Thursday, December 9, 2010

2010 Review Extravaganza!! Jan to March

It's here!  The 2010 Review Extravaganza!!  What?  Did you miss that post?  Well it's simple every Friday for the rest of the year we are recapping the year.  Today we are covering the months of Jan. Feb. and March.  So write up your first review of 2010 and link up here.  

Now just what exactly what was I doing in January anyway....oh could I forget....we closed on the house and had a big bang of a celebration complete with silly string!!

Aside from that big major event...I wrote a fractured fairy tale, that I am quite fond of.  You can read that here.

In Feb, I continued with those Writer's Workshops and blogged about do's and don'ts along with how I got that wicked scar.

I turned the tables on myself and let you ask the questions and I answered.  I should do that again.  What do you think?  There was also some serious mean girl drama going on.  I chose to blog very little about it.  And when I did, I was vague. I am happy to report after several weeks of the same stupid crap it was finally resolved.  

March was when I started my Dancing With the Stars reviews.  I like how I did it this season better.  But you can decide for yourself and see my first DWTS post right here.

I can't believe it has been nearly a year since we closed on our house.  I guess we might own a square of tile by now.  Or as my mom says, "a doorknob."  Well whatever it is ours.

Oh wow...can you believe I forgot this important piece of fun....I began a very important and personal journey.  I started my weight loss journey in January.  Here is the first post.

So there you have it.  The first three months of 2010.  What were those months like for you?  It's fun to go back and see.  After you walk down memory lane, come back and link up!!


It is alphabe-Thursday with Jenny and today's letter is:  K

As I pondered this letter, I wondered what in the world I could write about.  Then it came to me.  "Knowledge."  Knowledge is one of those tricky words that start with one letter and uses the letter next it for its sound.  How do we know that?  Because we have that knowledge.  Knowledge is a powerful thing.  It is ours to keep and it is the one thing we can continue to grow and grow.  We won't be taking our money, or our possessions with us after this life.  However, our knowledge is ours to keep forever.  And I am of the belief that we will continue to gain knowledge well beyond this life.  We only know a tiny speck of information.

When my girls were little, I used to tell them I knew everything.  Because let's face it, in the mind of a 3 and 6 year old, you have unlimited knowledge and you do in fact have all the answers.  That is only because at 3 and 6 their questions are simple and we can easily teach them.  But, without that knowledge, even the simple stuff would not come easy.

As my children grow, so do their questions.   They are sometimes easy for me to answer and sometimes not so much.  When it is a harder one, I tell them I have to think about it first, or look it up on the internet.  Talk about knowledge.  There it is at your finger tips.

Knowledge grows us, and keeps us young.  Our bodies will disagree, but it is far better to keep our knowledge growing then to cut it off entirely.

Jenny Matlock
If I had the means, I would totally go some place tropical.  Not only that, I would just lay around and be a total beach bum the entire time.  If I had the means, I would get a nose job.  I have this annoying bump in my nose.  It's a family trait.  One I could live without.  Sure it would be painful for a while, but in the end I would have a nice bumpless nose.  A butt lift?  Nah.  I am okay so far.  I was going to say boob job originally, cups runneth over.  Nough said!

1.  I nearly choked to death on a chocolate covered cherry
2.  I've been hospitalized 4 times
3.  I almost passed out at school

Wednesday, December 8, 2010


Look who else was in line to see Santa in front of us.  At least her friend had more coverage. 

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Like Mother, Like Daughter

I was a daredevil as a child.  I loved to roller skate, ride bikes, climb trees, turn cartwheels--in the church foyer--ahem.  As a result of my stunts which were not limited to the above mentioned, I sustained a variety of injuries from sprains, strains, and broken bones.  From breaking both arms,  both bones at the same time, to breaking my leg.  It hurts to break a bone no matter what.  A tiny break or a big one.  Thankfully I never had the big and ugly breaks.  My brother and sister took care of that.  Here are some hints for you if you are not sure--I am talking about the minor breaks.  If it's ugly you will know.  Ask my mom.  She knows first hand.

1.  Bruising
2.  Swelling
3.  Or both
4.  Restless behavior (can't get comfortable)
5. way more than normal
6.  Holds the limb funny
7.  Wakes in the night from pain
8.  Can't or won't hold an object.
9.  (for legs) No weight can be put on it.  None.  I literally could not stand.  You don't limp or hop.  You just don't get up.  That's it.  Legs don't work right when broken.  (Mine was a minor break.)

So why am I being so informative and possibly coming off as a know-it-all.  Well, Kristin is me.  She isn't quite the daredevil I was, but that doesn't mean she doesn't do things that are silly, crazy or scary.  Saturday was no different.  We were watching Emmy's kids while she did a photo shoot.  I was inside with the baby, and Kristin was outside with the kids.  She was putting the big wheel away and rode it like a scooter.  Sounds reasonable right?  At least until it slips out from under you and sends you falling backward.  Like any normal person, she braced her fall with her hands.  The left taking the brunt of it.  Yeah, it hurt her bad.  It started to swell right away.  No bruising, but swelling.  We iced it, gave her ibuprorfen and she kept it pretty still.  Now was the conundrum do we go to Urgent Care now or in the morning.  It was either that or the ER.  Don't even get me started about my distaste for any and all ER's.  I convince her to wait by offering to wrap her hand in an ace bandage and take her first thing in the morning. I am pretty sure it is broken though.

Next morning we are up and out the door by 830 to get to Urgent Care when it opens.  We are seen and taken care of in just about an hour.  Yeah, there is a tiny little the growth line.  She needs to see her doctor and get a referral for Ortho.  In the meantime, they put her in a plaster splint. 

Today we go to the doctor, sit for 45 minutes for the PA to say confirm it is broken and orders a referral for ortho.  *Insert eye roll*  So now we are waiting for the referral then we have to get an appointment...who knows when this will be. Grrrr.  I hate insurance.  Although, I am very glad I have it. 

To treat an injury (particularly if you suspect it to be a broken bone)  ice it for 10-20 minutes every couple of hours for the first 24 hours.  No heat.  Heat causes swelling.  Ibuproferen for pain and to reduce swelling.  Keep it elevated--above the heart.

My hope is that you don't have to go through this with your kids or yourself.  It's not fun for anyone.  Now you can all give Kristin some poor baby treatment.  I think the hardest part is feeling helpless.  Bless her heart.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Fa La La La La La La!

I love Christmas music, possibly even more than I love my Christmas specials.  I love singing the fun songs, the silly songs, and most of all the beautiful songs of joy and praise of the birth of the Savior.  I have an album that I listen to repeatedly each year.  Christmas with The Judds.  It has a perfect blend of religious and fun.  Plus I really like their singing.  And you know I can sing it perfectly in the car as I drive down the road.

 I have so many's hard to name just a few....but I spare you all.  For the fun and merry type I love:  Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,  All I want For Christmas is My Two Front Teeth, I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus, The Chipmunks Christmas Song--it's Alvin...I just love him.  Haha.  And then there this is little gem.

On the more grown up side of things, but not yet in the spiritual part I love:  The Christmas Song (sung only by Nat King Cole, cause let's face it, he sang it best!) White Christmas (Bing Crosby)  Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, I'll Be Home For Christmas.

Silly songs would know:  Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer, Eight Crazy Nights, and The 12 Days of Christmas....Redneck Style!  I couldn't embed it, so if you so desire you can see it here.

The spiritual songs are my favorite of them all.  And to choose just one is nearly impossible.  I love Silent Night.  It is so sweet and invites such a tender spirit.  But I think my two favorite ones have to be It Came Upon A Midnight Clear and O' Holy Night. 

What are your favorite Christmas songs?