Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Co-Pays, Prescriptions, Medical Bills, oh my!


Hello blogger friends. The title is just what we have lived today, but it's all okay because everyone is healthy...and the doctors' a bit richer :) I'll just run down the list by family member and will save David for last as he hasn't been to the doctor but I have a fun story to tell so... sit back, get a cup of coffee, and get ready to read.

Chloe: TURNED 4 ON MONDAY!!!! She is my big girl now. She is healthy and happy. Smarter than she should be at this age, and has an intense desire to learn and teach her brother. Her personality is hard to describe. She is witty, passionate, a leader, and a perfectionist. She has a servants heart and loves to help others who are less fortunate. She gets concerned over kids who don't have coats, the kids who won't get Christmas gifts, and the hungry people who have no food.  Developmentally, I have to brag for a second because that is what mommy's like to do from time to time.
1. She can write her name, Brody's name and my name with NO help from me.
2. She can do the 4-5 year old brainquest workbooks and flashcards with NO problems and very very little help. She told me she needed the kindergarten books.
3. She can count to 30, and knows all of her colors.
4. She know all of her letters, upper and lowercase, the sounds they all make, and is starting to sound words out.
5. She loves to color, paint, play her Leapster 2, and do crafty things
6. She also loves to play ball, ride her bike, play with dolls, dress up like a princess, and play with her brother.
7. She is my beautiful angel!!!

Brody: got his third set of ear tubes today. We are praying that these stay in longer than 4 months this time around. He did wonderful with the surgery and was back to normal within the hour. He is the sweetest little boy ever. We go for another ear check next week to make sure everything is all healed up. And just for one quick brag on him...he can spell his name if you ask him to....and if he is in the mood.

Kelly: I still have my drain from the surgery back in October. For some reason I am just not able to get rid of all of the post surgical fluid that I normally can after 1 week. It's been a challenge to dress to conceal the drain (which looks like a grenade) and to bathe everynight in the tub, but other than that, I'm okay. I do have pain and bad back spasms since they took my back muscle to create a new breast, but the pain meds work and physical therapy does wonders. I just got expanded again today and am happy to report that next week will be my final expansion on the right side. My left side is expanded to capacity. Just hoping the soreness and all that comes with expansion goes away by Friday when we have Chloe's birthday party.

David: just graduated from the Citizen's Police Academy. This is a 10 week class that he has attended and has learned so very much about the police department, what they do, what their job entails, etc... He learned about everything from gangs to homicides to simple traffic citations. He was able to go on a night-shift ride along with an officer and loved it. He also had the opportunity to go visit the prison, get voluntarily tazed (CRAZY), and learn how to drive a police car tactically. Every Tuesday night I loved it when he would get home from class so I could hear all about what he learned. Last night we went to his graduation and he won the Should Have Been  A Policeman Award. Apparently he got that because he was chosen to be the cop in this scenario they played out in class and he basically took down a cop...like for real took him down to the ground. I believe the officer presenting the award said "he whooped up on him and then pulled out the whoop ass stick." It was a wonderful night and I was so proud of my man and our Clarksville Police Dept. I will be taking the class in the spring and cannot wait to start.

Chloe will be having a birthday party Friday so there will be lots of pictures posted the next time...promise

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Chloe-isms and Brody-isms

So here is a light hearted post for a change. Time to get the laughs started back. I'll start with Chloe. She is my funny little girl who doesn't even realize that she is being funny. Here are a few of her latest "Chloe-isms..."

1. Mommy, I'm weak. Do you know what that means? It means I need a brownie to get my strength back. I replied that I absolutely knew what weak meant and that you get your strength back from sleep. She replied, "mom, you get your strength from sleep, but mine comes back from brownies."
2. Mommy, you have 2 boobies now. When will they look like mine? I said, "well, they won't. Yours will look like mine one day when you are a big girl." She said "oh no, will they have cuts on them and will I have a drain?" Aaaah, too much for my sweet little one to grasp right now.
3. Brody, you are my favorite boy because I like to play puzzles with you.
4. Mommy, you are my best friend and favorite girl.
5. But mom, I do NOT want to wear that plain shirt. All of my friends wear shirts with pictures on them. I want a shirt with a picture on it. Can you go shopping today and get me some? I can't go to school if my shirt does not have a picture on it. (all said while stamping her foot and crossing her arms)
6. Mommy, who is God's mommy?
7. Brody, you will get a spanking if you disobey. You better eat your food and not tell mommy "no" or she will get mad. You need to act like me.

Chloe has earned the nickname "Chloe the Pharisee" when it comes to her conversations with Brody because they always involve...you should do it more like me.

And now for Brody. He is my sweet, funny little guy. He will do silly things to make us laugh. He strives to be funny and laughter makes his heart happy. If things get too serious, we can always count on him to lighten things up a bit. Here are some Brody-isms.

1. We came out of Chloe's dance class last night and it was dark. He said "uh-oh mommy. Who turned out the lights?"
2.  Mommy, I will jump off my stool onto the couch and bonk my head. Watch me mommy, it's funny.
3. Every morning I ask Brody which cartoon he wants to watch and he replies, "mickey mouse, handy manny, cars, woody, buzz, and caillou." Geez, not watching toons all day my little friend.
4. Chloe, you be Paulette and I will be Gary. (those are David's parents names!)
5. Mommy, I not your boy. I Op-Op's boy and Op-Op's buddy and Granny's doll (that is my dad and david's grandmother)
6. A-B-C-D-E-F-G-H-I-J-K-L-L-L-L-P-twinkle twinkle little star, how I wonder what you are (yes, he totally combines the songs)

Well, I hope this light-hearted post put a smile on your face as it did mine while I typed it out. My kids bring such a joy to me and even though it is the hardest job on the face of the planet, I would not change it for anything. As a matter of fact, I'm trying to talk David into letting me home-school them. Eeeek!

Friday, November 5, 2010

Apology

Aparently, I have caused some sort of uproar over the last blog entry that I wrote. I don't want to remove it because this is my journal and diary and it is my thoughts that I choose to make public. However, I do want to apologize to anyone that took offense to it. I think, or I hoped, that people who know me also know my heart. I am not one to intentionally hurt feelings, upset people, or disrespect anyone. The last entry was written with a sense of dry humor, and was just giving a glimpse of what all of us young moms experience when our children spend any length of time with their grandparents. All of my friends talk about how hard the transistion is when the kids return from grandparent-land to parent-land again. It's nothing bad...just truth. It's one of the perks that come with being a grandparent...you earn the right to spoil those precious grandkids and then send them home. Especially the grandkids who live hours away that you don't see very often. They definitely deserve some spoiling...and their transistion back is definitely harder.

So...no hard feelings please. And if there were, know my heart, know my character, and know that I am not a malicious person writing hurtful things just because I feel like it.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

A New Version of "Traumatized..."

I have come up with a new version of traumatized. You see, traumatized is what David and I are. The kids have been with David's parents and grandmother for the past 9 or 10 days and they came back to us yesterday "Grandma-tized." Yes, that's right. They have been grandma-tized to the max. ROTTEN does not even begin to describe them.
Let's start with Brody. This morning, he REFUSED to eat his bar. OK, no biggie. Then he said he wanted yogurt but then refused it once it was opened. Then he cried and refused 2 cups of milk because they weren't in the cup he wanted. Once David put it in the third cup, I was done. DONE I tell you. So a bit later, he started pitching a fit about something and then hauled off and threw my notebook on the floor. Then he walked around with a crayon in his hand searching for a place he could throw it. We warned him if he threw it, he would get a spanking and what do you know...he THREW it anyways. So I spanked him and told him to pick it up, he said NO, DON'T WANT TO, so he got another spank. This pattern continued for about 4 times when David stepped in and put Brody in his room for a time out. When he came back out, David told him he had to say he was sorry to mommy for disobeying but Brody refused so he went back to his room again for a time out...but not before he picked up another crayon, threw it, and got a spank. So, when the second time out was over, he finally came over, said he was sorry, and then helped clean up the mess he had created. WHEW. All that and he has only been awake 45 minutes or so. I won't even get into detail about him pitching a pure fit about wanting to wear his pajamas to my doctor's appt at St Thomas Hospital, I'll just say it was a battle to get them off of him. He's been "Grandma-tized."

Chloe on the other hand has not really been that bad. She has just been asking a whole lot for snacks, milk, juice, etc... Like, asking more than she normally does. And she thinks she can fall asleep on the couch now and we will carry her to bed when we go. Yeah...not gonna happen...at least not after tonight :)

Regardless of all of the traumatizing we've experienced today and the grandma-tizing the kids have experienced the past 10 days, we are very lucky and blessed to have had my wonderful mother-in-law take them so that I could have my surgery and rest and recover in a quiet home without the craziness that comes with having a 2 yr old and a 3 yr old. I am forever grateful and do totally agree that grandparents have earned the right to spoil  the grandkids rotten and then send them back home.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Halloween 2010

This year was quite different for Team Blevins. We did not have our children here this year because of the surgeries I had this past week. Instead, they were with their grandparents in Georgia having a blast without us. They went to a huge neighborhood party and then went trick-or-treating afterwards. Brody called when they returned home and when I asked if he went trick-or-treating he replied, "yes...chuck-e-cheese." He kept saying that, and if you think about it, they are pretty close to the same thing. HA! Chloe also told me all about her fun experience and how she dressed up like Barbie all day long. She told me her pumpkin was full of candy but she forgot to save me a pink sucker. She was so excited. I am hoping I will have pictures to post, but I am seriously doubting David's mom will be able to upload them on her computer (love you!!! maybe your son can talk you through it - HA!) And for those reading this thinking that was rude, you have to know it's kind of a family joke that my wonderful MIL still has no idea how to get pictures from the camera to the computer. Anyways, as previously stated, Chloe was Barbie and Brody was Handy Manny.

On Saturday night we went to an adult Halloween Party with lots of our friends. The Weatherfords hosted it and it was a blast. I dressed up as the post-surgical patient - costume complete with IV holes, multiple bruises, drains, scars, and it only cost thousands to get. David was...well, just look at the pictures and you will totally know who he is.



It's none other than...COUSIN EDDIE! (from Christmas Vacation)

all he needed was a garden hose and a sign that said "shitter's full Clark." (just quoting the movie)


There were probably 15-20 couples there and out of everyone, David won funniest costume and our friends Roben and Timmy won best couples costume. They were Joy and Darnell from the show My Name Is Earl. You have to know that Timmy is a white boy dressed like a black boy with the use of makeup. He looked so much like Darnell that I did not even recognize him when we first got there. It was great. Erin was Snooki from the Jersey Shore. There were flappers, gypsies, Zoro, superheroes, other movie and TV based characters etc... Lots of fun. At first I was very unsure that I wanted to go because I wasn't feeling great, but I am so glad that I did because it made me get out of the house and have some quality time with my friends.


 
Darnell and Joy from My Name is Earl


Senorita, BatWoman, Taylor Swift, Joy, and a Gypsy


Joy, Gypsy, Flapper, Hip Hopper, Taylor Swift