Thursday, April 30, 2009

Over Protective Parenting

Just when I say nothing is going on something happens. That is just how my luck runs. To start off yesterday morning Krissy wasn't exactly feeling well when she left for school so it was no big surprise when I got a call shortly after lunch with her telling me to come and get her. What I didn't expect was the school nurse calling a few minutes later screaming at me that SHE decides if a student is sick and not the student. I kept my cool on the phone and told her that someone was already en route to pick her up from school. The nurse then kept on with it saying SHE decides if the student goes home by taking their temperature. My hubby could hear the nurse yelling over the phone so he decided it would be better for him to pick her up. That was okay with me since Megan was napping. Mike handles these situations a little better than me because I will admit I tend to have a very short temper with people, especially if you start off yelling at me. Anyways, once he gets to the school to pick her up he walks into the office and the staff inquired to what was wrong and Mike told them about the nurse not wanting to allow Krissy to go home because she felt ill. Their exact response was "Oh no she (referring to the nurse) didn't do it again!"

Mike was just going to pick Krissy up and leave until he found out from Krissy that the nurse didn't even bother to take her temperature to start off with! That is when he lost his cool...and believe me that isn't a pretty sight! He had to have the nurse called out of a class and she started in on Mike about how Krissy just walked in and said she had already called us and was going home. Problem was Krissy had been in the nurse's office for 45 minutes before she called us and during that time the nurse didn't even bother to take her temperature. The nurse went on about how she see has 1800 kids to oversee at the school so she knows when a kid is sick or not. Mike made it clear that our concern was our one child and we have been around her for 15 years so we know when she is sick and when she isn't and by one look at her face yesterday anyone could tell she was sick. Normally, we probably wouldn't have been so upset but there has been at least one confirmed case of H1N1 flu (swine flu) in the county we live in and we aren't willing to take any risks to our child or the other children at her school. Maybe we are just being over protective but in my opinion I would rather be safe than sorry.

A little bit later when Mac got home from school he hands me a note from the school saying that if your child was showing signs of being ill please do not send them to school and if they show signs of being ill at school they will be sent home from school. Apparently the nurse at Krissy's school didn't get that note!!

Krissy still isn't feeling too well today so she didn't go to school. I know for a fact that she isn't lying about it either because she had a track meet today after school and she was really excited about running in it.

I worked on VCE some more last night but it was too late to take a progress pic. I'm not sure if I will work on it today or not. I was looking through some crochet books that were passed down to me when my grandmother died and I found a cute rug that I think I just might start today and I just happen to have some yarn for it. :)

I hope everyone is having a great week!

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

More VCE

I still have been working on VCE. I really am enjoying this design!

It has been fairly quiet around here this week so I don't have anything to blog about.
Have a great day!

Sunday, April 26, 2009


Today was another lazy day inside because it rained most of the day here. Myself, I like the rain but when it keeps the kids cooped up in the house it gets a little crazy because I keep hearing the same "I'm bored....there isn't anything to do." I threatened my kids with the next one that came up to me and said that to me they were going to change Megan's next dirty diaper....amazingly that quieted them down....LOL.

As I have said before rainy days (or really cold days) are good stitching days for me which worked out really well because Renee and I started our next SAL today. We are stitching Too Cute to Spook from the August 2008 Stoney Creek magazine. I think she will make a good companion for Harvest Witch.

I am stitching her on 28 count Cashel Linen called Violet Mist. This one uses the glow in the dark Kreinik threads (if you ask me it is more like stitching with fishing lines!).

The other night I was flipping through some of my old cross stitch magazine when I came across this pretty girl. I think she will look good next to VCE when it is finished. It is called Gentle Encounter from the Nov/Dec 1991 issue of Stoney Creek magazine. Guess you can't tell I love the Stoney Creek

Kim B. asked me how I can get so much stitching done with having a little one around the house and the answer to that is my sweet husband. He knows that stitching helps me relax so he tends to take over taking care of Megan after dinner so I can stitch a few hours before it is time for me to give her a bath (he is scared to give her a bath until she can sit up by herself). She generally sleeps from about 9-9:30 PM until 7 AM. After she falls asleep I can resume stitching for a little while before it is time for me to go to sleep.

That pretty much sums up my day today. :) I hope everyone had a great weekend!

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Halfway Done

I enjoyed our nice weather while it lasted. Today it was cold and wet. Oh well, that is Spring in the Midwest for you.

I took advantage of staying inside and stitched. :) I made it to the halfway mark on VCE. Hooray!! She is really coming along now.:)

There isn't much going on around here tonight so I think I will head back to my stitching and see how much more I can get done.:)

Have a wonderful weekend!!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Springtime and Allergies

It was a fairly pleasant day today. The weather was beautiful.....close to 80 degrees and sunshine....well that is until Mike mowed the lawn. I knew he was going to mow but it didn't register in my brain till I got the first whiff of freshly cut grass and I went into a sneezing fit. Allergies really bite! I ran immediately and grabbed some medicine only to have Mike come in the house a few minutes later and asked me to help him with dumping the clippings into a brown bag. I really tried not to breathe but no such luck by the end of the afternoon I was sneezing my head off and had itchy eyes. Oh the joys of Springtime.

That didn't stop me from working on VCE. :) I did have a visit from the frogs so I ripped a good part out only to discover that in fact I didn't make a mistake. Grrr....I ripped out stitches for nothing! I blame it on the Benadryl!

Yesterday Megan had a check up and I am very pleased to announce that she is whopping 17 pounds 4 ounces (in the 60th% for her age) and 25 inches long (in the 25th% for her age). You can not tell that she was preemie at all! She is lagging in some areas like sitting up by herself, rolling from back to tummy, etc but since she was born almost 2 months early she is actually right on schedule for her age. Besides once they start rolling that means crawling will be soon and I am not ready for her to start that!

Have a great night and Happy Stitching!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Beware of Family

I have been steadily stitching away on Victorian Christmas Eve and I am pleased with my progress so far. At this rate maybe I will have a happy dance soon. :)

Now for a little ranting that isn't related to my Dad's upcoming surgery. When we moved back to Omaha it was mainly to be closer to my family. Mike also has some family here (his father and 1 sister) and we decided to try and have a relationship with them. First of all, his sister we haven't really spoken to in over 15 years as she used to live across the country. We had heard from his mom that she was upset with us when we named our son Mackenzie because that was the name she had picked out for her daughter. I would like to point out that my Mac was born in Feb and she didn't have her Mack until May! Anyways apparently after almost 11 years she is still upset about it. I honestly don't see what there is to be upset about but she has a BIG chip on her shoulder about it.

As if that isn't bad enough, his dad thinks that we need to be at his beck and call ALL the time now! We hadn't spoken to his Dad since 2002 when we moved to Mississippi. When we told him we were moving he informed us we couldn't come to his house since everyone was sick and he would stop by to see us before we left. Well.....he never did and so we were a little hurt by that so we didn't attempt to stay in touch. So when we moved back we decided to be the bigger people and try to attempt a relationship again. The dinner went okay although they were sure to make comments about an ex-girlfriend Mike had prior to me...they even have pictures of the two of them together still! (And we have been together 17 years as of March!!) I am a bigger person so I didn't make an issue of it but it does strike a nerve with me. Anyways, now that we are back in town his Dad seems to think we need to do all sorts of things for him like have Sunday dinner every Sunday with them....even though he knows my Dad is sick! But what really is irritating me is he needs some posts moved in his backyard and he didn't ask but told Mike he needs to do this for him and is calling everyday to see when Mike will come over and do it. Aggghhhh! I consider myself a pretty nice person and I don't like to say things that will hurt someone else's feeling but I don't know how much longer I will be able to keep my mouth shut!

Ahhh....I feel much better now. Thanks for listening to me. :) Now I can't leave this post on a sour note so here is something to sweeten it up.

Have a wonderful day!

Saturday, April 18, 2009

A New Start

Sorry I have been quiet the past few days but if I had blogged the would have been very boring because all it would have contained was rants about the hospital care my dad was receiving. We finally were able to bring him home yesterday from the hospital. Whoo-hoo!! They gave us an estimate of 2-3 weeks before they can fix the heart valve and clogged arteries.

At least now that Dad is home I can actually get some stitching done! Actually I started this piece on Thursday so I have been working on it for a couple of days already. :) It is called Victorian Christmas Eve by Nora Corbett from the Jan. 2008 issue of Cross-Stitch and Needlework Magazine.

It has been a fairly quite evening for us tonight. My brother stopped by today and took Mac and Allie to spend the night at his place. His girlfriend (of 5 years) has a boy that is right at their age so they are having a blast terrorizing my brother....hee hee. :)

I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Freebie Finish

What can I say except that it is about time I had a finish! I put the final stitches in this freebie from EMS this afternoon. :)

Merry Christmas 2006
from EMS
The news on my dad is that he will have to wait another 2-3 weeks for his surgery. As it stands he still has to lose about 25 more pounds of water before he will be safe to go under the knife. The doctor told us if he was to do it right now that there is a 99% chance that he would not make it through the surgery. However, if we could get the doctors to actually agree on something that itself would be a miracle but they did agree that he could come home for the next few weeks while he takes the meds to lose the water weight. This of course comes with stipulations like we have to make sure he eats a low sodium diet and does as little as possible. Just call me Nurse Dawn for the next few weeks. Hopefully he will get released tomorrow or Friday. :) (As I type this I am knocking on every piece of wood I see!)
I want to thank everyone for their wonderful comments on Megan. She is growing so fast! It is hard to believe she was a mere 3 pounds when she was born. You definitely can't tell it now!
Have a great evening! :)

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Happy Easter

I want to thank everyone for their well wishes on my Dad's upcoming surgery but he had a set back on Saturday. The doctors ran some normal tests on his liver and had to postpone his surgery because the enzyme levels in his liver are elevated. They did an ultrasound on his liver this morning and were able to tell that there were no tumors on his liver so that is a definite plus! After the liver doctor will look at the results tomorrow we will know for sure when the surgery is back on.

My mom spent most of the morning up at the hospital with Dad this morning so I was able to enjoy Easter morning with the kids. The older 3 wouldn't let me get pictures of them this morning but I was able to wrangle Megan into her Easter outfit and take a few pictures.

You aren't getting me to smile until you give me my pacifier!

I hope everyone is enjoying their Easter holiday!

Friday, April 10, 2009


Murphy's Law says "Anything that can go wrong will go wrong." However, I have adapted to fit our family (aka T-Law) to "Anything that can go wrong will go wrong so get ready for the shit to hit the fan!". That pretty much sums up our luck.

That brings me to the events of yesterday. We were supposed to have heard from the heart doctor Wednesday night on the status of my dad's surgery but by yesterday morning we still hadn't heard from the doctor. This slightly upset my mom so she let the nurses know that as soon as he came into see Daddy that we wanted to be called. Apparently the doctor showed up shortly after I left from visiting last night but the doctor DID NOT call us. We found this out about 9:30 PM when we went up for the last visit of the night. Mom went out to speak with the nurses to have them call the doctor and they REFUSED to call him for us and then they (the nurses) told my mom that she couldn't get that info because she (my mom) was only his sister. My Mom exploded right then and there and straightened her out by telling her that she wasn't his sister but his wife. My mom doesn't need that kind of stress because she also has heart problems.

As if that wasn't stressful enough last night on our way home from the hospital (at 11 PM) my Mom's car died in the middle of a very busy road! AGGHHH!!! Luckily I had my cell phone (lately I have been forgetting it!) on me so I was able to call my hubby and have him "rescue" us. As for the car we don't know what is wrong with it other than it seems to be dead right now. Good thing is we still have my van and Mike's car running so we still have transportation. Needless to say when we got home I fixed myself a nice stiff drink...LOL. Which I was way overdue for one since my last drink I had was almost 2 years ago with Renee when she came to visit me in AR.

To make a long story short we finally got things somewhat straightened out this morning and found out that he will be going in for open heart surgery on Monday. Although he isn't exactly the best candidate for it right now it is at the point where we can not wait too much longer without his heart giving out but as of right now we still don't know what time he will be going in for it.

Enough with the stressful things let's talk about relaxing things. :) Like I said in the last post I haven't had much time to stitch but here is a picture of what I am currently attempting to stitch. It is a freebie from EMS. I decided to stitch it over 1 on 25 count fabric. I have decided that I much prefer stitching over 1 on 25 count instead of 28 or 32 count fabric. :) I put my needle beside it to give you an idea of the size of it so far.

We don't have any real big plans for this Easter weekend. We might go over to in-laws (Mike's dad) for a little while but no definite plans on that yet. It all depends on how things at the hospital go.
I want to wish everyone a Happy Easter!

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Little Stitching for Me

It has been a long day for me today. My dad had an angiogram done today so we had to be up at the hospital at 7 am. Which meant I had to be up early so I could go pick his mom up and take her up to the hospital so we all could be there because the dr's weren't exactly sure what was going to happen. Originally, we were told if needed they would place a stent if needed but it turns out that didn't happen. However, his right artery is 95% clogged so they have decided to fix it when they go in and fix the left heart valve. We are waiting to hear from the doctor about when he will have that surgery to fix everything. We were told it could be as early as tomorrow but we were also told (from another doctor) that it could be another week or so and as we all know patience isn't exactly my best virtue.

I had planned on taking my stitching with to the hospital today but silly me forgot to bring the pattern with me. Uggh!! I am working on a small freebie from EMS and I swear this will be the longest it has ever taken me to stitch up an ornament.

I did go stash diving the other day and I have come up with 3 patterns to choose from. They are Millennium Angel from Mirabillia, Christmas Fairy from Cross Stitch and Needlework Jan 2008, or restart Tour des Marques from Silver Lining. Hmmm....which one do I choose?!

I hope everyone is having a great week. :)

Monday, April 06, 2009

Care Bear Sharing

I want to thank everyone that has kept my dad in their thoughts for us. What we have found out that he has a bad heart valve that requires open heart surgery to fix. However, due to the water that he has retained he can not have the surgery until that is lost. They have him on medicine to reduce it and so far he has lost 10 pounds out of the 60 pounds he needs to lose before they will proceed with the surgery. Doc seems to think he will be in the hospital for another 2 weeks at least. My dad is in good spirits (at least at this point he still is!) about the situation but he misses not being able to see Megan. We could bring her up for a visit but he won't allow us to because he doesn't want her to come down with anything and neither do we.

As for stitching......there hasn't been any time for me to do that. :( However, I am going to make a point of doing some stitching sometime tonight even if it is only a couple of stitches.

Last night we had dinner with Mike's dad and his sister so it was late when we got home but Megan still wanted "story time" so I gave in and read a couple of stories out of her Care Bear book. As you can see it really doesn't bother me at all to read to her but normally we do it in the rocking chair but last night we cuddled in bed and read. :)

I loved the Care Bears when I was little so I am quite pleased that I am able to share the "Care Bear Experience" with her. :)

Happy Stitching!

Saturday, April 04, 2009

Sampler Finished

It was a crazy day for us yesterday. My step dad had a doctor's appointment yesterday morning as he has been feeling extremely bad lately. He quit smoking about 8 months ago and since then he has been gaining weight. It wasn't until a couple of weeks ago that he started having some swelling in his legs and feet. He also is the type of guy who HATES to go to the doctor so when Mom made him an appointment to see the doctor we knew he was feeling bad when he didn't object it. So when I got the call from my mom telling me to meet her at the hospital because he was being admitted to the hospital I was freaked out. Let me tell you that was the longest mile and a half trip I have ever taken!

As of right now what we do know for sure is he has an enlarged heart and enlarged liver. He also is retaining water everywhere. Until more tests are done that is all we know for sure. My mom is a strong woman but he is her world and she is very scared (as we all are!). I hate to ask this because ya'll were wonderful when I was pregnant with Megan but please keep him in your thoughts for us.

What do I do when I am stressed? Stitching of course! In between visits to the hospital yesterday I worked on finishing Megan's sampler. I still have some finishing touches to do like cutting the dowel down to fit it and paint it to match the sampler.

Ladybug Birth Sampler
by Donna Vermillion Giampa
from April 2008 JCS
I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, April 02, 2009

April Goals

Whoo-hoo....I actually snuck in some time to stitch today! I finished page 3 on QS Fairy Tales. :)

Since Megan's arrival I have pretty much been stitching on one large design at a time but I am starting to feel restless just working one design. The only problem is what do I want to stitch. Hmmm.....maybe some stash diving is what I need to do. :) I guess what also would help me is actually planning some stitching goals for this month.

April Goals:

1. Stitch page 4 on QS Fairy Tales
2. Stitch/Finish 2 Christmas ornaments (need to stitch a total of 13 this year)
3. Finish Megan's sampler
4. Start SAL with Renee
5. Find a new large piece to start
6. Find some me time!

Thank you for the comments on the fabric I picked for Megan's sampler. I plan to make it into a wall hanging so I can hang it over her crib.

Megan is still napping so I am going to go and do some catching up on blogs.:) Have a great evening!

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

This and That

Hello everyone! :) I promise I didn't disappear again. I managed to come down with a nice little cold over the weekend which makes me so mad because I had done so great and managed to not get sick since before Megan was born. I finally broke down and took some cold medicine yesterday and pulled out QS Fairy Tales and only stitched about 50 stitches (if that!) before I literally passed out with needle in one hand and hoop/fabric in the other hand.

I did feel a little better in the afternoon so I made my way to Hobby Lobby and picked out this fabric to finish Megan's birth sampler. Problem is when I went to get everything assembled I realized I didn't have any batting. Grrr!!

Megan seems to be doing lots better. Turns out it was allergies bothering her. We got her some medicine and she seems to be lots happier now. At least she isn't rubbing her nose and eyes as much now.

Krissy is slowly getting adjusted to her new high school. She has joined the track and softball team. She is really excited about that but she still says there is only 4 cute guys in the school. Typical teenage

Allie's coach has been trying to convince her to go out for track next year but she isn't interested in it....unless one of the Jonas boys is at the finish line.

Mac is still his ornery self. He isn't happy unless he is getting one of his sisters mad at him. Typical Knock on far no signs of any ear infections. Whoo-hoo!!

It is getting close to time for me to head out the door and start the daily routine of picking the kids up from school(s). 3 kids equals 3 different schools which mean I spend about 3 hours getting them all picked up. Good thing is I don't have to drag Megan out and around in the cold as Grandpa John loves his little girl.:)

Have a wonderful day!