Tuesday, December 23, 2008

More Chinese Touches.

This year, I have tried to add a bit of China to our decorating. I ordered these decorations from http://www.redthreadchina.com/ so that we could use them on the tree. However, with the bad weather, the tree was delayed. To curb Mya's pestering, I put them on the stocking holders on the fireplace. Looks pretty nice and I may do that again next year. The verdict is still out on the tree ;) Thank you all for your encouragement. I truly appreciate it.

Monday, December 22, 2008

First Tree in 15 Years--Dose of Reality

With mixed feelings, we have put up a tree this year. The idea was to create a new tradition for the little ones. They were very excited but tempers flared and it turned bad. Erin criticized the whole venture when she got home, claiming our current traditions were not good enough. So, now I can barely look at what was supposed to be something beautiful. The cat likes to play under there so it's messed up but I don't even care. Can't wait til it's all over now and I can take it down.

Friday, December 19, 2008

The Headlines Read . . .

Our Family Finally Begin Decorating!
Daring Mom Does Glitter

Angel Survives Neck Injury.
(pony tail bands support neck during recovery)
Cat now ready for Outside.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Preschool Program

Mya is doing very well in preschool. I believe she can recognize all of the letters and write most of them correctly. She just loves it and eats up learning. I am very proud of her. We are blessed to have her enrolled in a local church's preschool program. So, she gets Jesus time too. This video is from her program yesterday. It was a sing-a-long.

You will have to scroll down to shut off the playlist prior to viewing.


Sunday, December 14, 2008

Easy Christmas Cookies

Rolling and cutting is not my deal. So, when I found that the local grocery stores sell Christmas cut out cookies ready to bake, I was very pleased. I get the smell of the cookies and the kids get to do the part that they really enjoy. Some canned frosting, food coloring and various sprinkles and they are happy as clams (where does that saying come from, anyway??). Noah only decorated the two cookies. He spent his time rearranging the frosting and tasting it. As you can see, his hands and face were pretty blue when we were done. They took a bath afterward and I cleaned up the mess.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Twenty Five this Week


Tuesday, December 09, 2008

We Agree . . .

The best place to enjoy the snow is to view it from the window.

Saturday, December 06, 2008

Carpeting is In

These photos are mostly for Carrie since she is not in state to come and visit ;)
Fresh and clean and OH SO, soft!

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Cast Off Day!!

Today was the long awaited day for cast removal. Noah was very patient as Mike buzzed the saw and used an opening tool to get that stinky thing off. Then came the unwrapping of the hand. The peeling skin was totally gross and Noah scratched at it all the way home. After a bath, some lotion and a benedryl/codeine mixture, the itching has subsided and he is moving the hand. What a joy to see a real thumb and pinky!

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Feels like Vacation

After some training at **** hospital, I am back to working 5 days a payperiod. Because I work this coming weekend, I have Tues-Fri off this week. All of this worked out very well as Noah is getting his cast off TOMORROW--yippeee!!! And Friday, he has a followup eye appointment.

Because I am home, Keith also scheduled the carpet layers to come on Friday. The house is in total disarray due to moving all the furniture and junk out of the areas that are being carpeted. I'm looking at it as another opportunity to get rid of stuff that is not being used. Keith has been doing the final touches on the wood flooring. He had left the carpet/floor junctions thinking something special needed to be done but has figured out what to do now. Pictures will be posted following the carpet laying.

Otherwise, not much is new here. I'm getting anxious to put the house on the market but nothing can be done while the house is such a mess.
Here is a photo because, let's face it, no post is complete without one! Fortunately, the marker came off Noah's face easily. However, it did not come off the sofa behind him as well. Momma was not a happy gal!!

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Quiet Times at Home

Daddy and Noah put stakes in the ground so that Daddy can tell where the edge of the driveway is after it snows. Noah was so good about bringing the stakes to Daddy. Then I noticed they both were wearing camouflage hoodies!

Naps in the sunshine are the VERY best!! I told Mya that Kinko was sunbathing but Mya didn't quite understand the concept. So, I had her lay down next to the kitty. The sunshine was really warm on the sofa.

The second photo is looking down from the top of the back of the sofa.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Just for Fun

Take a gander at our favorite male blogger's Christmas look. Go HERE.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Laudry Room

Here we go!

Daddy's little helper.

Moving right along.

I have wanted our laundry room finished for about 10 years now. Nothing fancy. Just didn't want to be looking at insulation. It's funny how you get used to something and stop thinking about it. I told Keith that if guys look at garages when they are buying a home, then the women look at not only the kitchen but the laundry room. Therefore, it needed to be a bit more tidy looking in order to put the house up for sale. We settled on paneling and a malamine shelf. What do you think? Not too bad for an inexpensive project.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Keep on Keepin' On

Another busy week is nearing and end. Next week my work hours return to more of what they were prior to my start at **** hospital. If I have to do more training, I will be doing no more than 4 days per week--Weds off. It's just too hard on all of us. We need at least one day in the middle of the week to regroup. Training is going well. Nearly signed off in Heme/Coag/Manual. Moved on to UA miscellaneous desk. None of this will make sense to non-lab persons but I want to record it for myself. I'll be a regular tech in those areas and fit in more training as time allows.

Noah has healed well and hardly seems to notice his cast now. Will be so nice for him to have his hand back. Can't wait to see him use it. His language seems mushy lately. Might have to get his ears cleaned out. Seems like he isn't pronouncing things clearly. I can understand most of the time but get very frustrated at some points.

Mya is busy with pre-school. Next week we have a conference. So I will find out how she is really doing. I'm sure it will all be good.

Carrie and Jon came out to see my Dad last weekend. Long trip but I'm sure they are happy they did it. Erin went out on Sunday also. Seemed like a holiday at the nursing home. So many of my family were there. In one of his more lucid moments, Dad commented that we were taking up too much room and may have to move to a different spot. Wish I would have taken a picture of us all together, chatting and just being there with Dad. Carrie did take some pictures but haven't seen them. It is a great memory for me. Kind of bittersweet.

Home life is at a standstill as I train and we travel out to the farm. Finally vacuumed some today. The last time I did it was Saturday morning. Amazing how much dirt comes out of the carpet after just a few days. Pretty gross actually.

That's the update from here. Hope all is well with my readers :)

Sunday, November 09, 2008

Noah and Dad Updates

Hmmm . . . what is the white stuff ? ? ?

Bath time is even more interesting these days. Noah is not allowed to get his cast wet but he definitely needs to soak for a bit. After some thought, I put a bread bag over the cast and used one of these decorative socks (thanks Jo S.) to keep the cast from getting wet. Even if he forgets and lets his arm slip off the edge of the tub, it is protected. So far it has worked well.

We visited dad at the nursing home yesterday. He pulled Mya up in his lap so we could get a picture. Noah wasn't willing to get in there. Dad kept trying to stand up but they have an alarm on him so that he doesn't fall. We talked a bit and left when dad was worn out. Mya wanted to know when GP was going home to live with GM again. Noah keeps saying " why gampa in wheel chair?" I keep telling him that GP's legs don't work very well. In time, dad could walk again but he is pretty weak right now. He did complain that his butt hurt. :)

Had to get a picture with GM too. She's doing pretty good but the whole thing pretty much absorbs her mind as you would expect. Visitors are a much needed distraction.

Thursday, November 06, 2008

My Parents -- Tough Times

This is a photo from the first time dad met Noah. Dad spent some time in a children's home. So he is always asking about these two. Dad has Parkinson's. Mom has done a terrific job taking care of him but things just got to be too much a couple months ago. Dad is living in the local nursing home. Sometimes I wonder just how much nursing is done in the homes. I think they are understaffed and the employees sometimes become numb--not Mr Brian, though! Anyway, Dad got a UTI and it went into his blood. He has been in the hospital for a couple days and is now heading back to the home--a very weak man. Mom is doing the best she can but it is very hard. We appreciate your prayers. Thanks.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Noah's Surgery

Cell phone pictures -- I forgot the regular camera.
Playing with hospital toys prior to surgery.

Relaxing in the recovery room.

Noah came through his surgery well. The most difficult part was waking up to a casted arm and hand. He will wear that for a full month so that the grafting has a chance to fully heal.
Today went better with only a few requests to take the big purple bandaid/mitten off. He doesn't seem to be having much pain but I am trying to give him acetaminaphen and ibuprofin on a regular basis. He also has some codeine but I've been reluctant to give much of it--mostly if he complains a lot and at bed time.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Who has Grown More?

Firstly, let me tell you that I had to look long and hard to make sure the top picture was Kinko and not her brother Scooter. You will remember we kitty sat little Scooter, took him to his parents and then adopted Kinko, the carbon copy of Scooter.
Kinko has grown large enough to be spayed and declawed. They do it at 5 months now. I'm hoping she is full grown. Our other cats (toms) got to be 18 lbs--huge! Kinko is walking around rather gingerly with her sore paws.
It occurred to me that Noah may feel similar after his surgery. He will have a cast on to protect his fingers and the graft harvest spot on his arm near the inside of his elbow (anticubital area). We will have to restrict active play for a bit too--no daycare center for the first week.
Happy Saturday!

Friday, October 24, 2008

Can you say BUSY ? ! ? !

I know that some of you have been wondering what has happened to me. My posting has gone down a whole lot. There just are so many things happening. Let me mention a few.

First, Noah: He is a wonderful little boy but families still need adjustment time even with wonderful little boys! Some days run smoothly, others not so smoothly. Most recently, we have been to the International Adoption Clinic and the hand specialist. Noah's surgery is scheduled for Nov 3, at 7:30 AM -- prayers accepted. Next Wed, we will be at our pediatrician for a pre-op check (Mya will get a well check too.)

My Work: After considerable deliberation, I have resigned my current job and will start a new one on Oct 28. Here are my thoughts on the matter.

I'm working this weekend --my last at my current employment. Then next week I start at the afamed ****. I'm looking forward to a bigger setting but there will be SO much to learn. They are a Level 1 trauma center--one of three here in MN and one of 2 burn centers. They serve EVERYONE whether they have insurance or not. So, they are growing while other health care groups are laying off employees. I believe that God is in this one because I have been thinking a lot lately about "whatever you do for the least of these". Just typing it makes me tear up. **** serves the homeless, bums, criminals, drug abusers, etc. --truly what we typically consider to be the least of these.

Mya: Attends preschool twice a week. I believe because we have been very busy with my job change, the wood flooring and thinking about moving, she has had 3 night terrors this week. Last night went well but I deliberately did not go anywhere all day. We just stayed home and rested quietly. I even made Keith take the night off from the floor. We played puzzles, blocks and goofed around. It was a much needed "vacation" from our current hectic state.

Keith: Still working on the floor!! And other home improvements are in the works including some new carpeting and fresh paint.

Erin: WHO IS THAT??? Oh yeah, the young lady who resides downstairs. She is so busy we rarely see her--school, work, friends -- not sure that is the right order ;)

Above are some photos of what I did this morning. It is an annual ritual to blow the leaves off the lawn here in MN. For us, it is done 2-3 times a week until it snows, in hopes that there will be very few left on the grass when the white stuff falls. In the pictures, you will see our grass (the green stuff, tee hee) and our landscaping (still covered with leaves cuz didn't worry about that today).

Have a great weekend!! Don't forget to go over to http://seventhdiamond.blogspot.com/ to say "HI" to LaLa and wish little Coby "welcome to your family".

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Floor Update


Kitchen / Dining

Kitchen--Please excuse the perpetual mess.
It only gets totally cleared when we have company. ;O
Keith has been working for about 2 weeks on the floor. He still has the cord-around to do and the edges by the carpeting. We are trying to decide if/when to replace the carpeting. Looks really nice though.