Tuesday, December 29, 2009

The Best and Worst of 2009

First off the worst....

Sears Home Delivery: Please get your act together for 2010. Don't know how you manage to screw up our order and delivered 3 WRONG model dishwashers to our new home is unreal. You delayed us moving into our new home BUT you did get it right finally. But then you wanted to charge us $$$ to pick up the WRONG dishwashers you delivered. After I had a lovely chat with you on the phone where my daughter learned some new big girl words, you had the 2 dishwashers that were the wrong model/color out of our home the day before move in. We will not be using you again.

The head of ENT doc at the children's hospital who must not be named....you called me a silly unreasonable mom minutes before you wanted to slice into my daughter's head. I called you on it, probably the first anybody has ever called you on something, minutes before surgery. I held my ground, you held yours and somehow we both got what we wanted. FYI, moms don't want to be called "silly" when you want to operate on their kid. Payback when my daughter bit you checking on her tubes in August was priceless. Sometimes you do what you gotta do ;)

The unnamed appraisal company who effectively screwed us over by under-appraising our new home by...oh about $30,000. You suck at your job. How our home dropped in value from $451,000 to $412,000 in 6 months will never ever ever sit well with us nor will your explanation of how the real estate market works. Your "appraisal" caused us unnecessary stress before closing this month, made our bank forever hate us and yet you continue to appraise homes. Newsflash-we will never use you again.

And now for the best of 2009.....

My SIL husband Scott Kitchens-our new house ROCKS! Thanks for putting up with us and all of our questions. The finished product is wonderful and we are so happy to be living here. If you need a deck or a fence or would like to buy a piece of land next to us in Virginia, please give him a call. We would love some neighbors.

Chesapeake City Infant Services-you got on the ball, got my daughter speech/OT when she clearly still needed it and got her eligible for preschool this fall. Her progress is remarkable and she is finally talking like a 3 year old.

The head of ENT's nurse....thank you for the smile you gave me after the doc and I had a smack down in the exam room. You knew what I was thinking and it made me feel so much better.

My husband-thank you for watching Emma for ~60 hours while I got to go to Amanda's wedding in Cancun. You did such a great job that I plan on going away again, alone, in the future. You can be a dad without me being around :)

Happy New Year!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Coupon Savings

I love coupons. More so in the past few months since I really started "couponing" so to speak and got a fancy schmancy binder with dividers to store my 100 plus coupon collection.

Steals from last week:


2 soy glade candles $3.79 each...on sale for 2/$5
1 glade oil diffuser (with reeds)...$9.99 on sale for $4.99 (acai berry only)
Reeces Cup $0.89
Total cost $10.88

Used (2) $1 off any glade candle
Used (1) $3 off any glade oil diffuser
Wags had a sale on Reeces...$0.50
Used my $4 RR from the diapers I got last week
Total cost out of pocket....$1.50

Not too shabby....oh and I got a $1 RR off my next purchase.

Harris Teeter:

Steamfresh veggies by Birdseye....On sale for 5/$5
Used my 0.50 coupon for 5 bags (which all doubled)
Out of pocket...FREE

Hotpockets...On sale 5/$10
Used my 0.50 off each box (which all doubled)
Out of pocket $5 or $1 each box

Farm Fresh (I went here 2 times last week)

Ragu sauce on sale for 2/$3.00
Used 4 (0.75) off each jar (doubled)
Out of pocket...FREE...there was a limit on 4 jars per customer so I went back

Snack size halloween candy on sale...$2.50 a bag
Used $1.00 off 1 bag (which doubled last Wednesday)
Out of pocket...$0.50 for a bag of Twix...

Perdue bags of Chix (single serve, 5 individual breasts per bag) $8.99
On sale BOGO....used 2 $1.00 off each bag coupons
Out of pocket $6.99 for 2 bags....this is better than Walmart prices

Chad thinks I am a looney but I spend about 2 hours a week getting everything together and I have probably saved close to $750 since April on groceries. I can buy with coupons at the pricey grocery stores and save more than I would using coupons at Walmart. All my grocery stores are about 1 mile apart from each other, and Walgreens and Rite Aid are inbetween 2 of them. So I really don't waste any gas going between the 3 (takes me 5 minutes to get to Harris Teeter which is the farthest away).

So if you overlooked coupons before, now is the time to start :)

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Prayers for Amber

I know I posted this on my facebook page, but I would love whoever comes across this blog to visit my dear friend Amber's blog family.kentuckystudio.com

Her daughter Kyleigh was also born with VACTERLS and they have had their fair shares of ups and downs these past 3 years. Now Amber is going to start a battle of her own....Amber has gone through hell and back (to put it nicely-sorry Troy if you are reading this) the past 12-18 months or so and things were FINALLY getting to be somewhat normal for her, her husband and their 3 kids.

All I can do is ask for your prayers for her. If you ever get the chance to meet her, she is an amazing woman, mom, friend, photographer, martha stewart wannabe, ect. Take a moment and visit her blog and leave her a note-

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Happy 3rd Birthday Emma!

Three years ago today, God was looking out for all 3 of us. Thank him for giving Chad the courage to watch his newly born daughter be whisked away to have emergency surgery without having the chance to hold her. Thank the Lord for giving me the strength to remain calm as I watched on the monitors as my baby's heart stopped and wondering as the mask went over my face if she was going to make it. And most importantly thank the Lord for giving Emma the fighting spirit that she has because without it, she would not have overcame all of the obstacles that was laid out before her. God made her a fighter and boy is she ever! I think this day will always be emotional for me simply because Ems and I might not have been here today if we didn't haul tail to the hospital when we did.

We have had a great year-Emma gained 12lbs and almost a foot in height. Her way of pooping now has greatly reduced the stress in all of our lives and contributed to her growth. And since she started Speech and Occupational Therapy, she is a talking, thriving and happy 3 year old. Its simply amazing to see how much has changed in a year. She started pre-pre school part-time (8-12) during the week so I could go back to the office and Emma loves it! Swim lessons are up (maybe) for the later part of the summer and maybe a mini-vay-cay in August. She loves Dora, Princess stuff and most importantly, the cat. She enjoys playing in the water, riding her bikes and eating ice cream cones-she lives the life!

Happy Birthday Emma Rose!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Another doc to add to the blog

Seriously? Like we need yet another specialist? I thought 2009 would be the first year Emma would not see an inside of an OR but I was wrong.

We had a standing appointment with the ENT since March when the 4th ear infection of the year failed to clear up. Dr.Curry made the appointment, along with a hearing test b/c she felt that some damage (a.ka. HEARING LOSS) could have resulted from the back to back to back ear infections since Christmas. Well, she was right.

Fast-Forward to this month. She started speech and OT therapy-about a year behind with all of the chit-chat. Ems drops consonants and endings on almost all of her words. It's like she doesn't hear the "end" of them (or chooses to ignore them-typical Emma fashion). Oh and no sentences yet among another things. She has a senorsy processing disorder which I am simply too exhausted to talk about right now.

But today explains a lot- mild hearing loss in at least one of the ears, if not both. The audiologist wanted to know the whole "what does she say/doesn't say/doesn't say correctly" and when you put 2 and 2 together, it makes sense now of why she says the word "HOUSE" like "HOW"....drops off the ending. Duh, she can't hear the ending. So we think. Because while Melissa was trying to admin the test, Emma was screaming so hard she puked. So lovely. Goldfish and Juice. So we got about a 80-90% accurate test. It was a rotten morning.

After this lovely ride, we got to meet with Dr.Derkay, the head of ENT at our children's hospital. He took a quick peek in her ears (as she was screaming and dry-heaving) and remarked on how strong she was....I just couldn't bear to go into the story of WHY she was that strong.
Good news....no ear infection, just lovely seasonal allergies. Bad news.....we won a ticket to the OR come this July. He wants to examine her ears under anesthesia to really get a good look without having to torture her while she is awake. And he feels that tubes will help, tubes will go in. I don't want her in hearing aids if we can drain the fluid so she can HEAR. Good gracious does it have to be this hard??!!! We will also have a ABA test done (auditory brainstem response) to really get a accurate account of just how much (if any) of a hearing loss she may or may not have. This is the best test you can do and frankly, I can't believe we were able to get any results after how hard she cried today.

As she was crying and coughing.....he went into her whole EA/TE repair and history. He is actually more worried about the snoring and cough than the ears lol! Dr. Derkay is going to do a scope of her trachea to see if any stricturing has occurred, check to see if the trachea is growing with her and check the healing from the initial surgery. It's never been done before b/c I just accepted that she will always snore and have a scary barky cough while she sleeps. He said it's not normal at this point. Of course not right? Before he takes a looksee, I am going to have Dr.Kuhn in the OR with him since she did the first repair at birth. I always drill the docs and the anesthesiologist before anybody sticks a ET tube down her throat b/c of all that has been done. He'll scope first before placing the lovely blue tube down the hatch and Dr.Kuhn will be standing by protecting her work.

Lovely eh? Explains a lot with speech which her therapists will be delighted to hear. Looks like we meet our $5900 deductible this year after all :) I am pretty pissed, or more like annoyed or just simply exhausted of having yet another thing out of place with Emma. God is up there thinking....lets give her yet another issue to deal with and see how she swims with the fishes. Its frustrating that's all. I look around at her healthy "never has seen the inside of an OR" friends and I am still bitter about it. I thought I was over it but I am apparently not. It's hard to explain to them how I feel b/c frankly, they haven't had to say goodbye to their baby while someone else takes them away to be cut open. And on the other hand, we have friends that have gone through similar things, sometimes even more than us, and then I feel guilty bitching about a simple minor surgery. Emma has been through much much worse.

All I want to do is have a tall glass of something alcoholic and go to bed. More likely I am going to mop my kitchen floors, do an enema and go out to buy an overpriced cupcake to make me feel better.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

8 things...For Amber S.

Yeah, I am a MIA blogger.....things have been so crazy with the move, with Emma in preschool, with me going back to work (she is in school 8-12, I work 8-12), a doctor and his family staying with us (might open up a office for him here at the beach) and well....blogging has taken a back seat. I still keep up on everyone else's blog which leads me to post the "8 things" since Amber believes I have fallen off the face of the earth :) Which in the blogland, I have :) So for Amber, here is my 8 things-love ya!

* Mention the person that tagged you* Complete the list of 8 things* Tag 8 of your wonderful bloggy friends* Go tell them you tagged them :)

8 Things I look forward to:

The start of summer....lots of 90 degree days and trips to the beach
Emma going to preschool 5x a week so I can work at the office
My cup of coffee in the morning
My sister's wedding in MEXICO this fall (we love the swine flu, bring it on!)
Emma's 3rd birthday in June
Getting sod in our front and back yard
Grilling out on the deck and eating outside....before it gets too hot lol
Unpacking the last of the boxes in our FROG

8 things I did yesterday:

Drank coffee
Took Emma to school and had her pryed off my leg with a crowbar (aka as Ms.Jeffries)
Ordered wobble chairs and CT units for the office
Had a cupcake
Drank another cup of coffee
Cooked dinner for Jason, Cassie, their kids plus mine
Played bubbles outside
Drank another cup of coffee (decaf, 9pm)

8 things I wish I could do:

Get rid of the debt (doesn't everybody)
Grow my hair out faster so I can can just get it cut again
Watch the last 6 episodes of Grey's so I can finally talk about it-isn't it almost over for the season?
Keep my kitchen floors/fridge clean...a constant daily battle
Workout more...period
Get a tan that didn't come from a bottle
Unpack the last of the boxes in the FROG
Cook scrambled eggs that didn't stick to the pan....again

8 shows I watch:

Greys Anatomy
Good Eats
What Not to Wear
Jon and Kate plus 8 (just started, again....sigh)
My friends Tigger and Pooh
Mickey Mouse Clubhouse
(Ok the last two I watch b/c well Emma watches them lol)

I tag Amber S, Becca, Toni, Mindy and since my laptop is going to lose its juice, that is it for now!

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Happy Butt Day!

Hello from my hospital bed 3 days after surgery-still on the good drugs!

I forgot to update this blog on Saturday, but it's been a whole YEAR since Emma got a new heiney courtesy of Dr. Levitt. What a difference it has made in our lives. It simply floors me to think how far we have come with her, how amazing she is doing now and how wonderful Dr.Breech and Dr.Levitt has been with us. I am relieved to know that they will continue to follow her until who knows when...maybe they will stop when she has children of her own? If we get her potty trained for pee by the fall, then we will be going back to Ohio for a laxative trial in October. If she isn't potty trained, it will have to wait until March of 2010 b/c spending a week in Ohio from Nov-March is well, cold. I hate cold :) I will wait until the weather is nicer so we can do some traveling during that week.
Hanging out in the ER on our last day in Cincy

Yes, our cruise was fun and no the house isn't done b/c we keep failing the inspection because our dishwasher STILL hasn't arrived.....but that is another story :)

I promise more pics, but I have a facebook page which has a bunch....search Laura Young Jenkins and you will find my page. Well, gotta do Emma's poop thing now so we can get on with
Taken about 2 months ago-she is TALL!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009


Yeah, I haven't posted in forever. Seems like when there is no drama, I have nothing to write about :) We are going on a cruise to Mexico/Belize next month which will totally rock b/c I'll be somewhere warm in the middle of February :) We had to get a letter from Dr.Levitt saying all is ok for Emma to travel (since we have to bring all of her supplies on board with us and well that raises a lot of questions). All should be fine :)

And our house is almost done!!!! About 5-6 more weeks and it will be move in ready. Paint is on the walls, tile has been laid and the cabinets get installed next week. Whoo-whoo! I have had all I can take from the lack of available storage in this house...the new house has closets galore!

THis is a short post because Emma is yelling the name Ella in my ear because she is ready to go down the street and play with her. I will miss having my friends less than a condo away but good thing we all have cars to go see each other! Ta-ta!