Thursday, March 31, 2011

Happy Birthday Sam!!


Today is the day, 11 years ago, I was BEGGING my doctor to "take him OUT!!" I was so uncomfortable and big. Little did I know that at 10:37 p.m. I would give birth to my last child. Sam is 11 today. I cannot believe that 11 years have gone by. Here are a few highlights: - Sam is in 5th grade - He loves his big sister to death - plays insane amount of video games (we call him a "gamer" but he hate that) - loves pizza goldfish - loves riding his bike - loves playing with the 2 Siamese cats we have, and believe it or not, the cats tolerate it. LOL - loves playing in the snow (as we have none at present, he's content riding his scooter and bike) - likes going to Aunt Jill and Uncle Tom's farm house in Door County Happy Birthday Lovey!!!!! As funny as you are, we are so glad to have you in our lives. Love Mom

Monday, March 21, 2011

Happy Birthday Dad!!

Obviously this is an old old picture of me and my parents. But this is the only picture I have scanned into the computer at the moment.

Today would have been my Dad's 78th birthday. I miss him so much!!!!!

So, today I celebrate my Dad's birthday with much love.


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Sunday, March 13, 2011

Random happenings at home!

This is what typically happens on any given night in the Otto household.

Sam playing with the massive amount of Legos in the basement.
Birthday boy with his latest gift. An Xbox 360 gaming system.

Look!! Nichole is being a teenager!!

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Saturday, March 12, 2011

Know what today is??

Today is Nathan's 14th Birthday!!
I cannot believe that he's taller than me but not quite as tall as his dad. He's into computers and how they work. Loves to listen to all kinds of music (as long as it's not MOM'S music LOL). He's very curious about things and how they work. When asked, he goes above and beyond what is expected of him. When I'm sick, he makes sure I've got things to eat and drink and reminds me to take my medicine when I'm supposed to. He doesn't have to do that, but with a heart like he has, he does.

Nathan is a smart, kind, loving, curious child. I'm so glad that he's part of my life. I'm so incredibly proud of him.

Happy Birthday Buddy!!
Love you,

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Friday, March 11, 2011

Now I don't know what to think..

I get this form letter in the mail today from the Rheumatologist and it basically says that all my blood work came back NORMAL. WTF??  Then why in the hell do I feel so bad?? I had an almost pain-free week and I must have done too much because when I woke up this morning..........BLAM!!!  Pain shooting from the joints, skin, dry eyes, etc. Now what in the heck do I do??  I KNOW for a FACT this isn't in my head.  This is REAL pain I'm experiencing and people just don't understand, which makes me incredibly mad!!

All of Sam's blood work came back NORMAL. Now what?? He's still has this headache and stomach issues and something just doesn't seem right.  I don't know what it is, but my "mommy gut" tells me there is something wrong.  So NOW we go for an EEG and to the Pain Clinic at the end of the month.  I'm SO frustrated it's not funny.

Now that I got that off my chest, I feel a bit better.
Please say good thoughts for the people in Japan who are dealing with this horrible natural disaster.

Have a good one.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

40 years ago today

My parents were married. 

Even though my dad has passed away, I can see in my mom's eyes how much she loved him.

So today, March 3, I still celebrate their marriage and hope mine last just as long.

Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad..............

And now......

we wait.  We wait for the blood work to come back and the results from the MRI on my wrists.  I'm hoping that this will give me some much needed information as to what is making me so sick all the time.  Even though I'm sick to death about going to doctors, I need to know what's going on with me and then we can deal with it.

We also have to wait for all the blood work results for Sam as well.  They are testing him for all sorts of things.  I just hope that we get some answers for him as well.

It's been one LONG 15 months or so.  We need some normalcy back in our lives.  Sam needs to go outside and ride his bike and play just like the other kids do.  I know he's frustrated as well as am I.  We need answers.


now we wait.