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Friday, August 13, 2010


First off, it's the BEGINNING of our big sale at Scrapbookgraphics! The Golden Oldies sale!!! Click HERE to go and give it a look-see.

And what do I have in the Golden Oldies section, you ask? WELL, remember that 20 wordart pack bundle for $11.11 I did a week ago or so? WELL, it went over so well, I made a few more. Here's 20 Summery WordArt packs for only $12. That's $0.60 a pack. Not too shabby.

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And this is a smaller bundle. 10 WordArt packs for only $6.00. Still $0.60 a pack, though :)

Hey girlies! What's happening? Long day again yesterday :) SUPER long, in fact. I woke up around 6am, cause I couldn't sleep. I had my Tummy Tuck consult at 8am, and needed to get up at 6:45am to get ready in time. Sigh. So I tried to sleep in till around 6:30, then finally got up.

I fixed my hair and make up, and got dressed. Here's the finished product. I've gotten good at hiding the extra skin. hehehe. Do you like my phone? Zebra is cool, you know...

Captain America came home from PT at around 7am, and we both got ready together. We headed out to the place at 7:30ish. It wasn't too far from our house. Closer to downtown. At University Medical Center offices. Nice place :) PLUS, we passed a Fallas Paredes on the way, and it wasn't in a scary neighborhood like I thought it was from the online map. WOOHOO!

Anyway, we sat and waited for almost an hour before they brought us back to see the doctor. Here's me, playing with all my extra skin. Yeah, that's ALL skin. See how far I can pull it? Remember, I've lost just a little over 100 lbs. That's a TON of skin....

So the doctor knocked on the door a little after this, and I hurried and tucked my extra skin back in my pants and acted normal. hehehe. Well, normal is relative, you know... ha!

Anyway, doctor came in, we talked about my weight loss, and he said he wanted me to put on a gown. This gown looked like it was made out of paper towels. And not Bounty. The cheap paper towels that break when you get them wet. Yeah, don't pour water on me - ROFL! Here's me sporting my awesome gown.

So the doctor FINALLY came back in to see me, him and his nurse. And Captain America was there. So I laid back on the table, and the doctor dude felt my nasty stomach skin. And poked and prodded and had me try to sit up, then announced that I had 2 hernias in my belly area, and separated stomach muscles. Dang, that's not good. He had me feel it, and I could feel something. Captain America didn't look too happy about it. He was worried.

So the doctor said that we had a case to present to the insurance. It wasn't a cosmetic reason to get it done. Sweet. Well, besides the fact that there's really something wrong with me, that is. He said it was probably due to so many pregnancies. Yeah, that would do it.

So he went and got the office camera, and took photos to submit to the insurance. Nice. I had to stand naked by the wall, rotating so he could get all angles. Let me tell you, THAT was uncomfortable. Me, naked, with 3 other people in the room. Sigh. The things we do to be beautiful. Oh yeah, and get medically necessary things done. hehehe. I don't want herniated stomach muscles...

So I FINALLY got to put my clothes back on, signed some papers, talked to the insurance lady, talked to a scheduling person, and got to go. They have me scheduled on September 29th, pending insurance. Apparently the insurance sometimes approves for this, and sometimes doesn't. They always should, since it's medically necessary, but it just depends on who you get. So keep your fingers crossed for me :)

Captain America and I stopped at Fallas on the way home, since it was RIGHT on the way home, looked around for about 1o minutes, and off we went. I found a few $3 shirts. I LOVE a good deal.

Maddie and her girls had gone to the thrift store by the time we got back home, and I worked on my Golden Oldies sale items for a bit. Captain America got lunch, and headed back to work a bit before noon.

When Maddie got back home, she and I and all 7 of our kids headed out to McDonalds, over by where we were today at the doctor. It was a NICE McDonalds with an inside playland. Here's a few pics from our afternoon.

Joe, the Birthday Boy, and I (sporting my new yellow shirt from Fallas ($2.00))

Me and Joe and Jim
Maddie and I
Lily and Jake
Me and my soda

Joe and Jimmy playing at the playland
Ella and Joe and Jim

Tom and I
Hilary was babysitting a few of Laurie's kids today, and stuck at home because she had no car. So when her hubby came home for lunch, she dropped him back off after lunch, grabbed Laurie's 2 kids, dropped by my house to find my missing wallet (I was gonna need it to get back on post...), and joined us at McDonalds. We all had a fun time. So we had 12 kids between the 3 of us. Wow!

Here's Joe and Hilary
And a pic of the giant playland

After everyone was done eating, we drove across the street to Fallas and looked around a bit. Jake spent his babysitting monies on GI Joe toys (the real ones), and Joe wanted to spend his birthday money on them too.

We were only there for about 30 minutes, which actually is a long time with 3 grown ups and 12 kids (aaaahhhh!), then headed home.

Captain America and us got home at about the same time, which was nice. I whipped up a b-day cake for Joe, and got it in the oven. We got the kids situated, and he and I and Joe snuck over to the commissary to pick up some ice cream. Joe picked out strawberry, and I wanted something with white ice cream and chocolatey gooey insides. Found the perfect one, and we headed home.

Jake and Eme had been in charge of the cake, and it was cooling nicely. I spread the coconut pecan frosting on it, and decorated it with army dudes. It looked pretty cool :)

I took a movie of us signing to Joe, but it's still on my camera. I'll get it off of there later :)

Here's Jimmy and I. Neither one of us felt particularly well. I didn't feel good from the carrots from yesterday, I think...

Joe with his GI Generic army guys from Lily
GI Generic from Ella
Lily with cake
Ella with Cake

Joe with army dudes
Joe with GI Joes from Mom and Dad
Joe with his present from his daddy
Joe's present from Tom

Joe was like, WHAAAAAAt is THIIIIIIIS? when Eme gave him a page with Meircats on it. hehehe. We always tease him that he's a meircat. ROFL! (and I don't care that that's misspelled...)
Joe with GI Generics from Grandma Lyn
I ended up skipping on the cake. I wasn't feeling too good. I was a bit stressed out, and kinda felt sick to my stomach. So I skipped it. Looking back, I really wanted it. I still do. But I"ll resist. I'll have some cake and ice cream on Jake's b-day on the 31st.

So I sat down at my computer, and didn't move for the longest time. Kids played with friends, and played on Wii, and did whatever for the evening. Captain America had a game. I really wanted to go, but I couldn't get my big sale work done AND do the game. Sigh.

I got 3 WordArt bundles together for the Golden Oldies sale. 2 packs of 20 and 1 pack of 10. It took forever, but I liked how they turned out :) So no new stuff this week. But bundles. Cause EVERYONE likes bundles, right? hehe.

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CBH said...

Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in CBH Digital Scrapbooking Freebies, under the Page 8 post on Aug. 13, 2010. Thanks again.

Marlene said...

Thanks for the freebie - and I'm off to check out your new word packs. I bought the last one and loved it!

On the insurance thing - don't get your hopes down if they refuse. It's their job to make it difficult for you. They're hoping if they say no the first time around, you will give up. If that happens, file an appeal. It works....a lot of the time.

deb said...

Thank you for the word art. I'll say a prayer for your insurance approval!

Anonymous said...

Snort - I laughed so hard at today's word art. My son raced up the stairs, read it, and said, "That is so YOU Mom." So, thanks ... :-)

Christie said...

I really hope you get insurance coverage for your skin removal! It seems only fair since you have medical reasons for needing it - but insurance is not always fair! I had weight loss surgery in May and when I am all done I will hopefully have lost 150 lbs so I know this skin issue is ahead of me!!! It's sad but I almost wish for something to go wrong like hernias or sometimes the skin can cause rashes... just so I can get insurance coverage to have it removed!
Just so you know, with your clothes on you can't tell at ALL, your tummy looks so flat and you are so small. But I know how you feel underneath and what you see in the mirror is important too. As well as the comfort!!
Best wishes!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the word art and, in case I forget, best wishes for a great outcome on the 29th of September..

Anonymous said...

I think your weight loss is so admirable. As mothers it's so important to show our kids how to make healthy food choices. Kids naturally want fatty food and it doesn't help that it's cheaper. Your kids are lucky you are showing them how to eat for a long and healthy life.

Anonymous said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE your blog. You ARE real and I thank you for being so. Your freebies are fantastic as are your packs! Is Joe 6 or 7? Bit confused, one day you said 6 then a 7 appears on his fantastic cake! Keep on keeping real girlfriend. Lucy (Warwick, Queensland, Australia)

Heather said...

Wow super awesome special on the word art. THANK YOU!! I hate those aper dresses.. Good luck with insurance!! :)

Anonymous said...

I seriously love reading your blog, Bethany! Good luck with your insurance & I'll stay posted because I have a hernia that I'm hoping my insurance will cover too. I could use a "Mommy makeover" but I haven't even seen a doctor yet. Good luck!!!

Laura said...

Thanks so much