Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Turning 30 was really painful for me...

My 30th birthday was this past Sunday. However, the celebrating started awhile before the actual day.

A week before, my awesome friend Kim planned a surprise birthday party for me at a restaruant at the Tempe Marketplace. I had no idea - I almost didn't go - it had been a long week. Shawn was just getting over the flu and ended up with this weird neck infection, I hadn't been sleeping well, etc...but I'm glad I went! I don't have any photos on the computer for that night, but just know it was awesome. I am so blessed and so thankful to be loved!

Then, the Friday night of my birthday weekend, a few friends went to go see Ree Boado and JJ Heller in Scottsdale. They are both amazing artists, and it was a fantastic show!

On Saturday, Shawn spoiled me by taking me (and the kids) to breakfast and then to the mall where we shopped. For me. For 2 hours! This never happens. I got some new makeup and new jeans. Sweet!

Then we had the most amazing dinner...we got all dressed up for a fabulous 9 course meal at Quiessence, at the Farm at South Mountain. We reserved the 'Brick Oven Table' to celebrate, which is a special table set outside by a beautiful fireplace. If you were in Phoenix on Saturday, then you know that sitting outside didn't happen. Between the wind, rain, and cold, there was no way I was sitting outside in my dress:

Before dinner - looking so fly!

After dessert - 9 courses with wine pairings will make you look a little tired!

Something weird happened in the middle of the night - I woke up with terrible stomach pain. I thought it was gas pains, since the meal we had was really rich - we don't normally eat that way, plus I ate a lot of meat, which I also don't normally eat. After eating a lot of tums and about 45 minutes, it went away.

The next day, my actual birthday, after eating a cheese sandwich for lunch, I started feeling the same pain. Thinking it was the same problem, I started eating tums like candy. Shawn took Jeremiah grocery shopping and came home to find me in pain. He brought some lovely things home, too.

The flowers that went unappreciated...

The cake that went uneaten...

By 630pm and a lot of Tums (and even infant Mylicon) later, I was in more pain. Shawn convinced me to go to urgent care, even though I was sure they'd just tell me it was gas pains and send me home. On the way there, though, something told me to go to the ER, just in case I needed an ultrasound. Thankfully I only waited an hour before they gave me a private room, so I could walk around and cry. (Yes, I was actually crying. It was incredibly painful) After an ultrasound, an IV with nausea and pain medicine, and bloodwork the results were: gallstones. And the only definite treatment is surgery.

Thankfully, the pain medicine had kicked in and I was feeling alright. The attack had lasted 8 hours. For the time being, I'm just carefully watching what I eat and avoiding fatty foods. I already do this, but I do love cheese and since I don't eat a lot of meat, often eat cheese for protein. That had to stop.

So, in the end, turning 30 was terribly painful for me.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

A quick post while George is on...

The kids love Curious George. So I get some computer time :)

First, some videos:

Jeremiah and Sarah dancing to Lady Gaga's "Telephone." I'm not gonna lie, I love this song. I don't care about Lady Gaga's opinions, the way she dresses, or any of her other songs. This song is just so fun and has a great beat! It's also my ring tone, and both kids bust out some moves whenever my phone rings - it's fantastic!

Next, Sarah 'blowing her nose' - she just looks so hilarious I had to take a video. She is my little goofball.

Jeremiah was also in the Laveen Community Parade this past Saturday. He got to ride on the trailer with his Awanas. He did so great - sat down the whole time - but did complain about the hay making his bottom itchy. :)

Grandma and Grandpa came up to watch the parade!

We kept Sarah happy with lots and lots of candy.

Hey! There's J! (All the way on the left!) He did a great job wavig at everyone in the crowd.

Then..SUPER BOWL SUNDAY!! I bet you can't guess who we were cheering for!

We had some friends over and we got pizza - one was spinach and banana peppers - Green and Gold!!

Packers score the first touchdown!

Some of the kids played outside...but I was busy watching the game!

The Packers won, by the way! :)

Friday, February 4, 2011


Our fountain is frozen. It is so cold outside. AND SO NOT FAIR!

The last couple weeks or so has been rough. I caught the flu last week and was honest-to-goodness the sickest I've been since I've become an adult. I couldn't do anything! So the poor kids were cooped up inside the house for several days, watching TV because I was so weak.

Now, I'm feeling better and the kids are all but begging to go outside and play and it's JUST TOO COLD! The kids don't have winter hats or mittens - and why would we, we live in Phoenix for goodness sakes!

This morning I did take them outside to check out the ice, and they found it absolutely fascinating.