Monday, May 16, 2011

Chronicles of a CrAzEE Person

I've decided the most appropriate title for the last few weeks is "Chronicles of a CrAzEE Person."  I'm going to be 100% upfront.....I've entered Peri-Menopause and my life has been turned upside down.  Many days I don't have the energy required to do some of the most simple things and I frequently fluctuate between frustrated, sad and angry.  I know, I know....this is part of life....I get that....and Yes I've had my blood work done and I'm seeing the Dr. today at 2:00.  Please just know I'm doing the very best I can do and I'll post when I'm up to it.  I always appreciate prayers and positive thoughts and energy sent my way.

I love this blog and writing it has been such a highlight in my life in the past few years....I'm very grateful for all the wonderful people it has brought  into my life.  Speaking of wonderful people, Spring Quilt Market was this past week and this is the first Market I've missed since starting IHAN.  With Zach's birthday and both boys having Cub Scout Cross Over I just could not imagine going to Salt Lake.  While I have really enjoyed learning about all the latest and greatest Notions and Designs.....you know what I missed most?  I missed seeing some lovely people and I thought of them often this past week.  More about that later.

Ok, so here is Zach on his actual birthday, May 11th.  We celebrated with him a little bit and then on Sunday his friends were invited for a Pokemon Party.
Aaron and Zach....standing next to one another, Momma says, smile I'd like to take a photo of the two of you....and this is the faces I got.....priceless.

Every night last week I worked on the Cub Scout Den Banner for Zach's Tiger group.  (Husband nominated me for this one....guess that is only fair because I'm always saying, "Rick'ell do it.")  Being forced to use my embroidery machine for the first time I attempted to embroidery the boys names to be put on the banner....no go....not yet.  We were supposed to leave for Camp Pioneer on Saturday morning but I was still working on the banner so I told Rick I'd meet them there later in the day.  I spent my entire day until 3:00 working on the banner....now once you see the banner you are going to ask....what took you so long?.....but I'll give more details in a separate blog post.

Arriving at Camp Pioneer..... I see we have Lake Front Property....for the first time in my life....how cool....I'm feeling wealthy (not). 
 I open the tent flap.....Rick was bailing water into a bread bag and a water bottle ...
Aaron proudly takes the water and empties it right out front of the tent....into the Lake!!!  Did ya see those soaking wet sleeping bags? 

I'm thinking to myself....keep smiling....that is all you can do right now....change them into dry clothes and smile....after all that is what good memories are made of....
This is Zach's Den with their banner....the top is finished.
You can't see that each letter is outlined and the background is free motion quilted.
There is a zipper to zip on the next banner...Tiger's.  It is not finished because I wanted the boys to decide if they wanted to write their names on it or have them embroidered.....they decided on both.  I'll post more when the entire banner is finished.
Mr. Proud as Peas is now a Bear Cub.  Zach will get his Wolf neckerchief and badge when he meets with his den again.  The ceremony went on but in a abbreviated version so everyone could pack up and head out before dark.
 When I opened the tent I was amazed by the flood.....look at the big puddle on top of the tent....

a close up pix shows the steady flow of water....impressive!!  LOL

Sunday was the Pokemon Party......the boys got to decorate their own cupcakes and ice cream sundaes.....that was wild to watch....candy, chocolate sauce and whip cream everywhere.
The gift opening FRENZIE!!!  I could not even see what Zach was opening because of the huddle. 

Everyone had a good time.....then Mommy and Daddy rested....and boy did we ever need it!

Smiles,
Kelly

21 comments:

  1. Happy thoughts and prayers Kelly....hang in there.

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  2. I hope your tests turn out OK. Being another "older" Mom of young children I have finally conceded that my body just doesn't do what it used to! Hang in there - you are not alone! Love ya!!

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  3. You are such a good Mama! Enjoy your boys. Love those sweet faces

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  4. What a sweet post. I hope you will feel better soon. You have those two wonderful boys to keep you going and to cheer you up. Great job on the banner. I heard the town next to my Mom's had a bad flash flood, saw some photos of it. That must have been some rain storm. Glad the boys had fun in spite of all the rain.

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  5. Such a special post, packed with good times and good memories. Now about that posting....you post when you feel like it, OK? There is no law made by the blog police that says any person named Kelly has to post every single day!! (Nothing that says she has to be insanely cheerful, either!)
    I hope your bloodwork is OK. Mine was a shocker recently...hemoglobin was down to mega anemia levels. Oh well, I will take vitamins and eat more greens!!
    Jacque in SC
    quiltnsrep(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  6. Hugs to you, Kelly! I don't know how you do it all!

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  7. Hugs... I know exactly how you feel. And you are NOT crazy, my dear.

    I miss your market posts. I know the aurifil and Famore scissors guy both called off the security they usually use (LOL).

    Congrats to the boys on crossing over! I know that's a really big deal! Yay!

    Camping.... now you know why I like my RV. Hahahahaha!

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  8. Your banner is amazing....it looks so professional...much better than what I could have done.

    Sorry for your woes...truly hope you can get some relief.

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  9. Great job on the banner. See you can do anything when you put your mind to it. Anxious to hear how the doctors appt. went today. Loyd og Hugs! MJ

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  10. Great job on the banner.
    Love the lake front property. Boys being boys, they probably thought it was cool.
    Congrats to the boys on their cross over. Congrats to Mom and Dad on surviving it all. :)

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  11. I enjoy reading your posts. You remind me of me many years ago. I especially liked reading about the scouting. I have two Eagle Scouts and both of them worked on staff at summer camp. The oldest one has two sons only 1 of which was interested in scouting. Hang in there and take what ever the Dr says you need to get your stamina back up.
    Mary

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  12. And that is why we got a tent camper, lol.
    I am not sure if I am done with that stage or if it is still with me;) I have to admit, I have spent the last few years, up and down and sweating if the temp goes over 60, but I can't complain. I just live with it and go with the flow, or not in this case, ugh, I didn't say that;)

    Debbie

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  13. Lordy....I *thought* my life was crazy, but it pales in compairson to yours.

    The boys are having so much fun, and they won't care how much it rains, that's not what they are going to remember. The party looks exhausting to me which means fun for the kids! They are going to have some wonderful memories, you are the best Mom....


    Super amounts of hugs kiddo, keeping you in my thoughts and prayers for the strength in keeping up with life...

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  14. Fer sure, Kelly. Lots of Positive Energy and Thoughts sent your way.
    Life is a . . . . well, no one ever said Life is easy.
    Just keep putting one foot in front of the other and keeping smiling.
    Hugs to you gal,
    Gerry

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  15. You are a wonderful mama bear. I'm truly glad you didn't go to Quilt Market this year. Too much going on and I worry about your health. Glad to hear you are checking in with your Dr and getting blood workup. Follow the signals your body gives you and realize rest can be good. This phase is not going to last the rest of your life, so be patient as you find a way to stablize and endure the changes.

    Hugs, big hugs.

    SewCalGal
    www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

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  16. Take the time you need. Those darling boys are only young once.

    The banner looks awesome.

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  17. Oh Kelly Sweetie...
    I am right there with you girl. Some days it is enough to drive you crazy. I don't have my youngsters at home anymore, my baby turned 30 in Jan. but we are raising grands, and believe going through it the 2nd time around, oh my. I ask God each day to give me the strength that I need to get through the day. After a 10-12 hour day it is quite trying.

    I will be keeping you in my prayers sweet friend, and I hope that everything turns out okay. I will be watching for an update post.

    Loved the look on your sweet boys face when you opened the tent. DH trying to clean up the flood mess, and the sweet boy trying to carry out the water. Absolutely priceless.

    I love the banner you made. Girl it is just beautiful. Your talents amaze me. I can't wait to see the signed, finished product.

    Have a glorious week sweet friend. Thank you again for the wonderful win. I am so darn tickled about this light for DH. He will be SO happy. A wonderful gift.

    Many hugs and much love, Sherry

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  18. Ahhhh, yes, Cub Scouts & camping - they do go hand in hand, don't they? And you're right - the boys will remember this forever, and treasure you for all your hard work. (just like WE do!)

    Sorry you missed quilt market, but you have your priorities right - family & God first, blog whenever you can & feel like it. You're not crazy; it's hard. But, there's a light at the end of the tunnel, and it's not an oncoming train! Have faith in God, and know that we love you too.

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  19. It will get better - I promise - praying for you hon, sometimes it's HARD to be female.

    Market will continue but boys are only young once. Enjoy them, even in the rain. GADS I'm glad my boys didn't want to do scouts....the banners turned out beautifully, girl, they look so perfect! What trouble were you having with your machine? Don't answer that until you have nothing to do and you're BORED!

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  20. Prayers and good thoughts flying your way. You are doing the most important job being a mommy. Wonderful memories in all of the pictures. Hugs and blessings.

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  21. Love your Scout banner. you did a great job. I am a Scout Mom, too. Yes, I have see the water, too. You just get them dry and warm and remember, they loved it. LOL. Save the pics for when they get Eagle and you can display them a the Eagle ceremony. Will be great.

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