Well, it's happened. After 3 and a half weeks of sitting on the sofa, the crazies have hit the Steele house like a ton of bricks. My husband and children have been providing me some much needed comic relief while recovering from my knee surgery. Some days I feel like the four walls are starting to close in on me, but thanks to my own personal comedy team, laughter is not something I have had to go without while camped out on the sofa.
Courtesy of my dear best friend over at The Allbrittons: Directions: name 5 in each category- 10 years ago- 1) In my second year of teaching 3rd grade at Simonton Elementary in Lawerenceville, GA 2) Living at home with my parents while planning a wedding. 3) I was 23 years old! 4) Sad that my fiance was moving to VA to start The Basic School for the Marines. 5) Driving my loved Honda, Civic and sticking to the fact that I would NEVER drive a mini-van (hmmm....never say never, right?)
5 Things on today's To-Do list 1) Take a shower (this is a major process that takes about 45 minutes due to recent knee surgery, AHHHH!) 2) Pray for a friend from high school that is battling cancer. 3) Hug and kiss my babies and hubby 4) Fold some laundry (one of the only things I can do at this point to help out around the house) 5) Elevate and ice the knee
5 Snacks I love 1) Lite Laughing Cow Wedge and some crackers 2) thick and creamy yogurt 3) piece of dark chocolate 4) banana with some p'nut butter 5) fresh strawberries
5 Things I'd do if I were a millionaire 1) Give 10% to the church 2) Invest for retirement and the children's education 3) Buy a nice food processor 4) Buy a boat for my hubby 5) Take a trip to visit all my friends in Hawaii, Korea, Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia
5 Places I've lived 1) Tucker, GA 2) Dahlonega, GA 3) Kailua, HI 4) Fredericksburg, VA 5) Jacksonville, NC
5 Jobs I've had 1) Sanrio Surprise (Hello Kitty store) 2) Famous Footwear 3) Waitress at the Robyn's Nest Grill 4) 3rd grade teacher 5) Wife and Mommy!
5 people to tag If you are reading this... Tag, your it!
As I type, I am lying here on the sofa recovering from knee surgery. Surgery went very well and I am so glad to have it behind me. The road it took to get to the point of surgery was a long one, but along with the wait came some great physical therapists and doctors who have taken extremely good care of me. My wonderful parents came up to stay with us the Friday before my surgery . We had a wonderful time with Mimi and Papa. I don't know what we would have done without them last week. What a HUGE help they were. Taking the kids to school, grocery shopping, washing the laundry, cooking dinner, playing with the children, making beds, bathing little faces.....the list really could go on and on! Thanks so much. We all love you and miss you guys.
Luke and Hayley have been the best little nurses. Each morning they have come into our room ever so gently to see how I have been feeling. Luke has brought several books for me to read as well as some much needed bear hugs. Hayely usually brings in her doll, Marabelle, and tucks her in the bed with me. Apparently, Marabelle has been having some knee trouble too. Hayley also brings in toys of all kinds so that I don't get bored and many, many kisses.
This week is Chris's week to hold down the fort and what a wonderful job he is doing. He surprised us all with mini-hamburgers for dinner last night (which he made himself!). The kids love having him home and so do I!
Now that I am feeling better, I wish I could get up and do something to help out. But for now, the sofa is my best friend since I am supposed to keep my leg elevated and iced. I will be on cruches for another 2 to 3 weeks. I am trying to enjoy this vacation of sorts. For now God is telling me to "Be Still.."
We had a great time on the Preschool field trip to Hunt Club Farms yesterday. The weather was absolutely perfect! Crisp and cool. I think we are going to go back this weekend and look around some more with Chris, Mimi, and Papa!
We are still catching up on lost sleep from all the fun that we had this past weekend. Not to say there weren't a few "hiccups", but that just makes life more interesting, right? Saturday morning we had every intention of getting up and heading to Busch Gardens for the day. The park offers one free pass per year for any Military Service member and his/her family. We wanted to use our pass before the park closed for the season and before my knee surgery which is scheduled for next Tuesday. Back to our morning.....Chris and I were lying in bed listening to the children play in Luke's room. Only moments before I was going to get up and take them downstairs for breakfast, Hayley rushes down the hall crying and holding her arm!!! Oh great!!! Poor Hayley inherited my loose joints and unfortunately has popped her elbow out about 4 times now (also known as "nursemaids" elbow, don't know why). As soon as she walked in our room, I knew what was going on. Sure enough, Luke had been rescuing Hayley from behind his bed and he was pulling on her arm to set her free. Pulling arm = popped out elbow. Well, there went our plans to go to Busch Gardens. I loaded Hayley up and took her to the ER so that the doctor could x-ray to make sure there was not a break and to put her elbow back in place. After 2 hours, we were on our way home and Hayley was feeling better, although she was still not really using her arm. The doctor said that she was probably sore, and then he proceeded to show me how to put her arm back in place in case it happened again.
When we returned home, I thought that we were going to spend the day around the house since our trip to BG had been canceled. Our neighbors, Dave and Sue, let us know about the free museum weekend and invited us to go with them to the Living Museum in Newport News. Luke and Hayley were beyond thrilled because they have become fast friends with Dave and Sue's children. We had an awesome time with everyone and highly recommend the museum. So many cool hands on activities and of course, animals.
On Sunday, on the way to church, Chris and I started talking about BG again. We decided we would try and go that afternoon. We rushed home after church, changed clothes, and grabbed some lunch for the ride to the park. Because there was a threat of rain, the park was pretty empty. We were able to walk up to most rides and get right on. After hours of walking, riding, eating and shopping, we headed home. On our ride home, I began thinking about this time last year. Chris was in CA training for his upcoming deployment. He was only home 5 days from CA before he left for Iraq for 7 months. How very thankful I am that he is here with us and that he will be home this year for Thanksgiving and Christmas (first time in two years!). Praise the Lord! We are truly blessed!
I am a wife to one of The Few and the Proud, he loves his country and happens to be the most amazing man who loves me unconditionally and is truly my hero; a homeschooling mama to 3 wonderful children that make me smile everyday, and a Christian trying to live my life for the Lord. Though I fall and stumble in my walk with Christ, I live in His undying grace and mercy. He has blessed our family beyond my wildest dreams and I cannot praise His name enough.
After reading many of my friends' blogs, I thought this would be a great way to keep friends and family up on what our gang is doing! Let me know if you stop by and see us.