It's Been A While

Posted by: cheryl

I have been quite busy.  I got to thinking about the last time I posted and could not believe it's been 3 months already.  A lot has happened in 3 short months.
In July, Ritzy's mom was not doing well so we made a quick unexpected trip to Appleton, WI. The day we got there we stayed with her and decided to spend the night with her.  It was a good decision because she passed just after midnight with Ritzy and I with her.
WE arrived home, got busy again and I had to take another trip to the emergency room because of my afib condition.  stayed in there a couple of days before being cardioverted and sent home.
I have decided that added stress, not drinking enough water and not getting good rest attributes to me having these attacks.
I have since got my cpap machine, it seems to be working in that i don't feel the tiredness like before.  it's taking some getting used to, but I am doing ok.  The daughter also informed me that I was just gonna be "ni-maw" and not a regular babysitter.  I can't tell you the relief I felt, although I would do it for them.....but I now know it may not be the best choice for me. 
The boys started Pre-K this year and they seem to like it.  I cannot believe how big they are getting.  Little brother is growing like a weed too.  I like to surprise them, by going with their mom to pick them up and taking them out to eat sometimes.
Ritzy is just walking in the door after being gone for the last 8 days.  The Baptist Disaster Releif Kitchen team went to Baton Rouge to help out with efforts going on down there after the historic flooding in Louisiana.
Well I better get off here and visit with Ritzy.........................
til another day......Ritzywife out.................................... 


Posted by: cheryl

At 9:11 a.m. on 5.25.2016 our third grandson was born.  He is a see for yourself:

Dawson Duke Fuller
                                                       His brothers think he is a keeper too...

Calvin, Braedy & Dawson
Ni-maw and P-pa are so happy and blessed to have these 3 boys in our lives.
That's the good for the not so good news.  Last time I posted things were going pretty well till later that night at 11:30 pm   I awoke from sleep with a racing heart again.  I could not get it to slow down....I was thinking - oh no not another a-fib attack.  Well I waited til 7 the next morning and called my mom to take me to hospital.  That little trip turned into a 9 day hospital stay.  After trying to get things corrected with medicine at Owasso St Johns, they decided I was going to have to go to Tulsa.  So on Saturday May 14th I was taken by ambulance of course to Tulsa.  On Tuesday May 17th I was cardioverted back into normal rhythm, taken off my present medications and started on a new one.  Because of the new medication, I had to stay in hospital 3 days to be monitored to make sure medication was safe.  Finally on Friday, May 20th I was released.  We go to the Sam's in Owasso to fill my new prescription and they don't have it and................ neither does anyone else around.  I call the hospital and they have to get the Dr. to rewrite the prescription to a different type.  Same medicine just difference in prescription.  Confusing---yes!!!  All this going on and I am just out of the hospital already feeling the anxiety of having to be back in there and they can't locate my medicine.....I was thinking - how in the world am i going to handle this.   But I did.  And remember.....we had planned to keep boys while their mama was in hospital giving birth to baby brother......and this is only 5 days away....................................
Well their nana had to end up keeping them for a couple of days. Ritzy and I kept them after mama, daddy and new baby came home for a couple of nights.  It was a little rough, but the boys were good and we made it...Praise God!!!!
I have a check-up with my regular Dr. this morning.  I am going to take the long way home to go visit that new baby and those two grandsons.  I am ready for a quiet uneventful summer.  I am still dealing with a little bit of anxiety about what just happened, but time will take care of that, I just have to remember that.......
And.......................we have not hardly seen the sun this past month.  I am getting a little tired of the cloudy days.  I want/need the sunshine, that would help tremendously!!!
Ritzywife out..................................................................................

I'm Still Here

Posted by: cheryl

Gee, things got a little busy around here.  I have been fishing, babysitting, taking care of the home, well, you get the picture....and.....I started going to a salon that has toning tables with my mom.  I started because I thought those tables would help stretch my back and stop some of the pain I have been experiencing since my 2 falls last year.  They do help me get limbered up and feel good too.  The only thing is-----it sure is a LOT of running around and that is just not for me.  We are expecting that 3rd grandson in 2 weeks or less.  Now there is some running around I am looking forward to ;-)
His older brothers have been keeping me (Ni-maw) busy too.  We have had so much fun playing, watching tv, and just goofing off together.
Back to the fishing.............I haven't really caught that many this year.....the lake has come up due to rain, the temp of the water was not exactly right for the spawn.  But that doesn't mean we have not ate our fill of crappie.  My brother or nephew would call and tell me they had anywhere between 8-20 fish at a time that they did not want to clean on any given night and I would tell them to drop them off.  Sometimes it would be right after my shower, but that didn't stop me from cleaning those fish and then taking another shower, haha!!!
Here is a bucket of fish my brother left me on one Saturday morning......Calvin is holding the fish and Braedy is just not sure he wants any part of it, haha!!

 If accepted, these two will start pre-school this next fall.  I am not sure Ni-maw is ready for that.  They are smart little "cookies".   They were telling me their ABC's the other day and counting to 10.
About these two...........We were driving to Ni-maw's the other day and there were railroad workers repairing the railroad going thru Oologah and the boys asked what they were doing and I proceeded to tell them they were replacing the "ties" and rock so the train would stay on track.  They asked why it was called a railroad and I told them that was the road for the train and it was made with rails so the train could go over it.  I then told them there was a song about working on the railroad.  Well, I taught them the whole song and they love it.  In fact, the daughter said they sing it all the time.  She said "thanks mom".......
We get to the "dinah won't you blow" part and Calvin and Braedy both say -  "Ni-maw, this is my favorite part".....(I love it)!!!!  When we are together you can bet we are going to be singing that song 5-6 times at least...haha!!
Geez, I have a lot of "stuff" to get done today so I recon I will catch you later.
Ritzywife out....................................


Posted by: cheryl

Yup, you got it, today is Ritzywife's birthday.  This makes #57.  I can't believe it's already here again.
Ritzy has been trying to get me to tell him where I would like to go eat out to celebrate.  I have not been able to come up with anything............til this morning.  I got to thinking what would make me happy and it was clear to me that being around  my family makes me happy.  I decided a nice steak dinner at home with those I love most would make me the happiest.  So, we are going to have a steak dinner, sit by the pitfire and make smores with the grandsons (if they get to come over).
It doesn't take fancy places or things to make me happy.....I love my family and I love spending time with them, especially those two little boys.  That's the perfect birthday celebration for--- Ni-maw, Ritzywife, Cheryl........
We are patiently waiting for the arrival of the newest addition to this clan.  just a few more weeks and the boys' little brother will be here.  I have a big box full of clothing, bedding, feeding items just waiting for him.  Not gonna be caught off guard, haha!  I even have my car seat and stroller......  All this baby is gonna need is diapers and wipes.  But then again, i think they are having a diaper shower for him in a couple weeks.  He is gonna be just fine ;-)  All we have to do is sit back and relax and wait for him to make his appearance to his family that already loves him so much!!!
We just need Mama & Daddy to settle on a name, haha!!!
On to other "stuff"..............Last night  North Tulsa and close to Owasso was hit by a tornado.  It was on the ground for a long time, not a powerful one but it was still a tornado.  During the forming of this thing that we were watching on t.v. I get a text from my daughter saying she and hubby and boys are in the Owasso Home Depot just 3 miles North of where this thing is (and...... she only has 2% of her battery life left on her phone), with the Owasso sirens blaring.........  I start to panic just a bit.  I keep texting her where it is, I take pictures of it on tv and send them to her........... They were all ok after it was all over, but I think Ritzywife, Ni-maw had a few more gray hairs.   There was also a strong storm to our north up in Nowata county, where I had just been a couple hours earlier attending a family member's memorial service.  I am glad that bad weather held off for a while!!    We seem to have been in between both those very strong storms...........ought to be thankful, I reckon.......
The boys were talking to me this morning and they thought it was fun and exciting.........whew!
I am still waiting on the weather to cooperate so the crappie will start coming in to the bank where I do all my fishing.  In the meantime brother, who goes in a boat has been catching crappie and has brought me some when he just catches a few, i do not mind cleaning them at all...........and boy were they good eating.  Thanks little brother!!!
Gonna make it a great day.....Ritzywife out..........................



Posted by: cheryl

As I was reading some Facebook posts this morning, I was reminded of something I learned a few years ago.
As life goes on, there are good times, bad times, blah get the picture.  Well during one of the more stressful times in my life I was sitting in my living room praying and the front door was open.  I was enjoying a beautiful sunny day.  I was focused on my problems, but as i was sitting in my chair and looking out the door at the beautiful cloudless sky,  God revealed to me that.... yes, I was going to have these kind of days but the reality was - the sun will rise and set tomorrow just like it did today....... the day after that and the day after that and so on..........your problems are only temporary so don't focus on them.  Focus on ME/GOD, that sun is going to come up tomorrow just like it did today and it is not "the end of the world".......and you know that little fact is something that we can take comfort in.  Our problems are real.... but they are only here for a short while and while they may rock the little "world" around us, but with thankfulness I can say... the big picture reality,  the real world is held in place by it's Creator.  We just need to trust our lives to his control.
I am not saying that every thing is gonna be "peachy", cause it's not.........I am saying that whatever we go through we don't have to go through it alone.  HE wants us to cry, let off steam, get angry,....if HE didn't HE would not have built those emotions in us.  BUT.......the main thing is that we are to lean on HIM and trust HIM to get us through life.  I am not saying it's gonna be easy, cause it seems so unnatural to just let go of everything that we feel we need to hold on to.  This has helped me so much to be able to see beyond the problem or heartache at hand and focus on getting to where I can live my life the way HE wants me to live it and sometimes we have to remind ourselves daily of this little tidbit of information.
Ritzywife out............................................................................

Love Those Grandsons.....

Posted by: cheryl

I spent yesterday watching those grandsons because their mama was busy working.  We were playing "catch" with small footballs and basketballs.  They both have pretty good arms on them....
We watched some T.V., then it was time for lunch.  I warmed up a pizza that I had brought from home.  I liked to have never convinced them that they could not eat it frozen, haha!  They like cold leftover pizza...YUK!!!   Well after lunch we played, talked, watched some more tv.  I had forgot about a couple of pkgs of those club crackers that I had gotten at a Sam's kiosk when the son and I were there last weekend, so I asked the boys if they wanted them and of course they did.  I had to leave the room, soon after leaving  I heard Calvin running to his room crying.  Braedy and I went to him and asked him what was wrong and he said "get outta here, I don't want to talk".....Well.........after a few tries I finally got it out of him that he was crying because he had eaten all of his crackers and there weren't any more.  I of course told him that Ni-maw could fix that little problem, and go get him and brother some of those crackers when their mama got home.  "I had to go to Sam's anyways for a couple of other items" That seemed to do the trick and he quit crying.  And does help that Sam's is only 4-5 miles from their house.  Well mama got home and Ritzywife headed to Sams.  I came back with those crackers and all was well with their world again.
They were jumping on the trampoline so I walked up to it so I could give them a hug and a kiss.  Well Braedy was first and as he was kissing Ni-maw bye he said "Ni-maw, you're my best buddy",  I told Braedy that was so sweet and that made Ni-maw happy.  As I was telling Calvin bye he wanted to pucker up to give me a kiss.  After that he said "Ni-maw, I just love you so much"....I told Calvin that made Ni-maw's heart happy.  Those little boys, as all kids, have so much love to give.  Yes.....they have their moments when you want to pull your hair out, but they are only growing and discovering themselves and the "world" around them.
Ni-maw must be doin' something right  ;-)
It's  times like this that make it hard for Ni-maw to leave.........even tho I had gotten there at 9 and it was now after 4.  Lucky for the son and Ritzy that I had put dinner in the crock pot before leaving.  That thing has kept us from going hungry so many times while I have been watching those boys over the past almost 4 years, hahaha!!!!
Now, shifting gears to another part of the day.  Bradey had gone to the potty and he was hollering for me to come wipe him. (His mama has informed me that he is fully capable) I go in there and ask him why I needed to when he is fully able  and he tells me "if I do it, I have to go to school"....... That was so cute, and I try to explain to him that he doesn't quite understand  that is not how it is.  The deal is - they will be starting pre-K in the fall of 2016....their mama has told them that they need to be able to "wipe" to go to school.  In Braedy's little mind, he's thinking  'If I wipe, I have to go to school'.......
 I told his mama  when she got home that he doesn't quite understand what she is trying to teach him...
Their 4th birthday is quickly approaching, and it's still hard to believe they are growing so fast.  They were liking "Paw Patrol" this time last year and just recently they are now hooked on "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles".......Boys do grow up, whether we like it or not........and it's only 4 more months till little brother makes his appearance.  Then we start it all over again :-)
With that, Ritzywife is out..................................................


Posted by: cheryl

We found out at last what Braedy & Calvin are getting....a little brother......yippee....3 boys!!
Plus the  whole handful of ornery that comes with having 3 boys in the home.
Watch out will be so much fun raising all those boys.  Their daddy also had two brothers while growing up and he has told us some of the situations those boys got themselves into and all I gotta say is LOOK OUT!!!
We finally got a bit of winter weather this past couple of days.  It's about time!!  Not hanging around long tho.  I sure hope the boys get to wear their snowsuits that we got them.
Ritzy was gone a few days last week with the Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief Team to wind up work in Yukon, Ok after that ice storm from a few weeks back.  He returned home Friday evening.  The boys spent the night with us on Saturday and attended Church with us Sunday.  So it was a full weekend.
Well, it's short today, I am cooking super right now and I have nothing else to say for now....(we all know that won't last long)
 Ritzywife out.......................................................