Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Worst Week in a Long Time

This week has just sucked.  I got really sick on Saturday night (Mike and I actually had a date night which was really nice).  It was a really bad cold but I haven't been that sick in a really long time.  Fortunately, Mike let me sleep all day Sunday and even got the kids up on Monday morning and got them off to school so that I could keep sleeping.  All that sleep helped so much.  I'm still not 100% but I'm much better than I would have been had I not been able to sleep. 

Monday morning, when I did wake up, Mike told me that Oriana had pooped in the dining room again.  I cleaned it up and ran some errands.  I actually had to take Jacob to the dentist...I took him to mine since his dentist didn't want to do anything about the pain in his back teeth.  My dentist ended up pulling the teeth (they were not going to come out on their own and the pain was because the adult teeth were trying to come through) and we were out of there in an hour.  If we'd been at their regular dentist, it would have been a fight for him to do anything at all and we would have been there for 3 hours.  I've already switched all of the kids for their cleanings. 

Jacob and I came home and I took a nap.  I got up and picked Daniel and Hannah up from school.  When we get home, I hear Oriana panting like she does when she really has to go out.  So, I called her to the door and I heard a lot of thumping.  I go check it out and Oriana has gotten up but only the front part.  She can't move her back legs at all.  She starts doing this head tilt thing and keeps falling into the couch.  I call Mike and tell him that I don't know what to do.  He says he's on his way, call the vet.  So I do and they tell me to bring her right in. 

Somehow, Mike and I get Oriana onto a blanket and we use it like a stretcher.  We carry her to the car (she's 100 pounds) and we all head to the vet, knowing that this is the last car ride she's going to take. 

We get her into the vet and she just loses all control of her bowels and the vet says she has some thing where her equilibrium is off.  Her eyes look like she's been spun around a billion times.  It could be a thing that will go away or it could be a brain tumor.  We could wait and see, we could do a CT scan or we could  put her out down.  The vet was awesome.  He explained everything very well and really made it our decision.  We decided that she'd had a long life and that we didn't like her being in such obvious pain.  So we put her down.

While the vet went to get the medicine, the boys (Hannah stayed at home with a friend) came in to say goodbye but we didn't think it was a good idea to let them stay in the room.  I sat down on the floor with her head in my lap and Mike sat and took the back end while the vet did his thing.  We told her what a good dog she was and how much we loved her and she went very quickly.  We sat with her for a little while longer and went home.

Alice was confused when we came home without Oriana.  She looked for her for most of the evening and she's been really off all day.  I hope she gets over it soon.  I really feel bad for the puppy.

Today, I go to take the kids to school, come home to find the garage door won't open.  I can't find my house key and the house is locked tight (since we no longer have Oriana, I made sure to lock the doors.  Normally, I wouldn't care).  Since the Holiday Parties start at 10am (I need to leave at 9:30 to get a decent parking spot) and it was already 8:30 and I wasn't even dressed, I booked it to Target to get some needed essentials (a new bra for starters!) and came home to see if the door would magically work.  No such luck.  So, I checked to see if the doors magically unlocked.  Nope.  I walked around to the side of the house and decided to try the basement window.  It was OPEN!!!  I slid it to the side and hopped into the basement, burglar style.  I was never so happy to get to take a shower in my life.

Mike got the spare key back from Stephen and I'm making a ton of copies of those bad boys.

I have to say that I'm really scared to see what's going to happen tomorrow.  Lots of errands to run before our trip to Illinois.  Say a little prayer for me.  I think I need a few.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Sorry About That...

Okay, so it's been a couple of months since I last blogged.  Everything I thought was normal and true came crashing down and it was time to pick up the pieces.  Fortunately, the pieces are coming back together quite nicely and that's a good thing.  And that's all I have to say about that.

The kids have gone back to school and we've settled into our normal, chaotic life.  TKD, soccer, keshet, Sunday School, all Scouts, gymnastics, strings...phew, I'm tired. 

Did I mention Daniel started playing the viola?  He loves it and plays it every chance he can.  Of course, the learning how to use the bow has been awesome.  Ugh.

Emily and I took our (what was to be yearly but has become twice a year) girls' weekend trip.  We flew to Portland to see the Blue October concert but also managed to meet up with Tommy and Matt while we were there.  I haven't seen Tommy in 8 years, so it was REALLY good to see him.  It was also nice to meet Matt, whom I've heard so much about.  They are too cute. 

While we were there, we took the scenic drive around and saw Mt. Hood and a ton of waterfalls.  What an amazing place.  The weather was perfect for a touristy trip on Saturday and, even through it was drizzly on Sunday, hanging out downtown with the boys was a blast.  I also ate at a vegan restaurant and really enjoyed it!  Too fun.

We went to the concert Sunday night and it was AMAZING.  We were very close (third row) and at one point, the lead singer looked me in the eye and smiled.  *sigh*  I almost passed out.  LOL!  After the concert, Emily and I decided to hang out because "I had a feeling," and our patience was rewarded.  We got to meet the entire band.  Everyone but Justin took pictures with us but they all signed our tickets and talked to us.  Too cool.  We were flying back to the hotel.

Sunday, October 3 was the Kansas City Blue October show.  Emily flew in on Saturday and we were having a great time.  We met her friend, Karen, for yoga and brunch Sunday morning and came back early to get ready because I'd won meet and greet passes for the concert.

Yep. We got to hang out at soundcheck (they sang 5 songs!!!!) and then got to meet the band, minus Ryan. Emily made sure to let Justin know what she does for a living and they were all over her. Hugs and whatnot. I couldn't speak. Ugh.  Here's the awesome photo.  *sigh*

Jeremy (drums), Emily, Matt (bass), Justin (lead singer and guitar), me and CB (guitar)
The huge smile is because Justin had just kissed me on the head.  *swoon*  Of course, that's probably why I'm all flushed, too. 

We met Karen and her friend at the concert (because I suddenly had 2 extra tickets) and had a blast.  The opening act was the Parlotones (check them out...they're awesome.  And very good looking) and then Blue took the stage.  AWESOME concert. 

After the concert, Emily wanted to get Ryan's signature or something, so we hung out after the concert to meet him and we got to.  :)  Matt remembered us from the meet and greet (so cool!).  We didn't get to see Justin or Jeremy again but that was okay.  

So, Emily and I have been reliving the weekends all this past week.  Too bad their tour is over.  :(  Yeah, I'm 16.  LOL!

Friday, July 30, 2010

GGGGRRRRRR

This week sucks.  That is all I have. 

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Bored

I got bored so I played around with some of the gadgets on the right side of the page here.  I wish there was a Facebook gadget but I can't find one.  However, I did find a Twitter one so you'll get my once a month thoughts on Twitter over there right on my blog!  LOL!  I think I'm heading back over to Facebook right now...

Sunday, July 25, 2010

This Weekend's Exhausting Me!

Jacob had his birthday slumber party on Friday night.  I swear this just might be the last one since there was at least one child up at some point for the entire night.  Two boys fell asleep around 1am and were woken up by others playing pranks around 4am.  Those boys fell asleep around 4:30 and the ones that had been asleep stayed up and woke everyone else up at 7am.  The only thing that kept me from being really upset was the fact that they were quiet.  One little boy, John, came upstairs and promptly fell asleep on the couch.  I tried waking him up and Mike tried waking him up with no luck.  Poor kid was bumping into walls when his mom came to pick him up. 

In order to keep Hannah out of their hair, I took her to see Ramona and Beezus during the party.  We both loved it.  It doesn't follow a specific book and they've modernized the story but it's very cute.  I wasn't disappointed at all and found myself crying through the second half of the movie.  Hannah thought that was strange.  I'm a cryer, what can I say. 

Saturday, we spent most of the day sleeping.  Jacob and Daniel both fell asleep on the couch, which was seriously cute.  It was hard to get Jacob up so that we could go see Toy Story 3 while Mike went to see Paul McCartney at the Sprint Center.  Yeah, I could have gone to see Paul McCartney with him, but I don't like the Beatles or Paul McCartney so I figured it would be better if Mike took someone that would actually enjoy the concert.  Mike had a great time and so did the rest of us, so all's good. 

We all slept in this morning and have, pretty much, decided that it's just a lazy day.  I'm thinking it's going to be a taco night and we'll just hang out until the Season 4 premiere of Mad Men.  The perfect end to a very busy weekend. 

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Oops!

I need to make a revision to the recipe below.  I can't believe I forgot a HUGE ingredient!  Here is the real list of ingredients...

1 cup butter                                               2 1/4 cup flour
3/4 cup white sugar                                   1 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup packed brown sugar                   1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla extract                          2 cups chocolate chips
2 eggs                                                       1 cup chopped walnuts

Add brown sugar to the butter, white sugar and vanilla at the beginning.  I used dark brown sugar for this recipe. 

Tonight, I made a White Chocolate Macadamia big cookie for Jacob's birthday.  I used the same recipe EXCEPT I:

**omitted chocolate chips and replaced with 2 cups white chocolate chips

**omitted walnuts and replaced with 1 cup very coarsly chopped macadamia nuts

**used light brown sugar instead of dark brown sugar. 

I also only cooked it for 19 minutes and that seemed to work perfectly.

My apologies to anyone that tried to use this recipe without the brown sugar!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Big Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich Photo Post

Okay...so here it is.  The recipe.  I've also got photos of each step because I'm anal that way.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees
1 cup butter                                       2 1/4 cup flour
3/4 cup white sugar                            1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract                   1 teaspoon baking soda
2 eggs                                               2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
                                                         1 cup chopped walnuts


In a large bowl, combine butter, sugars and vanilla. 


Cream until light and fluffy.


Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.


In another bowl, combine flour, salt and baking soda.


Gradually add flour mixture to sugar and butter mixture until well blended. 


Stir in chips (I used 1 cup chocolate chips and 1 cup crushed Andes mints...and omitted walnuts).


Spread dough in greased 9inch pie pans (or 1 14 inch pizza pan) and bake for 20-25 minutes.  Do not overbake cookie!!!


Allow to cool in pans on cooling rack. 


Remove cookies from pan and line one pan with parchment or plastic wrap.  Place one cookie in pan.


Cover cookie with softened ice cream


Put other cookie on top. 


Cover and freeze for several hours to allow ice cream to resolidify.
Decorate as desired and enjoy! 

I did discover that the top cookie gets a little hard...the bottom one stays soft because of the ice cream.  I'm going to try to see if not placing that top cookie on until right before serving helps so that it's not frozen.  Otherwise, it was delicious!