Sunday, October 20, 2013

A Pain in the Neck

I hurt my neck on Friday. The pain was so intense that two days later I still have to turn my whole body to look at someone. Brian jokes that I need one of those neck braces that old people wear. I find no humor in his annoying attempts to look at the bright side. However, as I was telling a friend at Cole's baseball game, I am not sure what hurts more; the actual pain in my neck or that I hurt myself simply reaching for something in my kitchen cabinet. In fact, I was not doing yoga or attempting back flips on the trampoline or anything remotely exciting. It was a simple elevation of my arm (my friend asked if I was reaching for chips or Oreos, it may have been an unconscious physical retaliation by my body to stop). 

So my pride hurts a bit more than my neck. I am slowly coming to the conclusion that I am unable to participate in certain activities without enduring potential bodily harm. I fell out of a tree last week in my attempts to impress the boys. I landed a giant goose egg on the back of my head, scrapes on my back and thighs and scared Cole shitless as he thought I was going to die. That was not the "cool mom" response I was going for. 

So I am going to take it easy this week, at least until I can move my head without wincing in pain. I do believe that saying that you are only as old as you feel, but damn this weekend I feel 80. I have taken a bit of a blow to my youthful mental self-image. I will keep icing, heating, taking Advil and smelling of Tiger Balm and Liquid Ice until I am back climbing trees and reaching for another Oreo on the top shelf.

Here are a few iPhone photos of what we have been up to the past few weeks. I have four family photo shoots scheduled over the next few weeks, so fun (non iPhone) photos to come!

Love & Light,
Stacy


Nolan's play dough.


Part boy. Part dog.


Nolan's school photo. Giddy up!


My new hobby.


Brian's venison jerky. I feel so guilty that I love it. Poor Bambi...


Cole passes out after a party with black from football still under his eyes.


My new favorite dinner hang-out.


The first day of sun after 5 days of rain. This was over Nolan's preschool. The actual scene was more breathtaking than a cell phone photo could capture.


Finally the  leaves start to show their true colors.



How we spend our Sundays when the grandparents visit!



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