Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Cookies for the Sick Boy Away At College

My son is sick. And he's 700 miles away. My baby boy. Sick. Away at college. Talk about feeling helpless! Thankfully he is not 3,000 miles away like some of my friends kids away at college. Nick was home from college for Thanksgiving last week. We had a wonderful time together and he had a wonderful time seeing his girlfriend and his friends. We went to my in-laws for Thanksgiving dinner in the afternoon. It's always super loud there with about 20 people. Then we went to my mom's house for another dinner in the early evening with another 10 people. With lots of pie and yummy Lincoln Log and of course, lots of Thanksgiving cookies. When we got home, I had a blasting headache and Nick said he had a really bad headache too. We figured it was just all the loud activities. We both took Tylenol. My headache went away almost immediately. Nick's headache stayed. 

The weekend was a flurry of activities with Nick's friends and girlfriend. On Saturday night, Nick said that his headache was still really bad. I was really surprised. We are not headache people. I checked his temperature. 102.2. Oh, okay that makes more sense, he's sick. Then he mentioned he also had chills and his neck was sore. Um. Those are signs of Meningitis. Scary. We made sure he could touch his chin to his chest and move his head side to side. We called a doctor friend of ours. Nick was flying out in the morning to go back to his dorm. We got his fever down a little bit and in the morning he was feeling better. He flew back to college.

All the symptoms came back along with the fever. We asked Nick to go to the school nurse on campus. He went first thing in the morning, skipping two of his classes which he has never done before. They gave him a blood test to check for infection for Meningitis. Negative. Thank you God. Then they tested him for Appendicitis because his abdomen was sore during the exam. That test took a lot longer. Basically most of the day was spent pacing 700 miles away while Nick was quite sick. Finally the test result came back - negative. Thank you God again. So that means that it is just a virus infection and will work it's course. Nick missed a couple classes and caught up on sleep. Also drinking lots of water and taking ibuprofen. He's getting better.

The experience showed me that I'm mush. Yep, mush. It also taught me that Nick is responsible, capable, on top of it. He's one of those "everything's fine" kind of kids and I worried that he wouldn't take it seriously and Meningitis can be deadly. He didn't delay. He took his medicine, drank tons of water, went to the doctor, slept extra. He's a good and responsible boy. Thank you God. And the school did a great job in caring for Nick and they wanted to see him again the next morning and again to follow up in 2 weeks. Angels.

I'm sending Nick a care package in the next day or two. They are not these cookies as I made these for someone else a couple months ago, but they are more relevant so I'm finally posting them today :-)

Get well soon Nick. Love, Mom

I posted my concerns for Nick on my Facebook page and a whole ton of people were praying for Nick while we waited for the test results. Thank you so much everyone for the support. Nick is doing better!

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Thursday, November 22, 2012

What Are You Thankful For?

I have so much to be thankful for. So very much. My first granddaughter was born almost 4 months ago. I just got back from the airport to pick up my son from college to visit for family time during Thanksgiving. My daughter comes to my house almost every day and shares in the cookie decorating obsession with me. My step-daughter and I have a loving and wonderful relationship together. I have a good man for a husband and family that loves me and friends that are always there for me. Lots to be thankful for. What about you? What are you thankful for? 

I made a whole bunch of Thanksgiving cookies. I didn't think I would have time to make any because I've been working super hard on a project, but I can't imagine showing up at a family holiday without cookies. Most people would just make a few turkeys or leaves and be done with it. But we already know that I'm not a normal person. I do most things to the extreme. So I stayed up til 3am two nights in a row and made 60 Thanksgiving cookies in 21 designs and I made myself 8 new cookie cutters too!

I made some cute little Indian girls. I'm so in love with this one. I see changes that I will do next time in decorating her, but I still love her anyway.
and Indian boys
Pilgrim girls
and Pilgrim boys
Pilgrim and the Mrs.
and fun turkeys with a pilgrim hat
 Eat Ham
a tree just for my mom. I think she'll really like this
and one lonely little pilgrim owl. I thought of my friend Heather when I made this
and then more turkeys (these were made from a seashell cookie cutter)
and you know, more turkeys
and of course, more turkeys
and even more turkeys
 and then sorry turkeys, but... a turkey dinner
and turkey drumsticks
some yummy corn and maize
and then we move onto dessert and have pies
and more pies
and an apple because you know, it's the Fall.
We can't forget the pilgrim hats - yaa I know they are actually cowboy hats, but I tried
and of course some fall leaves
I didn't get a photo of them all together, but I did get a fun photo of them in my cupboard waiting for Nick to get home and see them
4 of the things that I'm most grateful for: My daughter Mellissa and granddaughter Abigail
My daughter Sarah
and my son Nick (and my Eddie too!)
Okay my kids are home. Life is soooo good. I hope YOU have a wonderful and thankful day too! 

and my beautiful friend, Lisa, with her platter of Thanksgiving cookies

Here's the question of the day: I'd love to know which of these Thanksgiving cookies is your favorite and also what you are most thankful for this season.

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Monday, November 19, 2012

Mickey Mouse - He's All Ears

Did you know it was Mickey Mouse's birthday yesterday? Yep. So I gave him a little party. Just a little one, but a party none-the-less. And I decided to invite his girlfriend, Minnie Mouse along for the fun.
Mickey Mouse
Minnie Mouse

and here's a variety of Mickey cookies that I've made in the past too
Basic Mickey Mouse
Detailed Mickey Mouse
 Basic Minnie Mouse
 Detailed Minnie Mouse
Full Body Mickey Mouse
 Mickey Mouse Shorts
Mickey Mouse Gloves
 Mickey Stars
Small Mickey Ears
Mickey Mouse Ears Hat
So Happy Birthday to Mickey Mouse! M-I-C-K-E-Y M-O-U-S-E, Mickey Mouse, Mickey Mouse, Forever let us hold our banner high!

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