Monday, July 27, 2009

Please Pray for the Little Babe

....I know that many, MANY of us blog readers follow MckMama and I almost thought to myself "everyone who knows of Stellan knows that he is in very very critical health right now, and is already praying..." so I almost didn't feel the need to make this post.

But you know what...even our Father knows the outcome of Stellan's life. He knows how long He is lending the Earth this precious babe. And even HE asks us to pray. Tells us to pray.

So friends...please...please take a moment to pray for this precious little boy who is so very sick right now. Please pray for his family. Pray for his mothers broken, tired and weary heart. Pray that his heart can return to Normal Sinus Rhythm and continue beating at a safe rate.

While you pray for this babe, please pray for the other sick babies in the world...the ones that we know of, and the ones we know of not.

Prayers for Stellan

Friday, July 24, 2009

Show Us Your LIFE!- Wedding Dress Friday!!!!

Kelly over at Kelly's Korner is hosting Show Us Your Life by posting _______________. Well today just happens to be Wedding Gown Friday!!!!!

My dress was my dream dress, hands down. When choosing my gown, I wanted something that was a reflection of my taste, combined with what I new Rob would love. Rob is simple, and traditional. So the style of my dress was A-Line traditional, and the material was a Satin Taffeta. So it wasn't all lace or was just a little more traditional. It was a simple frame dress- just what Rob loves. But at the same time, it had some modern touches. A sash that was a gorgeous Champagne color that matched exactly with some of the beading on the gown. The bodice of my gown was very detailed. Beads and small small pearls. Scalloped bottom with the same details...gorgeous train- just the right length for an outdoor wedding. Corset back. When choosing a veil, I had 2 veils. I had a fingertip length veil, as well as a blusher. I knew I wanted to wear my veils ontop of my head during the ceremony, and wanted to put one of them under my updo for the reception. We chose the shorter style of veils, as the back of my dress where the train started had some detailing and we didn't want to cover it.

No necklace..we didn't want to take away from the sweetheart neckline and detail on the bodice.

I did cry when I tried this gown on. It came down to this gown and another. I tried them both on again, and tears brimmed my eyes when I slipped this one on again.

I am still trying to find a way to wear this baby again...ahem...not in a wedding of course....but I just LOVE her so :)

And let me say Handsome Groom made me look good!!!!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Urine Schample......

So we're gonna get reaalll comfy reaaalll quick. So collecting urine samples on ourselves isn't really my idea of a good time, or heck, even an "ok" time- but every now and again it has to be done.

So fine, I wrap my hand in tons of papertowels as I grab the nasty germ infested Sharpie that they LEAVE in the bathroom for the people have just peed hopefully in the cup and not all over their hands, to use. I try and keep my hands covered in papertowels as I write my name on the cup. And writing on a curved surface with a Sharpie with a dull tip, and a sticker the size of this line ________ trying to fit my entire name on the cup without it all running together is enough of a stress that I begin to feel the beginnings of an anxiety attack coming on as I sit in the restroom. So get the urine sample in the cup and stick it in the "Secret" door- and hope that someone with a rubber glove on doesn't reach through the other side right when they hear "my" door open. That would plain FREAK me out. I'm not going to pass my cup of urine through the wall to another hand. No way jose.

Please wait until my door is closed and then do whatever you see fit with the cup.
Urine Sample Management I've gone into a little much detail here, but whatev. It's my thoughts and fears on the UA, and that ain't gonna change =)

So why in the WORLD is Amy talking about pee on her blog???

Well I am SO GLAD you asked!!!!!!!!!!!!

We noticed that the sweet schnauzer was having to go outside far too often to "go potty" and she would try and squat 2 or 3 times each times she went out. Well I have been told before at each of the vet appointments we have taken Sadie in for, that Schnauzers are very prone to Bladder Infections (among a list of like 100 other things- It's a good thing she's cute as all get out.) They told us what to look for in order to see the signs of a UTI, so within 12 hours of this going on I informed sweet husband that we needed to take her in. I think he is always hesitant when I begin to self diagnose myself and NOW the dog...but hey- something about my "motherly" instinct????

Anyway, I was busy yesterday so "dad" took in the pup at 11:30. Like any good pet owner, he had her go potty outside the vet before he took her in, just to make sure she didn't embarrass us and pretend she wasn't potty trained. Well of course they need a darn urine analysis from the poor pup. So the vet tech tried to take drag Sadie outside and have her go potty again- to which Sadie looked at her like--"woman, I just went, now let me sniff around....but I'm not gonna pee." So they went back inside, went ahead and said it sounded like a UTI, and gave Rob the meds for Sadie, charged us for the Urine Analysis, and sent him on his merry way with 2 empty sterile urine cups.

So he calls me on his way home and tells me bits and pieces of the vet visit, and how they couldn't get her to pee (YA THINK?!?!) and how we now have to collect a urine sample on our own. WHHHHHATTTTTTTTTT??????


Note I said FEMALE. So that means the space between her little "tee tee" and the grass blade is about thismuch. At least if it had been the male labrador there would have been a decent stream!!!!

Soooo, I get home and decide to take her out. So I leave her off the leash because there is no way I'm juggling a pee cup, a leash, and a schnauzer while parading around the yard in heels. Puuhhlllease.

So I am following her very closely b/c I have like .5 seconds to catch her in the act, right?? So I'm following her like white on rice, and she's all hunkered down with her tail tucked thinking she has done something wrong!!! Can ya BLAME the poor girl??? She wanted her space!!! HAHAH!!

So finally she stops, and she squats and I throw the cup under her and catch a raindrop amount of urine. Yes, a raindrop. I think she thought she had to go more than she really did (hence the Bladder infection) so there wasn't much in her.

So Rob and I tag teamed and spent the rest of the afternoon taking turns playing urine catcher. You can repeat the scenario above over and over - well, except for the part about Rob wearing heels..that was only me.

About 5 hours later we FINALLY got enough of a sample to take it to the vet. I get the cup, and take it in. I have to admit I felt hilarious riding in the Tahoe with a container of pee in the cup holder.

So I get there, drop off the urine and they asked me how long it had taken to get it. Conversation went as follows:

Vet Tech (VT): How fresh is this urine?
Me: (frowning I'm sure): Well we gathered it throughout the course of the afternoon
VT: Was it refrigerated?
Me: Was it REFRIGERATED?????
VT: Yes, in between trips to collect, did you refrigerate the sample?
Me (thinking)--gee ma' I didn't keep it in my fridge! I keep lemonade and diet coke, left overs, yogurt, fruits and veggies in my fridge...even some brown rice, but I DONT KEEP URINE IN MY FRIDGE. MY APOLOGIES!!!!
Me: No, it wasn't in the fridge
VT: Ok well, sometimes if it's kept hot- the bacteria will break down and we won't get as good of an analysis
Me (thinking)- how about YOU come to my house and collect the darn sample. After all, yall are the medical team right???
Me: Well I tell ya what...let's go ahead and go with this one and see what we get, K??? If it comes back totally normal, I'll collect another- but for can start with this.
VT: Sure, that sounds great ma'am
Me (thinking) Yes it sounds good because there is no other choice unless you're catching a ride back to the house with me woman!

So long story longer- Sadie DOES have a UTI, the vet called to confirm that today. Also let me know that she might had Bladder Stones as well, and would like us to consider an $84 X-Ray. She said there was just a high amount of blood in Sadie's urine. I politely informed her that we will keep Sadie on these meds for 1 week and the re-access her count via another sample. If the counts are still really high, absolutely we will do the X-Ray...gotta keep the babies safe.

So stay tuned, b/c when we collect this next urine sample in a week, I might just take some pictures!

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Takin it back to the Old School

Cause I'm an old fool who's so cool
If you want to get down
I'm gonna show you the way whoomp there it is
Let me hear you say

Whoomp chak a laka chack a laka chak a laka chak a

Just chiming in to say I have switched back to my old default style of comments. Disqus is a great idea, I just think there are some kinks that need to be worked out before I will enable it again on my blog. I should have just known never to mess with a good thing =)

So we don't have many things planned...ok who am I kidding, we don't have jack squat planned for the weekend, and I have stooped to the low levels of googling "what to do in Frisco, TX" to try and come up with ideas.

Ohhhhh, I totally forgot. We had a COLD front come through here last night!!! Yes-siree folks. A COLD front. That's what it's been called. Today- here in Frisco TX- this high is ONLY 92.....thank goodness for that COLD front. (I seriously think they are mistaken in what a COLD front actually is) 92 is still freaking hot and makes it miserable to get in the shower, dry your hair, have your back all sweaty, do makeup, and then still be hot from getting ready, only to go get in your scalding hot car, back sweaty and clothes sticking to you- hot air blowing in your face. Eeesh. Makes me not want to do anything at all. Maybe that's why I got up this morning, went to the gym and ran on the treadmill in the A/C and then came back here and parked myself on the couch and am now debating a late morning nap!! HA!!!!!

Alright, I'm officially rambling.

I hope you all have a fantastic weekend, and that you enjoyed this "cold front" that apparently came through yall's states before it made it's way deep in the heart of Texas!!!

I will leave you with this....the picture below would be my husband and his brother (my brother-in-law). I will let you guess which is which....but apparently my husband thought it he was Mr. Tough Guy when he was just a few years out of diapers *wink*

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Let's Give 'em Somethin' to Blog About...

People are bloggin'....bloggin 'bout people...let's give em something to blog about... (one of my favorite songs from "back in the day")

Annnywaaayyy...moving right along. Seriously, I know I haven't written in forever. It seems like so much has gone on, yet nothing has gone on at all.

This summer heat here in Texas is about to dehyrdrate and have me shrivel into a piece of human jerky. Could someone PLEASE turn down the A/C. I am SO READY for fall and winter. Sad part about it....we still have 2 months left of this dreaded Texas heat. I know, I know - If ya can't take the heat...get outta Texas. But really...right now we are staying put.

HOWEVER....I could SERIOUSLY SERIOUSLY use a getaway here:

Seeing this all morning and afternoon long:

While practicing shooting the outdoors with our

Having a Cooler filled with some:

(granted the place I displayed above isn't Mexico...Corona would still be the beer of choice.)

With some tunes playing in my ears via this:

While having my awesome husband lying on the chair next to me...

We could really really use a break from here. I sure hope we have the opportunity soon.


Everyone needs to welcome my SISTER into the blogging world!!!! If you want someone down to Earth, yet hilarious, gorgeous, with a sense of style, and someone who HATES to walk up ANY stairs with someone behind her because she gets frightened**, then you will truthfully enjoy reading Her Blog. No, really...yall hop on over there--become a follower, and give her a lil' shout out!! I've made it easy (ya can thank me later)...just Click Here.

(**We grew up in a two story house and poor thing- everytime she would go up the stairs, and I would be behind her- I would run as fast and loud as I could up the stairs chasing her making this wretched screeching sound while trying to tickle her and it has seriously scarred her for life. I imagine we will see a post about it on her blog very very soon!)

And I just wanted to clarify once more that my new comment system *should* remember your information (name, email, bra size, weight...etc) after the first time you put it in. Also make sure you click under your comment that you DO NOT want to receive email updates on comments. But again, if this comment system seems to frustrate people, and keep them from commenting, then I'm taking it back to the old school. Because I'm so cool yalls thoughts and comments are WAY more important to me than the new comment system :)

I hope yall are all having a wonderful week.....

Where do YOUUUUUUU wish you could be right about now????

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Slackers 'R Us.....

Seriously...I am the biggest slacker. Well BLOG slacker these days. I will say I am VERY proud of myself for my Bootcamp progress!!! Bootcamp started last Monday and it is 5 days a week, so tomorrow (Friday) will be my 10th day at bootcamp! She has changed up a lot of the exercises- so in some ways it is hard to tell how much I may have improved since there is only 1 exercise we do but I do believe know for sure if she had started out last week with the exercises we are doing this week- I would not be alive. I would be moonwalking it up with MJ. Ok, bad bad bad joke. Forgive me, please. Ahem...anyway, Bootcamp is WONDERFUL and I truly am excited to go each and every night! Rob has told me on 2 occasions how proud of me he is, and that seriously means so much to me. I am doing it first and foremost because I want ME to be proud of ME, and second because I want my husband to be proud of me. I'm beyond proud of him in so many ways, it will be nice to return the favor =)

My sweet (but strict as all get out) BC trainer has asked me to bite off more than I can chew attempt to run a 5K with her in October. Rob is going to run it too, so how kind and inexpensive of me to let him know it can be our anniversary gift to each other in October. I supppooosseeee the little paper on our back that says our number can be the "paper" gift for the 1st anniversary. When is the diamond anniversary? Do I have to wait much longer??? Oh- sorry..back on topic. So yes, apparently my fat ass is going to run a 5K in October. Yikes. I'll keep you updated on that front.

I am so saddened by ALL of the recent losses that have happened in the entertainment and non-entertainment world. And while MJ's life was all sorts of crazy, IMO, I did and still do, and probably always will- Love his music.

What else do I know....oh yes. My tim the toolman taylor husband is building this MASSIVE desk. He has been working on it NON STOP this week. No, I'm serious. Like he goes to the gym, goes to spin class, comes home and works on this thing from 11 AM to 9 PM. It's awesome though. He's building the entire thing all by himself. So amazing.

I really need to get back to posting some pictures on this blog. I was looking back today, as I was searching for a particular post I wrote a while back and see that this place is really rather boring. Or maybe it's just my life. Hmmmmm.

Yall got any good ideas for some rockin' posts???? Seriously, I'm begging here....