Beans, beans, beans

I feel like I'm on a wagon train, a cowboy camp out, or a cattle drive with all the beans I've been eating morning, noon, and night. On Friday I had what turned out to be a gallbladder attack and ended up in the ER. The pain was really bad! My sister told me that if I will eat beans several times a day for the next few weeks it will get rid of the gallstones and help my gallbladder get better. Something about the soluble fiber... So I have been eating beans for 3 days. This is not an easy thing to do. Pintos are not so appetizing first thing in the morning...and then for lunch...and then for a snack....and then for dinner...

Apparently, these attacks are rather common during pregnancy and especially around the 12 week mark when the placenta kicks in and there is some kind of hormone dump into the mom's system. Sometimes this can clog up the gallbladder. As my sister put it, the beans are little scrubbers that go in and clean everything out.

So what's on the menu here at the chuck wagon? That's right! You guessed it, partner. Beans. Beans as far as the eye can see. Yee-haw.


Saying "Good bye" :-(

Nothing was better than visiting cousins when I was growing up! I had a few cousins close to my age on both sides of the family and none of them lived in the same state as we did, so getting together was a rare and special event. In fact, it was way more exciting than birthdays or any holiday (to me). We would play and play- squeezing every moment of fun out of our visits- knowing it would be way too long before we would see each other again. Then, when the sad moment came to say good bye, it was so hard to do.

My children are blessed to have their cousins living right down the street. Even then, they get sad when it's time to go home. But this past weekend Sunny got a taste of a truly difficult good bye. Her second cousin was in town. They are only months apart in age and had great fun together. But, of course, the visit was too short and before we knew it, it was over. I know exactly how they felt. Watching them hug and try to plan for the next visit brought back all those memories of not wanting to let a dearly loved cousin and true friend go. It's so speacial to have each other and now they can look forward to future adventures- matching outfits and all!