Thursday, June 30, 2011

Fences Make Good Neighbors

Curious about what the Del Signores are up to???

Don't worry! You're not the only one....

Without further ado....let me show you:

I've spent A LOT of time here this week.
It's a busy week for us with the upcoming holiday...
I am obviously super proud of my clean desk!
It hasn't been an easy task of keeping it that way lately.

Happy girl!

Ryan has been setting some fence posts in our yard....
He attempted to stretch the fence by himself. wasn't working for him.
This evening my father-in-law and my daddy are both coming over as reinforcements!
We're totally kicking this project's butt.

Woo hoo!
Finally making progress!
Um, this is only a section of the fence. That's not all we've been getting excited about.
On both ends of the house we are making two fenced sections within the large fence.
Those pictures are of the first side section.
Our plan is to have a smaller area for the dogs to go in case we need the mow the backyard or what not.
We can contain them in a smaller area if need be.
On the other side, I have high hopes for a vegetable garden next year (I know! I laughed at that too).
That fenced off portion will not be accessible to kids or dogs....

This is my hubby before he gave up for the evening...

No...I have not been trying to help him do this.

We don't live in the type of neighborhood where everyone knows their neighbors. From time to time one raises a hand as you pass by. We're cool with that, but sometimes it'd be nice to know you're not living next door to a serial killer, right? We hardly see our neighbors, but this fence work has changed things. While Ryan has been erecting this fence, he's had opportunities to chat with the neighbors. Turns out that they're super nice and hate our neighborhood about as much as we do! At least we already have something in common. When we had tornadoes a couple of months ago, the news channels were advising people to get together with their neighbors and inform each other of your shelter plan. I laughed at the time because I didn't know my neighbors enough to just waltz over, knock on their door, and tell them I'd be freaking out under a bench in my husband's garage if things got bad. After talking with them the past couple of weeks, I think I could do that now. Even though I have complained about this project, I am really seeing good come from it already!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

So I Had An MRI

Last week I finally broke down and visited my primary care physician. I have been having back pains since Mother's Day. Clearly the pains have not been as bad as they initially were that day....I have noticed that the pain radiated down my left leg at times and was definitely more sore in the evenings.

My doctor sent me for an MRI after hearing my story and having me move around a little. On Monday, I had the MRI and it really wasn't that bad. I've heard of some people being extremely claustrophobic, but I had no problems. The tech said the test would take about 40 minutes, I was given ear plugs, and the test began. It was fairly loud, but I sorta fell asleep....Hey, I don't get many opportunities for an afternoon nap anymore!

This morning I received a call from a nurse saying that my test results were in and that I should come in this afternoon instead of waiting until my follow up appointment next week. I admit I was fairly nervous. I also admit that I should not have Googled it....seriously. Bad idea. It could be as simple as a pinched nerve or as bad as a tumor in my spine. Not exactly the options I wanted to see...

My sweet mom picked me up from work and took me herself. I was so thankful for someone to be with me. When the doctor came in, he informed me that I had multiple bulging discs that compressed down on a nerve causing the pain. He said I didn't have a severe case, but it sure wasn't mild either. He believes it will heal with time and rest, but it will take some patience. His plan is to start a dose of steroids and Neurotin to numb the nerve pain while I heal. Then I will start some muscle relaxers and pain meds for the rest of my recovery. Physical therapy is an option once we get the pain under control and depending on how fast I heal on my own.

If this does not work, shots of steroids in the back are another I clearly do not want to explore. Surgery is a last resort, but I do not consider it an option. I truly believe that through prayer and patience, my back will heal with more conservative methods.

For now, I am taking it very easy. If at any time I experience extreme numbness in my leg or foot, surgery is probably in my near future according to my doctor. Sitting for long intervals does not help with the pain. Last week my doctor told me to take plenty of breaks from sitting...get up and walk around. I can definitely work that into my days. As far as Caleb is concerned, I am going to have to wear a back brace as much as possible. Ryan and I have been making him walk a lot more, but there's still times he needs help. The only other thing we'll have to be easy with is when Ryan and I travel 5 hours to pick up my stepkids for their summer trip to visit us. We plan on leaving fairly early and taking our time getting there. I have been promised plenty of stops at some antique stores along the way! I seriously have plotted out some of them along the way for a couple of weeks!

Ryan has been amazing through all of this! He has done so much to help me and it has meant so much to me. From massaging my back to helping out around the house, he has been absolutely the best to me! I am so thankful for him.

This may have been really boring for some of you guys, but the only thing I noticed when I Googled MRI information on the lower back was that there were no real person accounts listed. Sure there were all of the forum questions, but no one ever wrote out what happened after they had the MRI done. If this information helps someone else, I'm all for it.

I'm an Official Chickadee!

I am so honored to be a featured blogger this week over on Follow Me, Chickadee!

Sippy Cup Mom
If you're stopping by from that, thanks for coming over!
Leave a comment so I can visit you as well....

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Friends and Family

My cousin, Travis, turned 40 on Saturday. Ryan, Caleb and I joined his family and friends for a surprise birthday party!

Look at his cake!
It was absolutely amazing...
Travis is huge into bass fishing so this was only appropriate!

Totally cute, right?

Caleb, Daddy and Aunt Debbie were checking out the decorations....

Caleb was all about the kisses on Saturday!

He had to kiss Aunt Debbie several times!

Showing Mommy all the fish stuff!

Caleb absolutely loves his cousin Anna!
They became quick buddies...
It was so sweet!
I have wanted these two to hang out together for so long. I can remember when Anna was Caleb's age.

Travis was so surprised at the turn out!

My Aunt Dianne wishing her son the happiest of birthdays!

Travis and his wife, Mitzi!

I love Caleb's face in this picture!

He's a huge chip eater!

Caleb loved these drinks! It was his first time trying them.

I just love him!

Ryan and Caleb disappeared for a while and this is how I found them!
They corralled the kids into the truck!
Smart guys!

Caleb hardly napped on Saturday so we were concerned that he would throw a fit. Praise the Lord he did great!!! There was no screaming or flopping around on the ground into front of actual people! I cannot begin to tell you how overjoyed I am!

Saturday night, our friends Crystal and Michael came over for dinner.
It's been a while since we've had a chance to get together, so this was really special.

Caleb just loves them!

He found someone he could be completely silly with!

And wild...did I mention wild???

I think he loves the attention!
He showed off his dancing skills for Crystal and we both got so tickled!

They're such a sweet couple and I'm so glad we got the opportunity to catch up!
I don't think Crystal and I stopped talking the entire time they were there.
Our guys probably thought we were nuts!
(Actually they already know that part...Ha!)

Friday, June 24, 2011

The Delta Queen

 The Chattanooga Mariner's Association had its monthly meeting aboard the Delta Queen on Thursday. The Delta Queen is currently docked in Chattanooga and is used as a hotel.

Downtown Chattanooga is absolutely beautiful!

We had an amazing dinner...

Mom, Dad, Ronnie and Melanie all got a chance to relax....
Plenty of time to catch up with good boating friends...

Mom and Me

The Island Cove Crew

Hubby and Me

Isn't she pretty?

We loved visiting the Delta Queen!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Show Us Your Life: Singles Edition

Today on Kelly's Korner, we are showing off our single friends....

I have to introduce you to one of my dear single blog friends: Heather!

Isn't she beautiful???

Heather is a 28 year old single, Christian mom to a beautiful daughter, Maddy (who is 21 months old). She works full time at CIGNA HealthCare processing medical claims. Heather is also a full time student at Axia College. She is getting her associate's degree in education and plans to own and operate her own daycare as soon as possible. She enjoys spending time with her daughter, working out, playing the flute, singing and dancing and going to the beach. She loves animals, as well as her daughter, and they have a dog that was rescued from a local humane society.
Heather has an awesome heart and loves living for the Lord. If you are interested in meeting her, please let me know or leave a comment below!

Heather is looking for someone who loves the Lord, is honest and down to Earth, and enjoys being around kids.

Toddler Talk Thursday!

Crazy About My Baybah

Welcome to Week 44 of Toddler Talk Thursday! Where Family and Life in Las Vegas, Crazy about my Baybah, and My Life as a Sippy Cup Mom talk all things TODDLER!!

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Toddler Talk Thursday was created as a place for moms and dads of toddlers to come together over a weekly topic and share ideas, go-to toys, or products. It is a great way to meet other bloggers of toddlers. Each week the topic will be different; we invite you to link up, share your weekly Toddler Talk!!

Each week the hosts will travel around to each blog to see what topic your suggest for the following week. If we choose your topic – you will be our featured blog.

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This week’s featured Blog is: $aving Towards A Better Life who suggested
This Week’s Topic: Vacationing With A Toddler

Do you have any planned? Are you worried, excited? Do you have any tips to share?

Ryan and I are taking Caleb to the beach for the first time in August! We are really excited and have been planning and plotting about how to make this as easy as possible. First off, we are scheduling the drive during a time when Caleb will sleep. I refuse to be trapped in the car with a wild toddler! Ha! My mother-in-law has a toddler car seat that reclines and we're taking it along so that he can be more comfortable. I also have one of these:

I'm packing toys, snacks, and drinks....

We shall not be crying for milk during the car ride!

As far as Caleb sleeping away from home, we're planning on the Pack N Play. Easy enough...the kid will sleep anywhere! We definitely want to bring our big beach umbrella....plenty of snack options....and of course beach toys!!!!

I want to bring different snacks along since this is our vacation. We're staying somewhere with two pools and I know Caleb is going to love it! I'm packing plenty of sunscreen and loads of swimmy diapers! I have a feeling Caleb will love the beach...I'm mostly concerned about the long drive!

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This link up is for families that have toddlers. Raising a toddler can be fun, crazy, exciting, and exhausting. Sharing what works for you could give other families another way to do things.

Have Fun!

Suggestion for Next Week: Your Toddler's Favorite Toy

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Wednesday Randoms

We've got bad storms around Chattanooga this evening, so the three of us will be hunkering down to wait them out....some (me) more patiently than others (my boys)! Caleb doesn't seem to mind thunder at all. Ryan laughs at me but I tell Caleb it's the angels playing football. I've been telling him that since he was itty bitty and he has never had a problem with it. Ha! We've started saying "touchdown" when there's a really loud thunder clap. He knows that "touchdown" is an awesome word so I think it helps him cope with the noise...

Ryan and I have a special date planned for tomorrow evening and I am really looking forward to sharing pictures with you all. My sweet in-laws are keeping Caleb for us and we're having a night on the town. We're hanging out with some pretty awesome people and going to have a very unique dinner....

I have received emails letting me know that I am either featured on their blog directory or going to be featured in a specific blog post. I am so terribly excited! I enjoy meeting new people and getting to know others that share a passion for blogging. It's amazing the people you can meet. As soon as the links become available, I will share them with you....If you're stopping by from one of those links, please introduce yourself!

5 Minutes for Mom

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Father's Day Recap

This is a little late, but we just finished up our Father's Day celebrations with my family yesterday...

I have to start off by telling you what an amazing dad my sweet husband is... He's been such an awesome father to Caleb. I have enjoyed watching the two of them grow closer each day. Ryan is the type of dad you can act silly with! There's always some type of craziness going on between him and Caleb in the evenings. From throwing a football in my hallway to piggy back rides around the living room, Ryan and Caleb are truly buddies. If there's anyone who will give Caleb the water hose and spray him down from head to toe, it's his daddy.

I'm so proud of the man Ryan is today.

On Sunday, Ryan's parents had us over for dinner to celebrate Father's Day and Ryan's grandfather's birthday. We had such a nice time. Caleb was in the mood to act silly and had his Nana cracked up with his amazing dancing "skills". I need to capture his dancing on video. It's absolutely hilarious...

Last night, my family gathered to celebrate Father's Day for Ryan, Brian, and Dad.

Caleb loves his Uncle Brian!

They didn't sit still for long...

Caleb has practiced handing people things. He's gotten pretty good at it!

Aren't they sweet?

These two are learning to share. It's been a slow process...

Pure Joy!

Playing with Mommy

He's such a sweetie!

This is the best attempt we had at a family picture for the evening...

He was worn out!


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