Wednesday, June 25, 2008

I wish I may, I wish I might

I am stealing an idea from another blog. It may seem a bit presumptive, but I think it will save people a lot of guessing and confusion. So here it is:

I have created wish lists for Riley, Bella, Ryan and myself using My idea behind it was that Bella's birthday is coming up and I know the majority of our family and friends will be clueless when it comes to what she likes and what to get for her. The lists are general ideas of things we like. The items, of course, do not have to be purchased at Amazon, it just gives the gift giver some ideas.

You may notice that all the things on the list for Ryan and I are things that I want ;-) The only reason for that is Ryan has yet to go on to Amazon and add things to the list.

You can find the list on the right side of the blog. It is automatically updated whenever we add things to it.

So, let me know if you have any questions or if you think I am being waaay to greedy....

Friday, June 20, 2008


My good friend Jill recently did a post on her blog about where she wanted to take her next vacation. She picked Croatia. I have heard wonderful things about Croatia from the friends and my sister who have travelled there. I think she will have an amazing time. So, she got me thinking, where should I go next?

Ryan and I kind of have a pattern when it comes to vacations. We tend to rotate between relaxing beach vacations (ala Cancun and Kaua'i) and on the go vacations (ala Europe). Our last vacation was 2 amazing, wonderful, tiring weeks in Italy so this next one should consist of me on the beach, tropical drink in one hand, good book in the other, kids splashing in the surf nearby and Ryan snoozing on the lounge chair next to me. Sounds Heavenly right?

I have really been wanting to go to Turks and Caicos, namely the Beaches Resort there because it is supposed to be really family friendly and sounds like the perfect place to keep the kids and adults happy and entertained!

But, with Carrie in New Zealand in a pretty serious relationship, I have a feeling we will be jetting off to Kiwiland before we go anywhere else. Not that I mind, it just wouldn't be my first choice. I really really like warm weather and NZ is known more for rain... Oh well. From the photos my sister has sent, the scenery looks amazing and I am very excited to meet Billy and see where my sister has spent the last year of her life.

Any other thoughts on where we should go??

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Driving Miss Daisy

on the way to LA for surgery

Yep, that has been my nickname of late, Miss Daisy. I had my hip surgery a week and a half ago and have not been able to drive (or do much of anything really), hense the nickname.

Waiting for my name to be called

The surgery went great. I actually don't remember even going into the OR or coming out of it and going back to the hotel. Good thing we had a lovely hotel with a huge comfy bed and lots of pillows! And Ryan enjoyed the PPV movies while I was passed out. Although why he chose The Golden Compass I will never know. The day after the surgery I had a check up with the on call Dr and then we headed home. I slept most of the way (thank you Vicodin).
My bandage after surgery
The three incision sites
I am on crutches and will be for another 2-3 weeks (ugh). I am in a fair amount of pain and doing the simplest things like sneezing or bending down are excruciating. I am sooo thankful that Ryan has been home these last few weeks because I literally would not be able to do ANYTHING without him here. I feel pretty guilty laying in bed all day but I know it is Drs orders so.... I try to get up and get out of the house once a day but I am finding that I am paying for that later.

This past Monday we went back to LA and had a check up with my Dr. My mom had removed my stitches the day before (major major ouch) from the 3 different incision areas so he checked that, got an X Ray to check on my healing and did a few mobility exercises with me (another major ouch). He told us what he had done in the surgery, which was different than what I had originally thought he was going to do. They disclocated my hip then he went and shaved off some of the socket so the ball of the hip joint would be able to move freely. Hooray for modern medicine!! Sounds lovely huh?!

I start physical therapy next week and will do that for about a month. Dr said I can get on the bike at gym in 2 weeks, walking on the treadmill in 4 and running (running?? like I did that before the surgery...) in 6.

So, in the mean time, Miss Daisy it is!