It"s a Crazy Wonderful Life

This is a blog about my family and the crazy life in the Sims Household. We have 5 children, ranging from 14 to 5, and seem to be going in all different directions sometimes. The purpose of this blog is to help keep our friends and family up to date on what is going on in our lives.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Our lizard laid an egg..

Some of you know that we adopted two anoles after Ryan's 3rd grade class finished their study of them at school. Well the other day I walked in to look at them and they were mating. Yikes!! Well, yesterday Lizzy laid an egg. It will be interesting to see if it hatches. From what I have read she can lay up to 10 eggs over the next several months. hmmm, anyone want a lizard?

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Surgery and my new friend Spongebob

Well, I had my surgery on Friday and it went well. We ended up only needing the lesser of the two possible procedures, so that was good. It turned out there were two areas along the nerve(one above and one below the elbow) that had band like restrictions. The doctor clipped those out and hopefully now things will get better. The procedure lasted a little less than an hour and I was home less than 4 hours after I left. The doctor set me up with a fancy foam block to help with protection and elevation. Here is a lovely picture. The kids have taken to calling my foam block "Spongebob".
I have been pretty sore today and didn't sleep well last night. Hopefully tonight will be better.

Thursday, February 5, 2009


This week we hit two big milestones in our family. It is really wild to think that we are doing so many things for the last time. I was really happy to potty train my last child and say goodbye to diapers. I was glad to get rid of bottles and happy to be done with sippy cups. The crib and changing table were a little hard to put away, but that has been a while ago now too.

This year we are in our last year of preschool. Tear tear. We have been at Community Preschool for 7 years now. I LOVE the teachers and the sense of community there. I have worked on the board for the last 4 years and have really enjoyed the time spent with the ladies there. But...yesteraday, I registered my baby for kindergarten. Milestone #1: our final kindergarten registration. (more tears) Well to be totally honest, I am quite excited that I will have more time for myself.

Then today, Milestone #2 was teaching the last of our children to ride a two wheel bike. Kyle took his own training wheels off his little bike and wanted to ride it. Since it was such a beautiful day (70 degrees) I decided to go ahead and take him out. And he was off. Here are a couple of pictures.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Surgery...(and more)

Well, I went to the orthopedic surgeon again last week and he said I am going to need surgery to figure out what is wrong with my ulnar nerve and to fix it. If you want to know the history of what has been going on, you can read about it here and here. Apparently even after 3 weeks of complete immobility and rest in a cast, there was still no improvement. So he is going in. He will make an incision at my elbow and hopefully just have to do some roto rootering there in the nerve canal in my elbow. It could be bone causing the problem, it could be muscle, or even scar tissue. He will clean it all up and if things look good, that will be it. It he can't see a reason for the problem, he will instead do a transpositional surgery. That means he will actually remove the nerve from the groove in the elbow(think of your funny bone here) and reposition the nerve on the inside of the bend of the elbow. This will involve attaching the nerve to those muscles and will be a more difficult recovery. Personally, I am hoping he just has to roto rooter me. Then, after surgery, I will have another 3-4 weeks of immobility before I can start physical therapy. I just hope it all works.

On another note, we had a great weekend this week. Mike's sister Jen and her husband Matt and their two cute little kids were here this weekend. Jen and the kids will be around for 2 weeks, but Matt went home to work today. We had a great weekend. Pete, Mel, Kensie, and Eric came up to hang out, and Kari and Deron came over too. We spent a good portion of the weekend at Mike's parent's house with everyone else. On Friday Night, the adults, minus Mel, went out for dinner at Red Robin...YUM!! It was really nice to visit without all the kids around.
Then on Sunday after church, we all got together to start cooking food for our Superbowl party. We had more food than I have seen since at least Christmas! We had all kinds of appetizers. Veggies and my famous cheese dip, buffalo wings, pinwheels, bacon wrapped water chestnuts, rotelle and sausage dip, spinach and artichoke dip, stuffed mushrooms, chips, popcorn, not to mention all the desserts. Needless to say, I ate way too much that day and felt sick later on. We watched the game, some cheering for each team, and had a nice time just being together.

We also found out that Mike's sister Kari, who is expecting a baby in June, is having a little girl. We are so excited for her and Deron. I am especially excited because they live so close to us, I will get to be the Aunt that spoils her rotten. This will be the third little granddaughter born to David and Bjorg in a year. How fun it will be as the three of them grow up. It reminds me a bit of 13 years ago when the older 4 Sims siblings all had baby girls within a year. It's so fun.

Anyway, the kids are all doing great so I guess that is all for today.

P.S. If you haven't been over to my Digital Scrapbooking blog this week, stop on in. I have a super cute scrapbook kit I am giving away free all week. People are really liking it. I have had over 117 downloadson the papers just today. Yeah me!

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