Sunday, February 10, 2013

Checking In and Catching Up

I hope if you were hit with lots of snow these last few days that you are safe and warm inside...and enjoying some family time.  Fortunately for us, we only got a rainy snowy mix that will be gone in a day or two when our temps warm up this week.  We are happy about that!
I have missed keeping up with this little blog of mine.  I have wondered the last couple of months why I haven't found made the time to post and I haven't been able to come up with a reason....other than the usual busy-ness of life.  That was, until this week.  I'm actually a pretty private person when it comes to things that concern me...and I keep lots of things to myself. I like to think I'm a strong person, and I don't really want others worrying about me.  It's just the way I am.  Anyway, after three mammograms, an ultra sound and a biopsy, I received a call from the surgeon this week that my test results were negative and I do not have breast cancer. I am fine.  I get teary typing this.  I know so many others who are not so lucky.  I have been surrounded by that awful disease my entire life.  My great grandmother had breast cancer, my grandma had it at the age of 45 and my aunt at the age of 49.  That is why I started getting my mammograms at the age of 35.   Anyway, after worrying about this since Thanksgiving, a huge weight has been lifted and I feel so much lighter and oh so thankful. 
I need to catch up on a few things first for memories sake before I can continue on.  Feel free to skip over to someone else's blog right now and read about Valentine's Day instead of last years news!  You won't hurt my feelings one bit!
For the first time ever, I was able to host Thanksgiving this year at our house.  It ended up being just the three of us, my in-laws and Eric's brother.  It was a wonderful day and I was so excited to get the opportunity to do it all.  I kept it simple...I like to think it was a good practice run for years to come.  (Brady wanted up at 6am so he could help me clean and stuff the turkey.  He had never seen one like this before...and well, he was pretty grossed out afterwards and ended up not eating any turkey at all.)
On Christmas Eve, Brady and I decided to join in the 26 Acts of Kindness in memory of those lives that were lost in the Sandy Hook school shooting.  I was inspired by my friends Nicolle and Holly and I knew it would be something special for Brady and I to do together.  We waited until Christmas Eve, because Brady wanted to do something similiar to last year.  It was probably my favorite thing about Christmas this year.  A couple of times Brady and I got a little teary and I know it is something we will both never forget.  I also have a feeling a new Christmas Eve tradition has begun. 
Brady and I made oreo cookie truffles this Christmas...that's it.  They are his I'm glad we at least made those!   I had Eric get a few pictures of Brady and I baking together after reading a post from Sarah over at Clover Lane.  I want Brady to someday see me mothering in pictures...even if I don't have make up on or I'm overweight or my hair isn't perfect.  This is me...and being Brady's mom is so much more important than how I view myself in pictures.
Christmas Eve and new pj's.
Another year of believing wholeheartedly.  We are thinking we will break the news to him before Easter.  It is time.  He thinks he can ask for whatever he wants for Christmas...because it is "free anyway."  We also don't want him to be embarrassed and so I think it will be better if he hears it from us than someone else.
A few of Brady's favorite gifts...
I put this together on Christmas Eve and baked it Christmas morning.  It was so good. 
One tube of Grands biscuits cut into quarters.  Mix two eggs and a third cup of milk and pour over biscuits.  Top with bacon, scallions and cheddar cheese.  Bake at 350 until done.
Thanks for following along...if you're still with me.
I hope to do better in 2013.


Stacy Crawford said...

Hi Kerri,
I'm glad you got good news this time. It's never too late to catch up on memories.

I might have to borrow the 26 acts of kindness thing. I LOVE that idea.


yaya said...

I'm so glad your health is good and all's well. That is a very scary time...the waiting. Looks like a fun Thanksgiving and Christmas. I love the pics. I agree that being in the pictures is important. I used to always not want to be in the pic but then I realized my family would not have any photos of me if I kept it up. I'm never happy with how I look, but it is what it is and they love me anyway! The biscuit recipe looks really easy and good. Thanks for sharing it! Welcome back to blog land!

Kelli said...

Yay a new post! Looks like a wonderful and busy few months.
Your Christmas morning breakfast looks wonderful!

Lulu said...

Thank God you are fine! I just went through the same thing and know how scary it is waiting and wondering. Love seeing all your pics!

Kris said...

Oh Kerri, you must have been beside yourself with worry! I am so relieved to read that you got great news back. I just feel for you.
Keep on blogging, because I am so happy to have met you via our blogs.
Loved your photos on this post.
A great big hug for you tonight!!!
xo Kris

Gabe said...

Isn't it amazing how our fears can paralyze us? I'm so glad u got a clean bill of health! Praying for peace for you as you move on!

Loved looking back on your holidays....

Nicolle said...

Kerri, I want to cry for you, I'm so happy, but I know how scared you must have been. I'm so sorry you had to go through all of that with your health. You are so strong and so brave. I'm here if you ever need to talk! I'm so so SO happy that you are healthy.

Love your catch up post. I have missed you, but also understand how busy life is. Some days I get posts out, but kick myself because I'm just stressed about even doing it. I can't seem to let some things go sometimes.

My friend Suzette has reminded me to be in more pictures with Boyd, no matter how I feel or look, and so I try to do it too, for his sake. I love the one of you and Brady cooking together. Love your 26 Acts of Kindness too. Just reading about it makes me want to do it all over again.

And, Brady looks so tall in that first picture!

love ya friend.

Holly said...

YAY!! A post from kerri!!
I love following you on IG but the blog is the real deal!

I am so glad that your tests were negative... what a terrifying experience!
I am an over-sharer-- I wish I were more brave... I am just now.
You always have great hair... what are you talking about?! :)
And I love your thanksgiving banner and mini-pies! You are so creative!

Steelers6 said...

Oh my, welcome back! I'm so sorry to hear about the traumatic & likely painful experience; but I'm praising God with you that it was a good outcome. Good for you for being diligent with mammos.

So glad to hear from you again.

Love all the pics. I really liked the one of the men working together in the kitchen.

So Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and Happy Valentine's Day!

And how is STEFFI?!

PS-can you give me some guidance as to how long the breakfast dish should bake?


Karina said...

Tears....of happiness that you have been cleared....of sadness that you had to go though that. Another reminder to not take anything for granted (going to make my appointment today).

Love seeing you here.

Megan said...

Yay! So good to see your post and know all is well with you guys. I am sorry you had such a scare, and I am so happy that you are well. I can only imagine what months of worrying and wondering has been like. Your holidays all sound wonderful. I love that Brady woke up early to help you...he is such a great kid. And you are so beautiful and I love that photo of you the two of you cooking together! Great post Kerri!

Cindy said...

Kerri, I can understand your keeping to yourself about your recent scare with your mammogram screening. Although I'm pretty out there about my mom and me, I struggle on sharing some of my other stuff! I am soooo glad you got a thumbs up in the end and imagine you must have been scared and tense through the holidays and all!? You look great in your pic with Brady and if I don't do the same soon, my kids may wonder if they had a mom... :)

Val said...

Kerri, I'm so glad your back!!!

Jill said...

Oh Kerri!

I am so happy to hear all is ok! It must have felt like the weight of the world on your shoulders. Very thankful you are well! Many blessings to you and great to see you blogging again!


Stef said...

Oh Kerri, that is so scary. But I am so glad that your news was good.
Your mini pies look so good. I should do that. My kids would think it was cool to have their very own pizza.
By 10, my oldest had figured it out. But my daughter is almost 11 and though I think she has doubts, is still saying she believes. And I am going to let her. (girls are kinder than boys in this aspect, I think.)
Glad you're back!

{cindy} said...

hi kerri! so sorry to be the crappy blog friend and take forever to get here to comment! i tried awhile back, typed a huge one and it went kaput!!:/ anyway...i am so very glad that all of your tests were negative! i can not imagine what that wait was like for you. glad you finally have some peace.:)\

you got to host thanksgiving!!! yeah for you! i remember last year and how much you wanted that opportunity. glad it worked out for you guys. i'm sure all the food and desserts were delish!

love your random acts of kindess traditions too. i was so inspired when nicolle and holly did that too and i can't wait to incorporate that into our holiday next year.:) your christmas tree looks so pretty and brady with his new gifts....goodness he is getting big!! why do they all keep doing that on us!:)

have a happy day kerri and so glad you are back.

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