Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Painting Projects

Guess who's been playing Craft Time at the Looney Bin again??  If you answered Heather, you're actually wrong this time!  Poor Picasso Brett has been slaving away with the paint brushes trying to keep up with Heather's decorating demands.  (And they ain't been one-coaters either)

Pick a brush, any brush!
Because paint & pregnancy don't really mix, it was Brett's turn to get his hands dirty.  Good thing the man's got skillz!  

Here's a sample of his handy work: 

Project #1:  Behold the $40 Craigslist dresser find.  It started out a lovely mix of white/peach/green.

FYI:  When you live in a two bedroom apartment (and it's freezing cold outside) there's not much space for big projects.  Not being able to get to the refrigerator was a good excuse for take out three nights in a row.  

Luckily, it turned out ok...even if Heather's Pinterest inspired stenciling design didn't work.  The body of the dresser is a matte black and Brett ended up doing the handles in the shiny black paint.

But the cutest part is what's inside...

Project # 2:  The $10 Craigslist rocking chair.  This one was already black and just needed a couple of more coats to perk it up.  Throw a $6 Ikea seat cushion on there and we're really gonna be rockin' & rollin' in style!

Project #3:  The Green Monster.  Ok, ok, it's really just a green wall.  Kermit the Frog wasn't kidding when he said "It's not easy being green."  It's also not easy finding the perfect shade.  You don't want to be to over powering, but at the same time, you don't want it to look like something that came out of Chickadee's diaper...which is exactly what happened the first go around.  

Good thing the second shade worked...'cause Brett was juuuuuuust about all painted out by that point.  Or at least so he threatened.  Stay tuned for final project photos!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Mr. Ed Update: On the Road to Recovery

Mr. Ed calling the Hogs
at the 2010 Liberty Bowl
It's been an exciting couple of days around here...well, actually the excitement has been in Missouri, but the ripple effects of recent events can be felt from thousands of miles away.

To bring everyone up to speed:  Heather's dad, Mr. Ed, suffered a significant heart attack while at home in Qulin, Missouri on January 26th.  After a full day of substitute teaching for the Twin Rivers School District, Mr. Ed came home and had a bowl of heart healthy Cheerios as a snack (how's that for irony?).  After a quick phone call to remind Heather's mother Phyllis to pick up some more milk on her way home, he was overcome with chest pains.

An urgent call back to Phyllis resulted in a call to neighbors Josh & Holly Johnson (Holly & Heather were BFF's in school).  Thankfully, Josh & Holly were able to get to Mr. Ed quickly.  Holly made a mad dash to the local Dollar General store for aspirin that helped save Mr. Ed's life.  In the meantime, Phyllis, neighbor Dennis Whitlow and family friend Danny Sentell were all there by the time the ambulance arrived to transport Mr. Ed to the Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center...nothing like a party, right?

Mr. Ed was in luck with good care from the hospital.  He was transferred to the University of Missouri Hospital in Columbia, Missouri where he underwent quadruple bypass surgery.  Mr. Ed recalls the five hour ambulance ride from Poplar Bluff as a recon mission to check out the newest school to join the SEC.

The heart attack left Mr. Ed with damage to the front of his heart.  Doctors used a vein from his leg and one from his chest to repair the damage during the five hour surgery.  Thankfully, Phyllis had the company of coworker & friend Candy Gabel during this time (Candy lives in the Columbia area).

Taking a spin around the hospital
We knew things were going good when Phyllis received a phone call from Mr. Ed just hours after his breathing tube was removed (at 4:00 a.m.) asking where she was and could she bring him his cell phone.  Although he spent a good amount of time in the ICU, it wasn't long before he was up and walking laps in the hall as part of his recovery.

Mr. Ed got to go home after 9 days in the hospital.  He looked like he had been in a cat fight and lost!  We know his recovery was sped along with the thoughts and prayers of our friends and families.  The outpouring of encouragement and support via Facebook, texts and phone calls was overwhelming and we are blessed to know that so many people care.  We are especially thankful to those who lent a helping hand to our family during this particularly stressful time, especially since we couldn't be there ourselves to do so.

As his recovery at home continues, we want to thank everyone for their well wishes and support and want to warn you:  Mr. Ed promises to be the loudest when calling the Hogs from now on.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Prayers for Jordan

**Warning - some images may be graphic **

We got news that our brother-in-law, Jerry Jordan, was involved in a terrible car accident last night while on his way home from coaching a basketball game.  An intoxicated driver behind the wheel of a Ford F-150 blew through a stoplight at the intersection of Pineville-Matthews Road and Johnston Road in Charlotte just after11:00 p.m.  The driver of the F-150 t-boned Jordan's Infinity, sending his car into a utility pole.

Local news stations, CBS affiliate WBTV and NBC affiliate WCNC, both reported on the accident.  Initially, Jordan's injuries were thought to be life threatening, but he was quickly stabilized while at the scene of the accident and did not have to be air evacuated.  The F-150 that struck Jordan was covered in "Kaiser Siding and Roofing" decals, although it's not yet known if the driver was an employee of the company.  Police did report finding pills inside the truck following the accident.

WBTV followed up with their coverage of the accident on their morning show.

Thankfully, Jordan made it out of the accident alive, but with several bumps and bruises and a deep gash just above his eye.  He had to be cut out of his car...this is what's left of his vehicle.

It's scary to think how much worse this terrible accident could have been.  We ask our readers to please keep Jordan in their thoughts and prayers as he recovers.  It truly is a miracle that he's alive.

* Images courtesy WCNC, WBTV & Jordan family