Thursday, March 31, 2011

Kid Chatter: SNAKES…still bother him

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My sweet tender hearted, yet always moving and having his volume stuck on the loudest possible setting eldest son, HATES snakes.  I mentioned it before.  Darn that parent that let him watch Indiana Jones.

Just to prove that this truly still bothers him, I give you Exhibit A from before…the puzzle missing the Nevada/snake infested piece:


Infested piece:


And now Exhibit B:


In Health class, the kids were asked to draw something that they are afraid of.  Lanham picked snakes.  Shocker!


I didn’t make a big deal out of it because I didn’t want to belittle his fears.  Everybody has them.  I’m scared of this freaky guy from those Leprechaun movies. 


He’s lurking under my bed.  I swear. 

The funny (scary?)  part of this happened the next day when I asked his buddy Owen about Health class assignment.  His reply, “I drew a man with guns…it is REALLY scary to me.”  Whoa!  Snakes vs. guns.  Should I be happy that my kid’s fears were of a more innocent nature or should I be nervous that he doesn’t have more real world fears? 

I laughed.  Probably shouldn’t.  However, the range between what the two boys were afraid of was just so crazy I couldn’t help myself.  Thoughts?

Love my carpoolin’ kiddos.  Love my 2nd grader.  Hate that Leprechaun. 

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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

And now we return to our regularly scheduled blogging…..

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It’s been almost two weeks since my last post and boy has it been a scary and wild ride.  As a mentioned before, I went to my hometown for a long weekend to be with my dad during his knee replacement surgery.  That was March 11.  I headed back north, he was feeling pretty great considering the surgery and we were all getting back into our groove.  Kids, school, practices, couponing, blogging…


I even returned to the gym…until about midway through my exercise class on March 21 when I saw my husband in the window of the classroom in his work clothes.  Never a good sign.  I figured something was wrong with the kids.  Instead he told me that my dad was having a heart attack and was in an ambulance on his way to the hospital.  I lost it. 

So much went through my head…he lives 2 hours south of me..he just had a surgery…he already has 6 stints in his heart…GOD why can’t he quit smoking…I’m not ready for this…

Long story short, a clot had formed, most likely due the changes that were made in his blood thinners for the knee surgery. The clot went to his heart and got stuck in one of his stints causing a heart attack.  He was rushed to the cath lab where they took care of the clot and then spent the next three days in the ICU.  It was emotionally draining for all of us, including my dad.


The day after the heart attack, my dad started to tell me the story.  He said that he had felt nauseous and then got the sweats.  He went out onto his front porch, sat down and couldn’t get back up.  Luckily he had his cell phone with him and was able to call 911.  None of us want to think of how this story would have changed if he didn’t have the phone. 

Every time any of us think about the phone, our eyes get full.  I’m still not back to normal.  I can’t explain it.  He’s had heart attacks in the past and my mom has had some scares as well.  But for some reason, this time has hit me hard.  I think about my health, how I used to smoke and never worked out.  That lifestyle is in my past.  I’m proud of it.  Probably to vocal and too proud, but that keeps me going when I’m ready to hop off the spin bike and quit. 


I hope we’re showing our boys a healthy way to live.  I’m hoping to show my dad that small changes are BIG.  I hope this is the final eye opener for him.


I hope you are all still bearing with me while I spill my guts.  I know my blog is usually about pretty, yummy and funny things.  I just needed to get this out there in order to move forward.

A HUGE THANK YOU to all of our friends and family for all the love, support and helping hands.  Its been a very trying month, but their help made things much more tolerable. 

So…as the title says…I’m now returning to my regularly scheduled (or not so scheduled) bloggy self…

(The above photos were taken the day before my dad’s heart attack.  I was hoping to include them in Beth’s You Capture “Youth” theme, but obviously life had other plans.  I’m including them here because I can…and they're a reminder of quickly life can change.  I had actually talked to my dad while taking these pics.)

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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Rockin’ Around The House

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After being out of town for a long weekend to be with my post-op dad, my house was in need of some deep cleaning.  Not that Derek didn’t keep up his end of things…he dusted and vacuumed the entire house while I was gone.  However, I’m a little OCD (a lot?) and get down to the nitty gritty while cleaning.

Times like these deserve a playlist that keeps me going.  Unfortunately, I didn’t have a playlist named “cleaning”…yet.  I opted for shuffle and was bopping around all morning. 

I mean tell me that Tony Toni Tone’s “Feels Good”  doesn’t make cleaning toilets a little more tolerable? 

And years after returning back to Illinois from living in Miami, I’m still in love with Latin music.  Just imagine me mopping with a salsa step.  Scary?  You bet.

Then this oldie, but goodie rolled across my shuffle…

All in all, a successful morning of cleaning made much more fun by the shuffle on my ipod…and the constant giggles and stares I got from Braden watching his mama showing off her “moves”…

…in yellow rubber gloves. 

…an old T-shirt

…and daddy’s boxers.

Hot mess.

Gleaming toilets.

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Friday, March 11, 2011

I’m still alive….

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Just checking in with you all to say that I’m still alive and kicking!  Just VERY busy these days and now I’m off to be with my dad. 


He had his second knee replacement surgery this morning and all went really well.  Hoping to perk the ol’ guy up when those pain killers wear off.

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Love you dad…the kids are so excited to have Robocop for a Papa. <wink>

I’ll be back to my regular self next week…well, “regular” for me anyway.

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