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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

So much has happened..

So much has happened since my last post I don't know where to start really, but I think I will start with what's most important! Well today is my eldest son's, my first born as I like to refer to him, 20th birthday. Here are some pics of him when he was only about 2 yrs old! His hair was so blonde and curly.

We are at the beach here and my brother decided to 'peg' him. I wonder if I could get to him to pose like this now?????

Ryan and me back then.

But this would have to be typical Ryan  growing up, (about 10 here) always pulling funny faces when the camera came out!

Ryan is in the middle at the back and my youngest son James as at the front looking away. The other 2 handsome boys are my nephews. This was taken about 3 yrs ago.
Ryan (now) is in the middle with the black shirt. Happy birthday son, seems like only yesterday I was wiping your bottom! lol!!

Ok, well, I can't believe I won Shannon's giveaway from 'Paint mine Pink'. I was so excited I can't tell you as I NEVER WIN ANYTHING!!!!  I am so looking forward to getting the gorgeous cupcakes she makes. I can't thank you enough Sam for drawing my ticket! yay! I am thinking of having my own giveaway before xmas so stay tuned.

My house extensions are nearly finished The builder has done his bit and the electrician was here yesterday. I am in the process of getting quotes for plastering so I am hoping they are reasonable otherwise it could be a job for me and hubby. Here are some pics.

The back. note new window on the side that was originally in the front in one of the bedrooms.

It still looks like I've plonked a second house infront of the first. I'm hoping once I've done the gardens and it's all painted one colour it will look better. The house looks so much nicer from the sides. I'm still very happy though as it has made such a difference to the inside. It looks so more spacious and open now. This picture is of the corner where I used to have my china cabinet and arm chair and lamp in the corner. That window used to let in so much sunlight. I will definately miss it, but it has to go.

I was so excited here, finally I can see what the house will look like and what effect the opening will make.
Well James just had to make an appearance, so much like Ryan! Now I can see my front door from inside!! Yay!!

My hallway from the new opening.
I will have french doors leading into my lounge room and it has  a cathedral ceiling. I wish my house had high ceilings but atleast I have one room now with a high ceiling that will accomodate my chandelier. If I can't have the whole cake atleast I can have a slice I always say! Those french doors lead to the back. Not that they will be used much. Thought I'd give you a sneak peak of my fireplace surround. This has been in storage for atleast 4 years and couldn't wait to see it again.

Also since my last post I went through a very scary ordeal. About a week ago late in the evening I was feeling very tired, which is nothing unusual these days. I decided I had better go have my shower and go to bed.  Well, while I was showering I started to feel dizzy and thought ok..., this will get better soon.... but instead of getting better it got worse and I felt I was like on a merry go round that didn't want to stop and the room was literally spinning in front of my eyes to the point I had to get down on my knees and call Fred. Well, he dragged me out of the bathroom onto the bed where I collapsed but I was still conscious and every movement made me sick and dizzy.  I didn't want to move or talk and I was breathing very heavy. I was like a rag doll basically. I was so scared I told Fred to call an ambulance whcih was an effort in itself.
Well to cut a long story short I ended up in hospital that night on a drip. They gave me a couple of injections for the dizziness, which didn't work and then they gave me something, don't ask me what, which I heard them say to Fred was something they give to cancer patients and was alot stronger. Throughout this whole ordeal I was also bringing up. (sorry about that).  I tell you I have never been so scared and prayed to God to get me through this. What the heck was happening to me?   About 7 am the next morning I could open my eyes without the room spinning. They said there was a bug going around and that I would be dizzy for a few days. They were right. Now is it just me or am I the only one that freezes in hospital? The only other times I have had to go to hospital is when I had my kids and even then I remember how cold I would be. I am feeling much better now, but I never want to go through that again.
   Take care of yourselves ladies, Maryann


Pink and Pretty Designs said...

Oh that sounds awful Maryann, I'm so glad to hear you are feeling better. Must have been so scary, its lucky that Fred was home with you.

Happy birthday to your son, what good looking boys you have!! I am about to turn 23 (not looking forward to it! lol).

Your home is coming along nicely, can't wait to see it when its all done! Congrats on winning Shannon's giveaway, enjoy those pretty cuppies!

Sheryn xox

Siobhan said...

Hi Maryann,

Happy birthday to the pegs :) He has turned into a fine young man.

Congrats on winning the giveaway too.

Love LOVE LOVE the extention...its looking fab! You will have to send me details on where you got your fireplace...looks amazing!!!

Siobhan xo

Alicia ~ Time Worn Style said...

Hi maryann, firstly happy birthday to your first born, bet he love the bottom wiping comment ha!!
House is looking fabulous, I would have been very excited about having that final wall come out, it looks great.
Awful about your hospital ordeal. what a strange thing to happen, it reminds me of the last time i was hospitalised with a migraine, same symptoms, couldnt stop throwing up room spinning etc. They diagnosed severe migraine and it scared the crap out of all of us, my eldest had to ring an ambulance. Right as rain the next day though if rather worn out. Very weird experience. Glad to hear you are feeling better!

Antique Rose Designs said...

Hi Maryann your house is looking great. How are you coping with the dust I hated it. I'm glad to hear that you are ok after your hospital visit. I can imagine it would have been very scary for you and your family. I remember the hospital being very cold when I had the kids I had to ask for extra blankets. Take care Carol

Natasha Burns said...

Hi Maryann, oh gosh what a scare for you! i'm so glad you're ok now but what a scary thing to happen.

Loving the house extension, it looks amazing!

Happy birthday to your son, love the peg pic, that's one for the 21st next year I'd think!

Gail McCormack said...

Happy Birthday to Ryan!
The big one next year!

Poor you Maryann, sounds very scary indeed. Hope you're OK now.

I think the house should look right once you do your garden, I was thinking if you didn't think it flowed together, you could put a verandah on the side section which would then join the two front verandahs on your new and old house - sorry if you've already thought of that

take care

mariondee-designs said...

Hi Gail, we will be putting a pergola/entertainment area at the back of the french doors, so I'm hoping that will do the trick.. thanks so much for your ideas, I really appreciate your input, the more ideas the better!!!!

our shabby cottage said...

The house is going to look fabulous Maryann. I like your choice of front doors too - we chose the exact same one!

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

Just wanted to pop around and when I saw your photo of this little cutie...I thought I would read what this post was about.

Adorable little one and a very handsome young man now :o)

Blessings & Aloha!
(Oh...also tried to add your giveaway button to my scrolling marquee, but it didnt work. It took me a little bit to figure out how to add the image, etc...(I still have a hard time sometimes figuring blog stuff out! as much as I think it is awesome that others are able to change their blog look/background, etc...I have remained the same pretty much since our daughter go t me started on my blog!).


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