06 September 2014

Gummy Bear Limeade Popsicles

Last year in the summer we discovered how much fun it can be to make your own popsicles. Frequently I tossed spinach into berry smoothie mixtures and our girl was happy with the mixture. I know we are on the verge of fall, but we are hanging on to every last bit of summer around here. These yummy frozen treats are definitely helping!

You'll need:

Popsicle molds
Gummy Bears

See? You don't even need to call this a recipe. It is so incredibly simple. Throw some of your favorite brand of gummy bears into the bottom (or top, depending how you look at it) and pour some limeade on top. Ridiculously easy, right? We like Newman's Own All Natural Limeade around here.

Make some of these, throw on your favorite summer skirt, toss your hair up in a messy top knot and soak up summer 2014's last rays. Go ahead. We dare you.

01 September 2014

1 // About The Author

Ah, September. I think I'll get lost in you this year.

I'm taking on the Blog-tember Challenge hosted by Brave Love blog. The first prompt for today is to write an about the author page and tell a bit about your imaginary novel.

Here goes...

I went through a Garth Brooks and Michael Bolton phase when I was 10 years old. I had a kidney transplant when I was 11. My mother gave me life for a second time. She's my guardian angel here on earth. My life has been filled with an abundance of love and light, as well as tragedy. I believe bravery is hidden in the good moments. Courage finds you when you have the balls to go after it.

I believe in the healing power of music, words, and gratitude. Once upon a time I wasn't supposed to live past my 10th birthday, and then poof...I turned 31 a few weeks ago. I'm living out my wildest dreams with a good man and our odd defying daughter. I like whimsy and color and noise.

My imaginary novel? Oh, I have several ideas. One that would be fun to see through to its completion would be about someone who meets their real life imaginary friend when they are 50. I heard it on Before Midnight and have been happily haunted by the notion ever since.

19 August 2014

In The Blink Of An Eye

We had a fun agenda this weekend; a rare date night, birthday celebrations, and preschool open house. Saturday night Rory and Sookie headed out to the front of our garage to catch a giant beetle. I was upstairs going to the bathroom real quick and seconds later heard Rory call out, "Tahnie, I need towels. NOW." I knew it was an emergency by the tone of his voice. I made it to the front porch, tossed two towels to Roar, and looked down to see a scene of shattered glass and blood everywhere. So much blood. Too much blood. As they were walking down the steps, Rory fell. The mason jar he was holding broke, and stabbed his left palm, cutting an artery. Sookie? Our sweet girl was visibly extremely upset, but calm and brave. So unbelievably brave. I went into panic mode, for a split second considered calling an ambulance, but quickly decided I could get him to the ER quicker, as we live 5 minutes from the hospital. I grabbed the keys to the truck, and thanked my past self for leaving flip flops downstairs, as it saved me a few precious seconds from another trip upstairs. In a blur, I swooped Sookie up and helped Rory into the truck. I don't remember much of driving to the hospital. When we arrived I ran in and told them we needed help. Waiting for someone to come out and assist us seemed like an eternity. The blood was soaking the towel quick and when I tried to kiss him or comfort him with touch, it only made it gush even faster. I was doing my best to keep Sookie calm in the backseat. They finally came out with a wheelchair and took him inside. I went to park the truck and brainstormed who to call to come keep Sookie company.

When we entered the ER I realized the room they had him in was itty bitty. That was actually the only room they could get open. I found out while I was parking the truck, they had started working on him in the hall because blood was dripping onto the floor in the waiting room. I was doing my best to keep Sookie away from more trauma and yet attempting to figure out what the medical team was planning to do.

I started calling family to have someone come help with Sook. They drew blood from Rory ( ironic, right?!) to check his hemocrit to see if he needed a blood transfusion. At one point a nurse was attempting to pinch his artery shut with her hands, in order to stop the bleeding. They eventually had to resort to putting a tourniquet on him as they waited for the orthopedic hand surgeon to arrive.

My incredible sister in law Michelle came to take our brave Sookie girl back home. The reality of the ER team calling in an orthopedic hand surgeon hit me hard. I didn't want Rory to see me fall apart, so I ran outside to get some fresh air, called our old neighbor and glockets partner, Afton, and stopped fighting the tears. This boy loves playing his guitar. He is a music man. And, you know, only makes our living writing iPhone app code.

They started taking x-rays of his hand to make sure pieces of glass weren't stuck in there. He was still dealing with all of this without any pain medication. He was an absolute rockstar throughout all of this. He is my hero. The tourniquet was doing its job and his hand was turning gray. It was horrifying. I kept praying for him to be able to keep function of his hand. It was his left hand. He is left handed.

At this point, my marvelous mother in law was at our house, cleaning up the disaster of blood and glass on our front porch. My amazing mom arrived at the hospital for more support.

Finally, 45 minutes later, the orthopedic hand surgeon arrived and created a makeshift operating table in the tiny ER room. He numbed Rory's hand and quickly began fixing this insane mess. I watched a bit of the surgery and his life saving work. He was able to cauterize Rory's artery, ending the bleeding once and for all. I am still haunted by the smell of burning tissue. He stitched him up, made him a stint, and told us he wanted to see Rory again on Wednesday.

Rory's hemocrit levels were not low enough to warrant a blood transfusion. (Huge miracle!) We were able to go home that night.

Things have been tough. Rory is on heavy pain killers and super antibiotics. Sookie is right by his side, offering hugs and I love yous. This has shook us all to our cores, reminding us life can change drastically, in the blink of an eye. Yet truthfully, we are so lucky, all things considered. We are focusing on the good facets of this awful adventure; that I was home, that we live so close to the hospital, that we have such fantastic family, that Sookie was able to stay calm and wasn't injured, that Rory can move his fingers and that he is ALIVE.

Thank you to everyone who has lifted is up through this. Life is a precious gift & we were reminded of that in a brutally beautiful manner.

28 July 2014

Hello Monday: Make Them Brave

Hello Monday and absorbing all the inspiration and wisdom in new music. This particular line above has been swimming in my head nonstop. The more I live, the more I witness firsthand what power thoughts hold. I truly believe music is healing. I think of myself as very lucky I grew up around such abundant amounts of it. My dad owned a music store for over twenty years and I know it contributed to my passion for surrounding myself with it. These days I'm listening to the two new Counting Crows songs, and the new Jason Mraz album, YES!

Hello these last few days of July; late dinners, fireworks, making our own popsicles, watermelon swimsuits and sweet corn on the cob!

Hello little grasshopper friend!

Hello quotes that hit you square in the middle of right where you need it most.

Hello to this silly, brave, strong girl. Who said to me this morning, "What kind of tea would you like? There's strawberry, lipstick, blueberry, blueberry lemon, and dragon's heart."

Hello reading reading reading this summer. I'm back in tune with my inner crazy bookworm and the happy side effects of reading a ton are reaching into every facet of my life. I finished The Afterlife of Billy Fingers the other day and loved it! I'm now in the thick of Embracing Quincy. What are you reading these days?

21 July 2014

Hello Monday: My Leopard Spots To Polka Dots

Joining up with Lisa Leonard again this week for the Hello Monday blog prompt! I love this series and the bold inspiration behind beginning each week with crisp motivation and hope.

Hello little flowers on freshly cut grass and bow sandals.

Hello feeling invigorated by nature's majestic beauty.

Hello to finding pieces of plot twists to be grateful for (both in fiction I'm reading and in my own real life storyline.)

Hello making our house our home, with our eclectic touches somehow all meshing together to showcase our personalities. The writing space of mine provides a welcome solace when I feel overwhelmed with the world.

Hello new Counting Crows lyrics to fall in love with, all in their new song, Palisades Park. That whole part about changing from leopard spots to polka dots? Yeah, I feel you on that one Adam.

Hello brand new round key gLocket now available! Don't forget to use code HAPPYGIRL for 20% off at http://glockets.com

Hello to loving my new Jabra Rox Wireless Earbuds. Have you entered to win yet?!

Hello embracing the rest of this gorgeous summer.

Hello Jimmy Fallon plush to make us laugh around here. I bought it for Roar for Father's Day and thought he might have fun keeping it at the office to provide a giggle or two when work stress is weighing on him.

What are you saying hello to this week?