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Old 12-15-2012, 08:13 PM   #3226
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I to thank everyone for the Christmas cards too. I always look forward to my DDA cards, it wouldn't be Christmas without you.

Chris and I attended my department Christmas party last night, in less than 2 hours at my parents Hunter and Colby started rough housing and Colby ended up with a broken arm. We were in the ED from 9 PM - 4 AM. They had a horrible time getting the bone back in place. It still isn't perfect, but they're hoping that it is close enough to heal itself. We'll start follow ups on Monday and are hoping for the best. He has a cast from hand to shoulder and it is his right hand so everything is complicated.
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Old 12-15-2012, 09:57 PM   #3227
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Hi all!

Thanks for the well wishes for mom. She's doing really well. She's hurting, but not near as bad as the first time. She's also not near as exhausted as she was that time, I don't think. She seems to be doing a whole lot better already.

I spent the day out running trying to finish up Christmas. I think one run to Target tomorrow morning for a couple of gift cards for Phil's family should finish it all off. Whew. My goal is to need nothing by next weekend so we'll see how that goes.

Tomorrow night I'm taking Terra to see The Nutcracker. It will be her first full production of it and she's so excited. I told her we could go out to dinner too so she's chosen....Panda Express. Yup. We're going all out.


Deb - YIKES! That's pretty major for Colby. Hope he's not feeling too bad tonight.

Debbie - Glad the surgery went well. I hope Richie is able to get back sooner rather than later and in good shape. Our prayers continue for you both.

Got more cards today from Debbie and Elin. Love getting mail! Elin - your cards are so simple and lovely.
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Old 12-16-2012, 10:04 AM   #3228
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Tia - glad to hear that your Mom is doing well

Deb - Sorry to hear about Colby, I know Richie has really had some pain with his, hugs for him.
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Old 12-16-2012, 10:33 AM   #3229
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Good morning, DDA!

Recitals are getting into full swing today. Fifteen left!!

Bernadette - CONGRATS on your DVC purchase!

Debbie - Glad Richie is doing better.

Deb - Poor Colby.

Tia - How did Terra like her first Nutcracker? It is never "Christmas" until I see my first performance!

Bob helped with the cards this year. I got home from work one evening and he was swearing up a storm over those tiny cards. He had gotten the return labels on the wrong end of the envelope on about half of them. He had tried to replace them and realized that wasn't going to happen. I guess he figured I would be mad! Imagine his surprise when I just told him to put everything on the wrong end and then no one would know until they turned it over to open it!
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Old 12-18-2012, 05:00 AM   #3230
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Good Morning,

Forgot to say congrats Bernadette!!!
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Old 12-18-2012, 08:16 AM   #3231
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Good morning!

Deb - Poor Colby!!! I hope that his arm heals the way it should! Poor mom, too. It's no fun to have to deal with that, especially during Christmas break and summer!

Bernadette - Congrats on the purchase!!! You guys will get good use of it, I'm sure!

Elin - Enjoy those concerts! We had Jacob's first band Christmas concert last week, and I enjoyed it immensely!

Tia - Hope your mom is improving daily!

Thanks to everyone who has sent out cards! They sure have brightened my holiday season! I've been very depressed and gloomy this year, and your cards have been the one bright spot. I'm trying to pull myself out of the gloom, but it's not so easy this year, for some reason.

The kids have today and tomorrow, and then they are out until the 3rd of January. We've got some things planned to do with them, so hopefully they won't get bored, and then drive me crazy!
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Old 12-22-2012, 09:40 AM   #3232
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Good morning, DDA!

Bob and I are getting ready to head out to Kill Devil Hills for the next ten days. At one point on another we will have both girls with us.

What we won't have much of is internet access.

So...



See you on New Year's Eve!
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Old 12-28-2012, 07:16 PM   #3233
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Here's hoping everyone had a Merry Christmas, I waited until after Christmas to get sick, it's going around my work like the plague and I had to bump it up to pnuemonia.

At least I didn't eat the roast at my MIL's for Christmas dinner, everyone whol did came down with stomach issues, Richie said it didn't taste right so he didn't finish eat, he had a milder case than others did. I'm definitely hoping for a better year in 2013.
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Old 12-28-2012, 07:59 PM   #3234
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I've been working in our primary care/pedi/family care area for the last couple of weeks and about half the patients are coming in sick, even if they are scheduled for a well visit. Thank God for purell and clorox wipes. I had no idea how many viruses are out there simultaneously. Scary.

Hope you all feel better quickly (and that it doesn't hit our household)
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Old 12-30-2012, 05:09 AM   #3235
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Hi DDA!!!
I hope everyone had a good time with friends, family and loved ones during this holiday season. Letís get the sickies done with!!!
We spent Thanksgiving at Guennaís house and Christmas at Howieís house. There was good food to be had both times. Hal made Amish White Bread both times for sandwiches and I made Sage Cornmeal Biscuits. The Caprisi Tomatoes were just fantastic. We even watched Brave and I liked it. Need to watch it again without kids around!!!
It will be three years in February that I have been unemployed and a year and half for Hal. I remember when he finally filed for Social Security how emotional he got and was surprised how it affected him. But when I filed, I finally knew how he felt. We both had so many interviews and they always seemed that we were so close to getting hired. After this many years, I finally gave up and said just shove it and filed. Since Hal was 64 in September, he knew with the SS money and his teacherís pension, plus my SS that we would survive. I will actually get a pension from the seven years I worked for Bell Atlantic/Verizon but not until I turn 65. That was a big surprise for me. Just need to somehow save money for Disney trips!!
The main thing was getting health insurance. Since Hal was in the Navy, we knew he qualified for VA but didnít know what his options were. Finally after six months of hemming and hawing, he went for a first visit and found out his co-pays were only going to be $20 per visit and much less for prescriptions. With blood work that he had done, he found out that his PSA test was over 50 and when he went back for a talk with an Urologist, they talked and Hal decided to have them do a biopsy since there was some concern. That will take place on January 28. Naturally I am upset since he waited so long to finally go there. I try not to dwell on this but naturally I am very concerned.
Since I have no health insurance, it is amazing to find out how much things cost!! Lots of payment arrangements had to be made for a few visits I had to make.
The grand children are getting cuter every time I see pictures of them. Vivian is so busy, reminds me of her mother! Caleb with his red hair just makes me laugh with every picture I see.
Within the last four weeks time we had to put down our two female cats. First Josie and that was so very hard because she was first Guennaís cat but we took Josie in when Nicholas became allergic. That was the best four years. I got her to eventually not only sit with me but sit on my lap and she loved getting belly rubs and lots of brushing. She was just shy of 17 years. We were all there, Guenna, her son Nicholas and Hal and I. She stood by me when I was having such problems getting left go from my job and then having problems with Vertigo. She just knew she needed to be near me.
Ella was so different. When her brother Miles died in my arms right after my being left go from my job, she started meowing a lot. We actually thought it was just because she was going deaf. We finally figured out when Josie was put down, it was really because she was mourning their passing.
Then four weeks later we had to put Ella down. She was almost 18 years old. It seemed that every cat that we had, they went downhill very fast over the weekend. Hal admitted that he didnít want any more pets because it hurt so much when we would have to make the final decision. Two dogs and seven cats and we just cannot take that stress anymore
Then we found out that our good friends in WV had to put down their cat Callie of 16 years because of extreme Kidney failure about the same time we put Josie down. She had been there from the first time we visited way back in 1996. Carol was very allergic to cats, so Callie was an outdoor cat. In the beginning I had to make sure to look before I stepped outside cause she loved to leave presents for me!! It became my mission to hold her, brush her and just giving loving. Finally after about nine years, I could pick her up and we would sit on the front porch in the morning and then I would brush her and give lots of belly rubs. In the last five years of her life, she stayed by the house and looked forward to our visits.
Finally the straw that broke the camelís back was that our Disney friends had to put down their German Sheppard. Hal and I had gone over to visit so we could get used to the dogs and cats they have. I will be pet sitting when they go on a cruise to Hawaii. Hal was the first male that Ginger took to ever.
Two days after we put Josie down, was the second anniversary of Halís motherís passing. Since then his dad has been steadily going downhill. The last few months he has been falling down a lot. When the guys went up to hunting camp, Opa drank a lot and fell almost every day. We chalked that up to his being with the ďguysĒ. He says that when he is home, he does not drink but we cannot be sure since he says that he has fallen once or twice. He has dementia, a hard liver, diabetes and high blood pressure. The past two days he has fallen again and it is worse because Wednesday night he laid on the floor for 12 hours before he could get to the phone to call 911 and then Halís brother was with him in the VA emergency ward for over five hours. Then he fell again Thursday night but was able to get up. He has told Hal a few times that he is ready to go to be with his wife. He is giving up; he says he is halfway to his grave. Granted he has lived a very full life. He was a POW in WWII and can talk about it without getting upset. Hal is planning to go over tomorrow to be with him and make his peace. Then we will tell the kids about his falling.
The only good thing about all of this is that Opaís nurse also happens to be Halís brotherís girlfriend. They knew each other since second grade but lost touch when she moved out of town. Then when Opa went to the VA, she handed him a note to give to Bob and after 30 years apart, they are together again!! She is a sweetie and a big Disney lover!! She convinced Bob to go on a Disney cruise and they rode back on the Fantasy behind Sandy!!
The 3rd of Janu ary also marks the 20th anniversary of Halís brother Bradís killing. Then Jake will be 20 in August. He looks just like his dad and also talks like him.
I am glad that the good times weigh out the bad. Just let the year of 2013 be much, much better!!!!!
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Old 12-30-2012, 08:59 AM   #3236
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Old 12-30-2012, 09:04 AM   #3237
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Hi everyone......Happy New Year!!

I hardly ever visit this thread anymore, life just doesn't give me enough time, but when I saw Terry's post on FB I had to pop in.

Terry, I love how you are turning the lemons of life into lemonade. My dad had prostate cancer 3 or 4 years ago. After weighing the many options, he elected to have surgery and have his prostate removed. He is cancer free now, however he does suffer from some of the side effects of not having a prostate, but that is better than the consequences. As far as the VA goes, my dad also uses them, as well as volunteers at their local VA hospital. He can't say enough good things about them. You certainly have had some difficulties to deal with these past few years.

I'm sending out hugs and bunches of pixie dust to everyone that 2013 is the best year that we've all had in a long time.

Our pre-Christmas trip was wonderful. Although it was shorter than usual, we were able to accomplish it all and even something new.

Day 1 - by the time we arrived to HS it was around 1pm and we had an ADR for Mama Melrose at 1:30 for the FDP. We haven't seen Fantasmic in a few years so it was nice to go back. The Osborne Lights seem to grow everytime we see them.

Day 2 - slept in, swam (the kids), and went to MVMCP. We arrived at 4, grabbed FPs for Under the Sea, and went to our 430 ADR at Be Our Guest. The kids and I all really enjoyed this restaurant. If you aren't going to eat there, at least go in at lunch time and check it out. If you want to see pictures or hear more about it, let me know. This is the night the front came through. As we waited for the second parade, the skies opened up and it was canceled. So we rode a few more things and headed out shortly before midnight.

Day 3 - Animal Kingdom was coooold today, but I think the animals on the safari were a lot more active because of it. Dinner tonight was at Boma, and then we went over to Ft. Wilderness campground for the sleigh ride, our new thing. Some people decorate their campers better than I decorate my house!

Day 4 - Epcot - we spent the morning in future world and then over to the countries to hear the rest of the holiday storytellers that we didn't get to the last time we were there at Christmas. Dinner was in Germany with the Candlelight Dining Package. Trace Adkins was wonderful doing the narration.

Day 5 - 7am emh at MK, and we made it. We headed straight to Enchanted Tales With Belle. Alyssa was chosen to be Maurice. Even though she is 10 going on 24, she still loves to be party of the Disney Magic. Nick, not so much. This is cute and the quality of the show depends on how "into" it the volunteers get. They do choose some adults as well. Lunch was at Crystal Palace, and we watched the parade that we missed at MVMCP. We headed out around 3, as it was PACKED.

Day 6 - 8am emh at HS which we barely made. We grabbed FPs for Toy Story and rode stand-by. We finished up with some of the things that we didn't do on our first day, and a few repeats. We ate at PT and headed out around 3 for our flight home.

All in all, I have no complaints. We had a few nice days, and a few cold ones. I could have been worse though!

Some observations.....food prices killed me now that my two are both adults. But that was my fault. There were some places that I really wanted to go back to (Boma, CP) which are buffets, so I get banged with adult prices. Which wouldn't be so bad if they ate, but they both are like birds. And with the CDP and FDP, again, all adults. Everywhere else they still eat off the kids menu.

Is anyone doing anything exciting for NYE??
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Old 12-30-2012, 10:07 AM   #3238
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Oh, Terry! This has certainly been quite a year for you guys! Here's hoping that 2013 is much better for all of us!

Tammi - Thanks for the mini TR! Sounds like it was a fun time for all of you!

We are hosting some friends on NYE. Nothing fancy, just homemade pizzas, games and movies. Should be pretty laid back and relaxing!
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Terry it has been quite a long haul for your family. I hope that things get better quickly. I'm glad that you get to spend time with your grandbabies.


An observation that we have made is that the economy has not only effected our physical and financial life, but also our mental health and it certainly makes everything seem so much worse. I really hope that our government can change things around and quickly. Trips to the grocery store can be such a financial burden and buying processed foods simply because they are cost effective doesn't help our bodies. Getting out for anything "fun" is above most families reach these days. We were blessed this year to have had a fabulous Hawaii trip and those photo books are looked at daily. We are all wanting to get back to WDW, but it certainly isn't in the cards for 2013, but we're hoping to make it happen in 2014. By then we'll have 2 boys working at least part time so finding a time when we can all get away will be half the challenge.

I hope that the new year leaves us all happy, healthy and that we all find a bit of prosperity.

Terry I certainly understand the cost of insurance and medical. We cannot go without insurance since Hunter will always need MRIs. I work for a large medical center and I am paying $280 every 2 weeks for insurance plus putting money into an HRA to cover deductibles, coinsurance and prescriptions. Basically half my check goes to health care Thank God we have too incomes or we wouldn't be able to afford healthcare, mortgagae and food. I never imagined things being so tough in the USA.
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Old 12-30-2012, 05:47 PM   #3240
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I, too, don't get on here anymore but seeing Terry's post made me come on over. Reading over the last page reminded me how much this group is like family...we say things here we never would on facebook. I am definitely blessed in the knowledge you all have my back, whether we know the whole story or not.

Cassidy moved back to Colorado and into a friend's house. This friend has some issues (more like subscriptions) and Cassidy is very uncomfortable staying there but doesn't have transportation options or money for her own place or even a dorm room. The relationship between the girls and their dad has deteriorated this year. As in, if I had not bought presents for him from the girls for Christmas he would not have gotten anything (Cassidy even suggested I dumpster dive for one).

Abi is looking to skip her senior year at Glen Burnie and go to an honors program (Clarkson School, part of Clarkson University, in New York state)that will basically be her freshman year in college. She was invited to apply for this program so it's a strong possibility she will go. Not sure how I feel (other than dumb, because I was never as smart as Abi) but more than likely I will move back to Colorado if she does this. She will definitely have to be one of the recipients of a full ride scholarship, but I think that will almost be a given also. But, what do I know?

I am tired of working at Target but there is nothing around here in terms of jobs that don't require a huge commute. Though I do have my learner's permit!! Maryland is the hardest state that I have looked into in terms of getting the license but I will get it, I am determined!!
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