Friday, December 29, 2006

The Fun Begins

One of the bridesmaids, Shelli, arrived from Wyoming this morning. Things are going smoothly. Erin met the other gals this afternoon--they drove from Wyoming. She is having each of the gals videotape some comments as a gift for Carrie. Tonight they are going to some restaraunt, I really don't know which one. (Keith says Olive Garden.) Most of them are coming back here afterward. I just can't see getting hotel rooms. Only problem is, we ran out of hot water this morning and none of them were even here yet--a few showers, Mya's bath, and laundry. I think Keith will be turning up the temp on the water heater so that it will go farther.

Thursday, December 28, 2006

Oh, The Pain


Keep praying for Keith. He is in constant pain and needs to feel better for the wedding. This is not a new problem but seems to crop up at the very worst times. Lots of things to do today and I need him to watch Mya while I go out. Thankfully, I can go just before her nap. That will help him.

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Starting Off Bumpy

Guess we have the post-Christmas blues. Mya threw a major fit this morning. First time in quite a while. One more week and hopefully things will get back into some sort of routine.


Keith threw out his back yesterday and is also dealing with dizziness. Not sure were the dizziness is coming from. Just hope it goes away. One problem is enough to cope with. Fortunately he is on vacation this week and doesn't have to worry about calling in. Just want him better soon.


Our new Associate Pastor moves to Minnesota this week. We're pretty excited. He and his family lived in Florida. Hope they make it here before the snowfall that is predicted for late in the week.

Erin, Mya and I hit the Kohl's store yesterday with the idea of getting necklaces for the bridesmaids but Carrie said not to get any until she was there. So much for that but never fear, we found a new coat with matching snow pants and an extra pair of snow pants for Mya and a shirt for Erin all for around $35 -- we had a $10 certificate. I was so proud of our frugality.

Got my hair colored and cut by a wonderful lady from our church--thanks Eileen! Carrie and Erin think it looks really good. Gotta figure out what to do with Mya's hair. I am having her "practice" wearing a clip on her bangs. I hope to find a fancy clip for her for the wedding.


Still gotta find shoes for myself and I guess the bridesmaids do too. I think I'll suggest Famous Footwear. I have one of their memberships. Maybe we can get one pair free or something.


The first bridesmaid arrives Friday morning. Then our house will be full of activity. The girls are going out on Friday night to have a party. The guys are doing something too. Keith and I get to relax--well as much as you can with a 2 yr old in the house.


Practice is on Saturday, since the location of the wedding, Club 3 Degrees ( http://club3degrees.com/index2.asp ), is having a huge New Year's Eve bash with Mark Schultz playing.


Sunday is the groom's dinner at Jon's parent's home. Dan and Faith are wonderful people. I imagine their house is busy with visitors too. Jon's sister lives in Colorodo. She and her husband have a 1 yr old--Elizabeth, and are expecting another baby in the summer. That alone gives Jon's mom plenty to keep busy with.


The pictures start at 2 pm on Monday. Jon and Carrie are having quite a few pictures taken before the service but decided not to see one another until the service. So, the couple shots will be after the service. Hopefully that will be fairly quick as we don't want the guests to wait too long for dinner.


Not sure what the rest of today holds but I better go find out.
Have a good one!

Sunday, December 24, 2006

Snuggling in Dora Blanket



I gave Mya a super plush Dora Blanket and Dora sheets. She will get Carrie's bed some time this spring and I wanted to prime her. She loved it and took it to bed in the crib for her nap. Unfortunately, she woke up from throwing up (only once--too much variety in food). So Dora took a bath and Mya skipped the rest of her nap. However, she took Dora to bed last night AND snuggled in to watch the movie she got from Joe and Rachael--My Neighbor Totoro. Here she is all wrapped up like a baby - at her request.

Christmastime with the Kids





The presents were finally all wrapped as of Friday at midnight. Mya was the first one up one Saturday morning. So, she got to open her "Sophia" gift. Thank you, Sophia. Mya likes her new dolly. She wanted to see if she could get her coat off.

When the Erin and Carrie and Jon woke up and Joe and Rachael arrived, they all opened a couple gifts before we ate. Then after our stomachs were stuffed, we finished up the gifts. Everyone was happy with their new treasures. Afterward, it was a time to enjoy the gifts and hang around before Joe, Rachael and Erin headed off to work. A good day, all in all.





Friday, December 22, 2006

Kids gather Tomorrow

We will be having our family Christmas tomorrow. So, no updates for a while. Not sure what Sunday holds but Monday, we are planning to visit my mom and dad. Have a wonderful Christmas, everyone.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Christmas Love


Taken from: http://ktis.nwc.edu/page.php?id=164

1 Corinthians 13 - Christmas Version


If I decorate my house perfectly with plaid bows, strands of twinkling lights and shining balls, but do not show love to my family, I’m just another decorator.
If I slave away in the kitchen, baking dozens of Christmas cookies, preparing gourmet meals and arranging a beautifully adorned table at mealtime, but do not show love to my family, I’m just another cook.
If I work at the soup kitchen, carol in the nursing home and give all that I have to charity, but do not show love to my family, it profits me nothing.
If I trim the spruce with shimmering angels and crystal snowflakes, attend a myriad of holiday parties and sing in the choir’s cantata but do not focus on Christ, I have missed the point.
Love stops the cooking to hug the child.
Love sets aside the decorating to kiss the husband.
Love is kind, though harried and tired.
Love doesn’t envy another’s home that has coordinated Christmas china and table linens.
Love doesn’t yell at the kids to get out of the way, but is thankful they are there to be in the way.
Love doesn’t give only to those who are able to give in return, but rejoices in giving to those who can’t.
Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Love never fails.
Video games will break, pearl necklaces will be lost, golf clubs will rust.
But giving the gift of love will endure.
Merry Christmas.

Just for Stef

So, Stef, I couldn't find a photo of Mr. Happy. Must have a video cuz I remember getting something of him.

In his place, I am posting a pic of all of us at Mr Cricket's house. As you remember, we were all so exhausted that we were nearly in delirium. BUT it was a hoot. Still can't believe that cricket and grasshopper are worth the same as a US racehorse.
Hope this makes ya chuckle.

Snowy to Groomer




With the holidays and wedding coming, even Snowy gets a bath. I had it done less than a month ago but she stinks again. This time they will brush her teeth too. Hope that helps a lot. She gets really nervous but it has to be done. We just can't have people petting her and getting stinky hands. YUCK!

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Start your Own Tradition

My mom found this in the newspaper when we were kids and started making it at the holidays. That's how it all began. Thanks mom.

Grandma Arlene's Carmel Corn
2 c brown sugar
1c butter
1/2 c light corn syrup
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 Tbsp Vanilla
7 1/2 quarts popped corn--divided into 2 aluminum roasting pans

Boil butter, sugar, syrup and salt in a saucepan for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add baking soda and vanilla - mix thoroughly (caution-rapid expansion of mixture).

Pour over popped corn, mixing immediately--2 man job. Place coated corn (which is in aluminum roasters) into 200 degree oven for 1 hour--stirring at 15 minute intervals. Cool on large clean surface.

Monday, December 18, 2006

Traditions that Stick

Some traditions are worth keeping.
Carrie and Jon have decided to continue
making carmel corn at the holidays.
Here they are making their first batch together.

My 2 Babies

Erin was my baby for 14 years. She wanted a picture of the
two of them together. I was busy at the Christmas program.
So, they had a friend (thanks Mel) take the pic.
Pretty nice!!

Sunday, December 17, 2006

Trying for that perfect Christmas Picture






Capturing Mya can be pretty difficult. She wiggles more than a bowl of Jello.
Thankfully, I did manage to get a couple good ones. Enjoy!


Saturday, December 16, 2006

Just For Emmie

Hi Emmie,

Life has been one big blur this week. I have picked up extra hours at work and today is the first of 4 days off. Praise the Lord!!!

This morning, Mya and I headed off to church at 9:15 so that she could be at program practice and I could assemble the candy/prize bags for our Church Christmas program, tomorrow. These are bags that even you would love. Inside is a small pack of holiday crayons, a notebook, plastic ring, sticky rubber lizard, stickers, a blow horn, a plastic necklace, a balloon and a LOT of candy. The program starts at 10:00 am, if you care to come over AND the great thing is it is followed by ham dinner. So, you don't even have to rush out to eat.

After stuffing the bags, I sent Mya home with Erin, in hopes that Mya would take a nap. Then I was off to pick up my Dyson vacuum from the local Best Buy cuz it just plain wouldn't start one day. Fortunately, we had the extended warranty and it did not cost me anything out of pocket. I did look kind of funny pushing a vacuum across the parking lot, I have to admit.

Next, I went over to Borders Books with the intention of finding a vegetarian cookbook for my son's girlfriend, Rachael. I did find one and then a book for each member of the family except Mya, she gets 4 little ones. My son gets 2 actually--bunny care books. I thought my future son-in-law could use a "college cookbook" so that he can take care of Carrie when she doesn't want to cook. I can't share Erin or Carrie's books cuz they occasionally read my blog.

I had had enough shopping by then and headed home only to find that Mya was still awake, helping papa daddy put up Christmas lights. We played outside for a few minutes and ate some lunch. By then it was well after 1:00. So, off to nap for Mya. I did not get a nap, though. I put the finishing touches on our Christmas Program bulletin and started it printing--60 of them on my little printer takes a while. Then, I thought, "I have gotten so many nice Christmas cards, the least I can do is send out a Christmas email to those who have email." So, I did. Your mom should have a copy. No pictures, though. Waiting for the wedding on that.

Mya was still napping. So, I wrapped my Borders Books gifts, drank a pop, and sat down to blog and that is when I saw your request for an update. Mya has now waken--3:30. The bulletins have just finished printing and I will now finish folding them. Then, I will go and see my husband for the first time in what feels like a month.

Hope this update finds you well.

Sincerely,
Verna

Monday, December 11, 2006

Scissors Maniac Returns

Mya is back at it. She cuts everything in site. Keith finally took the scissors away. It has become, not only a manual dexterity exercise, but a tool of mass destruction. So, he asks me on the phone (I called home from work), what do you call a scissors maniac. The final word, why a CLIPTOMANIAC, of course!!! Aren't we just funny?!??!??!

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Joe turns 23, Dec 11!



Our little boy is all grown up!!
We went out to Applebee's to celebrate.
That's his girl, Rachael.

My Hoody


Today we went out to dinner with our son Joe and his girl Rachael to celebrate Joe's 23rd birthday which is on Monday. Mya took a bath so she could be all clean and fresh. I took out this shirt and said she should wear her hoody and be like all the big kids cuz they wear hoodies. She was very excited and kept the hood up and her hands in the pocket for quite a while. She is very proud of Mya's "hooby".

Friday, December 08, 2006

Favorite Photo Friday




Steph has inspired me to post some China pix. We'll keep this crying session going all day. Fortunately, I get to go to work and be distracted :-p

Here's a cute email I received from Keith:

Verna,
Mya was at the counter opening some Target coupons. I have a pile of important papers for you on the counter. I emphasized strongly that that pile was important papers for mommy and that she should not touch them. I went back downstairs about five minutes later. Mya pointed to the pile and said, "Mya didn't touch papers."

Keith
:-)

Thursday, December 07, 2006

No Soup for You!


My friend Becky asked for a soup recipe. Well, the only soup that gets eaten around here comes from a can. I do make "cowboy stew" every once in a while--ok, maybe every couple years. Sorry girls.

Monday, December 04, 2006

Getting Closer

Last night I ordered my dress for the wedding. Hoping it's as nice as the picture. Tonight, we ordered Mya's dress. Dec 10 is Jon's church's shower. Carrie is finalizing the cake on Sat. They have decided to move into married campus housing for spring semester. So, as Carrie says, it's all falling in place. January 1, 2007 is approaching fast!!

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Early for Us

Mya has been loving all the decorated houses. So, I broke down and got out the manger, star and light strings and put up our decorations.

Some may think they are a bit odd but we switched from a tree to a manger about 15 yrs ago. Keith made the manger for the church Christmas play and we started decorating our home around it. It's easy and clean. As Christmas approaches, packages will appear around the manger and the whole floor near it will be full of colorful wrapped boxes.

In the photo, Mya is calling Carrie to tell her that we have put up the decorations.

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Happy Thanksgiving

Hope everyone is having a wonderful Thanksgiving. We are having a quiet day. Erin is being an honorary Dukich for the day--Molly is taking her along to their family functions. Carrie is home relaxing. Saturday she is getting her dress fitted. Otherwise, she would be in Colorodo with Jon, visiting his sister, Mary. She is giving Mya a bath--they are having fun. Keith did church bills and I am ready to go to work--side by side with Doctors, saving lives ;). I always joke about that but there is a bit of truth in there. Someone has to work on holidays and it's my turn. Joe is visiting some of Rachael's family, today. That's our day in a nutshell, the highlight being seeing the new Dora balloon on the Macy's parade.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Standoff in the OK family room

Well, I'm getting to the end of the proverbial rope. I have noticed many things with Mya that I will need to work on. Fortunately, we are scheduled for another counseling session next Wed.

Today, I had had enough of being bossed around. Yeah, I know I'm the mom but sometimes our eyes get clouded by those cute little faces. Anyway, Mya had a big hissy fit and it took about 15 minutes but she did what I told her to do. I suspect this area will get better if I can stick to my guns.

Anyway, I just wanted to blog this so I have record. Mya has this funny/quirky little habit of putting things back where they were if I move them and she doesn't want me to. I.e. If she wants her whatever-it-is and I can reach it, I grab it and she gets mad, puts it back in the exact spot it was and then gets it herself. On the flip side, if she wants me to get something and I am busy and want her to get it herself, she will literally pull me away from what I am doing and make me pick it up. That is what happened today. I refused to get the pink and Murphy so that we could rock in the chair. Silly, but quite a power struggle. She ran and fell on the floor crying. It actually would look quite funny on a video. At one point, she nearly fell on the fireplace bricks. That would not have been a pretty site. After the big stand off, she sat in my lap and watched TV but she would not let me put my hands around her.

All this is daily behavior at our house. That is why we went to the counselor.

Monday, November 20, 2006

Bang Trim

I forgot to mention in yesterday's post that Mya had her little safety scissors out again. I came down to the family room and there on the floor were a few swatches of hair--right from the front, of course. I was going to just leave it alone but broke down and cut her bangs short to bring them closer to the same length. So much for Christmas pix. Hopefully they will be quite a bit longer by the big wedding.

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Feeling a little Better

Getting a little silly tonight. Hope this
is the end of the
HFMD. Never want
to have it happen
in our house again.

Turkey Dinner

Even though the large group originally intended to eat the turkey had to be uninvited (due to Mya's HFMD), we had to bake that turkey. Carrie & Jon made the trek down from Superior and Joe & Rachael came up from New Brighton.

We took it easy and didn't even put the turkey into the oven until 9 am. Usually, I'm up before 6 stuffing the turkey and getting it into the oven. It was nice to just take our time.

Carrie had lost her glasses and by some timing fluke, Erin broke hers on Fri eve. So, since the Eye Clinic was open, we went down and ordered glasses for both of them. Thankfully, they both have easy perscriptions and can get by with fairly inexpensive glasses.

Mya was still pretty miserable yesterday. We took her to urgent care (UC) on Fri eve to make sure there was not something else happening but no, it was just this crumby HFMD raging war on her mouth. I am thankful she did not get the sores on her hands and feet. That would have been terrible. As it was, she has been fighting taking medicine, refusing to drink, and screaming in pain. The UC doc perscribed "magic mouthwash". It's got lidicaine in it. We squirt it into her cheeks and on her tongue and it numbs the sores for a while. We have also been giving her benedryl to help her sleep. She slept a good 9 hours last night. Without it, she wakes up every two hours or so, moaning. Fortunately today, Mya woke up fairly happy and asked for icecream for breakfast. She says, "Jesus make mouth feel better". Thank God!

Back to turkey dinner. We had a surprise this year. It appears our son, Joe, has decided that being a vegetarian isn't all it's cracked up to be. He hasn't eaten meat for 6 years. I can't believe it's been that long. To our amazement, he said he was going to eat the turkey. Seems he has started eating fish and poultry. He told us meat tasted weird after all that time. Rachael is maintaining her vegetarian ways. That's OK. Once you are used to having a vegetarian around, it's no big deal. They were never picky about eating everything but the meat. I just make sure
there are some non-meat protein options, mainly cheese.

It was a very nice day. No pressure. That's the way I like it.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Friday, November 17, 2006

Job Therapy

Well, Mya's happiness with the balloon only lasted a short time. She fell asleep on the sofa for a couple hours and then woke up in a miserable mood and pain. I don't think I can handle having all the rellies over tomorrow. So, now we are cancelling turkey dinner. Anyway, I will be leaving for job therapy in a few minutes. You know, the days you have a job to go to cuz it's a break. ;)

Birthday Celebrations & Mya Feeling Better



The ladies from work honored me with a birthday celebration last evening. The theme was Mexican cuz I love Mexican food. Robin did a great job decorating with streamers on the doors, a red table cloth, mexican confetti, a huge "fiesta" ballon and burro pinata. It was fun and delicious. Thanks to Beans (Robin) for coordinating the festivities.

As predicted, Mya is busy playing with the big balloon today. She loves the pinata too but I don't want to take a chance that she will fall on it and break it OR WORSE, take a scissor to it ;). It's good to see her active today. She's still drooling from the sores but has drank quite a bit of milk and juice. She is returning to her bossy self--via pointing. She doesn't seem to want to talk too much yet but I'm sure that will return.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

BAD STUFF!

Yesterday was a really bad day. Keith and I thought that Mya had gotten hit in the mouth by a swing. She had a sore inside her lip but by 1 pm yesterday, I knew it was something worse than that. Nothing helped. She wouldn't/couldn't eat and had difficulty drinking. I took her to the pediatrician and she has hand, foot and mouth disease--sores all over her mouth. Poor thing. We got some tylenol with codeine. Short term relief. I finally gave her some Benedryl at 10:30 pm so that she could calm down and sleep. Also, it was time for some more tylenol/codeine. She slept til nearly 7 am. Thank God. She seems a bit better today but the doc said not to take her to daycare cuz it will peak today. YUCK. I hope none of the rest of us get it. Not as bad for adults/adolescents and the chances are not too high if we keep washing our hands.

The Bride & Mya

Carrie and Mya in Carrie's bedroom, just before going off to college.
Will try to get more pictures of the two of them over Thanksgiving.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Photo Catch Up

Chris (bestman) & Jon (groom) - - - - - - - - - - Jon's family enjoying the eggbake

Erin, Carrie, Jotty (sp?), Katie - - - - - - - - -Chris, Jon, Linda, Keith, Mya

Robyn, Heidi, Carrie, Erin, Dena, Trina

Here are some shots from Carrie and Jon's church shower.