Thursday, June 24, 2010

And then life throws a curve ball.

On Thursday June 10th we spent the day driving from WaKeeney, KS to Lawrence, KS.  We had made the decision to spend the night in Lawrence at the KOA.  They had long pull thru sites, a pool, a Jumping Pillow, playground and we could have a real live CAMPFIRE.  You wouldn't believe how many campgrounds don't allow campfires.

We arrived in the afternoon, took a few minutes getting settled and headed out to explore the lush green (humid) campground.  We made our way to the office to get our wristbands to jump on the Jumping Pillow.  We were all very excited.  Well honestly I was excited to photograph the adventure, not jump.

Nick and the children were having a blast, bouncing, running, hopping and just sitting.  The backdrop was beautiful.  I was enjoying taking photos and walking barefoot in the sand that surrounded the Jumping Pillow.

Nick told me to go jump, I hesitated.  I headed up, took a few small jumps and I was laughing.  I did a few grand jetés and toe touches.  Nick summoned me off the pillow to check out the amazing photo he took.  I felt weightless and limber.  I think it may have been all the hooping I have been doing lately, I just feel very in touch with my body.

I decided I was going to do a series of leaps across the pillow and Nick wanted to video it.  I never made it all the way across, I actually never even made it to my first leap.  I did a pas de bourrée (kind of a skipping movement in preparation for a leap or jump), my right foot landed and popped.  I collapsed and screamed.  The next hour I endured the worst pain ever.  YES worse than childbirth.  Childbirth is terrible terrible pain, but there is a reason for that pain and a beautiful ending to that pain...that makes it different to me.

I ended up being taken to the hospital in an ambulance, while Nick and the children followed behind.  I could barely keep from passing out, the pain was unbearable and then my thoughts (freaking out) about trying to be a mom of 5 and travel through two more states with what ever was wrong with me was more than I could take.

And just because I am that person that slows down when I see a car accident, here is the proof that this actually happened...most likely more for my viewing pleasure than yours, but just in case you wanted to see.

The children and I went to Texas to be with my grandparents (bless their hearts) for almost a week.  We were all struggling with not being together as a family, so  even though we knew it would be MUCH harder doing it all on our own, we decided being together was better.  We flew my sister to Texas, she drove us to Illinois and stayed for a few days to help out.  Sadly we had to say goodbye to her yesterday.    

My ankle/foot is broken in two places and the ligament that is on my talus bone ripped away from the bone taking a piece of the bone with it.  I had an MRI and it showed that I fractured my talus all the way through.  I have to put absolutely no weight on my foot for 6-8 weeks and there is still a possibility that I may need surgery (if the bone moves out of place).   I am holding up ok, still in a lot of pain.  Not able to do much for me or the children is a very humbling place to be.  Nick is in the process of buying a vehicle that will hold all of us and tow our trailer, since it will be quite a while until I can drive.  

I have a lot blog catching up to do; more adventures from Phoenix, AZ and then our travels from Phoenix, AZ to Winslow, AZ to Albuquerque, NM to Colorado Springs, CO to WaKeeney, KS to Lawrence, KS to Fort Worth, TX to Cahokia, IL and our first few days exploring Cahokia and St. Louis.  Whew...we've been busy.

Photos from KOA Lawrence, KS here

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

The 12 Project ~ Month 5

May 2010
Phoenix, AZ
Seriously, no picture of the seven of us.  Not sure how that happened.  Oh wait, I do know how that happened.  Nick worked almost 80 hours a week for almost the entire month of May.  May was a busy month for us.  Nick and I both turned 28.  E came to visit.  Jericho turned one.  We went to the Downtown Market, became obsessed with Urban Cookie, went swimming almost everyday and started hooping.  When we wanted to escape the heat Aidan and Coda spent countless hours building with Legos, Téadora and Dillon built forts and played house and Jericho crawled around the trailer and put everything but food into his mouth.

Previous "The 12 Project" posts here.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

No-Sew Café Curtain

Have a little window that you want to add spice to?  Maybe your kitchen or bathroom window has nothing on it and you want to give it a little color.  Or maybe it has a nasty broken mini blind...that is what mine had.

Here is the window, after mini blind was taken down.

I wanted a thrifty, quick,  super cute way to cover the window.  I don't have a sewing machine, so sewing my own was out.  I thought about taking fabric and using Steam A Seam to "sew" them into curtains, which I probably would have done if the window was any bigger.  After searching and searching, I found some café curtains made from tea towels, I modified it a bit by using large 20x20 cloth napkins.

And here is the new and improved window.
Materials Used:
Two20x20 cloth napkins from World Market Tree of Life Collection
14 café curtain clips (7 curtain clips for each napkin)
One café curtain rod  (Rod and clips were purchased at Ross, but they can be found at Target or Bed Bath & Beyond)

You could use less curtain clips if you wanted, the curtain would swag a little more in between clips.  I chose to keep the clips close together because I didn't have much space and wanted to entire window to be covered, top to bottom. 

To assemble: Lay out napkins and place one curtain ring at each end of the napkin.  Then evenly space the remainder of the curtain rings.  Install brackets for curtain rod.  Slip rings with napkins now attached onto the rod.  Place rod on to brackets and your done.  How easy was that??!!

More before and after photos of our 2003 Keystone Sprinter Travel Trailer RV here.  

Monday, June 7, 2010

Best Birthday Ever

 Fantastic Lunch at Loving Hut - for real it was some of the best food ever!

Then onto Urban Cookies for cookies & cupcakes.
I have a tad bit of an obsession with Urban Cookies, good thing they ship nationwide :)

Last up was a walk at South Mountain, overlooking the Phoenix Valley.

Twenty Eight.
There's no doubt about it, I can round up to thirty.

And there is no doubt this was the best birthday ever, spent with my FAVORITE people.

Photos from Phoenix, AZ here.  
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