Friday, January 18, 2013

Quick Takes Friday: Neverending Sinusinfection Edition

1.  Ah, the optimism of my last post.  Little did I know that KB would fall prey to croup, a viral infection I thought had disappeared years ago.  Let's just say I'm better informed now, especially after a Sunday afternoon visit to the local children's urgent treatment clinic. KB's fever is gone, but she is still coughing after two weeks.  I also learned another vital lesson: adults can't get croup (our airways are bigger), but they can catch the cold or infection.  Ergo, two weeks later I am walking around with a sinus infection.  Thankfully, my OB/GYN prescribed me a z-pack.  Hopefully health will return soon.  Everything last week went on hiatus: Bible study, Gymb.oree, any type of activity, even (gasp!) Irish dancing, and (obviously), blogging.

2.  I think the facial tissue corporations should personally thank me for keeping them in business.  This household has consumed a lion's share of tissues the past two weeks.  We also are running low on herbal tea.

3.  Some of the worst words to hear on a Thursday night, after a long day at work or caring for a sick child:
"The bathroom is flooded!" my friend announced.  I ran downstairs to find brown water (use your imagination) spewing out of the sink.  I sprinted back upstairs to deliver the unwelcome message to my hubby, who had barely sat down.  Despite the yuck, we were lucky.  The water never reached beyond our bathroom.  We also found a new respect for emergency plumbers who show up at 11pm at night!

4.  Les Miserables (the movie) surpassed my expectations after seeing the show three times on stage.  The always poignant melodies intertwined with the movie's cinematography.  I especially liked Hath.away and Hug.h's performances.  While Russel Cro.we's singing wasn't the best, he definitely made a sinister Javert whom you love to hate.

Fr. Robert Baron has an excellent commentary on the Catholic themes found in Les Miserables.  The video has a few spoilers, so you may want to wait to view it until after the movie.  Special thanks to my parents for baby-sitting KB so my hubby and I could watch the long movie!!

5.  For the past 3 weeks, the fiancee of  a friend has stayed at our house for the past 3 weeks.  Not only has the extra company been welcome, her coming forced the household to re-evaluate the room situations.  We decided to relocate the guest room to the ground floor, making the present guest room the soon-to-be baby room.  This decision also involved excessive purging of junk in order to make the new guest room livable.

6.  Shoved To Them is hosting a unique campaign called "Dump the Frump."  The idea greatly appeals to me, as I notice a difference that a few touches of makeup and cute clothes can make.  I definitely feel more confident, even if a particular day's outings only consist of a wagon ride around the block and a trip to RiteAid.  My new favorite quick make-up goodies are Benefit's Fine-one-one stick and BellaBamba blush.  A little of each of those puppies goes a long way.

Have a great weekend, and please stay healthy!

KB now thinks that car doors are overrated, and attempts to enter her chic "Coz.y" in Dukes of Hazzard Style!

Friday, January 4, 2013

Happy New Year! and No Blogging fast here!

Well, my posting has been pathetic to say the least.  Like several other bloggers, I have posts floating in my head that never make the journey to the keyboard.

First of all, Merry Christmas (it's still the Christmas season, yo!) and Happy New Year!  This Advent I had the honor of praying for fellow blogger All Things. She is the new mom of a handsome little boy.  I hope to visit you in person sometime in 2013, J!  My Advent Prayer Buddy must have thought I have fallen off the face of the earth!  (P.S.  Thank you, Patiently Waiting, for your prayers!)

Second, in November, little Miss KB turned 2.  OH TWOODLES!  We held a small family party for her to celebrate the milestone.  She is a huge fan of (note the Halloween costume).  Thanks to a crafty friend who made the charming invitations and banner, several Pin.terest recipes, and several Pin.terest ideas, the party went very well.  Way more low-key than her first birthday.

 Pink Lemonade cupcakes with chocolate wafers for ears.

(I can't move this to its proper orientation...grr!)

In other news, we found out in August (stop reading if you're having a bad IF day)....

Talk about a huge surprise.  We were literally on our last HCG cycle before the next NaPro visit.  Unfortunately, the news came 2 days before the layoffs at my husband's job.  Needless to say, between that worry and my constant fear of miscarriage, the first few weeks of pregnancy were tough.  I didn't realize just how much of an impact the miscarriage had left.  Last time, we told our parents after the home test, and the rest of the world after the ultrasound.  This time, we told our parents, a couple priests, and a close friend.  We waited until 12 weeks to announce the good news.  I'll write further in a future post of miscarriage's impact.  Thankfully, the same pro-life doctor who took care of us during the miscarriage is my OB for this pregnancy.

We are in awe of this gift and very blessed.  Still need prayers, and I'm still scared on how to handle a rambunctious toddler and newborn...but God will find a way. This pregnancy has been MUCH harder than my last one, so many prayers going up for you IF gals still waiting.

The week before Christmas, we went to the ultrasound to find out the gender of our baby.  Yeah, it was hard enough to wait those 20 weeks, I couldn't make it to 9 months!  After feeling in our hearts that this baby was a girl, we found out....

Yep, time to shop.  We have lots of pink.  And this blue outfit of KB's is a bit girly. Although my husband and I love John.ny Cash's songs, we're not naming our boy SUE. :)

That's all for now.  Because my next post will talk about Christmas ornaments, I better write that before Lent starts. :)