Thursday, December 18, 2008

It's Thursday!

A week before Christmas. Holy cow. Time sure did fly since Thanksgiving. I can't wait for the big day though. I can't wait to see if the boys like their stuff. I have also bought things for some needy kids this year, and cleaned out closets to give some clothes away, so I hope I'm teaching them a life lesson here.

Yesterday, I chaperoned Nathan's 2nd grade class on a field trip to the McClung Museum on the UT campus and to the Clarence Brown Theater. Everyone had a blast, including me. :) At the theater, they gave us a behind the scenes tour basically. We saw the prop shop, the underneath area of the stage when they do trap doors and stuff, and then my favorite-the costume shop! They had huge dyeing vats, and then in the sewing room, they had about 4 Beninas, 2 Pfaffs and 2 Juki sergers. Needless to say, I was drooling. HAHA!! I only dream of having good machines like that. My little Kenmore will have to do.

Okay, I'm going to give you 3 things that are random, but I think are gonna make you smile.

1) Mint Truffle Hershey's kisses. If you haven't tried them, hurry to your local Walmart and buy a bag. They are da bomb diggity!!!

2) I am making keyfobs for all my female family/friends for Christmas presents. They look like this:

and you can get the instructions here.
They are SO simple to make.

3) Hmm, I'm gonna have to think on this one. I'll be back later with something for ya. ;)

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Shame on me

I stopped blogging about this, but should have kept it up. I'll try to post a recap of everything that happened in the past year of my life with Dad.

He was diagnosed 9-25-07 with lung cancer stage 3. He started chemo immediately and had 6 rounds total from october to april. In May he decided to not treat it anymore and stopped all treatments. In August he had gotten so bad with constipation and impaction, that he consented to go with hospice for help. They came in and were able to give him relief immediately, and then continued to care for him as much as he needed, or as little as he needed. In September he started to decline and I could tell he was getting worse. By 9-24 the nurses told me he would live about 5-10 more days. He lived 17 days and died on October 11th 2008. He fought long and hard and I admire him for that. He slipped into a coma 2 days before he died and was no longer in such awful pain. His death has left a gaping hole in my heart. I'm forever changed. I'm happy he's no longer suffering and is reuntited with the love of his life, my mother Marie. But, I sure do miss him. As the holidays grow closer, it's harder and harder to be happy without him here. But, I go through the motions for my children's sakes. They deserve to have the Christmas season be as magical as always.

Then, there's the issue of my ongoing infertility. I'm scheduled for a laparoscopy in January if I'm not pregnant before then. I'm convinced there's something wrong with me, causing the infertility. If it turns out I am wrong, I don't know what I'll do or who I'll blame then. ;)

Nathan's 8th birthday is saturday and we are planning a party for him at a local pizza place. He's soooo excited!! His friends from school are coming and he's very happy about that. I can't believe my baby is already 8!! Time sure has flown by. *sniff*

Speaking of time flying, our 16th wedding anniversary is on friday. It's been a wonderful, hard, trying, loving 16 years. A lot of things have happened in that amount of time. From the death of my mother, to Nathan's birth, then Zach's, and now the death of my father. We have had our ups and downs, but the past few years have been more ups, aside from Dad's death. Our marriage is stronger now than it's been in several years and I'm so grateful to have such a wonderful man by my side who still loves me despite my pitfalls. Love you honey!!