Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Wordless Wednesday-Happy Halloween!!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Oh Thank God

Just a quick update. We have made it back from Boston in one piece. That was truthfully the most terrifying drive of my life. All of our prayers are with the east coast right now. We didn't even get a tiny bit of what they did and that was the worst weather I have experienced.

I will update soon on my surgery and how it all went. Right now I want to spend some MUCH needed quality time with Eliza. I never knew I could miss someone so much!!!

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Halloween Last Year

OK, I was wrong. Here is one more Halloween throwback. We will be going to Legend of Sleepy Howell again this year so I wanted to compare. Here she is last year....

As my mom once said, it doesn't matter if she will remember, the memories are for you. Today we went to the local Halloween block party in our town. It has costume contests, a hay maze, and the business' pass out candy. I really wanted to take Eliza, first, for the memories, second to get more use out of her costume.

When we got there it was a bit overwhelming. I don’t do well with inconsiderate people, when they cut you off, or cut in line. I understand my daughter doesn’t really “get” what is going on, but I do and that doesn’t mean your child gets to go before us in line. We also had a comment from a woman passing out candy. Eliza was holding her basket out and I said “Trick-or-Treat”, the woman looked through her basket and said she couldn’t find any candy suitable for a baby and asked the other worker. She said “No, I don’t have anything for a baby but I can’t believe you would be giving candy to a baby.” Really ma’am? Do you think I am giving her the candy? Of course not! I was just trying to do the whole experience.  After that we kind of just kept to ourselves, showed her around and took some pictures. 

Next year will be a lot of fun. She will be able to walk, play in the hay, and hopefully by then I will have more patience for other people. Until then enjoy the pictures! What will you and your little ones be for Halloween?


Friday, October 26, 2012

My Last Halloween Throwback

Here is my last throwback for Halloween. We will be leaving for Boston in just a few days so I am not sure how much I will be able to post. PLEASE pray for the weather to hold off so we can drive in and out without problems. Blessings to all!!

It is finally here! Tomorrow is Halloween. As I am still trying to figure out what that will mean for our little family, I have really enjoyed all of the crafts over the past few weeks. I will leave you with one last one, it isn't a tutorial as I was just REALLY winging it. It is definitely my favorite out of all I made this season. 

I love how it turned out, I had the cauldron but knew it needed some spicing up, if found the idea here!! 
I hope everyone has a Happy and Safe Halloween! 

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Citrus Lane

Have you heard of Citrus Lane??? It is my new obsession. It is a monthly box subscription for kids newborn to 3 years old. It includes toys, books, snacks and more!

My friend turned me on to it when she asked if she could buy Eliza 6 months of boxes for Christmas this year. What child wouldn't love to get a box in the mail every month filled with wonderful things for them?? Guess what her son is getting from us?? :)

Here is an example of the August box:

I love that you can order this for your own child, or gift it to another. The holidays can be such an overwhelming time with so many toys at one time, why not spread them out through out the year??

Check out Citrus Lane!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Getting Closer!!

Look at what came in the mail today!! 

The people over at Natural Fertility Shop GRACIOUSLY donated this Castor Oil Pack and Fertility Massage DVD to me for my recovery!!(Dog bone is from the sweet mail lady)

This must mean that my surgery is getting closer, holy moly!

I can't wait to tell you all about how these products help me after surgery and how they lead me down the road to having our second angel. I will document my use of these products and give you a personal review of how they help me with my Ashermans.

Until I can personally review them please follow these links to read up on the products Natural Fertility Shop has to offer. They also have a wonderful website called Natural Fertility Info that is the largest online resource for natural fertility information and tips to help you get pregnant. They have so much information and so many products to offer for fertility, not just Ashermans.

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  • We are getting to the final countdown till we leave for Boston, and these products have put my mind at ease. I am doing EVERYTHING I can to help heal my body.

    Roof Repair Dilemma

    This is not what I needed today!! Our roof is starting to curl. We knew this, and unfortunately anyone who came to look at the house knew it as well. I finally decided to call and get a quote on fixing it.

    I really wanted to just fix the bad parts but the gentleman says it is best to just do a new roof. UGH!!

    I just don't know what to do. To put that kind of money into the house, we won't get it back when we try to sell it next year, but at the same time I don't know if we will sell it with it like this.

    I hate feeling trapped. With the cost of the surgery, the last thing we have laying around is change to throw at the roof.

    Do you think the would notice if we just covered it with blue tarps????

    Monday, October 22, 2012

    One Week

    Holy Moly. One week from today will be my surgery! I feel like I am forgetting something. Just not sure what.

    We have the hotel set, even got a discount for being a patient at the hospital, car rental will be done tomorrow. I requested all of my health records to be faxed and we updated our life insurance.

    That was tough.

    The thought of something happening to either of us breaks my heart, but for something to happen to both of us...destroys me. I know it is safer to fly then drive, but the cost-and my anxiety, just doesn't work for us. Eliza isn't at an age that she would remember us, all she would have is video and photos...OK enough of that.

    I know Eliza will be in good hands with my Sister and Brother in Law, she LOVES them.

    It will be a quick trip, hopefully just about 48 hours and a lot of driving. Praying we make it back for Halloween...and that I feel up to taking her out.

    I have all of my after care ready to go. I will be doing a post all about this when we get back. I have a great sponsor who has provided everything I need for my after care!

    One week from today our whole life WILL change.

    Sorry this is a bit all over the place, I think my mind is racing! Prayers are ALWAYS appreciated. 

    Saturday, October 20, 2012

    Pinterest Full of Positivity

    If you go on Pinterest right now and look at my boards you would probably assume I am pregnant. Well, as we know that isn't the case, but I have decided to allow my self to be happy.

    I have attempted to avoid all baby stuff. I didn't ever want to get my hopes up. I am allowed to be happy, I am allowed to have hope.

    So check out the boards...lots of cute pictures to recreate(good thing I have great photographers), gorgeous bedrooms that I could never recreate but can try, and fun ways to announce the good news!

    I have also been trying to search for ways to tell Mark when I become pregnant. When I found out I was pregnant with Eliza I wrote Mark a card from her, something we will be able to keep forever. Do you have any ideas how I can tell Mark about baby #2? I want Eliza to be involved as well.

    Have a great weekend! One week until Boston!!!

    Tuesday, October 16, 2012

    Halloween Throwback...Halloween Wreath

    Here is a post I did last Halloween for my front door wreath. Enjoy...

    I took a trip to Joanns today to grab a few things for a craft I am working on and came across a cute little sign. I didn't like the way it would hang so I decided to turn it into a wreath. I have never made a yarn wreath before but I figured I would give it a try. The weather was beautiful today, high in the 70s and pure sunshine. That is very rare in Michigan this time of year. I took advantage of Eliza's nap time and sat outside to make the wreath.

    I grabbed my supplies:
    • The sign I liked
    • A hay wreath form
    • Yarn
    • A wreath hanger that isn't holiday/season specific so I can hang a wreath all year round
    • Hot Glue
    • Scissors

    I started with the wreath. I used a hay form in the past and I stupidly took the plastic off, it made a HUGE mess. This time I left the plastic on and it was much better. If I ever make a yarn wreath again I will just spend the money on a foam wreath form, the yarn kept snagging on the hay.

    Grab your yarn and hot glue the end down to the form and start wrapping. I have no tips on the technique because I had to walk away from this a few times I got so frustrated. There must be a secret tip I don't know about because if you wrap a yarn wreath the way I did, no one would ever make one again.
    Stick with it, you will eventually get there. My frustration also might have been with the neighbors dog who barked for the full hour I was outside...Anyway when you get to the end go ahead and glue down the end again. I then went through and did my best to make sure all pieces were covering the form. Once I had it how I wanted, I put some hot glue drops down to keep it in place. Make sure to put the glue on the back of the wreath so you don't see any of it against the black yarn.

    I grabbed my sign and decided to cut the wire off that was originally there to hang it. I then placed the sign where I wanted it. I tipped it to the side a bit so the broom would be tipped up like it was flying. I placed hot glue on the three connecting points and let it dry. I then grabbed my wreath hanger and threw it on the front door. I am so happy to have a Halloween wreath out there, I love a wreath for every season and Holiday!

    Let me know if you have any questions!!

    Monday, October 15, 2012

    Life Isn't Always Roses

    I have been in a funk these past few days...weeks...months. I have been having a hard time blogging. I am just having a pitty party over here.

    I haven't wanted to blog about it because I didn't want to seem negative, or ungrateful for what we already have. I don't want to be that blogger that is always a debby downer. I don't want to be the one that you don't come back because you know it is always complaining, but I got some words of encouragement tonight from a fellow blogger, "life isn't always roses". She is right. I am a real person. A real mom. A real wife. I have the same/different issues as you do. My life isn't perfect. I argue with my husband, I lose my patience with Eliza, and I have real life situation that effect me emotionally.

    Ashermans Syndrome has me under a spell, I hate it. It is all I think about. It is all I research. I don't know why I feel like I am going to find a new answer. We have our surgery in 2 weeks...that is our answer, I know it, but I don't know why I can't just relax and wait for it.

    After MUCH encouragement from family and friends I have started to see a therapist about it. I want to find a way to get over my anger towards the DR who caused this. I want to get over the jealousy I have for others. I want to learn how to just be happy for someone when I find out they are pregnant. Don't get me wrong, I am ALWAYS happy when someone is having a baby, there is no better gift in this world. I just tend to have the "when is it my turn" feeling in my head.

    I hate the feeling of letting Eliza down. I don't want her to be an only child because of ME. If it was our choice, no problem, but it isn't. It is because my body can't do it. I know we have other options to give her siblings, but financially they are quite a stretch. I want her to have that connection with someone, and yes I know there is a possibility she won't get along with her sibling, but I want her to have that chance. She is coming into an age where she loves being around other kids, I want it to be her sibling she wants to be around.

    I want to become an advocate for Ashermans, not a negative force. I want women to be able to get answers for what might be happening with their body, instead of always trusting a DRs opinion. If I trusted a DR, instead of myself, we would have been trying to get pregnant without success or with the threat of repeat miscarriages. Ashermans is significantly under diagnosed. It took me over a year to be diagnosed. Trust your gut, it is usually right...mine was.

    I want women to know that a D&C isn't your only option when you have a miscarriage or complications at delivery. Ask your DR questions, do research, don't just trust their opinion.

    So I am putting it out there. I am pissed. I am hurt. I am sad. I want this to all be over and back to "normal". I have the right to feel this way, and I know one day it will get better. Don't ignore your feelings, express them in a healthy way to have a healthy day.

    For a little bit of an upper in such a downer of a is Eliza playing hide n seek before bed. She is the GREATEST

    Tuesday, October 2, 2012

    Halloween Flashback

     Here is a look back of some Halloween crafts I made last October. Hope you Enjoy

    I made a quick trip to Salvation Army the other day to look for inspiration for a few more crafts before Halloween comes and goes. I found some canning jars for .50 and a plate display stand, also .50. Here is what I came up with.

    The plate display stand works great with canvas pictures. I grabbed this canvas 11x14 at Joanns for $5. I cut out the vinyl stencil using Cricut Word Collage cartridge. I laid the stencil down and painted in my colors. I allowed it to dry over night and tada!

    The canning jars were super easy. I came home and washed them, painted the lids white, and filled them with candy corn. I cut out the word candy with my Alphabet cartridge and put the vinyl on. I tried to mod podge over it so they stayed on better but you could see where it was on the glass so I washed it off.

    Here is a Halloween Countdown I made, come back Tuesday as I will do Tutorial Tuesday on this countdown!!

    Last, but certainly not least, how cute is this vest?! It is Janie and Jack, I just love it!! Perfect for the fall days in Michigan.

    Do you have any last minute decorations you are trying to finish?