We are on BIG TIME count down mode around here....
*In 8 hours we are taking off for a week of sunshine, beaches, and RELAXATION in Greece (this was Spike's big birthday present). Can you say (or rather SCREAM) excitement!!!
*In 31 days my mom will arrive (to spend a MONTH with us!!!) This calls for not only screaming excitement, but jumping up and down too!!
*In 38 days my dad joins us for three weeks (he is giving mom a head start to come and do all the "girlie"/"grannie" things we miss out on like cooking, and shopping, and taking kids to school, and just the every day things you miss out on living so far apart)
* In 40 days our summer of travel begins....Belgium, France and a grand tour of Ireland!!!
It's hard to live in the moment with so much excitement on the horizon. The kids ask me every single day "how many sleeps until Grannie and Grandpa get here." My mom will be here for both of Dean's birthday parties and he is so thrilled....it's like the best birthday present he could get.
On the health front....
My chest and lungs have finally cleared up, but I am left with this freakin' (you know I want to use a much stronger word here, but in the interest of not offending.......) intercostal myalgia (inflammation in the muscles between the ribs). I can honestly say I have never been in so much pain in my entire life!!!! It sucks!! In the interest of ensuring we have a good holiday I have gone for the TRIFECTA (priest, traditional medicine, complimentary therapies)......
*An hour of praying with our priest yesterday morning (he is so good to come on his morning off :) )
*Visit to our doctor Thursday (really to make sure I was safe to fly) and he topped me up with lots of prescriptions for painkillers, muscle relaxers, and anti inflammatory
*Visit to our massage therapist/naturopath (hoping to NOT have to take all those drugs)...she's did all kinds of energy balancing work and massage and has me drinking some strange concoction.....ok, I am a bit skeptical about the concoction, but I will try ANYTHING at this point!!
We have been taken over by Fairies (and we love it)
She wears that tutu everywhere (I am not kidding, we have to hide it if it's simply not a tutu friendly situation.) She loves to take off all her clothes (we have had to stress keeping on her undershirt at the very least), pulls on her tutu and wings and dances around the house and garden. She does a funny little twirling of her arms and sings "I'm a fairy princess, I'm a ballerina." She takes it quite seriously and is so darn cute!!
BIG GIRL BED....
I was taking these pictures to send to my mom (she made that GORGEOUS quilt on top of the bed) and Addie just couldn't stand to have a picture of the bed with our her in it, so she jumped right up and started doing the craziest expressions!!
Anyhow, she has been in her big girl bed for a week now and has done AWESOME!! She hasn't gotten out once. I was so worried it would be a difficult transition b/c she has a mind of her own and doesn't always follow the program if you know what I mean. But she took one look at the bed and said "It's my own Princess Ballerina Bed" (everything that is good in Addie's eyes is Princess, Ballerina, and/or Fairy.) She was so excited to be in big bed like her brother. I got the bed (which I LOVE LOVE LOVE) and pillows at Laura Ashley and the quilt is her baby crib quilt c/o my super talented momma that I think will ALWAYS remain on her bed....we both love it so much we are never going to be able to tuck it away in the cupboard!
Must get off the computer and get us ready to head out of here.....
First must make a Pencil Lines plug.....I didn't get to do a layout last week (as you can imagine) but we had Noel Culbertson as our guest and can I just say I *love* her!!! I "met' her through our work on The Scrap Review and she is just great!!
For starters she lives on Camano Island, WA and loves it (big plus). She is also the BEST hair braider I have ever seen in my life (her girls are so lucky!!!!) I am hoping to one day get a one on one lesson from her (since my hair doing skills are minimal at best). To top it off she is a crazy mad talented photographer and scrapper...oh and she looks gorgeous with big bright flowers in her hair....can you tell I *love* her??? Anyhow, check her and pencil lines out. I did manage a layout for this Sunday, so be sure to get on over!
Have a great week.....think of me in the sunshine!!!