Sunday, January 14, 2018

John's Service Awards

We shipped the girls off to Uncle Nate's for a sleepover with their new bags from Aunt Martha 

and we headed to John's Service Awards

We had a wonderful time out and Uncle Nate spoiled the girls crazy! 
Everyone wins!

Monday, January 8, 2018

Ava Update

Just when I thought we had turned the corner with Ava's knee, she woke up on Tuesday with it completely swollen. I called the Dr and they got us in immediately. 
I didn't think it was anything until they started asking me questions about her family history and clotting. Then it became clear. They thought she had a blood clot. Her leg was swollen and cold. She did have a pulse in her foot which was good. But....they rushed us to a Vascular Surgeons office for additional testing. Ok, so I panicked. I didn't completely freak out. But I was close. 
We went to the surgeon and they did a full ultrasound on her leg and another test where they listened to her blood flow. They wouldn't share the results but told me they were comfortable in letting me leave. The Dr called me within minutes to tell everything looked clear. They aren't sure what was causing the swelling but it was gone the next day. She's been walking great and hasn't complained about any pain.

We were all exhausted after these tests. But grateful for good results!

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

What's Up Wednesday?

Nothing new on the blog front so I thought I would share What's Up Wednesday?

What We're Eating This Week:
All of the holiday leftovers and goodies are either gone or pitched. I was sick of looking at them.
Back to menu planning and real meals this week.
Tonight we are having stroganoff (which is cooking in the crock pot)
Tomorrow is Dorito Pie. Ava is soooo excited for that meal!

What I'm Reminiscing About:
Warm weather. We are currently experiencing extreme cold in the 419.
I keep thinking of the time I was on the beach in Half Moon Cay and when I went into the water, I swear my skin sizzled because I was so hot.

What I'm Loving:
Fuzzy Socks, Scarves, Uggs, and Warm Blankets

What We've Been Up To:
Back to the grind and schedules. The girls go back to school tomorrow but I'm wondering if they will cancel because of the temps. Ava started indoor soccer but we only have two games in because she hurt her knee. She continues with guitar every week. Addy started cheer back up this week and she is so happy!

What I'm Dreading:
It's supposed to get colder, yo!!! I know I live in Ohio and I know we have winter. But jeez.

What I'm Working On:
Chinese New Year! It's coming around the corner and I've been perusing websites for ideas. My plan is to go to both girls classes for a lesson and then I also help coordinate the FCC party.

What I'm Excited About:
Budget. John and I are both spenders and we have developed a hard core budget for our family. I'm so ready to lay low for awhile. We have two big vacations this year and we need to save, save, save!!

What I'm Watching/Reading:
Ava and I are reading Wonder together. We are almost done and then we have a big date planned to go see the movie. It's such a good read and I recommend it for children. It's a wonderful lesson.
I've been binge watching Gilmore Girls. I just started Season 7. John has been on nights and I can usually get 2 episodes in a night. Ava and Addy love it, as well. It's so wholesome for the family. All warm and fuzzy.

What I'm Listening To:
At work, I stick my ear buds in and listed to 90's Country. I always listen to Country in the winter. I don't know why. Once the weather turns warm, I switch to R&B and current pop.

What I'm Wearing:
Sweaters, Thick Socks, Uggs. Pretty much the same answer to What I'm Loving. Haha!

What I'm Doing This Weekend:
Date NIGHT!!! John has his service awards and we are going. We get to dress up, have a nice meal, and be adults.

What I'm Looking Forward to Next Month:
Valentines Boxes for the Girls and Chinese New Year.

What Else Is New:
Not too much. I guess you can say we are boring right now. :)

Sunday, December 31, 2017


Addy isn't allowed to have caffeine. But she loves Bubble Tea. Well, the bubbles. 
When you are friends with the coffee shop owner, your daughter gets the hookup. 

Winter soccer has started! Check out the Ava's knee post. 

Gingerbread Houses!

Ava was invited to a friends house. Addy melted down. I got Addy a friend. 
Hands down the best decision of 2017. 

3 sets of soccer parents went to dinner. 
These were all of the kids! 

Ava was invited to a birthday party and had a wonderful time!

Caramel Apple bar for dessert!

Ava's Knee

Ava's soccer team has signed up to play soccer over the winter. 
Well, our little soccer player was tripped multiple times in a game. 
She complained about her knee but it seemed better. 
Well, the next game did the damage. 
Diagnosis: Sprained knee 

I'm going to follow up with the pediatrician because she has has problems with the same knee before. 
Hopefully, there isn't any other damage done. 
So for now, she is supposed to rest it, ice it, and use crutches. 
Stay tuned!

Merry Christmas 2017!

Our Christmas holidays had many ups and downs, but definitely more ups. 
Ashley and Brody were in town visiting. 
The day before Christmas Eve, John was diagnosed with Strep and The Flu. 
So he was down for the count. 
The day before was a big day of rest for everyone. 

Christmas Eve, John was feeling tons better so we were able to celebrate. 
We had made dinner reservations at a nice restaurant but took a few pictures first. 

The girls were super excited to drink out of fancy glasses!

During the day and while we were at dinner, NW Ohio was getting dumped with tons of snow. 
It was a very slippery ride from dinner to church. 
But this girl played a guitar solo with her instructor. 
They played Silent Night. 
She did so well! 

After church I had offered to meet Ashley's mom and her husband half way so they didn't have to come all the of way to Genoa. Well, that good deed bit us. On the way to Perrysburg, we passed a plow that pushed something and I ran over it. Within minutes, my tire was completely flat. 
Fast forward 3 hours sitting in a car waiting for roadside assistance. Finally, a few fella's (who I like to call my wiseman) were able to help John. 
Therefore our Christmas Eve festivities took place at 11:30 with exhausted little girls

The girls had us up at 5:45 and within 20 minutes we were back in bed. Hahahaha!!
We hosted a Christmas Open House. 
It was a nice day with some of our family. 

Saran Wrap balls for Christmas!!

Ava was invited home to spend the night with the big cousins!
So this girl and I played a mean game of Soggy Doggy. 
After the first shake, we implemented accessories. 

We had a wonderful holiday!! Hope yours was too!

Friday, December 29, 2017

Lights Before Christmas

We started our annual trip to the zoo earlier in the day this year. 
For two reasons. 
1. That place gets ridiculously crowded and you can barely get in. 
2. The Snorkel Santa dives at 4:15.

What a great idea! We picked up Ashley and Brody on the way. 

We let the girls partake in the Winter festivities. An ice slice and bumper cars!

Afterwards we walked around and enjoyed the lights. It's always so beautiful!! 

Brody enjoyed it but Daddy didn't. This was before he was diagnosed and he was so so sick. He last half way through and headed back to the car. 
Other than that, we loved it!