Life with the Bs

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Be careful what you wish for….I was hoping that we would see some snow this winter.  Boy did we see some snow!  I felt so helpless hearing all the stories of people stranded on highways, in schools and at work.  We had friends and neighbors that were sitting in traffic for 10 plus hours.  My sister and nieces ended up at a hotel, at least they had a warm bed, unlike many out there.  It was crazy!   I honestly feel bad for the school systems.  If they would have cancelled school on Tuesday, people would have complained that they cancelled school without anything on the roads.  It’s a no win for them.

Thankfully, we all made it home.  The commute for Tim was longer but no where near what the majority of people had to deal with.  As you can see, it was coming down most of the day on Tuesday.

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The kids really got to enjoy it on Wednesday.  I don’t know where Janie got snow pants but she was happy to have them even if they are a 6x (she wears an 8).

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We saw snow, now be gone so we can get back to our regular schedules.

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MDA Muscle Walk

If you’ve been reading here for awhile, you know that the MDA is near and dear to my heart.  You can read more about my involvement here.  In March, my family with be walking on the MDA Muscle Walk in honor of my friend and camper, Dakotah.  Dakotah was scheduled to participate in the walk last year but sadly lost her battle with Muscular Dystrophy before the walk.

The great thing about this story is that a fellow camp counselor was in China during the walk last year picking up her son, Bobby.  While she was unable to attend Dakotah’s funeral, she was completing the mission that Dakotah was so excited about.  Bobby is 7 years old and has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.  We are walking on Bobby’s team this year and I can’t wait to meet him in person.  I’ve followed his mom and sister’s journey in bringing him home.  God could not have chosen a better family for him!  If you would like to donate or join our team, please let me know and I will send you details.

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Bar Sign

I saw a sign on Pinterest a couple of weeks ago and I knew I had to make one.  Tim got some old barn wood from a friend so I had him brace two pieces together.  Then I got stick on letters from Michael’s and stuck those right on the wood.  I painted Modge Podge all over the wood and I stuck the dog to the Modge Podge and painted over him.  As it started to dry, I had to use a blunt edge to push bubbles out.

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I love the way it turned out!

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And it looks great with our other bar signs.

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Good morning!  I’ve posted about Ibotta before but I wanted to post again because they are offering a $2 sign on bonus if you register and redeem your first offer within 10 days.  Ibotta can be used at a number of grocery stores, Target, Walmart, even some movie theaters and restaurants (if they added Aldi, I would be one happy lady).  All you do is select offers, make purchases, take a picture of your receipt and scan the bar code on the item.  It can all be done from your phone in just a few minutes and I’ve saved $40 with Ibotta alone since this summer (if you take coupons, Cartwheel and sales into consideration, I’ve gotten a number of items for free or an overage).  They almost always have an offer for $.50 off any gallon of milk purchase.  The way we go through milk in this house, it’s a no brainer for me.  Use my link to get that $2 bonus.  Happy shopping!


Meet Joe

I’m linking up with Kelly’s Korner for Show Us Your Singles.  Meet Joe…..


Joe will be 42 next month and lives in Orlando, FL.  He has never been married and doesn’t have any children.  He’s a business owner, athletic and an all around good guy.  He met my husband at the motorcycle track in Florida a number of years ago and they became fast friends.  I sometimes refer to Joe as Tim’s boyfriend because they talk on the phone more than I talk to my best friend (although my conversations are longer, theirs are more often).

Joe is 2nd from the right (the 2nd from the left is my studly man, back off single ladies :))

Every women needs her C-O-O-L-R-I-D-E-R.

Joe and his sister

Joe is looking for someone in the Orlando area that would like to start a family.  If you’re interested or know someone that might be, please leave a comment.  Thanks for stopping by!


Lessons in kidney stones

  1. Passing a kidney stone is like a continuous labor contraction.  I feel like I have now experienced childbirth without the epidural, only what I delivered was 3mm and definitely not as cute!
  2. I thought the days of throwing up out the car door or waking up on the bathroom floor were long behind me.  I guess it’s just part of the circle of life.
  3. I’ve taken more baths in the past 5 days than I have in a whole year.  Water somehow dulls the pain.  I used to think water births were crazy but now I’m a believer.
  4. This ordeal has confirmed that my husband is awesome!  Not only did he have to take over many of the household duties, he had to watch me in the worst pain of my life.  I know that was hard for him.
  5. Moms don’t like feeling helpless.  I’m not one to ask for help and I know that both of our moms wanted to do something.  They both ended up coming over just to drop off food or juice.  Being a mom, I get it.  I just need to let them do their thing.
  6. I will do whatever it takes to NEVER feel that pain again.  It may mean that I have to become vegan or eat chicken broth for the rest of my life.  I don’t care, sign me up!

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Worst. Pain. Ever.

I’ve had a rough weekend to say the least.  The lithotripsy on Friday was great.  The doctor told Tim that he felt like everything broke up nicely so we were home by about 11am.  Nolan and I took a nap together, Tim picked up dinner for us that Nolan’s school graciously provided, and my best friend picked up our kiddos for a sleepover.

At 3am, I woke up to a sharp pain.  I went to the bathroom and started to feel nauseous and faint.  I thought, I should wake Tim up but next thing I knew, I was laying on the tile floor and Tim was asking if I was okay.  He helped me up and we started walking towards the bed and I fainted again.  I didn’t even realize that I fainted twice until Tim told me the next day.  My head hurt from hitting the tile so we stayed up for awhile with ice on my head to make sure I was okay.  The next morning, I felt okay.  My head still hurt a bit but my kidney pain was okay and I was passing pieces so that was good.  We took it easy and my friend brought the kids back in the evening.  We ate dinner and I went to bed when the kids did.

I woke up to pain about 2am and took a pain pill.  Sadly, it didn’t touch the sharp pain in my side (it’s like a labor contraction that never lets up).  I got in the tub 3 times during the night.  I was up from 2am – 6am and then I threw up.  Tim said that it was time we did something.  I was considering calling 911 because I couldn’t imagine driving to the hospital in all that pain.  Nolan was up at this point and I didn’t want to scare my children so we decided to call a neighbor to come sit with them until my mom could get here.  We decided it was best to go back to the hospital that I had the surgery at, a 45 minute drive.  That was the longest ride of my life!  I wanted Tim to drive fast but I was also so nauseous so I wanted him to slow down.  I threw up at a number of stop lights, I don’t know how I managed to work that out but I’m sure the people around us thought I had partied hard on Saturday night.

Luckily, we had a great ER experience.  They got me right in a room and gave me drugs pretty quickly.  I had a CT scan and they found that I had a 3mm stone that was stuck in my ureter with a cluster of stones behind it.  They gave me a drug that dilates the ureter so that one could pass and let everything behind it come through.  The doctor also told me that I need to stay on top of the pain pills, I cannot just take them as needed.  He said once you lose control of the pain, it’s hard to get it back under control.  I won’t make that mistake again!

So here I am, on lots of meds and peeing through strainers.  I had a great night last night and hope they continue.  Our friends, neighbors and family have been wonderful and we are so thankful for their help.  I managed to hold it together pretty well in front of the kids so I don’t think they were too traumatized!


Procedure and kids

My kidney stone procedure (lithotripsy) is scheduled for tomorrow.  The doctor and hospital keep calling it surgery, I guess because they put you under.  The other day, I was telling Janie what they are going to do.  She said, “so they don’t cut you?”  I explained that they use sound waves so they don’t have to cut me.  She said, “then that’s not surgery!”  Thanks for clearing that up, Dr. Janie!

Another kid funny that I have to share, we pulled up at the store the other day and I opened Nolan’s door to get him out.  A gum wrapper fell out of the car and Nolan quickly picked it up.  He said, “I almost glittered!”

Janie had adjective day to school.  She chose to dress as “pretty”.  I happen to think she looks pretty every day but this is pretty to her…..

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I’m actually looking forward to my recovery weekend.  The nurse at pre-op said I will be sore so I should plan to take it easy.  Sounds like a good weekend to me!



I’ve been married 10 years and I can tell you that I’m no expert.  My marriage is not in trouble but we get ourselves in a rut from time to time.  I’m on day 15 of The Love Dare and I can honestly say that everyone should do this once a year or two.  As mentioned, I don’t think that Tim knows that some friends and I are doing it but not only has he thanked me over and over again for some of the things that I’ve done, he is doing some of these things himself.  Day 10 was “Love is unconditional” and the dare was to do something out of the ordinary. I’m a chick flick girl.  Tim and I rarely watch movies together because I’m just not into it unless it has love (dancing is a plus).  I usually end up getting a movie that I think both of us will like and I’m asleep in 10 minutes.  After reading my dare for the day, I got a code for a free Redbox.  I decided that I would get a “man” movie and I would watch the whole thing with him without having my phone or Kindle out.  I also had a coupon for BOGO coffee so I got us each a coffee on my way home.  Not only was this a treat, it would also keep me awake during the movie.  So for $3 we had a nice little date night at home and he thanked me a number of times for getting a movie that he would like (I got Man of Steel and it wasn’t all that bad).

I’m really enjoying this journey and getting my dare for each day!  If I want to be like my grandparents that just celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary, it’s gonna take a little work!