Monthly Archives: May 2015

Fly, fly on by

Hello friends!

Its that time again for the monthly Fly on the Wall post.

~I’ve been crocheting a bunch of critters lately. After the bunny for the husband, I made 2 pigs that have been requested from friends (and will be paid for !!), a graduation gift for our cousin (pictures to come after she gets it) and a late birthday gift for a friend. Here’s what the pigs look like:

Pig!

Pig!

 

With a cute Tail!

With a cute Tail!

And here’s the giraffe:

Green Giraffe

Green Giraffe

 

~I’ve also been working on my crafty stuff, like a dress for a friend’s wedding. I wasn’t able to find anything that I liked or wasn’t super expensive, so I just decided to take matters into my own hands:

Hooray for making your own clothing!

Hooray for making your own clothing!

 

~I’m excited for the wedding this weekend. We’ll be able to see a bunch of friends we haven’t seen since moving to London, as the wedding is in Lexington and that’s where most of our friends still are. My goals¬†are to get a nice picture of me and the husband, all dressed up for the wedding and actually dance with him (we didn’t have dancing at our reception, and we’ve never had the opportunity to dance).

~On Mother’s day I joined friends Sarah, Matthew and their kids at Church as their twins were being baptized that day. It was really sweet that the kids decorated flower pots for their moms, made cards, and read 3 things that they love about their moms. This is the littlest kid reading her reasons, with her big brother and sister, watching:

They love their Mom!

They love their Mom!

And then after the sermon, the twins were baptized. It was very cool to watch, and I did tear up a bit, and was just touched that they asked me to come and support them. It really means a lot to me, not just that Sarah and I are close, but I’m close with her kids too. I simply adore them ūüôā

Anastasia's Baptism

Anastasia’s Baptism

Sebastian's Baptism

Sebastian’s Baptism

~After church, we went to Williamsburg for Mother’s day lunch and it was pretty great. The food was good, the restaurant was beautiful, and we had a good time with the family. I had never been to Williamsburg before, and I really enjoy seeing new places in Kentucky, especially pretty ones like this ūüôā

Cumberland Inn and Patriot Steakhouse

Cumberland Inn and Patriot Steakhouse

Inside the Inn

Inside the Inn

~I’ve been in training for my new job since April 1, and this week we ended it, and started taking calls on Wednesday. That was scary! We were lucky to have a coach with us to hold our hand with the first few, but on Friday, in Transition, we didn’t have as much hand holding. It isn’t too bad once I’m on the call, but waiting for them to come in is nerve wracking! At least there’s some time between calls, so we have time to¬†fill out and document the notes we’re required to do.

~Last week, Garrett and I made an investment in ourselves: we bought new pillows! We’ve had some sorry pillows for quite a bit (as Garrett has said, he’s never bought himself a pillow, and I’ve had mine since college) so we got some new ones, and its awesome! They are very comfy and soft and delightful and I’m kind of sad we didn’t do this sooner. ūüôā

~At a soccer game of Sebastian’s a few weeks ago, Sarah mentioned that Anastasia wanted to see Pitch Perfect 2, but she was NOT going to take her. I immediately told her that I wanted to see it too but didn’t want to drag Garrett, so I’d take Anastasia! So this past Sunday, after church, Anastasia and I went to the movies and had a girl afternoon. She got to play in the arcade before the movie started and we had a great time.

~Sebastian’s soccer team was #1 going¬†into the championship, and so they got to play to defend their title. The game Thursday was apparently rescheduled at the last minute, but the coach didn’t tell anyone, so Team Wave was there at 6, when the game started at 7. And she had them running around and working on drills for the hour before the game started, so they were exhausted by the time the game started. And unfortunately lost 5 to 6 ūüė¶

~We’re trying to get together with friends for Memorial day, so we can break out the grill for the first time this season. Garrett has decided, whether or not friends come by, we’re eating steak! These friends have kids though, so it’ll be a late afternoon get together as school is in session for Memorial day, due to the high number of snow days they had this year.

~Can I just say that I don’t understand the school system down here? The kids have to be in school for Memorial Day (cause of snow days) but are off on Election day. I get that the schools are election centers, but when I was a kid and they used schools for election centers, they did elections in the gym and we just didn’t have gym that day. Personally, I’d rather have my kid in school for election day (learn about the process!) and not Memorial day, but I don’t have control over that. From a child care point of view, being off on election day makes it harder for working parents to make sure their kids are being watched. At least almost everyone is off on Memorial day.

~It was also time for Garrett and I to sign up for insurance through work. It was a bit of a pain, but necessary. I just wish that it was easier to compare prices. Was it cheaper for us to each have a plan through our own works? Or cheaper to do a joint plan via my work or his? Oy. And since I’ve sold insurance before and helped people sign up for insurance, Garrett lets me do all the comparison work. After all the research, it seemed like Garrett’s plan for both of us would be cheapest, so I signed us up for that, and then had to wait for approval! I guess they wanted to make sure we were actually married, and I submitted a scan of our marriage license for that purpose. Found out yesterday that they approved coverage for both of us, so that’s one less thing for us to worry about. Yay! Plan goes into effect July 1, so that’ll be good, cause Garrett has no insurance right now. Thankfully we have a discount plan for his meds, and he’s pretty healthy, but I’ll be glad when he’s covered again.

~That’s about all that’s going on here, wish me luck as I continue to take calls at work with less help! And check out what’s going on in these other houses:

 

http://www.BakingInATornado.com                               Baking In A Tornado

http://spatulasonparade.blogspot.com/                         Spatulas on Parade

http://followmehome.shellybean.com                             Follow me Home

http://www.menopausalmom.com/                                 Menopausal Mother

http://stacysewsandschools.blogspot.com/                    Stacy Sews and Schools

http://batteredhope.blogspot.com                                    Battered Hope

http://www.justalittlenutty.com/                                      Just A Little Nutty

http://themomisodes.com                                                  The Momisodes

http://www.someoneelsesgenius.com                              Someone Else’s Genius

http://dinoheromommy.com/                                           Dinosaur Superhero Mommy

http://www.juiceboxconfession.com                                Juicebox Confession

http://eileensperpetuallybusy.blogspot.com/                Eileen’s Perpetually Busy

http://singlemumplusone.blogspot.com                         Searching for Sanity

http://www.southernbellecharm.com                              Southern Belle Charm

http://www.angelaweight.com                                          Sanity Waiting to Happen

http://peopledonteatenoughfudge.blogspot.co.uk        People Don’t Eat Enough Fudge

 

Thanks for stopping by!

~N

 

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Using your words

Hi friends! I’m doing something a little different today, its another challenge from BakingInATornado, where we get a list of 4-6 words and have to use them all in the post.

The words I got are: hot, garden, humidity, breeze, rain and basketball. They were submitted by http://www.southernbellcharm.com

Garrett and I have been doing well lately. Since becoming friends with Sarah and an “aunt” to her kids, I’ve started to tag along to her son’s soccer games. Its fun to watch, and definitely reminds me of when I used to watch my little brother’s soccer and baseball games. It also made me sad I’ve been missing¬†all my cousin’s basketball games. The only issue? I get sunburn when I go :/ The first week I went, it was a beautiful day. Sarah and I prepared to be cold, cause the soccer field is in this weird vortex where it’s always 20 degrees colder than everywhere les, but that day it got HOT! Both Sarah and¬†I got a lil sweaty, and when I got home, I discovered a little pink on my arm, nose, and forehead. And because of the angle to the sun, it as all on the left side of me.

Fast forward to this past weekend, when I decided to go to another game, but the weather was saying it was going to be 89 degrees that day. So I prepped by wearing capris, sandals and a comfy shirt so if it got ridiculously hot again, I wouldn’t feel too bad. Boy was I wrong. Not only did we sweat, the sun¬†roasted me. By the end of the day, I looked like a lobster. For the most part, I was able to ease the pain with cool washcloths, but there’s a spot on my shoulder that has been irritated by any and all pieces of fabric this week.

Saturday night we went to dinner with the family, for my mother-in-law’s birthday, and pre-prom dinner for our cousin. It was a nice dinner, but apparently no one told us the correct time, despite several checks beforehand. As Garrett and I like to be a tad early to things, and the family tends to be late, for a¬† it, we just thought they were really late. Not this time. We were told dinner was at 5:3, so we got there about 5:20. Apparently the real dinner time was for 6, but the whole family wasn’t there till about 6:20. After waiting about an hour for everyone to show up, ¬†Garrett wanted to leave (totally understandable) but we stayed, and it was nice.

On Sunday, for Mother’s day, we went to Williamsburg to the Cumberland Inn¬†and Patriot¬†Restaurant.¬†It was a very nice place, good food, and¬†Garrett drove me around the town afterwards, as he knows I like to check out places I haven’t been to before. We drove around the campus of The University of the Cumberlands, and I got to admire their¬†buildings, fountains and gardens. We were fortunate too, that there was a good breeze going on, as our car’s air conditioning is broke and it was about 90 degrees that day. There was high humidity that day too, but we were fortunate that rain on Monday got rid of most of that.

That was our weekend, now take some time to read the other bloggers and see what words they used!

 

http://www.BakingInATornado.com                        Baking In A Tornado

http://spatulasonparade.blogspot.com/                  Spatulas on Parade

http://berghamchronicles.blogspot.com                 The Bergham’s Life Chronicles

http://themomisodes.com                                          The Momisodes

http://stacysewsandschools.blogspot.com/            Stacy Sews and Schools

http://sparklyjenn.blogspot.com/                             Sparkly Poetic Weirdo

http://eileensperpetuallybusy.blogspot.com          Eileen’s Perpetually Busy

http://batteredhope.blogspot.com                           Battered Hope

http://www.southernbellecharm.com                     Southern Belle Charm

http://www.someoneelsesgenius.com                     Someone Else’s Genius

http://thethreegerbers.blogspot.ch                          Confessions of a part-time working mom

http://climaxedtheblog.blogspot.com                     Climaxed

http://singlemumplusone.blogspot.com                 Searching for Sanity

http://www.eviljoyspeaks.wordpress.com              Evil Joy Speaks

 

Till next time,

~N

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May Secret Subject Swap

Hello friends!

This week, 16 brave bloggers picked a secret subject for someone else and were assigned a secret subject to interpret in their own style. Today we are all simultaneously divulging our topics and submitting our posts.

My¬†subject is “Have you ever made a mountain out of a molehill? Did everything end up as disastrous as you thought it would?” submitted by Searching for Sanity. Here goes!

According to my Husband, and I must agree, I tend to make a habit of turning mountains into molehills. Some mountains are more hill-like than mountainous but needless, I tend to make a big deal of things, especially if my hormones are raging.

Most recently though, I was CONVINCED that my gallbladder had finally burst. Back in February I had been having some abdominal pain and doctors figured out my gallbladder was giving me issues. After an ultrasound to confirm no stones, and then a HYDA scan to see how well/not well it was working, my doctor said my gallbladder was working at 41% but that wasn’t bad enough to remove it.

Fast forward to the end of March. Its a lovely Saturday night, Husband and I needed dinner. We went to Arby’s and enjoyed our sammiches. A few hours later, I wake up to pain and cramping. After some time in the bathroom, my body rejected the food and the pain subsided. I went back to bed. What I did not know, was that while I was sleeping, my husband’s body also rejected his food. When I woke up later, I still felt AWFUL. Lots of cramping, back aches, and just the smell of food made my stomach roll. Husband, that lucky duck, was fine. I tried to stay hydrated but it was hard, and then my body decided to reject the food I had eaten Saturday for lunch!

I was convinced that since most of the food wasn’t digested well, and the pain wouldn’t go away my gallbladder had ruptured (never mind the fact that I had no fever or other traditional signs of a rupture). After about 12 hours of constant pain, Husband took me to the ER. We were fortunate to get in right away, be in a room within 5 minutes and saw a doctor in another 10. He scheduled all sorts of blood work, and x-rays. The x-rays showed nothing, and the blood work showed nothing major (besides a bit of dehydration). So I got some fluids, lovely pain meds, and anti-nausea meds and finally started to feel better. Doctor’s prognosis: Food poisoning or 24 hour stomach flu that was aggravated by my pre-existing gallbladder issues. Since the pain meds were helping, he sent me home with instructions to come back if it got worse.

Fortunately, I got better. Went home and slept off the worse of it and was able to eat mild food the next day.

But before we went to the ER and before we got the test results, I was CONVINCED that I’d be having to get my gallbladder removed that night. I thought about how I wished I had strength to shower before leaving the house, and feeling bad that my husband might miss work the next day. Did it go that far? No. Am I surprised? No. Was my internal freak out necessary? No. The mountain I had made was clearly a simple molehill, but it took a Doctor to tell me that (after enough pain meds were in me to help me think clearly). I will probably need to have my gallbladder removed some day, but I guess I’ll cross that mountain when I get there. ūüôā

 

Here are the links to the other Secret Subject Posts. See if you can find the topic I submitted!

http://www.BakingInATornado.com                  Baking In A Tornado

http://berghamchronicles.blogspot.com             The Bergham’s Life Chronicles

http://spatulasonparade.blogspot.com                Spatulas on Parade

http://dinoheromommy.com/                               Dinosaur Superhero Mommy

http://themomisodes.com                                      The Momisodes

http://stacysewsandschools.blogspot.com/        Stacy Sews and Schools

http://sparklyjenn.blogspot.com/                         Sparkly Poetic Weirdo

https://gndisney.wordpress.com                             Disneyland in Kentucky

http://www.southernbellecharm.com                  Southern Belle Charm

http://thelieberfamily.com                                     The Lieber Family

http://www.someoneelsesgenius.com                 Someone Else’s Genius

http://thethreegerbers.blogspot.ch                      Confessions of a part-time working mom

http://climaxedtheblog.blogspot.com                 Climaxed

http://batteredhope.blogspot.com                       Battered Hope

http://www.smalltalkmama.com                         Small Talk Mama

http://singlemumplusone.blogspot.com            Searching for Sanity

 

Thanks for reading, hope you have a good weekend!

~N

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May Craftiness

Hello friends!

Sorry it’s been a while since I’ve posted, I’m finding it hard to have interesting things to write about when all I feel like I do is work all the time.

But, there’s been some fun stuff going on so I’ll share that!

While working (aka sitting in training and listening to people ask the same questions 10 times even though we’ve been over the info 15 times) I’ve been crocheting to keep my sanity. I’ve seen all sorts of patterns for Amigurumi or crochet critters as I’ve been calling them and I started my first pattern, a bunny.

Springtime Bunny

Springtime Bunny

I was in the process of making him over a few days, and when I first showed him to Garrett with just a head, ears, and body, he decided to claim and make the bunny his, once he was finished. Garrett’s only request was a blue tail instead of purple:

Blue bunny tail!

Blue bunny tail!

So he got a blue tail and this little guy has sat with Garrett at his desk ever since ūüôā

Over the weekend, Garrett and I hung out with some friends, Bryan and Kim. Kim was the one who Sarah and I threw a baby shower for, and it was nice to see them and all their boys. We went to lunch on Saturday for Bryan’s Birthday and then hung out at our house since the weather was so nice! Plus, I got to hold Baby Sam and I was in heaven!

Me and Sam, hanging out at the restaurant

Me and Sam, hanging out at the restaurant

Not the greatest picture, but holding babies are more important than selfie ūüôā

And then later Bryan, Kim and the boys came over to our house and we all sat outside, chatted and watched the older boys go through our game collection and run around the yard.

After dinner and a diaper change, I got to snuggle with Baby Sam some more:

Cuddle monkey!

Cuddle monkey!

I was thrilled and in complete heaven, just sitting with Baby Sam in my arms and chatting with everyone.

On Sunday, I took a trip down to JoAnn fabrics as they started a huge Mother’s day sale, that put every bolt of fabric in the store on sale (score!!). I found this delight on sale:

Dress pattern!

Dress pattern!

As Garrett and I have a wedding to go to later this month, and I can’t find a dress I like anywhere, I decided to put my sewing skills to the test and make my own dress.

Monday and Tuesday after work found me holed up in my craft room, cutting and sewing away. After a brief consultation with Cj, (my God-mother, who taught me to sew) about a confusing bit of the pattern, I finally got it done!

Almost done

Almost done

And here it is!

All finished!

All finished!

I’m really excited cause its pretty, comfortable and was not that hard to make. It’s definitely something I can wear all summer, and dress up for the wedding in a few weeks. Plus, this patter is so quick that I can keep a look out for more fabric like this and make more versions of this dress, using the longer hem options or even the short sleeve options.

That’s all for now, but come back FRIDAY MAY 8th for the SECRET SUBJECT SWAP post and FRIDAY MAY 15th for a new USE YOUR WORDS post!

~N

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