Our Holiday Bucket List

I’ve never done one of these before, but I came up with a bucket list of items for us to complete over the holidays. They’re all do-able. One we’ve already done, and one we’re close to completing. I’m really excited about this, and I know Lucy will be, too. As you can see, I came up with a mix of fun things to do as a family and things we can do to help others. Lucy likes helping me prepare donation boxes, so I think this will be good for us. I want to instill in her early on a desire to help others. I’ll be marking off the list below the picture once items are checked off.

Oh, and for the record, my husband asked me to add “Eat Cookies”. I’m a good wife, no? 🙂

Holiday Bucket List 2012

Holiday Bucket List 2012 
Decorate the House
Cut Down and Decorate a Christmas Tree
Visit Santa Claus
Watch “A Charlie Brown Christmas”
Make Cookies for Santa
Camp Out Under the Christmas Tree
Drive Around to See Christmas Lights
Give a Toy to a Child in Need
Donate Food for Christmas Boxes
Eat Cookies

What’s on your holiday bucket list?

The Thanksgiving Curse

So, Thanksgiving. Yeah. It probably ranks up there with all the other holidays I would love to forget. Which would be every other Thanksgiving when we’re scheduled to go to Joe’s parents’.

You see, we’re cursed when it comes to the Thanksgivings we spend with his family. Every time, we either get sick at his parents’ cabin or we are blessed enough to get sick before we go. Two years ago, Joe and Lucy were sick before the holiday, and I came down with what they had on Thanksgiving, spending the night throwing up with my mother-in-law and grandmother-in-law watching. Yeah. It was as much fun as it sounds.

This year, as I’ve already told you in great detail, Lucy came down with the croup on Wednesday. We decided we’d wait to head to the mountains on Friday so she would have had the antibiotic in her system for 48 hours and wouldn’t be contagious. We had a really nice day with just our little family. We took Lucy to our town’s BRAND NEW Dunkin’ Donuts for breakfast.

And, we watched the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (some of us, in a box).

Then Joe and I made lunch while Lucy played outside with the neighborhood kids.

But, then…THEN, I got sick Thanksgiving night. As in, I thought I was going to die sick. I am not even exaggerating. My temperature got up to almost 101 degrees, and fluctuated between that and 99.9 all night. I had chills. My body ached and my skin hurt. My throat hurt. I was miserable.

The next day, I was feeling OK, so Joe and Lucy headed to the cabin while I stayed home. My fever was down to 98.8. I was on the mend. Insert laughter here. I was so naive. That afternoon, my temperature spiked back up to 100.9, so I headed to our local urgent care facility. There was a four hour wait. FOUR HOURS. So, I headed to the next closest one. I was in a room in 20 minutes and, though my flu test came back negative, the doctor said it’s only 70 percent accurate, so gave me a prescription for Tamiflu. I also got an antibiotic because my white cell count was high, indicating an infection.

The next day, well, I didn’t feel like death anymore, so I consider that improvement, and I’ve continually gotten better since. Hooray.

So, that was our Thanksgiving. I wonder what will happen two years from now to keep us from the mountains.

I never know what to get my brothers for Christmas, and I wonder if the one who is musically inclined would like something like a great vox vt20 from guitar center. I know the amp is geared toward guitars, but I wonder if it could be hooked up to his keyboard. That would give him more sound as he practices and composes.

DIY: Hair Band Holder

I have long-ish hair and, with the incredibly hot summer we’ve had here in Georgia, I pull my hair up every.single.day. It’s just too hot to leave it down.

That means, I have hair bands all over my house from where I’ve taken them off or from where Lucy has left them after playing. I don’t really have anywhere to put them, so they are primarily kept on my night stand or on the bookcase in our bed’s headboard.

Then, I saw this fabulous idea on a website (and, if I could remember which one, I would give them credit here) to make a hair band holder. It is ridiculously easy (I think it took me literally a minute to make) and it’s free if you have scrapbook paper or around 25 cents if you don’t. You can’t get much more frugal than that!

I took an empty toilet paper roll, picked out some scrapbook paper I liked, cut it to the length of the roll and then wrapped it around. That’s it! Easy-peasy. I put the one I made in Lucy’s room (because I have nowhere to put her hair bands either), and it looks super cute next to her headband holder. Now, I need to make one for my room!

I’ve always liked those floor fountains that you see in office buildings. I think they’re so relaxing and soothing, and I’ve always thought it would be neat to have one at my house. However, I wonder where I would put it so that it would go well. Maybe I can create some space in the backyard to put it. That would be a nice, relaxing oasis.

Lucy’s Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Birthday

My sweet girl turned 3 yesterday (seriously, WHERE does the time go??), and we had an awesome day planned. After she played for a while in the Power Wheel we got her, we were going to grab donuts for breakfast (our tradition), and head up to Dalton to watch trains and let her take pictures with her new camera.

After Lucy went to bed on Tuesday night, we set to work wrapping presents and putting her car together. I set up a pretty nice display with which to surprise her the next morning and headed to bed.

Around midnight, Joe woke me screaming that Lucy was having trouble breathing. He gave her to me and called 911. Apparently, she had been pointing at her mouth and nodded when Joe asked if she had swallowed something though, of course, we had no idea what it might have been. We were scared to death. I seriously have never been that scared in my entire life.

Lucy calmed down a bit when she saw her gifts, so we rushed her to the car and sped to the hospital. When we got there, they didn’t seem to think there was anything seriously wrong with her (um, HELLO, my daughter said she swallowed something and was still having some trouble breathing), and we ended up waiting for more than an hour in the waiting room. Once we were taken back, we waited another 30 minutes or so for her nurse to come in. Joe had to actually go out twice to ask if our daughter was going to be seen.

When the nurse walked in, she saw Lucy walking around and said, “Oh, she’s fine.” Let me tell you, this momma was LIVID. She listened to Lucy’s heart and lungs, and then left. I was pretty P.O.’d by then and told Joe in no uncertain terms that we were never going to our local hospital again. We’ve never had a good experience there, and this just sealed the deal.

So, we waited. And, we waited. And, we waited. I went out and asked WHEN the doctor was going to come in and was told that Lucy was on the list to be seen. Obviously. However, a time frame would be awesome.

We waited another 20 minutes, and when Joe went back out to the desk, he was told it would be another 30-60 minutes before Lucy would be seen. So, we decided to leave and go to one of the hospitals in Rome.

Once we arrived, the girl at the front desk took one look at Lucy and called back, telling them there was a croupy child they needed to come get. Now, I know there wasn’t anyone else waiting, but I was impressed with their staff from the get-go.

When we got to our room, we had three nurses taking care of Lucy, and the doctor came in about 10 minutes later. She had an xray taken (and, apparently, Lucy had to be strapped to a chair with her arms held up because she wouldn’t stand still — definitely nothing that would hurt her but she was pretty traumatized by it) and diagnosed Lucy with croup. She gave her a steroid shot (traumatizing event No. 2) and a prescription for an antibiotic, and sent us on our way.

We got home around 6 a.m. and, after we let Lucy sit in her car and open her presents, we crashed for a few hours.

When we woke up, we tried to salvage Lucy’s day and took her to breakfast at Waffle House (her request). Afterward, we ran a few errands (and picked up a new toy for her) and then came home to nap. Then, we took her to Chili’s for dinner where the staff sang to her and gave her a brownie sundae. She was thrilled!

So, I think we made up for how her birthday began. We ended up having a really nice day celebrating our little girl.