Monday, February 21, 2011

Slowly & Painfully

That's how it feels like this recovery is going. But I do feel a little stronger every day. I get my stitches out on Wednesday and meet with my surgeon to check my progress. Both my mom and Joan were each able to come for about a week and they have been an incredible help...both physically and emotionally. I am grateful to them for helping take care of my family!! Tomorrow starts my solo flight...

I'm still lurking, and hope to be back to using both hands to type witty and thought-provoking comments on all your blogs soon!!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011


Having shoulder surgery sucks. Seriously.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day to Tony

I haven't been a very nice Valentine this year...a little grouchy and sour. But before I went into surgery, I did get just a little something together for Tony's Valentine this year.

The marvelous idea and printable stickers are from Twig & Thistle. I did have to substitute a mango for a passionfruit. Apparently, passionfruit are out of season in Spokane. :-)

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Still On A Nerve Block High

Hey out there! Although it is taking me what feels like hours to write this post, I feel strangely coherent. In fact, I think I could still probably beat Tony at Jeopardy with one hand..., well..., lashed to the side of my body with a huge sling. My latest round of painkillers and anti-nausea meds haven't kicked in and I've slept most of the afternoon away.

The surgery went well. But the best part is that they decided to give me a nerve block, which really means that they stick a needle in your neck and then shoot electric pulses down your arm to see if they have the right spot causing your arm to constrict painfully and uncontrollably. Seriously?? But it was short-lived, the OR guys were great and the best part was waking up and being utterly and completely numb. And 10 hours later, I still don't feel much pain. Hooray for that. It did NOT, however, prevent me for puking all over the recovery room. Yikes.

But ask me about the pain thing again in the morning.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Kids' Valentines 2011

All three kids needed Valentines for their class this year. And as I was sorting through some of my old files, I came across some really cute ideas I had tucked away. The kids ultimately chose their own (and helped put them together) and we're all pleased with their sheer cuteness and cleverness.

These are Anna's flower petal and Dum-Dum flowers.

And for the 10-year-old that doesn't particularly care for Valentine's Day, the Dum-Dum Valentine.

And Josh's cute Alien tags for fruit roll-ups. Classic.

Have a wonderful Valentine's day! I will be out of commission for a few weeks because I am finally going in for my shoulder surgery on Thursday and it's hard to type one-handed while on pain killers. I'm particularly anxious about it...mostly because my job as a typical mommy will be put on hold for weeks through recovery and physical therapy. Joan and my mom will both be coming to share the burden, but your prayers for comfort, success and a quick recovery would be GREATLY appreciated. Loves to you all!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Valentine Cupcake Visiting Teaching Gifts

Tony got home late last night and it is amazing how everything looks a little brighter this morning. While he was TDY at his course in Alabama, he was able to check out the area and meet some other JAGs that will be attending ACSC in the Fall with him. Makes me a little excited.

Anyway, these are the little gifts that we made for our visiting teaching ladies for February. I found these darling little pewter heart label pins at my favorite boutique called Fireworks in Seattle. I pretty much bought them out. I used my favorite Martha Stewart cupcake punch in a little scallop circle and used the little heart pin as the "cherry" on the top of the cupcake. I'm doing the same thing for the kids' school teachers as well. I'll post their class valentines in the next day or two.

Happy February!