Sunday, October 30, 2011

What do you love?

     *stands up and walks to the front of the room* Hello, my name is Nicole and I am a Twi-Hard. Wow, glad to get that out of the way...

     When I realized how many of my friends loved this series (maybe not as much as I do but still any love is love!) I thought of the idea of having a Breaking Dawn Party. Instead of paying way too much money to see the movies at the theater, we could all hang out and watch the movies leading up to this one at my house. Of course I'll have Twilight themed food and decor. Maybe, okay definitely, some trivia. Oh and for those who want to a T-shirt painting station. Needless to say, I'm very excited!
     Every person who loves to read has a book or a series that they love, that they felt like they became a part of. For me it's the Twilight series. There will always be people who hate the series or who judge it based on the movies. There will always be people who question your love for things. I've come to the conclusion that I don't care. Judge me all you want. I love this series! I LOVE THE TWILIGHT SERIES! I would scream it from the rooftops if I felt the need to. Luckily I have some friends who are fans as well and are willing on partaking in my pre-movie craziness. I plan on posting lots and lots of pictures!
    Are you or do you know anyone else who is through a BD party or has any ideas let me know!

Stay tuned... an entry on my love (obsessed? no...) for Twilight will be here shortly. With a LOT of pictures. 

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Day of the Dead or Candy free for all?

     What does Halloween mean to you? The question of Halloween was brought up in bible study this past week. Do you allow your kids to trick or treat or not? I’ve heard a few versions of the origins of Halloween. I’ve heard that it use to be a time when you would dress up to scare away ghosts or souls. I’ve read about it being called the festival of the dead and cults sacrificing animals/things. It’s also known to be the holiday of the ‘witch.’
    I can understand where any parent wouldn’t want their child partaking in such events. But is that what Halloween is all about? I don’t know. It never was for me. Halloween has always been a day where you dress up in costume and go door to door to see how much candy you could collect. To be honest, I never really thought of Halloween as anything other then time to dress up, get free candy, and hang out with my friends. My mother never sat me down and had a chat with me about what Halloween was thought to be about and how she felt about it. I’m pretty sure she felt the same way I do - costume, candy, woohoo! Well, that’s not the truth, she did tell me that all Musketeers were bad and I should hand them over right away (love you Mom). But other then those horribly bad Musketeer bars I didn’t think much more of Halloween.
    We discussed what could be some other options to trick or treating… Fall festivals, maybe a Halloween sleepover, a trunk or treating activity, there are tons of ideas out there! What do you guys think? Do you have any Halloween traditions? Do your kids or do/did you trick or treat?
    It’s possible when Haleigh gets old enough we’ll talk to her about  other people’s beliefs and ours. If that day  comes I’ll probably just say other people may believe certain things but in this family it’s all about having fun and getting candy. It is after all, isn’t it?

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Thursday, October 27, 2011

"The List" Please help

Alright… through the years everyone has given me advice. Advice on how to make my pain stop because they read about someone/know someone/heard about a rumor about a coworkers brother’s wife’s cousin-in-law who was ‘cured’ of their endometriosis. I will admit I hate hearing those stories. I should love them right? I should love to know that there is hope out there for me. Well, it’s hard to feel hope when you feel like at any moment your time will be up because there is no way you can go on in this pain. Or worse, you can go on in this pain.
Well, I’m looking to hear your stories (again). I have an appointment with my doctor on November 10th and I’d like to go in there with every possible solution that has ever been heard of or rumored of. After I go through the list with her I’ll be going down the list myself. If it is financially possible for me to do it, I will do it. I do have an ‘except’ I will NOT do Lupron. I will also be going in with a list of reasons why, along with information on the lawsuit that is happening right now against them. So please, share whatever info you have with me and in the months to come please come back as I share my journey of “the list.”

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Pin It Thursday

Pintrest... my love
This week...things that caught my eye

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And I'll leave you with two things Having to do with Breaking Dawn...

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OH dear... where is your diaper?!

    Imagine, if you will, my living room filled with toys and two babies (one mine, one a little boy who I watch) who are happily playing. Haleigh is in her footie pjs and Coop is in his night gown. They are playing and giggling, they want absolutely nothing to do with me. So I decide to read. Not even five minutes later I see Haleigh on one side of the room giggling and Coop on the other side of the room complaining. I asked them what happened, as if a 9 and 10 month old were going to tell me. Then as Coop starts to crawl I realize he has a naked tush! I KNOW I put a diaper on him five minutes ago. What diaper did I put on him? Oh yes that green one in the corner by Haleigh, yes indeed, it was velcro. I always remember when she is wearing a velcro diaper to put bottoms on her because she pulls them off but I didn't think of her taking someone else's diaper off. Silly me! So in between laughs I tell Haleigh "no, no! We do not take diapers off our friends!" and I tell Coop I'm very sorry that his tush was exposed. I pick his wet self up, because if you are naked and someone steals your diaper, you must pee, it's the only right thing to do, and change him. Once he was diapered and with new clothes he was good to go. He crawled right over to Haleigh, took her bottle and threw it. TAKE THAT! Hahaha. I do love having my house filled with children.

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Feeling frustrated

     Last night was a wonderful night. My sister and I had a sleepover in my living room. I slept on the floor (due to back issues, I've actually been doing this a lot lately) and Angela slept on the couch. We watched Say Yes toThe Dress, played on Pintrest, and just joked around. By 12 we were laughing hysterically at everything! It was a great sissy night. One to go down in the history books. This actually has nothing to do with what I'm writing my entry on but I thought you all should know I love my sister!
     Today started off pretty good, a lazy day with three of my favorite people - My love, my daughter, my sister. Then got better when I went to my friend's cookout. One of my best friend's husband joined the Army and they have gotten their orders of where they are going. He's back in town for three weeks before they move. They aren't going outrageously far but far enough that it's not a one day trip. They have four babies, who aren't babies any more - 5, 4, 3, 2 - nope I'm not counting down those are their ages. This was a welcome home cookout but without saying it was also kind of a goodbye cookout too. I am not a fan of them leaving. I was glad to have this time with them today, for Haleigh to play with the kids, get lovings and be spoiled by her "aunt" and "uncle." We were there for three hours and had a great time. It was really nice. Bittersweet but nice.
     After we left there we went to my Grama's house to hang out and for me to cook dinner. Side note: we were excited that the college Tyrone graduated from's football team was on the TV so we were watching that game. I cooked massive amounts of spaghetti for mom and grama to eat and tons to freeze for later in the week, along with roasted potatoes because, well, mine are amazing and grama likes them. By the time I was done with all the cooking I was in a lot of pain. Tell me something, why is it that I have to end a great day with pain? I feel like I'm being punished for having a great and active day. I feel like I should be able to go sit a party and come home and cook dinner as well without having to be in so much pain. I have to pick between only doing two things a day. Do you know how many things a person without chronic pain does a day? I'm just so frustrated with it all. I have something very important going on tomorrow and all I'm doing right now is worrying if I'll be in enough pain to get out of bed, get dressed, make it down the stairs and in to the car! Most people don't even THINK about those things, they just do them. I'm frustrated. Just frustrated. I know there is probably nothing anyone reading this can do. I know I've written entries about this before and they probably said the same thing. Pretty much you can sum it up with this *imagine a little girl crossing her arms and stomping her foot* IT'S NOT FAIR!!! Thanks for reading... until next time

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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Monday, October 17, 2011

Scooba Scooba

Scooby Doo Lyn Rossi
     My Scooby (or Scooba-Scooba) passed away on October 14, 2010. We knew it was coming but that didn’t make it easier. I saw him a few days before and saw how badly he was doing. He didn’t want to move and wasn’t eating or drinking. I prayed and prayed that he’d get better and that if he couldn’t get better to please let him go in peace. I think he did, I think he died peacefully in his sleep. The last time I saw him I gave him kisses and pet him. I told him I loved him and thanked him for always being there for me, for listening to 
my high school drama, for always coming when I called, for purring at me over the phone while I was at college, and for being patient with my baby who pet him the best she could but maybe tugged a little too hard a few times. What I didn’t get to do was thank him for watching over my sister when I couldn’t, being her shoulder to cry on, and loving her unconditionally. I didn’t get to thank him for watching over Mom, loving her, giving us a good laugh by scaring her when he brought her a mouse (traumatizing her for life), for giving her lovings when her daughters were aliens, and also loving her unconditionally. 
If you ask Mom who Scooby belonged to she’d say he was hers. I, personally, think Scooby was mine. I picked him out and named him. Who cares if I picked him out for Angela…he was mine. And sure enough, if you ask Angela, she’ll say he was hers, undeniably. Now that I think of it, I think all of us were right. Scooby was always there for us, individually, when we needed him to be. He was the man of the house… or King of the house as we always said, and he took care of his girls. 

He’d pull our hands towards him to give us a little lick

He’d roll over when we said “aww, Scooba-Scooba”

He’d give us kisses

And sometimes he was just a big fat turkey!

“And God asked the feline spirit
Are you ready to come home?
Oh, yes, quite so, replied the precious soul
And, as a cat, you know I am most able
To decide anything for myself.

Are you coming then? asked God.
Soon, replied the whiskered angel
But I must come slowly
For my human friends are troubled
For you see, they need me, quite certainly.

But don't they understand? asked God
That you'll never leave them?
That your souls are intertwined. For all eternity?
That nothing is created or destroyed?
It just is....forever and ever and ever.

Eventually they will understand,
Replied the glorious cat
For I will whisper into their hearts
That I am always with them
I just am....forever and ever and ever.

Author Unknown”

     Thank you Scooby for being there for all of us, for all the listening, and for all the love you shared with us. We miss you so much but we know you are pain free, lounging around somewhere just waiting to see us again. We can’t wait either Scoob, love you always. 

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Monday, October 10, 2011

     Saturday was amazing! I had a great time going to one of my friend's bachelorette party. It was my first bachelorette party and my first time in a limo. It was amazing!
     However, I have been in pain since then. Right now it is Monday night and due to two pain pills, an extremely hot bath (which I had to have help getting out of due to pain), and laying down all day I am able to sit here for a few minutes and type this up. My pain level has been between 6-10 since I got home Sunday morning. Today it has been horrible. I have stayed between an 8-10 all day. It hurts to breath, it hurts to move, it hurts to do everything. I am frustrated. I am taking so many medications and nothing is helping. I. Just. Don't. Understand. I don't want to be in so much pain that I can't function. Today has been the first day since I had Haleigh that the pain was so intense I wasn't sure I could take care of her by myself. Thank God, Tyrone was home to help take care of her. I know that if I was alone I would be able to do what I had to do... because I am Mom hear me rawr.. but I was glad I didn't have to. Thank you Columbus for having a day.
     I think I am going to call my new Endo Doctor tomorrow and make an appointment. I am at a loss of what to do. The urologist swears this has nothing to do with my bladder. The GI doctor said possibly IBS but not really sure. I feel like all of my doctors are going "1, 2, 3... NOT IT!" I'm thinking of inviting them all to dinner.. what do you think? *sigh* My time of pain on the lower scale has left me.. I'm off to bed. Goodnight all

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Thursday, October 6, 2011

Pin it Thursday - It's a Quote kinda day

Do you love Pintrest? I love Pintrest! 
Here are some of my favorite pins this week

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Haleigh's Summer Recap

Since fall is here (FOOTBALL TIME!!!) I figured I should do a summer recap for Haleigh. She's such a little girl and has already done so much in her life!

In the end of May Haleigh went on her first road trip, a 9 hour drive to Georgia to go to her Daddy's family reunion. She was such a trooper! She did amazing on the car ride there, though I never had a doubt about that, after all, she is my child.
Haleigh went swimming for the first time,
Took lots of pictures with her cousins,
and took a generation family photo with her daddy, granpy, great-grampa, and great-grama.
After the family reunion we headed to South Carolina to see Haleigh's Aunt, Uncle and cousin.
After a great night and a wonderful morning at IHOP with Haleigh's MeMe, Granpy, Aunt and Cousin we went a little further north to see one of our closest friends Kristina.
Once Kristina left for work we "kept on trucking" further north to see Tyrone's best friend Kate.
 Haleigh's first road trip was a success! She was a little bit cranky on the way home but at least she didn't scream at the sight of the car. I think she was made for traveling!

June was spent swimming in the pool with some of Haleigh's friends: Cooper, Holden, and Adelea. The first time Haleigh got in the pool she wasn't amused but by the end of the summer she was a champ! She even learned how to splash.
 We moved in to our own apartment, just the four of us (that's right, Luckie is included!)
On Father's day Haleigh's first two teeth poked their way out
and the rest of June was mostly spent at her Mommy's work. Where Haleigh ate, slept, and met a ton of new friends!

July was a busy month! On the fourth of July Haleigh ate (carrots) for the first time
 and held her bottle all on her own four days later!
Haleigh hung out with all of her friends at Mommy's work every Saturday for our "Saturday group"
and dipped her toes, to her dismay, in a river on the day of one of our church's baptisms.
At the end of July was Mommy's family reunion and Haleigh's second road trip. This time 9 hours north to New York. Haleigh couldn't sit up on her own yet but had her very own camping chair.
 She spent her days lounging around with her GiGi wearing baseball caps and amusing the family with her funny faces.
Haleigh went swimming in her Aunt and Cousin's pool
and ate delicious deli pickles for the very first time.
We were very excited to bring Haleigh to the beach as this is one of her Mommy's all time favorite places in the world to be. We had it all set up, Haleigh's cousin Corinne was going to sit with her at the very edge of the waves while Mommy and Daddy swam in the ocean (after of course watching her play in the water first!).
Seconds after placing Haleigh in her seat a huge wave came right over her head! Thank God Cori was holding her hands, she picked her up and yelled "I got the baby!" Needless to say these were the scariest two seconds of my life! Haleigh, from then on out, was not a huge fan of the ocean. She would be fine until we would start to lower her then she'd scream like someone was beating her. Poor baby.
Let's hope it goes better next year.
After a long day at the beach there is nothing better to do then lounge by the campfire and take a little nap.
It's hard being the cutest baby ever!
After a long car trip, a week of camping, and being handed off to strangers Haleigh had a great time and still had a smile on her face as we were getting ready to get back in the car.

Haleigh spent most of August enjoying just hanging out with friends. Especially her friend Holden who came all the way from Pennsylvania JUST to see her!
One big thing that happened on August 26th was Miss Oh-So-Very-Proud-Of-Herself-Haleigh learned how to sit herself up!

The first half of September and last little bit of summer was a first-time filled two weeks! Haleigh learned to pull herself up on things
and just a few days later, at my moms house, trying to pull a cat's tail, she learned how to crawl!!
Haleigh went on lots of walks with Daddy and Luckie
and made her Aunt Angela cry on her birthday by showing her how much she loved her!
Haleigh also went to her very first sleepover party (though she didn't get to spend the night!) and, with no surprise, was the hit of the party!
In just a few short months Haleigh has grown so much! I can't believe how fast it is going. I was told it was going to go by fast and to enjoy it while I could. And I do, it's just hard to grasp the concept of time flying by until you have a kid of your own. Can't wait to see what our little girl has in store for us in the future!

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