Wednesday, December 31, 2008

A Little bubbley...

Happy New Year!
Here's to less doctor's appointments in 2009.
(Clink glasses)

More holiday info to come.
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Saturday, December 27, 2008

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Lucy and Jolly Ol' St. Nick

"...and a tricycle, and a doll that blinks her eyes, and a puppy, and..."


"and maybe one of those bracelets, Santa, that's nice..."




"Excuse me, I'm not finished yet."
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Thursday, December 18, 2008

Sometimes...

something so great happens that you just don't have the words to describe or enough thank you's to cover it.

Today was one of those times.

My dearest sister had a surprise party for me to celebrate the end of my radiation treatments. She told me I was just coming over for lunch and then when I walked in the door there were so many of my favorite people yelling, "Surprise!" I cried. I've had so much help and support from family and friends through the last year that I just felt a little overwhelmed. I thought about my sister who has been there through all of it, sleeping on hospital floors, doing my laundry, making meals, driving me to appointments, taking care of Lucy, checking in to see how I am, and THEN throwing a party to celebrate. She does the work of ten women and makes it looks easy. I just love her so much.

She even arranged for cameos from some of my favorite celebrities, Rainn Wilson, Jillian Michaels, Jennifer Garner, Katie Holmes, Matthew Macfadyen, even Oprah, and glad tidings (or good riddance) from UMHS and Dr. Sullivan. There were green-apple green ribbons (the color we've designated for Eppendymomas) for everyone to wear and yummy food.

Thank you for your love dear sister.

Thank you to everyone who has been supporting me through this year. I have a few follow-up appointments in January and then hopefully I'll be done for a while.

Maybe we could cast my tumor in a jell-o mold?
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You will not be missed.

I will not miss getting up at 6:00am
I will not miss ill-fitting hospital gowns
I will not miss being adjusted
I will not miss the fatigue
I will not miss the nausea
I will not miss half my butt hanging out
I will not miss being weighed

but in the immortal words of Fall Out Boy...
"Thanks for the memories."

I'm done!

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Dear Apartment Complex Maintenance,

black / white photograph of a crowbar's usage.Image via WikipediaWhere are you?

The basement in our building is not water proof. We have all our storage items on pallets in order to stave off water damage. I went down to switch my clothes from the washer to the dryer and I noticed water on the floor...okay, nothing new...but it was coming from above...and leaking all over someone's storage cage.

Good Luck After-Hours Maintenance Guy.

Love, Anna

P.S. While you're here, do you mind looking at the door I called about a couple weeks ago?
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Sunday, December 07, 2008

Talk, talk, talk


Lately, one of Lucy's favorite activities is to talk on the phone. Every toy she has can become a phone at any given time. I think it's funny considering I loathe it and don't do it much...I'd think she'd do more text messaging. Last night, Lucy and Tony were having a little "conversation," she has learned to say, "hi," and has attempted to say "Hello," a couple times. Tonight at Emily's piano recital the phone rang and she put her hand up to her ear and said, "Hi!" in a cute sing-songy voice. By way of pretending, she also pretends to eat the food we cook in her little kitchen, sometimes she'll bring me a spoon and lick her lips which means I'm supposed to taste it. Why am I always surprised she's learning new things...I mean, somewhere in my brain I know she will only continue learning but it is amazing to watch.

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Hair



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After





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It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas


Last night, for FHE, we went to the park downtown to see the Nativity and the decorated Christmas trees. It was a bit colder than I had anticipated so it was quick...but fun.


Thursday, November 27, 2008

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Lucy-O

Happy Thanksgiving!

Tony's work had a Turkey decorating contest and he came in second with Lucy-O. Get it?
Thanks Airfoil!


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Bustin' her hump.

Oh dear, this room is messy


I'd better clean up my clothes


There, now no one can trace the mess back to me.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Doctor Day

Today was my "doctor day," at the radiation clinic
and she said something funny...
"Let's see if you're losing weight and just don't know it."
I wanted to say,
"Lady--if there's a way to lose weight and not know it...
you're onto something big."

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Daddy's Home

Lucy gets excited when Tony comes home. Really excited. See for yourself:

video

Chalk one up for my team.


Tonight, Lucy ate carrots. She didn't know it,
but they were conveniently hidden in a bit of spaghetti sauce.


Tasty Trickery at it's finest.
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I saw this at Jo-Ann's today...

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Friday, November 21, 2008

Stupid Lamb


TWILIGHT!!!
Yes, we went to the Midnight showing last night. Honestly, I wasn't expecting it to be that great and it was. I thought it was very true to the book, and a lot of it was just how I'd imagined it to be. So...well done! I recommend it, but only if you've read the books...you'll miss out on a lot if you haven't. We got there at ten to ensure good seats, and really, we couldn't have asked for better. We played Phase 10 and Guitar Hero on the DS while we waited. Emily's excitement was priceless. I want to see every movie with her...it was so fun!

Picking up cards off the floor.

Guitar Hero Wendy

Packed Theater


Excited Emily
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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Tasty Trickery

Broccoli, cultivar unknownImage via WikipediaSo...by way of parenting mistakes put a tally mark on my side of the score board. I've introduced Lucy to junk food and now have a heck of a time getting her to eat vegetables. When she first started eating solids she would eat anything and everything and I thought, "I'm not going to need that Deceptively Delicious-I have a perfect baby who will eat whatever I put in front of her." However...like her mother, once she had the taste for "carbs," nothing else mattered. I try to give the vegetables first but usually they just end up on the floor...so the other day we were having reheated pizza for lunch, I needed her to eat some broccoli with it as well so I "butterflied," the pizza and "buttered" it with pureed broccoli. She had no idea. Today I thought I had a similar idea when I added green beans to her macaroni and cheese. I put some on her tray, went into the kitchen to dish some out for myself, came back and her tray was clean-she had eaten the beans with the noodles...or so I thought. When we were finished eating I took her bib off to find that she had slipped the green beans down her shirt. Can you believe it? What a sneaky-sneak.
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Monday, November 17, 2008

Count your blessings

I have some thing to catch up on but I wanted to post these thoughts I've had that are of a somewhat spiritual nature. This weekend was the opening weekend of deer hunting with a gun. Tony went out in the cold and snow to appreciate nature with his Dad. I went to two sessions of Stake Conference. Elder Clayton M. Christensen was there and his talks were so uplifting. A lot of the focus was on missionary work and testifying of the Savior. I heard a few different people talking about Heavenly Father knowing us individually and I felt a bit like, "whatever," not that I don't believe that, sometimes I just have a difficult time remembering it. At the close of the Sunday session the closing hymn was to be "Count Your Blessings," but at the conclusion of his talk Elder Christensen was so overcome with the Spirit that he asked that we rise and sing "The Spirit of God," instead. It was beautiful. It was in that hymn, flubbing up the words because I didn't have a hymnal, that I really felt God's love for ME. I felt of my responsibility as a mother and the challenges of raising my very special daughter in the last days. It inspired me to think of my Patriarchal Blessing and remember times that I have felt that personal knowledge from Heavenly Father. I went away feeling very uplifted and newly inspired. When we got home Sunday night I had to rush off to get to Young Women in Excellence. At the close of the meeting we sang, "Count your Blessings." As we were singing, the words really struck me and I had another moment of "He really does know and care for me." I felt so blessed to be a part of the Young Women's organization because it has helped me to grow in my testimony and witness what a wonderful generation of Youth we have and to continue to inspire me to fulfill my role as a mother and to make sure Lucy is growing up in the sort of home her warrior spirit deserves.
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Friday, November 14, 2008

Arrows

SUALogoImage via Wikipedia
1.Did you marry someone from High School? Not legal, even in California
2.Did you carpool to school? YES! With Katy, Monika and Maria---remember listening to Jessica Simpson's, "I think I'm in love," about a MILLION times.
3.What kind of car did you have? a beautiful Chrysler Town and Country that I shared with my sister.
4.What kind of car do you have now? Chevy Cavalier and the storage unit.
5.It's Friday night, where were you ....(then)? Football games, dances, friends houses or babysitting
6.It's Friday night, where are you.....(now) ? Home or in Union City
7.What do you do now? Laundry, dishes, scrub toilets, change diapers--you know, grown up Mom things. I wouldn't trade it for anything!
8.Were you a party animal? Not in the "partying" sense but I like to think I had fun at my "pop-and-chip" parties.
9.Were you considered a flirt? Sometimes
10.Were you in band, orchestra, or choir? No but I always thought I would have liked Choir-I went the artistic route instead.
11.Did you get suspended or expelled? No way!-One detention that I talked my way out of.
12.Can you sing the fight song? Can you call it a fight song?
13.Who were your favorite teachers? That's easy--Mrs. Gray, Miss Bosche, Ms. Holmes, Mrs. Wenzinger, Umm...freshman year history-I don't remember her name, Mrs. Slykhuis (I can't remember how to spell it), Mrs. Martin, Mrs. Rode...so so many I liked. It would be easier if I said the one I couldn't stand---there was only one---and my blood still boils thinking about her. She was the one responsible for the almost detention. The wet bandit-Mrs. Reeves.

14. Where did you sit during lunch? In the cafeteria, SUA Cafe.
15. What was your schools full name? St. Ursula Academy
16.What was your school mascot? Arrows
17.If you could go back and do it again, would you? I loved it but I wouldn't trade being with Lucy full time for anything.
18.What do you remember most about graduation? How surreal it felt walking into the gym and realizing "this was all for me."
19.Who did you go to prom with your senior year? Nate Matthews.
20.Did you have fun at your senior prom? It rocked!
21.Do you still talk to the person you went to prom with? Nope. I've tried to find him on Facebook but he shall not be found.
22.Are you planning on going to your 20 year reunion? Only if Katy and Mandy are there.
23.Do you still talk to people from High School?
Katy, Mandy and Monika. Emily----where are you????
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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Angel Food Cake



One of my very favorite desserts is Angel Food Cake and I have been really wanting to try to make it but we didn't have a pan. On Saturday afternoon Tony and I were watching an episode of "Good Eats," on the Food Network. They showed all the science behind the cake and why it's really foam, etc. It was so interesting. Watching the show and seeing how easy it looked make it so much less intimidating. So, for our date night on Saturday we went and got some cake flour and a pan and took to baking. It turned out great! I should have baked it just a few more minutes but it was great and a lot of fun! If you want the recipe I'm sure you can find it on the Food Network's site.
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Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Personal Favorites

*~*He's one of my personal favorites too; thanks Kahlida!*~*
I'm not sure why the picture is so grainy.

Technology

CNNImage via WikipediaDid you see the hologram interview with Wolf Blitzer and Jessica Yellin? It totally blows my mind. If you haven't seen it, check it out on CNN.
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