Sunday, July 27, 2014

Why I Haven't Written

We've been on vacation. Went to San Diego for a big family reunion, then spent a few days visiting friends and family.

Had a Lake Day; my sister lives at a lake, cleaning cabins in exchange for rent so we got to go on paddle boats, play in the splash park and just enjoy the view.

We spent some time at La Jolla Shores; took the girls to Farrell's Ice Cream Parlor; went to Downtown Disney; (couldn't afford Disneyland so this gave us everything Disney without the price!) had dinner at the Rainforest CafĂ©... a full week of fun and relaxation! We're back home now, back to laundry and dishes and our own beds. :) 
My dad with 10 of his 11 great-grandkids
(Allison is the one with the floaties)
La Jolla Shores
Outside the Lego Store in Downtown Disney

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

"Stack of Boxes"

Beth sent me this text last week: I DID IT FIVE STACK OF BOXES MOTHERA

Me: Beth you are amazing!

Beth: YES I AM

This girl works at Little Caesars and she works hard! She folds pizza boxes, 3 hours a night, two nights a week.

The boxes come flat, wrapped in plastic in groups of 50. She moves each group from one counter to another, unwraps them, folds them and puts a sticker on each box. The stacks get so high, she needs help placing them on the top.

That's 250 boxes. In 3 hours. She's a pizza box ninja!!


Friday, July 11, 2014

A Letter From the Doctor

Beth got a letter from the doctor today. The results of her lab work are: she needs more medicine. The doctor is raising her dosage from 62mg a day to 75. She said it may be the cause of her weight gain.

All the levels look good, her HGB A1C, Free T4, Glucose, everything is within the normal range except her TSH. That is very high. So, we'll up the dosage and see what happens.

One thing Beth liked about this new doctor is the examining room. Usually you have to sit up on the small bed type thing and it terrifies Beth. She has become SO afraid of heights the last few years. It's so bad that we had to put her mattress and box springs on the floor. She just refused to sleep in her bed because 'it was too high.'

So when we went into this new room, she got a big smile on her face! The nurse motioned for her to 'have a seat' and she loved it! She was completely relaxed and I think that helped her when she was talking with the nurse.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

One Tired Girl

Beth walked in a parade yesterday with her friends from All Aboard. She's done this now for 4 years and looks forward to it every year.

Unfortunately Sharaya and Diana were in a different parade and we weren't able to see them. :( They both work for a car dealership and Sharaya got to drive a vw bug convertible! They said they saw a lot of familiar faces lining the street and it seemed kinda weird to be driving slow waving at all their friends.

Her first time in a convertible!

Chuck and I dropped Beth off at 9:00, then went to get our seats along the parade route. The parade started at noon and we didn't have to wait long until All Aboard came around the corner. (They actually walked about 1/2 mile TO the parade, walked the parade route, then 1/2 mile back to the meeting room.)
They were all so excited, waving at the crowds and smiling! You could tell they absolutely LOVED being there! We were looking for Beth and looking for her...
Then we spotted her. I'm so glad she was on our side of the street!
We picked her up after the parade and went out to lunch. Drove to a park and hung out before having to take her to work. Turns out they were closing early and she wasn't even on the schedule to work that night! Oh well. Came home and watched fireworks on TV this year. We really had a great day!
One tired girl!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Monday... with a Twist

Beth has hypothyroidism. Her doctor had a difficult time regulating her meds so last year she had a radio-iodine treatment to kill her thyroid. She'll be on meds for the rest of her life, but I think it was worth it. She hasn't had any symptoms since the treatment.

The last time she saw her doctor he told us that everything looked good and he wouldn't need to see her for 6 months. During those 6 months, the Affordable Care Act was signed into law and her doctor no longer accepted her medical insurance. Oh joy.

I've spent the last couple of months looking for a new doctor, contacting her old doctor, getting the referral, answering a lot of questions and filling out a 6 page Patient Medical History form. I had to do it over the course of a few days cause I just didn't have time to do it all in one sitting! I thought her former doctor would have faxed all that info over but, oh well. It's done now and she had her first appointment on Monday.

A new complex, new doctor, new procedures... and I forgot my phone so no pictures. :(

The doctor was very friendly (a female this time, last doctor was male) and spoke directly with Beth, only looking at me if Beth didn't answer. I think we're really gonna like her.

After the appointment, we went to the lab so she could have some blood drawn and while we're sitting in the waiting room, she tells me I can wait for her. "You don't want me to come in?"

She points to the crux of her elbow and says, "You don't like this." I agreed that I don't like to watch people getting shots, but I usually just look the other way.

"You can wait here."

Well!! So when the nurse called her name, she handed me her purse and went in without me! Remember, this is a new office with people she's never met before.

I can hear her tell the technician, "My mom not like these."

She laughed and told her that she understood, some people can't watch. I sat in the waiting room listening to my painfully shy daughter speak with a complete stranger, laugh with her and have a perfectly normal conversation.

It was the best blood draw I've never been to!!

Sunday, June 29, 2014


We used to play this game when the kids were younger. You know, whoever yells Shotgun! gets to sit in the passenger seat.

When Sharaya and Diana started driving, the game kinda went by the wayside. But recently Beth has started playing it again. And she's a serious competitor!

She often will yell Shotgun! as we're headed out the door and none of us are prepared for it! She'll let out a squeal like she's just won the lottery and run to the passenger door.

Then whoever's not driving is resigned to sit in the back. She just loves it! :)

The other night, it was my turn. That little stinker.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Guess Where We Were?!?

I'll give you a hint: it's Monday!!!

Yes!! We were at the grocery store!!!

My life is just too exciting.

Friday, June 20, 2014

What is There to Write About?

There just hasn't been much to write about.

School is out for the summer so Beth is no longer volunteering at the school on Thursdays. She's still working, still bowling and still rehearsing for Grease. Sometimes just for fun, I'll call her Frenchy. "Hey Frenchy, would you empty the dishwasher?" "Oh stop it!" :)

Chuck has been working a lot of overtime so he's had the van on my days off. I've been staying home and cleaning out drawers and cupboards. I'm getting a lot done!

Our cherry tree is so full this year! Usually the birds get to them before we do but this year I've hung some shiny things on it and they're leaving it alone! I read that birds don't like things that are shiny and it seems to be working. It's been nice to finally enjoy the fruits of our labor. Literally!

My hydrangea bushes are exploding this year. Last year, this bush didn't even get leaves until September! And then it only had 3 blooms. This year, it's turning out beautiful. I usually prune them in the fall, when they are brown and look bad but I was told that was the wrong time of year. So this year I pruned it at the end of winter, beginning of spring and I think that made the difference. I'm anxious to see it in full bloom!

Friday, June 13, 2014

Help! I'm an Old Person Trying to Use the Computer!

I'm trying to remove my Blogger Template and put in one from Cutest Blog on the Block but I can't figure it out.

Been sitting here for more than an hour... I can add TCBOTB template, but the Blogger template sort of overrides it, and TCBOTB template only shows up half way down my blog.

When I go to Layout, I see Adventures With Beth (header) and I want to remove that, don't I? Below it I can Add a Gadget and when I do that, it puts TCBOTB below the Blogger template. (Is this making sense?)

So how do I remove the header? Or am I supposed to remove the header???

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Ya Gotta Read the Small Print

Beth has 2 kinds of shopping: grocery shopping and 'shopping for fun'.

Shopping for fun means the mall or Target. FUN stuff!

On Monday we went grocery shopping. She grabbed her basket and I got a cart. We were only getting a few things and went through the aisles pretty quickly.

Here she's contemplating which granola bars to buy.

I needed to buy some paprika so we went down the aisle with the spices. As we walk up to it she does a wide sweep with her hand and very excitedly says, "They're all free!!"
Then I showed her the tag and how it says if you buy two, then you get one more for free. It's always important to read the small print.