Saturday, December 1, 2012

#GuestPost #Coping with #Cancer

Today's post was sent to me by Heather, who reached out to me as a reader interested in sharing her story. I am happy to help her reach out to others who might be facing cancer as a new parent.

Coping With Cancer at 36

I knew that something was wrong. I was always tired after giving birth four months before, but I was still shocked when my doctor looked straight at me and told me that I had cancer. More precisely, he was telling me that I had pleural mesothelioma cancer, which is typically caused by asbestos.

When I tell people about my experience, I always get two questions. First, they want to know if asbestos is banned, and second, they want to know how I was exposed. The first answer is easy. Asbestos is actually not banned at all. The second question is more complicated; essentially, my father exposed me to this substance. He worked in construction, and he did plenty of drywall installation, mudding and sanding. The dust that fell down on him was full of tiny asbestos fibers, and that was in turn caught in his clothing, in his car, and on his work clothes! Whenever I went to hug him, I was being exposed to something quite dangerous.

When I was diagnosed, being 36 with mesothelioma was almost unheard of. The type of person who got this disease was typically an older man who worked with his hands. It was common for the sufferers to be plumbers, electricians, military men and mechanics. Young mothers were new. However, I was just the start of a heartbreaking trend. There were more and more young mothers who were being diagnosed, and young wives as well.

It make sense, and this second wave of sufferers are typically known to have received their exposure through secondary exposure. Children are being diagnosed, and it is too easy to imagine those kids jumping up on their fathers when they come home from work, putting on their jackets to run outside for just a little bit. In the course of doing household chores, anyone in the family can be exposed to those little white asbestos fibers. As I get more and more involved in the mesothelioma community, I see men and women who are just like me. They are young, they are just getting their jobs off the ground and they are starting their families. All of this is brought to a screeching halt when they receive their diagnosis. However, there is more hope as well. We’re seeing more survivors of all ages

The truth of the matter is that cancer is rough. It brings your life to a halt, and it does put you in danger. However, instead of being scared or being upset, I have decided that I want to try hope. It helps me talk with other people, and as time goes on, I realize that hope is contagious!

I am positive about my diagnosis and about my story. I want to see more awareness for this type of cancer, and I want to give hope to those who need it. I am ready to help other people stop living in darkness. This is now my life, and I have decided to make it help others in their time of need.


Monday, November 26, 2012

#DaddyScrubs Daddy Diaper Pack

If you are looking for a great last minute Daddy gift for a new dad, I highly recommend the Daddy Diaper Pack! We were able to try out the Daddy Diaper Pack from Daddy Scrubs both at the pumpkin patch and while on our recent trip to visit my dad over Thanksgiving. The first thing I have to say is that I LOVE all the pockets. (Yes, *I* do. lol.) Even though this is designed for "Daddy" it would be very handy for Mom as well. As you can see, it is large but no larger than any other backpack (or diaper bag for that matter) that I have seen. Hubby is a big guy and this fit him pretty well. The chest clip had to go up high instead of being worn around the widest part of the chest (above) but that is precisely why the strap moves!

In the next pic you can see that Hubby tied a bag of kettle corn to the extra strap across the back. That made it super handy.

There are also side pockets that are great for water bottles and other small items. In the pics below, I used the side pockets to store the cords for Fuss's DVD player for the car to make them easily accessible.

The chest strap is fully adjustable in 2 ways.
1. It has a pull-tight strap so you can adjust from big guys (like my hubby) to small guys (or gals)!
2. As you can see from these 2 photos, the chest strap also moves up and down about 6" to slide to a comfortable position on the chest.

These clips are extremely durable and very easy to snap/unsnap in a hurry. They are also easy to adjust from one size to the other.

There was a slight manufacturer defect in the bag that I received...One of the zipper pulls was on backwards. This did NOT affect function at all and isn't really even noticeable if you don't like to use the double-sided zippers. I'm anal and like to have the zippers meet in the top on the middle, but again, only a minor annoyance. Plus, when I contacted Daddy Nickell about this, he offered to send me another pack! Service through them is VERY fast and the customer interaction and speed of response is A+!

Below, you can see a few other features of the pack that can be really helpful (be sure to scroll to the bottom to see all the pictures of what we managed to pack in this bag for a toddler on a 9-hour car trip):
  • A key clip. It doesn't detach, but it is nice for those extra keys.
  • Front pocket with a mesh pocket, 3 pen/pencil holders, 2 mid-size pockets for things like tissues or pacifiers, and a large back pocket for things like wipes or batteries.
  • A fleece-lined pocket that is perfect for carrying sunglasses (or a cell phone).
  • A pocket at the VERY front (with the I'm the Daddy logo) that is actually insulated for bottles! 
  • Plus 2 elasticized straps at the top and bottom to strap things down to the bag or strap the bag to a stroller.
  • The lining is super easy to clean. Fuss's juice bottles spilled inside the insulated pocket and it didn't leak all over the inside (it had a very minor leak at the seam, but it wasn't much). I just used paper towels to wipe it out and it was good to go! The interior of the large pocket is just as easy to clean with a damp paper towel as well.

Here we have a change of clothes plus a wet bag for soiled items.
 Here you see the DVD player, boogie wipes, several DVD's wipes and photos.

***Disclaimer: I received the item above in exchange for this honest review. All opinions expressed herein are my own. I have received no other compensation for this review.

#MMM Taking a Short Hiatus

I, sadly, have to step away from blogging for a bit to focus on my own health. I am currently in a splint for my broken ring finger and I (finally) haven an appointment set up with the surgeon for December 7. I am hoping I won't need surgery, but we shall see. I have a review to post for an awesome holiday gift for a new dad or dad-to-be and I have a guest post lined up as well.

Enjoy the Mania! I will update when I can and I hope to be back to "normal" soon!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

#CyberMonday Deal from DaddyScrubs!

Sharing a great deal from Daddy Scrubs for Cyber Monday!! Daddy Nickell sent this out for all my fans!

Hi! I wanted to let you know that DaddyScrubs is running an incredible deal for Cyber Monday! We are hoping that you will include the attached ad on your blog or social media to help us promote this incredible opportunity to buy DaddyScrubs.

What is this deal?? Customers can get 50% off on Khaki and Green simple and edgy style DaddyScrubs!

When is this amazing deal happening? The deal beings at 8am Monday November 26th (CyberMonday), and goes until 8am Wednesday November 28th PST. That is 48 whole hours of half off scrubs!

Customers simply need to enter CYBERMONDAY into the coupon code spot at checkout and voila! 50% off on their scrubs!

Monday, November 19, 2012

#MMM Hand Injury

This is going to be a short post. I have a pretty severe hand injury this week and am returning to the doctor for the second time after Beast literally dragged me across the street, sending me airborne. I definitely dislocated the ring finger of my left hand and, although it popped back in, I may still have some soft tissue damage to deal with. Hoping to be back to normal soon. 

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Sunday, November 11, 2012

#MMM Another Angel in Heaven


So, I know I don't talk about religion...and I'm really not going to today either, but as this week has come to a rather abrupt conclusion I will write about my Great-Grandfather. We lost my Great-Grandmother in February of 2009, the year I got pregnant for Fuss. I feel that she has been around to watch her great-great-granddaughter grow into the spunky little girl that she is (and probably had a hand in that spunk as well!). This week, my Great-Grandfather had a massive heart attack and was placed in the hospital. We didn't expect him to make it to the weekend, but he did. I visited him the same day the doctor had told my uncle and cousin that he wasn't going to last long. From being paralyzed and not able to speak, he had an entire afternoon of intermittent moments of lucidity. He spoke with his granddaughters and his great-granddaughters. For me, it was surreal. I have never been close to him like the other grandchildren were/are. It is a very long story and one I won't get into as it's not my story to tell. However, as I was getting ready to leave his room, he grabbed my hand and pulled me close to him, squeezing tight. Poppy (as we called him) refused to let me go. So I stayed a little longer. I had errands to run, but they weren't  important right then. He was. He looked at me and smiled. He squeezed my fingers. Then he said, unprompted, "I love you." He had never done that with me. Ever. I am so blessed to have had that one moment with him and to know that in his last hours, he was able to tell me he loved me. A few hours later, Poppy took a turn for the worse and was placed on comfort measures. He passed away Sunday morning at 9 a.m.

I am very glad to have gotten to know him better in the last few years, but even more glad that Fuss was able to know her Great-Great-Grandfather. Not too many people can say that. She may not remember him fully, but his love for her will last in her heart. I know now that he is walking with my Great-Grandmother alongside a river just like the one they chose to build their retirement cabin on. My Fuss now has another Ancestor to watch over her as she continues to grow and mature.

Goodbye, Poppy. Rest in peace and enjoy eternity with Mamaw Rie.

Monday, November 5, 2012

#MMM Better Late than Never!

Well, I'm running late today! lol. I had work earlier today and then I had to take Fuss to the doctor because her "ears hurt". She has an infection in her right ear. I am hoping she starts getting better quickly and doesn't do what the doctor thinks is going to happen (ie. cold with runny nose, cough, sneezing).

I also went out for my *second* birthday dinner with my family tonight. My mom, stepdad, uncle, aunt, 2 cousins, sister, and future BIL were all there. The only person missing was my Hubby because he had to work. At least I got to celebrate with him though on Thursday. :)

I have managed to get Fuss's Christmas present shopping finished thanks to Toys R Us layaway. I also have Little Man's shopping done, but I found a deal I might not be able to pass up for a game for him. I have a few other things here and there, but no one else is finished. Guess we can see who the important people are, huh? Fuss has started asking for different things, so we finally started telling her she would have to ask Santa. Now, everything she sees, she goes "Can I ask Santa for that?" Ahhh the innocence of youth!

Friday, November 2, 2012

Goodbye, 20s!

Here we are. I am on the final hours of my 29th year. As of 7:10 a.m. (at least I think that's what my birth record said...I really need to look it up again) I will be 30. In honor of this monumental birthday, I would like to share with you what made my 20s so great.

2002: 2 weeks before my 20th birthday, I went out on my first date with my Hubby. We were kicked out of Eat 'n' Park (who is supposedly open 24 hours) at 4 a.m. after going out for dessert. They wanted to set up the breakfast bar and wouldn't let us stay.

2003: Hubby and I moved from the apartment we shared with a friend of mine into a small rental house. I am not kidding when I say small. This place was literally 300 square feet. The kitchen was a hallway and we had a bathroom that you could sit on the toilet and reach across to turn on the sink! But it was "ours" and we lived there for 2 years. 

2004: We were engaged in September. :)

2005: Married in May and then bought our current home in December. We loved the yard and the neighborhood and have really enjoyed our starter house. 

2007: We bought 2 things. Beast and Hubby's motorcycle. (Some days I'm not sure which was the better

2008: 3 years into our married life, we had a surprise pregnancy. I had come off the Depo-Provera shot and was pregnant less than 6 months later. Unfortunately, a week after finding out, I had my first miscarriage. We were devastated. But since we had gotten over the initial shock and the "Oh my God! What are we going to do!?" phase, we decided to start trying to conceive after my doctor cleared me. 

2009: After nearly a year, 2 rounds of Clomid, and a "break" from TTC, we got pregnant for our Fuss. 

2010: Fuss was born 2 weeks before our 5th anniversary! She was due 2 weeks after, but she decided it was too long to wait. That started the crazy, wonderful life that we currently live.
2012: We decided to try for #2, and to my surprise, we ended up pregnant after only 2 months off birth control. Sadly, this one was not meant to be and we miscarried October 23. I am hoping that we can have a successful pregnancy soon, but for now I am counting my blessings of having a wonderful, healthy, and (mostly) happy family! 

Despite the ups-and-downs we have endured, I have to say that my 20s were fabulous and I am really looking forward to the next decade of my life with my Hubby and Fuss.  It's been quite a ride so far!!

Monday, October 29, 2012

#MMM What a Great Weekend!

First and foremost, I want to thank everyone for their prayers and support this week. It helped tremendously.

Now, on to the fun stuff...Fuss had her first "Halloween party" at the library's Mother Goose hour. She dressed up as Princess Tiana from The Princess and the Frog (pics to come later). Hubby took her and she went "trick-or-treating" around the library. :)

Friday evening was pretty boring. You know, aside from the tantrums and meltdowns that are standard fare for a 2-year-old.

Saturday was the best day, though! Fuss carved her first pumpkin! She also drew a "face" on one. She HATED the way the insides of the pumpkin felt and refused to touch it after she realized it was icky.

We also cooked dinner at my MIL's house (where we carved the pumpkins) and it was delicious! We made flat iron steak with this recipe. Since it was raining, Hubby broiled the steak instead of putting it on the grill, but it turned out amazing! We had salad, potatoes, peas, and pumpkin roll for dessert. The pumpkin roll was store bought, but it still tasted really great. My MIL even asked for the recipe! I think, though, that next time I will use tomato sauce or tomato juice instead of tomato paste to keep from having to strain so much of it. That part was a pain in the butt.

The one bad thing? Beast decided to EAT one of the pumpkins! I think it made him sick because he wanted out at 1 a.m. and again at 7 a.m. Usually once he is in his kennel for the night around 10, he stays there till 7 or 8 a.m. Serves him right for eating random things. (He ate 1/2 yard of a blanket once just before Christmas.)

Now, we are preparing ourselves for the "Frankenstorm" that is supposed to hit us with a few inches of snow and some seriously high winds. I can only hope we aren't out of power for a week like we were in July. And I hope that the people on the coast and up North don't get hit too badly either. Fingers are crossed that the weather forecasters are wrong on this one.

Monday, October 22, 2012

#MMM Blighted Ovum

It is with a heavy heart that I write today's Manic Monday post. I am supposed to be 11 weeks pregnant as of tomorrow. Unfortunately, after spotting all weekend, I went to the doctor today to discover a blighted ovum. There is a sac, but no baby. The sac even stopped growing at 7 weeks, 6 days. I  have already gone through my crying period this morning. Hubby and I talked about it a lot today and we plan to try again soon. I think we are going to leave how soon up to a Higher Power to decide when it is time. My only hope is that it doesn't take us a year like it did after my first miscarriage to conceive Fuss. I was/am devastated by this loss. However, I know that there was nothing that I did or didn't do (or that Hubby did/didn't do) that caused this. It happened and life moves on. Honestly, I think the hardest part is telling the family. They were all so happy for us and now they are saddened along with us as well.

I am still planning on helping out with the event in April/May (when I would have been due), but in a different way. I am still working on the planning of that part, but will let you all know when it works out. Until then just keep us in your thoughts over the next few days. This is going to be a tough week.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

#MMM Family Fun

This weekend we had a blast! I completely overdid it, but it was so worth it! Friday, Hubby and I were cleaning up and we managed to move all of our stuff out of one storage building into another (larger - and cheaper) one. It only took us about 2 hours since we didn't have much there, but after that we went out to dinner with the In-Laws since they had watched Fuss for us. Actually, that part was funny. We went to MIL's house to borrow FIL's trailer and Fuss refused to go with us! She asked to stay at their house. :) Of course, "Grandmommy" said to let her stay. That made the packing and unpacking really easy too.

Saturday, we went to Pittsburgh to visit a couple of friends and go to a pumpkin farm with them. The pumpkin farm was awesome! We were literally there ALL DAY. Fuss went down slides and saw chickens and goats. She even got to play with an old-fashioned water pump. The weather was beautiful too! Fuss led my friend and I through the corn maze and we were only the 2nd group of people out! Guess my little girl has a great sense of direction! The whole day, she kept asking to ride the horsies. So, of course, we had to do that. She ended up with the stubborn one that the boy couldn't control, but other than that it was good. She was absolutely worn out after that. Of course, she also kept waking up all night and was up 3/4 of the night before, so that probably helped the exhaustion. Fuss even picked out 2 small pumpkins while we were there that we are going to carve and/or paint for Halloween later this week. After the pumpkin farm, we went to our friends' house and had dinner (baked ziti! YUM!!!) We finally made it home around 10:30 after leaving the house at 8 a.m. Fuss passed out in the car, so she slept in her clothes. The best part? She got up at 5, I told her to go back to sleep and she did. She woke up at 7. Same thing. She finally got up for the day at 9:30!

That brings us to Sunday. My Mom texted me and asked if I was busy. I said no, but I was resting because I overdid it the last 2 days. So, she came over with my nephew for a mini play date with his cousin. Fuss and Little Man had such a good time! She made me laugh after they left though because she goes, "Mommy, he likes to play with my doll house." And she was so excited by that fact that it tickled me! Plus, my brother would absolutely FLIP out if he heard her say that too! LOL.

As of now, Fuss has gone to bed at 8:30 p.m. this evening leaving me to do as I will. However, since I have a partially dehydration, partially hormonal-related headache, I am going to bed early myself. I can't take anything for my headache except Tylenol right now. :-/ And I have almost 200 transcriptions to get done tomorrow, so I'm posting my MMM early this week.

#Sponsors for the Blog Event in April and May!

I have been working hard getting some sponsors lined up. I keep contacting new sponsors daily and I have a few lined up right now. I am teaming up with Life With My Littles for a HUGE blog event throughout April and May! She has over 20 sponsors lined up. You can see a list of her sponsors on this post.

So far, I have confirmed the following sponsors:

KT's Cloth Diapers
Daddy Scrubs
Happy Baby Company
Melissa Kittle's Knits for Littles
Mother Natural

The event will be scheduled as a blog hop and we will have the linky up and running shortly for blogger sign-ups.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012


I finally managed to link up to the Google+ page for my blog! Yay! Now, let's hope it continues to work the way I hope it does...

Monday, October 8, 2012

#MMM Exhaustion

Here we are again, Monday. I have been so exhausted that I can barely function the last few weeks. However I have gotten a couple sponsors for reviews/giveaways in the near future! One will be just before Christmas for Daddy Scrubs Daddy Day Pack. This diaper bag looks awesome! I also have one for Cleava. ;)

We are starting to prepare for our holiday insanity. First we have, Halloween where we have a couple friends and their kids come over for dinner and Trick-or-Treating. Then Thanksgiving when we visit my Dad. And, lastly, Christmas. This year with my little sister newly out-of-state, step-dad working out-of-state, and my BIL visiting us from Cali, Christmas is going to be INSANE! But it will be a lot of fun too. I'm just not sure if I can keep up with it all.

Have you gotten your Christmas shopping done? I have a few gifts, but not anywhere near finished! I'm really trying not to go overboard this year.

Monday, October 1, 2012

#MMM Always Manic

Today, I had 140 transcriptions to get done before close of business central time. Sucked, but I got it done. I even had a little time to spare! However, I did take a quick nap in the midst of all that work because I couldn't hold my eyes open. Especially after Fuss didn't go to bed early, but got up early!

This evening we went to the mall to look for Halloween costumes. Complete. Fail. Seriously, Fuss didn't even want to look at them. The one she HAD said she liked a couple weeks ago, she now hates and yelled that she didn't want it when I went to buy it. If this keeps up, she's going to be dressed in plain clothes for Halloween because I really don't care.

We also went to Toys 'R' Us. I was going to put a few things on layaway for Fuss for Christmas. One was a game for her LeapPad. No big. Doesn't matter if she "wants" it or not, she will play it and enjoy it because it has dogs. lol. I was also going to put a baby doll crib/stroller/pack'n'play set-type thing. She said she didn't like it. Well, F**k. Now what? Do I get the stuff anyway and hope she likes it by Christmas or just say the heck with it? She did, however, find an Ariel doll that she wants. So, that will be purchased. I have a set of Princess wall stickers for her already that I found at Walgreen's. Welcome to the Princess Stage. *sigh*

I am also thinking about a new(er) car. Not sure what to go for though. I don't want a huge payment, but I don't want a P.O.S. car either. Hubby and I are debating which one of us will have our vehicle die first. That is going to determine for sure who gets a new(er) one first. lol. In all honesty, though, we really want a new house. We need more room. It's just that finding something within our price range with what we want is a little trickier than we had hoped. I think we can manage (and probably drive ourselves nuts) for another year, but after that just not sure what will work.

P.S. Not sure what I did wrong with the code this week. Can't get it to show up to give each person their own linky. I apologize for that!

Monday, September 24, 2012

#MMM I'm Sorry for Breaking Your Heart

Fuss has learned the fine art of apology. At least most of the time. Sunday evening we went out to a friend's house for a Pampered Chef party. Fuss said bye bye to Daddy as we left, but he went to work before we got home. As we were leaving, Fuss asked to see Daddy. I told her Daddy was at work. At this point, she started crying and going, "I'll never see him again!" We get into the car and she is still crying with little bouts of silence. When she finally is sitting there with tears running down her cheeks, she says, "I want Daddy! I miss him and I love him! I never seen him again!" I almost burst into tears myself! It was so heartbreaking to hear. So, not thinking, I said, "Honey, you are breaking my heart! Daddy is at work."

After we got home, Daddy called her from work while on his break. She got to tell him "I love you and miss you" and she told him good night. I asked her if she felt better knowing that Daddy said he'd be back in the morning, and she said, "Yes." As we were watching TV and getting cuddle time before bed, she turns to me and says, "Mommy, I'm sorry." I asked what for. She says, "I sorry I break your heart." So, I told her "It's okay. I feel much better now and you make Mommy's heart happy. You made me feel a lot better." She hugged me tight and we cuddled until bedtime. It was so sweet, I just had to share!

Nothing much to report for now. Hoping to get a few reviews and/or giveaways set up soon, but no guarantees on that since I'm working a full-time schedule at this point. Plus, I am exhausted all the time. Guess I really need more sleep!

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Crappy Mom Here Too

After this ^ photo caused a HUGE debate on Life With Levi's Facebook Page, she wrote the awesome post about why she is a "crappy mom." This photo is meant to celebrate our differences and show how we're all STILL great moms to our kids because we love them! I personally, had a great response to the photo on my page and I hope that all the moms out there understand why I'm adding to this link-up.

Why I am a Crappy Mom

- I feed Fuss fruit loops and lucky charms for breakfast because I don't like to eat breakfast and hate cooking that early in the morning. 

- I have cussed in front of Fuss although I try to keep it to a minimum. She hasn't repeated me yet, but I am sure she will one day. 

- We have taught Fuss that boys have a penis and girls have a vagina.

- I was a SAHM for 2 years.

- I am now a WAHM and send Fuss to the sitter 3 days a week.

- I had an induction that ended in a C-Section.

- Fuss's favorite foods are chicken nuggets and fries with ranch, macaroni and cheese, and pizza.

- I wore Fuss.

- I use a stroller.

- I have a dog that often forgets Fuss is as small as she is and knocks her over.

- I let Fuss feed the dog.

- Fuss has eaten dog food.

- Some days we stay in jammies all day.

- There are days I wonder why I decided to have a baby in the first place...and then I am reminded.

- I do not vacuum daily...or even on a semi-regular basis. Mostly, whenever I find crumbs and can't stand tracking them all over the house.

- Laundry tends to sit in clean piles on my loveseat. If it is folded, it still stays on the loveseat because I don't want to put it away.

- Dishes sit in the sink for a day or two sometimes so I get enough to do a full load in the dishwasher.

- Fuss is in dance and tumbling.

- Fuss knows her letters, numbers to 25, colors, and most of her shapes. She can spell half her name.

- I breastfed for 15.5 months.

- I used disposables.

- I used cloth diapers.

- I used/use disposable wipes (even with cloth diapers).

I am sure there are DOZENS of other reasons why I am a crappy mom, but I am the perfect mom for my Fuss. If I had not been perfect for her, she would not have chosen our family to be a part of and be born into. We were blessed with our Fuss. She is a light to my world. And, yes, some days she is the bane of my existence, but that does not mean I don't still love her and cherish her. So, I am proud to be a crappy mom!

Feel free to comment below with why YOU are a crappy mom too!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

#MMM Good News!

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Fuss does NOT have an extra tooth! She actually has an extra cusp on her 2-year molar. *Whew* The dentist says this is a good thing because she will have extra room for her permanent teeth.

There isn't much else to report. I have a sinus infection with fluid in both ears. My ears were starting to get red and infected too. Now, I'm on amoxicillin for 10 days. It would be great if I could breathe again!  At least I'm not feeling as badly as I did a few days ago before the meds. The only bad thing is that I am probably going to get another yeast infection after having done all that work last week! Oh, well. Life goes on.

More next week as I am not feeling well right now and need to go lie down and rest. I have a lot of work to do tomorrow.

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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

We Will Never Forget

Like those in our grandparent's generation who remember in exact detail where they were and what they were doing when President Kennedy was assassinated, each of us will remember the events leading up to what will forever change the American psyche.

Where was I? I had just come down from my dorm room on the campus of WVU to head to Biology Lab. I hit the lobby and saw the Twin Towers with only 1 tower in flames. At that point, the speculation was of a pilot who had made a mistake, flown too low, and crashed. I left and was sitting in the hallway waiting for lab to start when a classmate came in and said a second plane had hit. I was on the phone with my great-grandmother, waking her up to watch the news. We sat through lab, waiting and wondering what was going on. When I got back to my dorm room, I turned on the TV and found out about plane 3 that hit the Pentagon. My roommate was trying to call her mom who was scheduled for a meeting there that morning.

I called my Dad and he didn't pick up. I didn't think he would. He was active duty at Aberdeen Proving Grounds and they were on lock down. I called my Step-Mom. Several tries later, I finally got her and she assured me Dad was still at the base on high alert, but safe. By this time, they were announcing cell silence for those who did not need it immediately so people in NYC could reach their loved ones.

By the end of the day, we heard about Flight 93 and the passengers that saved an unknown target. We heard about the Fall of the Towers. We heard about the deaths and the injuries. The campus was silent. We were silent. We reached out to one another that day as fellow humans regardless of race or background. Just like the rest of the nation, we came together.

The line I think of most often comes from FDR's speech declaring war on Japan for their attack on Pearl Harbor, the only other time there was an attack on American soil, that this "is a date which will live in infamy." And, for good or bad, it has. We were reminded that we are not invincible. However, we were also reminded that we are all the same. Black, white, gay, straight, male, and female. We are all Americans. No matter what, we need to remember that EVERY DAY! If we cannot pick up and carry on enjoying each day that we have together as a country, as a FAMILY, then the terrorists have won. We must remember those that risked their lives on 9-11-01, but also remember those that risk their lives DAILY - and thank them. Thank the retired soldier who lost his "brothers" in the war. Thank the policemen and firemen who show up at a car accident knowing a child may have died. And thank all those behind the scenes. The husbands, wives, and children who sit by and watch as their  loved ones walk out the door, knowing it may be months before they see each other again...if they ever do.


Monday, September 10, 2012

#MMM Now, I'm Annoyed

Welcome to Manic Mommy Monday! Feel free to link up with us and share your own brand of Mania every week! You can also join us on Twitter with the #MMM hashtag!

Job was going great. Really, it still is. I got a raise and have been making very high marks on all my QA. The only problem is that now I am pretty much back to a single doctor. That doctor has 6 days off this month. In addition to that, the doctors don't work on Sunday, -5 days.  Then, they didn't work on Labor Day, -1 day. That makes a grand total of 12 days that I am without work! Thankfully, I have been asked 2 times already this week to help fill in with another doctor, but I am not sure how we're going to manage this. Our child care expense has gone up since Fuss is now going to the sitter 3 days instead of 2 a week. *sigh* I guess we will see what happens in the coming weeks. Hopefully, I am asked to consistently fill in.

Fuss goes to her first dance class this week. She is SO excited! I had her try on her leotard and she didn't want to take it off to go to bed! LOL. I am excited for her. I loved dance and I hope she will too. She also gets to do tumbling. Depending on how things go, she may end up in just tumbling down the line (she is definitely our little gymnast).

I also have to go to the dentist on Wednesday for a cleaning, but I have to take Fuss with me because she is still complaining of her teeth hurting. All of her 2-year molars are erupted, but it looks to me like she has an extra tooth coming in on the side of the last molar. She has a lot of inflammation and is saying her ears and teeth hurt. That is exactly what she said when she was teething in the first place! I took her to our pedi and all he said was "watch her and if she is uncomfortable give her medicine." First of all, I wouldn't have called him if I hadn't thought it was necessary. Secondly, that is not an answer! And third, I don't want my 2-year-old running around half-dazed because she is on pain killers all day! Our solution has been Hyland's Teething Tablets, Orajel, and THEN pain medicine if she continues to complain. And ONLY if she complains. I don't get it. She has inflammation and there are 6 points on this molar instead of 4, but all I am told is her ears are clear and to watch her? Sometimes doctors are irritating. Normally, he is one of the good doctors too. He even asked me if I was still breastfeeding (last appointment with him we were)! He is supportive of an extended/altered vaccination schedule as well. Most of the time, I love him. Last week he just pissed me off! I just hope my dentist can shed some light on the matter and get all of us some relief.

So, next week, we'll have an update on the teeth if I haven't posted about that sooner, and we will have an update about Fuss's dance class! I can't wait!

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Happy Grandparent's Day!

Today, I just want to take a moment to tell all of you who are grandparents "Happy Grandparents Day!" and thanks for always being there to help us newbies out. Hubby and I were talking about something last night. He said, "My mom always says, I don't want to tell you how to parent your child." But we always tell her that she's been there, done that, and raised 3 wonderful why wouldn't we take her advice? The same goes for my parents. Fuss is our first child. We welcome advice! We sometimes have NO CLUE what we are doing! (Imagine that.) And sometimes, it's just nice to have a different perspective on things.

I want to send a special shout out to my very own Gramma and Grampa L. They are my step-mom's parents, but have ALWAYS treated me like family. From the fun, little cards Gramma sends for every holiday to the personalized gifts given through the years, and now to the wonderful gifts and love they show to Fuss. THANK YOU. You will never know just how much it means to us, to me.

Grandma Sherri, although you are in SC, we love you and think of you often! Cannot wait to see you again! Fuss and I both really enjoy your visits and maybe one day we will make it to SC to visit. ;)

From Fuss: Happy Grandparents Day to Papaw and Mammy, Poppa and Grammy, Grandmommy and Paja, Great-Gramma and Great-Grampa L, Great-Grandpa H, Great-Grandma Sherri, and Great-Great-Grandpa Poppy.

Monday, September 3, 2012

#MMM Happy Labor Day!

To Manic Mommy Monday, started by The Gnome's Mom, hosted by Crunchier by the Day and 2 Sleeping Babies...where Mommy bloggers from all walks of life join together to share a little bit about ourselves, our families, our lives. Sometimes we get too busy planning events and running around that we need a reminder to just take a breath and enjoy the insanity. Feel free to link your blog up here as well!  
Enjoy to the Mania!  
As you can see, we have a new blurb! If you would like to link up, please do so! I have also added the #MMM linky page to my tabs at the top of the page! :) 

All is pretty calm around here so far this month. I have my first full-month paycheck coming in this week, which I am very excited about! I get to pay back the "loan" I took from our personal account to purchase necessary equipment before I was able to start working.  I have given in and gotten an ergonomic keyboard for myself as I was already starting to have wrist pain and hand numbness - both early signs of strain and carpal tunnel syndrome. I have been using the Logitech Wireless Wave MK550 for nearly 2 weeks and I am LOVING it! (No, I have not been reimbursed or given any type of compensation for this plug, I just really like it!) I haven't ever been comfortable using the split keyboards, so when I found the wave I decided to try it out. It even has a built-in cushy wrist rest. I had to still get used to a slightly different layout, but it wasn't bad at all. Plus, it comes with a wireless mouse too. 

Fuss is still up to her normal shenanigans. She now "reads" stories to us (in other words, she memorized them and repeats them looking at the pictures) and she can spell the first 4 letters of her 5-letter name! She loves watching her Signing Time DVD's and tries to sign along with them. We had done basic signs with her from 6 months on, but this is so great! I really hope to use them much more with (hopeful) #2!

We have begun our TTC journey now and, go figure, I end up with a horrible yeast infection! I have to be treated for a full week to make sure it is gone. I have also had to bleach ALL of my towels/washcloths and intend to do the same with all the underwear in the house...well, except Fuss's. lol. This is no fun at all. The worst part is that I have been dealing with the symptoms for over a month (maybe longer) and thought I had knocked it out. Apparently not. If this doesn't work, I'm not sure what we're going to do, but I seem to be a little better already. **Note: I have not had the "typical" YI symptoms. No itching. No burning. Just a little skin cracking. Go figure.**

 I really enjoy quiet weeks. The only problem is that I know it's usually the calm before the storm! We normally end up having all Hell break loose after a few quiet weeks. Oh well. 

Since today is Labor Day, don't forget to check out Fuss's Birth Story before you leave. It is quite wordy, but so much happened that I couldn't figure out how to comprehend it without all the words. 


Monday, August 27, 2012

#MMM All Quiet on the Eastern Front

Welcome back to Manic Mommy Monday!

The only thing I have to report today is work. Last week I was swamped with transcripts. Today, I am swamped, so not much time for anything else today. Heather and I are still working on a new button and posting for MMM.

Fuss is continuing to grow and get into mischief. I swear, the 2's are going to kill me. These tantrums are absolutely ridiculous! We were at Target yesterday and I actually had to threaten to run her over with the cart before she would get up off the floor and quit kicking. She still kept crying though.Of course, going to Target with a semi-tired 2-year-old isn't necessarily the brightest idea. However, I did manage to snag one of the remaining Sony Blu-Ray players for only $9.79 since they were on sale for $79.99 and I  had $75 worth of gift cards. (Thanks Dad and Step-Mom!)

Feel free to link up below and let us know what's going on in your lives. And don't forget to hop and comment on the other blogs if you can!

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Saturday, August 25, 2012

Winner for Flufftastic Summer Celebration...



 Congratulations, Beth!

The winner has been emailed and has 48 hours to respond to claim their prize.

Thanks to all who entered!

Sunday, August 19, 2012

#MMM The Reboot!

Big announcement today, Manic Mommies! Heather from 2 Sleeping Babies and I will be taking over the hosting duties of Manic Mommy Monday for Lori (The Gnome's Mom) due to the insanity and stress she has been dealing with recently. Besides, right now she has little internet access, so it just makes sense to take a step back and ask for some help. :) I love her and seriously hope all of this craziness comes to an end quickly so life can get back to normal for them. That being said, over the next couple weeks, we'll be rolling out the new format for MMM and we will have a new button for the blogs to display! If you would like to link up just head HERE and add yourself to the linky!

As for us, we had a wonderful weekend! I mentioned last week that we would be headed to Cass Scenic Railroad on Saturday to take Fuss (and myself) on a ride on a real steam locomotive! Hubby and I decided to take the dinner train since it had dinner, obviously, as well as a live bluegrass band. We left home around 11 a.m. to make a 2.5-hour drive into the mountains. It was a good thing we left early as the GPS decided to take us around the mountain! Honestly, when your GPS actually says, "Take left on Road" you know you're out in the middle of nowhere. Needless to say, we decided NOT to trust the GPS and figured out our own way there. We actually were only a few miles from where we needed to be, but for some reason the GPS decided we needed to take the service road down the mountain instead of the main road. We had no cell reception all day because the Greenbank Radio Observatory is located in the same county and there are no cell towers in the ENTIRE COUNTY!!! So, we set the phones to airplane mode and enjoyed the day cell-free. Fuss had a blast too. We explored the general store, the museum, the remains of the old saw mill (which will hopefully be restored for tours soon), and the locomotive repair shop in addition to the train ride at the end of the day. The only thing Fuss didn't like was the loudness of the whistle. And Mommy and Daddy forgot earplugs. Once we were up the mountain, we stopped for dinner and the bluegrass band Appalachian Outback. Fuss had fun dancing while we ate dinner - a great smoked beef brisket with beans, cornbread, salad, mac'n'cheese, and cake! We will definitely be going back to do the 4-hour ride to the top of Bald Knob in the future!

My cousins came to visit from Indiana. We went to church Sunday morning and had a wonderful dinner at Cracker Barrel while we talked. It was so much fun being able to spend time with them! Fuss was talking about them during her bath Sunday evening and how they were going home soon. She apparently loved the playtime she had with them as much as I enjoyed just having someone of like mind to chat with. Hopefully, we will get to see each other more often in the future.

This week starts school for most kids, but Fuss is still too young. Princess does, however, start school this year! That girl is going to give her teachers a run for their money for sure! LOL. After Sept. 4 Fuss will also be going to "daycare" 3 days a week instead of 2 and 1 day with Grandmommy. It will be a change but I think she will enjoy playing with the other 3 girls her age. As I mentioned here, Fuss has been going to a sitter on the days Daddy works. At least the sitter is my next door neighbor, so I know her well and know Fuss is taken care of. I do still feel guilty about sending her away, but I think she will really enjoy the social interaction she will have soon. She has really enjoyed the little boy that my neighbor has a few days a week as well. Fuss has even started wanting a bike so she can ride bikes with him.

That's it for today, but tune in next week for our next installment!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Guess I'm "Big League" Now

I finally had my first spam comment on yesterday's post. I get a few spam emails now-and-then on the CbtD email, but nothing constant. But I guess since I have finally gotten a spam comment, that makes me "legit" now! LOL. And to think, it was about final expense insurance. ;)

Monday, August 13, 2012

#MMM Funerals and Bees

Manic Mommy Monday!

I'm joining in on a blog hop with The Gnome's Mom to share a little bit about the life I lead here. The Gnome's Mom is one of my favorite blogs to read and follow on a regular basis as well. If you're a blogger and would like to link up, feel free! And add us on Twitter with the hashtag #MMM

Last week we had an unplanned trip to Atlanta for a funeral. Hubby's uncle passed away after only 2 weeks' diagnosis with colon cancer. This particular uncle called me "Little Bite Me". I met him when I was 19 (shortly after starting to date hubby) and I was still a little, shall we say, "spunky"! lol. He was teasing me at breakfast because I didn't eat very much, so I told him to "Bite me". *blush* He thought it was hilarious (after getting over the initial shock) and called me that affectionately thereafter. He even threatened to videotape my wedding and put "Little Bite Me's Wedding" as the title on it! LOL. He was a great person and will be very much missed. I heard a random song bird the night before we left for Atlanta to go to his funeral. It made me wonder because it was 10 p.m. Then I thought, must be Uncle Skip coming to say hi.

For the rest of the Manic Days, Fuss just got her first bee sting today. From a yellow jacket. We have also had a mystery rash on her hands and feet with complaints of her "feet and mouth hurts". No fever and no blisters, so I'm not exactly sure it's hand-foot-and-mouth disease, but only a few more days' wait will tell us for sure. Today, my main concern is watching Fuss to make sure she isn't going to have a reaction to the bee sting.

I also have my first check on the way to me for my "real" job. I am still enjoying it, and the flexibility is great (3 days off for the funeral with no backlash). I will eventually get into a rhythm with this job and be able to figure out how things fit in different slots. Eventually.

Oh! And we are going to Cass Scenic Railroad this weekend for the 2-hour train ride and dinner on the mountain! I can't wait! Fuss loves trains and I just know she'll have a blast!

Until next time!

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Flufftastic Summer Celebration is LIVE!

Flufftastic Summer Celebration is hosted by Mama on a Green Mission or Eco Baby Mama Drama. The Grand Prize is sponsored by Lotus Bumz, Rinse Hopper, 7 A.M. Enfant, BabyLegs, Wooly Rounds and Mama on a Green Mission and is valued at over $400.  This grand prize package is a great start for anyone or a great addition to the cloth diapering addict’s stash!


As promised, we have a great group of bloggers here to help you get your fluffy fix this summer. Whether you are looking for diapers, creams, or wool, there is a little bit of everything within these prize packages! I was lucky enough to be able to team up with Melissa from Melissa Kittle's Knits for Littles to offer you a $30 store credit good toward anything in her Etsy Shop!

Fuss actually has this awesome little snake made by Melissa! It is about 3 feet long and SOOOOO soft! Fuss literally chases us around the house with it going "Sssssssssss!" The best part? The snake is 100% washable! It will felt, but that will only make it more durable in the long run. The eyes are hand-sewn pieces of felt. I do not have any woolies made by Melissa yet, but if the quality is anything like the snake toy, then there is nothing to worry about there either. She is easy to work with and will do custom orders and colors as well.

On to the giveaway portion of our show...Melissa has kindly agreed to do a $30 store credit to her Etsy shop for this event. Please be sure to show her some love on her Facebook page. (Scroll to the bottom.)

Also, don't forget to head over to Mama on a Green Mission for your chance to win over $400 worth of Fluffy Goodness from Lotus Bumz!

Below, is the list of participating bloggers, so be sure to hit all these great blogs for more chances to WIN!

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