Thursday, September 22, 2011

Cookie Dough For Breakfast

Sara knows what she wants to eat. Most of the time it is great. She asked for a "special treat" after preschool the other day. I asked her if she wanted to get some ice cream and she responded, "No, I want curry." So, we ate masaman curry for lunch.
Sometimes, though, it's not the best. But, as a girl, I understand. She asked for cookie dough for breakfast. I had to oblige. Eliza and Sara loved it :)

Tuesday, September 20, 2011


I've been feeling so much better, that I decided I could actually bike outdoors. I tried a true road bike at the store and found myself thoroughly embarrassed and a bit fearful. I never really rode as a kid - I lived on a hill - and it didn't come back easily. For me, it was not just like riding a bike.

I thought some more and decided that I wasn't certain my health would last. So, with my lack of skills and uncertainty about my status, I dialed back what I wanted. I got this hybrid in grey on a screaming (1/2 price) sale. The sale was so great that I convinced Jason to get this hybrid so we could go as a family!
We got trailers, helmets, and shorts and have been going out a lot as a family - and sometimes J and I will each take turns at night! It's been a great time and little Laura is amazing. Bonus: it's getting me in shape in a much more enjoyable way than just spinning in my bedroom.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Nearly There

I am one step closer to a finished room. The cushions are done. Now, I've just got to get up the guts to hang the mirrors in a perfectly straight grid - way up high.
Oh, and here's a sneak peak at what we're doing in the bedroom. This loveseat is now at the foot of our bed :)

Monday, September 12, 2011

Treasure Hunt 2011

My parents hosted their annual grandchildren's treasure hunt over labor day weekend. (Check out previous years HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE) This year it had a Winnie the Pooh theme and was geared towards the littler kids.
They loved the candy and all the fun prizes.
Sara and Laura loved my mom's hand-drawn clues.
EVERYONE loved the stuffed Pooh bears. But, Eliza truly adores hers and is still carrying it everywhere.
We adults loved watching the kids, eating a delicious lunch and spending time together. It was a wonderful event and is one of my kids' - and my - favorite family traditions. Thank you to my folks for putting in all the effort!

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Down & Out

Did I mention that I recently had major surgery?! Oh, yah, I did. After trying for years to figure out exactly what was wrong with me (lots and lots of blood and pain) we finally landed upon severe endometriosis. Being that I am young for this major surgery, I gave it a trial run first with lupron. I was a new woman!! Mind you, I went through some serious emotional torture with the hormone adjustments, but I felt better than I had in nearly a decade.

Realizing the danger of continued lupron, I had a complete hysterectomy on July 22nd. My bladder was scraped of scar and endometrial tissue at the same time, and then lowered 2 inches back into place. Yep, I was seriously messed up!

The recovery was remarkably good for such a massive procedure. Not being able to pick up my kids was torture, but I received so much help! Thank you to all my friends and family who pitched in to make my recovery survivable; phone calls, meals, taking kids, coming over, etc. My Mom and Jason deserve some major thanks for always being there to let me take a nap when I needed it!! Thank you and I love you!!

After a brief setback from a kidney stone that scraped up all the stitches in my bladder, I am feeling AMAZING. Yes, I am still working out the kinks that come with hormone replacement questions. However, I am able to do things that I haven't been able to do since before I was pregnant with Laura. What a blessing!!!