Monday, March 21, 2011

Pampered Chef Mystery Host Party

Too busy to host a Pampered Chef Cooking Show this month but still want to earn the benefits?

There's still a way for you to reap the fabulous Hostess Rewards for the Month of March! Limited to the first 10 people who respond! First come, first served!

Here's how it will work:

1. Let me know by e-mail at cookemonstersmom DoT coM that you would like to participate.

2. Collect or purchase $50 or more in orders (before tax & shipping) - It's that easy!

** All orders & payments will be due by Tuesday, March 29th**

How do I win?

All 10 participants will be entered into a drawing to win the Hostess Rewards! For each $50 in orders you collect, you'll be entered into the drawing, so the more you collect, the better your chances of being one of the winners are!


The hostess will win the following:

~ $90 in FREE Product of your choice
~2 half price items of your choice
~One item of the 27 new SPRING products at 60%

*All rewards are subject to tax and are based on a $500 party. If 10 people do not participate, rewards may be lower, if 10 people collect orders for more than $500, rewards may be higher*


To place your order/orders, you may purchase online though my website, or e-mail me with your order. IF YOU PLACE AN ORDER ONLINE, CHOOSE ME (Christy Rue) AS YOUR HOST or it cannot count towards your $50. If you direct others to my website and they place an order, please e-mail me so I know who to credit it to!

****Our winner will be drawn out of a hat Wednesday, March 30th at noon and will be contacted and will have until Thursday March 31st at 9PM EST to select their free, half price and 60% off item or they will forfeit their products!


*Don't forget this month, you can earn a 50% rebate on your starter kit when you join the Pampered Chef before March 31st! You can get over $500 worth of products for $77.50 after your rebate!! For more info, check it out here!!*

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

the night before....

Well tonight's the night before...I always hate the night before all of our appointments at UNC because I never ever get any sleep. My stomach is always in knots. But I love, love LOVE the people here at the Ronald McDonald House!! We even got to see our friends Lindsey & Brentley and got to play outside with them for a little while.

Tonight, they had music time in the front living room area at the house. There was an author who wrote a book Sing and Hum Bumblebee. The kids were able to play with all sorts of fun instruments, listen to the book and the CD, and they just had a great time. The adults enjoyed it just as much!

"Sing and Hum Bumblebee
Find your inner harmony
Bumble Bee’s Sing and Hum
Hum, Hum, Hum, Hum

When you hum Bumble Bee
You can overcome anything."

The chorus above almost brought tears to my eyes, even if it sounds a little corny just reading them. There was something so special hearing the words sung and watching JoJo and Brentley together. These boys are tough, and to hear the words "you can overcome anything" just really was so very calming to my mommy heart.

But now, here I am awake. I just wish I had some answers, a plan of some sort. But then I'm reminded that if we do get answers from these test they're doing tomorrow, our lives will be very different, and I just don't know if I'm ready to deal with it. My dad asked me over the phone if I had mentally prepared myself, and I told him I had. But I suppose it's easy to say that I am mentally prepared, but how does a mama prepare to here any sort of bad news about their baby?My hope is that this round of tests will lead to us just crossing off another possible diagnosis off the list, as frustrating as that may be.

I normally have an planned idea of what I'm going to write in my blog posts, most of them have a specific starting and ending point. But for tonight, it's just ramblings. . My heart hurts right now, and I'm just really scared. I'm scared of what they'll find. I'm scared of what they won't find. Again.

seeking advice...

Why is it that there are some topics where people don't ask whether you need advice, they just seem to offer it anyways? Like when you're pregnant, people feel they have tons of expert wisdom they must impart to you, even if they were pregnant like 30 years ago. Or when your 3 yr old is having a meltdown in the middle of Walmart because you are not giving in to her tactics.

Of course, most people are just genuinely trying to be nice, where some people (in the case of random strangers at walmart) are just assuming that you don't know what you're doing and feel the need to intervene.

But why is it when you really need wisdom and advice, there's no one there to help? Why is it in the middle of the day, when you're weary from being consistent and you so much want to give in to the tantrums, to just throw the towel in turn on the TV.

And what's worse when I turn to the creative homeschool moms for ideas, instead of feeling inspired, I feel incredibly inept and like a complete failure. How on earth do these moms with like 6 kids do it? Not only are they able to plan their awesome home cooked meals a week in advance, they actually follow through with it instead of looking at the clock at realizing its 7 and not even thought about dinner. Not only do they homeschool their kids, but they do all of these neat activities, while having younger kids play with each other without a problem.

I'm struggling teaching one while having my younger ones occupied. They used to play great back in the room while B and I did schoolwork. Now they quarrel consistently, and then in turn squeal and screech the highest volume possible. They hurt each other, and by the time I get back there for the 50th time in 20 minutes, I've had it and then discipline out of anger, rather than of love. I hate to admit it but it's true.

I'm desperate to figure out what, practically speaking I can do with my youngest two. And then, on top of those two, how do I deal with my oldest who is annoyed by every and anyone? Granted, we're still in the process of working the kinks out of homeschooling. I know he's eager to get out and run and play. But it's hard to meet all of their needs AND have food ready for them AND manage to get dressed (notice, I didn't even fathom a shower!) I didn't even mention anything about the housework.

For a few weeks, I tried a schedule and that worked out okay, despite the littles trying to kill one another. So I'm still trying to fix that. But I loved the idea of a schedule and Braydon thrived on it. I was able to get most of what I needed to do finished, but still my main struggle is the littlest two. So how on earth do you folks do it?!? Most of the time I could occupy Makenna Rae, but then JoJo starts screaming and then everyone gets upset, frustrated and irritated.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Corn or poison

Thursday, March 10, 2011


Sorry the month of February was short on content for me. I could say it was because I was busy, or because of some other great excuse. But in reality, it's because we're in limbo. And when you're in limbo, what's there to say? Our lives really are on hold, while we await the end of Jordan's antibiotic course. But I suppose I'll try to give you a wrap up what's going on.

Our pedi came over to our house to go over JoJo's chart, page by page, with me. She spent the entire afternoon with me. We looked at every lab that had ever been done, every infection he's had, every antibiotic he's been on. We read every write up that any of his specialists had written. I have to say it was a bit overwhelming. We came up with a plan: She was going to contact his pulmonologist at UNC to see if she could help us coordinate the tests that still needed to be done. In the interim, we would continue to give JoJo his 6 week course of antibiotic for the sinus infection, and then we'd go back to ID dr after the course was finished and see what he had to say.

The other day, our pulmonologist called me to speak with me because she wanted to follow up about our pedi's email. She was so wonderful before, but then she went out on maternity leave. While she was gone, we saw some other great doctors. It was during that time that his other symptoms started, so she was unaware of all of the others. She asked a lot of questions, and was very kind. Based upon my answers, she told me that they were setting up some tests for our appointment next Thursday. She promised me that even if the tests come back clear, that she would make sure we would figure out what "it" is. I finally felt reassured that we have someone at UNC who will make sure we get to the bottom of what's going on.

It was kinda funny because shortly after I got off the phone with the awesome Dr. Champion, the phone rang again and it was Jordan's infectious disease doctor, who was returning my phone call. I had called to see if they were going to be doing any repeat sinus x-rays, and if so, if they could be ordered & done prior to our appointment with him, so we wouldn't have to wait. I'd mentioned before I felt he totally blew us off at the last appointment. And he tried to do it again on the phone. I reminded him that we had several other appointments that day, other tests to be done as well. And then I reminded him that the six weeks are up, and unfortunately, JoJo is still having fevers. He acted surprised, and asked me how often and how high they got Once again, he acted surprised. "I wasn't anticipating the fevers to still be happening." I think he finally realized that maybe there was something more going on! He asked what tests were being done by Dr Champion and he said he'd probably tag a few more on to the ones she was ordering as well, but we would talk about it more at his appointment.

So anyways, limbo is a quite literally a crappy place to be. I change a ridiculous amount of DISGUSTING diapers every single day. On top of that, we can't go anywhere as a family. We split weeks up to go to church services. We're getting weary. I just want answers. Hopefully this time next week, we will have answers. But then again, I've been there done that, and been left with more questions than answers, more medicines and more doctors to see. So it's hard to be hopeful any more...