Sunday, January 31, 2016

Day 31, Sunday, January 31, 2016

John is out of the hospital!  His counts are climbing and his RSV is improving.  He will have 3 appointments in the clinic this week.  Keep those prayers coming for our Johnny Mac!

Day 30, Saturday, January 30, 2016

I went to the Farmington Crop with Cindy, Kellee, Amy, Nikki and Lisa.  I got 8, 2 page layout kits done.  I can't wait to get some pictures on those pages.  The crop was a lot of fun, with prizes, friends, and awesome food.

Day 29, Friday, January 29, 2016

The students brought their $1.00 to wear PJ's today, I know for a fact, there is more than $236 dollars there.  We hope to beat our total of $761 from last year!

Day 28, Thursday, January 28, 2016

30 years ago, the space shuttle Challenger had a terrible accident.  I remember I was in the break room at Wal-Mart watching the news cast in disbelief.

Day 27, Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Coco went to the groomer today.  He got a great report card!  Love our puppy spa and resort!

Day 26, Tuesday, January 26, 2016

We told the students to bring their change or $1.00 to wear PJ's to school on Friday for St Jude.  We have already collected this much money for St. Jude.

Day 25, Monday, January 25, 2016

AJ Salmon came to fire up our students in the fund raiser we are supporting for St Jude.  He asks the children to bring change to school, because the children at St Jude, need our help.  If we work together, we can bring a lot of money to St Jude, just a $1.00 at a time.

Day 24, Sunday, January 24, 2016

Stacie is visiting John.  He has RSV, so she has to dress in a gown, mask and gloves during her visit.  We are praying he recovers quickly!

Day 23, Saturday, January 23, 2016

Here we are, moving Nate's stuff back to our house.

Day 22, Friday, January 22, 2016

Our kindergarten students got to participate in the wedding of Mr. Q and Miss U.  Our P.E. teacher was the minister.  He wore a tie that had rubber ducks on it...Quack, Quack!

Day 21, Thursday, January 21, 2016

I made some ground beef and ground sausage mix tonight for dinner.  We made pizza with part of it and saved the rest for another meal.  That tool is from Pampered Chef and I don't know how I have lived my life without that meat chopper!

Day 20, Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Jim and Scott went to the Bradley game tonight.  They had an invitation for dinner as well.

Day 18, Tuesday, January 19, 2016

I have been working on my swap card for February.  I wanted to use the iphone stamp.  I hope the girls like it!

Day 17, Sunday, January 17, 2016

I had to run some errands and I stopped at Sonic for a bag of ice!

Day 16, Saturday, January 16, 2016

Nate and I took Marla and Coco to the dog park.  We were the only ones there.  Marla ran like a wild animal and Coco just walked around, amazed.  We will go back again, soon!

Day 15, Friday, January 15, 2016

The mobile Mammography truck came to school today.  We scheduled 6 staff members for mammograms.  We hope to have them come each year, and increase our numbers.

Day 14, Thursday, January 14, 2016

John has been in the hospital in Chicago since January 6.  Today he received a stem cell transplant from his mom, Cathy.  Tomorrow he will receive a second bag of cells and cord blood to complete the transplant.  The doctor told him, today is his re-birthday!  John wants presents and cake next year.

Day 13, Wednesday, January 13, 2016

It has been really cold.  Coco found the warm air vent in the bathroom as soon as he got in from going outside!

Day 12, Tuesday, January 12, 2016

I made some blank cards for Stacie to use for her JamBerry business.

Day 11, Monday, January 11, 2016

I bought Panera soup at Target yesterday when we went shopping with Stacie.  Jim had the Mac and Cheese and we will be getting more of both of these for dinner.

Day 10, Sunday, January 10, 2016

We had lunch with Stacie.  She drove home from Chicago at the beginning of the storm, yesterday.  Her car is still coated in snow and ice.

Day 9, Saturday, January 9, 2016

These girls are some of my best scrappy friends.  We went to a crop in Morton at the VFW.  JenJo made some soup for us and we ate lunch at her house.  It snowed most of the day and it took a really long time to drive home.  I had a great time!

Day 8, Friday, January 8, 2016

We ate dinner at Whitey's BBQ.  I love their chicken sandwich and their fries are pretty awesome, too!

Friday, January 8, 2016

Day 7, Thursday, January 7, 2016

The Chicago skyline from John's hospital room window.

Day 6, Wednesday, January 6, 2016

John and Stacie are in Chicago.  John is getting a Donor Stem Cell Transplant from his mother and cord blood.  We are praying that this will cure his Lymphoma for good.

Day 5, Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Nate is holding Coco like a baby.  He likes to be held close, but he isn't sure Nate is doing it right.

Day 4, Monday, January 4, 2015

Nate and Marla are staying with us for a few days.  We went for a walk tonight after work.  She is doing really good trying to heel.

Day 3, Sunday, January 3, 2016

Jim got me a food saver for Christmas.  I had wanted one for a while, but wasn't sure which one.  We have bought a few steaks from Raber's in the last few days.  We used the food saver to vacuum seal them.

Day 2, Saturday, January 2, 2016

The river has been rising due to the unbelievable amount of rain we have been getting.  The parking lot is completely underwater in the marina in East Peoria.

Day 1, Friday, January 1, 2016

Jim and I went to see the movie Sisters.  We have been going to a movie on New Years Day for a few years.  A tub of popcorn and 2 large drinks, later....

Day 365, Thursday, December 31, 2015

Jim and I went to eat at Smokin' Notes.  We tried to do some shopping, but everything was closed early.  We came home and watched HGTV until 11;30.  

Day, 364, Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Coco went to the groomer early this morning.  It was snowing.  I went to Parkside to walk.  The snow made everything look grey.

Day 363, Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Peyton and I went to see Daddy's Home.  We played games all afternoon, too!

Day 362, Monday, December 28, 2015

Peyton came over this afternoon.  We went to eat lunch at Subway and came back to our house and played games all afternoon until his mom came to pick him up.

Day 361, Sunday, December 27, 2015

I got the Peanuts Gang for Christmas.  They all interact with one another.  Each one plays two different songs and depending on which one starts, they each have lights, too.

Day 360, Saturday, December 26, 2015

We took down all the Christmas decorations today, inside and out.  If you look really close, way back on the couch, you can see my furry assistant.

Day 359, Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas!  Our family has stockings even though everyone is an adult.  Lottery tickets are the stocking stuffer of choice.

Day 358, Thursday, December 24, 2015

This is a picture of the grand-kids and Grandma Smith, who were at our house for Christmas Eve.  We don't have but one little guy and Jordan is 10 now.

Day 357, Wednesday, December 23, 2015

This is totally due to Seinfeld!

Day 356, Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Peyton, Momaw and I went to the Festival of Lights.  We went to Moe's for taco Tuesday.  

Day 355, Monday, December 21, 2015

I wrapped gifts today.

Day 353 & 354, Saturday, December 19, 2015, and Sunday, December 20, 2015

We are not very good at taking selfies!  We went to East Peoria to do some shopping and stopped to take our pic in front of the Christmas Lights in the Levee District.

I stopped in the park this morning to add some ornaments to Baby Raegen's

Day 352, Friday, December 18, 2015

Today was our last day before Christmas break.  Cindy, Jennifer and I exchanged gifts.  We are so excited to get two whole weeks off.

Day 351, Thursday, December 17, 2015

We had a special visitor at school today.  Santa came to visit the Pre-K students.  We had him deliver candy canes to all the students.  Our elf, Jovie, asked Santa to bring an Elf on the Shelf to Zoey.  He was happy to make Zoey's heart believe!

Day 350, Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Jim and I went to Peoria to do some Christmas shopping.  The Tree of Lights is just outside the mall and is sponsored by the Salvation Army.

Day 349, Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Sheila made a snowflake for me.  I hung it in the hallway.  I asked her to make a second one to hang on the other side of the banner.

Day 348, Monday, December 14, 2015

Jovie was teaching the body pump class in the gym today!

Day 347, Sunday, December 13, 2015

The Quilt House has been under our tree for many years.  Jim's parents gave it to me and I always enjoy it at Christmas.

Day 346, Saturday, December 12, 2015

Jim, Peyton and I went to the IMAX to see Christmas Vacation.  We have seen it so many times, but never on the big screen.  We went with Kellee, Lisa, Amy and some of their friends.  Kellee, Lisa and I painted ornaments at Fired Up in the afternoon.