Calling all DIYers

I don’t know about you guys but I used to be pretty crafty once upon a time. Before kids. Before a stroke. Before Cancer. Half of our Christmas tree ornaments are ones I made while I was in college. The other half would be the one’s our kids have chosen each year. I spent hours one Saturday painting a checkerboard snowman with friends. It was fun and I miss it.

As our kids have gotten older and I’ve had a little bit of free time. Five minutes totally counts as free time in my life! I’ve wanted to get back into crafting and doing more things on my own instead of buying them. My Dad, brother and John cut down three birch trees in our front yard over the holidays. John wants to use it for a fire pit. I bought myself a wood burning tool and am determined to use some of that wood to make beautiful things. What things I’m not sure yet but I will do it!

The problem I have is I need to see something before I make it. There are some things that even seeing doesn’t help me with. Sewing would be my nemesis. No lie, John does the sewing around here. The girls don’t even come to me to ask anymore. They take it straight to him to fix if it needs to be sewed. Jahnna is determined to learn how to sew and I have no desire to learn to teach her. That’s what I love about bundle sales. All the sewing stuff in this bundle like these ones

She can use to learn. Bonus is that it totally counts as school work! She’s learning math and home ec all at the same time without even realizing it.

There is so much for everyone. Of course there are ones that I won’t use but you might. I haven’t had a chance to look at How to Sculpt Miniature Breakfast Foods by Mo @ The Mouse Market ($39.95). I can almost guarantee that if I didn’t have an eleven year old daughter who wants to start filming YouTube videos that I would never even open this file. Not because it’s not a quality product but because that’s not something I’m interested in. This will probably be one of Jahnna’s favorites.

You might be able to pick out paint colors for a house very easily. It took me four weeks to decide on a color for one wall of Colby’s bathroom. I NEED this file How to Choose Paint Colours: It’s All In The Undertones by Maria @ Maria Killam ($37.00). With a $37 price tag I’ve already saved $3 by buying it in this bundle.

Hurry though! The Ultimate DIY Bundle will only be on sale for 6 days – from 8am EST on Wednesday, January 21 until 11.59pm EST on Monday, January 26.

You can buy with complete confidence because you’re covered by the Ultimate Bundles 30-day money-back guarantee. That means you have a full 30 days to enjoy all the eBooks and eCourses in the bundle, and if you don’t think they provided enough value, you’ll get a full refund.

Not only that, but The Ultimate DIY Bundle comes with 4 awesome bonuses, worth over $118. That’s 3x the price of the bundle alone! These include…

A free $15 Store Credit PLUS 8×10 Art Print from Hope Ink ($43 Value), a free online class from Craftsy (up to $60 Value), free $15 store credit to Fawnsberg.com, a free sewing pattern PLUS a Premium Video Class from UpCraft Club ($19.99 Value), and free, full digital copies of Where Women Create Magazine and Greencraft Magazine ($20 value) from Stampington and Co.

So, don’t miss your chance to grab The Ultimate DIY Bundle, and get 76 incredible eBooks and eCourses for just $34.95. All you need to do is take action by midnight on Monday, January 26!

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Labs, labs and more labs



Colby really does not want to go back to school! I on the other hand was so excited for him to go back tomorrow. Guess who is going to win tomorrow? The 103.1 fever does. Sigh. He hasn’t been to school since Dec 18th. One entire month! I know two weeks of that was vacation but this is getting ridiculous.

He has an ear infection. Ear infections do not cause 103.1 fevers. His blood work today shows anemia. Anemia does not cause 103.1 fevers. His urinalysis shows nothing. Nothing does not cause 103.1 fevers. Can anyone tell me what would cause a 103.1 fever? His doctor doesn’t know. Oh that ear infection is after a ten day course of antibiotic he finished yesterday. Doesn’t make any sense.

Tomorrow I will call his kidney doctor to have him look over his lab work. The protein in his urine has gone up again but his kidney panel labs look better. Go figure. Then I’ll call his neurologist to ask about a link between lamictal and not absorbing folate or something. I was talking with other parents about the link on a Facebook group over the weekend. She brought up testing for the MTHFR mutation. I asked his pediatrician about it today but he doesn’t think there is a reason to test for it yet. Frustrating!

I feel bad for Colby but he continues to be a trooper. Today at the lab he laughed when I asked him if I should pretend my arm was his arm to trick them. He screams in pain from stomach cramps after being on an antibiotic and when it is over he laughs. Almost like he’s saying “HA HA I worked through that you stupid cramp!” I took his temperature and said “Stupid fever, go away” He laughed. He felt miserable but he still laughs and smiles. He is the toughest person I know. Not just tough physically because he tolerates so much pain but emotionally tough as well. He could give up, but he doesn’t.

This week I was so anxious for him to go back to school. I’m tired, I felt like I needed a break. He’s been up five to eight times a night and instead of sleeping until sevenish in the morning he’s been up at 5:15 every day the last two weeks. The thing I have to remind myself is I can take a break if I have to but Colby doesn’t get that option. His body doesn’t give him a break ever unless I medicate him enough for him to get some relief by forcing him to take a nap. I hate doing that. I hate seeing him in pain. There’s not really a win in either situation so I try and balance it for him as best I can. So tonight I’m pulling it back together and we’ll get through another week of no school if that’s what Colby needs. I’m hoping tomorrow one of his doctors might have some more answers for us.


DIYers and Wanna Be DIYers this is for you!


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There aren’t enough hours in the day, right? With work, helping the kids with their homework, preparing meals, cleaning up after everyone and putting yet another load of laundry on, there’s very little time for sleep – let alone DIY and crafting!

But do you look at that bare wall in the den and that tatty tablecloth on the kitchen table, and just wish you had a few hours to do something about them? Or do you browse through those wonderful crafting successes on Pinterest and think to yourself that “one day” you’ll have a few more minutes to yourself so that you too can create something incredible?

You’re not alone – there’s a huge community of people out there who are feeling just as frustrated as you are!

Thankfully though, there’s an exciting new product to help you quickly and easily get into (or back into) the creative projects you’ve been desperate to start. It’s called The Ultimate DIY Bundle, and it’s a collection of carefully curated DIY and crafting eBooks and eCourses from the world’s leading authors and bloggers in the industry.

For the crazy low price of just $34.95, you get access to a carefully curated library of over 85 eBooks and eCourses. And let me reassure you that this really is great value: the Ultimate Bundles team (who produced the resource) has spent MONTHS seeking out the most respected experts in the industry and asking them to contribute their premium-quality eBooks and eCourses. These really are the best of the best when it comes to DIY and crafting advice and information.

Topics in the bundle include:

  • Home decor
  • Furniture painting
  • Photography
  • Chalk pastels
  • Handmade gifts
  • Homemade skincare products
  • Cake decorating
  • Photography and photo-editing
  • Paint colors and interior design
  • …and a whole lot more (86 eBooks and eCourses in total) – to help you be inspired or get started with your next DIY or crafting project!

There’s no need to worry about information overload though: The Ultimate DIY Bundle comes with a complete guide to getting started, so that you can know exactly which resource to use for your specific crafting or DIY project and jump straight into it with confidence!

 

 

Hurry though! The Ultimate DIY Bundle will only be on sale for 6 days – from 8am EST on Wednesday, January 21 until 11.59pm EST on Monday, January 26.

You can buy with complete confidence because you’re covered by the Ultimate Bundles 30-day money-back guarantee. That means you have a full 30 days to enjoy all the eBooks and eCourses in the bundle, and if you don’t think they provided enough value, you’ll get a full refund.

Not only that, but The Ultimate DIY Bundle comes with 4 awesome bonuses, worth over $118. That’s 3x the price of the bundle alone! These include…

A free $15 Store Credit PLUS 8×10 Art Print from Hope Ink ($43 Value), a free online class from Craftsy (up to $60 Value), free $15 store credit to Fawnsberg.com, and a free sewing pattern PLUS a Premium Video Class from UpCraft Club ($19.99 Value).

So, don’t miss your chance to grab The Ultimate DIY Bundle, and get 85 incredible eBooks and eCourses for just $34.95. All you need to do is take action by midnight on Monday, January 26!

This amazing deal ends in just…

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Pick up your copy right now, before it’s too late. Or, learn more here.

 

 

3 month MRI Follow up

It always surprises me when scan days come around. I’m never nervous until we start driving down to the hospital. Then I pretty much hold my breath for the entire scan until the doctor pulls up the images. I guess that means I don’t breathe for roughly three hours! This scan day was no different. Thankfully the images of John’s brain continue to be clear of tumors which means we go back to not thinking about brain cancer for another three months. I wish!

I don’t know if there’s a day that goes by that I don’t think about it. It’s always there looming in the back of our life. When you or a family member are given a terminal diagnosis I think you will always live life a little on edge. When is it coming back? Will it have mutated? Will it respond to treatment again? John’s neuro-oncologist told us at the very beginning of this crazy ride that it’s not an if it comes back it’s when it comes back. That means every scan day we wonder until we see the images.

That’s not negative thinking. It’s realistic thinking. It’s planning for life knowing that the talk we had ten years ago about sitting on the porch in rockers as an old couple making fun of the young kids who think they are cool, probably won’t happen. It doesn’t mean we don’t hope and pray it never comes back because every scan day you better believe those prayers are said and wishes are hoped for. It just means that at 42 years old my husband has outlined his wishes for his funeral, what music he wants played and who he wants to speak. Do we both hope I don’t have to use them and that he’s around long enough to change it if he wants as he gets older? Yes, but just in case it’s all ready.

For now we go back to living life like we always do, one day at a time. In other John news, the VA neuro-opthamologist did four hours worth of testing to determine that his vision changes are due to being 42 and having had a different doctor over prescribe his glasses prescription. It’s good news because when he was first diagnosed with brain cancer the tumor presented by him losing sight in his left eye. The tumor was pushing over the mid-line in his brain which pushed on his optic nerve. Luckily it did not damage that nerve and neither did radiation. His vision shouldn’t get any worse now that he has the right prescription.

That’s the cancer news for the week. In Colby news the stupid Influenza A struck our house hard. I had to cancel his nissen surgery for this week. It’s good because hopefully he will be healthy in February. It stinks because that’s another month he has to throw up every day until then. Between the cold and the throwing up his little cheek is raw again.  Poor kiddo.

That’s about it for today. I’m excited for some reviews I have coming up. I’ll keep you posted on my Facebook page so if you haven’t liked it yet please do!

Is it over yet?

Does anyone else think that when it comes to Christmas vacation and kids being home from school? Our vacation was filled with lots of fun and family but we also are still dealing with Influenza. Colby didn’t go back to school today and probably won’t go back this week. He’s on Tamiflu and doing breathing treatments every four hours. Good times right? It wouldn’t be so bad if I wasn’t still sick with a left over sinus infection and bronchitis from the stupid flu. John is on Tamiflu also and he is feeling much better today so hopefully Colby will bounce back fast also. Unfortunately for us it means that we had to cancel Colby’s Nissen surgery. The February schedule isn’t available yet so I don’t know when we are moving it to.

Back to vacation. The beginning part was nice. We finished up our shopping, dyed both girls hair blue, got the house ready for my side of the family to visit and had a good time being together. Jahnna has been wanting to dye her hair again and she chose a dark blue temporary color to do it. After rejecting my thoughts on bleaching her dark brown hair so that you would be able to see the blue color she realized I do occasionally know more than her on how to do things. The next day we used a highlighting cap and I tortured her for an hour getting her hair ready. That girl has a crazy sensitive head! She hated how it looked after bleaching it but then we added the blue and she loves it now. Riley of course wanted in on that action and I convinced her to wait until break to do it. Thankfully, her hair is already super blonde so we just added the temporary hair color in a couple strategic places and she ended up liking it a lot. Her color is almost all gone just in time for school to start again.

John and I learned a valuable lesson on Christmas Eve. Don’t give your kids a fish tank from Santa. It makes it a challenge to set it all up without killing the fish over the next few days. Colby loved the fish tank but he’s down to 1 frog, 1 Otto, 2 Platy’s and 1 neon tetra. John was jealous of Colby’s tank and he got spoiled with a 36 gallon tank the day after Christmas. So now instead of just one ten gallon tank we’re establishing we have 2. It’s fun to have both of them. Colby’s is in his room and he likes to look at it when I’m getting him into his wheelchair. It’s a little bit to far away from his bed for him to see it all the time but with all his medical equipment there is no room closer to his bed.

Christmas morning John set the alarm for 5:30 thinking the girls would be up super early. HA! Of course it was the one year they slept in! Around 6:30 he got tired of waiting for them and sent me to wake them up. I went to wake up Riley and she didn’t want to get up at all. Finally they were upstairs but about an hour after presents were opened Riley’s 102 fever showed up and it made a lot more sense as to why she didn’t want to wake up. Around 11:00 in the morning she fell back asleep on the couch after bursting into tears saying “I didn’t want to get up. I’m to tired to be awake!” The rest of the day was fairly low key and very relaxing. I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised that the rest of us got sick after that.

Poor kiddo is sick today. She opened her presents and then said “I’m tired and I don’t want to be up!”

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After a lot of speculation we did end up with a white Christmas

You’d never know she was born in CA because she loves the cold and snow.

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My family finally made it into town late Saturday night and we had Christmas dinner again on Sunday night. It’s fun to hang out with everyone but having all the kids in one spot sure makes me tired! Monday my dad and brother helped John cut down three trees. It was crazy windy and cold and there are now a ton of branches sitting in my driveway waiting for us to get our hands on a wood chipper. The trees were breaking up the driveway concrete and causing the drainage problems into the garage. They were beautiful trees but they had to go if we didn’t want more problems later on. Word of advice, don’t plant birch trees two feet away from your house. They have big roots that are close to the surface. It’s not a good idea.

New Years Eve found me passed out in bed at 9:30. I tried to hang on but I was so sick! Jahnna, Riley and John watched Hatari and he convinced them it was midnight around 10:30. What an exciting group we are! I was so happy none of the fireworks woke Colby up and he slept pretty good because I was really out of it that night and the next day. Friday, John started getting sick and then Saturday Colby started in with the fever. Jahnna lucked out and didn’t have the super high fever everyone else had. She has a lingering cough but successfully fought off most of it.

Today Riley went back to school and Jahnna logged back into her classes. It’s back to our regular chaotic lives!

How were your holiday’s?

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