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9th-Aug-2009 11:11 am - The final countdown
And that song is now in your head for the rest of the day....and mine, too.  Dang it. LOL 

Only 11 days until school starts. ACK! A little over a week. What am I going to do while he's at school? *cries*  We've got everything ready for him. All of his supplies and clothes. I just have to label everything. We went in last week and he met his principal. She was my high school PE coach. I've always liked her, she was great when I was in school. And Tay seemed to like her. He actually told her his name. Most of the time he refuses to do that. He has a tendency to be quite shy.

We went to some yard sales on Friday. I wasn't too optimistic about finding any clothes to fit Tay. Normally the size he's in aren't worth selling when the kids have out grown them. But we were lucky and hit one sale that had quite a bit. She gave me a pair of jeans that were in the free pile. They have a couple holes in them, but I figured the he could wear them outside to play in. I got 19 shirts there, a free pair of jeans, and 2 pairs of spongebob pajamas, plus Tay got a toy and we only spent $17. Not bad at all. The shirts were Arizona, Old Navy, and Bugle Boy. Mostly Old Navy, though. Some were short sleeves, but quite a few were the layered long sleeves. And we got one dress shirt. It's a cute orange color.
Then at a flea market one of the stalls had jeans. We got 2 pairs of jeans and a pair of jean shorts for $10. And they all look brand new. No worn spots or holes. They're Levi's and Arizona brand. After that we went to the thrift store at the local pound. I got Tay a pair of khakis and a shirt for $1.50. All the clothes are in great condition and should last him for a while. Quite a few clothes for less than $30. I love getting a great deal! 
7th-Aug-2009 09:07 pm(no subject)
I can't believe that it's almost August. Where in the world has this year gone? School starts in a few weeks. I am so not ready for this. *sighs* We picked up some school supplies the other day. We just got what we thought would work because they hadn't released a supply list yet. There's one in this weeks paper. Now we've got to get him a backpack (which we already knew, they just didn't have them at Wal*Mart the other day), new crayons (the ones we got were packs of 24, he needs packs of 8), and glue (he needs actual glue, not glue sticks).

We went to Farmington last Saturday and saw Bigfoot. And I have pictures to prove it.






Dad and Tay in front of Bigfoot. I was shocked as all get out that Dad actually let me take a picture of him. I almost fainted.



Tay's trying to figure out how tall the trailer would have to be to be hooked up to the trailer hitch on the truck.  He thought it was funny.

We had fun, it was just at a local tire shop. The driver was there, signing autographs for everyone. I had called Dad before we left to go over there, but he was out of town at a flea market and didn't know if the guys he was with would want to go. But as we were getting ready to leave, they pulled in beside us. So we got back out of the truck and went back over to where Bigfoot was, so I could take some pictures of Tay with Dad. The first time we went over there he wasn't all that excited, but when we went with Dad he was thrilled. Silly kid.






18th-Jul-2009 07:25 pm(no subject)
It's almost 8pm here in the show me state, and I am about to head to bed. To say that I'm tired would be an understatement. Exhausted would be more like it. I can't believe how tired I am right now. I started a new medication, and I'm sure that it has a lot to do with my lack of energy. I had a doctors appointment on Monday and one on Thursday. The one on Monday was with the nurse practitioner, on Thursday it was with the doctor. For the past couple of weeks I've been having trouble sleeping due to pain in my hip. Some nights I'm up until after 4am because I can't get comfortable. Most nights I'm up and down all night. The doctor gave me something a bit stronger to help me with pain. Hopefully I get used to it soon, because if it makes me this tired all the time I can't even function like this. LOL My eyes keep closing on me while I'm typing. Cora and Raymond were here last night and while she and I were talking, I kept spacing out and my eyes were crossing. It's weird. I was on this medication while in the hospital.

Cora and Raymond came over yesterday and I took pictures of the baby. Oh my goodness he's a doll. Almost makes me want one of my own. Almost.....

Here are a couple pictures of Andrew.












8th-Jul-2009 07:19 pm - I want a new lens!!
MCP Actions  has a contest going on right now that you can win a new lens! And I want to win it. Of course the chances that I would win are slim to none, but you never know. LOL

Check out the contest here:  Win an SLR Lens!


All you have to do to enter is go the the website and do the following:

- Post to your blog, twitter and/or facebook about this contest (let people know how to enter and provide a link)

- Go back to MCP Actions and leave a comment writing where you posted (with link so that it can be verified if your post is picked from the random drawing)

- In your comment, please write why you want to win this lens, where you would want to most the lens, and for fun tell us how many lenses you currently own.


Good luck!! 



7th-Jul-2009 08:33 pm - Elephant Rocks and Class #2
I'm still not sure about this whole online class thing. It just doesn't seem like I'm getting a ton out of it. So far, I've known how to do both things and those I learned on my own several years ago. I don't know. I'll keep doing them.  There's a class coming up this fall on 2peas called 12 weeks to better photos. I can't wait to take that one. I'm hoping to get better at my photography. As we were leaving Elephant Rocks yesterday, this lady stopped me to ask me what kind of camera I had. She wanted to compare cameras. LOL She had a Kodak. I love my Nikon. Mike says I love it more than I do him. Anyway.....

Here's class project #2.


It's a picture of Tay from yesterday.

We decided to get out of the house yesterday morning and went to Elephant Rocks. It's a state park here in town. Well actually it's a couple miles out of town, but ya know. Anyway. It was not the happy happy trip I'd planned, but we had fun. I got several good pictures of the little guy. Including the one already posted. I took nearly 300 pictures. Well, Mike took some, too.

Here are a few of them.




















Mike took these.








The view is phenomenal during the autumn months. The leaves are just gorgeous.



These rocks are HUGE. Wonder if that's why it's called Elephant Rocks....

After that we came home and vegged out under the air conditioner. It was HOT yesterday. That evening Taylor decided that he needed to give his bike a bath.






Why can't he clean his room, too? *sighs*


6th-Jul-2009 05:48 pm - first class
I'm taking my very first online class. Jessica Sprague offered a free class if you registered sometime last month. So I did and it started today. I registered about the time I was in the hospital. LOL The title of the class is Photo Editing: Frame-ups and Special Effects. So far, so good. I think. 

Here's my first project.



It's a picture of Miss Katie. And believe me, she is one sassy girl. LOL They actually call her Sassy, instead of sissy. I took that picture one day last month when they came over to let the boys play. Poor Katie. She's the only girl around here. But she doesn't let that bother her.

I've got a TON of pictures to go through from Elephant Rocks today. I even got some good ones of Taylor. At least they look good through my mommy goggles.

5th-Jul-2009 03:42 am - Happy late Fourth!
For the first time in a long time, I got to bed early last night. And by early, I mean 12:30am. (That's early for me. But here it is near 4am and I've already been up for 45 minutes. I was outside for nearly 6 hours and my hip is killing me. My pain medicine will only work for so long and then it quits on me. ugh!

We had a pretty nice Fourth. A few weeks ago, I realized that we'd be able to sit in our yard and see the towns fireworks display. Usually everyone goes down to the Fort and sits out on the lawn and watches. Parking is pretty much non existent for this. I told my aunts and my grandma that they were welcome to come to the house and watch them with us. I also told Cora that. They typically go to Bismarck, but they canceled this year. I didn't figure anyone but Cora and Raymond would be here. Boy was I wrong.

Mike's brother, Randy, and his family are camping down at the shut ins, so they all came up. And by all I mean EVERYONE. Randy, Tab and their 4. Tab's brother. Tab's cousins and sisters. There were like nearly 20 of them. LOL Then Grandma, Angi and Richard, Vicki, Mallory and Denny, Kenny, Cora Raymond and their kids and us. With just the ones that we knew there were nearly 30 people there. We just sat and chatted and watched the display. It was about the same as normal, maybe a little less. Definitely nothing impressive. But we had fun. At least I did. Vicki and Mallory had just got home last night from California. They brought Taylor a t-shirt. I'll have to get a picture of him in it. When they flew into St. Louis last night, they flew over the Arch grounds where Fair St. Louis is taking place. They got to see some of the fireworks from the air. How neat does that sound? I got to look at some of Vicki's pictures. They were able to stay a little bit longer than the other girls, because Larry's sister lives out there and they stayed with them for a few days. They went to Sea World. It looked so stinking cool. I want to go. And they went looking at everyones stars on the Hollywood walk of fame. They even stood in line and got a picture of Michael Jacksons star. But Vicki said she was happy to be back in good old Missouri. She wasn't really impressed with Cali.

Well, I think my hip has quit hurting so much. I'm going to try to get some sleep. Or I'll watch Cash in the Attic on the BBC....
3rd-Jul-2009 12:50 pm(no subject)
It's been pretty boring around here lately. I haven't done much. It's been too hot to do much of anything. Tay's been staying in the house for the most part. It's just horribly hot out there. And since we've got the sicko living just a few doors down, we don't let him go outside without one of us being out there or keeping the door open. And if the door is open, the air can't be on.

I can't believe that it's already July 3rd. How in the heck is that possible? *sighs* This year is already half over. Less than 6 months until Christmas. UGH!

Taylor has been wanting to take the training wheels off of his bike for over a month now. I was a little apprehensive about it, but he was positive that he could do it. So Mike took them off one afternoon. He was putting up his tools when Taylor hopped on and took off. No need for Daddy to hold on and help him. He just took off! What the heck? *sighs* Just another sign that Little Man is growing up.


The other day after going out to Dad's Mike asked me if I knew Tay had another loose tooth. I did, but I hadn't thought much of it. I checked it, and it wasn't that loose. A few days later Tay came running into the bathroom to tell me that he lost his tooth. Then he went to Daddy to have Daddy help him find said lost tooth, because he'd really lost it. Outside. In the parking lot. FYI, we still haven't found it. This is tooth number 2 gone.



I'm finally done with the stent thing. I had to go to the ER the other night and have the temporary stents removed. They had gotten pulled out a bit and I couldn't make myself pull them all the way out. And Mike refused to do it. He was scared of hurting me. And of me passing out on him. LOL The doctor at the ER was great. The funny thing was that there were 2 nurses in the room with me. One of them actually told the doctor that she didn't need to be in there, but she wanted to watch. Uh, what? I don't think I was supposed to hear that. Not like I cared, at that point I just wanted it all over with. LOL Kinda like giving birth. LOL After he was done, I had to lay there for a bit, to make sure I didn't have any problems. There was some bleeding, but nothing major. And that was to be expected.

Speaking of kidney issues, I haven't had much, if any, water retention since I've had all the stents and stones out. This is odd to me. It makes me wonder if my kidneys have been not working for quite some time. I mean, ever since I was pregnant with Tay I've retained water. And now, I'm not? Why hasn't one of my doctors looked at this possibility before now? I'll be asking Dr. Christiansen this when I go up there next. He's wanting to do some tests to see why I had such large stones.

Well, I need to get off of here and get to cleaning. We're expecting some company tomorrow evening. We'll be sitting in our front yard watching the fireworks. So glad we don't have to deal with the people down at the Fort. We'll just have to deal with the idiots here in the apartment complex. They're already shooting off fireworks today....and they started about noon. UGH! 

24th-Jun-2009 12:43 pm - home sweet home
I got home about 11pm yesterday. I had to sleep off the anesthesia and that took me forever! My surgery went well. The doctor came in and talked with me about it. He said that they got all of the stones from the left kidney, but the one in the right was only a little tiny speck, so they left it. They couldn't get it with the basket, I guess. He also said that the ones in my left were fairly large and he wonders why they were that large and I've never had any problems before. So he wants me back in a month to do a metabolic workup.

I'm pretty sore right now. I've got a sore throat from the tube they inserted. It feels like they scraped my throat. When the doctor came in to talk with me on Monday he said I looked a lot better than I did the last time he saw me. And he asked if I had lost weight. That's when he became my best friend. LOL  I asked him how sick I was back in March. And he said the d word. He said that I almost died. Wow. I knew I was sick, but I didn't think I was that sick. That puts a whole new spin on things.

While I was in the hospital I had the most amazing view of St. Louis. I was on the 17th floor and my window faced the Arch. It was gorgeous at night. Tuesday morning I woke up at sunrise and that view was phenomenal. I wish I had brought my camera. LOL One of my nurses came in and we were talking about my view. She said that it would be even better on the Fourth of July. I didn't even think about that. They set off fireworks right on the river by the Arch grounds. I could lay in bed and see the fireworks. It would be amazing. I asked if I could reserve the room for then. She said she didn't see why not. LOL

I had 3 IV's while I was in there. They put one in the top of my hand while I was i surgery. It still hurts like heck. I'm on 2 new meds. Detrol LA and an antibiotic. I've also got a pain medicine and a stool softener to take while I'm on the pain meds.

Tay has been a bit clingy today. He's sitting here in the living room with me. Normally he'd be in his room. But he's in here watching The Magic School Bus on tv. We've been reading a lot of those books lately, too. He asked me one day about Volcanoes and then we found the Magic School Bus book on Volcanoes. Now if we could only find one about Tornadoes. He's been really interested in Tornadoes since we've had a lot of storms here. He's such a smart kid. 

I need to get off of here and get something done. Or I might just go play Farmtown....yeah, farming sounds fun.
22nd-Jun-2009 03:26 pm - boring day...
I've been pretty bored today. Playing on the computer for most of it. Right now I'm waiting for Mike and Tay to get here. They spent the night at Mike's moms last night. They should be here within the next hour or so. Hopefully Tay is in a better mood than he was yesterday. He was upset that he had to leave me here. And it's so boring here for him. I bought a game a few years ago from a gaming website and I plan on downloading it to this computer for him to play while they're here. I think he'll like that. Or I'll let him play on the Thomas the Train website. Maybe that will keep him occupied for a bit.

I forgot to post this yesterday and I wanted to get it down before I forgot it. When we were coming in to the hospital from the parking garage, we happened to see an escalator. I saw Tay staring at it, but didn't really think much about it. After I gave all my information to the admitting clerk, I had Mike go back to the truck to get my laptop bag. Before he left Tay asked if he could go. Then he said that he wanted to go on the moving stairs. I looked at Mike, he looked at me and we cracked up laughing. It was so cute. Moving stairs. It reminds me of how Elly May Clampett called the pool a concrete pond. Tay has been in the city before, but he still has that innocence about him. I'm even still naive about big city stuff. This is the first time I can remember being on the 17th floor. We don't have buildings that tall in Ironton. Our court house only has 3 floors and I think it's the tallest building in our town. Yes, I live in the boondocks.

I was sitting here yesterday afternoon, I was getting back in bed, when all of a sudden a bird came at the window. This was a HUGE bird. There's not a ledge or anything out there for it to land on. It wasn't like a pigeon or a cardinal. It was a freakin' big bird. Almost like a hawk. Are there hawks in St. Louis? 

Laurie and Shay just left. I was shocked as heck that they showed up. We're talking about going to Seamus one night. Wouldn't that be a blast? We always had so much fun going there.  They have the best cheese sticks. And their ranch dressing is killer. Man, now I'm hungry. Hopefully supper is good tonight. LOL They're actually going to Seamus now. Darn meanies.



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