Friday, January 13, 2012

Company Girl Coffee: The Flu Edition


I don't know about where you live, but here in Omaha, the stomach flu is going around BIG TIME!  I have had many kids in the school where I teach out with it~sometimes for a week at a time.  My brother is down with it today as well, and this morning as I was reading his post on Facebook I congratulated myself on keeping the bugs at bay for my family.  "Great job cleaning this week!" I thought to myself.  "Way to use the bleach and the Clorox wipes!"  BIG MISTAKE.

My class had just returned from lunch, and we were settling in for an exciting chapter of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, when the school secretary came into my room looking apologetic.  "I'm really sorry, but Evan is in the nurse's office with a fever."  (My kids go to school where I teach).  By the time we got home, his fever was 101 and he was very nauseous. 

What a wonderful start to the weekend!

Now, I am just praying that it doesn't spread to the rest of us.  My hopes aren't very high though! :)

If you missed my post earlier in the week, my biopsy results came back as completely normal!!  Thank you to all of you Company Girls who prayed for me.  I am so grateful.

When you're done reading this, you may want to use some hand sanitizer!!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Thank you LORD!

I am sending praise and thanks heavenward today!  I received good news on my biopsy...it was COMPLETELY  normal!  I don't have adequate words to express my relief.  I have so many symptoms of what they tested me for that I had completely steeled myself to get the bad news. 

I am feeling on top of the world!  Thank you so much to each of you who offered me your support and prayers.  It means so much to me!!

Now I am off to have a great end of the week!

Friday, January 06, 2012

Company Girl Coffee and OH What a Week


I am having afternoon coffee at my blog today!  Today was our second day back with kids, so I am sitting back and enjoying a cup of joe after a long day of teaching.  Thanks for joining me!!

This week marked my return to work after a FABULOUS Christmas break. Boy oh boy did I need those two weeks to recharge.  I enjoyed every second of it.

It was nice to go back and see my kiddos, and I loved hearing about their Christmas adventures.  However, it's amazing to me how quickly my body gets out of teacher mode.  My feet hurt from standing all day, and my throat hurts from talking all day long.  I need to build up my endurance again.

Yesterday was a bit nerve wracking for me.  I had to have a biopsy done, and am awaiting news on whether or not it is cancerous.  It would mean so much to me if you could pray for a positive outcome.  The whole experience has led me to think about how very blessed I am, and how very much I have to be thankful for.  I have a husband I adore, three of the best boys on earth, and a job that I love and feel called to do.  It doesn't get much better than that.  So, today I am thankful for all of my blessings, and I am hopeful that this health concern comes to a positive end.  I am finding comfort in knowing that whatever the outcome, the Lord is walking next to me, and will help me to face any challenges that may be coming my way.

Happy weekend everyone!  I hope you have many opportunities to enjoy your blessings  :)

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Back to the Real World...

Tomorrow I head back to work.  I love being cocooned in the sense of timeless relaxation and rest that comes with Christmas vacation.  Sometimes I have no idea what day it is.  We spend large chunks of time in our pajamas.  We eat when we're hungry, play when we're bored, and sleep when we're tired, and NOT because we have to adhere to the crazy school time schedule.  I guess all things have to come to an end.

On Sunday, I could feel the inevitable end of break approaching, and as it happens every year, I get a crazy urge to organize the heck out of our house.  I have this thought that if everything is just so, our reentry into our regular schedule will be a little bit smoother.  And maybe it is for a little bit, but the crazies always come back.

At any rate, on Sunday the Christmas decorations came down and the regular decor went back up.  I hate to see the holidays go, but it is so refreshing in so many ways to put the house back in order and go back to the clean and orderly.

Yesterday, I cleaned out under the bathroom sinks, and I went to Target to stock up on supplies to reorganize and refresh cleaning supplies in each area of the house.  Then I REALLY went crazy and did a years worth of shredding and filing financial papers.  WHY do I put this job off so long?!!  It was boring as all get out, but at least it's done, and we will be ready to tackle the taxes soon.

Jeff has been home way more this vacation than he has been able to do in the past, and it has been heavenly.  I love getting to spend this time with him before the horrors of tax season begin.  It's the main reason I hate January.  It steals my husband away to the office.

Sigh...it's time, I know.  But I am going to be dragging my heels the whole way.

Monday, January 02, 2012

A Christmas Recap...A Little Late

We had a good holiday this year.  Charlie and Sammy are at a fun age (and I love that at Christmas time, they are both the SAME age!  This year they are 5!) where they are full of belief in the magic and wonder of Christmas and Santa, but they are also beginning to have a solid belief and understanding that Jesus is the reason we are celebrating.  I love watching their faith emerge, and see how important it is to them.  It's one of the many times I am glad we made the decision to send them to a private, religious school.

Here are some highlights from our Christmas celebration:

This is one of my ALL TIME favorite pictures of my boys.

I love getting the boys all dressed up for things.  I need to be better about making sure they have dressy wardrobe options.  It's something that I find easy to overlook with boys.

Jeff and I on Christmas Eve
Jeff hates having his picture taken, and rarely lets me get him in a good shot.  (This one was taken by Evan!  It helps to have someone else in the house who can click the shutter in an intelligent way.)  I am always a little sad when I see slideshows of couples at weddings, because pictures of Jeff and I are few and far between.  Our slideshow would have maybe five pictures.  So, I am super thankful to have captured this. 

It's a girl!!
My brother Creighton and his awesome wife Lindsey are expecting a baby in July.  This is my Mom discovering on Christmas Eve that IT'S A GIRL!!  We have 6 boys and now 2 girls as grandkids in our family.  This was a huge Christmas gift for all of us.  I can't wait to see these two become parents.

Sammy feeding "Elizabeth"
Someday Sammy may kill me for posting this picture, but I love it.  This year, my Sammy who is my rough and tough football obsessed boy, asked for a Baby Alive.  Jeff was slightly horrified and asked him why.  Sammy said, "I want to practice being a good Daddy!"  And how does that not melt your heart?  I love this about him, so Santa was on a mission to find a Baby Alive.  He named her Elizabeth, and I love watching how careful and gentle he is with her.  He is going to make a FANTASTIC husband and father someday.  You're welcome future daughter in law!!!

Evan's favorite gift of 2011
This year, despite my protestations, my brother Creighton and my BIL Luke bought Evan a TV for his bedroom.  Creighton also gave Evan an XBox 360 to go with it.  Evan loves his new additions to his bedroom...I'm just sad we may never see him again, as it's hard now to get him to come out of his room! :)

VERY early Christmas morning
This year my choir at church sang at midnight Mass, so this picture was taken very early on Christmas morning, after "Santa" had made his delivery.  I love this moment...everything frozen in a cozy Christmas scene, before the fun begins.

I hope all of you had a great Christmas too...I'm just sad we have to wait a whole year for it to be back.  I truly believe it's the most wonderful time of the year!!

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