May 20, 2014

Bubble Wrapped

Growing up Mom could always tell when I was growing. I'd wind up with a ton of bruises on my shins because I would trip going up our stairs (I got really clumsy). I knew it was true and thought I'd grown out of it. after the past week I've had, I'm starting to wonder if I should expect my height to change! I'm also investing in bubble wrap because that's the only way I'll keep myself safe!

Last Wednesday I was trying to be a "good wife" and cook some bacon for my husband. I put one piece in, turned to grab another and pop! Bacon grease splattered my shirt and pants. I pulled them off right away but I burned my belly and a small spot on my leg. The one on my belly ended up blistering despite putting cold water and a nice pack on it immediately. My husband informed me that the burn looks like a certain male appendage. Really cute, right?

Fast forward to the weekend and we are back home in Northeast Iowa. I walk to our shed to throw something away. Gage came flying in out of nowhere and knocked my legs out from under me. Trying to keep myself from nailing my head on something, I went down back first. I caught the middle of my back on some screws sticking out of the door frame. I knew it was bad! At first the cut looked small but when we changed the gauze on Sunday, it was pretty big. It's in a spot on my back that I lean against when I lean on anything so it's been pretty painful. 

Sunday afternoon I joked about wondering if I could hurt myself again before the weekend was over. Should have kept my mouth shut! After taking some pictures for my mom and dad, we stopped to go shopping. I was walking around and stubbed my pinky toe on the leg of a clothes rack. Pretty normal! I checked and it looks like just a baby cut, not really even bleeding. I walked around the corner and it felt funny. I look down and my toe was gushing blood. Enough that in the time it took to get a bandaid and a paper towel, it had pooled up on my shoe and dripped all over the floor. The cut is so small but for some reason it bled all over.

I have been extra careful and I made it through yesterday without hurting myself. Then this morning at work my boss' dog hurt his foot. In the few minutes it took me to change nanny bebe'a diaper, he had tracked blood all over the first floor, on both the rugs, on a pillow, and both of his dog beds. It took 20 minutes to clean up the floor!

I've had enough blood and injuries for one week! I will spare you from seeing pictures of all the wounds but they're pretty gnarly. Needless to say, this is why I could never be a nurse or doctor. Thankfully none of mine involved the ER but you never know when it could happen! I've never had stitches, broken a bone, or had to spend time in a hospital and I hope that won't change any time soon!

What's the worst injury you've had? Were you clumsy when you were growing?

Love,
Mandy

May 13, 2014

The Happiness Project

So lately I've been reading a lot of books. It's the perfect weather to just relax and read a book without being too hot or cold! I mean, I've read more books in the past month than I had in the past two years! Some were books I'd been wanting to read forever (Dear John, Safe Haven, etc) and some were self-help type books on subjects I'm really interested in. Last week we were walking through the book aisle in Walmart looking for a coloring book (because I'm a two year old) and I spotted the Happiness Project.

I'd heard about this book a few times and wanted to read it. Normally I'd just check it out at the library but I bought this one. Sometimes it's nice to buy the book so you can write in it while you're reading it! Plus, I like adding to our tiny book collection from time to time. Haven't heard of it? Well it's basically about spending a year focusing on different areas of your life that you believe control your happiness. Areas that you'd like to improve so that you'll be happier.

I'm about 1/3 of the way through the book and I love it so far. When M saw it on the table, he said "aren't you happy?" He looked pretty worried! I am very happy but I think we could all be a little happier! It's making me look at what really makes me happy in my life. Sometimes the things I think control my mood really don't matter all that much!

I'll check back when I'm finished with the book to let you know what I think!

What are your favorite books? What makes you happy? Have you read the Happiness Project?

May 6, 2014

Lately.

Sometimes readjusting to life is hard. My husband is finally back home "for good" as many people have put it but that doesn't mean it's all sunshine and roses. In fact, quite the opposite! I lived by myself for almost 6 months and so did M (well, he lived with other people but you get what I mean).  I didn't realize it until after he came home but I picked up some pretty intense cleaning habits while he was gone. I was lonely so I filled my time with cleaning. Some days/weeks I left it a mess but for the most part, I cleaned like crazy.

When M came home, he kept telling me to relax and leave the mess for later. I would get so frustrated because I thought the reverse. Clean the mess now and then you can relax all you want! I couldn't stop myself. I finally agreed to "leave it for later" but on the inside the mess was stressing me out. I was trying not to bring up the mess or nag at him for help because I didn't want to start a fight. He had just come home, it was supposed to be a happy time not a stressful one. I finally got to the point where I just sat down and cried. Not one thing set it off but it just built up until I couldn't hold it in. We sat down and figured out a new cleaning routine that would help solve the problem.

It's hard to let go of the way things used to be. He came back and I thought everything would go back to the way it was before he left. So did he. That's not fair though! We weren't the same people; how could you be after all the changes. We need to find our new normal. The new way of doing things that keeps us from being stressed. Life tends to change on you and there isn't much you can do to stop it! Here we are, knee deep in the mess just trying to figure it all out and all I can think of is how much I love him. To me, that's all that matters! As long as that love for him is still there, I know we will figure it out eventually.

So if you've been wondering what the Hansons have been up to lately, here a little snippet of our lives the past few weeks!



Love,
Mandy