Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Cy-Fair Pumpkins!!

My department at the hospital continues to amaze me! The hospital sponsored a pumpkin decorating contest for Halloween. Rules stated we couldn't cut or carve the pumpkin...and nothing scary or gory either since they would be displayed in the hospital on judging day. One of the contest organizers was quick to tell me that my group has "never really participated" in this event so was I "SURE" that I wanted one pumpkin for each group?? I thought....what the heck....let's give it a shot!(I hate when people DOUBT so easily!) SO--> I left each bunch a pumpkin the night before the event started slap in the middle of their "areas" with copies of the contest rules and a note from me that said "Your challenge is to create this pumpkin into something! My only stipulation is that we all HAVE FUN in the process! Good Luck!" I then left the bare little pumpkins' fate in the hands of my therapists and staff! (praying we would get at least a face drawn on some of them!)

WOW!! Was I THRILLED!!! AND SO PROUD!!! Not only did they all participate but they all GOT WAY INTO IT!!! It was definitely a week of teamwork & FUN with many laughs and LOTS of creativity! The icing on the cake is that we "cleaned house" when the awards were announced! We WON three of the four categories for the whole hospital! YAY SPORTS MED & REHAB!!!!!

Check out these hilarious medically themed pumpkins below:
Introducing Cy F. Banks from Wound care & Hyperbaric Medicine! This guy got the prize for "Best of Show"!! For those of you who may have never seen a hyperbaric chamber---that is what he is laying inside. Poor Cy even got a "staged" doppler study and real MD orders from his physician!
The official medical chart for Cy is what put him over the top! It was really funny! Check out his previous hospital stays! You may have to double click this pic to really see the chart. *LMAO*
Granny D. Licious from Outpatient Physical Therapy! She won "Best Medical" pumpkin
OT and Speech did a spoof on the Pain Scale! No prize for this one but it got a lot of laughs!
Meet Hal O. Cise! He is CRAZY for CARDIAC REHAB!! :) Hal won "Funniest" pumpkin!

Friday, October 23, 2009

They're still going...and going...and going

The boys just kept going and going! They tore down and built back our fence by the house. They replaced outdoor motion lights. It was terrific! I might have to give us a point with all this progress! So I think that would put us at: Malwitzs 1 -- House 7! *heehee*

Dad and I went on a fun thrift store spree! We found a few fun things to use decorating for the upcoming Christmas party!! OH YES--there is a loosely followed critical pathway! :)

I whipped up a YUMMY belated birthday dinner for Dad! Matt helped with amazing grill performance! I hated to see the visit come to an end! I never want to see my loved ones go back home.
My crew hard at work!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Dad to town--PROJECTS ABOUND!!

MANY MANY THANKS to my FABULOUS father!!! I don't know WHY I'm lucky enough to have him?? :) But I'm SURE glad I DO!!

Dad came for a little visit! I got an incredible surprise when I got home by a beautifully decorated porch!! Fall mums...pumpkins...& beautiful Crotons! Thanks for the surprise Dad! You ROCK!

He & Matt worked like crazy tearing down the hideous spa that graced our tiny backyard!! SO PLEASE participate in the quiz--> How many trash bags DO YOU think it took to put an entire 8' x 8' spa into so that it could be placed on the curb for garbage pick up?? OH YES--> the neighbors must be LOVING this one!! (Remember there is a bit of whackiness that runs in the family *ROFL*)


How many trash bags did it take? Anyone have a guess for me??

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Departure day...

It was a nippy morning when we left Wisconsin at 35 degrees...and we did it with two heavy hearts. Leaving family is never easy but this departure was especially hard. Prayers for healing & comfort will be near constant now.

We had a great trip! I really enjoyed getting to see this little town. If any of you want to find a true gem of a town hidden in the North Woods--you should make your way to Antigo, Wisconsin. It is full of my hubby's family history!

Matt is so blessed to have this close knit large family! I loved the tour...the experiences...the stories...the laughter...

Matt & his Mama :) This lady LOVES her boys!

Leaves of Gold

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Our visit to the North Woods!

We have had an amazing trip to Wisconsin so far!!! It has been wonderful to see all of Matt's family! Mama Bird and Aunt Mary picked us up when we FINALLY made it to Mosinee, WI around midnight! ACK!! We got to stay in the most comfortable little cottage of the Pineapple Princess! It was so great to soak up the goodness and vibe that is Matt's grandmother! Grandma Dodo is truly an angel with the sweetest smile. She is a beautiful person inside and out! We are so thrilled that we got to spend time with her visiting in the Hermann hometown of Antigo!

Aunt Mary hosted us in her FAB apartment for a fish fry! YUM! She set a gorgeous table and we had a really great visit! Auntie M TOTALLY rocks!

When I say the North Woods are incredible....WOW! Thanks so much to Uncle Bill for taking us trekking in the woods! [We missed seeing Kathy :( but will give her a little HI here!] It makes me realize how little season change we have down south to see the array of COLOR in the trees. (& we apparently missed the best time to see it!)

We also spent a fantastic evening with Uncle Gerry, Aunt Cathy, Kim & Carina via webcam!! I had my first Michelada which is hilarious if you think how close we live to Mexico....and my 1st taste was in Wisconsin! *LOL* We munched down some delicious brats & potato salad! The company was GREAT! We had a good time! Thanks so much you guys!! Ya'll are awesome!

I missed the snow by a day! Here is a sneak peek I found hiding by a lake!

I love moss! It's just so pretty, isn't it?

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Wisconsin Bound!

We are headed out to the north country today for a visit with Matt's family! We can hardly wait to see Grandma Dodo, Mama Bird & Auntie M!!! We hope to snag a quick HI to some of his Uncles & Aunties too! It is supposed to be COLD!!! BRRRRRRRrrrrrrr.......

Stay tuned for the details.....AND for the bloggy posts from last weekend with my favorite nephew!! :)

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Happy Birthday Dad!!

This is a birthday shout-out for my Dad!!!! He is quite possibly the BEST DAD IN THE WORLD!! Happy Birthday Dad!!! Hope your day was FABULOUS!!!! I love you!! :)

Let's make COOKIES!!! :)

For all of you who don't know....I LOVE LOVE LOVE cookie cutters and have been building a crazy collection of them for years! Since Andy was BORN...I have wanted to make cookies with him! *happydance* *clap* I GOT MY WISH!!! It was SOOOOOOOOO worth the wait!! Thanks SOOO much to my hubby who captured these moments forever on film! It was one of those experiences that make you want to freeze time because every second of it was fabulous!!! :)

He was really listening! Isn't that the sweetest?? I could NOT believe the attention span he had for this!!! 2 years old & Amazing!

Check out his bracelets!! So FUNNY! :) It took him a minute to be OK with the mess too!
Rolling out the dough...

Cutting out the shapes...
More cookie cutting....
SO proud of his cookies...! What a fun time!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Pumpkin Pickin'! Happy Fall!

Saturday found us at the pumpkin patch! It was a beautiful day! Sunny bright blue sky and just a hint of cool in the air! SIMPLY GORGEOUS!!! I was SO blessed to be able to spend it with my family! I think we all had a great time! Everyone that wanted to picked their very own pumpkin to take home....mine is the fairy tale pumpkin that is perfectly quirky! See--->always aspiring to be in dreamland!

Enjoy the pics!
My little bro, sweet SIL :) & their little man!

This was the HIT of the day! We had a supreme meltdown in order to literally tear him away from the slide! It was so much fun to watch him climb up with a literal LINE of older faster impatient kids behind him....but he wasn't backing down and made it to the top all by himself MANY times!! I LOVE his spirit! ALL ABOUT THE FUN!!

Taking a break for Aunt Ginny papparazzi while climbing in the piles of pumpkins! :)

We EVEN got to go on a HAYRIDE!!!!! It just isn't the full experience without a hay ride!! :)

Friday, October 9, 2009

YAY!! Andy & family are here!!!

My favorite little one came to see me!! He is all about doing it "myself" these days. He goes ninety miles an hour and loves to have a good time. His giggle is COMPLETELY infectious and his smile melts my heart! Can you tell I adore this kid?? I know I'm ridiculously smitten...but I love it!

I can't squelch the OT in I got some triangular crayons to see how he is doing in the fine motor skill department!! :) Check out the pics below--> beautiful developing tripod grasp in BOTH which will it be? A lefty like his Daddy? OR right dominant? (B-->which are you?) It was so much fun to watch him starting to name his colors...he still gets some of them confused but most are correct!! "Puuuuple...Geeeeen.....RED!!!"

Left? He says "Bown"....still working on those R's!!

Hmmmm....left again! Really in the pics I took it was an almost even use of left and right...

Doing really well with the right hand too!!

I couldn't resist sharing this one even though its a little blurry! Andy has had a fascination with Uncle Matt's hat since he was about 7 months old!! Two things have been constants since he was just a little baby....his joy from being buddies with Odie and his love of Matt's hat! He found it in the office and wasted NO time in popping it on his head--what a cutie!!! {Don't tell anyone but Uncle Matt LOVES this little obsession too!}