Elves week 3 2015

We have been crazy busy! Between getting ready for Christmas and the hubs ear surgery and Bug’s ear surgery. I’m tired. I know technically we are in week 4, and I will try to post that one tomorrow.

IMG_20151212_231315 IMG_20151212_231326 The Elves brought items to make Jingled bags! This was a first for us, and my kids were kind of eh about it. That is until they got to run up to a door, leave the bag, ring the bell and hall booty back to my car lol. Not sure if we will do it again next year. It was fun to spread some anonymous Christmas cheer. I got the jingled letter here .

IMG_20151213_215327 The Elves also took some time to focus on why we celebrate Christmas. The kids thought it was hilarious that Holly, Elvin and the reindeer put themselves in the nativity scene.

IMG_20151214_233156 They also acted like ornaments on our tree!

IMG_20151215_215722 Read a book with Santa.

IMG_20151216_225429 Brought a mini coloring pack with stickers.

IMG_20151217_221801 Rolled around in a packing tube.

IMG_20151218_215902 Helped clean the house. I was really hoping this would motivate the kids to help me clean, but all the kids did was finish sweeping up the pile that Holly and Elvin started. It was worth a shot.

IMG_20151219_234316 They also had a healthy midnight snack.

This past week , the Elves weren’t too creative and fun. Granted they have been visiting us for years and it was a stressful week. I feel things could have been a little bit more creative.

Elves week 2 2015

IMG_20151204_223723  On the first night of the second week Holly and Elvin made a fort and read a book.


IMG_20151205_220019 IMG_20151205_220042 The next night, the Elves had a nerf gun fight.

IMG_20151206_231816  They got into my stuff and made the kids Christmas pillow cases.

IMG_20151207_214802 They sumo wrestled in bubble wrap.


IMG_20151208_215524 IMG_20151208_215539  Food fight with puffercorn! $2 at dollar store.

IMG_20151209_220711 They got into the kids clothes too!


IMG_20151211_221147  They tp’d the tree! We are in the process of getting it all set up, and they got impatient for it to be decorated.

IMG_20151212_185915 Of course the Elves made the visit to see Santa.


Elves week 1 2015

Holly, Elvin, Bella and Jingle are back. B is calling Jingle, Jack so I guess the reindeer changed his name lol.


On the first night, they decided to bungee jump from our kitchen light with a red and green slinky.


The next night they brought the kids some Christmas Mad Libs. You can grab them here.

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The next night the elves wrapped the kids bathroom toilet seat. It was not a good morning when the kids woke up. They unwrapped the seat and got upset. Bug was actually in tears. Granted she did have bronchitis. It was for sure a fail.


On the first of December the Elves brought Advent calendars.


The next night was a “Oh crap I didn’t do something with Elves” moment. So they ended up kick backed on the couch reading magazines.


B’s favorite game is currently tic tac toe. I found this awesome Christmas themed tic tac toe game at the Dollar Store.


Last night the Elves had a midnight snack. The kids thought it was hilarious that they had some cereal in the middle of the night.




Christmas wreath

I decided that I wanted to add to our Christmas decor. So off to Hobby Lobby ( 50% off on Christmas items) I go (with the kids). The kids were a great help, as the three of us couldn’t agree on anything. After about an hour and a half we checked out. I had to make a couple executive decisions, and compromises.

IMG_20151128_153646  So we have our blank wreath, the letter J for our last name, red ribbon with gold threads and a few things to stick in the wreath.

IMG_20151128_161626 The hardest part was wrapping the J. I cut the ribbon in sections, and matched it up on the J. I actually used stick glue to help it lay smooth and then hot glued the ends on the back.

IMG_20151128_164625 The finished J.

image (1) To attach the J to the wreath, I used duct tape and zip ties. It was a bit of a struggle, but the easiest method I could think of.

IMG_20151128_165715 I am so happy with the finished product. Once I figured out where I wanted the accessories to go, all I had to do was secure them by bending their wires into the wreath.

I can’t wait to hang it on my door!


Santa plays for the Cubs.

Bug came home with a family art project that had us “hide” Santa so he could go on a vacation. We of course made him a Chicago Cubs player! I’m really proud of Bug because she figured out what to use to decorate Santa.  She tore up blue streamers to make his shirt. We used red twist ties to make the C’s and I helped her draw on the pant stripes. The bat is made of cardboard and I printed off the picture of Wrigley. It turned out super cute!

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The PT pain

I had my first physical therapy session today. He said the goal is to improve my mobility and strength so I heal faster after surgery. I’m all “sounds good to me, let’s do this”. It didn’t even hurt during the session. It hurts now, 5 hours later. GAH!

I have knee straightening exercise to do at home, and a giant rubber band to use too. Every day, twice a day until surgery. Then I get to do it all over again.  I  will go to PT twice a week for three weeks and do my exercises at home. The most painful one to do is to lay on my stomach and let my legs hang off the bed. Gravity makes my leg straighten!!

The good news is that after all of this done, I will walk without a limp and be able to bend and straighten my knee.

Then after surgery we get to do it all over again. My zombie leg will make me proud. Plus if there is ever a zombie apocalypse they won’t go after me as they will feel like I am one of them. I’m thinking ahead…

I’m torn up

Finally met with Ortho . I have a complete tear of my right ACL, and a deep tear of my meniscus.  From the MRI they think that I had also torn a minor ligament but that one healed on its own.  I am no longer on my crutches or in the brace. I also start physical therapy next week. The Dr wants me to work on my mobility before surgery. My surgery is scheduled for January 13th.  I’m looking forward to having my knee back. They said that I should be back to running 3-4 months after surgery.



Malificent and Dragon Costume

This Halloween my kids decieded to be Malificent and the dragon. So off to pinterest I go for some ideas, and I came up with a plan. Malificent was pretty easy.

The Malificent costume was pretty easy.I purchased a long black maxi skirt, long sleeved black shirt black boots and a black cape.  I made her staff out of a wrapping paper tube wrapped in black duck tape and a styrofoam ball painted green and glitter glued. Her horn was tin foil shaped like horns, wrapped in black duck tape and then taped to a head band. Then wala it was done.

The dragon was more time consuming for sure. I bought about 2 yards of black fabric, black felt, black hoodie and sweat pants, a black poster board, stuffing and liquid stitch. I first cut out and hand sewed the tail pieces together. When I cut it I went from wide to a rounded tip. Then I sewed it together and left a large enough hole to be able to stuff it. I used two long scraps as a way to tie the tail to my son. I then used cut the black felt into triangles and liquid stitched them to make them stand up. That was the hardest part! The wings were poster board. I wrapped them in black duct tape to make them stand out. I safety pinned the wings to his shirt.

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Knee update

I thought I was healing nicely… no crutches, no brace and for the most part walking without any trouble. Stubbornly try to play in a charity kickball tournament and re-injure it. All I did was step and throw the ball, I swear. I wasn’t diving, jumping or sprinting. I was trying to be a good girl. On the bright side I did get the out. That’s the important part right?

So Hubs to the rescue. Swoops in like superman again as he whisper yells I told you not to play. Imagine some colorful words thrown in there. His co-workers take me to the dr. Oh ya we were playing in a charity tournament on a Friday and his work was hosting the team. So he couldn’t really take me to the dr as he was the captain and they kinda needed him. The car ride was a little awkward. Not going to lie.

They take me to a convenient care type place instead of the ER. It was pretty funny as the nurse is just doing her job and asking me questions and I was all nope don’t need that or that or that. Just here for x-rays. I have the meds and the brace and the crutches at home.  After waiting for the dr for forever he comes in checks my ligaments and then refers me for an MRI and to ortho. No x-rays.

As you can guess I was feeling ticked off at the situation and threw myself a pretty big pity party. I’m over it now and back in recover mode. Which sucks by the way…

I had my MRI on Thursday. It was a weird experience and hopefully one I won’t have to do again. Thankfully I was only in the tube up to my chest otherwise I might have freaked out. I managed to not move even though I felt like I was.  After the MRI the tech asked me if it hurts closer to my shin. I’m guessing he saw something. I won’t know for sure until my ortho appointment. Which is of course at the beginning of November. That means I will have been injured for about two months by the time I see the freaking dr.

Hindsight is 20/20. We should have set up an MRI and an appointment with ortho when I first hurt it. Not much I can do about it now, but wait and try not to hurt myself any worse. They said that I could just be walking and my knee could go out. So until I see the dr to have a clue what is going on I have to be very careful.

The picture on  the left is my leg tonight. The picture on the right is after I re-injured it. So about 9 days between pictures.


Recovery time

I am so over recovery time.  Since I have hurt my knee I have gotten grumpy, sleepy, and antisocial. This is all due to the fact that I need to be active.

I gave it 1 week on the crutches and 2 weeks in the brace. Now I am working my way back to active. It’s a slow process. I started with just walking. Last night I did a very slow 20 minutes on the elliptical.  Tonight I went for 30 minutes at faster pace.  Just after two day of a small amount of working out and I am all ready feeling more like myself.

I want to start strengthening the muscles around my knee to help protect it.

I wish I was at a full recovery but I hope to get there soon!