Monday, December 1, 2008

Going's on at my house: furnace, graffiti, Reese's, and Moh's.

We quietly celebrated Thanksgiving at our house last week. Usually we host folks from our church who are far from family like us. I didn't feel up to hosting this year so we ate a quiet turkey dinner in the evening after Joel and the kids raked our backyard.

I've been composing several posts in my head of recent events at our home. I don't seem to be getting them down into the computer so I'm doing a list now.

A couple of weeks ago our furnace went out. As in 30 degrees outside and 65 degrees in my house - in the middle of the house - in the afternoon. After 2 full days with no furnace (but 2 space heaters from the repair company) the replacement piece finally arrived and was installed. All for the low price of $685! After a coupon! It's a good thing we have an emergency fund and a Christmas fund or nobody would be getting gifts from us this year!

One morning shortly after the furnace incident Joel got out of the shower to see that. Wall murals courtesy of Ellie and Ben (and this picture only shows part of it!). Ben then spent the rest of the day scrubbing the wall with a Magic Eraser. Those things are amazing! The other part of their discipline is that they have been banned from crayons for a couple of weeks. It doesn't seem to have fazed them much.

On Thanksgiving morning Joel got up first and joined the boys in the kitchen. Only to find chocolate on their mouths and a pile of Reese's wrappers in the trashcan. I received four bags of the candy for my birthday so we have lots around but they know it's off limits. Will and Ben weren't very happy to hear that was their only breakfast. Let's just say they ate well at lunch!

Last but not least, I'm having an outpatient surgery on Tuesday, December 2nd to remove a basal cell carcinoma from my forehead. In simple terms this is a low level skin cancer that spreads across the top of the skin. I'm having Moh's surgery at 8:30 AM. The doctor will cut out the visible cancer, then take a little more. The little more will be looked at under a microscope. If no cancer cells are visible then she'll be done. If not she'll remove more of my forehead. We'll keep doing this until she has it all. She'll be working with a local anesthesia.

When she's finished she'll bandage me up and send me across town where a plastic surgeon will perform "reconstructive surgery" on my forehead/hairline. The technical terms make it sound much scarier and worse than it is. Basically she'll sew me up all pretty. But she'll use general anesthesia. I'll get to sleep!! The downside is that I have to "pump and dump" a couple of times afterward.

A week later the plastic surgeon will remove the stitches from my forehead. A week after that she'll remove the stitches from my scalp. And the following week, on Christmas Eve, I'll take Sam for his 2 month pediatrician appointment.

That means in the course of 6 weeks I will have been in a doctor/medical office 8 times!! (Last week I had a consultation, Sam's pedi., and my 6 week ob/gyn). I cannot tell you how tired I am of going to the doctor!!!!!

BTW, Sam weighed in at 9 pounds 10 ounces last week. That's 2 pounds gained in one month. I'm sure he's over 10 pounds now. The boy can eat!

What's been going on at your house?


mer@lifeat7000feet said...

Stephanie...I'll be praying for you. You're the 4th person I know having surgery of some sort on Tuesday. Definitely makes it easy to remember to pray.

I may not be able to check in with you until I return next I pray that it goes well.

OH I love Magic erasers! You have had a full week!

stephanie@{Olive Tree} said...

Good gracious - you could use a little relief! I'll be praying for you on your surgery!

Amy said...

Tomorrow's the day...that is what I was thinking but wasn't positive. We'll be praying.

We had a good Thanksgiving week. The funniest part of Thanksgiving day came when Andy put the meat thermometer in the "turkey" before carving it and informed me that this was definitely a HAM! We picked up from BM and it is already for the oven so we never checked to be sure we had what we needed. Anyway, BM gave us some turkey breasts (made a quick trip to pick it up) so we had both! Thankful we could all laugh about it...and chalk it up to a memory!

Alicia said...

I love the stories about your kids!

Wow, that's a lot of dr's appts! I will be praying for you tomorrow in your day o' surgeries, and that it's a smooth transition back to homelife.

What's going on at our house? It's all relatively mild compared to your activity level! Today Dan turns 31, so we are going to Baskin Robins and T goes back to school today. I can't even remember that routine, and it's only been a week.

I'll be praying for you...

Cassie said...

Ha ha ha! Boy! Can I relate! Thoughts and prayers will be yours. Love those magic erasers too! Madison does not even know what a crayon is----she's been on probation for so long! Keep us posted on the surgery.


Stephanie's Mommy Brain said...

Thank you for your prayers. I appreciate them greatly.

Adventures In Babywearing said...

Oh dear. And I thought I was stressed. You have a great attitude about it all! I will be thinking of you tomorrow. Hope all goes well!


Flamingo Mama said...

Goodness...don't you watch your children? lol

Good luck on your surgery@ i'm so glad that they caught this before it spread!

Stephanie @ My Answered Prayer said...

I'll be praying for you...hopefully all will go well.

Sounds like things at my daughter took a pen and ran it along the wall. It actually took a while for me to see it b/c it wasn't eye level but she got a good talking too :)

Jennifer, Snapshot said...

So glad I just read this today. Praying for you and your family.

So--I would not have minded if Reese's PB cups were my only breakfast. . . . It would be worth it!!

Marc and Charity said...

Praying all goes well today!! ;)

Lizz @ Yes, and So is My Heart said...

Magic Erasers are the best.

That post made me tired, though. I'll pray all goes well. Hopefully you'll get a bit of rest from the doctor soon.

Carrie said...

The only latest piece of news in my house is that I've subscribed to your blog so I can keep tabs on YOU!

If you like going to the doctor as much as *I* like going to the doctor then, well....I'll remember to pray.

Carrie said...

P.S. I meant to say that I very much appreciate your tradition (when it works out) to host people for Thanksgiving who are far away from their families. Not many people do that in the area of the country where I'm at now. It's sad, really. I am sure your past guests have really appreciated your hospitality!

Kat said...

Our prayers are with you.
Sounds like you have had a busy and eventful few weeks.

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