Saturday, November 8, 2014

Day 8-- {Thirty Days of Thankful}

Today I am thankful for date nights with my hubby. We don't get them too often because we just can't really afford it, but he got his bonus from work yesterday. So, we splurged a bit.
We ran into my sister, Kim, and Jason at the restaurant tonight too. Which is a little funny because we have only been to The Pizza Factory twice in 12 years lol.
So, we all decided to share a table and do double date night instead!

Friday, November 7, 2014

Day 7-- {Thirty Days of Thankful}

Today I am thankful for the compassion of Shane's new Workman's Comp doctor, Kirk Leininger. His previous case doctor had a seriously bad bedside manner. He assumed everyone who was coming to him had a problem with pain medication use, and would not give him anything for pain at all. I know my husband. He does not abuse medication. He doesn't even take it before the "every 4 hours as needed" is up. Even if he is in pain and needs it. He isn't a drug addict. He has a serious back injury, and it hurts to watch him hurt. He doesn't ask for meds often. Only when he has to have his back injections, like today.
I get that some people do abuse prescription drugs and that doctors have to be careful about how and when it is prescribed. But this last doctor would never even listen to him when he said he was having pain. His solution was always to discuss surgery, which Shane is terrified of. He has a couple of friends that had the same surgery, and they were both worse off afterword. He'd rather deal with the pain than be disabled.
So, to have a doctor who listens to him and who talks to him and understands his needs is just really awesome. Doctor Leininger takes the time to explain things to us both and makes sure all of our questions are answered. I am so thankful that Shane was able to switch to him.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Thirty Days of Thankful Days 1-6

I am doing a Thirty Days of Thankful journal in an 8X8  Project Life pocket style album. I thought it would be nice to blog my thankfulness here for you all to share in.
Obviously, I am starting the blog entries late. But here are my first six things to be thankful for. I will share my photos of the pages as they are completed as well. I know you're technically supposed to work on those daily, but I don't really have time until the weekend.
So, here goes.
Nov 1--I was thankful for a handy hardworking hubby and son. We had an electrical issue that soon turned into a bunch of issues that they found while fixing the electrical. Plumbing problems mostly.
This could have easily cost us anywhere from $500-$1000 that we just don't have. But we have awesome friends that gave us supplies that they happened to have from previous jobs of their own. And my hubby is super smart and knows how to fix nearly anything. So it ended up costing us around $200 in supplies only. So happy they could do it. They weren't happy having to get under the house and deal with the yuck. But we're all glad that we didn't have to hire someone.

Nov 2--today I am thankful for hunting because it is one of the things that bring my son and hubby together. And because they do it outdoors, which can be a rare thing for all of us sometimes.
They don't always get along, but this is something they can bond over. And that makes me happy.

Nov 3--Today I am thankful for the beauty of the area that I live in. This photo is taken a little over an hour from our house. But we literally have many beautiful canyon drives similar to this within minutes of our home as well. I don't think I could ever leave this place. It is in my bones now.
Nov 4--I'm thankful for the little bit of snoozing our dog, Angel, and I do after Dad leaves for work each morning. Shane leaves about an hour and a half before I have to get up and get ready for work. So I cuddle with my doggie and snooze for a bit during that time.
She is getting older and starting to show it. She might not be around too much longer, so we will cherish our time with her while we have it.
Nov 5--I love family movie and pizza nights! Especially now that my son is nearly 18. He is my only child, and I have come to appreciate the times that we spend with him more than usual. I know that soon he will be gone. He will begin his own life, and before I know it, I will see him having his own family nights. I want to slow it down. Life goes by too fast. But for now, I have family movie nights.
Nov 6--Today I am thankful for E-Books. I don't think I have read an actual paper book in about a year now. Don't get me wrong....I love real paper books. I like the smell of the paper and the crack of the spine on a brand new book.
However, we have no space to store actual paper print books in our home. I have to check them out at the library and return them 2 weeks later. And, they are hard to carry around sometimes. Plus, an electronic book is easier to hold while reading in bed ;)
I love that I can read an e-book on my Nook tablet, or on my cell phone. Even for just a few minutes. Like when I'm waiting in the dentist's office. Or, when I'm on break at work.
I can bring a limitless supply of books to read while camping. It's a pretty amazing thing. If someone had told me this would be possible when I was in high school, I'd have thought they were dreaming.