Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Wordless Wednesday....Mostly

Passing on the addiction. Except he only gets whip cream, no coffee of course. The picture's not the greatest because it's from my cell phone.

Did you check out my new header? Isn't it cute! A big thanks to my hubby for making it. He actually made it animated where the snow is falling in the background but we're having technical issues. :) He's so creative!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Word Verification

I have officially set my word verification setting to no. Why? Not because Davisix complained about mentioned it, but because when I went to leave a comment over at Pizza and Potatoes this is the word I was given.

I'm pretty sure if you said that with the right accent you'd be cussing at somebody. :-) Now, I actually laughed when I saw it but I thought I'd go ahead and take mine off for now. If I start getting spam I'll turn it back on.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Not Me! Monday

I did not have several pity parties this week. I might have a broken heart but I can still have a grateful one.

I did not stack 3 loads of clean laundry on the living room chair....Friday....and they are not still there.

I did not go out this week and forget Decaf's bottle. She did not cry for almost 30 minutes on the way home. This is my 2nd child and she's almost a year old. I'm a much better mom than that.

I did not forget to feed the dog twice this week. I gave her extra on the other days to make up!
I did not make a 7pm Starbucks run one night. (decaf of course...the coffee, not the baby) I am not that pathetically addicted. I'm not out of money on my gift card now....oh wait, I really am...hint, hint mom....
Be sure to check out MckMama and get a good laugh.

Sunday, November 23, 2008


I haven't posted much this week but I've been on a lot. It's been a long week. I've been tired, overwhelmed, and a bit short-tempered. I've been dwelling on myself a lot and I'm very anxious to find out when my surgery will be. I've been doing some actual journal writing this week as opposed to blogging. I have literally spent hours online reading blogs and laughing, crying, sobbing over some. I haven't commented a lot, just been reading. Some I can read and they are sweet and funny and it takes my mind off me and then others I read help me realize that I'm blessed to only need open-heart surgery. It could be so much worse. I have been inspired and amazed by many of the blog authors who are such shining lights for Christ. I'm so grateful to be involved in the world of blogging and "meeting" so many awesome ladies.

Now I have to head to bed and get ready for my Not Me! Monday. :-)

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Small Fryday Contest

I've been gone all day and since I got in bed I've spent so much time reading other blogs I'm pretty much too tired to blog myself. Except to tell you to check out the Small Fryday contest over at MckMama's blog.
And....pretty soon I will be having my own contest. I've got my hubby involved and we're getting our ideas together. Keep checking back!

Friday, November 21, 2008


I wanted to spread the word about a contest that would be good for anyone in the SC, GA, or TN area in particular. It's called Memories in the Mountains and it's for tickets to Stone Mountain and Dollywood. There's a couple weeks left until the drawing. Check it out! I'll be blogging more later.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

My Broken Heart

My test yesterday wasn't too bad. I love the sedation part and don't even remember them inserting the tube down my throat. Last night and this morning my throat hurts and feels scratchy but nothing I can't deal with.

My test results showed a Cleft Mitral Valve with severe regurgitation, a small leak from my tricuspid valve, and my left atrium is slightly enlarged and pumping at 40% and the lowest they would want to see it is 50% so I'm below that. The outcome is that I do indeed need surgery and they aren't going to wait too long. I meet back with the doctor on Dec 1st and he'll have gone over the test again and have information for me regarding my surgery options.

While I knew that the results of the test would be along these lines it's still overwhelming. And I now know that I've been having symptoms for a few years that I've just attributed to being out of shape and having 2 kids. Oops. :-)

Now I have to give a big THANKS to Davisix for babysitting my kids last minute. They both fell asleep in their car seats about 2 minutes after we picked them up. I think they had a blast.

Lastly, check out JuJu's giveaway in honor of the Christmas season. A creative little gift.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Not Me! Monday and other stuff

I only have a couple but thought I'd go ahead and list them. Be sure to show MckMama some love too and check out that miracle baby of hers.
1. I did not to go Wal-mart this week only to discover that sweet Decaf was still in her pj's. I must have had a brain fart. I figured I'd get in and out quick and no one would notice. That being said, Decaf did not proceed to wiggle around until she was half-standing facing backwards. Then she certainly did not start waving to everyone like she was in a parade. She really should have had on a tiara and dress instead of pink pj's and blue socks.
2. I did not forget to take the dog we are fostering up to Pet Smart Saturday like the contract says to. Oops! The lady was pretty understanding once she tracked me down on the cell phone. Good thing I'm not a foster parent for humans.
3. I did not have Starbucks twice in one day this week.... again. That would be pathetic. (Thanks for the gift card, Mom)
That's all folks! Well, for my Not Me! Monday. I'm not done blogging yet. :-)
My very best friend has finally started her blog. When I say started I mean literally less than 2 hours ago. So be patient as she works the kinks out but she's got her first post up. So check out Florida Girl!
I have my TEE test scheduled tomorrow and I just found out that my cardiologist will be there and be able to talk to us afterwards about his findings. Hallelujah! I didn't know how I was going to wait two weeks wondering about surgery stuff. I've been waiting since August so I'm anxious. I'll update everyone tomorrow night.
Have a great Monday!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

The Wall that Heals

Today we went to see The Wall that Heals, a half-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in DC. I saw the one in DC when I was about 13 and I remember being awed by it even though I didn't understand the importance of it at that age. I'm so glad we got to see this one today. It seems like the names are endless. 58,000 names.

There were flowers here and there along the wall and small flags with photos attached. This one made me cry.

It says, "Bob, I still miss you after all these years. Love Always, Barbara."

I'm thankful for the blood that was shed for me on Calvary and for the sacrifices of these men and others.

Saturday, November 15, 2008


I'm way too tired to really blog anything tonight so I thought I'd just share this doodle (with permission) from Rick at Organized Doodles. Rick writes, "The fellow depicted in this illustration doesn't hold his arms out while blindfolded - as a person with a blindfold normally would. He leaves his hands in his pockets. He is able to have confidence that when he takes that first step, he will discover that the things, or the One, he had hoped for is there."

Thanks, Rick!

And it's not to late to check out this giveaway at Better Home Interiors. Ends tonight at 9 mst. If I mention it I get another entry. :) I love the item they're giving!

Friday, November 14, 2008


I can share this story with you only because most of you reading this I'll never meet. :) Otherwise I'd be too embarrassed.

This afternoon while Decaf was taking a nap I decided to hop in the shower. I got Latte all set up on my bed first with toys and a movie but was pretty sure he'd be in there bugging me before too long. About 5 minutes into the shower it dawned on me that he hadn't bugged me yet. That concerned me. I wasn't worried he'd run away or anything, but this morning when he wasn't bugging me he was cutting up a book......

I turned the water off and at that moment he comes in and says, "Mommy, don't I smell pretty?" I said, "What?" He said again, "Don't I smell nice. I put on lotion." At this point I was thinking Uh-oh, because I couldn't see any lotion on him. He came close and said, "Smell me." I looked and smelled and there was nothing. Then I noticed a light, wet look on his face and chest, almost like water. I was confused and he was just smiling and happy. "What did you do with the lotion, honey?" I asked him. He told me that he put the lotion bottle in his little toy basket. When I checked the toy basket what did I find.......


Green Eggs and.......Bologna?

Latte has been asking for green eggs & ham for a few weeks. We have the Dr. Seuss book and have read it a thousand times but only recently he's started asking for some. I didn't have any food coloring in the house so I had to buy some first. This morning I finally made it except I didn't have ham, only bologna. He loved it! I made grits with it but he said "no" to green grits.

The look on his face is him trying to be silly. NOT a reaction to my cooking!!!

This morning when Latte got up I ignored him for a few minutes and tried to sleep just a little longer. I was amazed that he busied himself and didn't bug me. I shouldn't have been amazed, I should have been worried. Because this is what I came out to.

What I thought was one of his favorite books was cut into many pieces. Now for the record, I didn't take this picture in front of him. He got in trouble and I didn't want to down-play it by taking a picture at that time. I'm just thankful it wasn't one of the few books on his bookshelf that are mine from when I was his age. And I'm glad the scissors weren't used on something his sister.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Bloggy-world and the Canadians

I've spent WAY too much time blogging today and I've been all over America. I guess when my husband reads this the cat's outta the bag. :) I've come across some really fun blogs, giveaways, inspirational blogs, and everything in between. I've laughed and cried. What a day. Occasionally I'd leave a comment and couldn't remember how I found their blog. I narrowed it down to about 4 more that I'll enjoy following.

I have an old fish tank from a few years ago when I taught school. We've been hanging on to it for when Latte someday gets a fish. I had it semi-hidden but in his bedroom (It'd take to long to explain) but today he found it. There are those little rocks in the bottom and he and a little girl I was babysitting made a HUGE mess. Little fish tank rocks everywhere! Which drew Decaf like a magnet. It was awful. Plus his room was a mess to start with. It took us forever to clean it all up. Then when it's clean Latte starts running around yelling, "Quick, run before the Canadians get us!" ????? It took me about 10 minutes to remember he has a Veggie Tale movie where the Canadians are mentioned. (Minnesota Cuke) What a nut! I'm pretty sure he doesn't even know what a Canadian is.

Here's Latte pretending to roast marshmallows. What is he using for a marshmallow you may wonder. Leftover couch stuffing of course.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Wordless Wednesday

Out in the beautiful leaves. Latte had fun but Decaf didn't.

Can you guess what this next one is?

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Davisix plus 1

My son just won't quit talking about all the "Things" over at Davisix. He pretended to play with them all day and when he wasn't pretending he was asking me about them. Begging me to go see them. I think he would happily ditch me and become Daviseven (get it?!). Today he told me to "go to work with Daddy and 'Decaf' and I will go to their house, they have a mommy so it's OK). Then tonight when he was picking out a bedtime story he saw this one on his shelf and starting hollering, "Look Mommy, Here they are (Things 1-4) with their Daddy."

(This picture is from Amazon but we have the book.) Anyways, still obsessing about the Davisix/seven. :-) What's really funny is that in the picture on this book the "daddy" is not exactly bald! Needless to say we'll be heading back over there soon. We could come up with a new slogan. Instead of Get Your Davisix Fix we could say Daviseven a Taste of Heaven. hahaha

On a separate note, when my hubby came home from work and I started telling him about my day he jokingly said, "That's ok dear, you don't have to tell me. I'll just read your blog." Am I hooked? Nooooo...........not me......

Monday, November 10, 2008

Not Me! Monday

This is my 1st official Not Me! Monday. Remember....I'm a newbie....and be sure to check out MckMama and her gang at

I did not pretend I didn't see my son eat a HUGE handful of tic tacs so I wouldn't have to deal with it.

I did not see my kids pulling stuffing out of the couch cushion and grab my camera instead of stopping them.

I did not tell my son to just pee under the slide at the park. That would be gross and inconsiderate.

I did not have Starbucks two times today. Just because my mom treats I would not show that much lack of self-control.

and I did not wait until 9:30PM to do my Not Me! Monday list. What kind of real blogger would do that! :)

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Big artist, little artist

My husband is very talented as an artist. Most recently he did a mural in a high school gym.

My son also loves to draw and color. He combines the word and says he wants to "droler". It's cute and one thing I just don't correct him on every time. We have a huge chalkboard that was being thrown away at a high school and my son loves to draw on it. I have no artistic talent. So when he asked me to draw the family I started drawing stick figures. After drawing a couple my son said he would draw Decaf. This is what he drew.

After he finished he stepped back and said, "...umm.....uh.....she just has a head and legs. That's ok Mom, right?" I was so proud of him! He must take after his daddy.

Saturday, November 8, 2008


Gas at Wal-Mart today was $1.99 and with my gift card it was $1.96. I took a picture of it with my camera phone but couldn't bring myself to upload the picture because it would cost about 30 cents. Cheapskate, I know. It was definitely exciting seeing it under $2.00. I am so tired I'm heading to bed. This is all I'm posting today. Surely, somewhere in bloggy world there is a "Lamest Blog Ever" award that I should get. I know it's pathetic but bear with me. More tomorrow.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Compliments & Compromises

The other morning my son climbed into our bed (way too early) and started snuggling with me. I love that! Then he said, "Mommy, you're beautiful." My heart melted. Then he asked, "Mommy, was that a compliment or a compromise?" I laughed, then tried to explain the difference to him (again). Well that afternoon we're in the car and I have some peanut m&m's. He asked for some and here's how the conversation went:

Latte: "Mommy, can I have some m&m's please?"
Me: "Sure honey. How old are you?" (see, this leads into, you're 3 so you can have 3 m&m's)
Latte: "Umm..5!" (he obviously is wise to my ways)
Me: "No honey, you're only 3."
Latte: "But can I have 5?"
(This is where I think, Oh! I can teach him about compromising.)
Me: "Remember how Mommy was telling you about a compromise? Well if I want you to have 3 and you want to have 5, what's in the middle?"
Latte: "A Peanut!!!"

It was so funny!
This morning I was trying out the new "be a little independent" trick with his juice and cereal. Except that last night he got in our bed around 4:00 and ended up sleeping there until 9:00. Then I was rested and happy. I'll try it again tomorrow.

I finally have some information about my next cardiology appointment. I will go to the hospital on Nov. 18th to have a procedure done called a transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE). It's like an ultrasound from the inside. They insert a tube down your throat with a transducer at the end and that way they can get very close to your heart and get great images. My doctor has been waiting for the hospital to get the equipment in and this has been postponed a couple times the last 2 months. I'll meet with my cardiologist on Dec. 1st to get the results and see what he recommends as far as surgery. I hate all the waiting and wondering.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

The kiddos

I think I jinxed myself earlier. Tonight Decaf had a rough time going to bed. I gave her some medicine about 20 minutes before bed but not early enough. The kids share a room. She cried and wailed. Then Latte would scream at her and it just became a cycle of craziness! They are finally asleep!!!!
I'm trying a new trick in the morning. See, I'm a bit of a grouch in the morning. Umm...grouch could be putting it WAY too mildly. I tend to stay up too late then my mornings are rough. And for some reason God has given me a son that is a big-time early bird. I always feel so bad after I am grouchy with him. So tonight I got a juice cup ready and it's in the fridge, some cereal is in a bowl on the table (he doesn't always use milk) and I've told him about this and he should wake up and head to the kitchen instead of into my bed. We'll see how it goes. Knowing he's awake but not having to get out of bed right away should help me ease into my morning. I'll keep you posted. That's all for now! Goodnight!

Just an ordinary day

We found a snake in the yard today. Just a tiny one. Snakes are one thing I'm not petrified of. I'm much more afraid of a spider. I have a healthy fear of snakes. We looked online and found out it's just a harmless little snake thankfully. Having a boy means catching all sorts of things.

I have a friend who may soon be joining this blogging world. She's my best friend from my days growing up in Florida. I told her about my blog and after reading it and some others she's ready to join. Once she's up and running I'll let everyone know so they can check her out.

My son has asked about 3 more times to go see the "2 boys and 2 girls and lots of horses and the mommy". I like how he throws her in there now. :-) So we'll definitely be planning another get together.

I changed my playlist to holiday music. I love this time of the year. My hubby doesn't like Christmas stuff until Thanksgiving is over but I'm ready by now. Now Christmas is extra-special since we have a Christmas girl. My little Decaf has her first tooth coming in. She hasn't been too cranky yet so I guess it's not hurting too bad.

All this is definitely rambling today. It's just been an average day around here and I don't have anything too significant to blog about. But try to check out the link on my sidebar for "Zoey." That will give you plenty of reading material and someone to pray for.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

The Important Vote

I don't feel like being wordless today. Not that I have a ton to say, but won't be truly wordless. Of course, Davisix, still writes a fair amount on days she claims to be "wordless" Wednesdays. :-)

I am very heavy-hearted over the election. Surprised...not really. I think of the verse you will know a tree by its fruit and I wonder what fruit will we see. I get emails occasionally talking about President-elect Obama and they say how he could be ushering in the end times. Usually these emails have a panicky feeling to them and it's a "forward this to all your friends and warn them" kind of thing. My thoughts are BRING IT ON. The "end times" are gonna get me a lot closer to seeing Jesus. I'm just not one of those "oh, I want to see my kids grow up before the Lord returns" kind of person. No way! Come on that white horse Lord and get me outta here. But in the meantime, I am still so thankful and proud to be an American. And even with someone in office that I personally did not vote for, I'm not distraught. Because when it comes down to the line the one vote that really matters is the vote Jesus made on Calvary. He voted for me to live and for Him to take my sins. And because of that I have a home in Heaven that I am anxiously waiting to go to.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Bloggers United!

I voted this morning and am now anxiously keeping an eye on the news. It's hard to believe that today is finally here. I probably won't be awake late enough to know the outcome so I think tomorrow will be a day I actually check the news before I check my blog!

I loaded up the kids and went to meet Davisix today. Their farm is a little piece of Heaven on earth. The kids were sweet and fun. The boys played great together and Thing 4 just couldn't get enough of my little Decaf. To my disappointment, my son didn't even want to pet a horse. I finally convinced him and he briefly did but not with the excitement and enthusiasm I had hoped for. There was no jumping up and down asking for a horsie for Christmas. Maybe when Decaf gets bigger she'll like horses. My Leprechaun Latte did get to ride on a 4 wheeler and climb in the hayloft and go to a fort. At one point we were all in the house hanging out when I noticed my Latte was missing. When I called for him he yelled back that he was in the kitchen getting food. It was embarrassing but funny too. It's just like a child to think, "I'm hungry....they have a kitchen....I'll get food." I know he had fun because of how whiny he was on the ride home. He was worn out from all the playing. I had a great time. It was nice to have several hours of adult conversation and I'm pretty sure I've made a friend!!!

Monday, November 3, 2008

Spiders & Sweet Potatoes (Totally Unrelated)

I have followers!!! 4 people have found me worthy of following. That is so exciting. And tomorrow I get to meet one of them, Davisix. So I'm sure we'll both blog about that a little bit tomorrow.

Tonight my son and I spent 30 minutes in the kitchen trying to kill a huge spider and avoid being attacked and mortally wounded by it. Yes, I do have a slightly irrational fear of spiders. I saw Arachnophobia when I was way too young and have been scarred. I'm trying to not pass that fear along to my little boy, who at his age loves all bugs, but when I'm screeching and yelling at him to get up on the table, there's a chance some of my fear could rub off. Now that its been 2 hours and everything has calmed down my behavior seems a little comical. I was practically hyperventilating and the only thing I had to spray it with was a clorox spray. My son stopped dead in his tracks when I told him to get on the table. That's how he knew I was serious. When you spend your days telling them to climb down off that _______ (whatever) and then one day you yell at them to climb back up on it. I really do hate spiders and one of my hero's is the pest control man.

Moving on....I was taking some pictures this evening of my adorable little Decaf on a stuffed rocking horse and was just delighted. She's finally got some balance and was mostly sitting on it by herself. When she got done I scrolled back through the images on my camera and saw something funny on her forehead. It's not a birthmark, no, it's sweet potatoes. From lunch....about 5 hours earlier. Upon examination I found them on her ear and a few dabs on the back of her head. Oh, and she's still in her pj's from last night. So this is what happens during my official 1st day as a blogger. Does it go downhill from here? Maybe tomorrow she'll be lucky if I even remember to feed her lunch. :)

Naming the Family

Well, if I was doing a "Not me Monday" (which I'll probably start next week) then I would have to say....I did not get out of bed this morning and head straight for my laptop and go to my blog. I did not tell my son, "just a minute" 5 times while he was waiting for his breakfast. I am NOT hooked already!

I've added some pictures and info on my family. I originally had their real names up because of my lack of creativity. Then my hubby saw it and being the ever-paranoid half of the marriage, asked me to change it. I groaned and complained about not being able to think of anything and he said for me to pick something fun that I love and use that theme. Well I love Starbucks. He chose his pseudonym and helped me pick the kids. The kids will be called "Latte" and "Decaf". I think my son might be better titled as an espresso, but I'll stick with Latte. I considered going with the heart theme, but naming them something like "coronary artery" and "left ventricle" just wasn't working for me.

Now I have to go do a little cleaning and stop ignoring the children. :) But I'm pretty sure I'll blog more latter.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

What's in a name?

Choosing a name for my blog was not an easy task. I'm up against some really good ones. In fact, I started to think I just wouldn't bother with the blog since I couldn't come up with a good name. Pathetic excuse, I know. So I decided on "Sunshine and Open Hearts" for a few reasons. I know the name doesn't exactly flow, but it's growing on me.

My parents nickname for me was always Sunshine Shannon and it's not a bad nickname. So that was the no-brainer part. Well, plain old Sunshine was already taken so I had to add something to it. I thought about my life and the Open Hearts is twofold. First, I am a child of God. I have a Savior who gave His life to save me and cleanse me from sin. I have a home in Heaven and I eagerly look forward to going there. But while on my journey here on earth I must have an open heart to my Lord and what His plans are for me here. He is my strength and I must remain open in order for Him to continue to fill me.

The second reason behind Open Hearts has to do, literally, with my heart. When I was 5 I had open-heart surgery in Birmingham, AL. The surgery was for an atrial-septal defect and repair of my mitral valve. Through all that my parents came to know the Lord. Now, 25 years later it looks like I will need another repair on my mitral valve. There is too much regurgitation and I have a chamber that is slightly enlarged. This surgery is actually fairly common these days and the risk is minimal. However, I'm still pretty nervous. It's so easy to get caught up in the "what ifs". And dwelling on the "what ifs" too long can really bring a person down. This is where I once again have to look to Jesus to give me strength for the journey. I'm sure I will blog plenty about this later, but this is how I came up with "Sunshine and Open Hearts."

So now the next hard decision in blogger-land is what do I call my kids. Davisix has Thing 1,2,3,&4. MckMama has totally cool names, and some others just use the first initials "E" or "M". I haven't decided yet. I think I can't compete and will probably just use their names or initials.

I am pretty computer savvy but this blogging is completely new to me and I feel a bit like a fish out of water. Hopefully in the next few days I get the hang of it and my blog will start looking better. I don't even know how often a person is supposed to blog. Is there some sort of unwritten rule? If you blog more than once a day are you considered pathetic? If you blog once a week do people think you're boring? I guess this is all part of the learning process.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

My first post (real creative, isn't it)

I've thought about blogging for a while but am finally getting started. I have spent literaly hours online reading through people's blogs and never thought I'd be good at it. Then that all changed when someone (Thanks, Angie) said, "It's just like journaling." Well, I still don't know if I'll be any good at this, but thinking of it as journaling makes it a lot less daunting. In fact, I'm even a little excited. Of course, by the time I've finally got this up and running, I'm exhausted and have to go to bed. So the real blogging, aka journaling, will have to start tomorrow.