Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Friday, August 26, 2011

My New Ride!

I have a new ride!

No, nothing like this. Come on now, is this practical for a soon to be family of 9?

Nope, not this either. This is totally NOT me, and never will be.

This is a little more practical, but still not it.

This is more my speed, and I would love to have one, but my new ride is way cooler.

Are ya ready? First let me just say that I really debated on whether or not to post this, I didn't want anyone to be jealous. But, I felt that you all would want to share in the excitement.

Drum roll please....


This folks is THE TLC Turning Leg Caddy and let me tell ya, it is da bomb! It is fully loaded! It comes with adjustable padded knee rest, can make turns and has handle bar breaks. But wait, there's more! It also comes with a cut ligament in your heel, extreme pain, and the the inability to bear any weight on your foot for 2-4 weeks (hoping for 2). Please forgive me for "gloating," but I just had to share.

Seriously though. If you remember this post, then you probably know what I am talking about. I have/had Plantar Fasciitis and have been dealing with it on and off for the past two years. I have tried cortisone shots, have custom orthotic inserts, a night splint and of course the fashionable boot. None of the above worked and my last option was surgery. I really, really did not want to want to have surgery, but after discussing it with my Dr. we decided it was the best chance I had to get back to some sort of normality with my foot.

So, this morning I said goodbye to this lovely "shoe" (for at least 2-4 weeks)


and had a Plantar Faciotomy. Basically the ligament that runs across my heel did not stretch when I walked which caused extreme pain at time. So, the Dr. cut a notch in the ligament to allow it to stretch. He said everything went fine but that the ligament itself was very thick as well as whatever rests on top of it which could be why it wasn't healing.

I have been feeling pretty good until now. Before the surgery they gave me some sort of block that numbed me from the knee to my toes. Within the hour the block has been wearing off and I am starting to feel some pain in my heel so I will be taking some pain medicine soon, I imagine. From what I have heard from others that have had this surgery it is extremely painful, but so worth it. I am counting on it.


I will stay in this cast for at least 2 weeks, but depending on my healing process it could take up to 4 weeks. After that I will go back into my boot for about a month or two and then back into my tennis shoes. I am just praying that I am back in a regular shoe by the time we go to China. Please pray for a speedy recovery. With 6 kids I am not sure how the whole non weight bearing this is going to go.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Drew's Fish Tale

Leave it up to Drew to keep things exciting. I tell ya, that kid is a riot! Besides the fact that he is absolutely adorable, and has the most kissable cheeks, he is also an accident waiting to happen.

The other day he asked if he could ride his bike with one of the boys I was watching who is 9. So, they went out to get his bike and within minutes Zach came running in yelling that Drew had a fishing hook stuck in his finger. So I go running out and sure enough, Drew is crouched down in front of the garage with a fish hanging from his finger. The garage door wasn't even open so I am assuming the hook was caught under the door.

Poor Drew is on the ground screaming so I yell for Jaxon and he comes and opens the garage door. I tried to pull the hook out not knowing that is a "no no." But, as soon as I did, I realized it wasn't going to come out so we loaded Drew into the van and headed to the E.R.


By the time we were out of the addition Drew had stopped crying and was just checking over the hook hanging from his finger.




Luckily they weren't busy so they were able to get us in right away. I had Jaxon with me and he texted Matt while we were on our way so he was able to meet us there. If you have never seen a hook removed, all I can tell ya is it is interesting. They numbed up his finger with 5 shots, but the fish part off the hook and then pushed the hook all the way through his finger so they could pull it out. Apparently because of the barb, you can't pull it back out, instead it has to be pushed all the way through. I felt so bad for Drew. He was screaming like I have never heard him do before. Although they numbed it, they had to numb it more because he was feeling it. But, as soon as it was out, he was fine. They cleaned the area, gave him an antibiotic and sent him home with a band-aid on his finger. He was ready to go home and show off his awesome camouflage band-aid to the other kids.

The nurses and doctors kept asking him if he caught a fish and how big it was. So you can imagine how funny it was when I told them he wasn't fishing, just trying to get his bike out of the garage.

As soon as we got home, the kids were waiting on him, but he didn't have time to talk about it because he was more concerned with wanting to ride his bike.

Fundraiser Update:

The Vera Bradely Fundraiser is set to end this Friday, but it hasn't done as well as we had hoped so we may extend a few more weeks. We were hoping to at least cover the cost of what he paid for all the purses. These are beautiful purses and would be great to keep or to give away as a gift. But, the best thing about them is knowing that by making a donation you have helped another child be united with her forever family. We have overcome many, many hurdles with Kalia's adoption and we are still remaining faithful that He will provide.

Below are the details about the Vera Bradely Fundraiser to bring Kalia home. Please e-mail me at if you have any questions.

I have also been getting tons of e-mails about the clothes I posted a few weeks ago. YES I will be selling more. I am working on fall designs now and I can promise you it will be worth the wait.

Sorry, one more thing. We just found out that we have been awarded a grant from Brittany's Hope for $1000.00. This is a matching grant which means we need to raise $500.00 and they will match this up to $1000.00. We are so thankful for this grant and cannot wait to see what else He has planned for us.

#1. This is the Buttercup pattern. This set includes the Honor Roll duffel bag, Tootsie purse, Please Hold wallet and the Make Me Up makeup bag. This would make a great set for a little girl or even a tween.

#2. This is the Purple Punch pattern. You will get the Saddle Up purse, Double Eye eye glass case, and the Compact Wallet.

#3. This is the Puccini pattern. You will get the Double Eye eye glass case, and the Taxi Wallet.

#4. This is the Bali Gold pattern. This set includes the Stephanie purse, Double Eye eye glass case, and the Compact Wallet.

#5. This is the Carnably pattern. This is the Stephanie purse, the Double Eye eye glass case, and the Euro Wallet.

#6. Make Me Blush pattern. This is the Reversible Tote purse, and the matching Taxi Wallet.

#7. This is the Call Me Coral pattern. This is for the Cha Cha Hadbag, and the matching Best Bud wallet.

#8. This is the Patchwork pattern. This is for the Medley Tote.

#9. Palm Beach Gardens Pattern. This is for the Pretty Tote purse.

#10. This is the Day and Night pattern. This is the Comin Up Roses Handbag and the matchin Best Buds Wallet.

#11. This is the Loves Me pattern. This is for the Comin Up Roses Handbag and the matching Best Buds wallet.

I know pretty cool, uh? These are some great bags for both big girls and little girls. Emma has one of the Tootise purse and Best Buds wallet and LOVES them. In fact, she was begging me to let her keep the Buttercup set, but backed off when she realized it was to bring Keliah home.

So, here's the deal. All you have to do is follow the instructions below and you will be entered to win one of these awesome prizes.

1. For every $25.00 donated, you will receive 5 entries!
2. For every $50.00 donated, you will receive 10 entries plus a free bracelet (pictured below) in your choice of color.
3. Post about the fundraiser on your blog, receive 3 entires!
4. Post about it on facebook, receive 3 entries!
5. Become a follower, receive 3 entries!

Please use the Chip In button to the right. I know there are some people who do not like or don't have a paypal account so if you would rather donate another way, please contact me at


Thursday, August 11, 2011

Back to the Daily Grind

After 65 looonnnnnng days, the most wonderful time of year came today when I was awakened at 6:15 a.m. by my alarm clock. Yep, you guessed it, the first day of school. Now don't get me wrong, I love my kids dearly and love having them home during the summer, but it was time. I was ready, and believe it or not, they were ready too.

Don't let these faces fool you, they were all ready to go. Jaxon is actually trying NOT to smile and Mylee is upset because she had just found out that I was taking her to school and she was not walking with Gabe and Emma (Mylee started late today so the parents could go with them for the first 2 hours).


I think of all the kids, Mylee was the most excited. She is starting Kindergarten and will be going all day. I truly think the highlight of her day will be eating lunch at school. That is all she has talked about all summer. "I'm going to kindergarten and eat lunch." Between eating lunch at school, and recess, I think the whole learning thing will just be a bonus for her.


Gabe is in 1st grade this year and was the first one ready to go this morning. He was out on the front porch at 7 this morning waiting to walk to school (they don't leave until 7:30). Trust me, this will not be the norm for the year. In fact, he is the hardest to get up and going in the morning and I am not looking forward to tomorrow.


Emma was ready too. She was ready to go see her friends. She was so excited she had a terrible time of going to sleep last night. Of course that was after she tried on several different outfits, shoes, painted her nails, and messed with her hair. She is in 4th grade this year, and if last night was any indication of what we are in for, we are in trouble, BIG trouble.


School starts at 7:50, but this being Mylee's first day she didn't have to be there until 9 and had to bring a parent for the first 2 hours. This is a great way to get the kids comfortable. However, Miss Thang had no problems. She is so ready for school. The teacher had several different activities for the kids to do with their parents and Mylee was eager to jump right in.


She has her very own locker which she thinks is pretty cool.

Sorting things by the letter they start with. She had no problem with this and was more than willing to help those that did.

Tracing and coloring.


She had to draw a picture of herself. I love that everything is the correct color. She is quite into details. In fact, by the time the picture was done she had drawn grass, dirt, clouds and of course the sun.

Right before it was time for the parents to leave the teacher had them all sit on the circle rug to say goodbye. Mylee had no problem in this area either, in fact as I was getting ready to walk out the door I hear Mylee ask when they were going to eat lunch.

Sorry for no individual pics of Jaxon and Blake, as you can see, I was lucky to get the two that I did get. They are both going to be Freshmen this year which makes me feel very, very old. Both of them were ready to back and see their friends as well. They are both playing football this year so we will definitely be busy in a couple of weeks with football games.

I can't wait for everyone to get home so I can hear all about their first days!