Dear Appendix, Take a Hike

Just over one week ago, Mason said adios to his appendix.  He hadn’t been feeling very good for a couple of days and because all of our kids were passing around the stomach flu, we were sure he had fallen victim to the same nasty bug.  When everyone seemed to be getting back to normal and he was only declining, we decided to take him to the doctor.  The only major pain (he he) was that it happened to be a Sunday night.  Doesn’t that always happen?  Anyway, Scott took him to the ER/Urgent Care at our local hospital and within an hour they were pretty sure he had appendicitis.  He had all the symptoms plus an elevated white blood cell count so they sent him for a CT Scan and that confirmed it; he was headed for surgery.  At some point between the scan and surgery, his appendix ruptured, making a huge mess and spreading infection into his little body.  He spent about four days in the hospital, including Christmas, hooked up to IV antibiotics and oxygen.  Mason finally made it home last Thursday to recuperate in his own bed.  We were all relieved and have a new appreciation for our own pillows:)  We have been so blessed by family and friends for the help with kids, calls, prayers and visits. We are grateful that Mason is at home, getting well and enjoying his Christmas presents.  Of course, we would have loved to have a quiet Christmas at home but thankful that Mason is okay!  Pictures to follow.  I promise.

Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all.



Christmas Eve 2013

Gettin’ Crafty

If you know me, you know that I love being creative. I don’t have a ton of time to craft or sew but when I do I am most definitely a happy woman:)  In a perfect world, I would schedule time every week to sew.  Last night I was quickly checking out Pinterest and saw a pin for a super cute kid’s bike bucket. You know, kinda like a basket but made out of fabric. I immediately started figuring out how I could make one for my bike only bigger.  Here’s what I came up with. It is most definitely a work in progress but I think it is pretty cute and it will be a totally rad place to put the mail and light groceries when it am out riding around town.  

Now I just need a snow bike…



Happy riding….in 5 months or so….

Happy Sunday! We are getting more snow and looking forward to our white Christmas. I haven’t replaced my computer yet so IPad posts will have to do. 

Love and Peace, Jennifer 

Alive and Kickin’

To all my loyal readers (he he), I am still here.  My only excuse for the humongous gap in blog posts is that my old not-so- trusty computer died.  Really died, like not turning on ever again, not working.  Trust me, I would have loved to update you all on our super-duper Thanksgiving week, or on the exciting engagement of my little brother, or my surprise birthday lunch with family and friends.  Our life has been busy.  Obviously, my computer didn’t get that memo.  I am also so excited to start posting some pictures with my new camera.  That’s right, I got a beautiful new camera and it is killing me, not having a spot to store and edit my pictures.   For now you will have to enjoy a few from our family photo shoot in November.  I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday and are looking forward to the craziness of Christmas!

A huge thanks and photo credits go out to John Blum at for his ability to manage 15 people for a photo shoot outside in the winter in Frisco.