Slow down!!!

With 24 hours since we returned from the hospital with my little girl I feel like I can reflect a bit better than I did last night. Most of that post was done through tears as the hubby made calls to his parents and brother and sister.

Even though today was filled with tears of worry I was so up lifted by the prayers from my friends and family.

As I was on my way to hospital, well I was a bit lost somewhere between Cherry Hill and Voorhees looking for the new Virtua, I may have been going a little fast...well that is what the police officer told me.

I think he may have seen the panic in my eyes, or the welling up tears, because he decided to let me go with a warning and gave me directions to the hospital. I had to stop and let myself absorb what has been happening. Remind myself not to think about the what-if's, and trust He who created me. To slow down!

I am so glad I had the opportunity to remember this because...

Seeing my little girl, the precious little girl that God entrusted me to raise, hooked up to an EKG machine was pretty difficult. But it was quick and easy and she was so brave...Like Merida! At least that is what she kept telling me!

We have one more test, an EEG, tomorrow. Luckily the hubby will be there...she loves loves loves her daddy. Praying that if there is a problem that it will be revealed, but if this was a fluke...please Lord let it be a fluke...that the doctors will know!

Right now I am listening to her singing and talking to her princess dolls in her room. Even at 9PM I am just so happy to hear her little voice telling her dolls that she loves them to the moon and back. We even had a little extra cuddle time...dont' tell the hubby!!


Sandy part 2...thankfulness

When I woke up this morning it was calm....what a relief.
We had electric and very little to clean up around the yard.
I felt a bit of the cabin fever coming on!!!! So we headed out for lunch with some great friends! Ran to Target to work on birthday/christmas lists for the kiddos.
We headed home for some rest...the hubby had some work to do and the kids really needed some down time!
We had a wonderful relaxing afternoon playing, watching movies and cleaning the yard.
The kids loved running around and getting the wiggles out.
As we sat down to dinner everything was fine...until Lizzy gave us the scare of our lives.
She looked up at me and said, "I don't feel well, I don't feel very very well."
Went completely white and we jumped up and ran to her.
She quickly became unresponsive and staring off into space.
What lasted for just seconds, I'm sure, seemed more like minutes.
When she finally came around she was asking why she couldn't hear.
Immediately Jeff called 911, Jake at first ran crying to his room but we brought him out and he kept Lizzy talking.
Long story, trying to be short! We are home from the hospital...giving a call to the ped doc and a neurologist tomorrow. Need to rule out a seizure. We are thinking a little accident she had a few hours earlier may have caused this...she was belly flopping on mattresses that we put out last night. She seemed to snap her head back and hurt her neck...maybe a concussion??
We are putting our trust in God and that he will provide the answers so that we can put all our worries to rest.
So today I am thankful for protection through Sandy, for good friends and family to share both the good and the bad with and who are willing to step up and do anything. I am so thankful for God's protection of Lizzy tonight!


Sandy part 1

Here in South Jersey we are weathering Sandy....my last post came late last night as I was heading to bed and thinking about my oldest. He worries a lot about storms and such...he is very curious about many things but mostly about things out of his control. But he has had a great day working on Legos from my husbands childhood...really kind of cool to see him playing with 30 year old toys. Some things just don't go out of style!

We are stocked up on water, flashlights, batteries, radios, and food.
We are montering our basement regularly because we get water whenever it rains.
We are having a pj day and watching movies.
We are on the computer checking out the damage at our beloved Jersey shore.
We have had one flicker of electric going in and out.
We are playing games and passing the time together.
And finding out bubble wrap can be a great way to pass time!
The chili was made this morning and the apple cake is in the oven with the hopes that the electric lasts long enough to finish it!

We are praying for a safe night for all as Sandy makes land fall in the next few hours...maybe sooner.
Part 2 will be coming tomorrow...now on to planning more activities to hold off the cabin fever!!



I have a worry wart.
My oldest has done little in the last 24 hours but ask questions about what may or may not happen.
He tends to worry about everything.
I think it shows that he has a bigger heart than I could ever imagine.
We have tried reasoning with him
We have tried consoling him
We have reassured him that God is always with us
We have talked to him and talked to him.
With no school and no work we are going to spend time watching movies, working on Lego sets, and just being together as a family.
Hopefully this will settle his nerves and help the time pass quickly.
Prays going out to you and your family as we batten down the hatches and welcome Sandy!!

Birthday roundup!

Yesterday I let you know that I got my birthday wish...a morning to myself at my favorite joint. If you missed it you can check it out here.

Oh Friday night my dear hubby decided that for my birthday it would be fun to have a family dinner in the city {insert squeal here}
Philly is one of my favorite places in the world...and my hubby knows that!!!
I love taking the train from S. Jersey over the bridge and walking the streets of Old City or Center City. There is just something about it that has always intrigued me.
Living so close school trips were a common occurrence. From the Franklin Institute to the Art Museum to the history of Independence Mall, not to mention the oldest zoo in the country...we had a lot to pick from. My grandfather grow up just a few miles from Center City and has a love for it that he has passed down to most of us!
So when I got the text from my hubby asking if I wanted to dinner in the city...of course I did!!!
Last night we ventured to Max Brenner...oh my word, I'm drooling just thinking of it!!! As you walk in the aroma of chocolate has filled the air and all those dreams of what it was like for the kids in Willy Wanka and the Chocolate Factory come to mind.

I just love Philly and sharing that love with my kids...the hubby isn't such a fan of the city. He has worked there for nearly 15 years and that is what it is to him. haha But he will suffer one night out! He is my best friend, he is a selfless dad and husband and I can't imagine my life without him. I thank God for him and my kids everyday....they made  my birthday so very sweet and special


Birthday ...Barnes and Noble style

Today is my birthday!!

Okay so I don't go crazy about my birthday, never really have. I love to have celebrate, don't get me wrong, but as I have gotten older I feel a real need to just relax on my birthday and have some down time.
This morning I am blogging from one of my favorite establishments, Barnes and Noble! It was my only request to my hubby, just a morning to myself.
No presents necessary! {we are joining our birthday and Christmas gifts and getting much needed new washer and dryer....so a morning out was gift enough!}
So I am sitting here with  my Starbucks salted caramel mocha frap and wild blueberry muffin, computer open, indie music playing in the background...and I am loving every minute of it!!
Can you see the blue reflection of my computer screen...hahaha
A little shopping will happen, the hubby has sworn me to not do any for the kids, just me...which is proving to be more difficult than I thought it would be. And then dinner with the in-laws to celebrate three birthdays in one...that's how we roll!

But one thing my hubby and I have always done is a nice family dinner....

Which we did last night,
In the City,
Yes Philly...yea!!!!
pictures coming soon!!!


Do you YOU TUBE?


What can't you find on YOU TUBE??
I have to say that I am amazed at the things you can find on You Tube...from how to fix your toilet to things Aftrican Grey's say.
If you don't believe me go ahead and search.
It's perfectly free...and perfectly wonderful!
I just finished sewing a princess dress for my daughter's halloween costume and spent a lot of time searching different directions on You Tube.
From a french seam to basting to cutting the material out and marking it properly with the pattern...it worked out well!
If the kids are ever bored it is fun to search their favorite music videos such as Jack Johnson's Curious George video...we watch this
I love You Tube!!!


Stuffed Peppers

One of our favorite family meals is another great one dish meal!
It's super simple.
3 or 4 green peppers that can stand...we do one per adult and one for two kids
1lb hamburger meat
1 Jar of your favorite tomato sauce
1 cup of five minute rice
3/4 cup of water
shredded mozzarella cheese
frozen corn (optional)
1 pint of cherry or grape tomatoes (optional)
Cut tops off peppers and clean the insides out (seeds and white center). Put enough water in a large pot to submerge the peppers (I usually only do one pepper at a time while I make the filling) and bring it to a boil...place peppers in it until they are softened. Drain out the water and place in a 9x13 glass dish.
While the peppers are cooking you can start the stuffing!
Brown the meat in a skillet and drain off fat. Pour in 3/4 of the tomato sauce and tomatoes. Cover and  bring to a boil on medium to low heat.  Stir in cup of rice and the water...put cover back on. You could add the frozen corn in now if you want. When the tomatoes begin to pop with gentle pressure and rice is soft it is ready!
Spoon meat mixture into each pepper...we always have more than will fit in the peppers so just let it spill over into the dish! Sprinkle with cheese and cook at 375 until the cheese is completely melted.
I know this isn't very technical...this recipe started as a left over type meal. You know, when I had some of this left over and some of that left over for meals during the week. And there  you have it! Perfectly imperfect!


A Pumpkin Picking We Will Go!!!

Over the last week our little family has embrassed Fall and all of the wonderful things about it!
I have to say our most favorite thing about Fall is pumpkin picking.

First I got to take Lizzy with about half of her preschool class to Johnson's Corner Farm in Medford, one of our favorite places anytime of year! It was a rainy-ish type day so not many showed up...but the few who did come had a great time!

And since he didn't get a pumpkin picking class trip, Jake was eager to have his turn at selecting the very best pumpkin in the patch! Since he had off on Columbus day we decide to head out to Conte's farm in Tabernacle! We haven 't been there since Jake was real little. It is a no frills type farm. It has a market and a few animals. Lots of pumpkins and a bakery on site (smells great!!!). The hayride to the patch is super cheap!

We had a great time picking and them stuffing the Jeep full of all the fall decor we could fit!!!

The kids loved yelling at each other over the corn stalks!
We stopped at Chick-fil-a for lunch and Traders Joe's to pick up some pumpkin pancake mix!
It was a good day!