Thursday, August 29, 2019

Christmas Ornaments: Light the World / Missionary / Anniversary / Dog

It's time for PART 2 of my CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT showcase! All of these goodies can be found in my Etsy shop HERE.

{Yesterday's goodies HERE}.

Raise your hand if you LOVE the LIGHT THE WORLD campaign each year? It's pretty much my favorite.

These glitzy ornaments come with the printable tags for FREE HERE

Just want the printable tags?

I've gotcha covered HERE

More Rae Dunn inspired goodness...

Do you have someone you love serving a mission right now?
Does someone you love served a mission a long time ago?

These are perfect then...

Missionary Ornaments HERE

These next ornaments make the perfect little wedding favors, anniversary presents, relationship goals, etc.

And last, but definitely not least ....
these doggy ornaments might just be my FAVORITE!

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Christmas Ornaments: Primary // Families are Forever

Labor Day is upon us which basically means Christmas is next, am I right?

LoL.  Kidding...or am I?
Why is the time flying by SO DANG FAST?

I recently just stocked my Etsy shop with LOTS of Christmas goodies.  My ornaments are always a big seller and they do tend to sell out each year by the time November rolls around so if you're looking for something you see...especially if you're ordering in large quantities, I recommend ordering sooner than later.  Yes...even though we are only approaching Septemeber.

If you serve in the Primary I'm sharing some ornaments that I've created JUST for YOU!

Natural Wood Ornaments HERE
Printable tags come FREE as a download with purchase of ornaments!

Metals snowflake ornaments HERE

Natural Wood Snowflake Ornaments HERE

Rae Dunn inspired ornaments HERE

And back again from last year...

I Am A Child of God snowflake ornaments HERE

Rae Dun inspired I Am A Child of God ornaments HERE

Monday, August 26, 2019

This Weekend, etc.

Yesterday I ventured out of the house for the first time since my surgery and we headed over to my sister's house to celebrate my Mom's birthday!

Photo Credit: Tyson Rupa

Tomorrow marks 2 WEEKS since my surgery and I have a post-op appointment with my doctor that I'm looking forward to.  I've got a few questions that I need to ask her like:

Why does it still hurt to sit up straight
 Why do I still feel quite a bit of pressure down below
Why am I still having probs going to the bathroom when I stopped taking my pain meds over a week ago?

I know, I know, it's only been 2 weeks but I'm starting to get grouchy that I still don't feel up to doing normal things.  

I think I secretly like being busy...but don't tell anyone else.

I wanna grocery shop again.
And run errands.
And bake.
And bend over.
And sit down without having to half lay down.

Ya know?

Anyhoo - - it was a good little outing for me last night to be with my family, outside of my own house.

The rest of our weekend was spent ubering our kids around town back and forth to their friends' homes, pool parties, birthday parties, etc.

{I tried to sit shotgun while Joe ubered.  It wasn't pretty.}

Joe and I started binge watching...

Oh my gosh you guys!!!!!
Joe and I DIE LAUGHING at this show!!!
We cannot watch it fast enough.

{DAAVVVIIIIDDDDD is my favorite!}

I also started watching...

...on Netflix.

It's a cute show!

Definitely not one that Joe would like...but when he's gone, it's a super cute little show for me to watch.

It also makes me want to vacation in the south ASAP.

So there you have it.
Our weekend in a nutshell...

Here's to a new week!

I have the very best friends around.

The random acts of kindness that have been shown to our family these past couple of weeks has made my heart want to BURST right open!

It really has.

It makes me excited to get back to my normal self to pay it forward to others now.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

2fer Tuesday.



These are DELICIOUS!

I've only ever had the hard candy kind...
Not this creamy caramel filled kind and what a delightful little surprise that creamy filling is!!

My sweet friend made me up a Get Well basket and included these candies in it.  Such a yummy treat!


I give these 2 thumbs WAY down.
They tasted like chunky ice milk. 

The 50 calories per pop shoulda been a dead giveaway but I had a coupon! And I can't resist trying new things with a good coup!



I LOVE Jim Gaffigan.
He's one of my faves.

But his new special on Amazon Prime was not my fave.
I barley laughed!
Maybe post surgery me is just extra grouchy.


On a scale of 1-10 I give this a 5.
It was just sorta meh.

I LOVE Randall Park - I think he's hilarious.
But the movie was just missing something. 

Anyone else agree? 

Monday, August 19, 2019

I'm back {sorta!}

 THANK YOU to everyone who has messaged, text, commented, called, brought in food....etc, etc this past week!

It has been SUCH a blessing to our family and we are OH SO GRATEFUL!!

Things are slowly getting back to normal around here.

For those of you that don't follow me on IG, here's a quick run down of how things have been going...

I had my surgery last Tuesday.

I haven't put on make-up or a bra for that matter since this pic was taken right before surgery.   
We got all checked in Tuesday morning and the waiting room felt a bit like the scene in Zootopia where the Sloth works the front desk.  Anyone remember that? 

Anyhoo, it was a lot of hurry up and then wait time.

Joe and I laughed at dumb stuff while waiting
which is good because I do believe that laughter is THE BEST medicine of all.  

I started getting nervous while I was waiting for everything to go down and started asking Joe silly questions like....


I'm sure it's happened to someone before, right?
But wouldn't you just DIE!!!

Joe finally had enough of my irritable questions and had to take his own meds just to get through the day.
Totally not kidding.

The surgery lasted about 2 1/2 hours.
I don't remember a thing excpet for the nurses trying to wake me up in post-op with ice chips. 

Everything went great!

They took out my uterus, cervix, fallopian tubes.....tightened up all of my ligaments down there, tended to my rectocele and put in a bladder sling.
{Pretty dandy for just 2 1/2 hours, right?}

The pain however aftewards was unbearable.
That first night in the hospital was pretty bad.

Imagine the WORST menstural cramps you've ever had + the WORST labor pains you've ever had and then mix that all with the WORST gas pains you've ever had.

That's what I was feeling once everything wore off. 

All I could do was cry.
And I was OH SO SORE down there.

They tried to get me up to walk a few times that evening but each time I'd try and get up, my blood pressue would tank and I felt like I was going to pass out.

It wasn't pretty.

They FINALLY got some pain meds to work and the following day before I was discharged, I was able to get up and walk around the nurses station. Thankfully!!

I got home Wednesday afternoon.
Cubby was waiting patiently for me...

My mom played the role of Mary Poppins while I was gone and had the house cleaned, the kids taken care of and fed and my laundry all done. 

The only bummer about coming home was that I had to wear a catheter home.  And keep it in until Friday.

I think normally they don't make you do this but since I had the bladder surgery on top of the hysterectomy, it was mandatory.  

Catheters are no fun. 
I was MORE than ready to take it out {ew!} on Friday.

Things since then have been slow moving....but they're moving!!

Each day gets a little bit better.

Many have asked what it feels like and if I'm being completely honest {you know I always am!} it feels as though I've been hit with a baseball bat right below my stomach.

I still can't sit straight up and either have to be standing or laying down.  The doctor said she put 70 stitches in me 😱 but like I said, I'm making progress every day.

I haven't been outside since I came home last Wednesday.
{Not that I'm complaining though since
 it's been 110 degrees outside!}

The fact that I can't really do anything hasn't really bothered me YET because all I've wanted to do was sleep and lay around.  I've had zero energy and sort of just feel like all of the wind has been knocked out of me.

I suppose that will get better as this week goes on.

Staying down will be hard for me as I am not one to sit still for too long.  I'm the type of person that HAS to get out of the house at least once or twice a day so we'll see how this goes.
I've been told by MANY of you {including my doctors and nurses} that I need to take it easy and not over-do it or I won't get very far with the whole recovery process.

So that's what I plan to do now.

Watch Netflix.
Post new items in my Etsy shop on my laptop {because I thought ahead and already took the pics!}

And rest some more.

As long as I've got my family by my side and my cold Diet Dr. Pepper next to me...I can do it, right?

Oh and one last husband really has been the best.  He's changed my catheter and waited on me hand and foot all while playing Mr. Mom and Working Dad.

I love him.
Even if I am the reason he has to take his meds.

Sunday, August 11, 2019

This Weekend:

* Friday morning we loaded up on our Friday Fuel!

Donuts and caffeine...their teachers probs don't mind, right?

* Ran my Friday errands which included a stop at Marshall's.
They have their Halloween stuff out!!!

Their seasonal stuff is always THE CUTEST!!!

Made a quick stop at Costco afterwards.
{Yup, still loathe that place.}

* Rewarded myself since I made it through the whole store in less than 20 minutes with a Crumbl cookie afterwards!

I got the Peanut Butter Bar cookie and I'm not gonna lie...I didn't love it.  Which is shocking because I LOVE peanut butter and I LOVE chocolate and I LOVE Crumbl.  
This one was just too much.

* Back at home I worked on a slew of new items for my Etsy shop that I'm SO excited to share with everyone soon!

I'm adding DOGGIE ornaments to the shop this year!!!

* Friday night we laid low, ordered pizza and I snuck out around 8:00 pm with some of my dearest girlfriends for a soda run. 

* Saturday morning we all slept in and then our cute nieces came over for a playdate with London.  

First thing on her list that she wanted to to do with the girls?
Go to Circle K of course.
{Doesn't take much to make my kids happy 😆}

The kids played, Joe and I got stuff done around the house and then Saturday night we snuck out for a quick Texas Roadhouse date.

* Afterwards, I headed over to our church building and hung up a special little bulletin board for our ward.

Have you seen THIS video?
It's near and dear to my heart and I do hope you'll watch it.  It's only 3 minutes and it's something good for EVERYONE.

* Churchey-church on Sunday.

3 of the darling teenagers in our ward came up to me before church started and pointed out that we ALL had the SAME shoes on.  How fun is that? 
{I guess I'm not totally out of style yet 😅}

* Sunday night we had a family dinner over at Joe's parents house.  My sis and bro-in-law recently just got to go the Taco Bell Resort in Palm Springs and it was SO fun to hear all about their experience there.

Yes...the resort even offered Taco Bell fades.
{We died!!!😂😂😂}

They even brought us different flavors of
 Taco Bell chips to try!

 The mild was too spicy for me so I said no to the Diablo flavor. 😉

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
I'm taking some time off from blogging this week.
I head into the hospital on Tuesday for some surgery.

All is well but because I'm a pretty open book - I'll let you know why.  I'm having a hysterectomy with some extra work done down there.  They'll take everything out but my ovaries, repair some damage done from my big, beautiful babies and I'll then be getting a bladder sling put in so that I don't pee my pants anymore when I cough, laugh, sneeze, jump...etc, etc.

Pretty much everything of mine down there is prolapsed.
So that's been fun!

Recovery will be awhile. 

The good news is that I'll be laying around A LOT which means lots of time on my laptop and LOTS of fun new ideas on my blog. 

So....there's that!

I will most likely be posting updates on my Instagram stories this week so if you'd like to follow along my journey - be sure to head over there and follow @azmarci.