26 November 2014

Happiness is ______ {2014-W47} #happinessis

The last few weeks are behind me.  The cloud has lifted and tomorrow is one of my most favorite days of the year.  Seriously.  I'm freaking out here.  I LOVE Thanksgiving Day!  Despite all the sadness I have been feeling, happiness prevailed.

Happiness is these two big guys who are getting along great.  Walter made a smooth transition into our family.  Happiness is a perfect foster dog!


Happiness is catching my breath with the Mr. while the boys play a quick game of checkers.  This was during our trip up to the JW Marriott Hill Country Resort and Spa.  Their JW Hill Country Christmas Celebration is a great way to get into the holiday Spirit!


Happiness is a picture of all of us. Its a rare thing.  And even if the quality is not all that great, it makes me beyond happy every time I look at it!

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Happiness is a good book and the quietness after bedtime.


Happiness is a dog that leash trained.  OMG people.  Walter probably wouldn't need a leash but it is the law. I wish all 145lb dogs were this easy to walk!  Yes I know I am a little dog crazy!


Happiness is a boy who is back to being his crazy, high sock loving and happy self.  Thankfully it was a 24 hour bug and he is feeling much better!


Wishing you all a very Happy Thanksgiving.  May your bellies be filled with good food and your hearts be filled with love and laughter!  Stop by and find even more happiness over at Crazy Adventures in Parenting.

24 November 2014

Menu Monday 11-24


I know I am not the only mom who slept in past 6 am this morning.  Yes, Thanksgiving break is here.  Last week was a bad week for me.  Pain and Appointments kept me tied up and feeling quite unsociable.  Which is so not me.  But turns out all I needed to do was get out of the house.  Being housebound during the week is hard.  And now with the soccer season over, I am home EVERY DAY. ALL. DAY. LONG!  I'm pretty sure that's what did it.  But its a new week and I am so ready for it.  First things first.  Food.  I had forgotten just how much boys eat when they are home and so active.  But being as it is Thanksgiving Day on Thursday, I know I only need food for the first half of the week.  There is always turkey for days after Thanksgiving.

We are cleaning out the fridge tonight. So leftover chicken and sides.

Taco Tuesday. This is the only time I do not switch out the beef for turkey.  And since I don't eat much red meat, I am looking forward to this!

Mamas Supper Club Tilapia Swai with rice and roasted broccoli.  There are never leftovers of this when I make it, so its the perfect!

Thanksgiving Dinner.  YAY!

Turkey something.  Pot Pie?  Tettrazini? Taquitos?  Tacos?  Turkey Noodle soup?  The possibilities are almost endless!

Last day of turkey.

Homemade pizzas.  I get the boys individual Biboli Breads and let them put what ever they want on their own pizzas.  Good times.

Next week I will be a little more creative in my dinners.  No turkey!  What do y'all do with your leftover turkey?  I would love some new turkey recipes if you have any.  Happy Thanksgiving to you all!

12 November 2014

Update of Sorts

Not my typical Wednesday post but I figured I have a few minutes and since my phone is being a pain and not letting me upload my pictures, Id get this out of the way.  

Yesterday was my liver clinic appointment.  Although, I'm not sure I would call it that much.  It was more like a meet and greet.  The Doctor shook my hand and that is the only contact we had.  No abdominal exam. No checking my breathing even.  The nurse checked my stats, so I do know that my blood pressure was a good 106/64.  And now that my appetite is back, I've gained back the 6 lbs that I lost last month.  Not a big deal.  I was so caught off guard and felt so rushed that I didn't even mention the shortness of breath to him. Or the bloating.  Which could have been brought up when he did my exam, except that never happened. After a 2 hour wait for a 6 minute appointment, I was just to out of it to even think straight.  I feel asleep somewhere in there.  Something that happens a lot these days.  Another thing I should have brought up.  I did bring up my mood swings to which he laughed at.  Never got an answer there either.  

But there was good news.  My last scans show no cancer.  My liver and spleen are still greatly enlarged but that's not news.  My labs were good.  My liver is diseased, and while it is not functioning as well as it should be he said it is not failing just yet.  And until it does, I will just keep doing what I'm doing.  Waiting. I've been doing this for the last six years.  But hearing that you are not sick enough yet to be helped burns like a slap in the face.  EVERY. TIME.  

So here I am.  Writing this out.  Waiting for my meds to kick in and knock any energy I have left right out of me.  Praying that I am able to pull it together and pick the boys up from school.  Keeping a mental reminder that I need to get the house cleaned and dinner started.  All while feeling like I am stuck in slow motion and I'm not going to be able to get any of it done.  I spent the morning reading and trying to refocus on the things I need to pay more attention to.  The boys, David, the dogs and the house.  These are the things that matter now. They are the ones I am doing this for. 

I still have to call and schedule another mammogram as there are even more lumps that the doctor is concerned about.  The last one was nothing so I am praying these are the same.  I will call the liver clinic to see what the results of my blood work were and schedule the ultrasound they ordered.  And on Friday I have an appointment with the hematologist.  I swear I can't catch a break.  But I can't sit here and let it eat at me.  I usually do pretty good at keeping on the bright side but every now and then I have to pull my self out of the dark and remind myself that I could be worse.  It is what it is and it really isn't that bad.  

I'm beyond thankful for all the support, words and prayers that everyone sends me.  I was glad to have David there with me even if he is still laughing about me talking in my sleep.  He thinks hes funny, that man! But I love him for keeping me smiling when all I wanted to do was pitch a fit like a 4 year old.  Despite all the craziness, I am beyond blessed..

I am still debating on switching transplant clinics.  But I am loyal to a fault.  I have been seen here for the last 6 almost 7 years.  And have only had problems the last 2 years or so.  There is only one doctor I care to see who actually gives me the time of day and his full attention.  Do I stay or do I go?  Can I?  I have no idea what to do. Time will tell.  No decisions till after the new year.

07 November 2014

Friday 5: Five things I am thankful for

There is no avoiding them now.  The Holidays are here.  I'm all for celebrating but it I had to pick a favorite one, Thanksgiving is my holiday hands down.  I love everything about it.  The change in weather, well as far as Fall in Texas goes.  The rain isn't so bad!  The smells of cookies and pies baking.  Gathering around the table and sharing food with friends and family!  I am pretty sure its going to be a little different this year than the past few years, but even if its just the boys and us, it will be perfect.  But I will admit, I will be more than happy to have an over flowing house.


I am thankful to have my own house and to be able to open the doors to my family and friends.  The boys love having their friends over.  Which reminds me I have a Boys Club meeting that I need to clean up for.  I love watching them just be kids.  During the holidays there are always people coming and going.  Family and friends visiting.  I love it.  David is a polar opposite of me.  He likes his alone time and he likes a quiet house. During the holidays he gives in and is never surprised when I tell him we are expecting more guests than I though!


Speaking of the Mr.  I am thankful for our marriage.  Lord knows we have been though just about every challenge that could be thrown our way.  We have been to the bottom and back again.  He has watched me get chased by ostriches more than once. He supports me in everything that I do. Sat my my hospital bed numerous times.  Pushed me when I though I had nothing left to give.  He has held me while I cried and laughed with me.  He loves my family even though all the craziness.  There isn't anyone else I would rather have with me at the end of the day.  


The extra obvious.  I am thankful for my boys.  Not just because they are my boys but because they are amazing.  Anthony while he struggles at home excels at school.  He gives his 100% into his schoolwork and by the time school is over he is spent.  But I love him even if he is grumpy.  Alexander is trying his best in school but admits that he hates it.  He asks everyday if he could just stay home with me instead.  They are my everything!


I have the best friends. If you ask anyone who knows me they will tell you that I love everyone.  True.  But my inner circle is pretty small.  People who call and check on my or call and pretend not to be checking on me.  The ones who offer to pick up and take my boys to school so I can rest.  The neighbors who throw medicine over the fence in the middle of the night when your kid breaks out it hives.  Those are the kinds of people I really love.  The ones who I can count on to help me with no hesitations or expectations.  I'm seriously blessed in the friend department.


 Soccer.  I loved playing soccer and I have loved watching Anthony play the late two years.  But he wants to move on to another sport and so Tomorrow we will have our last game.  Its not 100% final but we are almost sure of it.  The plan is to take a year off or find a different program for the boys over the next year. It has been amazing watching him learn and play and then to finally score not only his first goal but two goals in his last game.  It makes saying goodbye even harder.  We will see I guess.  But I am so thankful that a friend thought of us when they needed an extra player and that it led to these last 2 years.  

So there are just a few of the things I am thankful for.  There is no way I could pick just one.  I am truly blessed.  What are you thankful for? What is your favorite part of the holidays? 


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