Friday, April 29, 2005

Konner's stitches

Life as the seventh child must be very interesting. Kathleen's teeth met the top of Konner's head yesterday. Konner's head lost even though Kathleen was initially in the most pain. His head wasn't even bleeding for awhile, and when it bled, it wasn't much -- unusual for head wounds.

Keri Lynn was holding him and comforting him while I held Kathleen. Then I noticed the blood at the top of his head and had him come over to me so that I could make sure he was okay.

Much to my surprise, I saw that his skin was split about 1/8 inch, just enough to need one or two stitches. Urgh! It was, of course, after office hours. Stitches are ALWAYS after hours! I was able to at least get a hold of Dr. Curtis before she went home. She told me that I couldn't wait until tomorrow to bring him in. Stitches are needed within 12 hours. (And I was thinking to myself, "Well, if I go to emergency, that's exactly how long it will take to get the dang stitches!)

A few hours later at an urgent care facility, the doctor was examining him and said it just looked like a scratch. I'm sure he thought he had another obsessive mother bear on his hand, but little did he know my blase attitude. When I looked at it in his office, it DID look just like a scrape! Had I been mistaken? Had it looked worse than it really had been? Is that why it hadn't bled much?

As it turned out, the doctor needed to clean the wound out and saw that Konner did indeed need one or two stitches -- just enough to make it worth our effort to go to urgent care and pay our $50 co-pay!

My kids are all quite stoic when it comes to stitches. They are quiet martyrs. Konner was no exception. The doctor probably could have stitched him up without the shot to numb him. The only time Konner looked a little scared was when the doctor prepared the shot. His eyes got very big. The doctor said he was the best patient of the day and that he did a better job than most adults do!

Since it was a tooth that caused the injury, Konner is also to take antibiotics to stem any infection.

Kristofer, Keva and Kade are the only ones to be stitch free in our family. It's a miracle that Kristofer hasn't, because he is so physical. He's had not stitches or broken bones. That may change once we have the great outdoors of Georgia.

Monday, April 25, 2005

Whirlwind Days

One week ago today, Keith and I were driving around looking at houses. We got lost looking for the fifth one. Keith's laptop map we had been using died because the battery had run out. That's when we stumbled across a new development in the outskirts of Newnan -- However, I don't believe in accidents.

Keith was immediately impressed with the concrete sidings -- this is a good thing! We talked to some new residents who had bought their house in January and were happy with it. Then we came across Lot 16. It was amazing. BIG! Four big bedrooms (including the master) and then a HUGE "bonus" room upstairs the size of a barn, 3 1/2 baths, living room, dining room, family room, breakfast room, laundry room, and a decent sized kitchen! We then went down to the basement. That's when we started seriously thinking about this house. EIGHT rooms. EIGHT!

We went back the next day when the realty office was open. Lot 16 was already under contract, but Lot 25 was available. It's a corner lot and doesn't have a beautiful creek running behind it, but otherwise, it was the same layout, the only other one with a basement, still on 1.61 acres. Beautiful! We put our earnest money down and signed a few papers. Later in the week, we picked out outside brick and paint, cabinet colors, linoleum for the bathrooms and kitchen, wood flooring for the entry, carpet. That was just too fun!

I never dreamed I'd be able to have such a beautiful home.

When we flew out of Atlanta on Saturday to head back to L.A., we both looked longingly at the red clay and green trees of Georgia below us and we felt like we were leaving home.

Now comes to last of the preparations on this end of the move. We still have a lot of work to do on our little house in L.A. But, if it weren't for our little house in L.A., we wouldn't be able to buy the giant house in Newnan.

Thank you, Lord, for this huge blessing!

Monday, April 11, 2005

Diet Blog

In an effort to lose weight, I've started a dieter's blog -- -- to get more focus on what I need to do to lose weight.

I went to buy shoes today so that I can walk around more comfortably. I was distressed as I sat there trying to lace my shoes over my big fat self. There was also, rather mercilessly, a mirror nearby to further highlight my misery. Time to do something! This is terrible!

The stress of the move has made eating even more of a problem. We've been eating a lot of fast food. I've been eating a lot of my meals either standing up in the kitchen or riding in the car.

One of my goals this week for starting my weight loss campaign is to go to bed by 10:00! I have now failed in this goal already! Time to log off, take a shower and go to BED!

Saturday, April 02, 2005

Moving Day Count Down

I packed away everybody's extra clothes. All of our clothes are now in suitcases. So one would suppose that laundry would now be lessened, but that's not so! I was folding the current mountain of clean laundry when my eight year old daughter came to "help" me. She was too cute, because she'd tied on my apron and was ready to pitch in. We had some bonding, Kathleen and I, folding and talking. Being the "Woe is me" Middle Child has been hard for her. I realize that I need to give her a lot more attention than the others at this stage of her life. She likes to be physically close to me, to get a lot of affirmation. Lord help me build her up with kind loving words.

We are a quarter of the way through Little Britches by Ralph Moody. There's a whole series of books by this author. We're really enjoying it so far. What cracked me up though while I was reading last night, Kade (5 years old), told me to please pause the book while he went to the bathroom. Techno Kid.