Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Out Of Commission

Okay, I know I said I was going to stay on top of blogging but my goodness we have been busy.  I always feel that this time of year FLIES by so fast and I just want it to slow down so we can enjoy it.
So a month ago today I had surgery on my foot.  I had been hobbling around since March due to Achilles tendinitis and a bone spur on my heel. I did some bursts of prednisone, physical therapy, and even put a heel lift in and nothing helped.  So we finally made the decision that I was going to have surgery (called Tenex).  I had two option, the Tenex procedure which was less invasive or another one where he would cut me open detach the Achilles, scrape the bone spur and get all the gross out and reattach the Achilles.  I chose the less invasive and so far things have been going well.

My dad took me to the hospital bright and early on a Tuesday as we had to be there by 5:30 am.  I was very anxious and nervous for this surgery.  I had no idea what to expect but they finally wheeled me back around 7:00 am.  When I got back there my Dr. came over and told us that the machine that they use didn't get delivered and was in Omaha.  They were trying to borrow another Dr.'s but that Dr. wasn't being to nice about it.  He told me he was probably going to have to cancel the surgery...I told him I wasn't coming back if the surgery didn't get done.  He got some Dr.'s together and they went to talk to another about borrowing their machine and they finally agreed.  Thank goodness!!!

The surgery didn't take too long but I was in recovery for a while and we finally made it home around 1 pm.  I was sent home with crutches and a boot and I wasn't able to walk on my foot for a week.  I slept most of the first day but started to get a terrible headache mid afternoon.  When Grady got home he was very concerned about mommy's surgery and wanted to see it.  He was so sweet covering my up with blankets and making sure I was okay.  Jesse and Grady helped me get upstairs to our bedroom and ready for bed.  I took a pain pill hoping that my headache would go away as that was causing more pain than my foot.

My Dr. called the next day to see how I was doing.  I told him pretty good but my head was just throbbing, he said it was probably from the anesthesia and that it should go away from the afternoon.  I went back to sleep hoping to find some relief.  No relief came and I have never experienced that type of headache before.  I couldn't open my eyes, couldn't watch or listen to the TV, and any noise just about sent me through the roof.  By Thursday morning I couldn't take it anymore and needed some relief so I called my dad at 6:45 am and told him I needed to see our family Dr.  He drove me to the Dr and let me tell you I looked like a train wreck.  I had on a shirt that was three sizes too big, I hadn't showered in a few days, my hair was everywhere and I was on a knee scooter.  As I wheeled myself in the Dr. office I had to lay down because I thought I was going to pass out.  My Dr. came in and looked at me and I got two shots and some new pain medicine.  I went home and slept until about 11 am and finally my headache started to go away...I actually showered!

Since I was off my foot a full week I had to have a lot of help from my husband and dad.  They traded off dropping off and picking up Grady and my dad took me to work each day.  Sometimes it definitely takes a village! I went back to the Dr. last week and I'm to continue in my boot the rest of this week then I can start taking it off and walking more without it.  If I'm going to be walking a lot I need to wear it otherwise I can just wear some good shoes.

It's been a crazy busy month and I'm so glad this surgery is over.  I hope it helps me a lot because I don't want to do another surgery again...I'm over it.   It's hard being a mom and not being able to do the things you typically do..I didn't care for that!

Hope you all have a great week!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Halloween 2016

So it's been a while since I've blogged so I thought I would start with Halloween post and hopefully get caught up throughout this week!

Grady LOVED Halloween this year...we had a beautiful weather, not too cold or hot!  Grady was old enough to understand what he needed to do and for those of you that don't live in Iowa we trick or treat on Beggar's Night which is the 30th of October and we also have to tell a joke to get candy.  Since Grady doesn't know any jokes or couldn't really remember them he politely went up to each door, knocked, and said 'trick-or-treat'.  He did such a great job!
We ended up going with our niece and in my in-laws neighborhood this year so Grady would get done with one house and start running to the next house yelling 'NEXT HOUSE'.  He got to the point that he would stop and look the person in the eye and tell them thank you.  At one house he came running to me and said, 'mommy, they didn't look me in the eye'.  LOL...he cracks me up.  Grady got WAY too much candy but had so much fun being Buzz Lightyear.  He even got to trick or treat with a policeman, who was driving around giving candy.  Grady said trick or treat and then said, 'what do you got?'  He LOVED it and we still have some candy left over..I swear there is no bottom of the bucket!

Monday, October 24, 2016

2016 Night Eyes: Blank Park Zoo

Another Night Eyes is in the books...and as usual Grady had so much fun.  This year we decided to go the weekend because Melanie, her daughter Tianna, her mom and nieces were going to be going with us.  We thought weekend would be good because it starts at 1:00 and runs all the way until 8:00.  Well we got there around 5:00 pm and it WAS PACKED!!!  Like crazy busy, we took a shuttle from where we parked to the front.  When we got in the kids had tons of fun.
Poor Grady was surround by girls but he didn't mind one bit.  Each of the girls loved him so much and they all looked after him.  He had to show off a few times for Addie though (she's four).  We rode the train, the girls rode the camels, we met super heros, we touched the goats, Grady ate popcorn, the kids got TONS of candy, and we got to see the lion, tiger, and leopards moving around.  It was so much fun and as usual I took too many pictures!
Next year we decided we are going during the week!  Have a great Monday!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Weekend Recap

I"m a little late on posting what we did last weekend, I need to get better about blogging.  It's something I LOVE to do but seem to put it on the back burner.  So here we are Thursday and I'm blogging!!

Last weekend was a fun and busy.  Friday I picked Grady up a little early from daycarea nd we met my Dad at Theisens to get some dog food and Grady wanted to look at tractors.  We then ran to Wal-Mart to get a few groceries and Grady and I picked out a few pumpkins to decorate.  While at Wal-Mart Grady decided he wanted to make brownies and put fudge frosting on them with sprinkles...so that's what we did Friday night.  It was pretty relaxed and Grady finally went to bed around 9:00 pm.

Saturday we all slept in until 9:00...I couldn't believe it, no of us ever sleep that long so that was nice. Grady and I got ready to head to Ames and left around 10:15 am.  We did a little shopping at Gap Factory (my child is in desperate need of clothes for fall/winter) and then stopped at Kohls and TJ Max.  Melanie and Tianna met us there at the mall and we did some more shopping, had lunch, and T and Grady rode a train a few times and these animals that you drove around the mall.  Donna came down later to meet us and then we headed to Valley West and Jordan Creek to eat dinner and run a few more errands.  Grady did GREAT all day with no nap.  He didn't have any accidents and pooped twice in the potties (my child has a phobia about going poop in different places other than home)! We finally got home around 9:00 pm...we were wiped out!  



Side Note: Melanie has been a part of my life for about 10 years now (I've know here pretty well the last six).  I knew her parents growing up as they are a part of the Buckeye community and they were friends with my grandparents. I started to get to know her better when my Grandpa got sick.  She was there to help us take care of him.  She did so much for us and I will forever be grateful for that.  Since then we have kept in touch and she has been a sister that I never had.  We have the same interests and get a long great.  I'm so thankful to have her in my life!!

Sunday morning came and I slept in but the boys were up early playing.  We went to my parents house to help my dad put some stuff away and get some of the outside ready for winter.  We grabbed lunch and then started cleaning out our garage and putting Grady outside toys away.  Around 1:00 pm Grady started crying and was inconsolable.  So I took him upstairs for a nap.  He didn't want any clothes on except for his pull-up so I put him down and he fell right to sleep.  I went back up to check on him around 4:30 pm and woke him up but he had a fever of 102.  He ended up sleeping for another hour after I gave him some medicine.  By the time he was ready for bed the fever was gone and he was acting fine!  I let him sleep in Monday morning just to be sure and he has been fine all week!

I hope you all have a great rest of the week and weekend coming up! 

Monday, October 10, 2016

Center Grove Orchard 2016

We continued with our yearly tradition this weekend of going to Center Grove Orchard.  I stumbled upon the website a few years ago and we decided to try it with Grady.  He was about 15 months old when we took him the first time and he had so much fun that we decided this is something that we would do as a family for years to come.
If that isn't a look of orneriness I don't know what is!

Sunday morning we started out with breakfast at Hy-Vee and then headed to Center Grove.  We knew it was going to be busy today but I had never seen it that busy before.  Luckily it's so big and spread out that it didn't seem to bad.  We started off in the corn pool where Grady played.  His favorite thing to do was to jump off the hay bales and jump into the corn.  Next, we headed over to the farm animals where Grady could feed the goats.  There was a little baby goat and Grady knelt down and would say, 'here baby goat, here baby'.  It was too cute!  He also tried to hug the goats but they didn't seem to like that so much! This year was the first time that we did the Discovery barn where you go through and pick an egg, dig out a potato, pull a carrot, grab some corn, and pick an apple.  It's very interactive for toddlers and Grady had so much fun picking everything out and then putting it back where it goes.
We stopped for a photo op by the red barn and then headed to get our apple cider slushies. Grady LOVES these...and basically drank a whole one by himself.  Grady went through the toddler hay maze, jumped, on the jumping pillow, and rode on the hop-a-long horses.  We then went down the big slide...we always take video of this and it's fun to go back and look at the old videos and to see how much he has always loved the slides!

Once we were done in that area we headed back over to get on the tractor to go to the pumpkin patch.  Our first stop on the way to the pumpkin patch was to ride the new train.  Grady has had an obsession with trains and tractors for as long as I can remember.  So when he found out that there was a train at Center Grove this year he was so excited.  We took the train ride, Grady went down the combine slide, and then Jesse and Grady rode the toddler farm train.  Once we were done there we headed back on the tractor and went down to the pumpkin patch.  Grady and Jesse picked out some pumpkins and some small gourds and we headed back to The Country Store.  We decided to grab a late lunch and get some goodies for home.

 
By the time we got home we were all exhausted...but we had a great time and we can't wait to go back next year!