Category: happiness is…

so, if anything I am consistent about this blog…it’s been 7 months since my last entry. I suppose that it really isn’t all that important how often I write, pretty sure I can count on one hand how many hits my posts get. but, honestly, considering how bad my memory is these days, it helps me to keep track of this whole crazy journey these last two and a half years has taken us. so it’s mostly for me. 🙂

as for Larry – he’s hanging in there as much as can be expected. he actually has good days where he can get around with a lower level of pain and ease but probably more days where he struggles just to get up out of a chair.

we had anticipated having his last, or what we hope to be his last surgery sometime late summer but things didn’t go as planned. he has recovered of course from his surgery from the beginning of the year but in a nutshell, he just has so much scar tissue and his leg has been cut or otherwise damaged so much that when we went in to see the surgeon about his next step…they told him that his leg just wasn’t ready. it was a huge disappointment but we totally understood. so, he went back to physical therapy and the goal was to work on the skin on his leg to make it more pliable so that it could be cut again. between bottles of vitamin E oil, a really good therapist and a lot of effort…things improved enough that the doctor scheduled him for surgery. and of course, more anticipation because the soonest date that they could give him is late December!

this next surgery is to replace the knee but as we were told by the doctor – “this isn’t your grandma’s knee surgery!” there will be a plastic surgeon involved as well since they will have to be extra careful with how they cut the leg and there is a possibility that they will need to do another skin graph just to close things up! he will have a longer surgery, a longer hospital stay and a longer recovery but if all goes well it should help his mobility a lot and ease up on the knee pain. of course, there are risks for infection and so we’ve been given fair warning that it will either go really well or not so much! as you can imagine, Larry is a cross between excited and nervous and truly isn’t looking forward to any of it. I personally just want it over with but I completely understand why he is a little ambivalent about it all. it seems that lately, he has more pain and trouble with his foot and ankle that I am a little worried about what’s going on there and hoping that it will get better on it’s own.

other than that, we have had to file our second appeal for his disability…go figure and literally if something could go wrong or break down – it has. I kinda have to laugh because it’s really normal for us these days. plus, I’ve been so busy that I feel out of touch with everyone and too exhausted some days to do anything more than what I have to do to get through the day. I just tell myself that this too shall pass…

I guess that’s all really – I could ramble about other trivial things but I am actually tired of hearing myself “talk” so I’ll just end this here. 😉


movies with my boys

even now with the boys being teenagers – we will all sit together and watch a disney movie. a couple of weeks ago, we watched despicable me 2 one evening and loved every minute of it. the boys had popcorn and the lights were off…as it should be when you watch a movie you know! they actually sit still now…well, logan most of the time. 😉 and it was just nice…

imagine my surprise when my youngest (who was put to bed early with a terrible headache) woke up this morning…before me…showered, made his bed, cleaned up the den and walked up to my bed asking me how to make coffee. =) I mumbled the directions and a few minutes later dragged my tired bones downstairs to take a shower. next thing I know…the amazing aroma of coffee drifted in…and Logan…so proud of himself, showed me all that he had done this morning…big grin on his face…coffee ready…sugar in my cup and a spoon right beside it!! 

now that’s happiness ❤ 

boys will be boys…

so if you have boys…especially ones with a little bit of an age difference – you have to play referee A LOT!! I get tired of telling both of my boys to “be nice to your brother”!! which I do almost every day.

so, imagine my delight when I got to witness the two of them…teens, mind you…out in the garden…in the rain…wait for it… PLAYING! okay, maybe not playing…no, they were playing…throwing water balloons and getting seriously muddy and dirty!! I giggled, I was so happy to see it and I asked if I could take some pics, but they declined with a resounding “NO MOM!!”

but I don’t think I will forget the joy of watching them have so much fun and laughing and enjoying each other’s company. now that….is pure HAPPINESS.


the perfect find…

my photographer friends will appreciate this one 🙂 

I have a styled session scheduled for this weekend and the more I talked, well texted and inboxed my models, the more the ideas started swimming around in my mind! I am very visual and know what I want…usually – having said that, I happened upon an estate sale on my lunch break today and practically started drooling over the abundance of props – well, they aren’t really props – but to a photographer, they are!! and I scored a fabulous little green velveteen hat circa 1940’s – 50’s and the perfect little suitcase to use in the session. I spent way more than I should have…but it’s my version of retail therapy.

so then, happiness is…the perfect find.

the end 😉

it’s been awhile…though I have had plenty of happy moments…I am just too busy for my own good. 

so here goes:

happiness is…having your picky child tell you that he really enjoyed dinner 🙂

trust me – a 13 year battle of which I have mostly lost – but last night’s dinner was a winner! 😉


happiness is…a warm fire on a cold day 

snuggling :)

thought I would use this page for my random happiness thoughts that I have been posting on facebook…trying to wean some things over into my blog in an effort to make myself write on here more often. 🙂

so here goes:

happiness is…when my baby, my boy… logan wants to snuggle with me 🙂

smiling sweetly for me