Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Celebrate a fellow-blogger's blogiversary!

Jill over at Jillian Inc. is celebrating her 2-year blogiversary! She is one of the first people that I started reading when I entered this great adventure of blogging, and, I truly consider myself blessed to have "met" such a kind and caring online friend. Head on over to her blog and say hello. While you're there, be sure to enter her blogiversary giveaways. She's offering some wonderful prizes. Good luck!

(For some reason, I can't get links to work on blogger today. You'll have to copy and paste link below)


Chance to win a Flip Video Camcorder

Daycare Life

Heather over at A Daycare Life is offering an awesome chance to win a free Flip video camcorder. These sound so simple and fun, who wouldn't love to win! Use the link below to get all the details and sign up for a chance to win. Good luck!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Pity Post

"A girl was lost in the jugol and she was never found but she was happy."

Artwork courtesy of my baby boy, Zachary (age 7)

Before you read any further, let me issue a warning: this is going to be a long pity post. It's going to be full of self-pity, whining, venting, and just a bunch of plain ol' feeling sorry for myself. If you're not up for it, I won't mind at all. Just feel free to exit and come back in a day or two. Hopefully I'll be in better spirits by then.

Back to the artwork above. This was done by my son during this past school year. I love this little picture and especially love the words he wrote to go along with it. It just seemed so simple yet so deep. Right now, I would like to be that girl - happily living carefree, although, lost, in the jungle. I'm just going through some stressful situations and I guess I'm not handling them very well. To begin with, our son Zachary, has a history of seizures. You may or may not have read about it when I discussed it in the past. Basically, all his tests have come back fine and normal, and, they aren't febrile seizures, they just do not know why they are happening. Apparently it's not that uncommon for children to have some seizures and then go on to outgrow them. We are praying that happens. He has continued to have a few seizures, usually once every month or two. They all (*knock on wood*) occur during the night, while he's sleeping. Even though it's always awful to go through, I'm just grateful they happen when he's at home with us, instead of at school or something. He's been on medication, but, due to the fact that he still continues to have seizures, his neurologist wants to try a different medication. He feels like we should be able to totally control them. We started the new med about a week ago, so far so good. But, it has been know, in some patients, to cause bad side effects (hostility, agitation, depression, suicidal tendencies, etc.) So, needless to say, I am extremely concerned and stressed about that. We are weaning him off of his original medication, which means, for a little while, he will be on both meds at the same time. This can also mean a better chance for having side effects. But, as I said, so far so good. He may be acting a little more rowdy and loud, but nothing to unbearable.

Now, onto stresser #2. Last week, my daughter went camping at the lake with her grandparents (my in-laws). Her cousin also went along. She came home Sunday night. Monday morning we get a call with news from my brother-in-law....little cousin has lice and apparently had caught it at daycare and had it the entire week she was camping at the lake. Of course, they didn't realize it but, ewwww! I have been a mom for 15 years and have never had to deal with lice. Frankly, it freaks me out. I immediately checked Shelby and didn't see a thing anywhere on her head/in her hair. But, I knew it was probably inevitable, since they slept in the same bed in the camper all week. Today, I did see a few flecks throughout her hair, so I assume it is lice. We spent almost three hours out on the back porch going through the treatment steps, applying the medicated shampoo, combing out every single strand of hair umpteen million times with that funky little special comb, etc. See the lovely photo below. It was hot, I was sweating, my glasses kept slipping down on my nose, but I didn't want to touch anything because I had rubber gloves on with the medication all over. UGH! It was not a fun afternoon. I have begun a major laundry-a-thon, washing anything and everything in hot water. My water bill will probably be sky-high. I've made Shelby throw away all her brushes, combs, ponytail holders, headbands, etc. I have vacuumed mattresses, couches, floors, etc. I'm not letting the neighbor kids come over to play, just to be safe. Keep your fingers crossed that we have those little buggers contained and exterminated. I wouldn't wish this on my worst enemy. If anyone has any words of wisdom on this subject, please tell me.

Next, stresser #3....for awhile, I have been thinking about going back to work. Not because I want to, but, because, financially, I need to. Hubby is a firefighter, but, has always done something else on the side. Most recently, he has been building houses. Over the last few years, he would build one or two houses a year and this was great. I was able to continue to stay home full time. However, this is not really an option right now. The economy and housing situation is so bad, no one is building. I'm a registered nurse, but I have been out of the work force for a little more than ten years, so it is extremely scary to think about getting back in. My nursing license has lapsed, so I will need to complete a refresher course and a few other things before going back to work. There are just a lot of logistics to work out - having four kids on three different school schedules for one thing, having a husband who works 24 hour shifts at the firehouse for another. I have always been here to put the kids on the bus, go on field trips, stay home with sick kiddos, etc. It tears me up to think I might have to give that up. Back when I was working, I worked night shift. I could do that again, prefer to really. But, then, there would be nights when both myself and hubby are working. I hate to leave the kids with babysitters (grandparents) overnight, especially when that is most likely the time of day Zachary could have a seizure. I feel selfish, because I know we need the extra money right now. But, I just can't figure out how it's all going to work out. I certainly have a whole new appreciation for working moms, I don't know how you do it. I keep praying every night that I will find a way. Pray for me, please.

If you're still with me, thank you for sticking it out and reading. I warned you it would be long and pitiful, didn't I? I actually feel a little better, just venting and getting it all down in print. Thanks for listening!


P.S. On a happy note, I just came across a $400 insurance check that I forgot we had....DUH! It came in the mail last week and I tucked it away in my planner and forgot it was there. I'm not usually so careless and forgetful but, as I said, it's been a very stressful week. Yippee for finding forgotton money, LOL!

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Mama Love

Awww! There's nothing like a mama's love....

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Funny commercials

Check out these hilarious commercials!

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Photo Shoot

Recently, we went out and had family photos made. They were done by a local photographer. She was fun, creative, and very easy to work with. Check out her site at:

Sorry, I'm having trouble getting links to work with blogger today. If you would like to see our photos, email me for the password to our proof gallery.