Archive for July, 2009

Okay, so we had just gotten out of the Doc’s office and we were smiling ear to ear at our decision. We hadn’t even turned the Jeep on and buckled our seatbelts when the Trav’s cell phone started ringing. It was his oldest brother, Stan, who had gone with their Dad to the doctor that same day to have a procedure. His Dad had had a stress test the previous week and they had found some abnormalities on the EKG so they ordered the next procedure to see what was going on. Well, what was going on was 3 completely blocked arteries. Stan was calling to inform us that Monday morning, Terry(Trav’s Dad) will be having triple bypass surgery. This is very serious. There is a very long line of hereditary heart disease in this family. Terry’s father, Marvel, died when Terry was 15 of a heart attack and Terry has had high cholesterol and blood pressure for as long as Trav can remember. The doctor told Terry that he’s in very good health and that the majority of his problem is hereditary. He told him that if he has any brothers or sons that he needs to tell them to get checked out as soon as possible and to stay on top of it. I don’t have to tell you that hearing that scared the CRAP out of me. I’ve kept my thoughts to myself about all this and it’s killing me. I have so many “what-ifs” running through my head. I am trying so hard to stay positive. This particular doctor does 2+ of these surgeries a day. I pray that everything goes as planned and our biggest worry will be “how do we keep Terry from trying to do too much while he’s supposed to be recovering”. I ask that if anyone reading this right now prays to please pray for my FIL: Terry Ryel. He is a great man. He is a hardworking and loving man. He is a man that would do anything for his family. He is a man that would give the shirt off his back for his neighbor. I can’t say enough good things about him. He’s a great grandpa to my kids and he’s a great father to my husband. He’s never been anything but wonderful to me. He actually thanked me one time for making his son happier than he’s ever seen him. That meant so much to me. Please pray for my family and especially, my father in law, Terry Ryel.


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Well, as some of you know, my gyno appt. was Wednesday. We talked to the doctor about surgery. He said he could go in and see how bad the endo growth was and laser it off…buying me some painfree months. I was thinking that was my only option so I was just about to ask when we should schedule the surgery when my husband, Mr. Sitting Quietly in the Corner, pipes up and says “Hey Doc, having another baby would eat away that endo growth, right?” The Doc replies, “The HCG hormone has been known to do that, why?” Again, Mr. I don’t want anymore kids and I’m happy with two says: “I think we should take the IUD out and have one more baby before we get her tubes tied” Say WHAAAA? I’m sitting on the exam table while the two men have this convo without me. I’m floored to say the very least. At this point, the Doc gets a phone call and steps out of the room. I look at my husband and say “What the hell has gotten into you?” He looks back at me and smiles and says “Well, I’ve been thinking about this for a long time and Thing 2(Masen) is getting so big and I just can’t imagine never holding another newborn of mine in my arms again. Okay, I get that. I totally understand what he’s saying but my next question to him was: “Why in the *$*# haven’t you said anything to me about all this? The last thing I knew was that we were on the same page and that we both decided two was plenty!” It’s at this point that I realize I’m not mad at him for changing his mind or for keeping this from me. I’m actually feeling a different feeling deep down inside. I”m….happy…giddy even. Could it be that I was lying to myself all this time thinking that I would be happy with 2? He looks at me and gets out of the chair and comes over and hugs me and says “We make beautiful babies and I want to make one more with you”….I’m not pregnant but I’m also not made of stone so I start bawling right then and there. Who wouldn’t?? The Doc walks back in at that moment and asks us what we decided? We tell him that we want the IUD out. The Doc says he’s curious to see if the IUD(Mirena) might be aggravating the already present endo) and that we should wait a few weeks to see what the pain level does…go up, go down, or stay the same. He wrote me prescription for some vitamins to get started and wished us luck. He is one of the best OB/GYNs that I’ve ever had and I’m so thrilled that we have him as our doctor. So, that’s Part I of our Wednesday story. We have decided to try and make a Thing 3. This was the happy part of my Information Overload. I’ll be back later with our Part II that isn’t so happy….

I had always wondered if wearing a dress to the gyno was (a) slutty or (b) time efficient.
The answer is (b) time efficient!
I was worried but decided to go for it anyways. I am glad I did…less getting naked at the gyno is well worth a little bit of risk taking!

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I entered…..

I just entered a giveaway at Twoofakind. The giveaway is for Fancy Fortune Cookies and they’re giving away 100 free cookies and you get to choose the message and the flavor! How great is that?? Go on over to Twoofakind and enter for your chance to win! It’s THAT easy! I’m excited!


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I am…..

You may have noticed that, on occasion, I refer to my kids as Thing I and Thing 2. I do that out of love for them and for Dr. Seuss. We read a lot of Dr. Seuss in this house. My kids love him. His books breed imagination like the octomom breeds kids and I love that(about Dr. Seuss anyways). It got me thinking about a book I like: Green Eggs and Ham…you know? Sam, I am. An idea was born. I am:

  • left handed.
  • covered in freckles.
  • scared to death of the Burger King guy in those commercials(I will run out of the room).
  • a self diagnosed “helicopter Mom” and I don’t care what people think.
  • very insecure by nature.
  • celebrating 8 years of togetherness with my husband today and tomorrow(weird story).
  • horrible at math(flunked Algebra I and had to repeat it).
  • desperate to go back to school when my kids get into school.
  • a person that has dreams and wakes up thinking I’m still in the dream and my hubs has to “get” me out of them.
  • very passionate/protective of my babes. Nothing is more important in my life.
  • someone who tries to be creative by making hairbows/headbands/tutus by hand for my little girl.
  • someone who likes the idea of Blogher and think it would be cool to go but fear I would feel like a fish out of water in a sea of all those more awesome/more experienced mommybloggers.
  • crazy obsessed with flip flops.
  • fighter of endometriosis(I go to the doctor tomorrow to find out what my next step is…I’m scared.)
  • one of the most indecisive people in the world, I think.
  • constantly worrying about something..no matter how trivial.
  • a goofball. If you read my *try* at winning Pioneerwoman’s contest, you know what I mean.
  • many more things……

I hope you feel like you know me a bit better. That was my intention, anyways. I didn’t feel like coming up with random thoughts today so I thought this would make a good substitute. I hope you agree and I hope even more that you all have a great Tuesday!

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I’m not dumb. I say this because after you read this you will probably think that I am. We all do stupid things. My “stupid things” counter has increased drastically since I’ve had children. From the second I got pregnant, my brain turned to mush and it’s been that way off and on ever since. Mommybrain, as I refer to it, causes all kinds of fun little dumbass actions for which I am responsible…

Case in point….

My good friend Caiti turned me onto Pioneerwoman and I fell in love. I love to cook and I love this woman. I mosied on over to her page today and found that she is giving away KitchenAid mixers…the very mixers I’ve been lusting shamlessly over for a month now and dropping subtle in-your-face obvious hints at the Hubs to get me for my approaching birthday. Jackpot, right? NO! To enter her contest you have to answer one little question: “Where in America would you like to go?” Sounded simple enough. I scrolled down to the end of the comments and read through some of them. I began to think about where I might want to go. Here’s where my genius comes in, guys. Can anyone guess what my answer was? Ohhh, it’ll shock ya! Germany. Yep, freakin’ Germany. I clicked “post comment” and went along my merry way. I got up from the computer. I got Thing 2 a CapriSun. I read a little American Baby and that’s when it hit me….GERMANY?????????? What the hell was I thinking?? She said AMERICA!!!!! I went back to make sure I wasn’t imagining things and sure enough, there it was, for all the world to see: Germany! Her website isn’t one where you can click the nice little trashcan and bye bye dumbass comment either. It’s stuck there for good. So what did I do? I laughed at myself. What else is there to do? I called the Hubs and told him and he laughed REALLY hard at me. I know I used to do stupid stuff every now and then back when was I was “prekids” because a comment my Dad used to say came back to me at this moment: “Ballgame’s over, Ash, come out of left field.” The rules in her contest state: ‘One entry per person’ so I’m screwed either way. Damned if I do and damned if I don’t sort of thing. I got a kick out of it because I like the moral of this story….sometimes you just have to laugh at yourself. I hope you guys get a laugh out of it, too! Happy Thursday! Sorry Pioneerwoman, I tried!

P.S. Not all Okies are dumb….just this one and just sometimes!

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2 c. sugar
2 c. flour
3 sticks butter
1 c. water
10 Tbsp cocoa
1/2 c buttermilk
1tsp baking soda
2 eggs
1 lb. powdered sugar
6 Tbsp milk
1/2 c. chopped pecans
In a large bowl mix, 2 cups sugar and 2 cups flour; set aside. In medium saucepan, over low heat, melt 2 sticks butter. When butter is melted, add 1 cup water, 5 tablespoons of cocoa and stir until blended. Then add 1/2 c. buttermilk, 1 tsp baking soda and 2 eggs; mix well. Slowly stir flour mixture into saucepan mixture until blended. Pour in greased, floured pan and bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes. (Cake may not look done after this time. That’s okay. Don’t overcook it or it may not be as moist as it should be.) While cake is baking, slowly melt in saucepan 1 stick of butter, 5 tablespoons of cocoa and 6 tablespoons of milk just until blended. (Leave saucepan on the stove with fire off and let frosting continue to melt while cake bakes.) Right after cake is taken out of oven, add 1 lb of powdered sugar and 1/2 cup chopped pecans to saucepan mixture. Blend until smooth. Pour evenly over hot cake.
I made this yesterday and it is delicious! I omitted the nuts(picky family members). I’d love to hear from you if you try this and how it turns out for you. Happy Baking!

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