About Joys and Trials

"Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the LORD shall be a light unto me." ~Micah 7:8 (KJV)

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

November's coming to an end

Had family pictures taken last Saturday, by Wendy from LOL Photography. Of course, that morning I decided I would be getting my hair cut, which happened tonight. It's now a chin length bob cut. Hoping that not having as much hair will help the scalp issue to clear up. 
Have one more dental appointment set up before the year ends. Consultation with the Neurologist is done, have a sleep study scheduled for December. Will do an overnight, and depending on the results of that, may or may not do a continuing test the next day. As I was filling out my forms for the consultation, I decided to ask a couple of aunts on my biological father's side if they knew of any family medical history. None to do with neurology, but others that I didn't know of, and one that can actually cause fatigue unchanged by sleep, called "sarcoidosis". I'm honestly hoping we'll find a cause during the sleep study tests, because the tests for the sarcoidosis would eventually entail biopsies, and depending on where the sarcoidosis is, that could be a lot of trouble. Most the other medical history is heart problems, high blood pressure and diabetes. We'll be keeping an eye on our kids as they get older for diabetes, as several family members have Type 2 and don't fit the normal profile. That really must run in the family, not "fitting the profile" for something. I was told I don't fit the profile for sleep apnea......but then I was told I don't fit the profile for gallbladder problems either, and that was exactly the problem. 

On a different note, packing and leaving for Oklahoma tomorrow to go see Grandma Pat and Papa for Thanksgiving. Dad, Mom, McKey, Ayla and I on a 400 mile car ride. FUN! (not) It will be good to see them. Then back home Friday night, so that Ayla and I can make it to dinner with the Stockton side of the family on Saturday. Ayla keeps asking to see Pawpaw and Grace, so it'll be great that she'll get to see them in a long while. 
Ayla's vocabulary is constantly growing. She's saying "thank you" and "you're welcome" a lot more, but still have to work on the "please". She likes saying "of tourse" (of course) in response to a question. She's gotten black dress shoes, that just happen to make that tap noise when she walks on flooring aside from carpet, so she loves putting them on, and tapping around the kitchen. We really need to get her into some sort of dance and/or gymnastics class. 
Waiting on more picture releases from LOL Photography, and then we'll share a few watermarked images with all of you. :) 
Bed time soon, it's been a long day, and tomorrow's going to be even longer. 
Save travels to everyone traveling for Thanksgiving this week, and may you have an awesome holiday. 

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Super Brownies from "Taste of Home Cookbook: Cooks who care edition"

Prep: 20 min Bake: 55 min + cooling

1/2 cup butter, cubed
1-1/2 cup sugar
4-2/3 cups (28oz) semi-sweet chocolate chips, divided
3 tablespoons water
4 eggs
5 teaspoons vanilla extract
1-1/2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups coarsely chopped macadamia nuts or pecans, divided (I didn't use nuts)

1) In a saucepan, melt butter and sugar over medium heat. Remove from the heat; stir in 2 cups chocolate chips until melted. Transfer to a mixing bowl; beat in water. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add vanilla.

2) Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; beat into the chocolate mixture until smooth. Stir in two cups of chocolate chips nd 1 cup of nuts. Pour into a greased 13x9-in baking pan. Sprinkle with remaining chips and nuts.

3) Bake at 325 degrees for 55 minutes or until center is set (do not overbake) Cool on wire rack. Cut into bars. 
Yields about 3-1/2 dozen.

**Note: I didn't use nuts. I used marshmallows, just threw some in. Marshmallows will keep the brownies gooey after the 55 min. I also didn't have 28oz of chocolate chips, I only had about 23oz...so I didn't sprinkle any on top. 
If you make these, let me know how they turned out.

"Super browines" with marshmallows inside

Am planning on getting more chocolate chips to remake this one sometime the right way, but still without nuts.

Also wanted to share a pic that our mom took of us when we were at her house, October 26th.
Brandy and Ayla on the left. Jessica and Sanatra on the right.

If you make the brownies, let us know how they turned out, and what you did differently, if anything.
Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

November 6, 2012

Presidential election day in the States, got my vote in, hoping for the best. I will be so glad when tomorrow is here. 
Ayla and I are fighting colds again, we've spent the past week stuck at home, and it's driving me nuts. Jessa says when we're better we'll have Mom watch Ayla and Sanatra, and get Sean out of the apartment and just clean like crazy. Hoping we can manage that this weekend. Family pictures got postponed until November 17, as I got sick the day we were supposed to have them done. However it does work out well in one way, Mom will get to get some pics of all four grandkids together. So after they're shared with us, I'll share a picture or two from LOL Photography of everyone. 
Found a fingering guide for the viola, that I ordered pretty cheap, and planning on starting to teach myself when that comes in. 
Ayla's going through a fear phase, she's afraid of the bathroom and the bedrooms. Pretty sure it's because they're dark, so we've got a projector nightlight for her room, and considering putting a Dream Lites on her Christmas list with family. Week of Thanksgiving, Ayla and I are going with my parents and Mckey to see family in Oklahoma, and back in time to have Thanksgiving dinner with Sean's family that Saturday.
Ayla and Sanatra October 25th.

It's gotten cold here, and I hate the cold, and with fall comes rain. I hate being cold, and I hate being wet, so being both is misery. Have pretty much been stuck at home lately, especially with being sick. Thankfully, Jessa and Sanatra, and our friend Dani come visit us when we're not sick. 
Had to buy some magic erasers as Ayla colored on the wall behind my couch. Those things work great, someone needs to find out what's in those and tell me so I can make them myself... 
I think Ayla's going to have a bunch of toys disappear when we clean. She doesn't play with 95% of them.
She's gotten better at expressing her opinions, and the attitude is growing. Her fear of the bathroom (she's not afraid of the tiolet, she has no problem flushing it) has led to many pairs of panties being changed because she'll hold it so long...working on that. I let her know when I'm going, and usually she'll go then, and that's helped. Still asking her if she needs to go. Can't wait for this phase to pass, but I guess it could be worse.

Other than that not much else is going on.After the apartment is cleaned thoroughly, and as long as I'm not sick again, I'm going to find a way to get a "me" day. I need it. 
Hope you all have a great week, stay warm, and try not to get sick.