Friday, May 30, 2008

Finally, an update with more than 10 words...

Let's see where to begin...

We'll start with ME (duh!).....I am back to work full-time and have been for several weeks now (hence the lack of updates). I have been blessed to have been bumped up the corporate ladder a few rungs and now have a nifty title complete with a fly new phone, business cards and an office with a door. I am actually thrilled to be back. I have missed it. I love what I do. I am also back in the gym (hi Naomi). I have trained 5ish times without cancelling and man can I tell. And if I forget I have several muscle groups that remind me. Work and the gym pretty much drain me so food, house, and laundry are on the rest of the family. They know the deal and so far don't have any complaints with the dinners consisting of frozen pizza or sandwiches. So far I can't tell much improvement in the migraine department but the medicine is still building in my system. I am now off carbonated drinks cause they taste like crap (side-effect) and have times that I can't feel my toes and/or fingers (another side-effect). So far I have not experience the brain fog that most complain about (knock on wood).

Steven is still working the graveyard shift and still hating it. He has now lost a total of 51 pounds and had gone from a size 42 waist to a size 36. I swear his head has shrunk but I have been told it is just cause his face isn't as full. He is still hacking up golf courses all over East Tennessee in his spare time.

Isaiah spent 3 days and 2 nights at Tremont and had an absolute BLAST!! We are still getting bits of details about his trip. He took a disposable camera with him but we haven't gotten the pics back yet...that should be interesting to see! His last day of school was spent at the public pool today. It is the tradition of his school to end the year by walking to the pool, cooking out and swimming. Of course, he had fun and so far I haven't gotten too many details other than he wished some of the girls that wore bikini's really shouldn't have worn them (you can tell he is my child). No word on his report card yet since the final one is mailed. He gets his braces on Wednesday.

Arissa had a good final report card with all A's and B's. She began the 3rd grade reading on a 6th grade level; she ended reading on an 8th grade level. Go Hootie!! I wish the same could be said for her ability to play the recorder. Sister sucks at that thing...and she knows it. Which you would think would keep her from torturing us with her crappy songs. NOPE!

This weekend this kids will be ushering in summer with the dismissal of bedtimes. I have plans to work at Sara's shop tomorrow then attend her recital with Arissa. Sunday we'll go to church (Isaiah is bugging me to go...he has a new outfit he wants to wear) and then I just plan on doing nothing so I can rest up and be ready to do it all over again next week!

Monday, May 26, 2008

I'm beginning to look like the 'old' me!



Now as long as I stay out of the operating room and keep training I might end up in a real bikini...yeah and pigs might fly!

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Let Summer Begin......

Arissa had an 'end of the year' party with her classmates today...

She had a really good time......

















Friday, May 23, 2008

Being Me




Last weekend I was given the biggest compliment I think I've received in my adult life. I was told that I am a fun mom, that I have a great relationship with my kids, and that she hopes she is the kind of mom I am. 'She' is the now grown woman I babysat since she was 3 years old. She thought I was cool when I was her babysitter but she really didn't know any better...all she had to compare me to was her parents (who are never cool until you are grown) and her ultra-conservative Mormon church family. I felt certain that as she grew up and saw the world, she would figure out that I wasn't really all that cool. Turns out I'm cooler to her now that I was back then. Considering she knows ALL I have been through yet still aspires to be like me makes me proud to be me....something I haven't been in a long time.



Lots has happened since my last post....I'll fill ya'll in next time! It's all good so no worries!

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Happy Birthday, Isaiah




And since he's 12...


He thought he'd drive us home!


Monday, May 12, 2008

Portraits of a Child......



Whose Daddy put a dryer sheet in her laundry:





The book she checked out when we all went to the library earlier:
Somehow I doubt this is on the must-read list of many other 9 year old little girls!
Oh well, at least we get to eat at Big Ed's tomorrow...Isaiah picked there to eat for his 'day-of' birthday dinner.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Steady Improvements...

While I am far from eating 'normal' but I am eating a little more. Today was my highest calorie day so far with 1000 calories. Little by little...



I took a big step earlier in the week and fired my former neurologist. I had hit a bit of a brick wall with my treatment with her and felt a fresh approach would be best for me. I was able to locate a new neuro and get an appointment within 24 hours. I really liked him and we are working together to get me a treatment plan to reduce my migraines and keep me out of the ER. I have already began weaning from one of my meds with more to follow in the coming weeks. I am hopeful!


Isaiah had his last tooth pulled yesterday in preparation for his braces. He is pretty sore but okay. He had his finger checked yesterday and it is healing on schedule. He is still in his splint for a few more weeks. He is getting excited about his upcoming Tremont trip with his class.


Last night Steven mowed, Isaiah blowed and Arissa and I did what we do best.....








I was even feeling generous and let T-Bone out to play....






In my lap is where he spent most of his time. Silly dog!