Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Hospital stay

As I type this on my small phone my son, his daddy and I are spending the night at the hospital. Logan did not take to the surgery so well with some minor complications. We got here about 8 he had his goofy juice around 9:00 was in surgery at 9:36 and back with me at 11:06. Yes I watched the clock closely. Here it is, 10:00 at night. He still will not drink willingly. Forcing him is not the way to go about this either. The more upset he gets the worse it hurts his throat. Good news his oxygen levels are finally good. He just got his dose of hydrocodone and hopefully he will drift off to sleep soon. But he's happily playing angry birds at the moment. We shall see what the wee hours of the night will bring.

Monday, May 19, 2014

The Good, The Random and The Fun

The Good?? 
The sun is shining bright today!! Oh finally and not a cloud in sight. According to weatherbug we are going to have sun shine all week!! Oh finally. I just hope we can enjoy it. Tomorrow my baby boy has his tonsils taken out :-( The not so good

The Random??
Today has been a Rod Stewart day. I was cleaning the house and had the radio blaring and a Rod Stewart came on and just got me in the mood for more. I am on youtube and downloading more music for my phone!

The Fun??
Logan and I dancing around!! I know he will not feel well for awhile after tomorrow so we are going to make this day fun and he loves to dance so what better way to dance than to dance with his momma!! 

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Sunday, May 18, 2014

Sunday and Monday Prompts

Oh it is the closing of the weekend. How sad right? This weekend kind of drug by. The weather here has been horrible and it is starting to get to me. The gloomy skies are making me and everyone else in the household gloomy. I would just really like the weekend to stick around for a bit considering Tuesday is my sons surgery. That will be a bad day for me emotionally. I am already stressing about it. Anyway on to the Prompts which are Sunday Scavenger Hunt brought to you by Ashley Sisk and some Monday Macros! I Heart Macro and Macro Monday 2 (I wonder where the 1 is?)

Sunday Scavenger Hunt:
Animals- This gave me the best opportunity to show off some of our zoo photos! 

In the shade-Zuri enjoying some time outside in the shade

From Behind-Cory chasing his little brother Logan

On the ground- Ugh with this weather and all the rain there are mudbugs all over

Bugs/Blossoms- Taken at my moms and this picture is also shared with I heart Macro and Macro Monday

Have a nice week everyone!

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Atkins Pickle Fest 2014

I live in a small town in Arkansas (Atkins). When I say small I am talking a town with a population just a little of 3,000. The town is known to be the pickle capital of Arkansas. There used to be a pickle factory here but that has now turned into a chicken plant. Not only that but the main reason for Pickle Fest is the celebration of the Fried Pickle. From what I have read and seen the fried pickle was invented and sold here in a drive in called duchess drive-in during the summer of 1963. They were created by a man named Bernell "fatman" Austin. He was the owner of the diner. You can not buy this recipe in any restaurant. This is the only time of the year and place you can get the original fried pickle. In celebration of the famous Fried pickle this weekend is the kick off the 23rd annual pickle fest in downtown Atkins. 

The family decided to see what all the hype was about. Logan had a blast! He loves this type of environment. People everywhere, lots of vendors and booths set up and people even had their dogs. I seen some pretty adorable furbabies! 
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Logan rode his first pony! I was so amazed he loved it. He will not even pet our dogs but he loved this horse. It was well worth the $5 to see the smile on his face. 

Logan and I both got to try our first ever fried pickle. 

All in all it was a nice evening out with the boys! 


Thursday, May 15, 2014

Just Tired But Still Smiling!

I am so tired today! My son did not go to school today and I forgot to turn off my alarm. I still woke up at 6:30 and just could not get myself back into a sleep mode. Logan ended up waking up around 8 or so. Lucky me I got to have a few text exchanges between Logans birth father and myself. I hope one day he will understand autism. Until then I will just have to keep preaching to him it seems. Logan goes for his surgery on Tuesday and his birth father has decided he wants to be present. This is fine and all but why after he has not been to see Logan since December? Why now? Logan needs routine and someone in his life regular and not to have a man that shows up whenever he can which is not often and at the worse of times. This is not only stressful for Logan but for everyone who participates in his care. His doctors, therapists, school teachers ets..I have no idea how much more I can explain this to his birth father. He just doesnt seem to understand. There is more to it but I spare you all the details. Unless I am asked of course. 

Anyways on to the happy part of the day! It so feels like it is the start of the weekend on my part. I do not know why I am hurrying it along. Logan has surgery Tuesday and he had a pre-op today. My son will have his tonsils and adenoids removed and another set of tubes put in. Needless to say I double checked with the ENT today to make sure he really needs this surgery and he told me it was very reasonable to be doing it so onward we go to slice and dice :-) I am trying to be humorous. I am really scared to death. I do not think I would be so nervous about it if he was "normal" but being autistic I think it may be more rough than anticipated or he could just surprise us all. 

We also stopped and got Logans new shoes with the build up and the new orthotics (the ones his physical therapist said he did not need) and after that we headed to Buffalo Wild Wings! I have never been there and it was my first time eating there. I have to say it was pretty good and will write a better post just about that in the future. 

I have thought I would give it a go and participate in the Family Photo Friday hop over at Thursdays Child
It is difficult for everyone to get into photos at once considering someone has to be holding the camera. I have decided to post pictures of what smiles we got today! We may not all be in ONE photo but we are in numerous, separately. 
 Yes our furbabies are family as well. Loki, Missy and Zuri
 Hey at least his finger was NOT in his nose

This was us today! The oldest was gone at a band concert for highschool graduation. WTF?? A graduation on a weekday?? Who knew?

Family Photo Friday @ Thursday's Child, Friday's Thoughts

Reasons To Be Cheerful/Favorite Things Blog Hop

Sometimes I do struggle to find reasons to be cheerful. I hate to admit it, but it is true. 

1. The sun has decided to shine today!! With the sunshine brings warmth and smiles to my face. I was getting tired of the rain. My yard is flooded and needs to dry out. 

2. It is the last day that my honey has to work. He gets a long weekend and I always look forward to those. 
Reasons to be Cheerful

Favorite things this week

Logan and his many facial expressions he will do in less than 5 minutes

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Wordless Wednesday 5/14

I know this is usually meant for pictures but this week I decided to post a couple of videos. My son Logan has ASD as many of you already know. He has been in ABA therapy for 3 months now. Here is something they practice and he is right on with it. 

Not only that but he can spell! At barely 3!!

Linking up to Wordless Wednesdays

One thing I believe that helps my son learn so well is his Nabi Jr. Check it out HERE

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

It's Okay!

It's okay not to care about the same sex marriage fad that has taken over Arkansas and my facebook newsfeed! Really I have no opinion nor care about this subject. 

It is okay to accept that my mother in law or not so much mother in law does not like me. Only reason I can come up with is that I am with her only child. Thank goodness she lives 2,000 miles away! Im not sure I could handle her being in the same state. I should mention, she has NEVER met me. 

Its okay that I have ate junk food all day long. Doughnuts and cookies!! Yum

It is okay to be terrified of my sons upcoming surgery on the 20th. It may be a simple procedure but it still scares the crap out of me and that is okay. 

Airing My Dirty Laundry

Monday, May 12, 2014

Good, Random and Fun

This past weekend was of course Mothers Day and it has been all over the blogging world. It was not a huge deal here at my household. It never really is. My oldest daughter was on the road from a vacation she took with her dad to Disney World. My oldest step son was off with his mother but yet hanging out with his cousins. The day was spent visiting my mother (surprise visit)! To me those are the best. The unplanned. I of course was told I could do whatever I wanted because the day was about me. That did not turn out well. I have a hard time thinking about myself. I live for satisfying my family. To see them happy makes me happy so we just went with the flow.

The Good
We saved a life! We found this little girl under our house. We then took in the little girl and the mamma and fattening up mamma. 
So far the little girl seems to be doing well!

The Random
Here is a random shot I took with my camera. I was in the truck and we were stopped in traffic for just a second. Was not the best shot but kind of neat

The Fun
The fun was left up to my honey. Fun for me is getting to use my camera (even though I am not the best at it) but the physical fun was had by Eric and him going to the shooting range. 
haha I almost got hit by flying shell casings!

Joing the Fun 

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Thursdays Favorite Things

Today was calling for rain and more rain. I seen some purple blooms out in the yard and decided to grab a couple of shots of them and as well as a few others before the rain came in. 

I absolutely love taking pictures of flowers. It is the small things that make me happy and I was even more surprised when my "husband" came home with a huge bouquet of flowers!

Linking up with Little Things Thursday and Thursday Favorite Things 

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Wordless Wednesday 5/7/14 Edition

Things that you see at the zoo! 

Linking up with the many Wordless Wednesday blogs

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Thursday, May 1, 2014

Mid Week Re-Cap

This week has been eventful to say the least. More eventful than usual... Of course all of the events revolve around Logan. 
He had an appointment with his Ear Nose Throat doctor on Tuesday. At least I think it was Tuesday. 
My days just seem to run together. Anyway the conclusion is my son has to have his tonsils, adenoids removed and another set of tubes put in. Logan's ears were clear at this appointment but since the tubes have fallen out Logan has had chronic ear infections. That is why the decision for the adenoids was made. Then the doctor looked at his tonsils. Logan has not had any issues with strep throat but his tonsils are big! His are a 3+

Since Logan has disturbed sleep and snores often we have made the decision to remove his tonsils as well. 
I am terrified of this. I know it is a simple and routine procedure that doctors do everyday. But my son is not a "normal" kid. He will not eat the recommended foods after the surgery. His better part of the day is spent yelling. That is the way he communicates or shows his emotions. Last time he was put under for his MRI his blood pressure dropped. I am just scared. I know it will be best for him in the future but I hate to see him suffer. I have a bad feeling he will be in pain. 

A new line therapist(for ABA) started this week. Logans regular therapists last day is today. I have a good feeling about the new therapist but I know it will take Logan a bit to get used to her. She has only been here twice with the other therapist here as well. I guess we will find out Sunday how it goes. It will be the first day she is on her own with Mr. Logan. 

Since the storms moved through on Sunday it has been pretty cool outside. Not so hot and not so cold. It has made perfect weather for my two huskies. They have been enjoying the temps and the sunshine. 
One thing, since our yard gets flooded when it rains we get tons of mud bugs or crawdads in our yard. These two love to dig them up and eat them and roll around on them. They smell to high heaven! Bath time and tooth brushing in the future!! (Zuri has been done, it will be Lokis turn soon)

Hope you all enjoy the rest of your week and the upcoming weekend.