Monday, January 16, 2017

WW: Faces {Linky}

*It looks like I put this up a day early on accident. This ice storm has me all mixed up on my days. Oh well. It's staying up. 

This weekend we went on a field trip to Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum - also known as SAC Museum. 
It was pretty fun. I took a lot of photos, and you can see more on the post before this one.

Boys in a face:

A face in a propeller:

Have you ever wanted to fly a plane?

Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum @SACAMuseum

This weekend we went on a field trip to Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum - also known as SAC Museum. 

I thought it was funny that Mica begged to stay home to play on his Kindle. Then when we got there he begged to go in the little kid area to play. He's a tween that can't decide if he wants to be a teen, or a child still. I told him that he has a lot of time to play on his Kindle on other days.

The museum isn't too far from our house. It's a 30 minute drive from where we live at in Omaha.

They have a lot of outdoor things to see:

This photo cracked me up. There's always one photo in a bunch of photos that I've taken where Travis looks like a creeper. The boys thought it was funny as well.

The entryway: 

They have planes, helicopters and more that hang from the ceiling.

We went to see an indoor air show, but just walking around the huge planes is so amazing!



This is one that the boys could go in:

This one we could see the insides:

Some planes I could actually fit in my camera. Some are just too big!

A missile:

I have a few more shots I'm using for my WW, so come back towards the end of the day to see them.

Do you like going to museums?

Black Ice, Ice Baby

One good thing about this ice storm that we had is that it didn't knock down power lines around here.

It did however put black ice on sidewalks, parking lots, and side streets.

My front porch:

They canceled classes where I work, but it's one of my office days. I opted to stay home. I'll have to work a bit here to get ready for the next few days. Most of my commute is a main street, which isn't icy. I was more concerned with the hill that goes down to my work, and slipping in the parking lot.

Grocery stores have been packed, since Friday. We didn't NEED anything, but Travis wanted to get a bunch of cabbage to make sauerkraut in his new Fermentation Crock that I got him.

Bakers, which is Kroger to most places was swamped with people. Their carts were stocked with junk food. I said, "Let's go to Family Fare. They won't be so busy." They weren't. I was amazed at the difference. My mom thought it was because Bakers has a better meat selection. I didn't see meat in their carts though. Family Fare was just remodeled, so it would be interesting to know why one grocery store is that's actually more expensive is used more than one that is less. 

Now we have Sauerkraut fermenting. 

The boys are having a Star Wars marathon. 

I'm taking it easy. I got most of my housework done before the ice happened. I just wanted to make sure all I could was taken care of in case our power went out.

How is the weather where you live?

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Dual Adjustable Lumbar Lower Back Brace and Support Belt Review

Travis and most of his family has back problems. He's had to see Chiropractors and a Physical Therapist for both his back and should. It's best when he sticks with his back exercises.

The hard thing is to remember to not bend with your back. Dual Adjustable Lumbar Lower Back Brace and Support Belt helps remind you of that. It keeps your back straight.

It's nice that this support belt fits into a box, but I think once it's opened the box for most people will get tossed.

It really took only a minute, maybe less time for him to put this on. The material is really breathable! He has tried another type of back support before that has room for an ice pack, or a pack that you can heat up in the microwave. This one is a bit different. Similar to put on though.

I has a velcro in the front. I happened to get him a large. He's a skinny guy, so if you plan on getting one of these you may want to go up a size. It comes in S/M and L/XL. Travis probably could be a medium, but I went to a large because I knew it could be tightened.

As you can see it forces the posture to be upright. If you're like me and tend to slouch this may be great for you to try out. I may be wearing it at work. I tend to sit around a lot.

My husband likes to wear back supports for gardening. He forgets, and starts to bend with his back instead of his knees. 


$45.99, and on sale for $19.99 and on Prime

Do you, or anyone you know have back issues?

Disclaimer: I received Dual Adjustable Lumbar Lower Back Brace and Support Belt to review. I wrote this post, and was not influenced at all with an opinion. I only review things that I find interesting, or that would benefit my readers.

Panopliz Glitter Heat Transfer Vinyl Review

I am super excited to share with you Panopliz Glitter Heat Transfer Vinyl.

They Come With 6 Sheets:
  • Silver
  • Gold
  • Pink
  • Red
  • Black
  • Green

9.8" X 9.8"

  • It's meant for clothing. You can add it to shirts, jackets, coats, aprons, skirts, canvas bags and more. Isaak wanted a shirt, so I made a shirt for him.
  • I plan on using it within mixed media art pieces on canvas. I haven't tried this yet, but will show you when it happens. 
Flashy Gold For a Boy:

What does a mom do when a boy loves sparkly, shimmery, shiny gold, and wants it on a shirt? Well I had to make him a shirt. There's no chance I'd find a shirt in the store with flashy gold.

He agreed to a pirate shirt.


If you have a Cricut Cutter that's ideal. The instructions include a Cricut Cutter. I don't have one. It took awhile to cut out the design by hand.

Once the work of cutting it out was done I set out to iron it on. The side with the glossy film is up. Iron especially the pointed cuts.

After it's ironed - let it cool. This doesn't take very long. Peel up the film. That's it! You're finished.

I had no problems with it folding, or wrinkling up. I did place it a little too low on the shirt. Sometimes I have trouble with placement on clothing. 

Isaak loves his new shirt! 

I made it big, so it will fit him in the spring and summer. 

I can't wait to try and use it with my art projects. 


$25.99, but on sale for $17.95! Get it while it's on sale. 

Have you ever worked with vinyl?

Disclaimer: I received Panopliz Glitter Heat Transfer Vinyl to review. I wrote this post, and was not influenced at all with an opinion. I only review things that I find interesting, or that would benefit my readers.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Random Tid Bits

  1. My first year students got new macbooks this week. I find it annoying that Apple keeps removing more and more ports. No USB or card readers. My boss had to order some $5 converters, so that they can have access to our digital cameras and scanners. Oh but they have a fancy bar across the top that no one gives a crap about. Ha!

  2. Source

  3. There's been twice lately where we failed as parents.

    I thought the clock said 8:30. I said, "Ok kids it's time for bed." Travis and I were saying we were both so tired. I thought maybe it was because we were cleaning all day long. Nope the clock stopped. It was 10:30. The kids got an extended bedtime that night.

    We had a really late, full lunch during the weekend. We hung out with my parents during the afternoon one day. Isaak said, "Grandma I'm really hungry! I don't think I ever had lunch." I looked at the time and thought, "I guess we didn't have lunch. We did have brunch though." Apparently brunch isn't good enough for 2 growing boys.

  4. Speaking of food...we had my nephews Evan, Elijah, and Edison over when their brother Emerson was in the hospital. I served up some left over stir fry that we had, orange slices, carrots, and a drink. Elijah the 8 year old gobbled it up.

    While I was dishing up their food Travis was making ours: An Indian Dish with Moong that's a grain/protein. Elijah said, "I want some of that too!" I dished him up not one, but two bowls full of Indian food. Apparently he didn't mind the spice. ;) He said, "It's a medium". 

  5. I was kind of bummed over the holidays about 1 thing really. I had 3 friends in town, and not one of them called me. I mentioned on facebook how much I missed all of them. To be honest I would have asked off of work just to spend time with any one of them, or all of them. That's how much I wanted to see them. They were the ones in town. I had no clue when they'd be here exactly, how long, or what their schedules were. I know we all have our lives, but I miss them. That begs the question if they miss me? Do they care? Maybe I'm over thinking things. That seems to be what I do. 

  6. I do a mud mask once or twice a year. I get a dry forehead. If I put lotion on it it's flaky and oily. BTW that's a weird combo. The mud mask takes the flakiness off. It's smooth afterwards.

    Isaak every time, "What is that?" Me, "I don't know, something is really wrong with my face. Maybe I should go to the hospital!"

    Travis, "Why are you putting that crap on your face?" Me, "Come here & kiss me." Travis, "Get away!" Me, "What's the matter? You don't like grey people?" Ha!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Basketball Clothes

Isaak was all ready for his first basket ball practice of the season when I got home from work. I love how excited he gets for basketball.

He was dressed like he typically is, Y top, red shorts, crew socks, and basketball shoes.

Old photo from last season.
I said, "Isaak why don't you put those red basketball socks on that I gave to you before Christmas?" 

He said, "What basketball socks? Oh the ones like my friend wears that are long. Now I remember."

Off he was to change socks and shoes.

Then I thought, "It's pretty cold. I know you just got dressed kind of twice, but put on some gym pants instead of shorts."

He goes to put dress pants over his shorts. It was so silly looking! They were brown stripped dress pants. He looked like he had a big cloth diaper under them with the poof of his shorts underneath.

I laughed and said, "No!" Travis said, "Really Isaak?! I think you know how silly you look. Go change into gym pants!"

He changed AGAIN, but wasn't happy about it! :( Isaak carries most of his anger in his eyes. I tell him that he's going to have wrinkles in his eyes just like me when he gets older.

He said said all grumpy like, "Mom sit up straight, watch your posture." I do have horrible posture.

I said, "Isaak fix your eyebrows, watch their posture." We both chuckled.

Surgery Was a Success

My nephew Emerson that has Trisomy 18 has been battling breathing problems, since the fall. He's been in and out of the hospital 3 times I think - I kind of lost track. My sister kept telling the hospital that she thought possibly some of the problems were from a hernia that he's had, since birth.

The doctors kept pushing that thought away. They noticed he was having quite a few seizures happening. Instead of looking more into his hernia, they focused on his seizures.

At that point he was in pain, upset, doing this strange breathing thing, tired and not himself. Only 1/2 of those symptoms were from his new seizure meds.

Prior to this fall he was a happy little guy!

After this last MRI they found out that his hernia was pushing his colon up and down. It was moving its way up into his chest cavity.

Yesterday he was prepped for surgery:

Little Emerson keeps loosing teeth. That front one is loose right now. His glasses are tinted to help with his seizures. I stole this photo from my sister.

He had a hearing test, while he was out. His hearing keeps getting progressively worse. They are looking into Trisomy 18 kids to see if hearing loss is common. 

His seizures are the same. He's always had some. Hopefully they don't get worse.

His surgery on his hernia was a success. I hope he starts being more his smily self. 

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Backtracking to Christmas Day

Thankfully everything was ready to go for Christmas. I just needed to prepare some food for yet another get together.

Secret Santa Tip:

I learned something this year that I wish I would have known this whole time. Usually I go back in my bedroom to be quiet, so the boys can go to sleep. This year we decided to play Scrabble in the living room. Playing the game kept us up, sudden noises were normal to their ears, and we got to nibble on cookies and Travis drank the milk. In between turns we got out the gifts we wrapped and put stuff in their stockings. It worked like a charm.

Christmas Morning:

The boys woke up at 5 AM for Santa that next morning. Yep they were excited. I didn't mind the early morning wake up call, but Travis hates when the boys wake us up that early! He snapped and said, "Don't wake us up until the coffee is made, and play in your rooms for at least another hour!" That's torture on Christmas morning.

The boys did what they were told.

I didn't capture any photos that morning. Why? Well it was freaking dark out still. All the photos would have been dark and grainy.

They each got a big Lego thing. Mica's starting to get more practical gifts. Like any mom I wonder if he enjoys them. He got a sleeping bag instead of a game like Isaak got. He got a wallet in his stocking when Isaak got a dice game. He can't go into middle school with a cute robot wallet, nor can he go camping with a cute bug sleeping bag. He's growing up. His needs are different now.


I am really lucky that my mom makes us cinnamon rolls for breakfast. We take them with us on Christmas Eve. They really save a lot of time for breakfast. The boys love them.


While the boys put together their Lego sets I made food for our next family event. I generally make a veggie tray because we can always have more veggies! I cut open 2 pomegranates to bring seeds. I brought mixed nuts, a cheese ball with crackers, and a cookie tray.

Present Box:

Christmas is filled with family! 56 family members to be exact! Just my Mom's family gets together. My Dad only has 1 brother that's not married. Travis' family lives far away.

My Aunt Becky loves to get a big box, and she fills it with small presents that have strings attached to them. Each little kid gets a Christmas question, and gets a present when it's answered.

Mica and his cousin Evan retired from questions, and are now paid Elves that help Becky.

Mica read a story to the kids before the present giving started. It was great, but way too long of a story. I had to cut the poor boy off.

Isaak loves his cousin Edison so much. Edison says Isaak's name so cute. It was, "I Kick", but now it's said more like his name.

Isaak with Elijah (cousin's the same age).

Emerson almost went to the hospital before Christmas. My sister asked if his tests could be after Christmas. Since he's had his tests - we now know why he's breathing funny at times. Emerson's liver and colon are back up in his chest cavity. It's from a hernia he's had for some time now. It has to be fixed up. He's still having seizure activity, but it's not any worse than before. We'll know soon when he'll have surgery. They have to get it worked out between the doctor's and hospital. Insurance says it has to be fixed, so good for them!

The boys enjoyed Christmas Day. Well Isaak had his moments. He seems to be the kid that's left out at times. The bigger boys were hogging the game system downstairs. That's when I want to say, "Go outside and play ball!" It was strange weather that day. More like spring than winter. We had heavy winds, lots of downpours, and it was warm. Anyhow going outside to play wasn't in the cards. I offered to play games with Isaak upstairs, but no little boy wants to play with their mom when all the action is downstairs. Travis got the full scoop from Mica later that day. Had we known the bigger boys would have had some rules put down. Since Mica was in on that crowd he lost privilege to have access to his Kindle the next day.

If you celebrate - What did you do on Christmas?


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