Saturday, November 29, 2008

O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree

So we've been really bad about updating the blog lately.  We forgot to take any pictures over Thanksgiving.  We went to Peoria to my sister's house.  Sean made the turkey and mashed potatoes and gravy and everything turned out great.  On Friday we went to Morton and visited with Sean's parents for a while.  On Friday evening we went to Joe's Crab Shack and had dinner with my old friends Shannon and Lance and their new little one, Addison.  And of course....didn't have my camera then, either! So frustrating.  

We got home Friday night around 9:30 and woke up this morning and went hunting for a Christmas tree.  I've attached a couple of pictures.  Getting our crooked trunked tree properly in the stand proved to be a challenge but Sean got it figured out and we decorated it and we both like it.  We made some puppy chow and now we're relaxing.  

I'll try to be better about updating.  I promise. :)

Monday, November 17, 2008

The Illnesses Have Ended!

FINALLY we're both well. Sean's bout with duo kidney stones seems to finally be over so other than the usual sniffles from the weather change, we're both healthy. You don't realize how much you take your health for granted until you get sick. We haven't had a whole lot going on the past week. We're slowly gearing up for the holidays. I think we're getting all of the Christmas stuff out of the attic this week so we can go through it and see what we have. We pretty much know what we're getting most people for Christmas. We know what our Thanksgiving dinner responsibilities are going to be. Now all we need to do is stick to our budget. Easier said than done.

We had this kids this past weekend. Dog duty is so much easier when the kids are here. Sarah loves taking the dog out. Even when the weather is horrible she asks if she can take the dog for a walk. So we bundle her up and send her out. On Saturday I went shopping with my mom in Tuscola. It was really cold and rainy but we still had a good time. I didn't buy much but my mom got several things. Then Sunday we tried out a new church. We all seemed to like it, especially the kids. It's the First Christian Church in Champaign. We were all in amazement about how big it was. The children's wing was enormous. They even have a full size indoor playground. We have the kids again this weekend and we talked about going on a short trip to Arthur. We'll have to see, though.

Like I said, nothing much exciting going on this week.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

This week in review...

So when I got better, Sean got sick. Why can't we just be well at the same time? We were both feeling normal by Thursday and were back at work. After work on Thursday, I went to a "Ladies Night Out" event at the new iHotel at U of I with Andrea. It was pretty much just a bunch of vendors showcasing their stuff and having a lot of drawings. Their way of getting your contact info so they can bombard you with their junk mail. It was WAY too crowded for my liking. We stayed about 45 minutes then headed to Walmart for some yarn for Andrea and a new crochet hook for me. Don't get too excited...even with the new hook my stuff looks like crap and I got so frustrated I put it all away. When I got home that evening, Sean had cooked a seafood feast! We had roasted fingerling potatoes, sauteed asparagus, bacon wrapped sea scallops and steamed mussels in garlic and white wine. So yummy!

So Friday I'm sitting at my desk and in comes Sean. He's hobbling looking like he's been hit by a truck. Evidently he's passing a kidney stone. He's had many of these before so knows what he's dealing with. Unfortunately, since he started a new job he doesn't have health insurance until December 1st. A doc at his work suggested the ER, but not wanting to blow through a few thousand bucks, Sean went home. Luckily, Sean's parents came to his rescue. Janice has an arsenal of pain killers because she's had so many surgeries. Jack and Janice came to Champaign yesterday and brought him cranberry juice and some pain meds. Sean was pretty miserable last night and he's still laying around this morning. I'm ready for it to be over and it's not even happening to me.

It's cold and dreary outside so it's a good weekend to stay in anyway...I just wish he was well.

I'll update soon...hopefully with good news next time. :)

Monday, November 3, 2008

Anyone have a barf bag?

So we overdid it on the junk food a little yesterday and didn't eat dinner last night. Sean made some compound garlic butter and we had some with fresh french bread. Right before bed I started feeling yucky. After a shortlived barf session, I went to bed. I tossed and turned all night. The only time I remember sleeping is when I had a scary dream about this house Sean and I drove by yesterday that's for rent. I called in sick today. So far all I've done is watch a horrible movie. The Life Before Her Eyes with Uma Thurman. The previews looked so good. But I was confused througout 70% of the movie. And at the end it's one of those movies where you actually say out loud "What the heck?!"

I washed some dishes but then I started feeling yucky again so I'm camped out on the couch. Molly is sleeping and there isn't crap on tv. I guess I'll try to nap...although I can't even seem to do that. I'm such a freak.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Our Weekend's been a fairly uneventful weekend. We picked up the kids on Friday but didn't get home until after 7pm so they weren't able to trick or treat. After we got home, I think we had a total of 4 trick or treaters come to the house. Now we'll be forced to eat the candy we got. The second batch. The first batch I bought way too early and it didn't make it to Halloween. :)

Saturday was "fall cleaning day". At least that's what we told the kids. Washing dishes, counters, cabinet doors, mopping the floor. Sean moved all the furniture out of the living room, took up the rug, and then dust mopped and used hard wood floor cleaner before putting it all back together again. Our bedroom is a disaster because it was a catch all for our junk but it's slowly getting better too. Especially since I dragged everything out of the closet and put it back in again. I got rid of a big box of shoes and two bags of clothes.

Saturday night we all headed to Charleston (Molly included). Evidently Molly gets car sick. We visited with my parents and went out for pizza and then headed to my cousin Seth's art show at the Paper Cafe. It was pretty cool but probably not the best event to take an 8 yr old and a 10 yr old to. Molly and Ruby didn't really mesh very well at my parents house. Ruby's hair stood on end and she growled and lunged at Molly a few times. Molly was just hopping around like a happy little freak the whole time. It was pretty amusing but I think it made my mom nervous.

We almost forgot about the end of daylight savings. Sean and I were both hungry for biscuits and gravy this morning so I headed to the store. At Schnuck's you can earn cents off of gas for your purchases. We never shop there because it's too expensive but it's really close so every now and then we get odds and ends there. Well on my receipt it said I got 5 cents off so I decided to fill up the beast. When I scanned my card at the pump it gave me 15 cents off a gallon! I ended up filling up for $1.97. Who would have thought I'd get so excited about gas under $2?

We're now watching the Bears v. Lions game and waiting to take the kids back. Exciting weekend, huh? I'm dreading going back to work tomorrow. But next week I'll be out of the office a little bit so I have something to look forward to. I'm going to the doctor for my foot (finally!) on Tuesday, Thursday I'm leaving early to head to Chicago for a work meeting and I'll be there all day Friday.

Ok..I'm rambling. I'll post more later this week if anything interesting happens.