November 30, 2009

Luke Skybarker

We got home from church yesterday and were greeted by the dog holding a lightsaber. What does Rolo do while we are gone? Did we interrupt his play? At least we got a new nickname for him. Luke Skybarker!

November 26, 2009

Thanksgiving 2009

Happy Thanksgiving! I am full and tired!!!! I think Tyler best summed up what Thanksgiving is about. He said, "I know why stores are closed on Thanksgiving. It is because you should be thankful for what you already have!" Well said Tyler! I am so thankful for my boys!!

Happy Thanksgiving! May you be happy with what you already have!

November 24, 2009

New Moon

I have been a Twilight fan since before there were any movies. My sister sent me the books with a note saying I HAD to read them. She was right. Vampires weren't my thing but the books were great. I enjoyed them immensely. I saw the first movie on DVD and thought they did a good job sticking to the book. (That is the problem I have with movies made from books. They never seem to do the book justice.) When I was sick for 5 days that movie was the only thing I watched. It was oddly soothing!

The twins and I went to see New Moon opening weekend. We didn't set out to see it. Brian was working all day Saturday and Anthony was off at a youth event so we were trying to find a movie the twins agreed upon. Easier said than done. I figured New Moon was going to be sold out so I told them not to even consider it. Turns out it wasn't sold out and that was the twins' first choice and I took it because they agreed about something!

We got there early and got good seats. We sat there waiting, eating our candy and drinking our Freeze Frames. As girls filled the seats around us, we started feeling out of place. The lights dimmed and CULTURE SHOCK!

I live in boy world! I share a room with a man. I have 3 boy children. Even the dog is a boy. I live in all things BOY! Suddenly, I was in girl world. Middle school girl world. Boy, are they different than my middle school boy! There was swooning, shrieking, and screaming! It made me smile! I looked over at the twins and they were rolling their eyes. They didn't get it. I grew up in girl world and it was fun to be transported back for a few hours.

The movie was good, the books are always better though. It was fun to visit girl world but I enjoy stepping on Legos and was looking forward to getting back there!


November 11, 2009

To those who fought before us, for those who will follow, may we never forget

What is a hero? I came across this statement and I think it defines a hero.

"The bravest are surely those who have the clearist vision of what is before them, glory and danger alike, and yet, notwithstanding, go out and meet it."

There are heroes in my family. On Sunday, December 7th, Pearl Harbor was bombed. Monday, December 8th, my Grandpa Petty enlisted in the Navy.

While only 17, my Grandpa Roy enlisted in the Marines after his older brother was killed in the war.

They both knew what enlisting meant and they went out and met it. I am so glad that I got to spend many years with both of them.


Grandpa Petty didn't talk much about the war but Grandpa Roy did. He would tell us stories about his mischief. Mostly, you had heard all the stories but every once in a while he would tell us a new one and you couldn't help but listen. My favorite part of the stories was when he would imitate his commanding officer by yelling out his last name, "Bailey!" That is where my Parker Bailey got his name from. Every once in a while I will yell out his name and am reminded of my grandpa, and I miss him. I know he would have loved my boys! (He died one month before I met Brian.)

It was Veteran's Day last week. (I have been sick for the last 5 some days so this is a tad late!) I am proud of the Veterans in my family and I hope you had a chance to thank a Vet, a hero!

November 9, 2009

So sad

It is 4:45pm and I need to turn the lights on in the house.

My bursting heart!

I am sitting here watching Parker and Tyler talk with one another and I am just struck with how intense my love for them is. I love my babies so much!

November 5, 2009

And the plot thickens...

So, lately I have been having problems with my hands. I had these same symptoms 8 years ago and it turned out to be carpal tunnel. It was only my left hand and I had the surgery and had absolutely no problems until about 2 months ago. My hands are always "falling asleep" with pain running down my arms. I also can't open or close my hands all the way. It has been painful!! So, I started the process with my doctor to diagnose carpal tunnel.

Last week I went to both rhuemetology and to physiatry. I had a nerve conduction test that revealed I have mild carpal tunnel in my left hand and moderate in my right. As a result I was sent to orthopedics to start the process for surgery. God really blessed me in this process. I have been in such pain that it has been very difficult to function during some days and the in the night I am always awakened several times by hands that have "fallen asleep." I talked with the appointment people for orthopedics on Wednesday, and they had an appointment available on Thursday. When I arrived home after that appointment, I got the mail and received a letter from the orthopedics department. It said, "The orthopedic department is a heavily requested service and we are working diligently to see that your needs are met in a timely manner. Our current wait time for an appointment is 8-12 weeks. We realize that this may come as an inconvenience to you and we appreciate your patience." I got a next day appointment! That was a God thing for sure!!!

I am now waiting for a surgery date. I have no idea when that will be. I am hoping soon!

Thank you Lord for showing yourself to me!

November 1, 2009

Halloween 2009

Halloween was a little different this year. Anthony was home sick. Some people think he just has the flu (me) while others think he has the swine flu (his father). I don't know how to tell the difference, but bottom line, my baby is sick! Because of that, Halloween felt a little empty.

Brian and I had a good time out with Parker and Tyler though. We went around a few blocks around our house. Parker went as Captain Rex from Star Wars. Tyler went as a jester. It was funny to watch them run around because Parker couldn't see out his helmet very well so he was trying to keep up with Tyler. Upon re-reading that sentence, it doesn't do it justice. I guess you had to be there. Anyhow, it was good to spend some time with just the twins.

When we got back and the boys went through all their loot, they brought me some of my favorites. They said since I didn't go trick or treating (in an actual costume) it was only fair of them to give me some candy, oh, and they also don't like those pieces! It was a good thought right until the end! Still, they shared and that made me happy.

Happy Halloween everyone! Happy Birthday Dad!