Monday, February 21, 2011

Making it work...

Holy Moly!  Since last Monday a lot sure has happened.  The theme of our week was, in the words of Tim Gunn, "Make it work!"

1.  It all started with Valentine's Day.  Before becoming parents, we would have gone out to a fancy dinner.  Since getting pregnant and then having our son, we made it a tradition to stay in and make our favorite hors d'oeuvres.  This year for some reason, we couldn't really seem to get it together.  It seemed like Connor was kind of coming down with a cold later in the day on Monday, so I didn't want to take him out.  Using what ingredients we had at home, we scraped together what ended up being a perfect V-day dinner.  We made it work and put together steak bruschetta, using a harvest loaf of wheat bread with roasted flax and pumpkin seeds, tomatoes, fresh basil, olive oil, garlic, and steak.  We never really follow recipes, so we just threw it together and it was fantastic!

So easy and delicious!

2.  That night Connor had a pretty rough night's sleep.  At about midnight, I brought him into bed with us and he coughed off and on all night long.  :(  By morning, he just seemed pretty miserable.  I called his doctor to see if we could get in for an appointment because by this point, he was starting to breathe really hard and I was getting worried.  They were all booked up and suggested waiting until the next day.  Umm...not happening.  I called his allergy and asthma doctor and they fit him in right away, gave several breathing treatments, gave an RSV test (results back in 3-5 days?!!), wrote a few prescriptions, and sent us on our way with strict instructions to head to the ER if things were not improving throughout the day.  In the next few hours, things went from bad to worse.  We headed to the ER at the closest children's hospital and after waiting a little over an hour, they tested his vitals and made him a priority.  Seeing panic on a nurse's face is not something I will ever forget.  They immediately started him on oxygen, then breathing treatments, then x-rays, then bloodwork, and an IV for fluids and meds.  This went on for a few hours.  Once a space was available, they got us a room and we continued with testing, breathing treatments, suctioning [by far the worst thing to watch  :( ].  It was determined that he had RSV.  It was quite an emotional roller coaster for all of us...obviously it was the worst for Connor, but seeing my poor baby hooked up to all sorts of things with a look of panic in his eyes is something I would never wish on my worst enemy.  :(  After being in this room for one night, we were moved to a "real room."  This was a much cheerier space.  I think we all felt a little better after being moved to this room:

after finally getting a little rest  :(

My husband and I tried taking turns sleeping in 30-minute increments, but honestly who can sleep when this sort of thing is happening.  We probably got about 4 hours of sleep in 4 days, but we made it work with  mommy/daddy adrenaline and lots of coffee.  After three days in the hospital, Connor was looking and sounding much better and we were happily discharged.  :)

3.  Unfortunately my husband and I both got sick too.  We were all a little slow-moving all weekend.  Luckily the weather was kind of crappy, so a weekend of snuggling, movies, and comfort food was just what we had.  Those days at home gave me lots of time to stare at the yucky color (a weird gold done by the previous owners) on our walls in the family room/kitchen and how I hate it with the color of our kitchen cabinets (honey oak...bleh).  Have I mentioned before that we have lived here for nearly four years??  I have no clue what has taken us so long to make this change!  I think we just got used to it.  Ugh...anyway, it is definitely time for something different.  I mentioned a while back that I wanted to paint the cabinets, but quite honestly I have no interest in doing that.  If we planned to live in this house for a long time, then they would be long gone, but for now, I think we are just going to paint the walls and see what we think.  Anything will be an improvement, so that is what we are leaning toward.  Over the past few weeks, I have come across ads, blog posts, beautiful homes with similar color schemes to what I want now for our space.  The following have something (a shoe, window shades, a door, a floor, etc.), not necessarily a cabinet,  in each photo with the same honey color of our cabinets:  


All of the above images also contain some shade of gray, along with something with a similar color to our cabinets.  They have inspired me.  I want to find a gorgeous shade of gray for the wall that complements the wood color.  I know it can be done and it will and it will be great!  We are going to make it work.  :)
Annnd...I just felt the need to purchase these two pillow covers (the ones on either end) to go in the adjoining family room:

John-Paul Philippe Pillow Covers

Now we just need to get moving on the paint!

4.  Lastly, oh my goodness...I began craving some sort of ice cream sundae or a blizzard or something.  We  did not want to leave the house, so we made it work with what we had at home and let me tell you...YUMMY! 
caramel delight icecream with leftover allergen-free muddy buddies


~Our week definitely started and ended great...the stuff in the middle was awful, but we are over it now.  Honestly, I think when you can just make the most of what you have, you can take anything the world throws at you.  Make it work! ~

Have a wonderful week!...I sure have a lot of catching up to do!!

[Thank you all so much for the sweet words last week.  You all have no idea how much it meant to me to read such lovely comments.]


Danielle (elleinadspir) said...

I am so glad he is doing better. So scary! I know of a few kids with RSV the past few weeks. Makes me want to hide Bonham inside.

I think your new color scheme sounds great. I painted one cabinet last year and it's chipping and not wearing very well. If you do paint them...prep them well!

Chassity (Look Linger Love) said...

Suzie, oh my goodness. I can't even imagine what you went through and how scary that would have been. Sounds like everything is pretty good now, I bet you're thankful for that.

And thanks so much for including my kitchen in your inspiration collage. I'm quite honored :)

Sarah@Designmarc said...

Oh my goodness, Suzie!! What a horrible ordeal! :( I am so sorry you guys had to go through it, but am glad to hear he is better. When my daughter was just about your son's age, she was hospitalized for RSV and it was the scariest experience ever.

Great message in this post! I need to learn to make a few things in my life work!! Thanks for the reminder!


Sarah@Designmarc said...

BTW, I tried to comment as soon as you posted yesterday, and I kept getting an error message. I wonder if others had the same issue or if it was just on my end.


Val said...

Suzie, how scary!!! I'm so glad everything turned out well. Btw, I'm so happy that you have not given up on blogging and once a week is PERFECT!

Jennifer D. said...

Suz, holy crap! I had no idea you guys went to the hospital! I wish we lived close so we could have helped out with Brody or something while you were with Connor! :( Glad you are home now.

Ok...that steak bruschetta and icecream look delish! I love the inspiration pics you have picked for the kitchen/family room! I htink it will look great!! I can't wait to see the finished product! Maybe it will be done in time for our visit?? No pressure. :)


Torrie said...

I was excited to hear from you in your comment and actually wondered (last week) how your first week of 'no-blogging' went, and now I know!

I am so sorry to hear that it was such a challenging week. But what is so incredibly apparent from this post, is that you and your husband have such a high lever of support and love for one another, and for your son- in the rough and not-so-rough times. It's inspiring, and simply lovely... and I'm sure it makes weeks like that one much more bearable.

I look forward to hearing about this week on Monday! And I'm so glad to hear that Connor is doing better.

Muffin Cake said...

I am so happy Connor is doing better! I can only imagine how scary that was.

the southern hostess said...

Way to make it work! Glad everyone is well again. And now I want muddy buddies. :)

Suzie @ cupcake monkey said...

I meant to thank everyone last week for these sweet comments and must have gotten distracted! Thank you all so much!!