Saturday, November 29, 2008
2. My Fabulous Family. I am so thankful for each member of my family, whether near or far, they mean the world to me. I am especially thankful for the love and friendship I have with my husband. I am thankful for the joy and love that my children bring in to my life. I am thankful that my immediate family is close and my entire family is healthy and happy. I am thankful for my brother and precious nieces and my cousin Ashley and her precious boys my "nephews".
3. My Wonderful Friends. Oh, my friends. I have no idea where I would be without you. I have the greatest friends in the world and even though they may be spread far, I am thankful for the special relationships we are able to maintain albeit the distance. I am thankful for the relationships I have held on to for many, many years and the ones that have most recently blossomed. My girlfriends are pretty much sisters to me and I love them so, so much.
4. My Business. Even though it is a constant struggle, I am thankful that in such a struggling economy, I am still able to financially survive. I am thankful for the humility and lessons that starting a business has taught me. I am thankful for the opportunity to help others on a daily basis and to be able to call that “work”.
5. Blogs. I am thankful for cyber world and all of the amazing friendships I have made online and the relationships that are able to stay nurtured with those I rarely see and even those I have never met. No one can have too many prayer warriors.
6. My mentors. I am thankful for the wonderful people in my life that I have at an arms reach that help me with any question or problem. I am thankful for those of you who give me advice, teach me and yield me.
7. Starbucks (and caffeine in general). I am thankful for Venti Skinny Caramel Macchiatos. I am thankful for coffee, espresso, Cherry Coke and flavored creamer (and to McDonalds who also has good coffee when I’m broke and Jeff is yelling at me about the debit card.)
8. Holidays. Yea for the holidays!! I am thankful for the upcoming holiday season and the gift of family that I am so lucky to have. I am thankful that my out of state friends have an excuse to visit and for giving and receiving….this year, all items made with love.
9. My Fireplace. I am so thankful for the new wood burning fireplace with gas starter that is in our hearth room. It is so relaxing and peaceful and keeps us toasty warm.
10. My Pets. I absolutely adore my dogs and Tony the Tiger. They are amazing little creatures that are so in tune to this family and all of the dynamic.
I had a tough Thanksgiving this year that made me that much more thankful for many things. This is just a short list of things that immediately jump in my head. After the first few, they are in no particular order. I am so thankful for everyone in my life... each of you mean so much to me and hold a special place in my heart. Happy Thanksgiving! I hope this holiday season is a time for reflection of the wonderful gifts and blessings God has given you. Thank you God for being so gracious and giving!
Friday, November 28, 2008
Sorry this post isn't gonna be real interesting tonight. I wish I had tons of pictures to share of my Thanksgiving but right now the only ones I have are the ones of the wreck we had on Tuesday with an 18-wheeler and the one Jeff took of me in the ER last night, that he blue-toothed to my computer, of me getting a breathing treatment for pneumonia. Just trying to keep it real around here. I think even my sense of humor is tired. HA.
Tuesday was Grandaddy's birthday! He turned 89. We baked him a chocolate cake and took it to the hospital with balloons when the kids got out of school on Tuesday. I was starting to feel a little rushed. Jeff didn't tell me until that morning that we were gonna do that. My plan was to not work on Wednesday to get ready for the 20-30 people that were gonna be at my house for Thanksgiving. Making that trip to Memphis cut my day short by about 3 hours. I wasn't complaining though. The fact that Grandaddy saw this birthday was an answer to many prayers. They actually let him out of the hospital on Wednesday and he was at my house for Thanksgiving. I didn't see him, but Jeff said he looked good, all things considered.
On the way home from the hospital on Tuesday, there was a truck broken down near Shelby Drive and Lamar (a major intersection, in a not so great neighborhood). We changed lanes to avoid the broken down truck and a few seconds later, I was staring at the wheel of an 18 wheeler out my window. The kids were crying and Jeff thought he was Bo Duke and went flying across the hood of the Suburban with his hair blowing in the wind (I hope you all realize this is the fictitious part of my story....my hunk of burning love weighs 300 lbs and while he has a lot of hair, it's all in the wrong places...ya know...like growing out of his ears..anyway). For a split second, I thought he was coming to make sure I was ok, then I had a reality check, he was on his way beat the ever loving crap out of the truck driver. It's a good thing his truck door wouldn't open enough to let Jeff get at him right away. So instead, they exchanged pleasantries through the window (again, fictitious) while I made sure the kids were ok and proceeded to call 911 because although we didn't need an ambulance right then, when Jeff got to that man we were going to need one and I knew I couldn't hold him back so we probably needed the police, too. 911 put me on hold so long I hung up and had work call the police for me. Boy, that was fun. (Yep, that's fiction). Anyway, we were all ok. Jeff and I were a little stiff and my upper back was sore. Considering we had just been hit by a total flaming idiot truck driver (not that I think all are) we were lucky.
Wednesday, I ended up working all day. I got home right at 5. Savannah started running a fever and vomed everywhere. Oh yeah, this was getting real fun now. I had 5 women on their way to my house to cook, "The Night Before Thanksgiving Dinner" and hang out. After calling everyone to inform them of the situation and see what they wanted to do, everyone backed out but my Grandmother. She said she was coming anyway. She was the only one I was worried about. I still worry about her since her bout with pneumonia. SO, I got out the recipes and made the list for Jeff to go to the grocery to pick up a few last minute things. He left and I started a fire and sat down for a minute. Savannah was resting comfortably on the couch with a cold rag on her head and a trash can beside her. After a minute, I decided to go change clothes. It felt like something was pricking my arm. I thought it must have been off the wood I carried in for the fire. I came back in the den and sat down and realized my whole body felt like that. I took my temperature and it was 101.7. What the hell? When Jeff got home, I helped him find the pots and stuff to cook this massive meal in. I don't use a lot of them year round so I keep them stored in a closet under the stairs. How about that ingenious place to store your cookware? My mom and Grandmother were helping Jeff and I went to bed. I didn't get back up until 5:30 Thursday night to go to the hospital. I literally thought I was dying. Apparently, when your heart rate is 158 you get back there really quick....dehydration. After 4 hours, chest xrays, two bags of fluids, a bunch of blood work, oral zithromax and IV rocephan, a one hour breathing treatment that almost made me come out of my skin, and a little more Motrin, I left there with 101 fever and wondering if even should have gone. Those breathing treatments are a BITCH. I woke up at 5 this morning with no fever and STARVING. I got out the whole spread this morning and had Thanksgiving all by myself in the dark. I had alot to be thankful for all of a sudden.
Savannah went to the doctor this morning. Her fever has been sporadic and stayed right at 100 or below since that initial onset. They told Jeff this morning that she had an upper respiratory infection....like how Dalton's started. She's under close watch. I TOOK A BATH THIS MORNING. That should have made headline news. First, that I was able to and secondly, after two days and two nights of intense sweats and fever between 101 and 102, one just really tends to develop certain odors. Dalton came in the bathroom on his cell phone and said, "Mom, its Savannah. She has good news and bad news. The good news is, she has an upper respetorial infection and the bad news is, it could turn into an ammonia." When he got off the phone he said, "I love you." I about died. When Jeff got home with her, I told him about the I love you part and he said she said it, too. We both noticed it. AWWW. That's one of "those" moments.
So, I'm on house arrest. (I don't mind.) But, I'm feeling much better. My lips only turn blue, when I get up to do stuff.
I talked to most people today that were here yesterday and they all said that Thanksgiving was wonderful. I'm sorry I couldn't join the crowd. I could hear everyone and I wanted to, but I couldn't. The food ROCKED whoever cooked it. It made excellent leftovers.
Now I have a new problem,
I have now become addicted to Etsy. Thank you Jessi and Mo. I lay total blame at your feet. I have a problem though that maybe you can help me with. I don't have my own Paypal account. Jeff has one that I use. When I tried to set my own up, I couldn't because our account was already linked to Jeff's email and password. Are you kidding me? This means every time I order something, Jeff gets an email. It's Christmas. I'm not supposed to be ordering for me. Do I have to open another bank account to have my own Paypal account? We don't use credit cards! No cashy, No havey. If any of you Savy women have figured out the answer to this little snaffoo, please advise.
Peace, Love and Happiness...Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I'm staring at my imaginary Christmas Tree right now. I wanted it up this weekend. NOT GONNA HAPPEN.
HECK YEAH!!! a little pneumonia lost me a whole 2 pounds. it's not much but this booty will take anything it can get! or get rid of!
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Look at this poor baby. All kids have their little idiosyncrasies that make them special to us. Dalton has always played with a little piece of hair when he didn't feel good or he was tired. When he was little and I was holding him he would play with mine. Once he got a little older and actually grew his own hair, he played with his. This morning that's what he was doing. He just doesn't feel good.
I went totally old school on him today and made him eat chicken noodle soup. He wasn't thrilled about it, but I told him it was mandatory when you have ammonia.
I had to tell the "bitch" to back off. Luckily she did with out much of a fight and....
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
When I got home tonight, Dalton was burning up with fever. I got out the ole stethoscope and took a little listen, and we have NO improvement. I'm not gonna go overboard and say, it sounds worse, but my gut is screaming at me. He told me if tries to walk very fast the "ammonia" makes him feel like a "fish out of water." Poor kid. I'm gonna see how the night goes and the gut may take us back to the doctor in the morning. Please include my little man in your prayers if you don't mind. I am a true believer in the power of prayers. I do NOT want a sick boy.
Hitting the hay early tonight. Hug your babies, share your love.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
When I got up, I went back to work on Mo's scrapbook project. I had worked on it the night before, but hadn't put some special touches in like the little odd sized pages. Now, I have done that and am happy to report that I have a scrapbook table set up in my room that can be moved out of the way when I'm not working on it. I think my biggest problem has been my OCD and having to put everything up when I wasn't using it. Well if you have to get it all out and then put it all up every time you have an idea, you just don't get it out to begin with. We'll see how this logic works out.
I also discovered the night before, a little trick that made me just chill out and enjoy what I was doing.
Yum! Have you tried a White Merlot? I am a wine idiot, but I likey.
OH YES HE DID!
How many of you can say you got a gift card to your local grocery store for your anniversary, huh? He even went so far as to say that was the only logical gift he could think of since I had been eating so much lately. Thank you Pumba. (Hope you enjoy my FAT ass!)
Oh and all dogs have been treated with Frontline and Tony the Tiger has, too. FLEAS B DEAD!
Monday, November 17, 2008
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Who would have known that 7 (Jeff's favorite number that he calls shevin) years later we would be getting married. This was from our rehearsal dinner.
If he's not screaming, "Hey Baby", then I don't know what is. This is before he grew all of his hair.
This is Grandaddy. He was Jeff's Best Man in the wedding. He is not doing very well right now. His birthday is the 23 of this month and right now we are praying he sees another one. We love you Grandaddy.
Me and Bradley, my baby brother. He gave me away at my wedding. For such a little man at the time he rose to the occasion. We had an awesome rehearsal dinner at the Rendevous. It was a ton of fun.
We had a HUGE wedding and again, we had a blast. It was just the start of many Wonderful Years. (OK, it hasn't all been smiles and wonderful, but I wouldn't trade it for anything.) We spent two years together before adding to our family.
This was a cruise we took back in probably 97.
Having two young children took much of our time for years. We wouldn't trade that time for anything, but as they have gotten a little older we have learned how important it is to find time for just us. We still don't get much, but we try.
(Yep we danced to Air Supply and sang every word of this five minute song to eachother. We still do it on request)
Saturday, November 15, 2008
This is what we found. Frosty had set up camp in my front yard waving to the front porch and door. There was only ONE person who could be responsible for something like this......ASHLEY!
You see, until we built this house a year and a half ago, Ashley and I were neighbors for 4 years. We had several on going pranks and little "yard decorating" themes that took place. Since we moved about 3 miles away from eachother, most of that had stopped. Until tonight......Ashley didn't realize what we had lurking around up on the third floor. No one ever goes up there. That's where we keep our secrets. Needless to say, we got her back and then all had a really good laugh.
You just never know when a life size nativity scene might come in handy. Luckily, we have two upstairs. We had two more wise men but I couldn't fit them in the Yukon and I didn't know where Jeff's keys were. He didn't get up for Project Retaliation.
And to all.....
Ashley Beth you are a total flaming idiot. It is TWO weeks before Thanksgiving and you have a tree up for Christmas! I LOVE YOU!
Friday, November 14, 2008
Is that The Nashster or did we just have an Elvis sighting? Those jeans are the cutest things. That one is gonna be a heart breaker. Check out that little booty in his blue jeans. She even got him Wranglers and called me one night to tell me how good her babies butt looked in them. But, I'M the nut? HA.
We had a good time. Sorry they didn't get fed a very nutritious meal. After all, it was pizza night, but before the pizza could get done, they ate a bag of Wheat Thins, half a bag of Ruffles and a bag of Marshmallows. Look at Rhett's little stash....and yes I let them eat all over the house so there really was no need for a plate.
This is just a bad shot gone right, too. Don't you love it when that happens? You take a picture and it's really a bad shot but you love it anyway. Look at this sweet face.
We had a blast! AND we watched Kung Fu Panda!
Well, that was yesterday's fun. Today, I screwed up. My 12 year Anniversary is Sunday. Yep, 12 long years with that huge hairy hunk. I know ya'll are all jealous. Just please try to contain yourselves. I'm gonna let ya'll in on one of his newest tricks shortly. I tried to change up my Methotrexate timing so I would get over the feeling bad part before Sunday. I tried taking it this morning instead of tonight when I went to bed. Since about noon, I have been about to fall out. I am swollen up and just tired. SavyG's Siamese twin Riley is spending the night. There is a party going on at Kacy's but I'm in the BED. Anyway, hopefully by Sunday, I'll be feeling better. Last week I got the nice side effect of sores in my mouth. Sores AND braces are just not a good combo. This week, I increased the yogurt and drank acidophilous milk trying to get all my Calcium in at the same time. I hope it will help. We have big ravioli making plans for Sunday. It's a family tradition.
So, I call Jeff my Pumba. Have you seen The Lion King? I love that movie. When Jeff and I got married, while guests were still being seated, we had a guy sing The Circle of Life from that movie. Anyway, Jeff has been my Pumba since. He really reminds me in so many ways of "The Pumba". For those of you who don't know....and I can't imagine who doesn't, Pumba is a WartHog.
Last night after the babies left, I looked over and my Pumba was all sprawled out on the couch in front of the fire watching TV in his camo jammies. When all of a sudden he did a full out leg stretch and passed a large amount of gas. Yep, I know, now you are super jealous. The really great part of the whole trick was that he apparently had some left over and when he did that second heel stretch to let out that last remaining bit of air, I snapped his picture.
That's MY Pumba! I'm so proud.
See, nothing to it. He just went right on back to scratchin' with one hand and watching football with the remote in the other. He was even showing off a little bit of that fine waistline in this picture. I found the video camera charger this morning before work. I was trying to find the power cord to my printer. I got Mo's kit in the mail today and want to print my pictures off. I didn't find the power cord yet but since I found the video camera charger, I'm just gonna have to see what I can come up with for you guys. I hope everyone can handle snippets from the Acree Abode. I'm scared living here sometimes. I'll try to keep it clean.
Stay warm and have a great weekend. I'm hitting the hay early tonight to try to sleep though some of these side effects. Today hasn't been a great one. Hug your babies and share your love.
ALERT ALERT ALERT......I JUST FOUND OUT I, UH I MEAN DALTON MADE A 100 ON HIS PROJECT!!!!
I got up to go get me some dinner and was fixing it and my mother was talking to me and following me around the kitchen the whole time. I finally said, what are you doing? She said, "Do you realize how much you are eating?" I wonder where she has been. I know you read this blog mother. I know you see me getting rounder and rounder everyday. The rounder you get the more it takes to feed it.....Must we speak of it too. I haven't brought your bad haircut up one time, now have I? Lets just all be nice to eachother.
One more update...Ashley has her Christmas tree up. She obviously has way too much time on her hands. I have to get through Thanksgiving before I can think about Christmas. I've got gift ideas and Chistmas Card ideas, but the thought of decorating before I even make it through Thanksgiving is just not happening. Maybe that's because Thanksgiving is at my house....I just think it's because ASHLEY IS A FREAK!