Archive for May, 2007

Alone Time

So I had some alone time today and watched almost the whole season of Shear Genius on Bravo in one go. I have an episode and a half left. Thanks to DVR I’ll watch those later. (Can’t wait until Project Runway starts.)

Joe had me take pictures of his chest today. He posted the pictures on his blog.

I registered Big Goofball for AYSO soccer. He’s old enough to play this year. I hope he likes it. Especially considering how big soccer is in our family. Really, how many 4-y-o boys have jersies for Barcelona, Real Madrid, and Real Salt Lake?

Joe’s Home

Joe’s home. Our family is complete again. But there is still a long road to being fully recovered. He’s posted a little about his surgery here. I wanted him to take a picture of his chest and post it but he doesn’t even want to take a picture. I guess it’s just too painful for him to look at it in the mirror so why take a picture.

It’s been an emotional rollercoaster. More so since he’s come home, at least for me. So I’m feeling very blah. I didn’t even feel like posting but I thought that I should just so my friends and bloggy friends can know what’s going on. Here’s my “woe is me” moment: I’m feeling neglected.

I shouldn’t feel that way, I guess. I mean, I’ve had Joe’s parents here to take care of the kids. And now Joe’s brother is here to help take care of Joe. My sister sent a care package that included fabric from her and from my mom. But I’m still just feeling bad for myself.

I’m sure I’ll snap out of it soon.

My Pre-K Grad

We had another important event in our family yesterday. Big Goofball graduated from preschool. Since Joe and I couldn’t be there my in-laws took lots of pictures and video taped it.

And Big Goofball had some ‘tude going on. He wasn’t being very cooperative. But isn’t he so cute?

Here he is with his teacher, Mrs. L.


Here he is with his “girlfriend”.


And here he is with his best friend, notice the ‘tude going on.


He’s my little punk and I love him. I’m sad I missed his graduation but I’m very proud of him. He learned A LOT in preschool and is ready for the big bad world of kindergarten. We all have to survive summer first! I’ve tried to tell him that preschool is over but I’m still waiting for him to ask if he has school.

Joe Update: Joe is doing better. He moved out of Critical Care into IMCU. He stood up and walked. Things are looking better.

Quick Update

Surgery went well. It started around 7:30 AM. His surgery was done by 10:30 AM. The surgeon said that everything went well. Joe had a double bypass with veins harvested from his leg. Luckily he didn’t have his heart on bypass and he didn’t need any transfusions.

He has been in pain but I’m told it should go away tomorrow when the chest tubes come out.

Thanks to all my friends, bloggy friends, and family who have sent your thoughts and prayers to us. We really do appreciate it!


When I was pregnant with Big Goofball I remember hearing about “Nesting”. Ya know, when you know it’s close to delivery time so you go around cleaning your nest? We’ve been nesting here in Casa Marzie.

Between Joe and me, with a little “help” from the Goofballs, we did a lot today. I cleaned both bathrooms (not my favorite chore); Joe did the dishes and vacuumed. Big Goofball cleaned the toilets. Little Goofball squirted water in the tub to help—it was just something to keep him busy. Joe cleaned up his fly tying stuff; I cleaned up my sewing stuff. I cleaned the windows on the screen door and the sliding glass doors, with Little Goofball squirting my clean windows! I polished the piano.

Joe hung my quilt rack so I could put up my awesome quilt my mom made me. (Not a good picture. I took it on an angle because it’s at the end of the hallway. And I need to refold it–it’s been packed away for almost two years and needs to air out.)



Then I wanted to put some of my bowls and crockery on the piano.




I was so sad to open the box and see broken bowls. I don’t know if they broke in the move to
Bend or the move to our new little town. *sigh*. I don’t want to throw them out. I keep thinking that there has got to be something that I can do with them. The first bowl is the largest of a set of five from Crate & Barrel. The second is a middle bowl that is part of the set on the right side of my piano.




And I want to hang up this cool bowl my parents brought home from Morocco a few years ago. It’s temporary home is on the piano. Can you tell I have a thing for bowls and pottery and crockery!



That’s all for now. We’ve got to get Joe to the hospital by 5:45 in the morning. YIKES! He’s surgery will be at 7:30. Hopefully I’ll get home early enough to post an update, but no promises. I just know that I don’t want to be driving that two-lane highway in the dark unless I absolutely have to!

Eating Healthy

For dinner tonight I made a simple chicken and veggie stir-fry. I made just enough to feed all four of us. Big Goofball ate his and then got mad when there wasn’t more. He pouted and said “I want more vegetables!” Seriously! How many 4-year-olds say that?

It’s been a whole lot easier than I thought it would be to eat healthier. We were able to have a little Cinco De Mayo feast, we had tasty homemade turkey burgers (YUM), chicken and veggie shiska-bobs, and so much more. It really hasn’t been that hard to adjust.

And I can tell a difference. My belt is now on the last hole. YAY! I’ve worn some capris I bought last summer but only wore once. It’s been nice. I hope this trend continues!

Waiting for Wednesday

Nothing crafty and very fun around here. We’re just waiting for Wednesday. It’s not good anticipation like going on vacation or Christmas. It’s full of all sorts of worry.

I only want to think positive and hope for the best. I don’t like imagining what the worst case scenario would turn out to be. Not that we haven’t thought about it and talked about it.

Joe and I do a lot of talking about his impending surgery at night before drifting off to sleep. I don’t like to think about the what-ifs, but Joe has. He says he hopes that he has told me and the boys that he loves us enough. He’s been trying to play with the boys more and to be more patient with them. And it makes me cry. I really do hope that no matter what that they know how much Joe and I love them.

And this morning Joe was trying to fill out his living will that the hospital provided him. Wow. Those are some tough decisions to make. It’s really scary to think about.

But his cardiologist said on Friday that this is pretty straight forward, or as straightforward as open heart surgery can be. I’m just afraid that we’ll be the abnormal case where something will go wrong. With the way our luck has been going lately it scares me.

Hopefully with a whole lot of faith and prayer things will go OK. I’ll keep you posted as I can. I’m not sure how much computer time I’m going to get between driving back and forth between Bend and here and trying to spend time with the boys.