Saturday, October 27, 2007

Fall kids crafts

Wow! I've been gone a long time... I hope you didn't think I abandoned ship, but I was pretty much down and out for the whole month of October. For those who didn't know, I had surgery to blast my 2 cm kidney stone into smaller passable pieces back on October 2. I have been in and out of the the doctor's office with x rays to see if everything had passed. Finally after 3 weeks of being on Vicoden to manage the pain, I had had enough and I opted to have another surgery where the doctor went in and removed all the remaining fragments. While she was doing this, she discovered new stones forming and she also removed those. My urologist is going to send me to a kidney specialist to find out what's gong on in there!!! The second surgery was done this past Wednesday. I am feeling good, considering what a crazy month this has been.

So, two weeks ago our family took a week and went to stay in Central Oregon. I brought along some crafts to keep the kids occupied for a while and I wanted to share them with you all.

My kids (ages 6, 4 and 2 and their friends ages 6 and 3) painted wooden pumpkins......and the older kids painted wooden picture frames
...and made masks out of fall leaves and colorful feathers!

Here they are keeping busy:

Friday, October 05, 2007

Preschool Teacher's Going Away Gift

Today I hopped out of my sweats and put on my "real" clothes so I could take my son to preschool. This was my first outing since the surgery... I didn't want to miss his teacher's last day. She just accepted another job teaching at a local Head Start program and will be greatly missed by the preschoolers and moms alike.

Before my surgery I bought this cute background paper by Karen Foster "preschool stripe." Then yesterday I ModgePodged it to a mini tin lunch pail. Inside we put a gift certificate to a local scrap book store she likes. (I hope the teacher that replaces her likes to scrapbook too!!!) LOL!

The inside of the card was made by Zander. He wrote "I will miss you" in his cute 4 year-old handwriting. Then on the hearts I wrote "a teacher takes a hand, opens a mind and touches a heart."

Here is Zander at preschool getting a big hug from his teacher.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Surgery Update

Yesterday I was in the hospital having my massive kidney stone blasted to smithereens! So far the recovery is going well. I'll go back in a few weeks to have an x-ray which will determine if there are still pieces of stone that need to be for now I'm drinking lots of fluids and taking my pain meds. Hope to be up and scrapping soon, but until then I'm going to take it easy.