Thankfulness

A year ago today, McDaddy left for a six-month deployment in Cuba.

Today, I am thankful for togetherness.

… Rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.  

 Colossians 2:7

A Bunch Of Stuff

I’m sitting in my BBB chair watching The View on the DVR, and my mind is full of stuff.

I know y’all are probably sick to death of hearing about the blood pressure, so I’ll do us all a favor and not mention that today. I will say though, that I am seeing a kidney specialist today, so hopefully I’ll at least know if McDaddy needs to offer up a kidney or not.

Thanks for your prayers! I appreciate it so much!

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McDaddy’s sister is an Arbonne consultant and when she was visiting West Virginia over Thanksgiving, she was shocked to hear that I do did not use a daily moisturizer. Or a monthly moisturizer for that matter. Because, you know, it never dawned on me that the reason my jaws felt so dry during wintertime was because a I needed a moisturizer. I have two words for you.

BIG & MISTAKE

By the looks of the two inch wrinkle between my eyes, I probably should have began using the moisturizer years ago. And, for the record I am also a fan of their facial masque, concealer, and mineral powder which says a lot because in years past, I bought whatever product was in the prettiest case, or whichever mascara had the big, fat orange tube because orange is my favorite color. Or whatever was on sale, buy-one-get-one-free.

Which proves there is a Science to my madness.

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Is it just me, or have the execs at NBC lost their minds?

First Jay has the show. Then Conan. Then Jay gets offered 1/2 hour and Conan gets offered an hour. Jay accepts the half-hour. Conan does not accept the later hour. Conan is out. Jay gets the show back.

Crazy talk, I tell you. For the life of me, I can’t understand why NBC would mess with two top-ranked shows. They should have left well-enough alone.

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I am not a sports fan, but I am a huge fan of the Olympics. Especially this cat.

Shh, don’t tell Phelpsie. It will our little secret!

My excitement meter is rising and I’m gearing up for Vancouver 2010.

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Dang. Another rerun on Grey’s Anatomy? It seems like every other week, Grey’s and Desperate Housewives show a stinkin’ rerun. Enough already. Or just bring on American Idol and I can be in my DVR glory until May. Oh, and speaking of the DVR I think I’m all in on Survivor this year. I haven’t watched the past three or four seasons because my television viewing was getting out of control and I had to take charge. Something had to go and between Survivor, DWTS, American Idol and Amazing Race – Survivor got the boot. But this season? Its heroes vs. villains which means some of my favorites will be back *coughColbycough*

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Remember the post about hair products where I asked  y’all to offer up your best hair product advice? I made a trip to Target and spent about 30 minutes in the hair product aisle with Alex and my iPhone scouring the shelves for the products that y’all suggested. Between 217 questions from Alex about what this spelled and what that was for, I purchased four products – 2 hairsprays and 2 round tubs of styling product. Every morning I feel like a school girl doing an experiment for her science project. I will present the results shortly although if you’re expecting some fancy schmancy colored charts with bullet points, I’m afraid you’ll be disappointed. Statistics is a long lost cousin of the math family and if you’ve spent any time here at all, you know that math is not my strong suit.

I’ve made it this far.

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There is snow in our forecast and that makes me sad because I am supposed to spend this evening with the girls. I’m praying that it heads north, or south, or anywhere but here.

And that, as they say, it that.

I do hope you have a lovely weekend.

Thursday Thirteen – 13 Recent Visitors

It’s time for another fun edition of Where Did You Come From?  Amused, as always!

Check it out!

1. Willmar, Minnesota arrived from google.com on “One Of Those Dreaded Christmas Letters” by searching for christmas letters that people have written.

  • Welcome, Willmar! I’m so glad you stopped by! I hope you enjoyed my past Christmas letters. Yes, I am one of those people who send the annual Christmas letter. Don’t hate me. I do hope you’ll continue to drop in!

2. State College, Pennsylvania arrived from google.com on “Over My Dead Body” by searching for longaberger casket.

  • Well, this proves that just maybe I’m not as crazy as I thought. State College, P-A, IF you happen to find a Longaberger basket casket, could you let me know, please? I have made it very clear to McDaddy that IF a Longaberger casket basket is not available, I want to be buried in the very best – a solid mahogany casket. Notice I said solid & mahogany, not pressed & wood. Oh, and if you’re interested, you can read all about my funeral plans, right here.

3. Deltona, Florida arrived from google.com on “God’s Word – From Inmates to Playdates” by searching for god’s promises for inmates.

  • Hey Deltona, Florida, guess what? God cares for you and cares about you! Hold tight to His promises, cling to His word, and know that He will meet you where you are! I hope you seek Him during this difficult time in your life! 

4. Gresham, Oregon arrived from google.com on “Wow! That’s weird. – From Inmates to Playdates” by searching for child swallowed tip of plastic fork.

  • What’s up, Gresham? I’ve never had a child to swallow the tip of a plastic fork. However. However, I suspect it’s just as crappy searching for the plastic tip of the fork as it is for a penny, which by the way my child swallowed. Ahem! Welcome to the crappy club, sister.

5. Indianapolis, Indiana arrived from bing.com on “Wet T-Shirt Contest” by searching for t-shirt wet contest.

  • Seriously, this whole Wet T-shirt contest post has sent me tons of visitors on Google. Indianapolis, I’m sure you were disappointed about MY wet t-shirt post. There were 15 or so of us gals playing a game at a Ladies Retreat attempting to thaw a frozen t-shirt faster than the other team. Yes, as a matter of fact, we do know how to party!

6. Santa Cruz, El Beni arrived from search.yahoo.com on “2009 May” by searching for rotator flight out of gtmo.

  • Hello Santa Cruz, I’m so glad you’re here! My hope is that you do not have a loved one deployed at GTMO. However, if you do, you should totally make the trip. Despite all that is happening there, it is a beautiful place. Me and my sweet boys spent a wonderful week there while McDaddy was deployed over there. Good luck to you!!!

7. Sylvan Lake, Alberta arrived from google.ca on “Stupid Cold Sores” by searching for stupid cold sore.

  • Hello Sylvan, cold sores suck. Period. Oh, and their stupid, too.

8. Sacramento, California arrived from google.com on “Stupid Cold Sores” by searching for cold sores are stupid.

  • Hi Sacramento, Ditto to you on the cold sores. Stupid. Sucky.

9. Ypsilanti, Michigan arrived from google.com on “2009 January 03” by searching for personalized plates ideas saturn sky.

  • Yikes, hey Ypsilanti (sheesh, that’s a tough one!). First, if you happen to work for GM and are searching for a personalized plate for the new Saturn Sky that y’all plan to giveme, please, let me give you some ideas – 1. TOPLESS (ha! sorry, I had to!), 2. My Sky, 3. Gr8Sky, 4. SxySky, 5. Gr8Sky, 6. SeeYa, 7. Blessed, 8. James4 2, or just anything at all you want to put on it would be fine with me! *crossing fingers!*  

10. Mandeville, Louisiana arrived from google.com on “Thursday Thirteen – 13 Vehicles We’ve Owned” by searching for how to bleed brakes for a 1996 toyota camry.

  • Mandeville, Louisiana, I’m sorry to say that you probably didn’t find what you were looking for as I know nothing of the bleeding of the brakes. Now McDaddy on the other hand, he could tell you all you need to know about the brakes and the bleeding. Interesting enough though, I loved my 1996 Toyota Camry. It was a great ride.

11. Cincinnati, Ohio arrived from google.com on “Thursday Thirteen – Can “U” Do It?” by searching for What can u do with a spatula.

  • Hi Cincinnati! Um, I must admit that I don’t do much with a spatula because I don’t spend any more time than necessary in my kitchen. However, my top uses for a spatula would be scraping mashed potatoes from the bowl or cake mix from the bowl. Unless you are McDaddy who mistakenly calls a turner, a spatula, but don’t hold that against him. He’s a good guy even though he gets a bit confused about kitchen utensils.

12. Syracuse, New York arrived from google.com on “Wet T-Shirt Contest” by searching for 2009 Nap Wet T Shirt Contest.

  • Okay, so I have no idea what Nap Wet T Shirt Contest is, but I can tell you that 4-5 per day end up here on my doorstep searching for that very thing. I tried to hook up over at Google, but something told me to turn back, so, Syracuse, if you’re still here, can you fill me in? Please?

13. Costa Mesa, California arrived from google.com on “From Inmates to Playdates” by searching for julie little lowes.

  • Hey Costa Mesa, how goes it? I have no idea who Julie Little Lowes is, but I can tell you that there’s not a whole lot of little on this Julie unless you’re talking about my math skills. Oh, and I did go to the Lowes over the weekend.

Happy Thursday, y’all!

You Capture – Color

 This week’s You Capture challenge was an easy one. It was also a lot of fun because I love bright colors!

My purse…

 My Cuban umbrella…

 Not my favorite fruit, but certainly my favorite color,

 A colorful Longaberger pottery pitcher,

And speaking of color, look what a little color can do for a blank white wall….

Our new playroom!!!

Yes, it is as bright as it looks! And I love it! I can’t wait to get the carpet and the Wall Words up!

You Capture is colorful this week over at I Should Be Folding Laundry!

Making Things Happen

There are three types of people in the world.

People that make things happen.

People that watch things happen.

And people who say, “What just happened?”

McDaddy is 100% the kind of person who makes things happen.

For instance, this week, we are in the midst of some major basement renovations. Or I guess if I’m being honest, I should say, McDaddy is doing most of the work and I am doing most of the picking out and cleaning up. And it is coming along nicely. In fact, if you come back tomorrow, I’ll show you a picture of the walls. Half of the wall is bright red and half of the wall is bright yellow. And might I add, it looks fabulous!

Also this week, McDaddy helped our sweet Stevie put the finishing touches on his pinewood derby car.

Where again, McDaddy made things happen.

The car started out as a block of wood. And if you, like me, knew nothing of the pinewood derby car before now, you should know that the pinewood derby car starts out as a plain block of wood. Period.

Without wheels and without an axle.

I adore McDaddy because instead of taking that block of wood and modifying the crap out of it making a souped up mini-version of the heap (ahem! I mean JEEP) that would plow over and ahead of any competition that stood in its way, therefore all but guaranteeing a trophy for our boy, McDaddy opted to let Stevie do 98% of the work. The picking of the design, the sanding, the cutting, the painting of the car and the little driver, and the helping to knock the nailed wheels into the groove.

My contribution to the derby car was to find Jimmie Johnson stickers.

Which by the way was an impossible task because apparently there are no Jimmie Johnson stickers within a 271 mile radius of the McResidence. That simple fact did not matter to my sweet Stevie because how can you have a Jimmie Johnson car without the Lowe’s racing logo and number “48 thingamajig”.

I then had a decision to make. Break Stevie’s heart because we couldn’t find Jimmie Johnson stickers, OR, be one of those people who make things happen.

This is what we did.

We made a visit to Google Images and searched for Jimmie Johnson’s logo and Lowes Nascar.

Then we cut out the logos and put them through my handy-dandy Xyron sticker maker that my in-laws gave to me for Christmas a few years back which is super simple to use by the way.

And voila’

A Jimme Johnson pinewood derby car.

More on our first pinewood derby race coming soon!

Google and the Xyron Sticker Maker worked for me!

Head over to We Are THAT Family for lots more Works for Me! Wednesday posts!

Lessons from the ER

I learned a number of things this week, but sadly, I have a monster headache thanks to my stupid blood pressure and am not sure I can think clearly. And since I’ve spent twelve hours over the course of two days in the ER, most of what I learned this week took place there. I’ll do my best to keep this list short and sweet, especially since I can barely see straight.

1. When you are in the ER, there is always someone in more pain than you. Especially if the gal beside you has a “bad urinary tract infection.”

2. It takes longer to prepare a patient for an EKG, than it does to run the actual test.

3. The blood pressure is a tricky monster to figure out. At times it’s more like a beast.

4. When you are first admitted into the ER, it is probably a good idea to use the bathroom before they place the leads for the heart monitor on your chest and the oxygen sensor on your finger.

5. Hospital beds are not the least bit comfortable. The bedside chair is even more uncomfortable. Just ask McDaddy.

6. If your potassium is low, you can count on taking four big, honkin’, potassium tablets that will most likely make you gag.

7. If you arrive at the ER for dangerously high blood pressure, you can expect to be there for approximately five hours before being released. Which means that you should totally take your iPhone charger to the ER with you.

8. There are no secrets in the ER. With hospital beds just inches apart, it is impossible to have a private conversation.

9. Be prepared to answer the same twelve questions, 319 times.

10. If you are in the ER due to blood pressure problems, your arm will be pretty much feel like jello the day after your ER visit.

Head over to Musings of a Housewife for more What I Learned This Week posts.

And since I have a nice round list of ten, I am also linking to Oh Amanda’s Top Ten Tuesday!

A Fly On The Wall

Our home is a joyful place.

Except when two of its members are squabbling over the same version of Lightning McQueen.

Or the youngest of its members forgets that his teeth are only for chewing food.

Even then, the McResidence is a great place to be. Things seldomgo awry. The situation rarely escalates to a point where an adult is required to step in. Everything is so tidy, that no one ever loses anything or leaves toys lying around. Every member of this house is eager to pitch in to do his part, leaving very little work for me. And, as you might of guessed, this place runs like a well-oiled machine.

(Ahem!)

And if you were a fly on the wall, YOU WOULD NEVER hear the following statements in our home…

“Can someone please wipe my bottom?”

“Daddy” (times about 4,329)

“Mom, where is my [insert item here]”

“Mom, can I play the Wii?”, “Or the DS”,”Or the computer”

“Mom can we please watch a show?”

“Are these clean or dirty?”

“I don’t want to!”

“I can’t”

“Is it bedtime?”

“Can this be a play bath?”

“Ew, what is this stuff? Well, I don’t like it!”

“Did you remember to call the insurance company?”

“If toys are left out again, they will be put up and you won’t see them for a month!”

“Is it time to pick up Stevie?” (at least 14 times a day!)

“Mom, why do we need fingernails?” Um, good question, I really have no idea!

“Do you want me to get the spankin’ spoon?”

“Mom, are you in the bathroom?”

“Do I need my aggerly (allergy) pill today?”

“Can we take the JEEP?”

“Mom, can I wear my snow boots today?”

“I’m mad at myself!”

“Can I have a brown sugar and cimmanun poptart?”

I suspect I answer approximately 3,281 questions each day.

And, if you were a fly on the wall in our home, you would not have heard the following conversation take place three nights ago…

ME: “Alex, do not put that booger on the couch, you need to get a tissue – Alex, what are you doing with that booger?”

ALEX: “Putting it back in my nose!”

Seriously, you would NOT have heard that from my 4 year old darling boy because he always wipes his nose with a tissue.

Oh, and FYI, McDaddy and I most definitely did NOT spend another Friday night in the ER because of my stupid blood pressure.

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Forgiveness

For this week’s edition of Fresh Year, Fresh Start, we are asked to share what God has pressed upon us regarding how to train, discipline, disciple, and teach the precious treasures we have been entrusted with.

And man, is it a difficult job at times.

There are days when I’d just as soon pull my hair out as to brush it.

There are days when I question if I have this parenting thing down. And there are days that I am sure that I don’t.

For a fresh year and a fresh start, I need to start with me. The best way to “teach” or “train” my children is to “live” it in their presence. My sweet boys do not miss a lick.

Hear me?

I said they do not miss a lick.

When McDaddy and I are talking about things or situations, their ears are 100% tuned in.

Sometimes days or weeks pass before they ask me a question regarding a conversation that I thought they were not paying attention to.

They are also pretty quick to question my motives and behaviors just as I would question theirs.

Whether I’m driving in the car, talking on the phone to a salesperson, or interacting with them, it is important to watch my behavior, and my mouth.

Oh sweet mercy. The mouth.

If I made a list of my faults (and believe me, it would be a long one!) my mouth would be at the top of the list.

My mouth is a serious source of trouble for me. Especially with my kids.

The second that some sort of nonsense flies out of my mouth, I am reminded of Psalm 139:4 that says, “Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O Lord.” And by that time, it is too late.

The Holy Spirit is quick to speak to me about my mouth and reminds me to try to be better the next time. What can I say? I am a work in progress. Thanks to forgiveness, I get a fresh start everyday.

About a year ago, our six year-old told me a lie. Knowing that this was a very important life lesson, I sent him to his room so that I could think about how to handle the situation and how I should discipline him. I opened my Bible to find a verse about lying. We sat down with his Bible and talked about Psalm 12:22 which says, The Lord detests lying lips, but he delights in men who are truthful.

We also discussed Psalm 34:13 that says “Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking lies.” I believe he understood the words in the verse and the importance of living it. We talked at length about lies and how they get us into trouble. I had a tough time believing that my little one would lie to me, but it was an awesome opportunity to talk about lying as a sin.

And the we talked about forgiveness.

I am thankful that I am forgiven even though I am a work in progress.

This post is linked to Run the Earth, Watch the Sky‘s Fresh Year, Fresh Start series.

The One Where McDaddy Offers Me His Kidney

It’s 9:12 pm and I am sitting in my big, blue, bloggy chair writing my post for tomorrow. McDaddy and I are watching Grey’s Anatomy in live time which is weird because we rarely watch anything in live time anymore.

I am doing my best to keep myself stress free because my blood pressure is still a hot mess. Which basically means I can’t worry myself with minor details like whether I should eat a chocolate poptart or a cherry one.

Or what I should watch next on my DVR.

If you’re a regular around here, you know that I’ve been having some, shall we say, issues with my blood and its pressure.

My last reading was 142/97. The one before that was 163/113. And that’s with the aid of a small pill three times a day.

A nurse friend of ours suggested that maybe something is wrong with my kidneys. Me and McDaddy talked it over this morning and he has agreed to give me one of his kidneys if that be the case.

Which makes me happy because giving someone a kidney is a big deal.

So far, I’ve had blood work.

An EKG.

And a CT Scan to check for neurological deficits.

Believe me, the deficits? They are there. This I know for sure. I’d be willing to bet though that they are not causing my blood pressure because they’ve been there for years.

My sister-in-law suggested I not Googlize the words blood and pressure for fear that I would self-diagnose myself and get the big idea to start a discussion with McDaddy about whether or not he would give me a kidney whenif it came to that.

By the time you read this, I will most likely have met with my Doctor so that he can decide how to proceed. I am hopeful that he will find the source of the hot mess and fix it because I have decisions to make regarding our basement renovations. I am picking out paint tomorrow for the new playroom and everybody knows that the process of picking out paint can be very stressful, especially if the paint picking out party is commencing at the Lowe’s.

I am thinking of painting the walls two-tone with chair rail.

The bottom half of the wall will be yellow.

And the top half of the wall will be red.

Yes, I said red.

I know. I know.

It’s enough to stress a gal out.

I had decided on an orange top and a turquoise bottom but then Stevie asked about painting the room in some sort of Jimmie Johnson blue, and adding “48” and “Lowes Racing Team” decals all over the walls.

And then I explained that he used to adore The Wiggles and the Thomas the Train. The Wiggles mean nothing to him now and Thomas is but a fleeting tub of toys in the bottom of his closet that finds its way out every few weeks. And that months from now, he would most likely move on to some new interest leaving Jimmie Johnson and his Lowes car in the dust.

So, no. We will not be painting the playroom Jimmie Johnson blue. We looked at the paint brochures together and together we agreed on the red and the yellow. I am very excited. And, with a little bit of luck I’ll get to Lowes and stick with the plan. But keep in mind that I am hyped up all manner of blood pressure meds, along with copious amounts of Dr. Pepper. And that’s IF the folks at Lowes cooperate.

I promise to post pictures as soon as the room is done.

In the meantime, I’ll be googling kidney donors just to have all my bases covered.

Happy Friday y’all!

You Capture – Around The House

For today’s You Capture, Beth challenged us to find love around your home.

This was an easy (and great) challenge because there are so many things in our home that I love! 

I chose thirteen things because, well, it’s Thursday and that’s what I do on Thursdays!

1. My bed – OH. MY. LANDS. I love, love, love my bed! Between the Facebook, the DVR, and the Blog, I don’t spend nearly as much time in it as I would like, but, that’s my own fault. Hear me. I love our bed!

2. McDaddy’s sister and her hubby are photographers. They designed this masterpiece which I totally adore! The verse at the bottom says, “Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Romans 12:10”  Love. This.

3. This is my wedding bouquet (which is silk) and it is displayed beautifully in our hallway. I’ve loved this from the minute I picked it up!

4. This little gem is my baby blanket made by my aunt. It’s as old as I am which means its been around awhile. I recently had a friend from church add the satin trim, because the original trim was ripped and fraying. I smile everytime I look at it thinking about how special it is.

5. This quilt hangs from the railing in our loft. It was quilted by my great-grandma. Before I knew anything about quilting, I looked at this as nothing more than a blanket. However. Once, I learned a little bit about quilting and the gigantic amount of work that it is, I looked at this quilt much differently. It is one of the few items in my possession that belonged to my great-grandparents.

6. McDaddy remodeled our bathroom almost single-handedly. Our double bowl sink features these bad boys. I LOVE! these faucets. They are so different from any I’ve ever seen before and I love different. Sometimes I walk into our bathroom just to turn the faucet on.

7. Sweet mercy, where would I be without my beloved TiVo. Until the iPhone walked into my life, I considered the TiVo to be the best invention of my time. I LOVE the convenience the DVR affords.

8. And speaking of the iPhone… genius, pure genius and of course, MUCH LOVE!

9. This is my drug of choice. It is also known as Dr. Pepper. I love it, but I do not love the calories.

10. I LOVE my fellas and my fellas LOVE the Wii.

11. So this sexy, sleek Saturn Sky isn’t necessarily at my house, but I would LOVE for it to be. And since the folks at Saturn did away with the Saturn Sky (boo!) maybe they have an extra one sittin’ on a lot somewhere needing a home.

Look no further.

I would welcome the Sky with open arms and I would LOVE it forever and ever.

Hallelujah. And amen.

 

12. Now, let’s just pretend for one second that my camera is actually focused.

I love Longaberger baskets. I became a consultant because I collected them. And because McDaddy enjoys the fact that I can now purchase them at a discount. LOVE Longaberger and I love discounts.

13. Did I mention that I love my fellas?

Like I said. Lots of love around our home. I am one blessed gal!

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This post is linked to You Capture over at I Should Be Folding Laundry.