Thursday, March 31, 2011

Life is a Musical

This morning, I was watching a video clip of a woman singing a song about motherhood and all it's hilarities. She was a comedian, and it was rather funny. Evan was standing at my side, watching in curiosity as the audience reacted to her every sentence, laughing, clapping, just overall reaction.
As the clip went on another 30 seconds or so, I hear a small, sweet little voice sing out. "Mooooooommy, I want to watch some Uuuuuuumi zooooooommmmmmmmi on the computer, noooooowwww!" It was the funniest thing EVER! I'm still not sure if he realized he was doing it or not, perhaps just habit after watching this woman sing-song her way through her act.
And HOW could I say no to that??
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Nommy Ice Cream!

Off to the dairy shop we go for to have some milk for nap time!
Now, why, oh why do they insist on their logo being a giant ice cream cone??
Because that just leads to milk shopping that goes a little something like this:

 Shhhhh...he's asleep now, even with all that minty chocolatey goodness running through his veins!
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Japan

As the news reported this morning that some milk in Oregon was found to have some radiation, I realized that I hadn't talked about the disasters in Japan. You two are probably too young to remember this later on, but it's a BIG deal right now.
On March 11, 2011, a 9.0 magnitude earthquake hit off the shore of Northern Japan. 
 Following that, there was a tsumani that came and swept people and buildings away. It reminded us of Evan's favorite movie, Ponyo.
Em drew this photo of the tsunami after we watched a video taken by a man in Japan.

Japan has several nuclear reactors that began to have problems. Workers worked around the clock to try to cool the cores to keep from having an explosion. Radioactivity was slowly being released into the air, and now people in Japan are in serious risk of eating and drinking products with radioactivity. I can't fathom what they are going through.
Our very good friends, the Okabe Family live in Tokyo, and they blogged about their own scary experiences with this disaster. (You'll have to run the translator if you cannot read Japanese). Our great uncle Yo likes in Fukushima, which is where the worst of the disasters have hit. We pray daily for the people of Japan, they have been through so much, and and still, very far from being out of the scary times. 
Our friends in California have gotten some rain with radiation in it as well, and it is so scary to think that this disaster is so big that it has reached us, so far away. I can't imagine how hard it would be to live there, trying to protect your family from so much.
Japan, we are praying for you!

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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Life Goes On...


Among the not-so-cool news, life goes on for Emma and her new team, The Darth Purples! (I seriously have no idea how they came up with that, but it gives Ev a chance to wear his Vader shirt at every game, which he loves).
The forst two games this past weekend were BITTERLY cold! So cold, in fact, that I got a whole 5 photos from both games. My hands were numb, as were my toes! John started a fire when we got home so we could all defrost!
 Em is playing on a bit older level than she was supposed to, but she's keeping up like a champ!



 Coach seems to play her as a defender a lot, which she's really good at. Fun fact: her OSU friend, Whitney, was a defender as well AND had the same #11!
Scoreboard:
Darth Purples  1 win -1 loss
Way to go, Em!!
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Monday, March 28, 2011

Diagnosis Day

I apologize for any misspellings - I am typing from my phone..

9:54am.
I am waiting in the parking lot at hubby's workplace, my stomach churning as it has been for the past 24 hours. Eh, who am I kidding? It's been this way for months now. I've been a mess. A stressed out, worried, MESS. And have you noticed? I'm sure you have. Those close to me have watched as my eyes grew dark circles underneath them, darker and darker as the days went on, due to lack of sleep, and the sleep that came brought only nightmares and terror.
Hubby and I are on our way to a city not too far away, to learn the results from weeks and weeks of testing and diagnostics. I'll back up a bit, as you seem a little confused.
About 2 months ago, hubs had a business trip. While away, he had an attack of sorts. A painful, can't-get-out-of-bed-stay-in -fetal-position, type attack. He had noticed something wasn't quite right for months previously, but he wasn't concerned. He never gets sick. He didn't even have a doctor! This attack was the last straw for me, and as soon as he was back, we began this journey. It's been a long, drawn out journey, but we're going it together as strong as we can be. We hesitated to tell you, after all, we didn't know all the answers yet, and couldn't see how putting you through the weeks of waiting in agonizing suspense would be helpful at all, so we waited. Waited until we had answers. And today we are hoping to get them.
The doctors won't say it. That "c" word. It's as if they fear saying it will hurt us both so badly that they will run for cover at the whisper of it's ugly name. Little do they know that the looks in their eyes tell a story. And I can read it.
So, after blood tests, sonograms, CTScans, and, D.) All of the above again, here I am, waiting for hubs to hop into the car and off we go, off to the messenger of news...

11:05 am.
We have arrived at the doctor's office and are waiting for him to open the door, pop his head in, and say "you're fine! Go home!", but I doubt that's how it'll play out. The ride here was long and quiet. We picked up the results from the CTscan and they look optimistic, as far as the...erm..."illness"...is concerned. So, that's a (small) relief. I hate being optimistic, it always seems to produce a floor made of tissue paper that easily falls out from under me as soon as any bit of pressure hits, but nevertheless, I'm a tiny bit more hopeful than I feel I should be. I can't help it. It's in my soul, I guess...

12:20pm
We're on our way home now. The diagnosis was bittersweet. The good news is that the cancer cells haven't spread anywhere else that they can tell. The bad news is just that. Cancer. A non-seminomous tumor. Surgery is scheduled for Tuesday, and we'll go from there. Step by step. We're venturing into the woods now on this little side street of life, and I cannot wait to be on the other side, where it's back to our normal, sunny little street. This surgery Tuesday will be the first of many hard steps to recovery, and we'll make it through, but I ask you, if you are a person of faith, to remember us in your times of prayer.
Thank you!


Hubby at his CT Scan last month. So handsome in the face of peril, don't you think? ;)





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Friday, March 25, 2011

Morning on our street...

It's 61 degrees outside, and snowing. Well, not really, but that's what it looked like, and Evan was pretty convinced it was. The culprit: these snowy white trees that are now "snowing" all over the place. This big one is down by the bus stop, and it covers the driveways with drifts of warm, fluffy snow.
 Molly & Arthur's nest has grown since yesterday. I snapped a pic of it today on my phone while they were away.
 Up the street was a garage sale a couple neighbors were having. Their grandkids were grown and away now, so they had a lot of good they-don't-make-toys-like-that-anymore items. Evan wanted it all, but we settled for some hot wheels and some trains & track to add to our collection.
A special suprise among the trains and track box:
I suppose it could have been coincidence, but it might just be a "Thinking of you" note from heaven, don't ya think? ;)
We love you too, Eli!
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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Nesting

Nest: (n.) a place of retreat, rest, or lodging: /'nest/
Remember my new spring ferns? There must be a couple birds like me that we just waiting for the first day of spring to begin springish things, because this pair decided to start hiding out in them.
Here's Mr. Arthur Feathersby, wondering if I can see him among the greenery:
 ...and here's Mrs. Feathersby, Molly.
 The pair had been flying in and out for days, and I finally realized that they weren't eating bugs out of the ferns, but carrying bits of straw and grass into it.
 You know what that means...
 Uh huh.
I had a hunch these two were nesting, and it was confirmed this morning when Evan and I went out to water. I lifted the fern down and peeked inside, and there was the starting edge of a little circled nest.
(Awwwwwww!!)
Can you believe we're going to have (squeal) babies?!?! On our PORCH!?! What a delightful suprise!!
My only problem now is to figure out how to water daily without disturbing them. For now, they stay away while we're outside, but what about when she's incubating?? I can't just stick my watering can in there and start watering, can I ?!?
I can just feel the excitement of these two sweet birds and the high end property they scored
(#2 Fern Lane)
 on the first day of spring, to build their love nest and hatch their tiny little baby eggs inside.
(Awwwwwwww!!)
SO, shall I stop watering once the eggs arrive? I'd be willing to sacrifice a fern for the feathered family, but perhaps you have a suggestion?



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Monday, March 21, 2011

Springing Up!


It's official: Spring has arrived! Sunday was the first day of this ever-so-wonderful season, and to celebrate, I documented all the plants springing up around here, because I know you were curious...
;)
Last fall, I left our various pumpkins, gourds, and squash out in the garden to eventually become compost. Turns out, they did. And some are even sprouting new baby vines.
EXCITING!

 Usually, my sunburst coreopsis takes over the garden, even after I round-up the whole batch every summer's end. It looks like this year it has given way to my columbine, which is popping up EVERYWHERE!
 Emma's phlox have begun to rise - some are already over 7 inches tall!
 A few new canna lillies are poking their little sprouts out.
 My gorgeous ferns have made their appearance on the first official day of Spring!
 Every year, John gets me tulips for Valentine's Day, and I always plant them the following spring in the garden after they've wilted and are no longer bloomed. They usually don't return. (after all, tulpis don't like Oklahoma that well). BUT, I found these sprouting in the garage in a pot among my gardening supplies and hurredly planted them along with the 2011 tulip bulbs. Now, they are doing really well, and I can't be more excited to see them!!
Hey! Who's been munching on my tulips?!?!
OFF with their HEAD!!
 The hostas out back are stretching up into the warm sun...
...and there are many, many more to come.
perhaps I will have to post an "after" photo once summer arrives. You would be so suprised.
Will you remind me?
:)
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It's a bird...it's a plane...

...it's....
SUPERMOON!!

Well, you know in middle America, the moon always seems a lot smaller than on the coasts, and even that night, it didn't seem any bigger. BUT, it was a warm, summerish night, and Em & I had a lot of fun playing with it, anyway.
Happy Supermoon Year!!
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Saturday, March 19, 2011

Zoo-a-paloo-za!


Well, Spring Break is coming to an end and it seems to have sped by in the blink of an eye. (Sad face)
I signed Em up for a camp at the Oklahoma City Zoo on Wednesday morning. We had to be there at 9, so it was a pretty early morning for us all, since the drive alone is about an hour. On our way out of town, we picked up Ethan and Gavin.
Then...with 3 kids plugged into ipods and one plugged into a sippy cup, we were off!
 We made it there with 1 minute left on the clock and dropped the big kids off at camp, then the babies and I headed into the zoo, which had just opened, yet there was a pretty big line already.
 With the new elephant enclosure, the crowd went hurdling in that direction, while the 3 of us decided to explore the rest of the zoo, which was quiet and secluded.
 Little elephant ears!


 Which one of these elephants is the real one?? ;)
 Evan found the zoo train, and we just *had* to ride it. The three engineers let us watch the train safety checks and such, and then we boarded!
 Are we going now?!?
 Choo choooooooo!

 Later on, our friend, Theron arrived and we headed through the ocean of people to the new elephant exhibit.

 The exhibit is HUGE and BEAUTIFUL. One of the elephants is due any day now (how exciting!) and that little calf will have such a wonderful home here!
Evan shared his mini marshmallows with this one-eyed squirrel.
Oops.
 After the big kids got out of camp, we decided to go to Theron's house to play as opposed to making our way back through the now overflowing sea of people hoarding into the zoo.
Auntie Chelle let Evan blow bubbles. Lucky for him, it was really windy outside, so he had some nice help. ;)
 ...but catching bubbles was even more fun!

 and I got to play with my old friend, Olly.
It was a wonderful day, and both kids had a blast (and slept all the way home). I *highly* recommend you enrolling in the zoo camp, Emma said it was the best camp she'd ever been to (and she's a camp-pro!). But, I also recommend NOT going to the zoo on a Spring Break, unless you like stand-still traffic.
;)
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