview. If anyone is close enough, I would LOVE to meet you! Email me and we will make plans.
I am getting really nervous about this whole job interview thing...If anyone has any advice for me, I am sure open to it!

Friday, April 18, 2008

Fix-it Friday

Confessions of a cheapskate. I HATE paying full price for just about anything. You should see all my kids when we go to the store. "Mom, this is only such and such a unit but that one is way more! This one is a better deal." My kids were raised with me going around at the grocery store and using a calculator to figure out the per unit price. Thank goodness now they usually have them on the shelf sticker! Saves me time. I love sales, I love thrift stores, AND I have found out the joys of the pawn shop for electronics and DVD's.
With all my penny pinchingness, there is nothing that sends more thrills down my spine than the word FREE! I have a good friend who I have known for years. We share a love of books, caring for a medically fragile child, we laugh at the same things and we LOVE to garage sale. I am calling her the Purple Queen (PQ) on my blog. Well PQ has introduced me to the incredible ease and joy of lots FREE samples. I was okay at getting free stuff. A Mr. Clean Magic Eraser here, a Swiffer duster there. But PQ has convinced me that any week that contains less than 3 free samples is a sad week indeed. Something I am not good at is putting things in the mail. If it involves me finding an envelope and putting a stamp on it, you can probably count on me NOT doing it. BUT. The internet? Oh I am so okay with filling in boxes and hitting send. Bet you are too! PQ has shown me the light. The happy place where hitting send is receiving samples of makeup and dogfood and CHOCOLATE in the mail. And now. Lucky you. I am passing on PQ's goodness to you. Enjoy.
For those of you who hate Wally World, I am sorry. It is probably the easiest place to sign up for free samples. If you are a Wally hater, (I don't blame you, I hate them too, but I am too poor to skip them completely) But here is their free sample link and they update often. LOVE IT!
Walmart Free Samples This week includes L'Oreal skin care, John Frieda's frizz ease and other goodies.
Another lovely website is Weekly Freebies. They have a twice a week update on freebies. Oh wow! AND they will send you a weekly email newsletter, so you won't even have to remember to go check the website. But you still will, because their mid week update is so worth it. My favorite from this week was a Scotchbrite disposible toilet bowl brush. I am complete sucker for new cleaning products.
Every Friday, the sweetest mommy blogger puts up some free things on her website Big Blueberry Eyes. Anyone for some free granola and chips?
Like to craft? Like things that are free? This place is for you!
Free crafty stuff
How about some free software for little kids? Pea loves the stuff I downloaded from Hiya. We have Old MacDonald and some other fun kid's things.
Little Man adores the Starfall educational website, he plays it at school in the computer lab.
So do you have any FREE things you would like to share? I would be very interested.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Update on the Dr. Visit

I have been so excited about this appointment with Dr. Ruby. I couldn't wait to show her the new and improved Little Man.
I was NOT disappointed. She could not get over how much better he is doing on every level!
He has gained 10 lbs. Grown 2 inches! His mood is better, his seizures, (for the most part, really!) are better and he is sleeping better.
While he is still foul sometimes, and oppositional sometimes, he smiles and laughs every single day.
He had that grand mal seizure, but he isn't seizing little seizures every night like he was pre g tube.
He still wakes up every night, but he is more likely to fall asleep again quickly. AND the best part, is pre g, we were getting a least 2-5 nights a month where he was up for most of the night. We are getting less than 2 now. wow.
All because of his g tube.
Imagine that. Starving for more than a year can affect you both emotionally and physically. Who woulda thunk it?
She said, over and over, I can't believe how well he is doing. Listening, making better choices. She was wildly impressed.
And me? Well, actually, I was sad. Teary eyed and broken hearted that my poor little guy suffered for such a long time. I can say, I didn't know it was affecting him like that. I knew he was eating less than 500 calories a day. I told the doctors that. They knew. But he wasn't losing weight fast enough for them to get alarmed. It wasn't until a very long year passed and they noted he was falling off the growth chart, that they felt they needed to do something. Dr. Ruby said as much today, that they didn't know, because his weight wasn't in a dangerous place. But still, it is a hard thing for a mama to handle. Knowing your child was basically starving is horrible bit to have to accept. I knew all this before I walked in the room. A part of me thinks I am just dumb to be upset about this today. The other part of me just wants to curl myself around my heart protectively and tell me I did the best I could and it is okay to be sad about something so awful. The other part of me is just so filled with joy that my Little Man is doing so well. Half of me is cheering and turning cartwheels, the other half? She is crying.

Sorry for the Silence

I really was planning a Weds post, but Little Man woke up with a cold and stayed home yesterday. That should tell you everything! What is worse is the Pea was home yesterday too and her and Little Man got along like cats and dogs. I finally piled the boy in the car and took him to the movies to see Nim's Island just for some peace and quiet!
Today the boy has an appointment with his psychiatrist, Dr Ruby, (because she is a GEM!) and I can't wait to show her how well he is doing. But that also means a LONG trip to the Large City, (an hour each way) and well, you know. yah... Thank goodness for portable DVD players!
Anyway, don't forget, tomorrow is Fix-it Friday, so be thinking about what wonderful thing you have to share with others. An idea, a craft, a website, anything you want to share! Drop me an email or leave a comment and not only will I visit your blog, but I will give you some linky love and others will drop by too!

Monday, April 14, 2008

Mountain Monday and Spring!

Oh gosh, it is 70+ degrees outside. Beautiful, sunny days!
Oh I have SOOOO much to share with you. So buckle up and get ready, because this post is picture intensive.
First off. Little Man seems to have left that Grand mal seizure last night as a single event. We are all breathing again. Little Man was his regular self this morning and I didn't get any phone calls from school. Many prayers of gratitude from this part of Utah. Thank you again for your kind thoughts, words, and prayers.
Second. We have a new addition to our family! His name is Percival. We call him Percy for short. He ultimately is Little Man's newest buddy, but I think Bald Man, and especially ME, love him the most.
Introducing Percy: (He is the one on the right)

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You won't get any appreciation of Percy the pump until the next pic.

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Look at the difference!!! The Joey weighs almost 2 lbs. Percy the Pump weighs mere ounces.

The backpack comparison: Percy's pack is the one on the right.

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June Bug was our first model:

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We figure if June Bug can crawl with the pack and pump, Little Man should have a much easier time.

What Percy gives Little Man, and again, ultimately our family is FREEDOM!
Check these next pics out! Instead of Little Man being hooked up to the IV pole, because his daddy and I can not figure out how to make the stupid Joey work on our outings, Percy gave my Little Man this!

Fence climbing:
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Pony riding:
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Climbing:
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Petting:
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Regular Little Boy exploring:
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I am having a hard time finding the words to express how precious my son's new freedom is to me. Suffice to say, my tears will have to be the communication I can not find words for. Here are some more pics from our outing on Saturday:
Beebee animals galore!
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Some were sooo cute!

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Some were less than cute:
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Some were very beautiful:
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Bald Man got to cross something off his Bucket List
Not only did he get to sit in this Model T vintage car

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He got to drive it! He was glowing with happiness the whole day. Go Bald Man!

One of Little Man's favorite parts of the day were the wagon rides.

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We really had a great time on Saturday. I hope you caught all those amazing smiles from my boy. It didn't used to be so easy. What a wonderful gift to our family Percy is. May he live long and prosper!

Now, on to the mountains and spring!

There were mountains where we were on Saturday.

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This one is from my walking trail:

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I found spring while I was out looking for the mountains:

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There is a mist of green on all the willow trees in the area. I hear the weather man says it is going to get cold again in a few days, but for now, I will pretend Spring is here for good! So there ya go. Spring in our hearts and outside too.
(Especially since the seizure wasn't repeated today!)