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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

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GW’s grandmothers made him a one man band



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

Wordless Wednesday – August 8, 2012

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My heart is a little sad today, a year ago today my father-in-law passed away.

Wordless Wednesday – July 18, 2012

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A Spidey Story…

Once upon a time there was a little boy who dreamed of being Spidey:

I want to climb the walls

So he got a Spidey outfit and set out to save the world:

I will protect you
I can block the bad guys punches
I will knock them out

Then his mom said it was bedtime and he ran away…

If you look real close to the back fence you can see Spidey trying to make his get away over the fence

Music and Memory

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Yesterday I was at Granna’s in the course of our conversation she and my Uncle Mike broke into song…which brought back memories. Which made me think, music has a huge place in my memory. I remember when mom and dad would break into song when we made a comment. Which I totally did to GW the other day.

GW: “Mom, stooooop.” (not even sure what we were doing)

Me: “Stop, collaborate and listen…”

Yeah I so broke out into Vanilla Ice

GW: “Mom, where did you hear that song?”

Yep, I have turned into my parents…but, I see that as a good thing. It reminded me that music played/plays a big part of my life. It brings back some great memories.

Every time I hear this song I think of TBN (it was on the radio the other day and I called to say I was thinking about her and serenaded her):

Every time I hear Godsmack, I remember taking Uncle Dubby to his first concert.

Every time I hear any song from the Thriller album, I think of my dad. I remember that he had the actual vinyl record which he recorded to a reel-to-reel and then recorded to a cassette tape.

When I hear Dragula I think of my husband…this is our song…weird I know:

When I hear certain songs I remember trips, vacations, fun family moments.

What songs bring back your favorite memories?