Friday, May 30, 2008

It's coming together...

Slowly but surely. I never imagined planning a budget wedding could be so much work. I figured since we were doing everything as cheaply as possible that it would be simple. Guess not. I ordered my dress, bought our wedding bands, hired a photographer, almost have a DJ lined up, and confirmed the site. I've also been listening to songs trying to figure out what I want to dance to with Tim and my dad. The guest list is done, most of the addresses are ready, and I have the wording for my invitations. I'm just too afraid to print them because as soon as I do something will change. As impatient as I am to get everything done it surprises me that I didn't just go with my first draft. I'm glad though, because I'm liking the current version a whole lot more. Now I just need a vacation, but there are only 2 months and a few days left to plan so I need to keep plugging on. It'll be nice once everything is set and I can stop stressing until closer to the big day.

In other news, Max had a good week at school this week. He had an appointment on Wednesday to check his blood pressure and heart since he is on a stimulant. Everything is perfect. I'm still not convinced he is on the right medication, but we'll give it a chance to work for a few more weeks and then see what his psychiatrist says when we go back.

Alex has been a nightmare. I'm guessing it's teething since there has been no fever, but he's not eating very good and sleeping horribly. Tim said even when he slept he was tossing and turning. It makes me feel bad that I'm not here for him at night, but thankful because at least I get to sleep peacefully during the day. Well, usually. This past week it was either a phone call or something everyday that kept me up. I think this was my worst week yet as far as sleep goes.

I applied 2 weeks ago for a position at a doctor's office that is affiliated with the hospital. One of the phone calls this week was HR saying that they did want to interview me. It's going to probably be a pretty big pay cut though which has me quite nervous. I already feel like things are tight enough as we keep trying to dig ourselves out of the hole we created with moving last year. However, it's only part time, probably 3 days a week, so I have the option to stay per diem at my current job and pick up shifts there whenever possible. I can pick up days if its needed, but I'm thinking one night a week would be ok. Not ideal, but better than my current situation. I'll miss having so many of my daytimes home to get things done around the house, but really, I sleep most of them away anyway so what's the difference. Keep your fingers crossed that it all works out.

Other than that, not much new to report. All I do lately is sleep and plan the wedding. I'll keep you updated, but for now I think I'm heading to bed ;)

Saturday, May 24, 2008

It's official

We are getting married 8/8/08 at Tim's mom's house. Sort of. You'll see eventually and it will all make sense. Guest list is almost done, and invitations will hopefully go out pretty soon. Russ is handling a bunch of details for us as far as the hall next door for dinner, possibly a DJ, and cleaning their pole barn for a bar and dancing.

I found the perfect dress today but had to order it in white since the one I tried on was red. I sooooo can't wait til it gets here. Of course, I can't show it til the wedding, but at least I'll be able to see it ;)

Just thought I would let you know!!

Thursday, May 22, 2008

What are you doing 08/08/08?

Cuz I hope to be getting married. Hopefully I get a chance to talk to Tim about that before he reads this, but I think we can swing it if he's willing. We talked about it a month or so ago, and he was on board for a Vegas wedding as long as he could wear whatever he wanted and I planned everything. I tossed that idea out the window though because my parents couldn't be there and they reminded me that we might get a nicer "gift" if it were closer to home and people didn't have to pay airfare and hotel costs.

So anyway, I was back to wanting to get married on 08/08/08 but that was my weekend to work. Nice how I know for the whole year and can plan, right?? I was talking to a dear friend at work last night, the one who works my Fridays and I work her Saturdays. She works the weekend before me and was planning to go camping with her family in between our two weekends. I offered to take her full weekend (the 1st in August) and she'll take my whole weekend. Now if I can just get Tim to agree to take it off, we can get married!! Woohoo!! His family's reunion is the 9th so it would be a nice weekend to head up to Bay City and do it. Lots to plan and not much time to do it if he says yes so hopefully I'll find time to chat with him soon. It's hard when one of us always seems to be working lately. I'll update you as soon as I know anything.

In other exciting news, he got an e-mail asking him to come down to Wardman Park Marriott (the place that took us to DC originally) and help them out for a week in June. At first I said NO WAY!!! He would be leaving father's day weekend when we are supposed to be picking Max up from camping for a week with my parents. Then he wouldn't be back until the following weekend, but I already have concert tickets to see Kenny Chesney with my awesome friend Debbie in Chicago. Not to mention, who is going to stay with the kids while I work at night??? Just not infeasible right? Actually, I was able to swing it. I'm still hoping he can wait until Father's day to leave so we can camp for at least one night, and I'm hoping he'll get back in time for me to head to Chicago, but I don't have to work that week. Fortunately it wasn't a popular week for requests so my supervisor said it was fine to have off. YAY!!!

It'll be great for Tim's career. This is the biggest hotel he's worked for and one of the biggest convention centers on the east coast. In addition, our old GM from Westfields is there as the resident manager now. He is the one who requested Tim's help. Tim is thinking he may be thinking of Tim for the future as executive chef when the current one retires. Now, I could be totally wrong about that, but if I'm right, who wants to risk him not being able to show off his new executive chef skills!!! He is an amazing chef, manager, and employee. So, I'm letting him go in the hopes that maybe we can move back to DC in the next few years. Funny, huh, how I couldn't wait to get away from there and now I'm dying to go back. I miss my old friends terribly and I also miss my old job. Nothing here can ever compare to any of that. I do like that we are close to family, but we did it for 10 years so we can do it again. Just getting over the cost of living and traffic would be my only obstacle. Now I'm trying to figure out how I can go with him and take the kids so I can go see old friends for the week. Flying would be expensive with both kids, and we wouldn't have a car for me to get around. However, it's also a short amount of time to be gone if we are going to make a 12 hour trip by car. I guess we'll have to see. I won't hold my breath, but the possibility has me pretty excited.

Not much new to report on the home front. Alex is teething and still kinda snotty (from allergies) but Max is doing well. The Ritalin doesn't seem to work as well as it should, but it will get us by for awhile. We go back to the psychiatrist in about a month so hopefully then we can see if there is another drug that will work better, but still allow Max to sleep at night. I still have pinkeye. I'm still not totally convinced its bacterial. It seems to get worse when I spend time outside, but who knows. I quit using the drops and was using my allergy drops, but yesterday the goopy redness came back so I'm back on both drops now. I'm praying something works soon because this is miserable. How unfair to make it 31 years without the dreaded pinkeye only to come down with it now. How come no one else has it???

Grandma and Grandpa are coming to visit this weekend so I really need to get some laundry done, but I have been lazying around. I'm tired from working and not being able to sleep great during the day. Nana and Papa are up in Tawas for the weekend camping and I'm quite jealous just thinking about it. I miss childhood trips up there and how much fun Corey and I used to have. My dear friend Heather pointed out the Trace Adkins song, "Your gonna miss this" and boy is that true. There are so many things I wanted to rush growing up and now I wish I could go back and do it all again.

Ok, I'm off for now. Almost time to go get the kids and I'm still in PJs, gunk in my eyes, and crazy hair. Hopefully I'll be back with big news soon!!

Friday, May 16, 2008

Yup, I have it!

Pinkeye sucks!! My eyes hurt and they are sooooo red. I got told today it looks like I've been smoking pot. Um, no.

I also got a call from daycare while I was at the doctor saying Alex had a temp of 101.8 so I had to take him back to the pediatrician. His ear isn't infected, but it still looks nasty considering his antibiotics from earlier in the week should still be working. So, he's on a new antibiotic now and I pray this one works. I'm soooo over the sleepless nights. Last night I kinda assumed it was his teeth, but now I know otherwise.

On a brighter note, Max is doing great! No problems at school, although he has been complaining that his neck hurts. Not sure what that is about, but I have him using a different pillow (the one he used to use) to see if that will help. Keep your fingers crossed because if this is a med side effect I will cry. I thought we finally had the med issues fixed. He didn't nap today because of the "ache" but he's been sleeping great at night so I won't complain.

The weather was amazing today and Tim got to come home early. We spent all evening outside with the boys which is always a joy. Tim took them for a mini hay-ride in the wagon that pulls behind the lawn mower. It cracks me up how much they love it.

Oh, I can't believe I almost forgot to tell you this. I totally should have had Tim take pictures because no one is going to believe me. I made burgers on the grill for us tonight. All by myself!!! I started the grill, placed the burgers, flipped them, cheesed them, and even grilled the buns. I had to ask a million and one questions, but I was the only person to ever touch it. I was so proud of myself. I guess I can do it if I want to bad enough. Not saying I'll do it again anytime soon, but at least I know that I know how.

K, Tim is making me run upstairs for his chew so I have to go. I will hopefully check back in this weekend though! Night!

Thursday, May 15, 2008


Me thinks I have it. Never had it before, so I'm not sure, but my eye went from being fine two hours ago to hurting, being flaming red, and super goopy now. I'm not liking it. I can barely see through all the gunk so I'm looking through my left eye. So not fun.

Guess tomorrow I'll be heading to a doc in a box. Hopefully it's not pinkeye and I can get it cleared up before I have to work again. I'm not so sure I can work with something like this, not to mention if the boys get it thats going to be ugly for school.

Just thought I'd share. I'm going to try to watch TV now and veg out!

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

I'm back and this will probably be long ;)

Sorry it has been so long. Lots going on and I just haven't had the time to come blog. First off, the weather was BEAUTIFUL last week so we spent a lot of time outside.

Max's meds had been doing ok, but we finally got to see the psychiatrist last Friday. He thought putting Max on Dexadrine might help with the hyperactivity where the Ritalin really only took care of the aggressiveness. Hmm, so, we gave it to him Saturday and it worked alright, but when it wore off the kid was INSANE!! He didn't go to sleep until after 2:30 am and was up at 5:30am. This drug is an amphetamine. Most people would be zinging while they are on it. Not Max, he got his energy when the crap wore off. Not cool!! So, we are back on the Ritalin, just a little higher of a dose. Yesterday was the first day for that and it seemed to go ok. He definitely slept well last night. As did Alex for that matter. It was nice!

After running Max to the psych Friday morning at 7am, I had to drop Max off at school and pick Alex up to run him to the pediatrician. He didn't sleep well the night before, was running a fever, and was just plain cranky. I had a feeling it was an ear infection. I was right, and it was in the very early stages so I got a "great intuition, mommy!" I would have felt good about that, but I would really like to think it was my awesome nursing assessment skills!

Tim has been doing tons of yard work lately and our yard is looking good. Dead branches coming down, bare grass patches growing new grass, and weeds being pulled. Not to mention we finally replaced the crazy unsafe trampoline with a new one that has spring covers and a net. Not only does it have a net, but it has a zipper opening so we can lock the kids in ;) Haha!! They love it, but they also love swinging, blowing bubbles, riding bikes, and anything else they can find to do outdoors. Tim and I have been playing frisbie together too. It's insane kind of. A few years ago if you would have asked me where I'd be today, I would have said in the house on the computer with the kids watching TV. Not a good mommy that's for sure. But we are loving all the family time we get together. Not that there is a ton, but enough to keep me happy.

Speaking of happy, I still hate my job. I despise getting up at 10pm in the evening (after going to bed at 8) to go to work. I don't mind it once I get there, but just not being at home at night drives me crazy. I applied for a position in a doctor's office, but I haven't heard anything back, and even when I do I probably won't take it. As awesome as the hours are, it's only part time and with the loss of pay on top of that I think it would stress me out way too much. Lots of people are talking about traveling, moving, whatever at work so I will just continue to keep my fingers crossed that something different opens up soon. I'd even take 7pm to 7am over what I'm doing now. We shall see.

I'm trying to think of what else new has been going on. Really not much. Just lots of outside time and working. I have been doing horrible at keeping up with scrapbooking, although I'm hoping to get a few pages done today. I keep telling myself if I can just find a groove it'll be easy enough to get going again.

Here are a few videos to leave you with..and pictures too.

Please visit the photo/video website to see more!! There are some really good ones, but I didn't want to overload this post with all of them.

We are getting rid of the old trampoline soon. Tim is giving it to a guy he works with. We also want to upgrade the slide/swingset. The swings aren't in great shape and Alex scares me on the ladder. I want to get a rock climbing wall thing for the back and a newer slide for the front. We've also talked about getting some sort of firepit area going. The best place in the yard would be where the basketball court is, so that won't work. Unless we get one of those table firepits. Not sure about that though. We shall see. Still plenty of time to figure it out!

I promise to try to keep up better from this point on. I feel bad for staying away so long, but it's been hectic around here.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Yes, I know I am a slacker!!

I did however get a ton of pictures of the boys while we played outside today. I've been sick (allergies) and so have both the kids. Darn this warm weather and everyone cutting their grass.

I still don't have time for any updates because I am soooo tired and I have to work tonight. I'm off to take a nap. I'll try to get in here tomorrow with updates and pictures. Check out dropshots in the meantime though. They are all there. I'll only post the best ones here!!

Miss you all!