Wordless Wednesday

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I have a new project. We bought some bookcases for GW’s room unfinished…now I get to stain them


Also, living in the Ohio Valley leads to interesting weather

Yesterday we had fog, pretty much all day



Then today, we have some sun, lots of wind and 70 degrees….here’s the kicker we are supposed to have snow and ice by the end of the week



Five Question Friday

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Haven’t done this is awhile, thought today would be fun to do again

Questions for Friday, January 18th: (Special thanks to Courtney (@mom2xover2002) from Austim, ADHD and The Single Mom, Pam (@trooppetrie) from Troop Petrie, Adrienne (with a private Twitter account) and Kate, with 2 for the win! (@Katieb38) from Kate’s Life for these 5QF question suggestions! I would love to link you in a future 5QF, so come on over to my community or watch for my Thursday afternoon shout out for questions on Twitter and offer up your best question suggestions! Remember to @5crookedhalos me and use hashtag #5QF if you go the Twitter route!)

1. If you were going to be stuck on a deserted island, which 5 books, movies, people and foods would you take along?

2. What is your thought on year round school?
3. What is your most embarrassing potty story? (Can’t be one of your kids’ potty stories either!) Hee Hee! This cracks me up and stems from a HILARIOUS twitter conversation…4. What’s the temperature where you are?

5. Are you a winter/spring/fall/summer person?


1. If you were going to be stuck on a deserted island, which 5 books, movies, people and foods would you take along?
Books: The World According to Garp ,Hotel New Hampshire (Both John Irving) Can I count series? Like The Inheritance (Christopher Paolini), Harry Potter, Exotique Summoning Books (Robin D Owens). Since the question included movies, Maybe I can assume there is power and i will just take my NOOK and have all my books.

Movies: Pitch Perfect (my new favorite movie), Mean Girls, Dirty Dancing, Strictly Ballroom, Bring It On

People: TD, GW….oh this get tricky now, I am going to go by Family now, My Sisters, My Brothers, Granna, My whle dang family how can you limit them to 5

Food: Pasta, Candy, Chicken, Bread (I really like bread), Wine

2. What is your thought on year round school?
I think it is a great idea. School was not my thing, and I would forget so much in the summer.
3. What is your most embarrassing potty story? (Can’t be one of your kids’ potty stories either!) Hee Hee! This cracks me up and stems from a HILARIOUS twitter conversation…
Ug, going to regret this….I needed to use the restroom badly and as I pulled into the driveway I turned in the back parking area behind our house and scraped the side of my truck…this happened twice. In my defense, if you saw the parking places you would understand4. What’s the temperature where you are?

23 degrees at the moment5. Are you a winter/spring/fall/summer person?

I am a Spring/Summer/Fall….love all these seasons for various reasons….not a fan of the cold

Our Son’s Right Foot

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I have posted a little bit about GW’s club foot. When we found out it was so early in the pregnancy we had a lot of time to prepare, educate ourselves, make inappropriate jokes. I don’t think we were fully prepared for how long it would take to correct his foot. We had been told, but I don’t think it sunk in for a long time (at least for me).

GW's foot the day he was born
GW’s foot the day he was born

I remember going to his first doctors appointment the week after he was born for his first cast. I remember bawling my eyes out right a long with GW when the doctor started manipulating the bones in his little foot. I remember Granna coming over the next week to try to help me get the cast off before his appointment. I remember when that became the “normal” for us.  I remember being so excited after 3 months  my little guy would move into his shoes with braces on them.

Shoes & braces similar to these where his first ones
Shoes & braces similar to these where his first ones

I remember when his foot reverted and he was back in casts again for another two months and then placed back in the shoes and braces. All this in the first five months of his little life. I remember my son being so good-natured about each doctors visit, each cast removal, each new cast. I remember when his little foot reverted for a second time and learning he was going to have surgery. This scared me more than anything he had to so far.

GW was a champ during surgery. He fell asleep before the anesthesiologist came to get him. They did the surgery and casted him yet again. This cast was for 7 weeks (it was actually 2 castings for that length of time). When we were getting him dressed to leave, he as laughing and flirting with the nurses.

During this period we had applied to the Shriners Hospital for Children. The cost of the shoes was going to be more than we could afford and insurance wouldn’t cover  them. Our application was accepted and about 2 weeks after GW was out of his casts we had our first of many trips to St. Louis.

Our first trip consisted of blood samples for DNA testing (from all three of us) to help Dr. Dobbs find the gene that causes club foot. GW had x-rays of his feet & hips, photographs of his feet, and finally an examination of his feet. Dr. Dobbs had invented a new brace that articulates so GW advanced pretty well in the crawling and pulling himself up stages.

Dobbs Bar
Dobbs Bar

When we first got this bar he was to wear it 23 hours a day. That took some serious planning. We planned bath times and other events as much as we could around the times that he would be able to be out of the bar. We were in this time frame for about a year. When summer came around we planned swimming times around his free hours. We went back to Shriners very three months for a check up. Eventually the hours he had to wear the bar were shortened, 23…20…18…16…14…12. For the last 6 months it has been at bed time only. He was always good about wearing the shoes. They were kind of comfort for him since it was all he had ever know.

GW's feet Jan 2011
GW’s feet Jan 2011

Finally, at the beginning of December 2012 almost 4 years later our little man was given the ok to stop wearing his braces. The doctors were so pleased with his foot.  Some times when I really look I notice his right leg is a little thinner then his left. Some times when I really look I notice the differences between his feet.

Now at the age of 4, GW moves at the speed of run.

The foot showing in his kick is his club foot.Photo via Kickpics, LLC
The foot showing in his kick is his club foot.
Photo via Kickpics, LLC

Inspected by the TSA

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Just taking a random guess that the four random items pictured on top is what prompted the TSA to inspect my bag.  Honestly I can’t blame them. If I saw those things on an x-ray machine my first thought be “What the hell…?????”

What was found upon inspection

Wordless Wednesday – September 12, 2012

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I Think I Secretly Have A Hero Complex…

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GW and I are on a trip to Maryland to see TBF. It has been way to long since we last saw her and am thrilled to be here.

The trip here….C-R-A-Z-Y

Our flight from Evansville got delayed.

Finally we get boarded and are all ready to go when the pilot pops his head out and says “Sorry one of my engines won’t start. You will have to get off the plane and reschedule.”

Go inside, stand in line for 45 minutes and get rerouted through Atlanta

We get on this plane, in Atlanta guess what? Delayed plane!

We get to Baltimore finally! We get to our rental and head on our way. As I am getting my GPS going it starts to take me some back way to the Interstate. Seriously, it tried to take me down a restricted road.

Finally, I am on the interstate we are headed to TBF‘s and the world is right. Until I call TBF and find out I JUUUUSSSSSSSTTTTT passed the exit I needed. After several funny and wrong directions and turn arounds we made it safe and sound.

Now with all that in mind the subject of my post.

I am not a worst  first reactor. I think of all the worst things that could happen.

I thought our flight could crash, get taken hostage, or all sorts of crazy movie worthy ideas.

But, then my thoughts would head into…If the plane crashed we would survive and help take care of the other injured people. GW would be so in awe of my calmness he would just help out with what ever I asked him to do. If we got taken hostage, I would be the one to get a secret message to TD and he would contact all the right people and we would be saved.

You see where I am headed with this…

Secretly, I think I want to be a Super Hero!

Every Now and Then…

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…it is nice to know other people besides my family read my blog.

Just yesterday I was nominated by Esenga’s Voice for the Super Sweet Blogging Award.

So, when one is nominated for this award, the person has to:

– thank the Super Sweet Blogger that nominated them;

Thank you so much Esenga, it was very Sweet of you to nominate me

– nominate a bakers dozen of other bloggers (see below);

– answer 5 super sweet questions.

1) Cookies or Cake?

Ummmmm…Cake would be first choice, unless it is chocolate cake then I would go for the cookies

2) Chocolate or Vanilla?

Vanilla first and if nothing else was available the chocolate

3) What is you favorite sweet treat?

I L-O-V-E candy. Hot Tamales, Mike ‘n Ike’s, Cherry Sours, Lemon Heads, Jelly Beans…

4) When do you crave sweet things the most?

Usually when I am bored or in the evenings

5) If you had a sweet nickname, what would it be?

Easy, Sweetpea

And here are my nominees for the Super Sweet Blogging Award

Capturing Our Life

Carrie with Children

Five Crooked Halos

No Shoe Left Behind

Mighty Maggie

Cookin’ for My Captain

By Word of Mouth Musings