Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Happy Almost New Year

Here I am today with an update! It's a start I suppose to get back into my everyday blogging. Unfortunately, I have no photos for you today though. My phone went dead and my charger is no where to be found. Drives me crazy. Anyhow, here's a few thoughts for you on this last Wednesday of the year!

* The kids and I slept in way late today. Liked 1:00 pm late. Lee Lee was up sick with a fever last night and so none of us really got a good nights rest.

* Our morning.day was pretty blah. Lee cried at the drop of a hat all morning long. She felt so bad. When I checked her fever when we woke it was up to a 101 again.
* I got the kids some snacks at the gas station this morning and called it breakfast/lunch. Yep, major mom fail.

* My day was not nearly productive as I'd hoped. Frankly, it wasn't productive at all. Pretty much all I accomplished was straightening the house, doing a load or two of laundry, taking a bath and tending to kids!

* Hubby said he had a long day today. There was some Chinese folks at his job site today looking at the mines. Remember, it's up for sale. Hopefully this means it's going to sale and not close.

* Hubby brought himself a dog home today. It's his "shop" dog as he calls it because he is keeping him in his garage. He fixed him a doggie door and everything. It's a pup but a BIG pup. He's full stock German Shepard and he's a big ole boy! His name is Copper because he is a Copper color. I'm not sure how I feel about him, I'll let you know later.

* This evening I fixed Bread Sticks and Pizza from some Little Ceasars kits I bought off the church. They were actually very good and very easy. I wish I'd bought more!

* Hubby went to bed at 8 tonight....he has to leave her at 2:30 am for work. That is a ridiculous time of the morning to have to get up and go to work.

* The kids have rambled all night while I've watched television and played online. Lee seems to be feeling some better tonight, praying it passes quickly.

* I've got a few things in store for tomorrow so hopefully my New Years post will be much more interesting than this one!

* Tonight's as good of time as any to do my Monthly Goals Update for you so here it is. Let me just say, posting this makes me feel like a total loser and let's me know just how crazy insane December was. Have I told you I'm ready for a new month?

December Goals- 

Do lots of Christmas Stuff
Total Fail- I'm so disappointed in the amount of things we didn't get to do

Scrapbook all of October and November
Okay so October Photo Book is done and waiting on me to pay for it. November's is about 1/2 done

Help Axle get his first reading Book
We made progress but still no book

Date Night
This actually happened...Hubby and I went Christmas Shopping and then to the Steak House to eat!

Be Kind
I'm pretty proud of myself on this when. I was intentionally kinder and offered help more than normal. It felt good too. Probably the BEST part of December was giving!


December Bucket List

Go See Christmas Lights
Total Fail and the first year in many years :(

Celebrate Christmas and New Years
Christmas Done (even if we were in the ER) and New Years will happen tomorrow if the good lord is willing!

Cook Christmas Dinner at Home
Despite everything going on, I did do this!!!!

Buy the Kids Personalized Ornaments
This didn't happen and this makes me very sad

Do December Boxes with kids
Again, didn't happen- I'm hoping to do this after the 1st of the year though

Make a Simmer Pot
Nope :(

Make a few Handmade Gifts
Nope- just no time :(

Do Something Special for the Husband
Again nope- poor hubby!

Attend Church
Finally- YES we did as a WHOLE family! Sis was in the Christmas Play and done a great job!

Decorate Outdoors
Yes we did with lights, a wooden tree an artificial tree and an inflatable! It looked so pretty!


Well there you have it, the results! Nothing to brag about but I did the best I could and sometimes that is ALL you can do!!!

I'm not going to post January information yet, I'm still in the thinking process of how I want to approach the New Year. Just know this though:



Happy Almost New Year!!!!!

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

The Truth

Well I'm back and again, it's been awhile since I blogged. Frankly, I'm totally over December and ready to move on to the New Year. December has not been the kindest to me & I am in quite the funk right now. I just feel like the turn of the year is a new start and I'm so ready for it.

I left off blogging on Thursday so I'll start there. I actually did end up shopping on Christmas Eve Morning. It was around 4:00 that morning to be exact and let's just say I didn't enjoy it one single bit. I was tired (no exhausted) from being at the hospital all the night before and I was super cranky. At least the store wasn't crowded and I did finish ALL my shopping!

I think it was around 8:00 that morning when we got home. I went to sleep and slept about 4 hours before getting back up and starting to wrap presents. Sis made some Macaroni Salad for me while I got the gifts in line! That afternoon we went to Mom and Dad's for our Christmas with them. My Uncle's and Aunt's were there but this was the 1st year without my Grandma. Heartbreaking to say the least. For those of you that don't know, my Grandma passed away on Christmas Day 2014.

We had a great dinner though and then opened gifts. Axle tried to enjoy himself but he was pretty much too sick. It wasn't a bad evening, actually it was quite nice but with a sick boy and tired mom, it could have been better.


















It was late Thursday night when we got home. I was so exhausted I didn't even look at my gifts (and I got a ton) nor did the kids. Anika fixed Santa cookies and milk with the babies and then made some reindeer food with them. Poor Axle was so sick he could barely participate. I finished wrapping and putting together Santa gifts and stockings while they did that. It was a LONG day!!!!




After the kids fell asleep, I did the whole Santa thing and then crawled in bed with Sis. The hubs slept in the living room with Axle and Lee because Axle was feeling so rough.

We actually had to wake the kids Christmas morning to see their Santa Gifts. Can you believe I didn't get photos! Ax got a Pogo Stick & a RC Hulk that crushes stuff, Lee got a new Vanity Set and a Cleaning Cart & Anika got a new Trashcan for her room (she asked) and a pair of diamond earrings. They also had stockings filled to the brim.

We opened gifts as soon as they looked at their Santa stuff. Let me just tell you between all of our Christmas stops this year, they got way too much stuff!










The kids went directly into playing after opening gifts and I went into crazy lady mode cooking and cleaning. We had invited some friends over for Christmas dinner and my house looked like a pig sty. The hubby helped although it wasn't appreciated because he griped the whole time he did it. I got the appetizers on the table, my clothes changed and the house liveable by the time they rolled in. I was proud of myself.

For appetizers we served Pizza Snacks, Chips and Homemade Salsa & Boiled Shrimp with Cocktail Sauce!

The guys hung outside because the weather was 70 degrees while Rebekah and I completed dinner. Sis went to Cody's for Christmas with his family but was back by the time we ate dinner. Lee and Sophia played while Benjamin chased them but poor Ax fell asleep and never woke up all of Christmas day.

The weather was gorgeous so our Christmas dinner main course was Steaks on the grill. They were absolutely delicious too. We also had Broccoli Casserole, Ranch Potatoes, Lazy Perogies, Scalloped Potatoes, Mac n Cheese, Corn on the Cob, Texas Toast, Cornbread and Fried Rice. We had a festive holiday punch and for desert there was Dirt Pudding! Everything came together okay although I had a few more dishes I wanted to make but it just didn't happen. I just had no time to prepare as normally I would've cooked all Christmas Eve.

We had a great time together though and were so glad they joined us. We only took one photo the whole day. Probably due to my brain not working from exhaustion!

This was taken with Sis's new Selfie Stick!

Our company left at around 8:00 and we didn't even clean up the mess. We called Mom to come get the girls and headed straight to the Emergency Room with Axle. His fever was blazing high again. Our wait at the ER was quite long and unfortunately they put him threw a million tests again but all showed negative. They said it was just a viral infection but he was severely dehydrated. They put in an IV and gave him a bag of fluids and sent us home.

It was probably 3:00 am when we got home and I was honestly falling asleep sitting straight up in the car. So thankful for my Husband driving us.

Saturday morning I took the husband to pick up an old truck and then went to Mom's to get the girls. Ax insisted he stay all night so I agreed but only after making sure mom knew how to give all his meds. The girls and I came home and cleaned up the mess in the kitchen. Thankfully Hubby had already cleaned up most of it for us. We also straightened the rest of the house so that we could live in it but that was about it. The husband spent his day outside while I on the other hand don't think I moved from the couch much. I just couldn't find the energy. Anika had a friend over to spend the night so I did go to town to get them Mexican but that was about my biggest accomplishment of the entire day! Ax ended up calling wanting to come home around 9:00 so I ran to mom's and got him. The rest of our night was just lounging!

Sunday we missed Church. I was just too tired and PMS decided to strike unexpectedly. I'm guessing due to stress. Ax did make some improvement on Sunday though and even asked for food which I happily went and got him. The weather on Sunday was almost 80 degrees. Isn't that crazy? I couldn't help but get milkshakes while I was out! I did some laundry and ginned around the house pretty much the entire day. The Hubby of course never came inside until after dark. There was no way that pretty day was passing him by. Unfortunately I didn't get in bed Sunday night till very late! I ended up staying up so I could get the Hubby up for work and got started watching Cutthroat Kitchen!

Monday morning the Hubby had to leave to be at work at 2:30 am. That is just insane but whatever I guess. The kids and I ended up sleeping till NOON!!! Yes, we were all zonked, I told you. I managed to get a few things done around the house, run a few errands and even enter a few sweepstakes. I made it to the bathtub and for the first time in a few days put on REAL clothes. The day was quite successful if you ask me. Hubs got off work around 3:30 and he piddled outside while it was still daylight. The little two played indoors and Axle was finally back to himself playing and romping. I was very happy about that.

Today has been a much more successful day. I got quite a bit done around here. I have big plans for the New Year and am taking steps to make sure January is a successful month for me. I got my closet all cleaned out nicely today, got a new makeup area set up in my room, hung some hooks for all my scarves, put away all our Christmas Clothes, Moved my Bakers Rack into the kitchen and decorated it with my beautiful new dishes from my Mommy and Daddy & I took down our Inflatable Snowman! I even got a trip in to town, cooked dinner and stopped by the thrift store. Yep, I've been on fire today!!!! 






These are my new dishes mom and dad got me
I LOVE THEM!!!! 
Sorry the quality of photo isn't great!

It's safe to say Axle is back to normal. He's played all over the house today and ate everything in site. Praise God!!!!!

Just now opening gifts

The Husband worked outside in his garage all evening after work. He's ready to pull a motor out of an old vehicle. I swear the man should've been a mechanic. Sis went bowling tonight with Cody and then to mom's to spend the night. As for me, I've been doing some sweepstaking tonight. Waiting on that big win. Here's my newest wins from this month though!

Set of lights- think I'll use these on my bar

Photo Canvas for Anika's room
She loved this

Tomorrow is going to be another productive day hopefully. I'm planning to clean out from under our bar, get our Christmas Tree's took down, finish up some laundry and who knows what else. We are just taking it easy around here till January the 1st rolls around!

So there you have it and now HOPEFULLY I can resume to regular blogging. At least that is the plan!!!!

Happy almost 2016 Friends!!!
Angie





Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Not the December I was hoping for (Major Picture Heavy)

Yes you read that right, this December has not been at all what I had planned or envisioned. Truly, it's so disappointing to me because December is literally my favorite month of the year! I've not been to the mall one single time to do any shopping, we haven't made cookies or gingerbread houses or anything of that sort and I've been pretty much stressed to the max. I'm totally hating to see the month go because I won't get another shot at it for another year but I've definitely not had a December to remember!

Here is what has been going on around here this month. As you know we had our trip to NYC where I got food poisoning. From the point on I just haven't been able to get back on track. I'm a list person. I like a schedule, I like plans, etc. I haven't managed to hold it together at all this month. Instead it's December 24th at 12:30 am and I'm heading out to Walmart in about an hour to buy groceries for dinner and presents for my family. Yes, I've been that bad this year.

I left off on December 14th on my blogging so I'm just gonna try to play a little catch up for you today!

* We had our Ladies Auxillary Christmas Party at Church. This was my very first year attending and it was so much fun! We had many women show up, we ate, we laughed till we cried, we sported tacky sweaters, we read the "Christmas Story" from the bible and we had a super fun gift exchange. I'm so thankful for this group of women. It was a very blessed night.






* I had a Policy Meeting at our Lodge for Headstart but I totally bailed out on it. I just wasn't feeling it that day. I missed the craft but oh well.

* We had our Ladies Group Christmas Party which was a success. We ended up collecting several gifts for each child we sponsored this year along with a whole bag of food! We had our Cookie Swap which was tons of fun and we all went home with extra cookies. We also made the cutest snowman crafts ever! There just so happened to be a Bee Keeping Meeting going on and they came out and showed the kids the bee's. I don't know who was more amazed, them or me! We also had our Christmas Sock Exchange which was a BLAST!!!! Cute socks and little goodies, can't go wrong with that.










* Axle's Class did a cookie swap too so this mommy was busy making 2 dozen cookies for his class. We opted to make Funfetti and Red Velvet Cake Mix Cookies. They turned out really good. Axle loved the cookies. I thought he would be more impressed with the swap than he was though. He really didn't seem to enjoy it all that much.


* Axle also had Santa Hat Day at school. He wanted to participate which I was tickled to death about. Lee of course that she needed a Santa hat too so out the door they went looking like this. Talking about making Mommy Smile!


* The same day Ax was having hat day, Anika was having Christmas Sweater Day. I swear the child is so stylish!



* My Uncle Bob came home for a one day visit from India. The kids and I went to Mom's and saw him. It was so good seeing him. It had been 2 years since I got to spend time with him. We all miss him so much. Mom fixed dinner, hotdogs which is Bob's favorite. He swears you can't get a good hotdog overseas. He eats like 8 at one sitting, it's so funny! The kids didn't remember him but took very well to him. It was a nice evening of catching up.

* I had a Policy Meeting for the Headstart in our hometown that I did attend. Let me just tell you, I left in tears and seriously thought about resigning. I made a suggestion that apparently the Director didn't like. He screamed at me, insulted me and pretty much treated me like a dog. I was so angry and upset. Those meetings are supposed to be parent run and he had no business even giving his opinion. Actually the fact that he did is against regulations. After I left I guess he still tried to convince the parent's not to vote in favor of the new policy however he was unsuccessful. The policy passed by majority vote. I guess I won anyway. The policy had to do with how we screen our employees. I think that is quite important since they are working with kids. Anyway, to make a long story short, he will NOT be getting my resignation because I won't let him win. That is what he wants. He doesn't like people to make suggestions or feel like he isn't running the show. Unfortunately, I don't like people who misuse their power therefore he and I will probably but heads more than once in the next two years....yep, should be interesting!

* Ax fell sick on me on the night of the 16th. He started getting hoarse and said his throat hurt. He had to miss school on Polar Express Day which made me sad but he just wasn't able to go. 

* Lee had her Headstart Christmas Party and while I enjoyed it, she could've cared less. She does so much better at school when I'm NOT there. When I"m there she hangs to me and won't speak to anyone. Her teacher had the kids all kinds of yummy goodies and then they got ice cream sundaes! Santa came but of course Lee didn't want anything to do with him! He brought them all really nice gifts though. Lee got a new table and chairs set that she loves to pieces! That program is so wonderful!







* We celebrated my Dad's Birthday at my Mom's house! She fixed Cabbage Rolls for dinner and we had Birthday Cake. My Uncle and Aunt came up to celebrate with us. Dad had a good night I think. He was tired, this new job is VERY hard on him. I wish I would've taken photos but I left my phone home :( 

* Ax was still sick on the day of his Christmas play and party so he didn't get to go. I was seriously heartbroken because I knew he would have loved it.

* I delivered our Service Project Items to the family that we sponsored and they were so thankful. I'm so hopeful this will make them have a merrier Christmas this year.

* Our Church was supposed to go Christmas Caroling but the event was cancelled. I was bummed out friends! I was so looking forward to it. Unfortunately the lady that drives our Church bus had a family Emergency. Her Sister was put in ICU. Maybe we will get to do it next year!

* I ended up taking Axle to the doctor on the 17th. The doctor we go to is a bandaid doctor or that is what I call him. He is fine for common colds and stuff. He checked Ax out and said that he most likely had strepth. He gave him antibiotics. Unfortunately, I too had strepth and was treated. This was my second sickness of the month :(

* On the 19th we had our Family Christmas at my Aunts house. I'm telling you, I didn't know if Ax or I either one would be able to make it but we did. We had so much fun. It was a pajama party which was fine by me since I was sick anyway. Our family is CRAZY so they ended up with so many cute looks! We had an abundance of finger foods, we played games, opened presents and spent the evening socializing. I'm so glad we were able to go. I wouldn't have wanted to miss it for the world!!!!






















* On Sunday we all went to Church, even the Husband. Anika was in the Church play and I was so proud. The kids did great, all of them! We had an amazing pastor and just an all around amazing service. Nothing beats getting filled up by the holy spirit on Sunday's.





















* Monday the 21st was Anika's Birthday. Ax seemed to be getting worse than better. I literally almost didn't get him to go to her Birthday Party so you know he was sick. We gave her our gift from us early that morning. She got a gift certificate for a tattoo. I know, bad parenting but she is now 17 years old! That is unbelievable to me. We celebrated that evening at my Mom's house with a party for her. I think she had a great day. She even told me that night that this was the first year in a long time that she hadn't been depressed on her birthday, PRAISE GOD!!!!!! Oh and she got a promise ring from the boyfriend so that made her a happy gal ;)






















* On Tuesday I ended up taking Axle back to the Doctor. He gave us another antibiotic as well as gave me a shot for a sinus infection. Poor Ax was just feeling pitiful. He couldn't even sit up to watch You Tube or anything. Actually, he laid around all day long. Tuesday night he got worse and his fever went to 104 so around 4:00 am Wednesday morning, I headed out with him to the Emergency Room. Anika went with me while SJ stayed at home. They checked him for mono, strepth, the flu, done a chest x-ray and blood work. All his tests came back okay except his white count which was 2200 and way to high. The doctor said it could be a viral infection, gave him a shot and some new antibiotics and sent him home. We didn't get home until about 8:00 am yesterday morning.


* My Wednesday was spent lounging around and sleeping. I was absolutely exhausted. Axle seemed to feel some better yesterday. He did get up and move around some plus he ate several popsicles. His fever is still up and down, controlled by Motrin and Tylenoyl every 2 hours. I'm praying he wakes up at least 1/2 way well today. Anika and SJ spent their Wednesday at the Tattoo Shop. Anika has new ink!



* It's now Thursday (Christmas EVE) and it's 1:34 in the morning! I'm waiting on the bad storms to pass so I can head out shopping. I have a ton of shopping to finish today. Anika and my friend Rebekah are going to brave the trip with me. After shopping I'll come home, wrap gifts, clean up the house, cook and then we will celebrate at my Mom's tonight! I'm going to be one tired lady. I literally cannot believe I'm still shopping on Christmas Eve! It's been a wild and crazy December with all the sickness for sure!

* Other than the above, all I've done is entered a few sweepstakes. Here's the December wins I've received so far!

Christopher Banks Vest

Free Food Coupons!

Cozy Snowsuit for my Niece Willow


Well friends- I think I got you all caught up. Let's get to celebrating Christmas now. I love you all dearly and hope you have an amazing Christmas! I'm hoping after this week things will settle down and I'll be able to blog again! Keeping my fingers crossed anyway. If you don't care send up a prayer for my sick boy.

I'll be back after Christmas with an update

Until Then 
MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!

Angie