Sunday, February 2, 2014

Meet Abby.

On Monday, a friend at work brought her new puppy into the library to show her off and I nearly died from cuteness overload.  We had this conversation:

J:  Do you want one?  There's a litter of them and they're looking for homes for them.
Me:  Chris would never let us have another dog.

But then I proceeded to send him 8000 texts in a row just to check and be sure that he was going to say no.

He didn't respond.

But then he showed up at my school for a meeting that afternoon and said, "So, where's this puppy?"

And one thing let to another and the bottom line for him was this...

There are a thousand reasons to say no.  But 2014 is our year of joy and getting this puppy would be a joyous thing for everyone in our house.

And so we started planning to surprise the kids.

I had to wait the WHOLE WEEK without saying anything.  It was excruciating.


 Meet Abby.

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Her name means "joy of the father."


She's super tiny - only 2.3lbs.  Her mom is a pekingese and her dad is a dachshund. 


So do you think that makes her a pekiweenie?

Ike is actually completely smitten with her.  Last night they snuggled on the couch together.  He lets her climb into his food bowl (we don't, but he does...paws in and everything).  He plays with her and when she swats at him or bites his nose, he takes it like a man.  Who knew that Ike needed a baby?


You would have thought that we had won the lottery with how excited the kids have been.  I agree, it is exciting.  Just maybe not quite that exciting.

So, there she is, the newest member of the Pendley family.  Abby the pekiweenie.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Turning 12

The girls will be turning 12 in a couple of weeks.  12.  Gah!  It kills me.

They went to an amazing elementary school for the past two years in Athens, but we moved them back to our district for middle school (a long story for another day) and since then, they have missed their Chase Street friends like crazy.

I can't say enough about how much I love these girls.  Seriously.  So I invited 6 of them for a surprise sleep over (5 could make it).  The girls had absolutely NO IDEA. 

Chris took them shopping and to run errands for the afternoon while Q and I took Ike to be boarded and to get a birthday cake.

And then there was this...

video 

 And just as the girls were sitting down to eat pizza their sweet, sweet teachers from last year and their favorite librarian (not me) surprised all of them!  It was fabulous!

I am hoping that this little party will help make February better for us.  I feel silly that I haven't taken advantage of the long MLK weekend before.  Silly me.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Full Steam Ahead.

Amen for a 3 day weekend.

So much in front of us - a HUGE surprise weekend (nope, not Disney...or Great Wolf...I can't say because I have these middle school age children that have middle school age friends that are all snoopy into the blog and my instagram...snoops!)

But I'm excited and feeling very pleased with myself.

Here's an update on our year...

1.  I did AWESOME last week with taking my lunch, getting in some treadmill time, and I did a Daily Burn work out (kind of cheesy, kind of fun)...but then

2.  I went to the Google Summit at the Lovett School last weekend (I love the people I work with.  If you don't have a librarian friend, go make on...we're fun people.) and fell behind in EVERY aspect of my life...

3.  I started the week with no clean laundry, no grocery shopping done, behind on shop stuff, etc. etc. etc.

4.  AWESOME.

5.  I ate a lot this week.  But some of it was really good AND good for me.  (Do you follow me on instagram?  I posted some pics there.)  Tuesday night we had chicken over a warm kale, asparagus, shallot, grape tomato salad and you would have thought that we all died and went to Heaven.  And then on Wednesday we have quinoa and mushroom stuffed green peppers.  (de-lish!) Tonight - spaghetti squash with sausage and marina sauce.  (I think I was the only one who liked it.  I could eat spaghetti squash everyday.  It reminds me of my childhood.)

6.  February is right around the corner and once it starts I will be holding my breath until March.  Just so you know.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Hi. Good Evening.

We got to stay home today.  All of us.  After being back at work for 2 days after Christmas break.  Home.

It was below 0 this morning.  I have lived in Georgia since 1986 and I don't even remember it being below 0.  I know that many Northerners think that the South is silly when they close school for things like icy roads, an inch of snow, cold weather....  But we're just not equipped for this sort of weather. 

I've continued to run on the treadmill for the last few days and Chris signed us up for The Daily Burn.  So we'll see about that.

We ate spaghetti squash and meatballs in the crock pot the other night for dinner.   No joke, I loved it.  No joke, everyone else in my family hated it.  I can't stop thinking about the squash and wishing we had a bowl of leftovers of it.

Chris also made chicken stir fry and Sunday night to eat on Monday and it worked like a dream.  {in case you were wondering}

And, if you don't already follow me on IG, you'll want to.  I'm giving away a week's worth of IKE & CO earrings.  (follow @ikeandco)


Saturday, January 4, 2014

A New Year

I'm not sure what the new year holds for this blog, but I renewed my domain this morning and so that makes me feel like I should put my money to good use.  :) 

I stopped running in October.  We traveled to Texas for my brother's wedding and then the time changed and well, one thing led to another and here we are, over two months have passed.  I've also gained 8lbs since the start of the school year (yay!  go me!) (and I didn't know the actual number until all of these neurologist appointments...gah!).

So I started running again over the break.  I hate that I was on a good track and now it's like starting all over.  Big sigh.  Such is life though, right?

Neurologist update:  I had the MRI, I had the post MRI consultation and the big news is that there is a "near complete absence of the septum pellucidum."  Supposedly, that's somewhat rare and a complete chance finding.  And it has nothing to do with my migraines.  Awesome.

But here's the big news!  {nope, not pregnant}

The Pendley's are CHOOSING JOY this year!


It's January 4th and I can already tell you that it was much easier to choose joy when I thought I was just redoing our living room mantel.  Now that I'm living it, I can tell you...it's hard.  We have 2 middle school age DAUGHTERS in our house (oh the drama, oh the mood swings) and a very needy, very charming, very talkative kindergartener.  We have a lot going on in our lives and sometimes we get in a slump where it is easier to give into a black cloud than it is to count our blessing and find JOY in things.  To choose joy over anything else.

But we're going to do this - choose joy - in 2014.  All of us.

But there's more that we're doing in 2014 too {nope, still not having a baby!}.  We're losing weight and refocusing our evenings.  Evenings are by far the worst for us because at 9pm (faithfully) Chris and I fix grown up drinks, plates (or bowls) of snack foods and sit on the couch and watch 2 hours of TV.  I am not kidding.  (Remember...8lbs since August!)

I have looked at advocare and the T-25 workout but they're both kind of pricey and that makes me kind of nervous.  (Anyone tried either of these things?)

But, in looking at these things, I stumbled upon this blog and I'm SUPER excited about her menus and meals and grocery shopping lists and general awesomeness.

So, 2014.  Here we go.

And as a PS - one of my bridesmaids was a dear friend named Joy...and choosing Joy makes me think of her...and she's in Korea...but every time I think JOY I am thankful for her.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Tap, tap...Is this thing on? (+ a trip to the neurologist)

Tap, tap...Is this thing on????  Anyone out there???

Seriously.  I can't believe how long it's been.  I'm going to try to be better about posting, but I make no promises.  What I do know is that I miss having a record of our days...but at the same time I struggle to find the words to type.  My life and my girls' lives all overlap and intertwine and I don't want to be the one to tell their story.  Or to use this space to vent about how HARD it is the parent this age and have them (or their friends) read my mama worries and struggles.  It's different when they're six, or seven or nine...but this middle school age?  Oy vay.

So here's a little something funny for your Sunday afternoon.  (Trust me, the funny is coming. I just have to give you a little back story first.)

I've had migraines for a few years now.  The kind where you have to pull your car over and vomit on the side of the road.

But they've increased in the past few months.  And then I had two that lasted multiple days within weeks of each other.  Unheard of, for me.  So I went to the immediate care when my regular doctor moonlights, and got shots.  But he wanted to send me for a CT Scan the next week just to make sure there wasn't anything more going on.  (CYA, people, CYA)

I didn't worry about or think anything more of it, went to the hospital, had the scan and went on my merry way.

My doctor called me 3 days later and told me that everything looked great BUT...

my frontal cortex was misshapen.  The shape of it was indicative of septo optic dysplasia, but that I had no other symptoms of this.  Since it was flagged, it felt like I needed to go to the neurologist.  Purely as a precaution.

Again, I didn't worry.  Didn't think any more of it.

I went to the neurologist this week.

Have I mentioned how I have a ridiculous sense of humor in inappropriate situations?  I do.  It's why Chris doesn't like going to serious places with me - like the doctor's office.

The nurse called me back and went through all the paperwork with me.

Then the nurse practitioner came in and did the full exam.  We were together for about 40 minutes.  I felt like we had bonded.

So when she said..
Nurse:  I'm going to finish filling out your chart.  Dr. Smith will be in in just a minute.
Me:  Dr. Smith?  Oh, no, I scheduled an appointment with Dr. Derek Shepard.  (with puzzled look on my face)
Nurse:  Oh. Um, we don't have a Der...Wait a second!

And then we erupted in laughter.

At the door, she turned around and said, "And Derek Shepard is a neuro surgeon,  not a neurologist!"

I could hear them all laughing hysterically at the nurses station.  I had a smug, my work here is done, feeling and wished I could have left right then.

The actual doctor came in, asked a whole lot of questions and went over a few things.

When my general practitioner said my frontal cortex was misshapen, what he meant to say was that there is no division between the left and right side of my brain.  Yep, that's right, I'm whole brained!

Exciting, right???  But also odd and now I have to have an MRI.

More than likely this isn't causing the migraines.  It would also have been something that I was born with and this is just a random finding.

However, I am using it ALL.THE.TIME. now!

Oh, I don't know if I can do the laundry, you now, my brain isn't divided.
You need me to pull books for you?  Not today.  My brain is misshapen.
Nope.  Can't do it.  No divider in my brain.

My MRI is coming up and I'll keep you posted.

Who would have thought?  Not me.  But then again, my brain is misshapen, so....


Sunday, July 21, 2013

Brickyard Buffalo

Hi, Friends!  Well, this has (apparently) been the lamest blogging summer ever.  Seriously.  BUT, if you are really ever missing me, you should follow me on Instagram - @ikeandco.  I am super good about instagramming.  (Is that a word?  I think it might just be!)

So, some pretty big news...

I'm having my first IKE & CO deal over at Brickyard Buffalo in the morning (9 MST, 11 EST)!  The girls there have been so wonderful to work with and I am really excited about being able to offer a great deal on some great IKE & CO pieces!  Yay!

There are a (really, really!) limited number of each item that I am offering, so if strikes your fancy, you should jump on it!

And just for a little hint....  ;)