Things Are Looking Up

As always, when things get bad, they always get better.

Friday, I had my follow up appointment with my OB/GYN. She let me know that I am healthy and should have no problems having children. She believes that I miscarried because of a problem in DNA replication. The chances of that happening again are only 4 percent. Since I am healthy, she said we do not have to wait to start trying to get pregnant.

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This is the best news we could have gotten and we couldn’t be happier. We will let everyone know when we have Baby Lane on the way.

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Granddad

Granddad passed away this morning.

He got very sick last Thursday and was taken to the ER with suspected pneumonia. After evaluation, the doctor determined he had pneumonia, possibly a small heart attack, and very advanced dementia. He was not able to talk to us or feed himself at all. He had digressed so much and it was very hard to see him that way.

They transferred him to CICU, but realized over the weekend that he would never get well. He was moved to Palliative Care and taken off all support. He stopped responding to us at the beginning of the week and passed away peacefully this morning.

It has been the longest week of my life.

He was more than just a granddad. He and Grandma had a big hand in raising us. They taught us everything from how to tie our shoes to being successful in school. The most important thing he taught me was compassion for others. Even though he wasn’t always the easiest person to get along with, we always knew he would do anything for us.

Now we have to continue on without him, but I will never forget how much he cared.

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A Rough Patch in the Road

The past couple of weeks have not been the best.

It started with Jesse’s aunt passing away and the stomach bug. Then, as I thought things were going to smooth back out, my (very senile) granddad became combative and unmanageable.

My grandmother had to make the toughest decision of all to move him to a home where he can get the help he needs. He’s having a hard time adjusting because he has been very confused about everything for a while now, from the day of the week to who we are.

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As all of this was happening, Granddad’s dog, Belle, stopped eating. Belle was a stray who picked our house as her new home a few years ago. She forced herself into our lives, but was exactly what we needed.She quickly became the center of attention.

Grandma took her to the vet, who informed her that Belle had advanced kidney failure. Today, Belle wouldn’t get up, so we had to put her down. Even though we knew it was best that she didn’t suffer anymore, it was still very difficult to let her go.

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While all of this really sucks, I know I have to feel the emotions that go along with these things, then figure out where I go from here. Unfortunately, life cannot always be pure joy, and life most definitely cannot stay the same. We have experienced a few big changes recently and we will have to figure out how to live with these changes.

I will have to appreciate the time we had with Belle and spend more time with our dogs. I will also have to spend more time with Granddad, even when it’s difficult to see him this way. Most importantly, I will have to be there for my family members who are going through these same changes.

While times like these are trying, they are a great reminder to focus on the important things.

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Jesse Frank’s Alfredo Pizza

Jesse and I like to make pizzas together. One of our favorites is an alfredo pizza.

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Ingredients:

  • Pillsbury pizza dough
  • alfredo sauce
  • tomato
  • basil
  • chicken breasts
  • crushed red peppers
  • garlic salt
  • butter
  • Italian cheese blend

First, chop the chicken breasts into bite-size pieces and cook in the skillet. Season with garlic salt and crushed red peppers to taste. Set aside.

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Next, pre-bake the pizza dough as instructed on the can.

While the dough is baking, poor the alfredo sauce in a medium-sized bowl. (I usually only use half a can of the sauce.) Season sauce with garlic salt and crushed red peppers to taste. Stir in evenly.

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Slice the tomato, then cut into small pieces. You can use diced tomatoes if you want. Set aside.

Melt one teaspoon of butter in the microwave. When the dough is done pre-baking, lightly cover with the melted butter.

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Spread on the alfredo sauce mix, then the chicken. Next, sprinkle the basil leaves and tomato to taste. Now, cover the entire pizza with the cheese blend.

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Bake as instructed on the pizza dough can, then chow down!

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Kiss the Cook

Jesse has been learning to cook. He has always been able to make simple meals like pizza and tacos, but now he’s expanding his recipe book.

Tonight, he made Creamy Chicken Pockets.

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He’s a natural in the kitchen. I give him the ingredients and he takes over from there. Next week, he’s going to try some fish tacos and homemade chili.

I enjoy cooking, but I must say that I could get used to this.

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Busy Bee

Life has just been happening too fast, so I haven’t been posting. I’ve had a lot on my plate the past couple months, but I am loving every minute of it. On top of my regular busy schedule, I’ve finally made a habit out of working out and I’m teaching myself basic programming. I’m really having to learn to balance everything.

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Sadly, I didn’t tackle all of those summer-end projects, but I’m making time for them in the upcoming weeks. I plan to work on some home improvement projects, many of which I’ve never done before.

I’m guessing things aren’t going to slow down anytime soon, but that’s alright with me. First project: homemade apple pie. I can’t wait.

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Dessert for One

Last night I tried the Pinterest-trending “cookie in a mug.” The recipe really is as fast and delicious as all the “pinners” say it is.

Here is the recipe:

  • 1 tbsp melted butter
  • 1tbsp white sugar
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/4 cup of flour
  • sprinkle in chocolate chips as desired

Melt the butter in the mug first, then mix in the remaining ingredients. Microwave for 60 seconds max. You’ll be done making the cookie before you have time to talk yourself out of it.

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Ofcourse, I used white chocolate chips since they’re my favorite. And let me tell you, mmm, this snack was tasty. It was warm and gooey and a great way to end our long week.

Click here to see more of my favorite Pinterest recipes.

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