Saturday, December 26, 2009
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Saturday, December 19, 2009
The past four days have been tough. My pain was increasing instead of decreasing and I wasn't tolerating the vicodin well. I hate taking meds and the vicodin was making me feel incredibly out of it and sleepy ALL day long. I switched over to motrin but that just doesn't seem to have enough kick in it so I've just been dealing with the pain the best I can. I saw the dr. today and he says everything looks good. It's just going to take a lot of time to return to normal.
My sweet boys are always asking me "do you feel better now Mom?". They know I'm not feeling like myself, and I've been doing my best to reassure them that despite the fact I can't smile, I'm doing just fine. Anderson and Jake are adjusting pretty good to sharing a room. Nap time has been rough and they party every night for at least an hour after we put them to bed but for the most part they have been sleeping through the night. My Grandma's condo has been comfortable for us and is working out quite well.
Kevin has been doing a great job juggling my care with taking care of the boys. The boys haven't exactly made it easy on him either. He was able to take the boys to see the Princess and the Frog yesterday so that I could have some quiet time and the boys could get out of the house a bit. After nap today we'll try and get them out again. I literally look like Rocky Dennis from the movie Mask with Cher. But at this point, I'm so sick of sitting around that I really don't give a crap. I'm going out.
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
My surgery was scheduled for one o'clock. The case in front of me was running late so I didn't go in till about two. I was given a med to relax before they wheeled me into the OR and I have no recollection about what happened after that. I was knocked out before I even left pre-op. When I woke up I was wrapped tightly around my entire head. I had ice packs, a splint in my mouth and was rubber banded shut. It was quite miserable. I was given a morphine button to control my pain and was wheeled back to my room around 6.
My surgeon said everything went better than expected. Surgery was anticipated to be around 3-3.5 hours but only took 2. My dr. said my bone was nice and dense making the procedure easier. My mother spent the night with me and what a godsend she was. I couldn't speak at ALL. I had to write everything down on paper and I had a very hard coming out of the anesthesia. I was groggy till about 11 p.m. when I finally started to come out of it. Unfortunately this is always the case for me.
Had it not been for my mom I would've had a very hard time surviving the night. She was at my bedside all night, holding my hand, suctioning my mouth, adjusting my mask, calling for the nurse to change my ice and taking me to the bathroom. Her presence made what could have been a very dicey situation much more tolerable. There is nothing like having your mother take care of you when you are sick. I will be forever grateful for her selflessness last night.
My dr. came into to see me around 7 this morning. He unwrapped me and cut my rubber bands so he could remove my splint. This was a huge relief in pressure and I was pleasantly surprised that I could actually open my mouth a bit. I began to drink water and juice through a syringe which helped with my severely dry mouth.
I was released this afternoon and am now resting at home. I have more flexible rubber bands keeping me closed and no splint. So far I have managed to drink some pureed Panera broccoli cheese soup through a syringe and a cup of ovaltine. I can drink from a cup, but it is just a bit too uncomfortable at this point. All of my incisions are on the inside of my mouth and the cup puts just a bit too much pressure on my incisions.
A big thanks to Grandma Merris and Auntie Sara as well for holding down the fort and keeping the boys entertained. We appreciate all your help with this and with the move. The two of you and Grandpa Denny went above and beyond to help us get the job done!
Friday, December 11, 2009
Then thankfully the clouds parted and the brightest rays of sunshine entered my life and was blinding. Inside of the walls of this house my heart has been the fullest it ever has. The most beautiful moments of my life have happened here in this house. It is a bittersweet parting.
Tuesday, December 08, 2009
We close on the house this Friday, we move Saturday and Sunday. My surgery is on Tuesday, I'll be home on Wednesday and then we all breathe a collective sigh of relief.
On the new home front, we signed a purchase agreement this past Saturday. We are in the process of getting the construction loan in place and a basement should be dug sometime in early January.
This is nuts.
Tuesday, December 01, 2009
I love the way little Jakey is so standoffish with Santa. He just kinda mumbles and looks in the other direction. Anderson wasn't afraid to ask for the moon. You can tell he was a bit nervous though with all the wringing of his hands. They have asked to watch this video over and over and over.
Monday, November 30, 2009
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Another shot of it from across the street.
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Today Kevin and I walked through the two different potential houses we are considering building. Due to the economy, the builder has no models of the different houses so he had to set up walk throughs of existing homes that people already live in. That's a little awkward to say the least. Thanks for letting us intrude....but really who is going to buy a home sight unseen?
It was really hard to pick a favorite, we were hoping to walk into one of them and say this is the one. We could have said that for both of them. Both homes were beautiful and had great layouts. Fortunately after talking about them, Kevin and I were on the same page. We were both slightly leaning towards the same house so decision made.
We will meet with the builder this week to discuss the details and draw up a purchase agreement. As far as our current home goes, everything went well with the inspection and now we are just waiting to hear back on the appraisal. No word on a closing date yet.
Saturday, November 21, 2009
We have the home inspection in about thirty minutes and the appraisal will happen on Monday. They are eager to get in, they sold their house in August and have been home hunting since so that makes me feel good that they liked what they saw. All parties are hoping the house will close by Dec. 11th. That way we can move out before my surgery. If it doesn't then it is more likely that we won't move out till after Christmas because I will be out of commission for a couple of weeks.
Kevin, the boys and myself spent the morning driving through neighborhoods and looking at used homes. Afterwards we stopped at the Pancake Pantry for a delicious brunch. I looked up all the info. on the homes we were interested in and unfortunately they were either out of our price range or we didn't like the pictures of the interiors. That's okay though because we really want to build anyways but felt that we should at least look at what was available in the used market. We are going to lay low for the next couple of weeks and make sure everything moves along with the sale of this home before we get ourselves in a happy tizzy again over the new build.
Saturday, November 14, 2009
We were desperately calling for them to look up so we could snap a shot.
After nearly three years I still can't believe these bubbies are mine! *pinch*
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
It's funny how my bubbies can make everything seem miniscule. I wallowed in some self pity for a few minutes but then I quickly reminded myself of the real, true treasures in my life. As long as I've got my three men at my side I can live in a box. Not to say I'm not really p'off at these people for jerking us around or that I'm not mightly disapointed that I don't get some new "stuff". But at the end of the day, stuff is just that, stuff.
Sunday, November 08, 2009
Yesterday we met with Tuscany Builders to discuss floor plans, lots and the details of the home purchase. We also spent some time walking the new neighborhood and picking out a lot. We are still on the fence whether or not we are going to do a walk out basement or not, but if we decide to then we have a lot we really like. It is actually right on the border of the older phase of the neighborhood, so all of our backyard neighbors would already be established as well as the neighbor on our left. We won't have to deal with construction or dirt and the boys will be able to ride their bikes up and down the street safely without gaps in the sidewalk due to empty lots.
If we don't do a walkout basement then there are still 30-40 lots to choose from so at this point we are in good shape. Right now we are just trying to decide between two different floor plans and weighing the pros and cons of a walk out. Of course the only con is price. It is actually pretty reasonable, but when you factor in building up a deck or patio to accomodate a walk out, that is when the numbers start spiraling.
On Friday night we started taking things over to my Grandmother's condo. Today we have already made three trips with at least one more to go. It feels and looks like we haven't even put a dent in the work ahead of us.
Sunday, November 01, 2009
Friday, October 30, 2009
It's official. We had our first showing and we've been told they want to come back for a second showing. That was yesterday and no word yet so I'm feeling a little discouraged. Tomorrow we have a showing scheduled...during the boys nap. Of course.
The last house we sold took nearly six months to sell, so by then you can imagine how fed up one becomes of keeping the house spotless. We were told we had a showing and I decided I wasn't going to clean. As in not even make the bed and wet towels on the shower floor. That was the showing that led to the sale of our house. Go figure.
Today we carved pumpkins and took the boys to Grant and Claire's Halloween parties and parade at school. Claire's classroom is my old classroom. I taught my first two years in that classroom. It was strange to be in my old classroom where Claire is now educated daily with my own children by my side. I couldn't help but notice all the sh!t her teacher (male teacher I might add) had piled up in MY room. The place was a mess! The boys had a great time in school. Those hotshots helped themselves to treats, bingo, trinkets from Grant's classmates and even tried to get in on the parade.