Sunday, August 30, 2009

DUH!

OK, so I thought that this blogging thing was just me jotting down some random thoughts about kids, work (or lack there of), housework, hubby, life in general, etc. I did not think that this was going to be WORK. Me, work? After over a year of unpaid, unwanted "vacation", now I have to WORK in order to write a blog. That sounds too much like, well, WORK.

I mistakenly thought that ideas and blog posts would just POP into my head, and then magically appear on the screen. WOW, I WAS WRONG (OK, now note this day, and print this page...I admitted I was WRONG).



The best bloggers out there (well, the ones I have found) plan out their blogs, and some even pre-write them and have them scheduled to upload. I have also found, that I don't tell a story as well as I thought I should. Most of the bloggers (again, the ones I have found), can tell a story with all of these details that you read for like 5 minutes (or longer). I tell a story in like 5 sentences.



I have often thought about an exercise that my senior year english teacher had us do. We were to keep a journal. It would be for her eyes only, no classmates were going to be getting these to read. Most of the time, it was just for her to see that we had completed the assignment, not necessarily if our writing technique was good. Also, she would give us a subject to write about, but periodicaly, she would let us choose. The first exercise that she gave us, was for us to "brainstorm" and write down everything that came to mind. EVERYTHING. If it was something about ***, we were supposed to write it down.

I have thought about having such an exercise to see if it will work now. I hope it does, or you just might be looking at this post forever!


Alli C

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Happy Birthday Hemi!!!

Today is a special day for me. Today, my younger son turns 3. Wow, was it really 3 years ago that I had him? I still see him as my baby. Since I am not having any more kids, he is my baby.

Daddyman and I did not plan on having Hemi when we did. He was God's gift to us. And what a great gift he has been!

Hemi's pregnancy was a lot rougher on me than Jack's, but I think it was because I got pregnant so soon after having Jack. I have diabetes, so any pregnancy is high risk, but it was even more high risk because of getting pregnant so soon. I had to have weekly doctor's appointments throughout the pregnancy, and was even sent to a pediatric cardiologist to ensure that Hemi's heart was alright. I did eventually have to go to the hospital twice a week for non-stress test, and to the doctor's office once a week.

Everything about him was perfect, except he kept trying to escape early. I went into labor at 30 weeks, and began to have some bleeding, so we ended up in the hospital overnight. The contractions were stopped, and I went home. Again, at 35 weeks, I went into labor again, and was given the choice to have him, or stop contractions and wait. I chose to wait because I wanted him to be as developed as he could be. I knew that if he was born early, he might have some problems, and have to stay in the NICU. I wanted to do whatever I could to prevent that. So, I was released from the hospital, and put on bed rest. That is hard when you have an 18 month old at home. Finally, at 37 weeks, an amnio was done to see if Hemi's lungs were developed (and they were).

Henry McAllister was born at 8:16 am on August 29, 2006 weighing 8 lbs. 6 oz. and 21 inches long.









Alli C

Friday, August 28, 2009

Fitness Friday - DO OVER!!!

After I committed to exercising more and drinking more water, I was challenged. My sister got gravely ill, and I dropped everything to sit by her bedside for the better of 3 weeks. During that time, I did not drink enough water, and I did not exercise at all. I sat in a chair and watched her, and got up to help her when she needed it. It was the most sedentary 3 weeks I have spent in a long time.

But now I am back!!! I am at home for the time being, and now that we are into our routine again, I am beginning to add exercise to it. I did walk 2 miles this week, I just didn't have the motivation to walk any more. I am going to recommit to walking. Everyone I have talked to has said that exercise helps relieve stress, and Lord knows I need to relieve some stress. Please stay tuned for some fabulous tips, and maybe even a recipe or two to help you along.

Let's get moving!!!!


Have a great week!

God Bless,

Alli C

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Sancy

I am the oldest grandchild on my mom's side of the family, so I got the honor of naming my grandmother. My grandfather had passed a few years before my birth, so I only knew my grandmother.

She was very prim and proper, and she thought that at age 56, she was way too young to have any grandchildren. She decided that I would either call her Grandmother, or Frances (her given name). I attempted to say "Frances" and it came out "Sancy". Well, it stuck. For her, it was good because it didn't REALLY sound like a old lady's name such as Nannie, or Nana, or Granny or something, and it also wasn't formal like Grandmother.

She was a "cool" grandma. She was definitely NOT one to sit around knitting or crocheting. She went on trips...lots of trips. She travelled all over Europe to Italy and France and Great Britain (and I think she went to Yugoslavia). She went to Asia to China and India. She also went to New York quite a bit. There was a group of people from the small town we are from that would rent a bus (kind of like a Greyhound), and they would travel to New York to see shows and go shopping.

I think that her favorite place was the beach. Atlantic Beach, NC to be specific. My extended family would gather for at the beach and vacation together. We would either stay at the Oceanana or rent a house/duplex in neighboring Emerald Isle. She was always looking for an excuse to go to the beach for a quick weekend, or longer. So it came as no surprise to us when she purchased a trailer on a strip of land right next door to the Oceanana, a place our family had stayed for years. She would move down to this trailer (single-wide) in June, and stay until Labor Day. She even had her mail forwarded there.

The summer before my senior year in high school, Sancy invited me to come and spend the summer with her at the beach. I got a job at Roses, which is kind of like a Wal-Mart, but not really. At the time, there was no Wal-Mart in the vicinity of Atlantic Beach, so Roses was where most people bought their sunscreen, water toys, and beach chairs. I worked most of the summer, and got a few days off to spend in the sun. I had a blast with some friends I met at work.

Sancy was a strong woman. She liked to be in control of things (kind of sounds like my mother, and myself). I asked her why she didn't remarry after my grandfather (Butter, as he was affectionately known) passed, and she said that she didn't want to give up control of the car keys, the checkbook, or the thermostat. Later she added she didn't want to give up control of the remote control. And as I have learned being married, sometimes you have to give up control of one or more of those things (at least temporarily).

A friend of mine recently lost her grandmother, and I was reminded of what a gift grandmothers (especially mine, and hers) are to us. I miss Sancy a lot. It is hard to believe that she has been gone for over 3 years. I think about her just about every day. She was a powerful force in my life, and I still ask myself WWSD (What would Sancy Do?) in certain situations.
Sancy did so much for me. She taught me to appreciate classical music. She taught me to appreciate art. She opened up new worlds to me.

There will never be anyone like Sancy.



Alli C

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Random Tuesday Thoughts

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Last week, Jack went to Vacation Bible School with his cousins, Hannah and Drew. At first, Jack was a little hesitant, but he warmed up to it quickly. On Sunday, we went to church for the VBS wrap up. The kids got up and sang some of the songs they learned during the week. It was soooo cute. We decided to go up to the altar for special prayers for my sister. I leaned down and whispered to Jack that we were going to do this, and he asked, "Is it going to hurt?" I had to contain myself from laughing out loud.

Grammy and Hannah were watching a clip of a movie on TV, and there were two people kissing, and Hannah said, "Grammy, I'm not supposed to watch this am I? There are people really smooching on there." That just really fractured my mom.

I have learned about a lot of things medical. Yesterday, I made up a new song - "The small bowel's connected cecum. The cecum is connected to the large bowel." I could go on, but you probably don't want me to.

OK, so I am writing this pretty late in the day, and I just learned the Brett Favre is meeting with the Vikings, and thinking about coming back. WTH! This is CRAZY. He needs to STAY retired. Don't come back, PLEASE. I am sure that I or my husband will write more on this later, so stay tuned!

Have a blessed day! Today is looking great for me!

Alli C

Friday, August 14, 2009

Fitness Friday - Planning and Journals

In the past, I have followed the Weight Watchers Points system, and found it extremely simple. This might be because I am an accountant, and I LOVE numbers. The other thing that I found helpful as I was losing weight with Weight Watchers, is planning. I planned the supper menu, and then I could plan the rest of the day's food based on the remaining points. I could also plan how to get my fruits and veggies in as well as the milk/calcium. It allowed me to eat what I wanted, and not feel like I was dieting. Spaghetti was my fave, and I liked to eat a lot of it. I would eat as few points as possible during the day, so that I could "load up" on pasta at night. I tried to make spaghetti on the weekends, so I could eat it early enough in the day and not go to bed with a full tummy.

Another tool that helped me was writing down everything that I ate. It was a chore, but it made me accountable, if I didn't eat within my points range. I could also go back and revisit the journals to see when I had a big weight loss. Once I stopped journalling, I noticed that I would sneak food, and forget to count my points. That's when the weight came creeping back.

TIP OF THE WEEK: Caffeine can make you bloated. Add a cup of non-caffeinated, sugar-free liquid for each cup of caffeine you drink. This will help you flush out the caffeine in your body. (Please note I am not a nutritionist or doctor, this is just something I have noticed in my own body).

Have a good week!

God Bless,


Alli C

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Elizabeth's sister

As you might know, my sister Elizabeth has been in the hospital for 2 weeks fighting a really bad infection due to chemo for leukemia. My mom is caring for her small kids (4 1/2 and almost 6), as well as keeping her job. So, as Elizabeth's sister, my job is to be there for her, and help monitor the situation, and keep everyone posted. I have started a Caring Bridge site for her, to help keep everyone informed as to how she is doing. You can click the button to the right - Update on Elizabeth.

Elizabeth's nurses have been passing on that Elizabeth has a sister who asks a million and one questions, and may ask a question 3 or 4 times until she fully understands what is going on. Elizabeth's sister also likes to know all of her blood numbers, her vitals, and if any extra pain meds have been given. Elizabeth's sister will not wait for a nurse, and will use the termometer on the wall to ensure Elizabeth has no fever. Elizabeth has a sister who sits in there CONSTANTLY, and occasionally tweets and blogs from the hospital room in her gown and gloves (which is not an easy task).

Elizabeth has a sister, that even though things have been rocky between them, loves Elizabeth very much, and has been completely changed by this experience. Elizabeth has a sister who will continue to ensure that Elizabeth is comfortable. Elizabeth has a sister who will keep an eagle eye on her to make sure that no small symptom goes unnoticed.

Elizabeth has a sister who prays that Elizabeth will make a full recovery and be able to enjoy life again. I am proud to be Elizabeth's sister.

God Bless!


Alli C

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Wordless Wednesday - Whatcha lookin' at


This is my nephew Drew. It is being saved for his prom/wedding day.








God Bless!


Alli C

Random Tuesday Thoughts

Well, I thought that I was going to be writing one thing, but I think I will switch gears and write about something else.

If you have seen me tweet in the last week, you know I am typing with gloves on, as my sis is in a contact precaution room. It is not total isolation, but we have to be careful around her. Let me tell you, it is REALLY, REALLY hard to type with gloves on, but I think I have gotten used to it.

My kids love to sleep in their diaper/underwear, because that is how Daddy sleeps. They also like to run around the house with no clothes on.

My sister used to get a new baby doll or Barbie, and the first thing she would do, is strip it, and it would be naked forever.

I had so many random thoughts that I thought would be good for this post, but now I can't remember ANY of them. I am getting old.

I love chocolate. I think that I want chocolate cake...with chocolate icing and vanilla ice cream. Or a warm brownie with vanilla ice cream on it. This is the first thing that has even sounded decent to me in so long.

OK, I think that is enough randomness for one day...until next time...


Alli C

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Absence makes the Heart grow fonder...

Let me start out by letting you know that Jennisa at Once Upon a Blog is hosting an extra special giveaway. I have been looking at her designs, and am really impressed by them. She also designs the layout for MckMama. By clicking here, you can find out all the details.


I have been in Richmond for 10 days now, and it doesn't look like I'll be home any time soon. I have had the kids with me, but Daddyman has stayed back in Greenville in order to try to find a job, and take care of some things. We are used to being apart, as he used to travel quite a bit with his job, but this separation has been different. Being away from him has been really rough for me. He is my bestest friend ever!! I miss talking to him. Yes, we have spoken by phone, but it is not the same as seeing him, and talking to him. We can't cuddle if I am sad about the situation at hand. I love feeling his presence when we have conversations. We have some really great conversations, too. Especially if we are in the car for an extended period of time.

I think though, that this separation has reminded us how much we love each other and how much we rely on each other for support. It is times like this when I remember why I love him and why I married him. I truly treasure his friendship. Thank you Daddyman for being my friend, and my partner through life. I love you so much.


God Bless,


Alli C

Friday, August 7, 2009

Fitness Friday

Good Morning! I do not have an update on my weightloss (or gain), as I have not been home this week. I have spent the week at the hospital with my sister, who is fighting post-chemo infections. These have been serious infections, and she is not out of the woods yet. For more info, you can click the button on the right-Update on Elizabeth.

I will tell you that I have not been able to get in my water, and I have not been able to exercise. I am a little disappointed, as I had begun to notice some muscle tone in my upper arms and thighs, and now I am losing it. I have also pretty much stopped eating. I am an eater, but when I get extremely stressed, I don't eat. I drink. And I have had tons of Mt. Dew and Starbucks to get me through. I do try to eat at least one thing a day, so I am not passing out on the hospital floor. I haven't been pushing the water because you have to de-gown and go down the hall a ways to the restroom. And my sister's condition has been bad enough I didn't want to leave her that often.

I know, I know that I have to take care of myself. It is easier said than done sometimes. I am committed to getting back on track once we get this situation under control.

TIP OF THE WEEK: Portion control - 3 oz of meat is the same size as the palm of your hand.

Have a great day!

God Bless,

Alli C

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Random (kid) Thoughts - THURSDAY

I am committed to Blog Hopping with MckLinky on Tuesday, so I thought I would do a Random Thoughts Thursday. This may or may not be a weekly thing, it was just something I wanted to do at least this week. I have a lot of little tidbits, as I was at my mom's for a few days with my kids and niece and nephew.

My nephew Drew is 4 (he would tell you he's 4 1/2, but whatever). He was home sick with my mom last week, and they had to stop by her office for a few things. He saw the letter "T", and he said, "Grammy, did you know terd starts with the letter T?"

We were eating a meal that one of the parishoners from Mama's church had brought to us. It was a chili-mac meal, and my older son wasn't eating it. I could not get him to even try it. Finally, I said, "You know, if you eat the beans, you'll fart." That got him eating!

My nephew Drew wiped his face on my mom's shirt. Mama told him not to wipe his face on her shirt, and he replied, "But I didn't wipe my face on your shirt, I just wiped my nose!"


I guess this is going to be the Drew show today! One day this week, he sneezed into his elbow, and said, "Grammy, I blessed you in my elbow!"

My niece (who is almost 6) has a special words for boobs - nickels!

Have a great day!

God Bless!

Alli C

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Wordless Wednesday!

Superman saves the day!

Have a great day!!!

God Bless,

Alli C

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Encouraged

Welcome to another weekly installment of the MckLinky Blog Hop. This week's theme as you know is encouragement. Lately, my family has not had a whole lot to be encouraged by. My sister is gravely ill with leukemia and trying to fight off several infections. She is really, really, really sick. Also, my husband and I are facing a financial crisis.

My sister's most recent infection battle started last week, and has been very scary for us all. I dropped everything on Thursday to go to her and my mama to help any way I could. My mom is caring for my niece and nephew, who are almost 6 and 4 1/2. We spent the weekend figuring out what was going on with my sister, and on Sunday we went to church. I was pretty hesitant at first, but I am now glad I went.

The priest at Mama's church, St. Thomas Episcopal in Richmond gave me a message from God. She told this story about Franciscan Friars from Chicago who took a pilgrimage from Roanoke, VA to Washington, DC (read full version here). On this journey, they did not take anything with them except the habits on their backs, wool blanket, toothbrush, water, a change of underwear, and a cell phone (for emergencies). They were going to rely on the kindness of strangers to feed them and give them shelter. They were going to completely trust in God to provide for them. They traveled with so little, so that they would have more for God.

They completely trusted in God, and God provided for them. They did talk with lots of people, and witnessed to them, and gave advice where appropriate. One woman, whose adulterous husband had thrown her (and their daughter) out of the house and on the street came across the Friars and stopped to speak. The daughter found a soda and a chocolate bar to share with the Friars. As the conversation was winding down, the woman gave the Friars her last few dollars. She wanted to learn to trust God, and this was her beginning.

This is my beginning (well, maybe my re-beginning). I am re-learning to trust God. I am reminding myself that He has a Perfect Plan, and that my imperfect mind might not understand right now. He will resolve the financial issues that surround my family. He will wrap my sister in His arms and take care of her. He will provide for our needs and sustain us all.

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:6-7

Alli C


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