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What I Learned from Looming

Friday, September 18, 2015
Pretty much everything can be likened unto a...... *insert noun here*. However, I have recently begun my journey of Looming (does it get a capital?) and I have learned so much. I realize I am behind on the bandwagon which could also serve as a metaphor, but I thought I would share my thoughts anyway.

Sadie has LOVED getting to know our neighbors, the Cralls. They are the new Sturzingers a.k.a. they live in their old house.  They are wonderful. Sadie and their 7 year old get along so well! He taught her how to loom and she came home from their house with 10 bracelets I think. Over the course of the week, that number increased until Chelsi bought Sadie her own looming set! So, since I've been somewhat Couch Potatoed for the last few days, I decided to give it a go only I didn't even start with the basics. I'm kind of a pro. I set out to make a 3 bander. Which I was successful at! So then I went to start on my second one, and when I thought I was finished, I wasn't. Because I missed something in the middle somewhere and it kind of fell apart. I mean, it still looked okay, but it didn't look awesome like my previous one. So I took it apart and I was sad. 

Since this, I have had a 50 percent success rate. Actually, it just increased to 60% since I finished a bracelet for Simon this morning. That's not very good odds. Is it? I mean, what am I missing? I feel like there's so many parables/analyses/metaphors/similes I could use here. But I think what I'm basically getting at is 1) I need to start at the basics and 2) Take my time. All things that I'm sometimes not good at in many aspects of my life because I want results and I want them now! I'm kind of a 4 year old in that way. lol. 

So that's a good life lesson huh? Also, I think looming is fun and I can't wait to use it as part of something school. Speaking of school, we started this week. It's been postponed so many times because of my kidneys. Those kidneys! 

I need to take first day of school pictures which I will do RIGHT NOW! 

Now I am just working on collaging them. Because I took some last year and never posted them. So this is a combined 2014/2015 beginning of the year picture post. 

I wish I was a little bit craftier. Ahhhh. I just wrote like 10 things I wish I was more of. But I think instead I will just be grateful for what I do and what I am now. It's better for the soul. 

Just kidding about the collaging. I have been working on it since this afternoon and I can't get any programs to work the way I want. So you get the regular, unedited cell phone pics. Haha. They're still cute. I had plans to write facts about them on the picture in a picture editing software program. lol. And I can't even get them to format right when I try and caption them. So the ones on the left are 2015 and the ones on the right are 2014. Don't judge my skillz today. 

Well, isn't this my life that it is now 2 days later and this is STILL not posted? I'm gonna go forth and post. Because I have another idea in my mind for another trendy post. Jk. That's such a joke. What have you been up to lately?

Why I'm in the Hospital This Time

Friday, September 11, 2015

Suddenly I couldn't move. The pain was so bad I was doubled over in pain, vomiting.

Just kidding. That was the LAST time I had kidney stones. This time, it happened over the course of oh, months. I started feeling like I had a UTI. Did anti-biotics. That pain came back. I went to my regular doctor to get a referral because with so many issues, I know my body. When my pee test came back negative for a UTI, I knew something else was wrong. I got a referral to see a specialist. I've been working with them for several weeks. I'm talking an X-Ray with contrast, a renogram, several ultrasounds and at my final appointment before the surgery, a CT scan.  FINALLY they figured it out. I have kidney stones! One of which was stuck where the ureter meets the bladder. One (big) in my kidney. So they scheduled a surgery to laser those suckers to pieces. Which they were successful at I think. Because who knows really. This is Germany.

There are things I love and hate about the way the health care system here. But that is a post for another time.

All I know is that I am alive and my left kidney hurts less and my right kidney feels like there's a tube in it. Because there is. I got to leave the hospital today... which means I am at home now. I took a big old nap and still could sleep more! Hospitals do that to you I think. They suck the energy out of you. No? I feel like I am qualified enough to say that with the number of stays I have had in hospitals, starting at a young age. When they ask if you've ever had previous surgeries, I have to pull out my notebook. Just kidding. But I should because I'm terrible at dates. I had my tonsils out when I was like 7. And then an appendectomy when I was 11ish. Then knee surgery as a teenager, and then a C-section as an adult, and then my kidney surgeries began. And don't forget about my broken foot. And then my broken ankle and now more kidney stuff. What the what? I need to settle down. Haha.

If you are willing to share your stronger-than-Tylenol pain killers with me, please let me know. Lol. Because Germany. They don't love the drugs here like we do in Murica which right now, I'm not loving.

Thank you all for your support and prayers and good vibes. I love you!

Yesterday in Real Life

Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Yesterday we had family home evening with the Pembey's. I love the Pembey's. Ever since the beginning when we looked in their window when they weren't home, we fell in love. We've had a lot of good experiences with them including Sunday when we called B over to catch a spider for us. It was the 2nd one of the day (thanks Lara) and he showed up with a fly swatter. I told him he wasn't allowed to kill it but he did anyway.

As he was leaving, Chelsi so generously invited ourselves to their FHE and he gladly accepted. That's not really how it went but kind of. 

So we went over (it was a long walk) in our pajamas and had a really great lesson. We watched a video. And I want to share it with you! Because it's so good!

Nevie wasn't super interested, or was really tired because she fell asleep in my lap. It was really sweet. What wasn't sweet was when she woke up 4 hours later and didn't want to go back to sleep. Anyway, after the video Chelsi brought up my and my broken ankle. It's pretty similar in that I had to be taken care of for 6 weeks. That's no picnic! And no walk in the park! lol. Are there any other cliches I can use here?

After our video we had ice cream and homemade hot fudge and while some thought it was too sweet/rich, I thought it was perfect! We can't wait to put the recipe on our family website we haven't made yet. We got the okay from Krysta as Jackson promised she could be a VIP with admin access on the site. :-)

Later Dana came over and we watched Monday Night TV and she brought buffalo chicken dip. I don't know what the actual name is. Maybe she too will let us put it on our website. Anyway, Nevie sensed I think because it was during our show that she woke up and polished off the rest of the dip and the chips!

I unsuccessfully tried to read a little bit after Dana left and Chelsi went to bed but Nevie just really wanted to go to sleep in my room and not on the couch. I wish we didn't have stairs in our house because I would be so much more apt to put her down if it didn't involve 2 flights of stairs. lol. Don't judge me!

I'm not even sure why I'm writing this all down except that I really want to remember the small stuff! I kept a blog while David was gone in China and it was more of the day to day stuff and I think that's partially why I'm doing it too. Some days (not very often) I forget how hard it is to parent/school 3 kids all. the. time. I can't wait to make a book out of my blogs except that it will be more like a collection of encyclopedia's by now (I've been blogging for almost 10 years I think).

Speaking of encyclopedia's. The guy that sells World Books or whatever, really wants to come sell me some books. Do you think it's a good idea? Have you considered buying any? I love books and we homeschool. Can you tell me what to do? lol.