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The Roly Poly Debut

At approximately 1:23, the not so little boy made his grand entry weighing in at 9 lbs. 5 oz and 19-1/2″

He is doing well. Had a little trouble acclimating from the water to air, but with a little suction and a nurse who harrassed him into screaming (which requires sucking in air first) he is fine. Glucose a little low, so the fed him a little formula. He is the spitting image of his father. (CLICK ON THE PICTURES FOR BIGGER!)

Yea, Yea Roly Poly

I hope you enjoy this as much as I do…….a little entertainment while I am off working to get real RolyPoly pics. I hope I will be back in the afternoon with the grand arrival details. And I will be twittering through the entire thing, but I won’t get your well-wishes or questions unless you DM me. So DM me! ha ha

Can I Just Skip Ahead To The End Of The Book?

The long roller coaster ride of RolyPoly is finally drawing near to it’s end. THIS Monday is the scheduled eviction c-section. I will say this is the longest nine months of my entire life. And probably also arduously long for MacD and Funsize too. I’ve been quiet about this entire process here because I have been petrifried every waking moment. It was easiest just to push it all to the back of mind until we got to the end. But now that we are here, well my mind isn’t allowing me to ignore it anymore. Last few nights I’ve had nightmares. Not about RolyPoly, but my mind has been reliving certain moments of Collin’s birth and death. Places I’d rather not revisit.

Needless to say, I have been so busy distracting myself with anything else, I have been remiss in my duties. Today I will try to get all the posts for next week lined up and ready to post. As I will be busy next week. Loving, cuddling and smooshing on my new Spring Sweet Treat!!!!

Speaking of Spring Sweet Treats (awesome segue, right?). The wonderful people at Safeway and Betty Crocker provided me with this VIP coupon and prize pack through MyBlogSpark. I was supposed to share this info with you before Easter (which, of course, reminds me I owe you pics of the girls in their Easter outfits I made *sigh* – I’ll get there).

I have obviously failed to tell you about the sale in time, but be sure to check out the great coupon offers. I made the Betty Crocker® Peanut Butter Brownies, which were fantastic. I want to make it all up to you sweet friends, so I am giving you a chance to win a Spring Sweet Treats package of your own! You will receive a silicon baking pan, stainless steel mixing bowl, oven mitt, Betty Crocker mixing spoon, AND a $25 Safeway gift card. Entering is going to actually give you two chances to win something. Winning will take a little more effort, but with twice the chance of winning something!

I have a guest post up here at Lovin’ Life on Less, reviewing a wonderful product.  There is also a contest is open there for a sample of the product and a $10 Walmart gift card .To enter my Spring Sweet Treat contest just head over to this post and enter their contest. Come back here and leave me a comment that you entered and voila you will have entered two contests! Good luck. Enjoy your weekend and I hope Monday’s post will include a picture of a BABY!

For great spring recipe ideas, visit BakeSweetMemories.com today. Bake Sweet Memories has delicious recipes for fun desserts using your Betty Crocker favorites, including Easter Bunny Cakes and even morning brunches, like the Impossibly Easy Breakfast Bake, which are sure to brighten any morning!

In addition, from March 24th through April 6th, visit the Safeway family of Stores to purchase Betty Crocker SuperMoist Cake and Traditional Brownie Mixes at the special price of $0.69!

Even if you miss the sale, check BakeSweetMemories.com for great coupon offers that download right to your Safeway Club card. This Spring, Betty Crocker makes life a little sweeter.

Contest has ended. The winner is Lesley. Thanks for playing!

Since You Asked…

There is still time to go and enter for your chance to win a $25 gift certificate from Target along with some goodies here. You have until Sunday to enter! Many asked for my Fried Cream Cheese Wonton recipe and so here it is:

I combined:
1 package of cream cheese, softened
1 egg, beaten
1/2 to 1 tsp. onion powder (you can use chopped green onion if you family doesn’t hate “crunch
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 TBSP sugar
I then put a small amount of the cheese mixture in the center of the wonton wrapper. Wet the edges of the wrapper with a little bit of water. I folded them into triangles, and crimped up the two corners (like origami). Fry in oil until golden brown and drain on paper towels. Yum, yum, yummy.
There is a lot going on around here this week. I am crazy busy.
  • I am having a baby shower this Sunday! Funsize is 33 weeks today and I would be lying if I said I wasn’t a little uneasy about this time. Collin was born at 33 wks 4 days and the day before his shower was to happen. What happened was nothing they could have seen coming and there is no reason to believe it could happen again, but I am a bit on pins and needles. I just want to get through the next few weeks and celebrate with joy the arrival of my grandson. I pray daily and it seems to help keep me on an even keel for now.
  • My Medi-Cal was reinstated yesterday, so I am on the search for a surgeon. I want nothing more than to get better and find a job!!!!
  • I am working on a gift for the shower. And it’s something I have never tried before. I might be a little intimidated. But I have some online friends who are experts, so I have help if I need it.
  • I am having another giveaway next week.
  • It’s MARCH! How did that happen. St. Patrick’s Day is my 2nd favorite holiday. If you celebrate, you should head on over to ApronFrenzy and grab a Paddy’s Day apron (they are on SALE, $6 off) and they are just so much fun.
  • I want/need to write a hard-to-write post (I know, again?). It has to do with close knit communities, the tarnishing of a place where my kids/grandkids grew up, being part of a search team and the loss of a beautiful 17 year old young lady that should not have happened.
  • Did I mention there is a baby shower? I need to get on decorations and food. Gotta run!

“Once you have mastered time, you will understand how true it is that most people overestimate what they can accomplish in a year – and underestimate what they can achieve in a decade!”

Tomorrow begins the end of a decade. It seems to me, upon reflection, this has been one of my most amazing decades. Both good and bad, it has been a decade of change.

We rang in this decade at Great’s cabin. All the family together as we hadn’t been in years and haven’t been since. Aunts uncles, nieces, nephews, grandparents, greats altogether just in case the world came crashing down (Y2K) gathered in that tiny cabin in the woods. The world didn’t end, but we had a great party and a wonderful time visiting.

This decade has seen all three of my children age into adulthood; three graduations, three 18th birthdays and three beautiful, successful children become adults. This decade two of them started their own families, separate lives with their special someone. Two beautiful weddings; each unique and perfect for their own participants. And now at the end of this decade, I am the mother of all adults. No longer children, beginning to count their own decades.

This decade brought an end to our time in our home on Honey Water, the home never occupied by anyone but our family since 1998 and burned in the great fires of October 2007. Nothing left but a bit of shell, visited by us and mourned by us. A decade in which, Mr. Vixen underwent a life changing (and yet still undiagnosed) illness and the beginning of my learning to live my life with another person with depressive bi-polar disorder. The beginning of panic attacks and knee surguries and loss of jobs. A once productive and hard working soul, stuck in a body denying him what he wanted to do (support his family) and thus creating a demon in his head he cannot shake.

A decade in which we celebrated our landmark 25th wedding anniversary. And a decade in which we went from making the most money we had ever made in our lives together to the lowest position we have ever found ourselves. From helping our kids, to begging for help for ourselves. Losing our home, being evicted, and learning the ins and outs of the social welfare system. A time of many wonderful pool parties and hot tub get togethers and a time of food stamps and no health care. During this decade I have gone from working two full time jobs at the same time, to being unemployed or disabled.

This past decade has brought me the joys of grandchildren and the sorrows of loss. Joy and blessings in the births of  Ladybug and Butterball. Grief and heartache attending the funeral of my grandson and after Ladybugs strokes and subsequent seizures. From healthy kids and miracle recoveries; to necrotizing fasciitis and begging a child to keep fighting and live. Ten years of wonderful work with some terrific people and the end of that era with a financial catastrophe across our nation.

With this decade, I have finally let go of toxic relationships that dragged me down for years; but found a new community which has lifted me up in its arms with support, love and compassion of a depth I haven’t known since childhood.

Alas, this decade has also brought the ages of time for me and just as my body doesn’t respond as quickly as it used to, my mind may not be as keen as it was (although I will not admit that again). So I am sure my children will have much to add in this reminiscence and chide me for some important event forgotten. That is okay, I like it that way!

It is my wish that each and every one of you celebrate safely and happily; that 2010 brings you more joy and happiness; and that the next decade be kind to all of us.

2010 will bring about a new twist for ApronFrenzy, thanks to the help of a friend, and the expectation of another addition (RolyPoly) in the grandchild column in April. Both pretty exciting if you ask me!

I hope you will continue to share my journey with me, as I chase life down the rabbit hole.

#Tweetsgiving Day One

I was inspired by Carissa so here goes:

what is tweetsgiving

John explains it on YouTube. And here’s the official TweetsGiving.org Site. Join us? For two days tweet with the tag: #TweetsGiving and donate $10 to help build a school in Tanzania!

I am most thankful for my family. This has been a tough year for all of us, but our love can overcome all. As many of you know my son (MacDougal) and his wife (Funsize), lost a baby a little over a year ago. After that there were several early miscarriages. Then, 19 weeks ago, they got pregnant again. I haven’t talked much about it because??? Well, maybe because I was am a little scared. Collin was born at 33 weeks and we still didn’t get to bring him home, so we still have time to worry. A few weeks ago the OB did an ultrasound and said he “saw” something. Could be the cord, but he was 80% sure this little one is a boy. Today I tagged along to see if this could be verified. Today the little one was not cooperating. He/she would neither confirm nor deny a he or she status. In fact, as the OB said “he/she was all over the place.” So my temporary nickname for this little gift is RolyPoly.

And today I am thankful for this view and this sound:

I See The Storm Gathering

I see the storm approaching this time. No surprises, I think. Before we were unprepared, we didn’t even know what had hit us at first. We were blind sided and knocked out cold. But now, the skies have cleared a bit and I can see the storm coming. Relentlessly, it bears down upon me and I watch as it hits the rickety repairs we have made around our hearts. I stand, transfixed, as it rips at the foundation we have laid in the last year. I want to run and hide. I want to find a shelter where it cannot touch us. I want to be like the eagle, I really do.

Did you know that an eagle knows when a storm is approaching long before it breaks? The eagle will fly to some high spot and wait for the winds to come. When the storm hits, it sets its wings so that the wind will pick it up and lift it above the storm. While the storm rages below, the eagle is soaring above it. The eagle does not escape the storm. It simply uses the storm to lift it higher. It rises on the winds that bring the storm.

Old grief, new grief. Grief that never left for some. New scars, old scars. Wounds ripped open and new ones being created. I want to fly above it all, yet I want to be there. In the middle of the storm. Passing sandbags to shore up weak hearts. Boarding up the windows on our souls. Mopping up the torrential downpour so no one slips and falls into the abyss. Collecting blankets to keep us warm during the flood of pain. Handing out first aid supplies to stave of infections of the heart. Building shelters to minimize destruction of our psyches.

Or just…..

Turning back time, so it never came.

Endlessly, it seems, the storm crashes over us. I cannot see where we are headed, but I know if we just hang on we may find the light on the other side of the clouds. I’ll just keep them moving along with me. After all, the storm will blow itself out eventually…..

I hope.

And Collin, I know you are in heaven watching us fumble along through this and I love you.

Totem of Mine

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Ladybug

Beetle of our Lady, manifestation of my ideas and thoughts

Delicate and loving nature, encased in black and red armor

Your brief visits remind me life is short, release my worry

Spreading wings, is it time to fly in life?

Metamorphosis and growth, let go

Restoring my faith and trust in sprits

Have I told you all enough time how wonderful and fantastic my Grandma (aka Great) is? Well, I am saying so again! That woman is amazing and having her in my life is the greatest gift. So what could she do to make it even better? I didn’t think there was anything she could do, but she managed anyway (amazing woman). As you all know, since Ladybug was born I have become known as Ladybug’s Grandma. My animal spirit, the Ladybug, visited me first when Ladybug was a baby in the hospital. She comes back to me often now and, in fact, came to Ladybug’s birthday party on Sunday to visit Funsize (bearing tidings from Collin I am sure). Yesterday I received a package from Great and inside were these wonderful salt and pepper shakers and a pie bird. They are hand painted with ladybugs! But it is also personalized. Isn’t this the coolest thing EVER?

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Here is Ladybug with a ladybug in my backyard last weekend.

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Heavenly

A few months ago, I stumbled upon the website Names In The Sand, I was so touched and moved by how this wonderful woman helps families honour their lost babies. I told MacDougal and Funsize about it and she contacted Carly. Carly does these pictures for free, spending time away from her lovely family and in honour of her son, Christian. Such loving, caring and selfless people from around the world I have found through the internet. When I saw this, I was stunned by it’s beauty and surprised by how emotional I felt. Here is Collin’s name in the sand in Western Australia. Thank you, Carly.

Only when we are no longer afraid do we begin to live

“The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature.”  ~Ann Frank

I have a new home, but I am losing my job. I have a wonderful family, but wonder what will happen next. There are so many unknowns in life. Everyday I wonder what will greet me in the day. Life has been a roller coaster of amazing times lately. Today was the first time I manged to gather all the kids together at the same time. A bbq in the new place, even though they will be here for Thanksgiving. And for once the timing came together. Nanny, Lloyd, Ladybug and Butterball; MacDougal and Funsize; Bear and Fishboy, and even Sparkles altogether in one place at one time. Laughter and love, fun and games. Sparkles and Lloyd had to leave early though, to go to work. As they went to leave, Funsize and MacDougal asked if they could wait a moment…..

I am going to be a grandma again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I am so blessed and amazed. I know it will be wonderful and beautiful and amazing. I just know it will be, whatever it is. I feel Collin’s presense so strongly, I know he has had a hand in things.

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