Thursday, October 28, 2010


We carved pumpkins Sunday night.
Today I finally got around to taking pictures of them.

The lighting was a bit problematic. Or perhaps it was just me who was problematic. I wish I could remember everything from my photography class in college.....about aperture, shutter speed, you know, all that stuff.

If Kaycee were here, she would have captured the perfect image.

But without her, this is the best I could produce.

And the kids were actually agreeable (which was amazing considering I was trying all sorts of lighing stuff and taking lots of pictures). Which kinda scares me because we have family pictures tonight. I might have blown it by asking them to do these pictures this afternoon. Hopefully tonight will work out as well!

Happy Halloween!

The Kitchen Sink

I just had to take a picture of the sink this morning before I attacked it.

I should have taken a picture of the surrounding area as well. It looked about the same as the sink. From the looks of things, I am amazed that there were any clean dishes in the house at all.

It has just been a totally crazy week. Finally this morning, I had a brief moment to play catch up.

Someday, I hope to be able to do it all, but now is not my time. My house is a disaster, but at least the kids had clean clothes to put on to wear to school, and lunches got made, and everyone is happy. I guess that is what counts!

I suppose someday, I will have an immaculate house each and every day, have time to do all the crafts and other things I enjoy, read all the books I want in a timely fashion......but my house will not be filled with all the happy noises and laughter, and all the squakings and turmiol that it now has.

I guess you can never have it all. At one time. But I am happy!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

There was Yesterday.....

and then there was today.

I am so amazed that two days can be so different from one another, and the only thing really that separates them is about 7 hours of sleep....or in my case I believe I got somewhere between 2 & 3 hours last night. And yet today is still by far worlds better than yesterday.

The highlight of my day yesterday was an entire pitcher of Kiwi Strawberry Crystal Light being dumped out on the floor by my 7 year old, Dylan. But wait, it gets better. It happened at the exact moment that Kerry left with Cody for soccer practice, and I was about to sit down and nurse Kellan. He was quite hungry. So I put Kellan on my bed and asked Sam to try to watch him and keep him company (mostly just try to keep him from crying) while I cleaned up the spill (on both the wood and carpet, mind you) with Dylan.

While we are cleaning up, Sam manages to take a bead necklace of mine and wrap it around his wrist so tight that it broke and beads went all over the bead where Kellan was. These beads were about the size of marbles......just perfect for a baby to choke on. When I came into the room to check on them, Sam was shoving all the beads from the broken necklace under my night stand to hide them, because he didn't want me to know that he had broken it. There were beads still all around the baby.....I am so blessed that he didn't get a hold of any and choke on them.

Thank Heaven that God looks after me, or I would have slipped in the juice and torn my ACL, and would have had a choking or dead baby!!!!
Good times in the Winkelman household!

I am please to say that today is much better, or more mellow, should I say. But the "wrecking crew" has not descended upon my house yet from school.

I did though, as I was cleaning juice out of my carpet last night decide that I need to get back into my creative realm. I so need to get my craft on! And I think I can feel my mojo coming back!

I am so looking forward to the next couple of months. I love Thanksgiving and Christmas time, and can't wait to make some super exciting crafts....I'll most likely post them over on my stamping blog, so check me out over there if you want to see what I've been up to!

Have a beautiful day!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Pain Pills & An Angel in Disguise

The past 4 days have been from a different world.

I wish I could remember them better. That would be the fault of the narcotics.

Last May I had a filling done in one of my teeth that my dentist told me was pretty extensive and could possibly need a root canal....we would just have to see how it went.

It has been fine for the past 4 months or more.

Until Tuesday.

Out of the blue on Tuesday night, the pain just came out of nowhere. I took a bunch of Ibuprofen, and put a hot pack on my face and tried to get some sleep.

Wednesday morning it was about the same. I put a call in to my dentist, and when they got back to me the answer was in the form of 2 prescriptions and an appointment set for Monday to go in and open it up and get all the nasty nerve out to relieve the pain, and then set up an appointment for a root canal to get it all finished up.

This was a good idea until Thursday night. The pain was so severe, even with twice the amount of Vicidin.

Friday morning, I called my dentist at home, (he is not in the office on Fridays) and waited for a return call from him. The kids did not have school on Friday, which made things even better, and by 9:30 am, I was completely beside myself, balling my eyes out, calling my mom to come and help me out, with what exactly, I wasn't sure, but when you feel like crap it's always nice to have mom around!

After a few phone calls and run around with nurses and such, the decision was made to go to urgent care to see what they could do for me there. My dentist had called back and was willing to see me Saturday morning to open things up, but was tied up for the day and was not able to do anything for me at the present time.

After sitting at Urgent Care for an hour, I was able to get some stronger narcotics and so we headed home.

By 4pm that afternoon, not even the stronger drugs were working. I was completely beside myself, and not in my right mind after all the drugs that were doing nothing for my pain, but completely messing with my ability to think normal.

At about 5:30 my mom showed up at my house and said that she had talked to a friend whose son is a dentist and was willing to meet us at his office and try to fix my pain.
So we got in the car and drove the almost hour up to Arlington to Dr. Thomas' office. He was there with his 12 year old son, and together they had me in the chair, hooked me up to some nitrous, and away he worked.

There are some more details from last night, but I'm not entirely sure of how to put them into words yet, so maybe sometime in the future, I will talk about this event some more.
For right now, I am just grateful for Dr. Steve Thomas. He was my angel last night. I am so thankful that God answers prayers and that Steve was able to help me out in my hour of need.

There was no way I would have been able to make it through last night without having that procedure done.

I am so thankful that there are people in this world that are willing to help others and make sacrifices in their lives for the benefit of others. Without asking for anything in return.Today I woke up and felt like a new person.
No pain.
At all.

Have a beautiful day!

Friday, October 1, 2010

Do you ever WONDER

If checkers at the grocery store think you are a little crazy just by looking at the stuff you are purchasing?
Sometimes I wonder that.
Like when you're going to pick up a few random things that you need.
Case in point: Yesterday. I ran down to the store real quick to grab a couple of things. I spent 9.97 and here is what I bought.

1 avocado
5 bananas
1 box of instant stuffing mix
1 bag of marshmallows
1 container of Rocky Road Ice Cream

Now that I'm looking at my list, I don't think it's that strange. I've done worse, for sure! Oh, well!

Have a beautiful day!