Saturday, November 27, 2010

It's Better Than The Alternative!

This is what my ER nurse said to me last week when she noticed I had my birthday recently.  I obviously said, oh yeah, my birthday and she said..."It's better than the alternative". I quickly asked, alternative to what? She replied...dying.  Well...OK THEN. Wow! That wasn't what I expected; however, I was in the ER... maybe she sees death a lot. But then it got me thinking...oh yeah, here I go on one of those tangents again.  She is exactly right! Why squint my nose at a silly birthday, a 36th for that matter, right? But why even fret about anything so silly anymore. Why do I even worry about all that small stuff? And as my birthday resolution was the day of my birthday and then soon after the ER trip...just take one day at a time, and don't sweat that small stuff anymore, because life is just too darn short!  Oh yeah, I worry about it all. I worry if the house is clean enough, have the kids been played with equally and had their specific Mommy time, are the kids getting challenged enough, are they eating well...AM I EATING WELL??? Ha Ha. This birthday as well as many moments in my life, including this random ER visit made me take another look at how I am living my life and am I really making the most out of each and every day. There will be some tough days, sad days, super super hard days...but there are so so many good days, it's like...why worry?? I am preaching to the choir with this blog in particular but its a nice lesson and one I wanted to share.  During the holidays you can't help but take a second look at your life and appreciate everything you have and every moment you have been given.  I know I am so very blessed and beyond thankful for everything in my life.

Is your glass half empty or half full?

By the way- I am fine from the ER visit, not to worry.  One urgent care and one ER visit in one week was definitely a lot! I was put on steroids to treat one thing and in the mean depleted my calcium. Fun times! Ha 

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Party, Party, Party!

We have been to four birthday parties in the past two weeks. Its been lots of fun! The great thing was...I was able to see some of my bridesmaids! I got to see four very dear friends (and their children of course), that I have not seen in years.  It was wonderful!  It was a great couple weeks.  It did however include a trip to the Urgent Care in between and some late nights for my parents (for me) due to some crazy back spasms, but don't worry, all is well! Hope you enjoy the pictures.  We had a blast! :)

My friend Alison's daughter had her 6th birthday party last weekend at a park. The kids had a blast and it was great to see the kids playing together and catch up.  Hannah's great new photo skills took the picture of Alison and I. Ha Ha


The above are pictures of my girlfriend Kellie from college. It was her daughter Hope's 3rd birthday. The last time I saw her I was heading to the hospital to deliver Chase. This is at her Dad's farm.
She was visiting from California.

My friend Meredith with her daugther Sydney. It was her 4th birthday party! And a picture with Kim (waiting for cake), my other bridesmaid and dear friend and a pic with her boys :)

I was also finally able to meet the new addition to the Keifer Family...sweet Bradley.

The last birthday party for the week was mine. I am calling it, the "almost 40" birthday since I feel I have passed the threshold of the 35 and under crowd. Boo Hoo. Ha Ha. And although I did not mean to be so drastic, a hair cut and color was definitely needed since it had been over four months.  The DARK brown hair however, was not intentional. I feel a little goth and am hoping that it fades faster than anticipated. For now, I am still adjusting to looking in the mirror at this OLD face with DARK, DARK hair. Ha ha I am glad however that I was home to celebrate with family and friends and again only wished hubby could have been here to celebrate with us. 

Thank you to all my family and friends for all the wonderful birthday wishes and for all the time you took to make my day (and weekend) so very special.  I love you all!

Flowers from my Honey :)

Thursday, November 4, 2010

The Third Time's A Charm

No I'm not talking about another baby people, I'm talking about my THIRD Halloween Blog! Plus, for those of you that even thought on earth would I have gotten pregnant? Ha Ha Halloween this year, our FIRST in the US, was wonderful although it was missing the very fun and goofy side of my other half. :( Luckily we had his brother to make up for the "funny" costume this year and we got a really good laugh. Thanks Justin!! :) We had the family over to our new house (including Nonne from Charleston!) and even had the neighbors too! We had some fun nibbles, a few drinks and got ready for the big neighborhood Halloween event.  FYI, a wagon is essential in trick or treating...just in case you didn't know. It either carries alcohol for the adults or your tired children, either way...its a great thing to have! :) Ha

We first went to a neighborhood pot luck and although we didn't actually participate, we met up with some of the kids so they could play a little while it was still early and then headed out on our trick or treating path.  Chase had a little trouble with his costume as the spider man pants would not stay on and he refused to wear the top half, so in a last minute effort...he was a cowboy with chaps and all. It used to be his Dad's when he was a kid- so cute! Although the chaps did not stay on the whole night (even after I stapled them to his jeans), the vest made it for the entire evening. He started out in the house with Mom's cowboy hat, but that didn't make it either. However, Papa Andy decided to add the hat to his ensemble for the evening, so at least it got some good use.

They loved every minute of Halloween this year, if you cant tell. Chase went in after the first hour with Nonne and Uncle Justin and Aunt Christin decided to go home- it was a school night!! But Hannah, Papa Andy and myself stayed out an extra hour...for some more fun and extra treats. The whole weekend was a blast! Thanks to all who celebrated with us!

We missed you Daddy! These pictures are for you...

Trick or Treat!

Hannah with her BFF during "late night" (after 8 pm) Ha Ha

Our New House with the fall leaves :)

Chase looking to see what he got in his pumpkin, walking in the neighborhood and Papa Andy and Nonne taking a little breather. Ha

Hannah with the neighborhood gang and a pic with Uncle Justin and Aunt Christin. (Chase in Spider-man outfit before the "change"). Ha

Chase with his new friend Quinn, my Witch shoes and our new neighbors :)

With the family :)

Chase as a cowboy and Nonne in her feather mask with the kids!

Special Agent Rodney Sanders on his protection detail for Hannah and Chase. :)
Justin...your so cute!!