Leesa’s Life

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After what seemed like endless bad news about my uncle I am so happy to report that he went through his surgery yesterday with flying colors. The doctors removed a little over half of his lung, but they are almost 100% certain that they got all of the cancer out. They also checked his lymph nodes and none showed signs of cancer so thankfully it has not spread. This means he will not have to have chemo, just radiation. Whew! He will be in the hospital for the rest of this week to recuperate, but then will be able to go home and finish healing. No idea when he’ll start his radiation, but he isn’t too worried about that right now. Just knowing that things are looking good is a big relief for everybody at the moment.

Besides worrying about my uncle these past few weeks, I’ve also been busy with my son’s track season and getting things ready for my daughter’s prom and graduation.

Track has been pretimag0016ty much hit and miss on their meets, so far. My son has had four meets, three of which were called due to rain/storms. He was able to finally get in a full meet last Thursday and also has another this evening, although it is rainy this morning so I don’t guarantee he’ll get to go. Doesn’t he look cute in his little track outfit? His events are shot put and discus although the coach put him into the 4×100 relay for today’s meet.

My daughter’s prom is Saturday. She’s getting really excited about that. She has her dress and all this past week and weekend she has been trying out endless hairstyles and different jewelry to see what looks the best. Last night she repainted her fingernails at least a dozen times to see how she wanted to do them. This is the only picture I have of her in the dress right now. She wouldn’t let me take a full length one yet because she doesn’t want people to actually see the dress until prom night.

And then we’ve also been getting graduation stuff ready. Wow, just one more month and my baby girl will be a high school graduate. Ouch, my stomach is starting to hurt just thinking about it 😦 Anyway, she got her invitations, thank you cards, etc. last week and she also got her cap and gown. I, of course, had to torture myself and have her try the cap and gown on and then I had to go and take pictures of her in it to torture the rest of my family. I’m really proud of my daughter, but man, where did the time go? Seems like just yesterday I was bring her home from the hospital. Anyway, this is the cap and gown pic. It’s not the best quality since it was taken with my cell phone.cap-and-gown


This is going to be a busy week.  I’m cooking the Thanksgiving meal for our clan this year so that means preparation, preparation, preparation.  I started cleaning the house over the weekend and I think it is pretty well company ready.  Tomorrow I’ll start part of the cooking.  I usually do the desserts the day before plus anything else that can be made ahead of time, like salads or prepping the veggies.  A couple of my cousins are already in town and have popped in a couple of times since Sunday just to say Hi.  It’s nice to see them since the holidays are pretty much the only time I get to do that.  By the time Thursday gets here, there should be close to 30 people in my home.  Yeah, it’s going to be pretty crowded, but it will be nice.  Anyway, if you don’t hear from me again until after Thanksgiving, this is why.  I’m knee deep in turkey and all the fixings.

Why is it that as soon as the kids start school, we all end up sick? It started about two weeks after school started. My daughter woke up one morning with a sore throat. She was sick for a few days then my son caught it. Next in line was my hubby and over the weekend the illness finally chose to hit me. I woke up Friday morning with a super sore throat. It felt like I was swallowing glass. Ouch. Saturday I woke up with chest congestion and Sunday I woke up with stuffy ears. Thought I was going to die by the time I went to bed last night so took some Nyquil and went to sleep. Woke up at midnight with a fever, but thankfully when the alarm went off this morning I was feeling halfway human.

Today I’m just stuffy and have a little bit of a cough. Nothing that is going to keep me from working, although I would love to milk it out for all its worth and just spend the day on the couch, watching soap operas and eating chocolate 🙂

Just a few snippets of different conversations heard in my car tonight when our family went out for the evening.

Setting: My car….hubby and I in front seats, kids in the back seats.

Son to Daughter: They added a no smoking clause to our handbook at school today.
Hubby to me: Did he just say he has smoking balls?

Son to Daughter: I’ve got reflexes like a cat.
Daughter to Son: Yeah, a dead one.

Daughter to Son: (talking about curse words you can say at school) You can say ass when you’re talking about a donkey, but if you call someone a female dog you’ll still get in trouble.
Son to Daughter: You mean, dawg is a bad word? I call my friends that all the time.

and finally, my little gem…..
setting: everyone is laughing hysterically over one of the above quotes and I sneeze only to ask a few minutes later…..

Me: Did I sneeze? Because I feel like I sneezed. I have that feeling in my nose, but I can’t remember if I actually sneezed or not.

Yeah, I know. We’re ALL just a little bit odd 🙂

  I got a call from my brother earlier today.  They had to put his dog down this morning.  I guess Kody started getting really bad last night with seizures and convulsions, foaming at the mouth, etc.  My brother really didn’t think he would still be with them this morning, but he was still hanging on.  It was a very hard decision, but they did decide to have him put to sleep because the vet said there was nothing that could be done (he’d been sick for a long time, plus was pretty old) I feel so bad for my brother and my sister in law because they’ve had Kody since he was a puppy.  Plus, they just had to put Kody’s sister (Kady) down about a month ago because she wasn’t doing well (she had leukemia) so this is doubly hard on the both of them.

My husband is a wonderful man.  He’s my best friend and an awesome father to the kids.  He is funny, loving, caring, has a great sense of humor,  is tall, sexy, I could go on and on.  There is, however, one thing that my husband is not and that is a good housekeeper.  Ever since we got married, cleaning has been a source of tension between us. Now some of you might say that it’s the wife’s job to keep the house clean, the dishes done, the floors swept and the laundry clean.  And to you, I say, phhhhtttttt.  If I didn’t work or have kids then maybe, but I feel that if I’m working just as many hours as the hubby then we should share the housework.  Right? 

Well, hubs didn’t grow up that way.  His mom did everything for him and he never learned how to take care of himself.  So, instead of hanging the wet towel on the towel bar after a shower, he dumps it on the floor.  Instead of putting dirty clothes in the hamper, they end up on the floor beside it.  Dirty dishes in the sink?  Why that is unheard of.  Leave them wherever you are when you finish eating or drinking.  I am constantly asking him to put things in the sink, pick up his clothes or towels, put trash in the trash can, etc.

So imagine my surprise when I came home tonight to a spotless house.  Yes, spotless.  I thought for a minute that I’d walked into the wrong house.  When I realized that it was indeed my home, my next thought was that my kids must either a) really want something big, or b) done something majorly wrong, but after quizzing them both I found out it was neither.  If it wasn’t them then who did this, I asked.  “Dad”, they replied.

Now I knew something was up.  Like I said earlier, my husband does not clean.  I don’t think he even knows how.  It had to be alien abduction or a spirit possessing him that made him do this out of the ordinary thing.  Well, I found him and I asked him and you know what his answer was. 


Yeah, it’s definitely a possession.  I’m going to go find a priest now to perform an exorcism.  Unless anyone out there would like to rent him for a while to do some cleaning for them.  I’m willing to rent him out CHEAP 🙂

My nephew is autistic. He was diagnosed at age 2 1/2 with PDD-nos (pervasive development disorder). He is now 9 years old. He is a little angel and the sweetest child you will ever meet. He likes to watch movies, wrestle with his daddy, play with his momma and visit his grandparents homes. He will be starting the 4th grade this year and is doing really well at school.

I never knew what autism was until he was diagnosed. I had never known anyone with autism or any familys that were affected by it. That all changed though. Now I do a lot of reading up on autism, looking for answers to many of the questions I have about the disorder. I try to support any autism cause as much as possible and hope and pray that they will soon find the cause and a cure for it.

That is why I’m writing this post. My brother and sister inlaw are walking in this years Walk Now For Autism and are trying to raise money for research. For those of you who don’t know what this is, here is a small snippet from their website:

Walk Now for Autism, the nation’s largest grassroots autism walk program, is Autism Speaks’ signature fundraising and awareness event, taking place in communities across the United States, as well as in Canada and the United Kingdom. Powered by volunteers and families with loved ones on the autism spectrum, this successful grassroots fundraising effort not only generates vital funds for autism research but also raises awareness about the increasing prevalence of autism and the need for increased research funding to combat this complex disorder.

If you are interested in making a donation, here is a link to the page my brother made up for my nephew’s team. Trey and Logan’s Walkers Team

I thought it would be nice to put it out there to maybe help them raise a little bit more money then they would by themselves. Thanks ahead of time!