Nov 24, 2015

Surgery Day

I managed to survive my surgery! Obviously, here I am typing for you, although I have to admit to being a bit loopy and tired today.

We arrived at the hospital just before 8:30 and by 9:30 I was in the room with the nurse and she was inserting the IV. I warned her as I always do about my thin veins and told her she would be my hero if she could put the needle in on the first try. She pulled out an interesting light I had never seen before. When she shined it on my arm, it showed the veins and their size! Where was that when I was having babies??

Needless to say she managed on the first try. The anesthesiologist came in right before it was time to head to surgery at 10:00. He told me all the usual stuff and pushed my bed toward the door. The OR nurse met us in the hallway and within seconds we were in the operating room.

These two men slid me to the operating table and almost before I knew it, I was waking up in recovery. It took them a little while to get my heart rate up and they kept putting me on oxygen, but nothing too serious. By about 1:30 I was wheeled to the car and we headed for home.

It was a relatively peaceful day with me likely overdoing things. I had more bleeding than I probably should have because gravity tended to pull down the bandages from my knee when I got up to eat, go to the bathroom and move around a bit. (The doc scared me a little about blood clots.)

I was able to walk without a crutch and that made me very happy, but I guess I won't be playing any volleyball this week.

In other news, Teach and her boyfriend are back from Idaho. He asked my sweetie and me for permission to marry our daughter which of course we granted. He seems like a great guy! They even chose a blog name for him... drum roll please... OREO ! (What's with my kids and food?)

Prima Donna is facing the last night of her musical on Tuesday and we have a big dumpster to get rid of all the leaves and cornstalks as well as an old couch. It will be good to have the yard all cleaned up for winter.

And how was your day?

Nov 22, 2015

Happy Birthday, Scout!

We celebrated Scout's birthday tonight. It is always so much fun to get together, eat good food and visit for a while. The only one missing was Teach. She is visiting with her sweetheart this weekend in Idaho and then he will be here next week for Thanksgiving. I'm guessing Thanksgiving weekend might produce some big moments for her.

Just an idea...

My sweetie made sweet pork and the fixings for tacos. I made the birthday cake, but Scout was in charge of decorating it. She did a fabulous job using some of Princess's animal crackers and lots of pink and purple frosting.

She had already been spoiled with gifts from her friends, but we loaded her up with a few more. She loved the Frozen alarm clock from the Dog Walker and I think her favorite from us was the Bratz Basketball player although she was pretty excited about the watch and the handkerchief skirt.

You may not hear from me tomorrow. I have to report for the surgery at 8:30 in the morning, but I'm supposed to be done in a few hours. Please pray for us tonight. This is a pretty minor surgery, and I'm not really worried about that. I just don't know how long it will take me to recover and that part is troublesome.

Nov 21, 2015

Super Prepared

Prima Donna playing dress up since Grandpa has the pics from tonight
I can't believe it is already November 21. That means that Christmas is only a little more than a month away! I've thought some on it but not nearly enough, I'm afraid. Right now I'm just trying to get through the next few days. I've sort of felt like that all week.

Today I had the finals for the volleyball tournament. No, we didn't get anywhere near making it to the finals, but we did play both Thursday and Friday and it was lots of fun. This time I was running the score for all the final games, helping set up and clean up. We had to be there at 7:30 this morning and I got away about 10:30 which was much better than I was expecting. One of the teams forfeited out of the consolation bracket so we cancelled the last match.

I came home and tried to nap for an hour, but it was a useless attempt. Then I went to Tupperware training for a couple of hours. It started at 10:00, but I had been excused for the entire morning, so I didn't show up until about 12:30. I was home again by 2:30 and then headed back out for the store. It was a zoo! I did finally get the groceries I needed for Scout's family party tomorrow and for Thanksgiving.

Putting them away just naturally led to cleaning up the kitchen. At 4:30 I ran to the distribution center to find the things I needed for Activity Days on Tuesday. I want to be completely prepared for the upcoming week. Then it was make dinner and take my girl scouts to see Prima Donna's musical, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.

We dropped off the last of the girls and got home about 10:30. I have to be at the church at 8:30 in the morning for choir practice, so I'm trying to get to bed early, although I'm not in a hurry for the weekend to end. The reason I need to be super prepared for the week is because I'm having a little surgery on Monday. The doc is going to 'scope my knee and remove the old scar tissue that is floating around from my ACL replacement 20 years ago.

He says it should be a pretty easy surgery and I won't even have to spend the night in the hospital or anything, but I'm still worried about the recovery time and how well I will feel about doing anything for most of the rest of the week. I'll keep you posted.

Crazy Busy Fun!

I've had lots of kid's birthday parties in my tenure as a mom, but I've never had one quite like the one we had today. Scout is turning 10 on Monday so I told her she could have a friend party. She couldn't decide who to invite from school, so she finally invited her whole class. I had printed 30 invitations for her and by the time she had included her Activity Days friends and a few family friends, she had given them all out.

I got quite a few RSVPs and only one person told me they couldn't come, but there were still a bunch that were questionable. Anytime of the year I plan on at least 30% of kids who will miss the party for one thing or another. Since the holidays are nearly upon us, I figured we would lose closer to 50%.

Boy was I wrong.

By the time were got everyone here, we had 28 kids! It was a madhouse. Princess and Drama Queen were planning to be here, but they got hung up and didn't arrive until about 30 minutes late. My sweetie came to the rescue and prepared the pinata for smacking.

The kids all worked on making a beadie gecko for the first hour. I ran out of supplies and had to have my little ones give up their strings to the party guests. Baby Doll was fine with that, she just wanted to play anyway.

Drama Queen made a pinata earlier this week and I filled it with candy last night. It took about 10 kids before they managed to bring it down. Then we let each person decorate 2 cupcakes. Gifts were crazy. I couldn't hardly see what she got let alone who it came from.

I couldn't even serve ice cream because I only had 25 cones and 28 kids. Most of them were pretty hyped up from the frosting anyway, so I don't think they even missed it.

By the time the last kid left, I was thinking I might have to eat the whole bucket by myself anyway.

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