Monday, January 31, 2011


It was positively the best weekend we have had in a long time.  Matt and I decided that we needed to have a family adventure.  Matt and I talked about it and talked about it....we came up with several ideas, but finally I just left it up to Matt.

I packed a partial lunch (which we forgot) and headed out the door.  We ended up stopping at Subway and picked up some sandwiches.  Then we went to Garden of the Gods.  As we walked towards the path, Max looked up and said, "That is one huge rock."  I love the way he looks at things and gets so excited.  It was awesome.  We ate our lunch sitting on rocks and then wondered around the rocks for awhile. The kids thought it was great.  We packed up and went over to Balanced Rock and let them do some climbing.  Max is a bit more adventurous than we would like.  Ben was more caution, but I am sure some day he will be right behind his brother.  It was a great time and I thought it was over.  

But....Matt had another surprise for us.  The Penny Arcade in Manitou Springs.  We had a blast.  The kids liked playing a driving game as old as King Buzzy (70 something).  It was so much fun. The kids rode on all the funny ride and I even got my big butt on one with them.  We played and played.   The kids tried the spring water and did not like it much.  It was a lot like drinking carbonated water.  They were not fond of that.

All in all we had a great day.  It was so awesome to spend some time with the family.  Even better was that we had fun and it did not cost us a whole lot of money.  I am hoping that we can have big family adventures like this two or three times a month.

Friday, January 28, 2011


Is it really January?  Sure does not feel like it.  I walked outside with a sweatshirt and started I took it off.  I was in a long sleeve shirt and started I changed into short sleeves.  Really?  It is 70 degrees outside.  I cannot believe it.

I knew it was going to be nice, but not this nice.  I had already told the boys that we would go to the park after school....but it is going to be even better with the warmth and bright sunshine.  I am so excited.  It has not been a long winter or particularly gloomy, but this day just lifts up spirits.  The boys are so excited about riding their bikes.  I cannot wait.  Hurry up 3 o' cannot come soon enough.

I woke up this morning and decided it was going to be a good day (even before I found out about the sunshine). The fact that I am going scrapbooking with my girlfriends tonight might have had something to do with it.  Or, not.  I thought about it as I was lying awake last night, I came to the realization that I make the choice to be happy.  I am going to be happy.  I am not going to let anyone bully me into not being happy.  I can do this and it is my life to make happy. My hubby makes me kids make me friends make me happy.  And most important....just being me makes me happy.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011


I came up with a great book title last night.   Not sharing....want to make sure it is mine.  Matt decided it would be a great idea to start the chapters with a quote from the kids and then telling the story about that quote.  I am really excited about it.  It will take a couple of years to get it all written, but I am so excited about it.   

I always said I was going to write a book.  Now that I have the idea I cannot wait to do it.  I will start it over the next couple of weeks.  Wonder if anyone will actually read it.  I am hoping it will mostly be a comedy.  Kids are so darn funny.  I cannot believe some of the things they say.  

Life is good today.  Max and Ben both went to school today.  I scrubbed the sink, did laundry, made beds and so much more I cannot think of.  I am getting ready to sit down and crochet the kids some scarves.  They have been asking me to make one for a month or so and now it is time.  Hopefully just a day or so until they are all finished.  I need to start my niece's blanket soon too.  Not sure how long it will take me to make that.  Starting early on this one so I will not be rushing at the end. 

I am going to have a positive out look for the rest of the week.  It is conscious decision.  I am going to do it.  I can do this....silver lining is mine to have. 

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

No strep

There is no strep in my house, HOORAY.  Problem for me is the low grade fever we have been running.  Dr. does not seem to think it is much of anything.  He thinks it is Max just fighting off an infection of some sort.  Since it is not strep, they are not concerned.  Bothers me a little, but I will keep an eye on it.

I have been told that I should send him to school tomorrow.  He has a sore throat, cough and snotty nose....they are chalking it up to the Elementary school crud. Not sure how I feel about all of that....I will send him to school tomorrow, but be ready to pick him up if he is not feeling well.

It is nap time and I am hoping we all can get some sleep.


Today I am so tired I can barely see.  Dear Connor is having major problems with his family.  I feel so bad for him. That weighs on my mind every moment.....but there is nothing I can do but support him.

That is part of the reason I have been up all night, but not the only reason.  Max has had this low grade fever for the last 10 days or so.  It bothered me a little before, but yesterday he got the snotty nose, cough and sore throat to go with it.  At 6:30 the fever was down to 98.9, but at 8:00 it was up to 99.5 again.  I looked in his throat and  it is bright red.  I called the doc and left a message.  I love Doctor Hoover's office.  They got back to me in a matter of minutes.  She said that strep is going around and it can present with just a low fever and no other symptoms.  REALLY?  If it is so, I am going to feel even worse.  I could have taken him a week ago to get it checked out, but I did not really want to spend the money on the copay.  Is that horrible?

Me?  I am tired but not in too much pain today.  That is good.  Matt is in Denver again today, but should be home late tonight.  I am thankful for that.  I am getting my hair cut on Wednesday.  I cannot wait.  The girl who permed my hair did a great job on the perm, but screwed up my cut.  It was not so noticeable when my hair was super curly.  Now that it is growing out some, you can totally see the chunk she took out.  Thank goodness for dear friends who can make me beautiful.

I have not been back in the basement since my crop on Saturday.  That is sad.  I got a bunch of pages finished.  That makes me so happy.  I really want to get down there and get  more done soon.  I have to get more pictures printed soon.  I cannot believe I am almost caught up, well, just or the ones I have already printed.  I still have a year to print out.  New philosophy for me and scrapping...I am going to print pictures from one thing recent that I really want to scrap and one past thing that I "need" to do (not that I don't want to scrap them).

Off to start my busy day....It is going to be a good just has to be.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Long month or so

It has been an incredibly long month and a half.  The holidays were great with the family.  We got to see just about everyone.  I love having them around.

The boys are healthy...well, low grade fevers for a week now....but no other symptoms.  Matt is doing well and I am just hanging in there.  The shoulder saga continues.  I went to see the ortho doctor and he said more therapy for me.  It did not work last time, but this doctor actually knew what EDS was and I am thrilled for that.  maybe he knows what he is talking about.  So, I will go with it.  I made sure that he understands that I have seen therapists that have matters worse or just did not know what to do.  So, I am hoping they will find someone who knows how to treat me.  We will have to see.

I am hosting a crop for my scrapbooking friends tonight.  I am very excited about it.  I cannot wait. I am looking forward to hanging out with the girls and having a good time.   I will tell you guys all about it tomorrow.