Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Weight Loss Update

So not much has been going on in this department. I went to the doctor today and have only lost 2 pounds in four weeks. I have not felt any restriction for awhile so I was expecting it. I got an adjustment today and am back up to 5cc. Unfortunately I am a little sore...she missed with the needle :( It happens but not too often. I wanted to go in for an adjustment earlier but with starting my new job, I haven't focused to much on my eating habits(fullness, amount, etc.). My job is going great! I am really enjoying my new co-workers and I am glad that they have such a great sense of humor. I couldn't imagine sharing an office with people who didn't.

So that is all I have got for now! I am off to go have dinner with my Hubby tonight and enjoy his company since I have hardly seen him for eight days. Check back soon for more updates!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Today at my new job I learned...

That when all the world is ridden with TB and is coughing up nasty stuff....I'm covered.

That's right...I have my own, personally fitted for me, TB mask. I am basking in your green envy!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Thrifty Thrift Store Finds

Hubby and I are gathering things to decorate our new house, which we hope to close on in July. We are trying to be as conservative as possible so we are keeping our eyes open on our local thrift stores. Here is what we found just recently.

We found two identical nightstands that we refinished. I thought they turned out pretty great! Thanks hubby!

A pottery piece that we will use in the living room.

One of my friends is in Africa right now so I am been visiting with her mother. While I was there, she let me see some of her beautiful blue glass. I was able to find two pieces at the thrift store. So blue is the color for the kitchen!

A blue vase for the kitchen.

We found this set for $6!! I think the kitchen is covered!!

Sorry about the quality of the pictures. I don't know what happened with that!

Happy Father's Day

To my daddy! I love you so much and we really enjoyed spending time with you today!!

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Last Lunch with My Ladies

Tuesday was my last official lunch being apart of the HOPE Program. I gave the girls their bags and some other things as well. I am sure going to miss seeing their girls everyday.

Pretty Ladies on the way to lunch!!

Showing off their bags!

Sara loading her bag with toys already!!

To the girls: We need to make lunch a monthly thing...if not I will start to have HOPE withdrawal!!!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

We got our Iron on!!

So I had been preparing for my last lunch with my ladies and I had this great idea to get them bags for their toys with their names on them. I searched all over Trussville and found the perfect bags in four different colors. I called my mommy-in-law and asked if she could embroider their names on the bags and she said that she could so I dropped them off with her. Fast forward a couple of days, GG(aka mommy-in-law) calls me to tell me that the bags are to thick to embroider. Okay, no need to worry just yet. With that news, we both set out to find new, thinner bags. After about 7 or so stores the only bags we found were really ugly. We formed a new idea. Iron on! So I headed out on Sunday to GG's house to get our Iron on! Here are the pictures!

The starting product...

GG doing her thing!

The design she came up with. She is pretty talented isn't she!

Our trial run...it is a good thing that we did that trial run...OOPS!!

My job, pull the bag as tight as I can to keep the foam from warping. Seeing as how that was my only thing I could really help with, I did it well. But really, we literally held our breath through each one for fear of messing it up!

The finished product!!!

Thank you GG for doing this for me! They turned out so great!!!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Nashville =Equals= Bo Bice

So this past Saturday I traveled with my mom to see her all time FAVORITE rock star, Bo Bice. I had started traveling with my mom a few years ago mainly because I enjoyed spending time with her but she has also made some pretty great friends too. She will kill me if I don't mention it but Bo is very entertaining too. The show starting in the morning and we got there early so we were very, very, and I can not EXPRESS how very, hot we were. Black Asphalt and no shade. Horrific, but nobody passed out so that is good. I was very surprised and pleased to see how well Nashville has been able to bounce back from the flood. It was truly amazing. I am glad they have been able to do so well in this short amount of time because I really enjoy visiting Nashville and I hope to go back one day soon....in the winter.

So here are the pictures!
My mom picked me up at 6:00 on a Saturday morning! She is very perky in the morning isn't she?

She agreed to get me a giant drink of caffeine to perk me up. I was much happier after that.

Got Chicken??? Tennessee does! We stopped for a restroom break after awhile and this is what I saw. I couldn't resist....I so wanted to go into the diner and asked if they served Chinese food.

Shameful!! They litter in Nashville too! Don't tell anyone but I broke the law...twice!

My beautiful mommy after standing in the heat for so long.

This is me and Nancy. She is only one of the great people I have meet through my mom. She and I are stroke buddies. I was so happy to see her doing so well!!

And last but not least...Bo Bice!

My Desk

My desk today is now empty. Why?? Because I quit my job. Don't be alarmed, I have a new one that I am starting on Monday. I have been very excited for this transition but today I was sad and nervous. I am leaving my comfort, my desk.

I was very surprised and shocked to see how much of my life was in that desk, which now resides in my car(the stuff not the desk). I found things that I haven't seen in so long. I found things that belong to me, others, and to my son. While I packed up my things and cleaned out my life from the past almost four years, I became very sad. I have so many memories tied around that desk. Laughing, smiling, crying, and yelling have all happened around my desk. I have gotten phone calls from parents telling me good news about their children, "She is finally walking", "He said a full sentence", and bad news too. Someone asked me recently if I am saying goodbye to that part of my life. No I am not. I am just putting it away so that I can finally move on.

A lot has happened that has revolved around my desk. My son got his morning meals there and was able to listen in on the early morning conversation that went on everyday without fail. Today I found some things that belong to Brayden in my desk drawer and I was taken back to the beginning. I was literally flooded with memories as I put his things to my face and realized that I could still smell him. That surprise was just waiting for me in my desk for such a long time for me to find.

I never thought that a piece of old, out of date, rickety furniture could hold such value.

Thursday, June 10, 2010


I was able to share my evening with some very special women tonight. These women I have gotten to know over several weeks. Tonight one of them brought in a post from a blog that she had found. On this post, three things stuck out to me.
  1. God doesn't owe me an explanation.
  2. I probably wouldn't understand the explanation even if He gave it to me.
  3. Explanations wouldn't comfort me.
I was having a hard time with number 3 until I realized that even with an explaination, it doesn't change anything. Even if I did know why things have turned out the way that they have, still wouldn't comfort me. True it would give me knowledge and wisdom but it wouldn't take away the pain. I have been told, and have even said, that I like to have control. It is definitely hard to accept that I can't control everything. The post ended with a prayer...

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. Living one day at a time. Enjoying one moment at a time. Accepting hardship as a pathway to peace. Taking as Jesus did, the sinful world as it is. Not as I would have it. Trusting that You will make all things right if I surrender to Your will so that I may be reasonably happy in this life and supremely happy with You forever in the next. Amen.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Things that drive me nutty...

  • Being tagged for photos on facebook. Really I am perfectly happy to forget those high school years. No sense in re-living it.
  • My feet getting wet or dirty when I wear flip flops. It irks me. Plain and Simple.
  • My husband moving the toothpaste. That is just plain annoying! I now think he does it on purpose.
  • The sound of my cell phone... it remains on vibrate for a reason.
  • Dirt getting on my hands while closing the car door. I have no real explanation...
  • Being stood up by the same family more than once. Really! It is not like you are required to do anything but be at your HOUSE!
  • When the guy at Sonic gives me a sweet tea instead of an unsweetened tea. Not everybody loves that sugar high in the morning.. just give me my caffeine.
  • My car breaking down ...seriously I would love to just set it on fire.
  • Forgetting things..for instance,I left my camera in the car and must go get it.
  • Having trouble speaking and writing. Not everyone notices but it is such an annoyance to me.
  • The unrelenting whining from my dog, she has no excuse to whine.
  • And finally...having trouble thinking of posts for my blog because seriously! I can only do so much "updating" on our life.


So I have been told that I need to post something. Honestly guys I need ideas for posts. I will write about pretty much anything plus I will answer about any question you can think of. Please!! Challenge me!!

Anyways...I have a post in the works for next week but since many of you can't wait I will go ahead start my new topic. Being comfortable. I am very comfortable. I am comfortable in my job, my home, and my life. So much that I am uncomfortable. So I have decided to shake things up a bit! Recently I was contacted by our church to come in and talk about an opportunity that they thought I would be interested in. Every Monday they hold a bible study for young adults with special needs. They are now looking for another set of hands and new ideas. They would like for me to work on getting these young adults together maybe every other Friday and do something of a social nature. Seems pretty cool right? The uncomfortable comes in because I have never worked with adults. This is uncharted territory for me, but I think that will be good. I need to get out of my box more often. I think it will definitely help me realized that there is a life after 3 years old and that these kids and adults continue to need opportunities to grow. I am going to the bible study on Monday so we will see how it goes!!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

My Shrinking Update

I thought it was about time to update everyone of my weight loss. So far I have lost 39.6 pounds. I cursed a little this morning when it wasn't an even 40 but maybe next week. ;) With that weight loss comes the crazy gravity kicking in and things are going south. I am sure that one day I will get it cinched, tucked, raised up, and tacked back on... but not this year. I have been off of my blood pressure medicine for awhile now and have had NO problems. I didn't even have a rebound period after I weaned off the medication, which surprised me. I am still on my C-PAP but the Nurse Practitioner recommended that after I hit the 50 pounds mark then I will probably need to have my machine adjusted to a lower setting. I still can't see the end of the tunnel with my C-PAP but I am sure it will come. I am finding it much easier to get around which is great because I get up and down off of the floor a lot when I see kids. I am getting much more comfortable with the foods I eat. I am learning a lot about what my new stomach can and cannot handle. I guess that it about it. I am just trucking along and by October my goal is to have 80 pounds off of me. Can I do it? Heck yea!

Can you tell a difference??

Feb. 2010 ******************May 2010