Wednesday, January 19, 2011

The past few days

This post is pretty much all over the place, so I'm going to warn you now. :)


Monday M had off from work, so he and Sara slept in
while I ran JC to get her Synagis vaccination.
She weighs 11 pounds 13 ounces! Gaining slowly but surely.
I HATE when she has to get shots. I feel so guilty.
She has no idea it's coming...she just lays there so sweetly,
talking and giggling and reaching out for me and then...
BAM! She has a needle stuck in her leg
and her face crumples and she cries her poor little heart out.
It kinda makes me want to punch the nurses face in.
(I would never act on that, I promise!)
But, alas, it's a necessary evil.
If she didn't get this lung vaccination each month,
her compromised immune system and respiratory situation
would put her at such a great risk that the slightest cold
would hospitalize her for days,
or even weeks. So we do it. And I cry.
And promise her all the lollipops and gumdrops
she could ever want when she's old enough. :)

Yesterday was back to normal. All these days off have greatly spoiled me!
I nearly cried when the alarm clock went off at 6 AM.
Ugh. Remind me again why I can't be rich and live a life of leisure on some tropical island? Heck, I'll settle for south Florida!
Anyway, back to normal, blue-collar life.
I dropped Sara off for Mother's Day Out
(which, by the way, she was so excited to go
that she couldn't even tell me goodbye!
What's up with THAT, Sara?)
and then ran over to "the big city" for June's PT.
Which had been rescheduled...only I didn't know it had been rescheduled
. Then June and I came home and watched
the Bachelor, three episodes of The View,
and cleaned up while Sara was at school.
I love Hulu.

Sara's been begging to help feed JC lately, so we let her try the other night.


Please excuse both of the girls in their jammies and messy hair.

This was "easy day", as Sara calls the weekends.

JC thought it was the best thing ever to have her big sister feed her breakfast.

And Sara thought she was just precious doing it.

"Look at me, mommy! I feed Junebug! I so cute!" have such confidence again. :)

One last picture to share with you.

I was going through my cell phone pictures last night and discovered this one.

It was taken in July 2010 when Grandma & Grandpa came to visit.

This was the last time they came to visit us.

I think it was probably the last picture of Michael with them, too.

Grandpa was SO proud of his little Junebug (who was named after his father).

He would tell everybody he met what a miracle she was

and how she is proof that God answers prayers.

He reminded us of that every time we talked on the phone,

even just two or three days before he passed away

he told us of how he was talking to someone who had been going through a trial.

"You should meet my great-granddaughter," he said. "She's a fighter.

They told my grandson she wouldn't make it, and now she's 8 months old."

He was so proud and so honored that there were hundreds of people

all over the WORLD praying for HIS granddaughter.

I'll never forget how that affected him (and me). Love ya, Grandpa.


Monday, January 17, 2011

Menu Plan Monday, 1/17


Monday: scrambled eggs & biscuits with homemade pear honey & pumpkin butter

Tuesday: bbq chicken, collards, corn on the cob

Wednesday: pinto beans & cornbread

Thursday: pizza (homemade crust!) with alfredo sauce, onions, broccoli, monterey jack cheese, and black olives

Friday: shepherds pie

Saturday: lentil & rice casserole

Sunday: lemon pepper chicken, steamed broccoli, and mashed potatoes

We're eating out of the pantry again this week, I'm clearing it out in preparation to start a BIG stockpile. Well, as big as I can get with regular cabinet space. :) I am SO proud to say I didn't spend not ONE dollar for groceries this week!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Thursday happenings

The weather has been a little warmer (and when I say "warmer".....I really mean it's in the upper 40's!) the past couple days, so today we decided to take advantage of it & have spent the majority of the afternoon playing outside. We were all getting cabin fever and NEEDED fresh air. We went for a walk (yay for exercise!), Sara got to ride her bicycle & then we played with bubbles while M did his magic on the front shrubs. They were really starting to favor a small forest instead of the pretty little shrubs they were supposed to be!

We started out with JC wide awake, snuggled into her new stroller (thanks, Mamaw!).

There were SEVERAL times I really thought Sara might crash. M says she drives like me...she waits until the last minute to turn away from whatever she's about to crash into.
Just for the record, I don't do that.
(Very often.)

We wrapped up with June sound asleep. That stroller really knocked her out!
I just want to kiss those rosy little cheeks over and over again!

Here's hoping the weather will warm up soon....for real. I'm not a winter girl. I like summer, sunshine, flip flops, water, and NOT freezing my tail off when I step outside!

Friday, January 14, 2011


As you can see, there's changes coming 'round these parts! I changed my blog name and background, and now I'm trying to figure out how to get a header. I'm not the best with technology, SO.... this should be interesting. ;)

Thank you for all the thoughts & prayers for Michael's family. They really mean so much. We didn't get to travel to TN as originally planned due to weather conditions, but we will be heading there in 2-3 weeks for the memorial service. Hopefully Mother Nature cooperates!

All is well in our house -- the girls are FINALLY rid of their nasty colds that just wouldn't go away. We spent the past week iced in at my mom's house, which meant LOTS of family time! I played more Wii in the past week than I did the whole time we've had the dang thing!

Monday, January 10, 2011


Last Tuesday (January 5), a wonderful man was called home to Heaven.
Michael's grandfather passed away suddenly.
He lived a wonderful life. He was caring, sturdy, dependable,
honorable, respectable, and funny.
We miss him so much. Our family will never be the same.
Please pray for the family as my mother-in-law & Michael's grandmother
driver back up from Florida (where they were vacationing),
and as our family travels to Knoxville to be with the extended family.
We're not sorrowful for Grandpa, for he is enjoying a reward far greater
than anything here on life could ever compare to.
We will just miss his presence in our daily lives.
I won't be around for a while; this is a time to focus on my husband,
daughters, grandma, aunt & parents-in-law.
I'm taking a step back from the Internet so that I may be there for them completely.
Please pray for the family, especially Grandma...
Losing your best friend of over 50 years is just not something I can picture.