Sunday, February 14, 2010

Wreck, Turkey Day, Dizzy non-Blonde, Christmas, Twins Turn One, I turn 40!!!!

So I started typing up this post in January.....I have managed to become distracted (shock, I know!) and so I'm just now finishing up and publishing ... yeah, sometime, I suck.


Whoa! What a FULL few months we have had down here on the Deaton Ranch! :o)

Let's see...where did we leave off?

Okay, I remember...

November arrived, and we were planning on going to Thanksgiving in Louisiana to see my extended family and grandmother. I had been trying to tie up some loose ends, errands, etc. On November 20th, we were scheduled to be at our lawyer's office in Fort Worth to sign our final Wills and Estate Plan. It was raining that morning. The hubby had dropped off Elise at school and moved the twin's car-seat's to the small truck. I don't even remember why we decided to take the small truck, but in the end it was a blessing.

We had just gotten on I30. It was right around 9:00 am. The hubby pointed out that a lot of cars were starting to put on brake lights, and that I should probably slow down. I noted the cars in the right most lanes were breaking, so I took his advice and let off the gas. I also moved to the left most lane. I then started looking for the entrance to the HOV lane. There was a semi truck in the lane right next to me. Then I felt it...The front tires started to slide out from under us. I quickly looked at the semi and thought "no way do I want to slide under that." I let off the gas, and tried to adjust the steering to make contact with the road again, but it just was not meant to be. When I felt the back end go, I cut hard to NOT go the direction of the truck...I had to choose: Semi or Concrete Median. Yeah. I choose the median.

It happened really fast. You hydroplane going 60-65 mph, it's gonna be fast. I saw the wall approaching and just closed my eyes right as we hit. I felt us go over 2 or 3 times. When we were still again, I opened up. We were right side up, facing the median...sort of 'on' the median....the front end...a little bit. The windshield was still intact, but shattered. I turned to look at the hubby, and then turned back to the windshield. Then I started spitting out all the glass that I began to notice was in my mouth. The babies erupted in screaming. The hubby looked at me and said "well, I guess we are getting a new van now."

And then all the pain started. I hurt from the base of my skull all the way down to my tailbone. I tried to reach back to check on the babies, but that just wasn't going to happen. Needless to say, people saw us wreck, and stopped to help and call 911 for us.

In the end, I was carted off in the ambulance to make sure I didn't break anything in my back, which I did not; just pulled a LOT of the muscles back of this post, I am STILL sore. The hubby called one of our friends and they came and picked up him and the twins from the crash site and followed me to the hospital. Everyone was checked out, with just a few bumps and bruises on them. Yay!! Nothing Serious!!

We were all recovered enough to still make our trip to Louisiana for Thanksgiving. That was fun! Aunt Gretchen hosted and everything was just so yummy! We were able to let the kids hang out with their great grandma on my side (Nanny), and they got to play with a lot of their cousins too. It was a good visit.

I had my follow-up visit with my ENT and also had a balance test. Turns out I am a perfectly balanced individual....keep your comments to yourselves, thank you very much. :o) And here I was thinking it was all because I dyed my hair from blonde to brown... to merlot......just trying everything to keep from continuing to be a dizzy blonde. The official word is a few more months of some medication for my Eustachian tubes and I will be rechecked, but hopefully all the dizziness will be gone. The belief is it is a residual side effect from the twins pregnancy. Which, by the way, is totally uncalled for, seeing as they are 13 months old now!!! Sheesh!

We drove to AR to Memaw & Paw's for Christmas. All of my siblings were present and accounted for except for Tim. So Memaw/Paw had 11 of the 13 grandkids in the house! The hubby was thinking ahead....he suggested and I agreed to bring the Bounce House with us. It was a HUGE hit!!! We ended up setting it up in the 2 car garage, and when the kids were getting stir crazy, a few of the parents would just go in there, turn it on, and make sure no one killed themselves. :oP

We got 'rained out' for seeing Grandma, MommaJo, Chuck, Aunt Gail and the boys for Christmas Eve. However, things had dried out by Christmas Day. So we headed down to Hot Springs Village and had a nice visit with MommaJo, Grandma and Chuck.

On January 9th, M & F turned one! I sadly, only remember bits and pieces of their birth. But I sure am glad I have them! They are a true scream to have around.

They can each hold their own bottles, which is GREAT! They are both crawling and pulling up on things and then walking around. M has 6 teeth and F has 4. They each can say 'mama' and will call out if they want some attention.

F seems to be a better parrot at the moment. He can also say "uh oh", "Whoa" and "O's" (asking for cheerios). They generally play very well together and with E. I am starting to see some jealousy start between the babies...I try to give as much equal time as I can to all three....but I think I'm going to lose that battle in the long run.

They are funny when you get them up from a nap or in the morning. I change one and put them on the floor. Then I get the next one, change them, and put them on the floor too. Then I go into the hall and start calling both of them. I refer to it as the 'baby races'! If one gets too far ahead of the other one, he/she will sit and look back and wait for the other to catch up. Then they go again. Yysterical in real life.

And then I turned not fair!


We also had record snow levels for DFW!!! Again, So Not Fair!!

That's enough for now. I'll try to be a little more habitual with my posts going forward....but that is about all I can promise. :)

Love to all,

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Me, TX State Fair, Halloween, 9 Month Stats...

Texas State Fair
This year we took E to the Texas State Fair for the first time. Her school gave away free tickets and a day off, so to the Fair we went. I am not so good with the rides, so the twins and I mostly watched and took pictures. She rode some of the rides (with her Papa) and played a few games, but was pretty overwhelmed by it all. But the next day she was asking to go back, so I think next year she will enjoy it a little bit more.

For Halloween, my sister-in-law landed us a butterfly outfit for M and a bumble bee outfit for F. We thought it would be super cute if E went as a flower, and she was agreeable to the idea, until she saw M's costume. Then she wanted to be a butterfly too. No problem! She was a beautiful Purple Butterfly! We had some fabulously fantastic bugs for Trick or Treat Night! :-)

9 Month Stats
M and F went in for their 9 month check up this month. F weighs 18.12 pounds and is 29 1/2 inches long. M weighs 18.04 pounds and is 29 1/4 inches long. They are basically the same weight and height, but they are not built the same. You would swear that M was way bigger and heavier than F. She is a well built little girl! :-)

M can sit up and stay that way for quite a while. She likes it. F, on the other hand, is Greatly Offended at the THOUGHT of sitting, and will promptly throw himself backwards if you try to sit him up. He is just lazy, and prefers to lay down and roll around to whatever it is he is wanting to see or get to.

M has attempted to crawl a few times, and is dangerously close to completing it. Again, F is just not interested.

They have both cut two teeth on the bottom. M's two came in crooked! :-P
They are both gradually getting more hair.
They both babble a bit, and I'm am working on getting them to say Mama :-) F will say it, but I think it is just part of his babble.

They are still very good babies, and very happy the majority of the time...Thank you Jesus!!!

Well, to say I have been 'under the weather' for the past 2 months is putting it mildly. I've been depressed...I guess I'm still working on that too. I have some really good days, but then I have a few bad ones. I'm getting better now, or at least I think I am...

I had to go and see my hematologist again. One of my last tests in August came back too low/bad. After meeting with the doctor, the game plan for me going forward will be taking low dose aspirin every day; and not to sit for long car rides or plane rides. I'll take this over being on coumadin again! Basically, I am trying to avoid situations that would cause me to throw another clot, because evidently, now I am susceptible to them.

Also going on, I have been fighting really bad vertigo with headaches and nausea...and general exhaustion. At first I thought it was side effects to the different meds I had been taking, or possibly a sinus infection. But after a while, I began to wonder if something was really wrong....jury is still out on the final verdict. I have, however, now acquired reading glasses to help with the headaches / eye strain. I have switched the time I take some of my medication, and changed out others altogether. The next doctor visit is looking like an ENT....and then maybe a dermatologist....I -have- met my deductible for the year, so I may as well get everything checked out before January 1st!

And October was Awful in Texas, weather-wise. It was cloudy and dreary or raining at least 3 weeks of the month....I'm seriously Sun Deprived. This proves I could never live in Buffalo (sorry Kimmy....just give in and move here!).

I'm happy with my kids and my hubby, but just not quite happy with me yet. I'm working on it, and getting there, but not quite there yet. I know I will be back to my sarcastic funny self soon enough, but in the mean time, keep me in your thought and prayers.

For now, I will end by giving you happy baby pictures and a few videos! :) And yes, the videos are not high quality....we need to get a new video camera....maybe Santa will bring us one ;-)

Love to all,