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I Survived!

Fourteen years ago today while driving to work there was an accident. My car was t-boned by another car, split in half and went airborne. I don’t remember the accident at all. I do recall coming to, asking what was happening, being told there was an accident and that they were using the “Jaws of Life” to get me out of the car. I knew there was something important I needed to let them know, but couldn’t recall right away what it was, through I did eventually remember. I was flown by helicopter to Baltimore. My injuries included some cuts and bruises, I bit thorough my lower lip, my eye looked like I went a round with Ali and lost, and I had four hairline fractures in my left hip and tailbone.



My car-baby that I had just paid off two months before the accident. ūüė¶



What the article doesn’t mention because the reporter didn’t know and was the thing that I was trying to remember that I needed to tell the EMTs, is that¬†I was fourteen weeks (on that very day) along in a high-risk pregnancy. I was to go to an appointment that afternoon to check on the cervical cerclage¬†the¬†doctor¬†had put in two weeks before. Thankfully, I left the hospital the next day, still pregnant but on three months mostly bed-rest. Hannah was born early but not until July 15th.

I am grateful every day that we both survived that day.

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A year ago

A year ago today I said good bye to the most important woman of my life for the last time.  I miss my mother every day.

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This year for vacation we decided to spend some time down at my dad’s a few hours from us, so even though we left our house for a week, we are still calling it a stay-cation. We did random things around our old stomping grounds hanging with my dad and it was relaxing and fun. We visited Norfolk’s Botanical Gardens, Virginia Beach, rented a pontoon boat for the day at Lake Anna, went to Nauticus (a museum and battleship in Norfolk) and went to the rodeo. We also watched a lot of movies in the evenings so I managed to get some stay-cation stitching done.






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Happy Mother’s Day

I managed to get through Thanksgiving, Christmas and her birthday okay, but today… today I really miss my mother.

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My absence

Back in August we went on vacation to San Diego to visit our friends that had moved back out there a couple of years ago.¬† A few days before we left my mom had tripped on the living room rug and broken her arm.¬† For some reason they didn’t set her arm when she went to the ER, just put her in a sling.¬† She had been on a medicine for years to thin her blood and since she suspected that she would have to have surgery on her arm¬†she quit taking the medicine.¬† We went on vacation as planned after my parents insisted that they still would watch our dogs.¬†

We got back late on Wednesday a week later, so when I called my mom the next morning she told me that they were planning on doing the surgery the following day and since we were going to go down to get the dogs, we just packed for an extra night.

The next day we all drove down to the hospital to check my mom in for her surgery, but while waiting one of the doctors came in to say that they wanted to repeat the lab work and that they may have to postpone the surgery.  My mom was very upset about this as it had been almost two weeks since she broke the arm and was in a lot of pain. 

(Let me back up here¬†a little to give a bit of history.¬† My mom had been going back and forth to the doctors for one reason or another, not feeling great, swelling of her legs, rash, different things like that for 1 1/2 to 2 years. ¬†The doctor kept saying he can’t find anything wrong but then would give her this medicine or that because it might be this, etc.)

So the orthopedic surgeon came in to speak with us after they took¬†blood¬†to run labs on again¬†and had¬†decided he didn’t ¬†like the look of her lab work still because her blood¬†wasn’t clotting, he¬†didn’t want to do the surgery… to risky. ¬†My mom just starts going on¬†to about all these things that she has been complaining about to her internal medicine doctor. ¬†The surgeon just stares at her¬†and when she finished he¬†asked if there have been any test or ultrasound on her liver. ¬†Not that either of my parents can remember, but my dad has all her med records at home that he can check (there hadn’t been).¬† I find it interesting that the orthopedic surgeon made a connection with her symptoms that the internal medicine doctor never made.¬† Because they admitted her and ran a blood test on her to check her liver function… that simple.¬† And she was diagnosed with cirrhosis.¬†

Of course they ask her about her drinking habits.¬† My mom quit drinking about 20 years ago with maybe an occasional sip of wine, but I can’t¬† remember the last time I saw her even doing that.¬† So my mom ended up being in the hospital for a couple of weeks before being sent home due to an infection.¬† She was only home two days before my dad ended up having to call 911 because she was unresponsive.¬† Since her liver was so far gone her ammonia levels were way to high.¬† The effects of this is¬†permenent even after a transplant and it goes straight to the brain causing symptoms like dementia.¬†

Mom went back to the military hospital after a few days and then they released her to a nursing home.¬† She was there a week before being sent back to the ER of the military hospital the day after I came back home from my as often as possible visits.¬† My dad called me on the morning of September 22 and said that she didn’t have long.¬† We threw a few things in a bag and made the 4 1/2 trip to the hospital stopping to drop our dogs off at my parents house.¬†

Thankfully, we made it in time and I was holding my mom’s hand as she passed away.¬† I wish had more time with her.¬† Forty-one years were not even close to enough.¬†¬†

We had her viewing service on September 29 and I am very grateful for the friends of mine, and hers as well as the family there were able to make the trip down for it.  My mom will be laid to rest in Arlington cemetary but we are still waiting on a date for that. 

I miss her terribly. But I have yet to really break down and I feel guilty about that.

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I have been neglecting my blog and haven’t updated in way to long.¬† I am not even sure where to begin.¬†

We had a quiet¬†4th of July and went to spend a few days at my mom & dad’s that weekend.¬† I managed to sleep wrong or something and have had a pain in my shoulder since the 7th.¬†¬† I went to the doctor last week and was given some muscle relaxers and an¬†anti-inflammatory then was told to see a massage¬†therapist.¬† I have been, and though it is better, there is still an issue.¬† I am planning on seeing the chiro, as suggested by the therapist and scheduling another¬†massage¬† I have hardly stitched because sitting causes it to hurt the most.

My baby, my sweet little baby has gone and turned 12!¬† Not really sure who gave her permission to go and do that, because it wasn’t me.¬† We gave her a camera that she has been wanting for about six years.¬† She wants to be a photographer of wildlife when she is an adult.¬†

A friend’s husband scuba dives and gets shark teeth.¬† I got this one from them to give to Hannah.¬† She loves it!!

“Megalodon was a true monster shark ‚ÄĒ with one tooth the size of your hand and a body so big it would make a great white shark look like a tuna.¬† Fortunately for those who like to swim in the ocean, megalodon, the largest shark that ever lived, has been extinct for 2 million years.”

This past weekend she had a slumber party.  It was beach themed.  We set up a bucket of sand filled with different shells and faux pearls for a treasure hunt.  The girls seemed to get a kick out of that.  Hannah and I put together sand buckets with sharks teeth, goggles, whale & dolphin erasers and a seahorse charm as their party favor.  I had planned to take the girls swimming, but after weeks of warm weather and no rain, it was chilly and rained most of the day.

I made a fish themed chex-like¬†mix and about¬†four dozen s’mores¬†cookies for¬†the girls¬†on Saturday.¬† We bought cupcakes from a local bakery with pizza for dinner.¬† Then on Sunday I made the girls French toast… I couldn’t believe how much food the girls ate… I made about 20 slices but there wasn’t even a piece leftover for me, so I had a yogurt and some oatmeal.¬† I did manage to sneak a few of the s’mores cookies when they weren’t looking and before they ate them all and oh my, were they yummy.¬† I plan on making these again¬†soon.

S’Mores Cookies = YUMMY!


Beach themed cupcakes from Sisters Bake Shop


The girls!

The two girls on each side of Hannah, Khrystina and Martha, were in Kindergarten class with Hannah… when they were all five!… and they have been friends ever since. ¬†Taylor, in front of Hannah, is a friend’s daughter but the two of them have been friends since the moment they were introduced almost two years ago.¬† Zoe, on the end, is Hannah’s newest friend, they met this last school year (their first in Middle School).¬†¬†
Sadly, Hannah’s friend, Brooke,¬†from preschool,¬†was on vacation this year and was unable to make it for the first time.¬† They met when they were three.¬† Brooke’s mother and I quickly discovered that we had met before… the weekend they were born!¬† Hannah was born on Saturday the 15th and Brooke on Sunday the 16th.¬† We, the mothers, were in the new mothers class they give before releasing you from the hospital.
Two of Hannah’s friends,¬†Khrys¬†and Taylor, stayed the day Sunday, since Khrys¬†was spending the night again.¬† ¬†I was able to take them swimming for a little bit before¬† Taylor’s¬†parents came over for a cookout.¬† We did burgers, potato salad, veggie tray, watermelon, grilled pineapple then s’mores over the fire-pit.
The Bent Creek Baby Row I have been stitching, but not finished yet because I lost two weeks of stitching is almost finish.¬†Thankfully because¬†I was able to stitch a little Friday, yesterday and today.¬† Of course, the baby came early and was born on Monday!¬†My plan was to have it stitched and waiting to add the name, and I would have done it had it not been for my shoulder.¬† But the baby is here, healthy and beautiful which is what really matters.¬† I am hoping to finish it up tonight… just the name and date to stitch.

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A look down memory lane

The other day¬†my daughter was watching a clip show where it was mentioned that one of the actors had¬†played Simba in The Lion King on Broadway.¬† We were curious if the actor was the one from when we went to New york the first and saw The Lion King.¬† So off I went to look for our playbill.¬† I found it but it wasn’t him.¬†

However, while looking for it I found this…

It’s the scrapebook¬†I made from our honeymoon.¬† This is the first scrapebook¬†I ever did.¬† It’s not very creative and my scrapebooking skills haven’t really improved, but it was fun to look through.¬† Here are a few highlights.¬†

I looked through it with Hannah and then when Sean got home we looked through it again.¬† I told Sean this morning that I am going to get some pictures together from our 10th anniversary trip… sadly I don’t think I kept park tickets and what not from it… and put some photos into this scrapebook¬†as there are plenty of pages.¬† I am planning on adding photos from our upcoming 15th anniversary trip.¬† Sadly, we didn’t take a 5th anniversary since we weren’t able to travel as much back then.

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Horseback Riding

A few days ago we asked Hannah¬†what¬†she might want to do this weekend and she responded¬†with “Horseback riding”!¬† Sean and I have said on many occasions that we should take one of the horseback riding tours though the battlefields of Gettysburg, so yesterday he called to find out what times they had available this weekend, booked one and we headed up there in the afternoon.¬† I rode when I was¬†Hannah’s age¬†but Sean and Hannah haven’t before.¬† It was so much fun and we can’t wait to go again.¬† It’s hard taking pictures¬†while controlling your horse but I did take a few and the wranglers took some of us as well.

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We wanted to do something this weekend that we hadn’t done in a while¬†and I wanted to picnic, so Sean suggested heading down to the zoo with a picnic. We got up at 6AM yesterday, walked the dogs, showered, dressed, packed the cooler with fruit salad & tortilla¬†rolls¬†I made, fried chicken, chocolate chip cookies, chips and lemon squares and plenty of water. We got to the zoo about two hours before it officially opened and was able to walk around a bit before the heat and crowds. Then we picnicked¬†there before heading to get frozen yogurt and home. I took tons of pictures and some came out pretty good. Here is a slide show of some of my favorites.

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I don’t want to make resolutions because let’s be honest… they are rarely kept.¬† However, in the new year there are things I hope to do better.¬† And there are things I want to do for myself, either for my physical health or mental health.¬† So where shall I begin….?

  • I love being a stay at home mom, but let us face the truth head on… I am not a great housekeeper.¬† Don’t get me wrong, our house isn’t a pigsty but I wouldn’t recommend eating off the kitchen floor.¬† Though I do allow my three dogs to do so.¬† My point here, I want to be a better housekeeper.¬† Have a weekly schedule and stick to it now matter what.¬† My biggest area of slacking… dusting!¬†
  • I want to be a better mother, wife and friend.
  • I want to be better about taking my vitamins.¬†¬†Last October I¬†had to start taking a medication for my thyroid and I have yet to forget to take a dose.¬† So why shouldn’t I be able to take my vitamins??¬†
  • I want to work out 5-6 times a week.¬† I have done this for three years now, but during the last few months I haven’t been as strict with it as I would like.¬† Usually the last couple of weeks of the year, I slack off.¬† So I want to get back on schedule with that.¬†
  • I would like to start eating better.¬† Again, the last few months…. well, it was the holidays.¬†
  • I would like to lose five to ten pounds, but would be pleased if I just maintain my current weight.¬† So with that said… I would also like to accept myself, outwards appearance and all¬†and stop being so hard on myself.
  • I love reading and don’t read nearly as much as I use to.¬† There was a time I read several books a week and now I am lucky to read a few books a year.¬† I have tons of books… paperback, hardback, Kindle and Nook books… so it is time to read them!¬† I challenged¬†myself on my GoodReads¬†account to read 20 books this year.¬† I know it doesn’t sound like a lot considering my 11 year reads about 100 (maybe more)¬†books a year but last year I read¬†about 10 so that would be double if I did read the 20.¬† (And I have already finished one book and started a second this year!)
  • Stitching… Yes I would like to stitch more.¬† And I have several projects that I have started and would like to finish.¬† Plus I have a few that I would like to start and actually finish.¬† But let’s be real.¬† I have made a list of projects to stitch in a year and I have a problem… I am a slow stitcher and I have¬†never made a dent in a list I have made before.¬† So this year lets keep it simple.
  1. Finish stitching the L*K Going Green Flip-its
  2. Finish stitching the Bent Creek Baby Peapod Birth Sampler
  3. Finish Stitching the Advent Tree from Hobb Nobb
  4. Finish Stitching Hana’s Spots
  5. Stitch on And They Sinned… it’s been a long while since I put a stitch in this one.
  6. Start and finish L*K’s A Good Marriage… in secret!¬†as a gift for our 15th anniversary

So, I am sure I forgot something… but I can amend it later I guess.¬† I am also sure that I will end up stitching a few other things, but hopefully will actually accomplish the above list as well.

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