Thursday, June 30, 2011

What Happened Wednesday 2

Sorry for the delay, I was experiencing some technical difficulties. Namely, my Internet was out but once it came back the site was down.  So here’s the second installment.

This is the continuation of the story about how I got where I am. It started here.

A couple of weeks before graduation I became ill. I went to the infirmary on campus and was told I had an upper respiratory infection and given antibiotics. I took my medicine and went about my business working and preparing for finals. A few days after finishing my medication I began feeling bad again. I went back to the infirmary and was told that I now had bronchitis and was given more medication. I went on to finish my medication and graduate college.

A week or so after finishing this batch of antibiotics I was still feeling terrible. By this time the infirmary was closed and I could no longer use it because I was a graduate, not a student. I went to the ER since I didn't have a a regular doctor in the area. I was told that I had a viral infection and given antibiotics. Because I had been so sick he gave me a Z-pack so that it would begin working more quickly. Like before I tried to go back to working but was just too sick.

A week later, I was worse than before. I had finished all of my medication but was not any better. I had no energy and had not had much of an appetite. I had begun to have trouble breathing and became winded walking the short distance across our apartment. Exactly a week after my ER visit I woke up and made my way to the couch to watch a little TV. The hubby got up and while I was watching television I began to black out. I yelled for the hubby and had him bring me juice. My assumption was that since I had not been eating much my blood sugar was just too low. The juice tasted so good. I don't think juice has ever tasted so good in my life. I chugged the entire glass. I instantly regretted it and became ill. Once I felt better I had the hubby bring me more juice and slowly sipped on it.

I could see he was concerned but I'm stubborn and brushed it off. I told him I was fine and that the medicine hadn't started to fully work yet. I told him that I only got sick because I drank the juice too fast on an empty stomach. He didn't buy it and neither did my parents.

By this point my parents had gotten into the habit of calling daily to check in on me. They were concerned because they knew I wasn't getting better. They also knew I was stubborn. That day I couldn't even talk to them because I was too winded. The hubby talked to them and gave them the latest update. My mom was not happy. The hubby was informed that no matter what I said he was to take me to the emergency room. Even if it meant dragging me kicking and screaming he was under orders from my parents to take me that day as soon as possible. Of course, I didn't want to go. I wanted to sleep and wait until the next day. That call from my parents is probably the reason I'm alive. I'm not a doctor or medical expert at all but based on what followed I'm pretty sure I would not have woken up the next day without medical treatment.

To be continued.....

Monday, June 27, 2011

A Mommy Kind of Saturday

Today started off interesting.  A while back little man and I used the back of some old wrapping paper to trace an outline of him and then colored on hair and clothes.  He found a roll of wrapping paper and decided he wanted to do it again.  Today is a little busy straightening up and making sure everything is done before his family birthday cookout tomorrow.  I told him that we couldn't do that right now but if he wanted to get his crayons he could color a giant picture.  He was fine with that and sat on the floor for about 15 minutes happy as could be. 

Then he said, "Mommy, I have something to tell you."  This is generally how he starts a sentence when he has done something that will get him into trouble.  He used a marker to write on his face and foot.  A black marker.  Here's what's left of it on his foot.  I wiped it off his mouth and he has licked his lips enough that you can barely see it on his lips anymore.

There was of course some train play.  Little man has been really into his wooden train set lately.  He likes that he can build it differently each time.  He has also rediscovered the original Toy Story movie.  We started watching it with the hubby last night and little man asked to watch it today.  He was completely entranced.  I guess I should break out some of the movies he hasn't watched in a while and they will be new to him again.  Then a trip to the store, where he had a meltdown after leaving because he wanted to keep looking at the toys.  No, he didn't want to buy one.....he just wanted to keep looking. 

Thursday, June 23, 2011

A Mommy's Purse

I've been on the lookout for a new purse for a while.  I don't go for the super expensive nice purses.  Why?  Well, they are beautiful and would probably last a lot longer but I have a kid that is messy and likes to put things in my purse.  Messy things.  Today while running some errands at Wal Mart I found a new purse, on clearance!  Oh did I not mention that I only buy them on clearance?  That's why it takes me a while to find one I like.  Honestly, I try not to spend more than $20 on a purse, preferably less.  I found this one on clearance for $11.

After getting home I decided to switch everything over to my new purse and this is what I found.

Section 1:


Chucke Cheese coins on the left, top pile on the right is foreign money and bottom change.

Random items; cough drops, gum. old mail.  The top items are actually all little mans.  Tattoo's, crayons, mini coloring book and candy.

Section 2:

Wallets (I have two, one is specifically for grocery shopping and that's where I keep my grocery cash), pens, checkbook, ear phones for my OLD phone and Ibuprofen

Section 3:

A toy, samples of sunscreen for those oops I forgot to sunscreen little man and we have been outside for a while days, nail kit, little man's epi pen, more cough drops, ear phones for my current phone and more Tylenol/Ibuprofen.
More trash

My shoulder is thanking me.  My new purse is much cleaner and lighter.  It's amazing the things you find in your purse when you are a mommy.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

What Happened Wednesday

With little man's birthday yesterday and being pregnant I have been thinking a lot about my pregnancy with little man and the things that have happened to lead me to where I am now.  I don't have normal pregnancies and because of that after this precious peanut is here that is it for us with biological children.  We may decide to adopt at a later date but for health reasons this has to be it.
I've debated on whether or not to share the back story here.  Yes, I'm in my 20's and have a healthy little boy with no miscarriages or loss of a child.  I am very lucky.  However, I'm pretty sure that the only reason I've been so lucky is because of what happened in May 2005.  But that requires a little back story.

The hubby and I met in college.  We attended Appalachian State University in the lovely Boone, NC.  We worked together and I was clueless that he liked me.  I just figured that he was spending all of his time at my register because he didn't have much in common with the high schoolers that worked there.  It never occurred to me that he liked me.  That is, not until two mutual friends told me that he did.

We started dating in May 2003 and were married in October 2004, during the fall of our senior year of college.  After deciding to get married, yes we decided we wanted to be married; there was no proposal.  We moved in together and a couple of months later were married.  Moving in with the hubby and then being married never felt weird and it didn't feel like I had to adjust, it was just natural.

Seven months later in May 2005 we both graduated from college.  It was around that time that I got sick...

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Happy Birthday Little Man!

Today is little man's 4th birthday.  My baby is getting so big.  He started out like this

He was about 3 days old in this picture.  We brought home a tiny 6lb 2 ounce baby.

Long story short we were at the hospital 5 days.  I went in for induction on a Tuesday, little man was born on Thursday after over 24 hours of labor.  We were allowed to come home Sunday, even though they tried to get us to stay one more day.  He was so tiny that newborn clothes swallowed him.  The day we were released we made a trip to Babies R Us and bought Just Born sized clothing (for those that aren't familiar with that size it's the size between preemie and newborn).

He obviously grew...

Today we started off with breakfast cake. (It's not really a breakfast cake but he asked for cake so I made a banana cake with chocolate butter cream frosting).  He chose to only eat the icing and drink his milk.

Then little man wanted to play in the car and pretend to drive us around and then he played on the bed while mommy and daddy rested some more.  We made a Chuckee Cheese trip and were there from 11:30-2!  My parents surprised little man by bringing two of his cousins.  We all had lunch there and the kids had a blast playing, to be honest so did the adults.  Then it was off to Target to let little man pick out his birthday present (this morning he asked if we could go look at toys, not knowing that he could actually get one).  And here is what he picked.

Dinner will be at McDonald's where there is an indoor play area.  He loves it and today is all about him.  This is the first year that he really gets that it's his birthday and a special day only for him. 

Happy Birthday little man!!

A Mommy Kind of Saturday

Saturday was pretty low key.  I was feeling pretty horrible and little man was happy to play with his train sets.  So there was some train play.  Then I suggested he put his other set together and he could pretend that it was a racetrack for his cars.  He REALLY liked that idea.

Then we moved on to some crafts.  For a boy he loves to color, glue and do general crafting.  I plan to enjoy this as long as I can.  So we colored and glued a picture to make daddy a Father's Day card (which is why this is published late and not Saturday.  Didn't want daddy to see).  Little man still wanted to keep making things so I pulled out some pipe cleaners and poms that I found in the $1 section of Target and we made this little critter.

That was followed by some snuggle time while watching Blue's Clues and then a story before bed.  Nothing exciting but it's a typical Saturday for us.

Friday, June 17, 2011

My First Experience with Hamburger Helper

Yep you read that correctly.  I have never eaten Hamburger Helper, or any of the helpers for that matter.  As a child I was what you call picky.  I still am in some people's eyes.  I'm weird about sauces and generally don't like them unless I make it myself and know what's in there.  I know, I know.  But we purchased the General Mills Groupon a while back and got a box of Hamburger Helper in it.  I haven't made it yet.  To be completely honest I have made meals that look like it but that's just it, I made it.  Don't get me wrong there's nothing wrong with Hamburger Helper but I am just really weird like that.

Here's what I had on hand to make.

I always use less meat than the recipe calls for because lets face it, we eat too much meat most days and it saves money by consuming less so I used half a pound of burger instead of a pound.

So the verdict: I'm not a fan.  The process was really messy.

And even though I followed the directions and stirred like directed there is a yucky mess stuck to the bottom of my pan.

Taste wise it was ok.  The cheese flavor tasted more like a nacho cheese than a macaroni or cheeseburger cheese but that's just my opinion.  At least I tried it and can now say that I've had Hamburger Helper before.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Produce, Produce, Produce!!

Today we made the trip to a local farms produce stand.  I ended up getting about 5 plums, several (about 7) peaches and two sweet potato's for $5.18.    Not bad at all.

One peach and one plum were eaten by yours truly and one each was given to my mom.

But my produce for the day got even better.  My dad picked up some apples off the ground from a neighbors (with permission) and shared a bag with us.

At the produce stand I started to pick up some red potato's when my dad stopped me because their other neighbor is growing them and has offered them to my parents and me if i wanted.  My dad grabbed about 10 for me, I think they still have a couple hundred left at their house.

Lastly, my mom shared half of her watermelon with us.  Probably because in a few weeks we will be giving them free watermelons anyway.  I did at least leave her a peach and a plum.

So here's all the produce I accumulated today for a total spent of $5.18.  I think I made out pretty well.  Not to mention that we have a couple of cucumbers from the garden in the fridge for me to munch on.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Tweetsie Trip

Now that we are back and settled, and finally have the pictures loaded, I wanted to do a quick little post about our trip.  We love, love, love the mountains.  It's beautiful and so laid back up there.  After being away for a good 5 years we really miss it. We had 3 whole days to spend in Boone, one of which was designated for our trip to Tweetsie Railroad with little man for a Day out with Thomas.

We kept the secret about Thomas until the morning of during breakfast.  We had a ride time of 10 am and the park opened at 9.  We were there right at 9 am and got to go straight in.   Since we had about an hour to kill before our ride time we let little man check out the Thomas gift shop.  Then we went up the hill to the tattoo station.

Little man showing off his Thomas tattoo.

There was also an entire room filled with different Thomas tracks and coloring pages where the kids could just play.  Little man loved it.  We spent almost 30 minutes just in there.

Then of course it was time for our ride with Thomas.  I think this picture says it all.

Little man had a blast at Tweetsie and we were able to see everything he was big enough to do before the thunderstorms hit.  He got to go mining, ride a boat and ride an airplane. 

Overall, it was an awesome trip.  He had so much fun and we got to do a little sight seeing the next day before leaving.  And of course we can't forget the main attraction.

Aren't the mountains in the background beautiful?

Monday, June 6, 2011

Menu 6/6-6/12/11

Here's our menu!

Breakfast- Cinnamon sugar crescents
Lunch- Sandwich's and fruit/carrot sticks
Dinner- Date!

Breakfast- Bagels and smoothies
Lunch- Hot Dogs
Dinner- Cheeseburgers with green beans and potatos

Breakfast- Cereal and fruit
Lunch- On the road
Dinner- Out

Breakfast- At hotel
Lunch- At Tweetsie
Dinner- Out

Breakfast- At Hotel
Lunch- On the Road/at Nature Preserve
Dinner- On the road or Sandwich's at home...depends how long we stay at the Nature preserve

Breakfast- Waffles, bacon, and fruit salad
Lunch- Bagels with nutella and fruit
Dinner- Grilled roast, mashed potatos and steamed veggies

Breakfast-Blueberry muffins and smoothies
Lunch- Salad and bread
Dinner- Shrimp Alfredo with veggies

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Cheesy Crescent Dogs

I actually made what was on the menu for dinner tonight!  I know it's so sad to get excited.  I am usually so good at sticking to it.  Tonight was cheesy crescent dogs.  So simple and yummy.  Little man was on board and even helped me roll some of them up.  I made the crescent recipe from my Betty Crocker cookbook which is supposed to yield about 32 crescent rolls.  Obviously I didn't need 32 cheesy crescent dogs for the three of us.  I decided to take advantage of the "extra dough".  I made 8 cheesy crescent dogs, 11 plain crescents and 8 cinnamon sugar crescents. 

The Cheesy crescent dogs are simply a crescent triangle with half a slice of cheese and 1/4 of a hot dog rolled up in it.  I cut my hot dogs in half and then each half is split length wise.  They are usually the perfect width for the widest part of the crescent dough.  I let them rise while the oven heated and then baked them for about 15 minutes until the dough was golden and the cheese was melted.  I decided to make steamed broccoli since I still had broccoli from the farmers market last week to use up.  Here's dinner!

For the cinnamon sugar crescents I mixed about 3 tablespoons of softened butter with a cinnamon sugar mixture and spread it on the inside of the crescents before rolling.  (Make sure not to put too much or it will leak out of the sides when you roll up the crescents.)  After the crescents were rolled I brushed them with a little melted butter and sprinkled with cinnamon sugar.  They got little man's approval. They aren't too sweet but have just enough to make them a good snack, dessert or breakfast.  Here are all of the other crescents that I got out of the recipe.

The bag closest to the camera was the cinnamon sugar crescents.  They are going to be breakfast and snacks for tomorrow.  The two bags of plain crescents went into the freezer to be added to other meals.  I am hoping to get a few things made and frozen to make life a little easier for the weeks that things get hectic.  I haven't made our normal sandwich bread in well over a month and little man heard me using the electric knife and ran into the kitchen yelling, "Mommy, I want a piece of bread!"  I hated to disappoint him so I need to get back on the ball.

On a completely random note, here is our first zucchini.  I have 2 small zucchini's and a small/medium one out there now that I can pick possibly tomorrow.  Yay!

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Mommy Kind of Saturday Night

Tonight was great.  When little man was younger we would all snuggle in our bed as a family and watch a movie of his choice for the last 30 minutes or so until his bedtime.  We don't do that very often anymore and to be quite honest I miss it.  Tonight we started watching Aladdin and then he asked me this: "Mommy, can we go snuggle in your bed while we watch this?"  I, of course jumped at the chance and we spent the rest of the time until his bed time snuggled in bed watching Aladdin.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Our Garden

I am sad to report that my spinach is no more.  Yesterday afternoon when I went out to check the garden and harvest spinach I found all of the spinach leaves to have white spots on them.  Upon further research the hubby discovered that it's a virus.  I ended up pulling them all up to prevent it from spreading, not that I know whether it could or not but as a precaution.  I did get to harvest (is that even the right word?) spinach 3 times.  It was delicious by the way. 

The last spinach I was able to harvest.

On a happy note, the other plants are growing and growing.  I have a blooms on our zucchini plant with 3 small zucchini plants attached and several more blooms.  My assumption would be that in a few weeks I will have several zucchini.  Our cucumber plants have several little yellow flowers.  I am really hoping that I get lots of cucumbers because I want to try my hand at pickling them.  I love a good cucumber but the hubby is not a fan.  Little man will eat them occasionally.  Just this week I discovered several flowers on the watermelon plants.  As much as little man and I love watermelon I really hope we get at least one.  I'm just happy that so far everything seems to be growing well. 




The slowest going is our tomato's.  I think I mentioned that I did not buy tomato plants or start them inside I merely planted them in the ground with the other seeds only to find out from my dad that this was not how you plant a tomato.  The good news is that they are growing.  The bad news is that I'm not sure they will produce tomato's before the steamy North Carolina summer destroys them.  Oh did I mention that we were hitting 100, with heat index closer to 105 this past week.  That's North Carolina for you. 


More updates to come!