Monday, March 13, 2017

No more sickies!!!

 Some time to reflect on the last week and share some things that have made me grateful.
 No time to be depressed when you are happy for what you have.
A first place trophy at our church's annual turtle race for the fastest decorated turtle. This is huge as she was not going to compete until last minute since she "sucked" the year before...

Some one on one play time with the boy... Eating and destroying things...

A 2nd place win for our Sparky team at Sparksarama

My trove of goodies from the Spring Equinox swap. 2 of my top choices ( the bunny and birds) however the root baby has grown on me so... Even the itty bitty lady bug on top!

 A Hobbit themed play blanket complete with castle, lake and Shire...


 Nanner's dog Rondo suffered a back injury and unfortunately was paralyzed from the waist back for a few days. We were very worried about needing to put him down however after several days of anti inflammatory meds and muscle relaxers has now allowed him to walk with his paws right side up again and not fall over nearly as much. If I could only keep him off the couch and stairs would help! 

the plague finally passing throughout our house. We have suffered a bug being passed around for 3 weeks and finally took Ryguy to the doctor as he was the worst off and couldn't shake that high fever. Oddly enough it was strep ( he had NEVER complained of a sore throat) however none of us have tested positive as of yet. Some of the family was put on preventative antibiotics as they were sharing drinks and food and Randy since he can't get strep due to his auto immune issues. My boys are now running around again and much less snotty so I am very happy.

I have started on some more crafting in future posts and am feeling back closer to myself since starting a round of steroids for this week long migraine and am back on my tarantula. Progress for sure.

I would ask for prayers however for Nico's family ( the stepkids other brother) as his father died a few weeks back. He stayed with us a week and had the funeral this weekend which was a bit emotional I'm sure. Traveling during snow storms are not helping as well as they are now finally coming to Illinois. Safe travels and peace of mind are deeply needed.

What are you grateful for as of late?

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

KCCO- Spring equinox swap and a sweater for me

 I apologize for being away. Between drowning at work, a sick family and Randy getting into a motorcycle accident I have not had time for creating and crafting. I have missed it terribly and forced some last night which made my heart sing. The Hobbit movies and soundtracks have been on to remind me of a childhood comforting story, something I hope to ingrain in my children on how those stories create such solid memories, or nightmares ( I was always terrified of those dang spiders!).

I signed up a few weeks ago to participate in a spring equinox swap for some new decor as it use to bring me joy and found it hard to get enough approvals. We finally decided on raindrops and clouds as nothing says spring to me more being in Illinois.

I have also finally located my missing yarn bag from New Years that had my Wisteria cardigan. As much as I hate using acrylic as of lately I chose Caron Simply Soft as I was too scared to use something nice and expensive for my first "official" clothing endeavor. 

Friday, January 13, 2017


Every year i see the challenge of one word for the new year. Every year it seems a good idea however I never decide on one and it falls to the wayside as I can never apply it to all aspects of my life. This year however I prayed about it and kept coming back to the word intentional.

to be intentional with simple pleasures and increase baking with my littles....

to be intentional with my dog training since the little butt-head brings me so much joy...

to be more intentional with my yoga practice. I have invested in the perfect body yoga program and my goal is to complete the 8 week program twice this year....
to be more intentional with my prayers....
 To pray daily as it has been something that has slipped over the years. I can not expect my kids to have a close relationship with the Lord if I don't. 

to be more intentional in observing nature....
 I am learning to paint birds and the traits between them and it made me happy to have Ryguy put together a plush toy of a cardinal and find him in the book after we located him outside.

Are there any of you that focus on a word for a year? What was your choice for 2017?

Sunday, December 11, 2016

back to work

Some time to reflect on the last week and share some things that have made me grateful.
 No time to be depressed when you are happy for what you have.

two weeks back to work and surviving...

an oral surgeon appointment....

whipping up some slipper socks the night before pajama day at work...
a morning painting alone, for a bit at least until joined by a little boy in footie pajamas...
 having a husband come rescue me due to a flat tire. Being the first real cold day my body was too weak to barely drag the new tire out of the trunk.

 a new scarf for my birthday.
 providing gifts for our church's toy drive. We were recipients one year and I vowed to try to give back even just a little bit each year.

my boss' faith in my as an employee. I now have 2 managers and they have agreed that I should master yet another job that is not my own. It is extremely stressful and overwhelming however I am trying to keep it positive by remembering that it is because they trust my judgement and feel I can handle it.

as it gets closer to Christmas we were told our company is going to close down fully for 2 3 day weekends in a row. This is unheard of for our company in the 15 years we have been in business. So blessed to be able to enjoy the time off and be paid for it.

What are you thankful for lately?

Monday, November 28, 2016

Thanksgiving thanks

Some time to reflect on the last week and share some things that have made me grateful.
 No time to be depressed when you are happy for what you have.

...a certain Giddy boy falling asleep on his own with no rocking, nursing or nonstop singing... bittersweet.

...a best friend coming to visit and spending most of the time entertaining my littles so I could make a necessary phone call for a new doctor.  No hesitation for doing Nanners hair or making Christmas Crack with them.

...the old lady still being with us for another holiday. She experienced another stroke recently so we are blessed she is still alive

...a successful discharge from my IOP program.

...beginning work again although I'm still not asleep as of yet, and should be, I am super excited. 
.....I am very happy I work for such an understanding company regarding my leave and people were squealing to see me back in the office. 

... finding a brand new homeopath and getting off the mood stabilizers with no bad effects. The RXs gave me nothing but issues but I feel this new homeopath might have some great insight to help me. 

... for a devoted husband. I know I often don't say it enough but he has stood by my side through everything.  He has put up with borderline verbal abuse and mood swings from hell. I know I have not been the easiest to deal with and I am grateful that he has put up with  my crap and doesn't seem to be going anywhere anytime soon.


Sunday, November 13, 2016

back to our regular scheduled programming

Some time to reflect on the last week and share some things that have made me grateful.
 No time to be depressed when you are happy for what you have.
having more time to art journal and learn more scripture to aid in my mental health mess. God loves taking a mess and making it into something beautiful.

flowers I bought myself. Self care is important you know right?

a trip to Cantigny for the last time until next year. This is one of our favorite places to go due to the location and price however they are doing renovations and the tanks and museum will be down until next summer.
doggies all dressed up nice for Halloween...

not more damage to my oven or myself when I had burst a pan in the oven. I had not put enough water and it made the glass get hot enough to shatter.  This experience was  good bonding time with Koda as she helped me clean before it all glued and baked to the bottom of the oven. 

hearing Nanners read...

cuddles with Magnar as the other dog watches on....

one of the running jokes in our house was you weren't truly crazy until you were seeing pink elephants in the room. One weekend I took a trip to Springfield to see a crunchy friend from a Facebook group and sure enough I past Pinkie. I had to do a double take of course as it is bad enough to see a pink elephant but one that drinks martinis and wears glasses...

Sunday, October 9, 2016

The winds of change

Some time to reflect on the last week and share some things that have made me grateful.
 No time to be depressed when you are happy for what you have.

finally learning the crocodile stitch for crochet. It only took me 3 years...
spending a day with friends that truly love my kids.

sleeping babies after unable to breastfeed. I was able to rock him to sleep after his birthday party since he was exhausted.

starting new medication and trying to be hopeful for healing.

our last breastfeeding session and his placenta photo in the background.
two birthday boys.
a visit from Sora the dog the night before the party. Sora was the one friend Ryguy had asked to come to his party but he was unable to attend on Saturday. His owner kindly decided to let us have him Friday night to play and bond with the boys. 

a friend from high school decorating the boys birthday cake with the perfect Scooby Doo colors.

What are you thankful for this week?