Tuesday, December 31, 2013

2014

This past year has gone by so fast that I am hardly believing it is New Year's Day tomorrow. My mom has been gone for 4 years now, as of today. I miss her every day. So do the kids. 
 I have been vegetarian bordering on vegan for two weeks now. I can't say I see a lot of difference in my life but if I think of the animals that aren't dying because of me, there is one. 
  It is cold here now, but not as cold as it usually is. We have really only had one bad cold spell, and it lasted a few days then the weather went back up to almost 80 again. Now it is in the 50's to 60's during the day and 30's to 40's at night. 
  Marshall and the boys have been working on moving my garden area to run along the fence between our house and Di's. That should keep Sandy from trying to get through the fence to eat Di every time she hears her over in her yard. 
  Shadow is getting a lot bigger. She is almost the same size as Evie. She's a love-bug too and likes kitty treats. She and Evie are best friends and play together all day. Currently she is sleeping under my purple tree here in the office.
 Hopefully this next year will be a good one. I want to start working with animal rights groups and do protests and really walk the walk this year. I also want to go completely vegan and get this weight off for good. 
Happy New Year's everyone!

Monday, December 2, 2013

One Month to Go

It has been a long time since I updated here. Lots has happened since school started. Sean starred in the play Electra as her husband, Marshall's back is getting worse, Logan moved to Houston to help out a friend, and Jess is finally scheduled for her reattachment surgery this month.  Thanksgiving went really well. Now we are working on getting Christmas over with.  Logan is supposed to be coming home then, and since Jess has a new boyfriend, he will be here too. At least she moved out and we were able to separate Sean and Bryan. Now each of them has his own room. That makes for less fighting.
 

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Bryan is Back in School

We finally got Bryan back in school today. We had an ARD for him yesterday to get his plan set up and he got to start today. I am glad to have time back, but I am concerned about him being in public school again with his medical issues and all the absences. He had 27 last year until we took him out and because of that, he has to repeat 7th grade because the school wouldn't test him to see if he could go to 8th where he should be. I feel sorry for him, but it was his choice to not do homeschool. 
  Jess is still here. I think she is doing well enough to move out on her own. 
  We have a new kitten. Her full name is Shadow, Creature of the Night, but we call her Shadow. She is a tiny little black thing, with lots of energy. I got her from Heather's ex boyfriend Reno on the 25th. I love watching her chase Evie and Stevie. They are so much bigger, but she is a lot faster, so it evens out. 
 I am thinking I am going to go take a nap. I didn't sleep well last night and am really tired this morning.

Monday, August 26, 2013

First Day of School

After having all summer to decide what he wanted to do, today Bryan refuses to do any work and is being sent back to public school. Tomorrow morning we are re-enrolling him in the school we took him out of in February. I can't say I am happy, but he brought this on himself.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

School is Almost Here!

It is almost time for school to start again. Seanie is a Junior this year and Bryan is starting 8th grade. A lot of states start before we do so I have been seeing a lot of first day of school posts on Facebook this past week. All of this means two things: fall is almost here, and Halloween is right around the corner! Yay! My all-time favorite  holiday! 
  Today I am taking my mother in law to a doctor's appointment. That means sitting for possibly hours while she is in there, so I am taking a book. Hopefully I won't be waiting too long.
  Yesterday Heather's car died and so Marshall is having to take her to work until they get another one. Sean is on his own and is going to have to walk to work. It's not like it's a long walk, maybe a mile. It won't kill him. They can't afford to get another car right now, or so Sean said yesterday, so it looks like this is going to be how it goes for a while
  Jess is back in the hospital. She went in on the 17th. I am hoping it isn't too long of a stay this time because last time she whined the entire time that no one came up to sit with her. Now that school is starting, I don't have the time to sit all day up there and Marshall isn't able to. Besides, she is an adult and needs to learn to do things for herself instead of having us do them.
 

Monday, August 12, 2013

My New Office

Today I got a new office. Well, it is new to me. It used to be the boys' bedroom until we built them a new one. I moved my desk and cabinets and everything in here this morning and now for the decorating. That is always the best part of a new room. I can't paint or replace the carpet right now, but I can decorate the walls and such. There are even little stars on the ceiling from when Heather lived in here. So at night I get my own little planetarium show :)  I also finished painting my file cabinet a pretty grass green and I am going to move my herb trunk in here from my room, So far, Stevie is the only cat that hangs out in here, but they will come around once they get used to it being an office. I am a very happy witch at the moment :)

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Ready for Fall

I am really ready for fall. It is getting so hot here that I can't think and I hate going outside because I can barely breathe. It seems a lot hotter to me now than it did when I was little. Either that or I am just getting old and intolerant of the heat. My kids don't seem to be bothered by it. Maybe it is age. 
  Since Friday we have been down to just 3 cats. I miss my other babies, but they went with my kids to their homes. Heather took Riven and Smoke and Ian took Fuzzy and Pumpkin. We have Stevie, Evie, and Klinger. They seem to be ok with the other cats gone, but time will tell.
  Jess is doing a lot better and has been going out with her friends a lot. Last night she didn't come home so I guess she was having fun.
  Marshall, Logan, Bryan, and Michael are watching Iron Man. Today is apparently movie day. We will be watching the last 2 Harry Potter films.plus maybe the Good Witch series if there is time. Those are my favorites :)

Thursday, July 25, 2013

She's Out of the Hospital and other news

Jess was released from the hospital two days ago. She still has pneumonia. Tell me, what hospital would let a patient with pneumonia out? That makes no sense to me at all. 
  Good news, the tree is finally down! Now there are a bunch of hibiscus plants in my yard where our neighbor decided to give us all of hers. My MIL is getting our roses for her yard and some root cuttings from the other plants we got from the neighbor.
  I think I am finished with getting stuff for Bryan's school. I decided not to do the zoology and I am combining the two history classes into one. He has no real interest in history, but needs to know it. 
 For a week now I have been trying to sell this antique secretary desk I bought about 12 years ago when we had a house with a formal living room. I paid $1,700.00 for it then, and it appraised two years ago at $2,000.00. I am only asking $1,500 for it, and it is in excellent shape for something from the late 1800's. It amazes me that no one wants it. It is gorgeous and hand carved with hardly any wear or damage but a couple of tiny scratches. I did have someone offer me $800 for it and the chair, but I refused. That is way too low. I guess I am keeping it for a while. 

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Eat Fat to Lose Fat- My Experiment

I have embarked on a whole new way of eating. It is a little Paleo, a little low carb, and a whole lot of different. Marshall thinks I have lost my mind, but it seems to be working. I am eating lots of food, lots of fat and I am slowly losing weight. No exercise either, since I have been sick for the past week with a bad cold. I have been adding about a 1/4 cup of coconut oil to my shakes in the mornings, I am cooking with coconut oil and butter instead of margarine, and I am getting ready to learn to make Ghee. Here is a link to the tutorial:
Ghee Tutorial. I need to find a local source for grass-fed butter and meat though. I am also thinking of making some coffee in a weird way: Butterbeliever has this recipe: Energy Coffee Recipe and it sounds interesting. So, am I nuts? I think as long as it works, I am all for it.

Done with Summer

I am ready for summer to be over. It is too hot and I can't wait for school to start. I have been working on getting Bryan's textbooks together for this year and just need to get stuff for art history and zoology. He will be doing American and World History together as well as Algebra and Biology and Zoology, plus Art History and Auto Mechanics with Logan and Construction with Di and Marshall. I am thinking I might throw in some Chemistry too if there is a need for it. 
  Speaking of school, Boo is looking into law school. I guess after all those years of us telling her she needed to be a lawyer she decided to listen. I am really happy she is going back to school.
  Ian is looking into school too. He wants to do law enforcement. That scares me but he is an adult, so I have to let him do what he is going to do.
  Sean is going to be a Junior this year. I am really proud of him. He is in Varsity Theater and Orchestra this year. He has worked so hard to get there, and we are all very happy for him. 
  Jess is still in the hospital. Now she is on oxygen because one of her meds is causing problems. I hope these doctors can get her straightened out soon. Her body can't take much more of this.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Awesome Advice

From Raw for Beauty on Facebook. Awesome advice for everyone to remember.

My Family

This is my family, Christmas 2012.  Front row left to right: Heather, Me, Jess  2nd Row left to right: Sean, Bryan (with ham in his mouth), Ian, and my husband Marshall      Back row: Heather's husband Sean. 
  Now you have faces to go with the names :)

Monday, July 15, 2013

She's still in the Hospital

Now the doctors are saying it was a bad flare-up of the Crohn's and they have put her on biological meds for it. She still doesn't know when she will be coming home, but it should be soon.
  I have been sick for the past few days with a bug I caught when I went to the grocery store, of all places. It felt like strep with a bad fever, chills, dizziness. All the goodies.
  Marshall has another doctor's appointment tomorrow for his disability. He has to be there at 8:30 in the morning. Oh joy.
  We have had no money at all for the last week, and groceries are running out. Doesn't look like there will be any money any time soon either as the new trust manager isn't taking my calls or calling me back. This is not good. It seems like no one cares if we lose everything. Mom did not mean for this to happen, I am sure. I can't see her meaning to screw us over like this without Sherwood's  help or encouragement. 
  Well, I need to get back to playing catch-up on FB.
 

Sunday, July 7, 2013

And again..

Jess is in the hospital. This time they are thinking colonitis and the return of the original infection. They are also talking another colonoscopy. Oh joy. She is not happy at all. Hopefully, this time they will get what is wrong with her and she can get on with her life instead of spending so much time in the hospital.
  Mavis and Glenn are buying a house down the street from us and will be moving out of here around the first of August. Ian is moving in with them so we will be down three people. The will also be taking Bear and Fuzzles so we will be down a dog and a cat.
  My garden is starting to fail me. Yesterday it was really wilted despite all the watering. I don't know what to do to save it.
  We went to Mom's storage unit today. I found my crystal goblets! I am really happy because I thought I had lost them when Mom's stuff went off to the consignment shop courtesy of that "friend" of hers. Now if I can find the Christmas stockings..
  Well, that's about it for now. Gotta get back to laundry.

Monday, July 1, 2013

News from the Doctor

Marshall went to the doctor about his back today. The doc said it looks like he has deep vein thrombosis in his right leg along with some sort of damage to his right hip along with the back problems. That would explain the swelling in his leg and all the falls he has taken. So, they did x-rays. Nothing showed up so now we wait for them to tell him he has to go to get an MRI or CAT scan. Yay radiation!
  The tree still stands. It rained and it got to live a little longer. Later this week it is coming down.
  Tomorrow I am going back to the gym. I am getting stressed again and need to go let off some steam.
  My SIL Teresa has a new baby girl. Apparently she didn't tell anyone she was pregnant and then popped out the little darling in the bathtub this morning when she went into labor. Wow. Makes for an interesting start to the week.

  
 

Friday, June 28, 2013

Plans for the Weekend

After it was all said and done yesterday, the only thing that was finished was the haul-off. The tree is still standing, waiting for Saturday. My car did get repaired though, and I am really happy about that. Marshall's back is really acting up so he is still in bed this morning. I don't think he slept very well last night. 
  Today is laundry day. I have a ton of clothes from our room to wash. Oh yay.
  Tomorrow will be the big tree-cutting day. The one in the back yard is going too so my garden gets more sun. We are also cutting two for Di next door to get them off her roof.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Too Hot for No A/C

Last night the A/C in the house died. It is 85 in here this morning. Lucky for us, Rob is coming over to fix it in a little while.
  I got the last 2 pics from the tree removal yesterday put into the computer. Here they are:

The left side is the one being cut today. The ones on the right are staying for a while until we can get a cherry picker to get them. They are too far up to reach from the roof and too weak to hold someone, so we need machinery.
  I am really happy that today I get my car back :) I have missed it. Hopefully this fix is the last one.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Cutting Down Trees

Today the men started cutting down the old elm tree in the front yard. It wasn't dead, but it was starting to die and it became a hazard so it had to go.
Here are progressive pics:














Tomorrow they will haul off the 3-4 loads of branches from today and get the rest of the tree. It is mostly gone except for a few branches left over the street and the house and the main trunk.

Friday, June 21, 2013

The Week in Retrospect

It could have been a worse week. Jess is back in the hospital and has been since Wednesday. I should be getting the money to fix my car sometime tomorrow so I can get her back on the road :) Marshall got 2 letters from Social Security about doctor's appointments for his disability, so he is happy. Logan is putting in applications for jobs, Sean has another interview at the Rialto on Monday for his job application he put in (he had his first interview today), and Michael is also trying to get a job. I am really proud of the boys. They are stepping up. 
 
  I am fascinated with the lives of the Romany Gypsies. I guess it's because my biological mother's family had Travelers in it. I want my own vardo, and think it would be a great way to see the country. My car would pull it. I have been gathering pictures of how I want to decorate my bedroom to look like the inside of one and plan on starting on that soon also. I am sure Marshall will think I have lost my mind. Just look at the lady below. She looks happy. That is how I want to look :)

Monday, June 10, 2013

Car Trouble

  My car has died again. I think I am going to have to replace the alternator and I am not happy about it. That will be a $300 fix and I am seriously broke. I guess it will have to wait until we have the money, which could be a while with us having to support so many people.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

The Weekend Begins

Today is the first weekend of summer break and already I am hearing how bored certain teenagers are. This is starting out to be a really long summer. Yesterday it rained and thundered most of the morning, so I didn't have to water the garden. Today I looked in on it and it still looked good, so I didn't water. I did harvest some more of the basil and a little mint though. Those basil plants are really growing.
 Our unofficially adopted son Anthony graduated on Thursday. I am really proud of him. He has come out of a really bad family situation and has really done a wonderful job of raising himself for the most part, save the year and a half he lived with us. 
  6:50 PM- Just got back from taking Logan to the ER. He tore a muscle in his back trying to load the U-Haul for his dad to go to Oklahoma. His dad left and went on to OK and Logan was in the ER. What a creep. What is it with so many bad parents these days? It really makes me mad that someone would do that to their child when the kid is in the ER in pain and has to be taken there by a neighbor. Wow.
  Well, I was wanting more excitement. Guess I got it. 

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Almost Done!

The boys' room is 99% finished! We are putting their beds in there tonight because Jess came back from her friend's house and now we need to get the boys out in the new room so she has somewhere to sleep. 
  Tomorrow I am going to the gym. I haven't been all week and it is driving me crazy.
 My MIL got in ok and we unloaded their stuff into storage today. They have as much stuff as we do.
That's about it for today. Maybe there will be something more interesting tomorrow :)

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Mid-week Stress

Ok, so my mother in law and father in law will be here in about 2 hours and there is a ton of work left to do on the boys bedroom, painting, moving all their stuff into the new room, getting the flooring down. So where are we going to put the two newest members of the house? Apparently I am the only one thinking about this because Marshall won't answer me when I ask, and nothing is apparent.
  Good news, my garden is taking off. The new plants are doing great and the seeds I planted Sunday have already started to sprout. I planted about 30 cloves of garlic this morning and 2 avocado seeds this afternoon, so we will see how they do.
  Dinner tonight is going to be interesting. I am going to try to cook pork chops without killing myself with heat. That should be interesting.
  Our room is a lot hotter since we took out the A/C unit and put it in the boys' new room. Marshall got a small unit from Rob, but he hasn't put it in yet. I hope he does so soon so we don't roast again tonight.
  Well, gotta get back to work. Like I said, lots to do.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

So Much for Impatience

Today Marshall and the boys, along with Di, our neighbor and her brother Rob started on the garage conversion. They got the frame for the wall put up then found out there is no stud in the ceiling to anchor it to. They also got the A/C from Di's mom, so the boys will have heat and cold air. I am wondering how they are going to fix that ceiling problem..
  Jess is still in the hospital. I don't know when she will be getting out. I didn't go to see her today.
  I trimmed my tomato plants this morning after the rains went away. They are huge and are poking over the fence. Lots of baby tomatoes though.
  My beans have really taken off and are growing like mad. Soon I am going to need to cage them.
  My legs are a little better today, but I am still hurting. Tonight I will hit the tub again and soak in epsom salts.
   For dinner tonight I made pork stuffed apples. I haven't made them before so I hope they are ok. 
 

The Past Week

It has been a really rough week. We were supposed to be starting on converting the garage for the boys but instead are having to wait on the money, which is really frustrating. It was supposed to be here yesterday. Marshall is not a happy man right now. He hates having to wait on anything.
  Thursday, Jess went back in the hospital. She was dehydrated and not absorbing the food properly, so they are keeping an eye on her and trying to figure out how to get her to gain weight. To top it off, she and I had a major fight yesterday which resulted in me not wanting anything to do with her for a while. It did do one thing though, I got my priorities back and am not going to be anyone's doormat anymore. I am tired of being treated like crap by everyone, so at least that is a good thing that came of all the drama yesterday.
  My garden is growing a lot. I got 3 new sweet basil plants last week and planted 12 bean plants and a whole lot of carrots in a container. I also got a boxwood basil plant and a spicy globe basil plant and put those in flower boxes in the front of the house, plus planted some lime basil and lemon balm. I will get the chives and some other stuff planted in the next few days, I hope. I really wanted corn this year, but have no place to put it.
  Next week is Sean's last week of school for the year, so he is looking forward to that. Not the finals though. Bryan is already done, but will be going back to public school in the fall, I think. He misses his friends.
Well, it is raining badly again, so I had better go before we lost power. Peace all :)

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Made it Through the Cold and the Rains

I think I am through with the cold I caught. Today I spent most of the day out playing pool and sitting in the garage with Marshall and the kids. 
  The rains here are over for the most part. It flooded a lot here and several areas are still under water but it looks like it might be drying out. My garden loved the rain, but something got to Bryan's tomato plant and ate his tomatoes and he is not happy about it. My guess was either a raccoon or a possum, but we won't know unless we put out cameras. For all I know it could have been one of the rats we evicted from the garage. There is still one that eludes eviction, but we will get it eventually. 
   That's about it for the day. Not much going on here, so I will go. Until next time :)

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Still Sick but Getting Better

Today I am really congested and coughing but I am feeling a lot better. I am also really close to getting my car back, so I am really happy :) I haven't had my car for almost a month now since the alternator broke, but our neighbor's brother found the part I needed and we just bought it and it should be here soon. I have missed my car. I have been driving my mom's Buick but that is really Marshall's car and I don't like driving other people's cars, even if my name is on the title. Marshall is the one that has been driving it since Mom died, and so I think of it as his. Right now all we have working are the Buick and Marshall's truck and the truck is too big for me to feel comfortable driving it. 
  My garden is taking off. This morning the baby poblano pepper is twice the size it was when I took those pics a few days ago and there are at least 8 more tomatoes on the cherry tomato plant. My bell pepper plants are flowering and will all soon have baby peppers on them and Bryan's tomatoes on his plant are finally turning orange. All in all it is doing really well. Now if I can just get the compost to work right.
  My cat Stevie is climbing all over the place today and it is really getting on Jess' nerves. She gets all wound up over the cats and the fact that they are allowed pretty much everywhere they want. Of course, they can't get in the food or on the counters while I am cooking but they are allowed on the furniture and my desk and bed and a couple of them even get in the bath tubs. It drives her nuts.
  Well, gotta go finish my stuff I started earlier.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

I Hate Being Sick

Monday afternoon after coming home from babysitting my niece and nephew I started feeling badly. When I got up Tuesday morning to go to the gym, I realized that I didn't feel well at all and I skipped the gym. Two hours later I got out of bed and felt totally like dirt, with a 101 degree fever, congestion, and a cough. That lasted all day yesterday, and today I am somewhat better, but still feel bad and still have that cough. I was supposed to watch the twins today and tomorrow, but that isn't happening, since I don't want to make them sick. I have been juicing like a mad woman for two days now, hoping it will take the cold out of me, but all it seems to be doing is making me more tired. I wonder if it is detox. Could be. If that is the case, that is a good thing. Tomorrow I will be doing more juicing, and when I am well I will be starting a 5 day juice fast.

Monday, May 20, 2013

It's Gonna Be Another Long Week

This week is going to be a long one. My sister in law's babysitter is still not back to work, so I am watching the twin toddlers three days this week. Bry is going with me today, but we will see if he lasts out the other two days. 
  We are 99% done with cleaning out the garage so the construction can begin on the boys' new room, once we get the money. 
  As the last post shows, my garden is growing relatively well. I would like to see more in the basil, but the tomatoes seem to be going at top speed. I have had to cage them and stake them up already.
  Not a whole lot else to talk about so I will go get my coffee now and try to wake up more before I drive this morning.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

My 2013 Garden Pics

Tomatoes
Tomatoes
 Peppers
 Tomatoes
 4 kinds of mint- Spearmint, Chocolate Mint, Orange Mint and Peppermint
 Poblano Pepper
 Purple Basil
 Sweet Basil
Tomatoes again

Friday, May 17, 2013

People Who Can't Show Gratitude Suck

I really don't like people who are ungrateful. It is common courtesy to thank someone for going out of their way to do something for you. Not that I do things for others just to hear thanks, but it is nice to be thanked. Especially if doing something for someone causes the person doing it some form of hardship. Then gratitude is definitely called for. People who have a sense of entitlement and think the world and everyone in it owes them everything are at the top of my list for dislike. I think it is rude and that one day karma will come in and give them exactly what they deserve.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Busy Past Two Days

Yesterday I did get back to the gym and did 6 miles between the bike and the treadmill. Today I only did 5 because we were in a hurry. Seems whomever stacked the totes in the storage unit didn't do it properly and some of them fell, breaking the contents. Today we had to go and spend two hours cleaning it up. Oh fun. NOT! 
 

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Back to the Gym

I decided to go back to the gym this morning rather than wait until tomorrow and I am glad I did. I did 4.5 miles! I will go again in the morning and see what I can do. I have to get this weight off. It is driving me nuts.  Marshall says I look sick when I am that thin, but I would be happy to be there again.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

My Nerves are Going South

I guess I have reached my limit. I should have seen it coming, but it hit full force this afternoon. I am completely done- you know, the stick a fork in me kind of done. Suddenly the house is WAY too crowded, I am tired of being the nanny, cook, conscience, and maid to everyone. I need a vacation.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Slow Day

I didn't do a lot today due to a lack of motivation. I guess the past few weeks are catching up. I did do some laundry and took Heather to the grocery store and I am taking Sean to the orchestra banquet, but that is it. I think I will climb into the tub tonight and soak and let the stress go. I need to. Things are getting too stressful for me and I can't afford to get sick because of it.
  I am hoping to get back into the gym this next week. I have been out for a month since Jess got sick and I probably have lost all the benefits I had from going all that time before. I haven't gained back a lot, just two pounds, but it is still a gain and I don't like it. I need to go back on my diet too, so that starts tomorrow. Everything hinges on me losing at least 40 pounds before July. I have a long way and a hard road to go, but I can do it. 
 

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Sick of the Clinic

Jess had her first follow-up appointment today at 9:30. We got there at 9:15 and sat in the waiting room until 12:00. After that, we went back to another waiting room and sat for another 30 minutes until she got her 15 minutes with the doctor, who checked her records, looked at her meds, didn't even do an exam and sent her on her way with the admonition to drink Ensure or Boost or something and talk to a nutritionist. I guess she is ok. He didn't even check her incision or her ileostomy. Wow. I wonder why exactly we went there this morning.
 6:13PM- Sitting here waiting for the two quiches I made to finish cooking. Marshall is watching Arrow in the bedroom and Bryan and Michael are playing Minecraft. That is one messed up looking game. Heather likes it too, but I can't get interested. The graphics stink and it looks boring. I would much rather be reading.
Life here isn't getting any more interesting. The stress level is really high and as it gets closer to my MIL getting here it is getting worse. That and we have no money coming in except from the few times I get money from the trust and the minimal child support. With Jess and Ian moving back home I am really feeling crowded. I know a parent shouldn't feel like that, but there are way too many bodies in this house and two more due next month. At least the boys will have the new room to live in. I am stuck in the house with the rest of the people and have no privacy. July can't get here fast enough and I am going to try to get my trip to Abilene. I really need a break from it all and Abilene is where I go. It really has been too long.  

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Photos from Sean's First Starring Role and Day Two of the Garage

Sean had his first lead role last week playing James in James and the Giant Peach for the Roosevelt Theater Company. He did a wonderful job and I am really proud of his accomplishments in theater. Here are the pics I managed to get after the show. Sean is the one in the middle with the brown vest. Yes, the bottom picture has him standing behind the peach. At least it was supposed to be a peach, but came out looking more like an orange with a ponytail. Oh well :)



10:35PM-
We took another load to the storage unit this afternoon. I am exhausted and really tired of cleaning. Tomorrow is Jess' first follow-up appointment with her doctors since being released from the hospital. I hope it is all ok. She is worried that her incision is getting infected or something. I don't think so, but we will see tomorrow morning. Time for bed so I can be ready to go in the morning.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Day One of Garage Clean-out

I never realized I have that much stuff. Wow. Today was a real eye-opener for me. I have decided we need to have a yard sale. I don't want all this stuff. Marshall took two truck loads off to storage today.One was nothing but totes and the other one was my MILs desk and my old bike, my old treadmill, and a couple of totes. I am really glad for my boys and for Logan and Michael the neighbors. They have been helping all day.
  Marshall and I just went and got the rest of Jess' meds from Costco. When she got out of the hospital the pharmacy there didn't completely fill her prescriptions, so we did that yesterday. They wouldn't fill her anti-depressants at all, so we did that. She needs those. She has been in a really dark place since the second surgery and I don't want it getting worse. I understand why she would be upset, but this is temporary, at least the ileostomy is, and she will be back to normal in six months or less.
  Well, I better get going. Lots to do before I get to go to sleep tonight. I have to make dinner, do laundry, and get Ian to work, if his boss doesn't accept his call-in.

Monday, May 6, 2013

No New House and a Lot of Work Ahead

We decided instead of getting another house we would just enclose our garage and make it into a dormer for the three boys. We have to clear out the garage first, so we are starting on that tomorrow. I hope everything fits in our storage unit...
Today I have been really tired. It seems the past few weeks have finally caught up to me and are taking a toll on my energy level. It seems all I want to do is sleep. It took everything I had today to clean out the pantry and get all the food in there organized. I didn't quite finish, because one of the shelves is broken and has to be replaced before I can put all the boxed food back, but I did get all the cans and glass jars back in there. I didn't realize there were that many :)
I got a new cookbook today. It is called "1001 Easy Potluck Recipes". I got it for a little over $3 at Dollar General. I like the "1001"-series cookbooks. The recipes are simple and budget-friendly. They also tend to make a lot, which helps with a family the size of mine. Next month we will add two more people, so then I really need the large recipes again. Right now it is just the 3 boys, me and Marshall, Jess, a neighbor kid Michael, and our other neighbor's son Logan. Feeding 8 people is about normal, 10 next month will be a little harder, but not much. Glad I put in that garden this year :)

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Jess is home!

They let her out yesterday morning and she has been here since. She seems to be doing a lot better. YAY!
  We are actually looking to buy another house so we can make enough room for my MIL and FIL when they get here next month. If we find one close by we will move Bryan and Ian in with them at the new house and keep Jess and Sean here so he is in the same school district and so that she is here so we can help her. I want something on the block over so Bryan is still able to get here for his school. He is talking about going back to Shekinah next year, so we might have to do that. I am not happy because I feel the school has let him down in his education, but he misses his friends. I have a little while to talk him out of it though. Hopefully I can.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

It's almost done

Jess' stay in the hospital, that is. It looks like she will be released some time in the next couple of days. I think with her pain still as high as it is she needs to stay longer, but they want her out of there, so she will come home. I am concerned that she is still not well enough to be here, but our family is one of survivors, so I just pray and let God handle it. I have learned a lot about prayer in the past couple of weeks. Still, I pray for continued healing for Jess and for her to accept where she is in her life. Only two "friends" came to the hospital to see her this whole time. That should tell her something. She needs to re-assess her life and her goals and hopefully come to the place where she will get better.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Over the Weekend

Things are getting a lot better for Jess. She was finally diagnosed with Crohn's disease, so now they know what to treat. She will still have the ileostomy, but only for about 6 months. She is back to eating normal food again and is loving it. The docs have changed her meds so she is only on one antibiotic now and it looks like she will be released on Friday. We have a lot to do before then to get the house ready.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

This Week at the Hospital

  Monday Jess had to undergo another surgery. Late Sunday night her drain had some stuff in it that the doctors were worried about so they ordered a CT with contrast on Monday morning. It showed a lot of infection, so they went back in. Her abdominal cavity was filled with pus and they ended up putting in an ileostomy to give her intestines a break. They also took out the area of her intestines that they repaired because it had a leak and couldn't be repaired properly. She will have the ileostomy for 6-12 months. She is not happy about it at all. Yesterday she slept the entire time we were there. She needs the rest.
  Today Marshall and I stayed home. Him because of his back, me because I needed an emotional break. I am starting to feel the everyday trip to the hospital stress. Maybe tomorrow will be better.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Saturday at the Hospital

Today we took three of the other kids to see Jess in the afternoon. Heather, Sean, and Bryan went. Ian was at home sleeping off his night's graveyard shift. When we got there Jess was awake but not for long. She dozed in and out during the two hours we were there. The CAT scan last night showed no internal bleeding, which is really good. She is still really pale though, and is weak and is still in a lot of pain. Seeing her like this is really upsetting for all of us, especially me and Marshall. He is not going tomorrow. I will go for a while, but plan to sit in the chapel some too. I need the time with just me and God.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Update on Jess

Yesterday we were at the hospital until 5. They removed Jess' eng tube late morning and then did an echocardiogram. After looking at the echo, the docs think there is a chance the infection moved into Jess' heart. This is not good. Today Marshall went to the hospital with Ian and I am staying home with Bryan. I really feel like he has been neglecting his school work since I have been at the hospital all week. That and I need a break.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Back to the Hospital

Jess went into the hospital two days ago because she was running a fever and her back has been really hurting. At around 10 PM on Monday she called us and said she was in the Er and wanted us to come down. We went and it turns out that she had a group of abcesses in her abdominal cavity that had gunked up her intestine, her ovary and fallopian tube and appendix on the right side. Yesterday the doctors performed surgery, removing her appendix and clearing out most of the infection along with a bunch of necrotic tissue from where the infection had put a hole in her colon. The also put in a drain from her abdominal cavity to her thigh in case more infection is there. It took almost 6 1/2 hours. She went back to the ICU for the night and should be put into a room later today. Marshall and I were there for over 12 hours yesterday and today looks like it is going to be another long one.