Friday, December 13, 2013

Bits and Pieces





Time keeps getting away from me! It seems the only way I can capture anything these days is by taking a quick snapshot here and there. Here's a few pictures I picked out to summarize life these days. 

We did our pumpkin carving after Halloween this year. The kids were not interested in the actual carving, they just wanted to play in the 'mush' as they called it. 





We finaaaallly found out what has been causing all of Aubrey's UTI problems. This was her at UVA Hospital getting ready for the procedure she had that lead to her diagnosis. I'm hoping to write a full post on that later. 




Karate is taking off! Aubrey joined her brother when soccer season was over. This is her getting her first belt.



Hubby, my cousin and myself went to see Hunger Games! It was AMAZING!!! I can't wait for it to come out on DVD so I can watch it over and over!




These are some cute kids! 




We had a visit with Santa after Karate practice one night. Brandon hopped up with no problem, Aubrey was a little hesitant but finally caved in. Emma was not getting anywhere near that man with the beard. So she told him from about 4 feet back that she wanted a doll.




We looooove our kitty boy. He is just the best little kitty ever. 




The kids sat down and wrote their official letters to Santa to let him know what they wanted for Christmas. I helped Brandon and Aubrey helped Emma. 




These two were so cute the other night. Cuddling up to watch TV together. I just felt so thankful at the moment I took this picture. 



I am just feeling so incredibly blessed and thankful. 

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Tiny Change: Taking Down A Mini Blind


This morning I was in some serious DIY, need to do something to this house mode. It's been awhile since my last project and I'm getting the itch to do something new! 

My plan is to completely redo my kitchen. It's pretty much the same as it was when we moved in. We haven't even painted it. I'm still in the planning stages but I can't wait and I'm so excited to give it a makeover! 

So until I have my plans sorted out I went ahead and did something really simple. 

I've been meaning to take down this blind ever since we moved in. 

Here is what it looks like. 




Here is what it has looked like for the last year. I love to see out the window as I'm doing the dishes and love letting the natural light in, so I just pulled it up so it was out of view. 




I finally got the gumption to go ahead and take it down. 

It did not come easily! I watched 2 YouTube videos and still didn't get it. 
Finally I just yanked really hard and it worked! 

Then all I had to do was take the brackets off and voila! 






I know it's a tiny change but I love it already! 


Monday, November 4, 2013

Halloween



Okay, I know I've missed a lot! But I just have to start off with Halloween. We had the best time! 

This was Aubrey ready for school on Thursday. They were allowed to dress like a book character so she was a kitten from the book 'The Three Little Kittens'. I was really afraid that her face paint would smudge and she would walk around all day with smudgy cheeks but I applied some face powder to it and it held up great! 




We live out in the sticks and our town is really small so we don't have too many options for trick or treating. Our town does do a trick or treat on the main street with all of the businesses but we tried it last year and there was just so much standing in line and waiting that it kinda took some of the fun out of it. The kids love to knock on doors and run through neighborhoods so we decided to go back to doing that, like we have done in the past. 

Thankfully one of my very best friends lives in a huge neighborhood so we had the perfect place. As soon as Aubrey was off the bus we were off! 

Here are the kids lining up for pictures.



Here is some trick or treat action. 







I just love trick or treating, especially with toddlers because they are just so darn cute!!! 

We just had the best time and enjoyed the company we were with. It was also really great because Hubby was off this year finally. He had to work the past few ones. 

On a side note - 

Jimmy Kimmel the late night talk show host issues a challenge to parents after every Halloween. Tell your kids that you ate all their Halloween candy when they wake up and record their reaction. He then takes some of the video's and makes a montage of them to play on his show. 

So when I work up on Friday morning I figured I'd give it a try. I fully expected the kids to laugh in my face and run upstairs and get their candy. I am always joking with them and doing small little pranks but this time they fell for it. They were very unhappy to say the least. 

So I did submit the video and someone from the show contacted me to say they MIGHT use it. So I'll be watching Jimmy Kimmel tonight to see if they do!


Friday, October 11, 2013

eBay is Rockin'!



Well hellllerrr, 

I know I said I was going to post a recipe and I will, I promise!! 

Buuuut, I have something else I wanted to share today.

eBay!!!

I have only mentioned it few times here on my blog but I have a part time eBay business. I turned my thrift shop hobby into a moneymakin' hobby and I must say, I LOVE IT. 

I'm growing more and more every day and seeing a rise in my profit is super exciting. Paying a bill with money I made on eBay is da bomb!!

I have added my eBay store to my sidebar, which you should be able to see if you look to the right side of the screen. It shows off some of my awesome finds and if you'd like to look some more just click it or click here - AHHHMOM eBay Style

So from time to time I'm going to highlight some awesome finds that are available for purchase. 

First off - 

The perfect addition to your Halloween Decor! Light up Pumpkin Mold, made by Gemmy.


You can see it here: Gemmy Halloween Pumpkin Mold


Isn't this Sunflower Mixing/Measuring Bowl adorable!!??


Get it here! - Sunflower Measuring Bowl



Who doesn't love Minnie Mouse? Show off your Disney style with this cute mug. 



Find her here - Minnie Mouse Coffee Cup


OhEmGee, didn't you love Lisa Frank as a kid?? Grab this Tiger Binder and go directly back to your childhood! 




I was so, so, so tempted to keep this Milo Wood Cat Figure. But alas, I like money more than I like it. 




So those are just an example of some of the cool finds you can see in my eBay store! 


Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Weekend Review



The kids and I had the beeest weekend! Hubby had to work so we were on our own to entertain ourselves.

Aubrey had a soccer game on Saturday morning. It was so hot! It is not okay for it to be 90 degrees in October!

The field where Aubrey plays is also next to an airport and on Saturday's they have skydiving. It's so cool to see all the beautiful parachute's glittering the sky! I tried to catch a few photo's. 



It's so funny to watch the kids because some of them will stop in mid-kick and look up into the sky! 










On Sunday we spent the day at Graves Mountain Lodge for their annual Apple Harvest Festival. We met up with 2 of our favorite people. I have wrote about my friend Julia before, she and I have been friends for many years now and were even pregnant with out first babies together.

We spent the day playing in the stream, listening to bluegrass and catching up. If you don't live in Virginia, you need to come visit. Like now, right now. It is gorgeous! Just driving through the hills and ridges to get to the festival was an adventure in itself. The tree's are in full fall color now and it is amazing.

These kids were completely drenched by the time we left. They went from tiptoeing on rocks to full out swimming in this beautiful stream. 









Isn't this just picturesque? 




The kids and I came home with a box of delicious fresh picked apples from the orchard.

 Don't you love the word orchard? There is just something about it that screams fall and crackling leaves and perfect weather. 

 Check back tomorrow for a delicious fall recipe. 




Thursday, October 3, 2013

A Day of Pictures



Our morning walk... 










Tired dog... 



Needy cat.. 



Getting our energy out.. 



My pretty little girl...


With sandy blonde hair... 


Hidden lizard...



Caught..



A gift from my boy...


Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookies... 




After school relaxing...


Beautiful sunset from the front porch...



Aubrey was finally able to go to school today and has not had any fevers, yay! 


Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Here We Go Again



Happy Tuesday everyone. I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!

We spent Friday evening and Saturday morning on the soccer field. The Blue Hawks won their game and Aubrey was very happy!

This was Friday at soccer practice. It's so beautiful!


After that we thoroughly enjoyed our lazy Saturday.

Saturday evening came in with a bang though. Aubrey started complaining of stomach pain and painful urination and shortly after her fever spiked.

I immediately knew we were dealing with another urinary/kidney/bladder issue. I gave her some meds to make her comfortable and bring down the fever. I was hoping to make it to Sunday morning so we could go to urgent care instead of the ER but no such luck.

At around 5am after a dose of meds, she started vomiting and of course the meds came up with it. At that point it became an emergency because I knew her fever was going to spike without medication.
So we headed out to the ER to get some help. Once we were there her fever was at almost 102 and by the time they had gotten meds into her and taken her temp again it was at 103.5. Which didn't scare me too much because the last time this happened her fever spiked to almost 106 degrees. The Dr and Nurses could not believe it and kept taking it to make sure it was correct (it was). That was the time she had to have a double injection of antibiotics in both legs.




So this time she only had to have one injection. They tested her urine and of course she did have an infection. They sent us home with antibiotics, anti nausea and a schedule for pain and fever reducer. They sent the urine out for culture.

So here we are on Tuesday and she is still having a high fever if she does not take Tylenol or  ibuprofen every three hours. 

So back to the Dr we went. The bad news is the urine has not cleared up like the Dr thinks it should and along with the high fever she fears that Aubrey is not as sensitive to the antibiotics as she should be.

The good news is that we finally got the referral that we have been wanting. Aubrey will be going to see the urologist and hopefully we can figure out what is causing these infections.

Here are my two cute girls at the Dr's office today! The strange thing is that as long as she is taking her pain meds you would never know she was not feeling well. It does a good job of masking all the symptoms but by the time we got home it had been 4 hours since her last dose and her fever was already getting high. 



To think of a UTI you automatically assume its not too much of a big deal but when you start hearing the word kidneys getting thrown around is when you get worried, especially if it is your baby.

So we will see what happens. I am just waiting to hear from the Dr to find out when our appointment is. Until then they have switched her to a different antibiotic to hopefully get rid of the infection. 


Aubrey has already missed two days of school this week and unless this antibiotic kicks in with a quickness she will most likely miss again tomorrow. Hopefully she can be back on Thursday to catch up on all of her work.

So until then we are spending lots of time with Harry, Ron and Hermione. 

Friday, September 27, 2013

In Recent News...



Summer is over, wahhh. But also yayyy! 

I waited so long for summer to be here and it's already gone. I do have a love for Autumn though and it takes away some of the bitterness from our lovely summer being over. 

Chilled mornings are here, walking to the bus stop while leaves flutter down from the trees, hot coffee... Yes, I must say Autumn is wonderful. 

We did have a sweet summer, here's what I don't want to forget - 

Lovely lake days, spent swimming, building sand castles, hiking and fishing - 



Spending our evenings outside catching lightning bugs and enjoying the stars.

Brandon celebrated his 4th Birthday!!
I told him that he could choose anything in the whole world to do and we would do it. Of course I was just about 100% sure that I knew what he was going to say...

FISHING! So that's what we did for the afternoon.






Emma also celebrated her 2nd birthday!! I CAN'T BELIEVE IT! I have no babies anymore!



We had a yard sale.



And spent a few days at the beach.





We did lots of stuff around the house which I will have to take pictures of at some point. Spent lots of time with lovely family and friends and just enjoyed some good ol' family time.

I love you summer!

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