Monday, November 23, 2015

life around here

I've spent the rest of the week laying around and recovering.
I really did think I would be able to do more by now. 
It's been hard to not do anything or go anywhere!

My church mentor sent me these beautiful flowers!
 We have some SILLY children!
 Sweet Sissy girl
 This boy was not feeling well on Friday, so Tim picked him up from school. 
He had to miss a field trip. He has not felt well all weekend. He even had some vomiting :-(
 She is a good helper..... sometimes!
 I've been really missing white chocolate, so I bought some dairy free white chocolate chips off of Amazon. I'm so excited about this!
We've already made white chocolate mochas!!!
We decided to start decorating for Christmas during this week and before Thanksgiving so we wouldn't be stressed about it this coming weekend. 
Since I can't do a lot, most of the work will fall to Tim and the kids.  
C Girl is a big helper with this kind of stuff! 

She has such a sparkle in her eye!
Happy Thanksgiving week!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

post surgery update

hello everyone!
I'm on the other side of surgery.

I went in last Wednesday morning for a partial hysterectomy.
My doctor came by to speak with me before he did my surgery.
He mentioned that I could possibly have endometriosis that had been causing a lot of my continual pain even after being treated for my Crohn's.
If that was the case, then he might have to take more out during surgery.

During surgery, they called Tim in the waiting room to let him know that they found severe endometriosis and they would be removing my right ovary and both Fallopian tubes along with my uterus.

I'm still kind of shocked that they found endometriosis, but I'm also thankful.
I'm very hopeful that my life will have dramatically less pain now.
The food in the hospital was surprisingly good!
I was able to go home the day after my surgery.
This cat was by my side from the moment I got home!
I love the flowers that Tim brought home for me after a trip to Walmart.
On Saturday, the Razorbacks defeated LSU!
We were so excited!!!
It's too difficult for me to sit up straight since the surgery, so I had to miss my girlie singing in main service with the regular choir at church on Sunday morning.
She had a big Indian project for school and made a diorama of a Cherokee Indian dwelling.
The kids have been making their own lunches while I've been recovering (yes, I still make their lunches!)
C Girl had to come and show me what she made!
I didn't get to go to the school Monday morning either. She was given her Celebration book. (We buy it for the library and they decorate the inside cover with a picture of her and a tribute to her from us!) 
It's a sweet way to commemorate her time at the school and give another book to the school.
I've been resting and watching a lot of Gilmore Girls!
We have had friends and Tim's co-workers bringing us meals and that has been a HUGE blessing!
Tim took the kids to basketball duty last night and took B Boy to a birthday party tonight.
I'm so, so thankful of everything that he does for us. We are so lucky to have him and love him SO much!!!

Monday, November 9, 2015

Country style ribs

This is one of our favorite things to cook. 
I've wanted to share it for awhile, but we usually eat it all before I think of photographing it. It's also not the most photogenic thing either! The taste more than makes up for that!
We weren't really schooled in how to cook meat early in our marriage.
One day, we learned that you just keep cooking meat until it is literally falling off the bone and then it is done!

You will need:
a crock pot
a package of country style ribs
garlic powder
barbecue sauce to dip it in!

Place the ribs in the crockpot and generously sprinkle garlic powder over them.
Let cook for 4-6 hours until meat is falling off the bone. Note: sometimes I add some BBQ sauce to the meat in the crockpot. Either works great!
Serve with barbecue sauce and the sides of your choice!

Saturday, November 7, 2015

there is always something to be thankful for

I know I haven't shared a lot of personal details of my life lately. 
I feel like most of my posts are "here, this is what we've done lately." 
I feel like this last year has been one of the weirdest in my life. I had no idea that finding out that I have a chronic disease would make me feel the way I do. And now knowing that I have chronic iron deficiency anemia on top of that is just...I don't even know.
I don't want to sound like I am complaining or that I talk about it all of the time.
I've been so nervous about my upcoming surgery and I don't know why.
I have felt very isolated. That seems so strange since I'm around people pretty often.
I have wonderful, supportive friends and family, yet I still feel so inside my own head.
Maybe I have retreated there because I'm not sure how to cope?
Don't get me wrong, life is very good. 
I always enjoy life and make the most of it, but sometimes you just don't feel like yourself.
This week, C Girl had an eye appointment (everything is fine. She didn't pass the school test so we had to have an exam and her eyes are fine), I went to a baby shower for my friend, Samantha who is having twin girls next month (!!!!) and I came down with a yucky cold and then a gross cold sore.
The last two items did not help my joy factor this week!
I was intense with doing all the things you do to get rid of a cold. I think it worked because I was only terribly sick for 2-3 days. Usually, a cold lasts longer than that and sometimes turns into bronchitis.
There is always something to be thankful for.
I'm thankful to be feeling better.
I'm thankful that it is the weekend.
I'm thankful for my kiddos - they are happy, healthy and so creative!
I'm thankful for family and friends who offer all kinds of help to us during my surgery time.
I'm thankful for the Razorbacks winning against Ole Miss a little while ago!!! It was an incredible game!
I know our kids will remember watching these games and that is so fun to me.
If you think of me, will you pray that my surgery goes well this week?
I will update as soon as I can.
She was so proud of the outfit that she picked out!
He creates such cool things!
 I took this picture before all of the food was set out!
We don't just eat veggies!!!!
We are so excited to meet these twin girlies next month!

Friday, November 6, 2015

Halloween fun!!!

The kids had a carnival at school the night before Halloween.
Jessica and Parker came to stay with us for the weekend so they got to join us!
We were so happy to have them here with us because we miss them so!
The kids had fun playing the games. When we got there, the cafeteria was packed and it was SO hot. We were so glad when people started filing out!
I'm trying not to get caught up in the "this is C Girl's last ________ of elementary school."
My kids spend a sweet forever in the treat bucket after every game.
On Saturday morning, we got everything ready for Tim to carve pumpkins. I can't even pretend like anyone else did work! I did find the templates and print them! He always does such a great job on the pumpkins!
It was so fun sharing this time with Jessica and Parker!
Didn't they turn out so cute?!
There was supposed to be a Paw Patrol event at our Walmart that day, but it ended up being canceled. We did get to see their bus!
Afterwards, it was time to get dressed for trick or treating!
It is so funny to try and get pictures of 3 kiddos!
We love trick or treating downtown Bentonville!
I love all of the cute houses!
We came home, lit our jack-o-lanterns, and prepared to hand out candy.
Handing out candy is one of my kids' favorite things. It's too bad that we do not get many trick or treaters!