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Old Dec 3rd, 2015, 11:37 AM   4191
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Hey Kellen- who's running the shop when DH is gone and you are getting a new job? Do you have employees other than your nephew? Your life seems so busy but fulfilling.

I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving. Mine was small, just DH, the kids, my sister, and a lady from church. It was the first time I cooked a Thanksgiving "feast" (made turkey, duck, mashed potatoes, stuffing, biscuits, two pies, rice and peas, and cranberry sauce), and everything turned out well, I was pretty impressed with myself lol.

Next up, my parents are coming to visit on December 16th, the twins turn 3 on December 19th, my sister is getting married on the 20th, then Christmas. Two weekends in a row we'll be driving down to Milwaukee (3 hours each way). Woof.



 
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Old Dec 4th, 2015, 20:19 PM   4192
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Dragon - You don't sound busy at all! Just kidding, that is a lot of travel time with a lot of little people! Great job on the dinner. It sounds tasty.

Thankfully our nephew is no longer at the shop... Drugs just aren't in the cards. But yes, we have one full-time employee and another one who is part-time. Also it looks like my job will be four days a week and mostly telecommuting when I'm not out actively talking with people and doing training. We have a friend who owns her own small business who is willing to come and be our office manager for a couple of the days I'm working so it should work out nicely.

But yes, I unofficially have been offered the job. They will be posting the position (due to hiring regulations), but I'm slotted to take control of it come the first of January. I'm very excited to be doing something that I love and know a lot about.



 
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Old Dec 11th, 2015, 08:56 AM   4193
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Congrats, Kellen! That sounds amazing. Oh, what I wouldn't give to have a chance to do what I love for work! Staying home with the kids is rewarding in its own way, but lately I've been so extremely stressed and worn out that the idea of having a fulfilling job (and a break from screaming) sounds like heaven.

Dragon, it sounds like you have a busy December coming up! I admire your Thanksgiving menu, too! Everyone in my extended family had other plans, so I just went to Costco and let them provide a lovely meal for us, lol. The kids weren't any wiser and it was certainly easier. That, and I can't cook!

My stepdaughter comes home next Wednesday, so that should be good. She's really helpful, especially with Max. Nothing else is really new here. We're just plodding along!



 
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Old Dec 12th, 2015, 23:45 PM   4194
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Well, DH is home, and that is a good/rocky thing. Great because he can help. Rocky because he doesn't know our normal routine and adds some stress. It will be better when we are in our own house.

In two days (Monday) I call to discuss what my salary expectations are and what hours I want to work. If I get to telecommute for the majority of it I'm asking for 40 hours, if not 32 will be fine. Other good news! DH passed the physical fitness test for our local sheriff's department. Hopefully he'll get hired as a deputy and not have to go back to sea!



 
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Old Dec 23rd, 2015, 19:48 PM   4195
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Merry (almost) Christmas, all!! I hope it's a wonderful one.

Kellen, I'm sorry the transition with DH is a bit rough, but it should get better. Has it?

Things have been nuts here. I knew my stress level was high, but I didn't really know how to change it. Between the holidays, the kids and finances, I've been a mess. 2 nights ago it all came to a head. You know that scary heart thing that I get randomly every few years? Well, it happened last month, but went away in only 4-5 hours. On Monday morning I woke up to a really rapid heartbeat and thought, oh crap... It raced to 170 and held there ALL DAY. I called my endocrinologist, who had just changed my prescriptions a little, and he took 3 hours to call back, at which time his nurse told me his advice was to head straight to the ER. I went to urgent care, thinking it would be faster, and they flipper their lid when the heart monitor started beeping crazily and flashing 171! They called over to the ER (across the street) and the ER sent someone to take me via wheelchair. I told them I was fine to walk, at this point I'd been dealing with it going on 8 hours... but they insisted. Once in the ER they rushed me back where the Dr, pulmonary specialist and nurses did an ecg and put 2 IVs in. After the ecg the Doc confirmed the SVT diagnosis (supraventricular tachycardia) and they told me they NEEDED to slow it down. SOmething about nodes and electric signals, and blah blah blah... all I heard was that if they couldn't slow it, it could get exhausted and stop. Me heart was stuck on stupid and needed a "reset" as they called it. They explained that the first way they would try was to give me a drug that would STOP MY HEART... yes. You read right. Commence freak out. If that didn't work, they said I'd need to be shocked. At this point I'm crying and thinking of my kids and what would happen if my heart didn't start back up. They had sticky paddle things on my chest that could shock me "just in case, but don't worry, that's highly unlikely." They injected the drug, and it felt like warm mud filled my body, and it was oddly pleasant. If that's what the real death will be like, I'm cool with it... anyhow, my heart started back up as planned, and worked its way down to 100, where it stayed for enough time to convince the doctors that I was "fixed." I have to see a cardiologist to discuss prevention and options if this keeps happening. This is the first time my body couldn't fix it. It was terrifying. I can honestly say I haven't ever been so scared. I'm ok now. It's odd to get back to doing dishes, cleaning the catbox, etc, when I feel like everything has changed.

Anyhow, that's where I am! I haven't even called my mom, since she's a pastor and these next 2 days are here busiest of the year. She preaches 6 times in 2 days!

How are you all doing?? What are your plans for Xmas?



 
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Old Dec 28th, 2015, 10:50 AM   4196
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wamommy, that sounds terrifying! I'm so sorry you went through that! My goodness, do they know why this happens? I didn't even know there was a drug that would temporarily stop your heart. Yikes. I'm so glad you're feeling better now, but I can understand why it feels like everything is different, and weird to go back to mundane things. Super huge hugs from me.

How was your holiday? I told you all about our big plans, but the flu threw a wrench into everything. I spent Christmas eve and Christmas in bed with a 102-104 fever, and we didn't go to Milwaukee for family Christmas. Oddly enough, it was a bit of a relief lol. I still feel like crap, and I'm working from home today. Some of the family came over this morning to give the kids their gifts, so that's nice. Especially because I'm hiding in the bedroom because I'm contagious



 
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Old Dec 28th, 2015, 11:10 AM   4197
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My computer ate part of my reply, sorry for the double post!


The twins birthday on the 19th was nice, my parents were visiting and the twins loved it. We spent that night and the next in a hotel for my sister's wedding, and the kids got to play in the kiddie pool which had a water slide and a fountain...I had to drag them out when it was time for bed because they didn't want to stop playing!

My sister's wedding was nice, very small with only 15 people, and the couple wrote their own vows, which were very sweet. My sister looked lovely; she asked me to do her hair and makeup, and I was so nervous I'd mess it up, but it turned out nice. Here was her hair (after about 8 hours so it was a little messy at this point):



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Old Apr 24th, 2016, 15:29 PM   4198
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hi ladies!!!! Oh it's been too long. How are we??? Wamommy I hope your heart has been behaving!! Sounded horrific. You poor girl!! Xxxx

2016 started terribly for me. My mum passed away in Febuary. She started to go downhill from just after Christmas and I was with her when she left. It's just awful. I am ok on the surface, I get the kids to school on time and their socks usually match.. But it's hard.

On happier news Kiara is doing great. She is funny and bright and cheeky and loves ice cream and watching Ben and Holly or Peppa Pig. She is very affectionate - I swear she is an angel sent to cheer me up.

I hope you are all well, I think of you oftenxxxxxx X



 
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Old Apr 30th, 2016, 17:49 PM   4199
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Helena, I'm so sorry to hear about your Mom! A million tight hugs to you. I'm so glad you have Kiara to cheer you up. She sounds like such an amazing girl. Kids are a great reminder that life won't stop for us and that we still have really important little people that need us, despite deep sadness or illness. You are amazing, helena. You are so strong and such a good mom.

Dragonfly, your sister's hair looks so pretty! It sounds like a wonderful ceremony. My husband and I eloped to Vegas, so I never had a wedding, really. A small wedding with those I love most sounds wonderful.

As for my silly heart, it's doing well. I have seen a cardiologist and had ultrasounds of my heart (which is really cool) and everything looks structurally normal. yay! Apparently I have a tweeky node that just goes bonkers sometimes. I've only had one episode since then, so that's good. I may opt for the surgery to zap the node if it gets too bad, but it's manageable.

Luca turned 2 yesterday. Can you believe it?? Time is truly whizzing by. I dare not blink or I'll lose a year. Max is doing well. He's such a smart little guy! He hates being dirty, doesn't much care for food, and loves anything having to do with his samsung tablet or video games. He's very small for his age and still wears 24 months clothes, lol. he might grow if he starts eating!

We took a trip to San Diego to go house hunting. It looks like we're moving in the next few months! We found a great school district north of the city. We have to sell our house first and then we're going. Exciting!! Here's a couple pics from our trip. Max split his cheek open on my uncle's fireplace during our trip...



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Old Jul 1st, 2016, 10:23 AM   4200
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Wow. It has been ages since I have been on here.

Helena - I am so sorry to hear about your mom. I'm glad that Kiara is such a sweet girl to help cheer you up.

Wamommy - Glad that your heart isn't too outta whack.

So... It has been a while. I have been in my new job since January. It is fantastic and my co-workers and boss are wonderful. I truly enjoy what I am doing, even though Teagen is less than thrilled with having me work away from home. I do telework one day away and starting this month I'll be doing half days on Monday's so I can go with Teagen to dance class.

DH is still away on the boat. He thinks that he'll need to do one more year so that he has experience and then he'll have the licenses' he needs to begin applying for positions here on the West Coast. He was home a week and a half ago for his birthday and father's day.

At this time he is trying to convince me that we need another child. I'm not 100% convinced yet. But... I am currently in the TWW. I still have the IUD, but I'm having very abnormal symptoms. My breasts are super sore and I woke up dreaming someone was trying to cut off my nipples. And I'm tired. More tired that normal. As in I feel asleep at my desk during the past two days. I guess we'll see...

Sierra - I'm sure you've had your second baby by now.

Dragon - I hope you the twins, and your little boy are doing well.



 
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