Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Happy Halloween!

For the second year in a row I took Matthew to church for their Fall Party....aka...Halloween. When we arrived there was a fire truck and ambulance with their lights on. It was there last year so I didn't think much of it. Then when we met up with my college friend, Julie,her husband Joe and two boys Andrew and Aaron......Julie mentioned they took someone in the ambulance. Guess by arriving early, we missed some kind of excitement! They had several tables set up throughout the church and had carnival type games for the kids to play. Matthew had a lot of fun but he was rather torn....he really wanted to stay home and help Joe hand out candy. So, since he won't be able to trick or treat for that many more years, I decided we should go to the church party. Matthew went as Manny the Handyman....some new show on Nick Jr I believe. Basically, it is the same outfit he has worn for the last 3 years, as Bob the Builder, but it is so easy and cute! He also got his face painted with a green frog. It was sad when we had to wash it off tonight but he has such sensative skin I didn't want it to stay on all night. Hope you had a fun and safe Halloween too!

Monday, October 30, 2006

World Series Champs

I just couldn't let another day go by and not acknowlege my favorite baseball team. YEAH St. Louis Cardinals. So, I did borrow a picture from my friend Renee's blog of her family all decked out in their game attire!

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Today I went to Liberty to see a college friend, Gena who had a baby a month ago. I brought a cute little dress, lasagne, salad, bread and cookies. It was a quick visit and her baby, Madisyn is precious. I think the picture is cute with her looking up at me. Yes, my hair is a mess.....but it was raining this morning!

I did have to laugh this morning....I was about to jump in the shower when Matthew came to get me. He said mom......that thing over there said my name. He was pointing to the answering machine. So, sure enough, the message light was blinking and it was the neighbor. She had used Matthew's name a couple of times in the message! How funny is that. Maybe it didn't take much to make me laugh at 7:30 this morning. Or I'm just really tired. I've helped a friend move and clean the new house this week and I'm tuckered out.

The house is finally warm again. The furnace stopped working a couple of days ago and it is finally fixed. The starter went out and the repair man just left. AHHH.....heat! At least it hasn't been too cold at night. On another high note, Joe has 2 more interviews coming up. YEAH. For those I haven't had a chance to tell the saga to....Joe lost his job completely out of the blue a month ago and the last 2 weeks have gotten kinda busy with phone interviews, stuff to fill out via emails and then finally some face to face interviews. He had one yesterday, one today and then one on Monday for sure. Please keep him in your prayers. I think he is getting stressed out!


So, yesterday and today are early release days from school so we can have our parent-teacher conferences. I went yesterday while Joe was at a job interview. I always enjoy these but think they are way too short...plus I was late. Anyway Matthew seems to be doing well in school and that is always a relief to hear. She did take the time to share a funny story. I guess yesterday Matthew's bus was the last to arrive and so Maggie (a classmate and fellow bus rider) and Matthew where helping the teacher and she had given them each a piece of gum. They made the annoucement that their bus was here and the teacher escorted them to the front door.......even though Matthew had INSISTED they could do it themselves. So, she sees them get on the bus, heads back to finish up in the classroom when who should appear......MATTHEW!! How can this be? She just put him ON the bus. He had come back to spit out his gum. So, in his efforts to follow the rules.....spit it out before getting on the bus and no gum on the bus....he almost MISSED the bus coming home. I find the whole story endearing.......as I have never even given him gum!! Matthew totally loves school and I'm just thrilled as I did too at his age.

Friday, October 20, 2006

Take me out to the ball game!

First............I am so excited about the Cardinals going to the World Series!! YEAH. I must say, when it was the 9th inning, bases loaded and Carlos Beltron wasup to bat.....I was a little worried.

Today I spent the day at a Diabetic/Cardiology Seminar. I would say most of it was both over my head and not applicable for the nursing setting I work in. The food wasn't too bad and I came home with a ton of pens, paper, mugs and reading material Matthew was completely thrilled with the pens and paper!! It just doesn't take much to excite us. I also ran into an old friend, Lisa, from Baptist. We became instant friends when I first started working there. She is an awesome nurse and really helped me in my "younger" days.

I am completely exhausted from this weeks activity and now my weekend of work begins. Hope you all have a fantastic one!

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Out for Lunch

Today has been non stop since I rolled out of bed. I checked blood pressures at the health fair at Matthew's school from 9-11:30. Then I went to Chili's for lunch with some very special nurses I used to work with. One was Henri who was my first nurse manager. She is one of those people that we all compare any past, present and future bosses too....and of course NO ONE can compare. I also ate with Marilyn and Janey.....both who helped mold me into the nurse I am today. I always laugh when I think of Janey who thought I was so quiet and shy when I first started. Oh I am so out of my shell now!!! So, that is what the picture is.....I know it isn't very good but I had to document!! Then it was off to get my hair cut and highlights. It was a long day!! Tomorrow is the diabetic/cardiology seminar. I swear I never have this much going on!!!

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

My Bargain!!

Wow have I been busy!! First.......I haven't had a migraine in almost 2 weeks and I'm so thrilled! I have had two doctors appointments this week and found a mega bargain at Dillards. I found a denim Nautica twin comforter (reversable) with matching sham for $32.50. It had been $130!! AND a suede tan bedskirt for $10.....had been $40. I know......how cool is that? It really looks sharp in Matthew's room and is what I've been looking for for months!! Tomorrow I'm doing blood pressures at the health fair at school, then lunch with some nurses I used to work with.....THEN a much needed hair cut. It's really the little things that make me happy. Friday I'm going to a Diabetic seminar......education hours, hopefully good food and heck, I might even learn something new! Well, thanks for letting me share my bargains with you tonight. I promise to post some new pictures soon!

Friday, October 13, 2006

Field Trip

Today Matthew went on a field trip to a pumpkin patch. He woke up super early and very excited!! (Can you tell from this picture?) They wore their pumpkin shirts that they had made and everyone took a sack lunch. It's the little things that excite him. I was bummed I didn't get choosen to go as a parent volunteer but since it was chilly today I didn't mind!! Tonight I read Matthew "Green Eggs and Ham" and I was amazed at how many words he knows!!
I am again in my Martha Stewart mode and made my last box of beer bread for work tomorrow. We are celebrating one of my coworker's birthday....the one who took her car to Walmart to have the oil changed, ruined her engine by over filling the oil and now they are saying it isn't their problem. Yes, I'm still in amazement at that company. Well, the bread is done, the house smells amazing and I'm off to get ready for another weekend of fun at work!!

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

The Weather is a Changin'

So, it's been rather cool here the last couple of days so what did I do today? I made a big pot of chili! I had my mom come over for dinner too. I also made some beer bread to go with it. Yes, I'm a real Martha Stewart! Fortunately Matthew did his homework early as he started misbehaving.....why he does it when my mom is here I'll never know!!! So, he lost his beloved animals I blogged about yesterday and got sent to bed early. No popsicles or candy corn tomorrow after school. Yes, it's a rough life. Not sure when he will get the animals back either.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Fun After School

I couldn't resist trying to sneak up on Matthew to take a picture this evening....but he ended up posing! He loves to play with these green animals that belong in different primary color blocks. They are made by Tuperware and I used to play with them when I was his age!! The animals lined up came from the zoo. He has quite an imagination and is very good at entertaining himself.....which is good as my stomach has been upset this afternoon and Joe is busy working on resumes!! It's dreary, cool and raining here today. Matthew has a field trip to a pumpkin patch on Friday and it's going to be chilly. There were 5 spots for parent volunteers and 11 signed up. Of course I didn't make it in the drawing. Matthew was pretty bummed as I usually show up for everything like that! I know......big shock there!!

Monday, October 09, 2006

Homework time

I haven't been in the blogging mood and it didn't help that the digital camera's battery has been dead for over a week as well. So, the battery is charging and here I am!! The census at the hospital has nearly doubled in the last couple of weeks. We are getting some falls and subsequent hip fractures but the cooler weather is bringing out the lung problems. So, business is booming. On a health note, I've had a slew of migraines again. I spoke with my doctor....he is so nice and will call me to make med changes over the phone. ....I don't know if it is because we used to work in the same hospital...anyway......we again increased my BP med and it's now double what it was when we first started. My BP this weekend was 114/71 and I wasn't too dizzy. Pray for no more migraines!!!!
Here is another picture of the boys working on homework. When Matthew takes his time, his penmanship is rather nice!!