A Productive Day

It’s been 5 days since my Kevin’s surgery, and we’re still staying close to home.  He’s slowly starting to talk again, but he still has a lot of pain.   I think we’re starting to see why tonsillectomies were done on children years ago.  All they would remember is that they ate a lot of ice cream.  So far, Kevin hasn’t had any ice cream (that I’m aware of).  He would rather have macaroni and cheese or scrambled eggs, and sometimes, chocolate pudding.  He naps off and on during the day as well.  One really noticeable difference is that his snoring is nearly gone, and he’s noticed that he hasn’t really had any sinus congestion.  So hopefully, when he’s completely healed, he’ll be able to say that this ordeal was totally worth it.

While he’s been recovering, I’ve been staying close to home for the most part.  I did take Heather to a department/grocery store a couple of days ago, and today, I made a trip to the pharmacy for a refill on pain meds.   In the evening, we’ve been catching Heather up on several of the movies that Kevin and I saw when we were about her age.  So far, she’s seen “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” (I told her to not get any ideas from that movie, lol).   I had forgotten just how much swearing was in there.  It’s not like the kids have never heard swearing, but it does make a parent squirm in their seat when it’s in a movie we’re promoting.  At one point, someone in the movie used a swear word to insult another guy, and Kylin said, “That means that he doesn’t like him”.  Ummm, yeah, that pretty much is true.   Yesterday, we introduced her to “Dumb & Dumber” to which she said, “That’s pretty messed up!”   Tonight, she’s watching “Big” with Tom Hanks.   We also watched “The Hobbit” which she had received for her birthday.   She’s also started getting into “The Office” whenever her dad isn’t watching “House” during his recovery.

So on today’s agenda, was to chop up some ingredients for future meals.  IMG_4615We had a few days during this past week, where we actually had cloudy skies and rain (and thunderstorms in some areas).  That kind of weather tends to put me in the mood to make soups or casseroles or stews.   However, if I mention soup or stew in August, Kylin will start worrying.  He doesn’t like soup or stew and I sort of set the time for when it’s appropriate.  So if I make any of those dishes outside of the appropriate season, it throws him off and he may get upset, or I may get a lecture on how I shouldn’t deviate from the appropriate seasonal menu (then he gets the reminder that he needs to be flexible, and that’s another half hour discussion).  Anyway, I worked at the cutting board while Kevin was napping and the kids were relaxing in their rooms, allowing me the movie of my choice, which was “Steel Magnolias”.   By the end of the movie, I had most of the ingredients prepped for at least 4 meals.  So it was a productive afternoon, and I did my best to hold back the tears through the onions and the movie.

Now I can’t wait for that cooler weather, so I can make some of these dishes!IMG_4616

Happy Monday!



Catching Up

Wow!  Where to begin!

We’ve had quite a few events happen in the past 3 weeks that have kept us on our toes.  First of all, my sister, Rachel and niece, Aria came to town on an emergency visit.   My sister’s mother was very ill and in the hospital, and she needed to come out rather quickly.  Unfortunately for her mother, she couldn’t take the baby to the hospital due to a Whooping Cough outbreak (no one under the age of 2 was allowed in), so we had the opportunity to babysit and get to know Aria better. She was such a good baby, and we loved having her here.   I’m happy to say that my sister’s mother is doing better than she was.  She still has a long road of recovery, but, the situation looks more hopeful.

My niece's little foot, because I think that baby toes are too cute!

My niece’s little foot, because I think that baby toes are too cute!

After being here for about a week, Rachel and Aria went home, and we moved on to get ready to celebrate Heather’s birthday.  It’s hard to believe that I have a 17 year old, and at the same time, it’s not so shocking that that much time has passed.   For breakfast, it was a trip to her favorite donut shop.   Followed by a lunch of macaroni and cheese (homemade), and the evening ended with spaghetti tacos (fans of “iCarly” will know about those).  Then, it was off to the cheap theater for a showing of the latest Star Trek movie.   I think she had a decent day 🙂

Can all of these candles be blown out at once?

The requested breakfast stop!


Late night Birthday Cake!

A few days after the birthday, Kevin went to the hospital, to have his tonsils removed.  The hope is that doing so, will help clear up some other health issues he’s had for several years.   We were scheduled to check into the hospital at 7AM.   It wasn’t long before we discovered, that it doesn’t matter what your age when you get your tonsils removed, you still get the kiddie room!1003521_10201353187448297_1441602320_n[1]The surgery went well, and we were both surprised that Kevin was still able to talk afterward.  However, 3 days later, his throat is too sore for him to talk.  So I’m trying to keep my questions to the “yes/no” kind, or just have him text me.  In spite of my efforts to make it easier for him, he still tries to talk.    I feel kind of bad eating regular food, such as pizza, in front of him while he can only eat scrambled eggs, mac & cheese, and popcicles.   I’m sure it will seem like he’ll be back to regular foods in no time.

Happy Sunday!