Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Ok, so I've totally ignored my blog, and become addicted to facebook instead! I now miss my blog and shall add my two cents back into bloglandia soon. Or bore readers with some witty dialogue, or anecdote, or a photo that I find particularly wonderful. I sure do enjoy it, and lovingly force my husband to read it.. claiming that if he doesn't, he "doesn't really know me" !
I probably will start tomorrow with some pictures of the snow that's falling outside right this very minute. You will see my children bundled in coats and hats, with red noses, and smiles of delight. You will see my husband and I grinning for a couple of "snow bunny" captions. And of course the dog, jumping up to catch the snowballs, with his black fur covered with white icy chunks.
It's all a likely prediction to happen very soon. In fact, they're all asleep and I've already ran out to start snapping my predictable photos.There's some of the home and the street with its new blanket of snow... and of course a couple of the dog since he was awake, and found the snow as exciting as I have!
I won't leave you waiting for long... in fact... I'll start now... I've made you all wait long enough! And I'm thinking all ready of a New Year's resolution to be a better blogger!
Saturday, November 22, 2008
( I've saved up some of my favorite from the last 2 months)
1) Maddy:" Mommy, your underwear are boring..."
Me: " Oh really, I didn't know they were boring"
Maddy: " Yeah they are... you need to get some with horsies on them!!"
2) Maddy brought home a pretty finger painting from school-swirls of golds, yellows and other light colors. I asked her, " what is this a picture of?" Very matter of factual she says... " inside of a burrito." In a totally 'DUH' like tone.
3) Maddy's best friend, Isla and family, were in Scotland for awhile and Maddy wrote a letter to send to her. I explained that we needed to go to the Post Office to make sure we put the right postage on, in order for the letter to go so far away.
Later that day upon pulling into the Post Office, Maddy says,
" So, this is Scotland ?? !! "
(mind you, I had spent much time showing her globes and pics of where Isla was...hmm, but that just doesn't compute in a 5 year olds mind...)
4) Riding home from school in the car:
Maddy: " We got to have tambourines for snack today!"
Me: ( after thinking hard for a moment), "Do you maybe mean tangerine?"
Maddy: " I dunno, but they were really good!"
5) In her class, as a teacher aid, I was sitting at the teacher's desk doing some work while having the wonderful opportunity of listening to the teacher and the class. This is what I heard:
(while reviewing after a story)
Mrs. Burnham: " So class, who can tell me what the Indian's made their teepee's out of?"
... and a few mins later:
Mrs. Burnham: " The Indian's used every part of the buffalo... what did they do with the fat ? "
Another child: "Cooking."
Maddy: "Macaroni and Cheese!!!!"
(and she was dead serious!!! I was dying... trying not to distract the class w my laughter!!)
Ok, I know... If you read my blog, I'm so sorry! I dropped off the internet planet for a few weeks! I also abandoned flickr, myspace, and email.... I was an equal opportunity "abandoner" ! I think I was just using my creative energy elsewhere... I painted some signs for friends, painted some things for the school, and painted two very large horses on my daughter's walls. I also made some jewelry,and cut out 30 little indian vests for Maddy's school feast. So my story is, my creative juices were taxed and there were none left for my online creativity! I updated flickr today, and have blog's planned for this week! So rest assured, I'm here this week for a bit of entertainment and peek into my life once again! :p
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Q: Should I have a baby after 35?
A: No, 35 children is enough.
Q : I'm two months pregnant now. When will my baby move?
A: With any luck, right after he finishes college.
Q : What is the most reliable method to determine a baby's sex?
Q: My wife is five months pregnant and so moody that sometimes she's borderline irrational.
A: So what's your question?
Q : My childbirth instructor says it's not pain I'll feel during labor, but pressure. Is she right?
A: Yes, in the same way that a tornado might be called an air current.
Q: When is the best time to get an epidural?
A: Right after you find out you're pregnant.
Q : Is there any reason I have to be in the delivery room while my wife is in labour?
A: Not unless the word 'alimony' means anything to you.
Q: Is there anything I should avoid while recovering from childbirth?
A: Yes, pregnancy.
Q : Do I have to have a baby shower?
A: Not if you change the baby's diaper very quickly.
Q : Our baby was born last week. When will my wife begin to feel and act normal again?
A: When the kids are in college.
'ESTROGEN ISSUES' 9 WAYS TO KNOW IF YOU HAVE 'ESTROGEN ISSUES' :
1. Everyone around you has an attitude problem.
2. You're adding chocolate chips to your cheese omelet.
3. The dryer has shrunk every last pair of your jeans.
4. Your husband is suddenly agreeing to everything you say.
5. You're using your cellular phone to dial up every bumper sticker that says: 'How's my driving- call 1- 800-____.
6. Everyone's head looks like an invitation to batting practice.
7. Everyone seems to have just landed here from 'outer space.'
8. You're sure that everyone is scheming to drive you crazy.
9. The ibuprofen bottle is empty and you bought it yesterday.
TOP TEN THINGS ONLY WOMEN UNDERSTAND :
10. Cats' facial expressions.
9. The need for the same style of shoes in different colors.
8. Why bean sprouts aren't just weeds.
7. Fat clothes.
6. Taking a car trip without trying to beat your best time.
5. The difference between beige, ecru, cream, off-white, and eggshell.
4. Cutting your hair to make it grow.
3. Eyelash curlers.
2. The inaccuracy of every bathroom scale ever made.
AND, the Number One thing only women understand:
1. OTHER WOMEN
Friday, October 24, 2008
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Thursday, October 16, 2008
An entire month dedicated to breast cancer awareness?! Donating to research, reminding ladies to do their monthly exams and get their," boobs smooshed" (mammograms), and raising awareness that this is happening to more and more women every year. Pink is symbolizing these women, and the slogans are many!! I have found EVERYTHING PINK, from candy wrappers, to laundry detergent, bracelets, to hair extensions! It really IS great isn't it?!
BUT..... why is it that this particular cancer is soooooo popular? I have not seen ONE store without some sort of pink something for the month of October. WHY is it that I have yet to see an entire month dedicated to colon cancer, which is very rampant among men and women? (you already know what color that ribbon/month would be!) OR... why is there not a month and a popular attention for prostate cancer? I'm thinking the women are really getting some unfair attention here. Is it the fact that breasts are sacred among society?! EVERYONE can get behind, "saving the Ta-ta's", (as I read on one shirt recently), but no one wants to ask the men if they've gotten their prostate checked?
SO, I hereby declare a day for the men out there! Today I'm going ," Blue for the Balls" !
I'm thinking of some slogans now..... how about "have you coughed lately?" I think we should, hear it for the boys!! Let's see some support for our men and their issues and strap on a blue ribbon. We should remind them all not to be testey and see their doctor every year too! I think we should print up some shirts encouraging them, "Don't be nuts! Get 'em checked!"
I think we can do this.... I think we can spread the attention to other parts of the anatomy.....
are BOOBS just that much more important????!!!!!!!
(I apologize in advance to my father, who reads this blog!!)
Tuesday, October 07, 2008
Monday, October 06, 2008
Thursday, October 02, 2008
Wednesday, October 01, 2008
Friday, the 19th, Gray began to have diarrhea. Saturday the 20th, he developed a fever. Sunday the 21st, in the afternoon, I called the nurse at our pediatricians office because he had the WORST diaper rash I had ever seen because of the constant diarrhea, and the diaper creams I had weren't working, so I was thinking possibly a yeast rash. At this point I really had thought at first he was teething, or just a little flu bug. The first clue I had is that the nurse was concerned about his hydration, and that he had an awfully high fever for it to be accompanied by diarrhea. We got him pedialyte, and juice, and new cream for his bottom, when about an hour or two later, upon him getting up from his nap, I opened a HORRIFIC diaper! In his diaper was blood, and chunks of flesh, obvious, internal flesh mixed with a mucous green sludge!! I ran to call the nurse back who immediately said to put the diaper in a ziploc and get him to urgent care. I was trying not to panic, and kinda resolved myself to thinking, he had just developed hemorrhoids that caused some blood, and it was not as big of a deal as I had initially thought. This just shows its time for an anti-diearrheal medicine. I honestly thought that was what we were going to urgent care for. At 5:30 I arrived at the Urgent Care center. ( urgent care is for those that need a doctor after hours, but are not necessarily in an emergency).
All the waiting begins!!!!!!!!!! We finally get seen, the Doc opens the diaper, and urgently says, "This is infectious diarrhea!" I have NO idea what he is talking about as he quickly is swabbing and sampling, and getting nurses. The nurses come back telling me they need blood drawn, and blood cultures, and I'm standing there is shock, asking what on earth is going on? I ask the Doc, " Are we talking rotovirus, or what are you saying here? " He starts in, " Where have you eaten this week, been around any farm animals, out of country, what pets do you have?!" This is a bacterial infection, we have to make sure its not in his bloodstream. A couple of hours later, and several horrible blood draws, he determines that Grayson is dehydrated, they can't get enough blood from him, and its time to go to the emergency room... it is now 9:30pm. I ask what he's getting at here, and he explains that Grayson needs IV fluids, we have to check his kidneys, and he needs to be admitted to the hospital. Sending me to the ER is the fastest way for all that to happen, he has called ahead and they are ready for us!
WOW!! I really thought we were coming in for the flu and some rash cream!!
We wait hours in the ER only for some idiot doctor who looked 14, to finally come and tell us, "look, I've seen worse in kids who are dehydrated, we got some fluid down him orally, go home and see your pediatrician tomorrow." I argued and said, "Look at the diapers, (which at this point I know have at least 10 from the time we had arrived), the Doc in Urgent care said he needed to be admitted, and he's no longer eating as of this morning, and didn't the doctor sent me with paperwork on his instructions of what should happen next!"
So he doesn't even open the diapers, and just says, " kids get all types of diarrhea, and you'll just have to wait for the cultures to come back, and keep a lot of fluids down him"
Zach and I walked away from that totally confused. Trying to relax from what the first doctor said, and think, well maybe this young guy just had a fresh look at it, and we'll see or Doc in the morning. But I will tell you, down in my gut, I did NOT have a good feeling! We got home at 1:30a.m.
Monday Sept. 21st, at 9:00 a.m., I am rushing Grayson down to our pediatrician's office, throwing Maddy off to a friends as quickly as I could, I knew Grayson's state was NOT good!! He projectile vomited his morning bottle, and that was the only thing he had taken since early Sunday. I knew we would be admitted to the hospital, and the first Doctor was right. Sure enough my pediatrician took one look at him, and looked me in the eye, and she said, " you know ,don't you?" "Yes I do, I'm ready", I respond. "They'll be waiting for you at the front desk of the hospital lobby, and I'll make sure they get you a very nice room with a view!". Gray and I take a very long walk, across a skybridge and down to the hospital lobby, and we get admitted to the pediatric ward at about 10a.m. , and we do have a lovely room with a view of the river. What a surreal and out of body experience that was! Zach left work to join us, and all the family got phonecalls. Getting an IV line in took 2 hours, and 2 teams of different nurses, finally resulting in the pediatric educator coming in and finally getting a vein. The poor kid was THAT dehydrated. A nurse had escorted me down the hall to wait in a room where I couldn't hear Grayson screaming anymore! I couldn't take it anymore, and my nerves were fried!
Thus begins my almost 96 hours of hospital life ! I never left the hospital, and I only left site of that room twice! Once to walk down to the cafe for breakfast, and once for a coffee from the same cafe. Most of the time we were waiting, waiting to see what the lab results were, waiting to see the doctor again, waiting for food or a visitor, waiting to see if the fluids worked, waiting to see if the diarrhea slowed down, waiting to see how much blood was in the next diaper. I hardly slept, which obviously a hospital is not the place to do that anyhow! Grayson's kidneys did just fine! Basically we just got him in there in the nick of time, we were treading on VERY dangerous water! And my Pediatrician was very upset that the second Doc sent us home--- we should have NEVER been sent away with a baby in that condition!! She was very scared for Gray when she saw him in her office and thought he could have already been in HUS (a syndrome usually linked with e. coli that basically produces kidney failure). He did not get that far, and he held steady through the week. He produced about 3 diarrhea diapers an hour, and when I asked," he has had NO food for more than 24 hours, why does he still have diarrhea?" Well the answer is quite horrific... " its the lining of his colon..... the bacteria has attacked and his colon is shedding off, it will rebuild itself in time!" So all the sludge and slime, was just the insides of my baby---GREAT--- NO PROBLEM---- !!! "So what drugs will you be putting me on while we're in the hospital??!!"
Tuesday, Sept. 23rd at 9:00 p.m. the culture is back-- Its Salmonella Poisoning! No other treatment can be done, antibiotics will make the gut bleed more, so we wait it out with fluids. Now the questioning and debating begins....where did he get this, what did I do wrong, who did it, who passed it to him... egg, meat, milk, the snake, Maddy, a random shopping cart, a farm we visited last week???!!! There is NO answer, I've been over it, and over it, with 2 doctors, several nurses, internet research, and the County public health. ( who called to let us know we are at risk of starting an epidemic...greeeeaaaat, Thanks!!)
As of Thursday, the 25th at 2:00, he was not going home, as of 6:00, he could go home!! So we anxiously packed up and with hesitation we checked out!! The peace that my little guy felt was so obvious as I peeked at him in the backseat in his carseat. He was soooo happy to be going home!! He was just stoked when we got home... he went right for his toys, pounded the dogs back, chattered wildly, and that night in his own crib, slept hard!!
He just healed in record time on Friday, his diarrhea was down to just a few a day, instead of per hour! And his appetite increased. I had to carefully monitor his intake and outgo, and he stayed on a special diet , but did just awesome!!
Over the weekend, I broke down emotionally on Saturday, then rested, then on Sunday, tried to act like a normal family again.
A HUGE THANK YOU to all who sent love and prayers, and support, and food, and magazines, and chocolate and flowers. and babysitting for Maddy!!! There are these times that as they say, "when the chips are down", you know who really loves you and cares for you, and I CANNOT express how much that means, and with out you we would NOT have made it!!!!!!
Thank you Lord, for the people who pass on your blessings!!
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Yes.... ...This is how OCD starts.....
I will be joining the ranks of Howie Mandell, Monk, and Michael Jackson, by being a germaphobe! Yup, late at night after getting home from the hospital, I ran down to the store and bought every germ defense I could think of. With my last rush of adrenaline I bleached, disinfected, and sanitized EVERY surface I possibly could in my home. I decided that it IS crazy, but right now, I'm allowed!!!
(Now I've collapsed in exhaustion, but I can guarantee I have the cleanest home on the block! And somehow, that small amount of control over life, makes me feel a whole lot better!)
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Somehow, after a week of being up to your elbows in poop, IV fluids, instant hand antiseptic, and your baby's tears. Having the moment to put on some makeup, truly makes the world better! Not all the cover up in my makeup bag can cover the dark circles under my eyes, and the powder can't cover the furrow between my brows caused by worry. But boy does that lipstick and mascara help me look and feel a bit more normal.
I can count on one hand how many hours of sleep I've had, and on two hands (and maybe a few toes) how many cups of coffee I've had this week. It's been a long haul for sure, and I've learned a lot this week, of course I'll share bits and pieces here on the blog. But for now, I'm sitting in Grayson's hospital room with a borrowed laptop from a kind nurse. I'm confidently wearing my makeup, as a sign of a new and happier day today. A Gray IS better day. A NO MORE TEARS day. An, I CAN do this one more day, day!
Grayson is doing awesome, we are looking at going home tonite or in the morning !! YEA!! His adorable personality is fully come back, he is jibbering away as I type....I think he's talking to his toes! They just stopped the IV fluids to see how he does, and with careful measuring of his input verses output, when it holds steady, is when we go home. We will still have up to a month of diarrhea, and some with blood still, but that's normal. So we do have a longer road to go, it will take awhile to get his nutrition back up to normal, and a lot of doctors visits these next couple of weeks. But boy to see him now compared these last few very tense days, is night and day difference!! We are over the worst of it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
( And if you are girl reading this... Hey go put some lipstick or pearly gloss on--- I swear it makes a difference in how you feel !! :)
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
HI.... I've been in the hospital with baby Grayson since Sun evening . I'm on a hospital computer for just a moment, I will update more when I can! Looks like one more day here. An end in sight at least! There's a story of course... short of it-- he has Salmonella. We were on watch for something called HUS, basically kidney failure, and he came in with severe dehydration. I haven't gotten much sleep and totally wiped out! Been blessed like crazy this week by a couple of food and gift packages, people coming by to pray, lots of help with Maddy, and of course someone loving our dog, and 2 wonderful doctors!!
PLEASE KEEP US IN YOUR PRAYERS!! It will be a LONG road!!!!!!!!!
Friday, September 19, 2008
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Here's a few snapshots of Maddy's Open House, and her first day of school!!
Grammy, Paca, and Uncle Egge also got to come along to the open house to check out her new school! She had so much fun! After pressing play, click on each picture under the chalkboard to enlarge.
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How did she ever get this big!!??
My friend Literary girl had this on her blog, and I just loved it soooo much I had to post it too!! I totally see my hubby doing the same thing with Maddy!!
Sunday, September 07, 2008
My party started early Saturday morning, and I really had done a great job! I hung the balloons of expectations not met, I put up streamers of self doubt, sprinkled the confetti of "woe is me", and baked a huge cake of exhaustion. Then sat on my kitchen floor to the tune of, "It's my party, and I'll cry if I want to" !
My PITY party only lasted for about 2 hours, but boy was it a rave!! My husband was thrilled to be invited, and my children just stayed out of my way. It's a party I don't particularly enjoy throwing, but my preplanning was stellar enough to be hired as an event coordinator for any venue.
I started by never giving myself a break or downtime. I went on to say "yes" to everyone and everything around me. I added in several days of physical labor. Dealt with 2 sick children. Worked for 3 different jobs in one week,which led to errands ,with said sick children ,all over town. Then my husband decided to pitch in with the party planning by taking 2 long business trips back to back, then going to college. The set up was perfect!
The moping started Friday early evening, the anger started late Friday night, and we were in full swing with all the emotions for the party by Saturday morning! The timeline worked well, so that in the second hour of this party I could fully sit on the middle of the floor and cry huge tears, and provide perfect entertainment for the others invited.
And of course the truly great parties usually leave you hungover... and sure enough... my headache lasted the rest of the day!
Thursday, September 04, 2008
This is the entryway in Maddy's new School, W C A.
The school's tagline is, "Creative education in a Christian environment" . WCA helps students grow through a focus on the arts, nature, music, classic literature and Christianity. They are hands on teachers actively involved daily with each student.
Zach and I are jazzed to have Maddy be a student in their school. The one catch... we couldn't afford a school like this!! Lucky for me I saw a need my talents could fill! The school has put together a proposal for the work they need, in trade for 100% tuition!! What a "God thing" for us! As a creative, artsy, nature loving and musically inclined family, this is a perfect fit! (And a HUGE answer to prayer !) Maddy is starting school on September 1oth, and I have been working some 'creative magic' in the building since last week.
The school building has white walls everywhere but the classrooms. The place did not scream "Artsy", or "Creative Environment" at all. They lease the building but are free to paint as they please. The teachers have painted their rooms and have them beautifully decorated, but no one has had the time or energy to go beyond that. Thats where I step in, FULL of ideas !! I will also be their Fundraising Coordinator, and help in the Pre-k / Kindergarten class 6 hours a week! I am soooo excited ! The teachers are so loving , and so great. Maddy's teacher has already told her she gets to bring in her snake for show and tell the first week of school, she figured out how to 'hook' Maddy into liking her and the class! ( Yeah that darn snake is still alive, AND had a baby!!!)
These are pictures of my first project. I have painted the walls a golden yellow color , and in this art corner did an orange glaze over top. This is the kids "museum" wall. I have sprayed misc. frames,gold and screwed them into the walls for a Louvre Museum effect. Now the teachers can rotate the children's artwork thru the frames throughout the year! The canvases you see are from last year's students. Above the mirror I have painted an inspirational SMILE, and Bible verse. I have many, many quotes, verses and phrases to do all throughout the building. They had a work party to paint all the hallways a soft yellow, and I have painted the front door a bright cherry red. I'm working on several more 'artsy' projects for the entryway, and will focus on some scenery in the bathroom next!
I'm very excited to have my talents used, and have a great place for my child's first school experience. I'll be sure to put up more pics as I finish more fun things!
Tuesday, September 02, 2008
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
...ROAR!! really loud....
...Wait in hunt of their prey.....
...ATTACK their prey....
....play with little brothers....
....play piano, eat scrambled eggs for dinner, and sleep with a pink blanket!
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Our little lives seem to have picked up around here. I suddenly find myself looking for the day planner I bough last year and just didn't need after Gray was born. If it was just an appointment here or there, and a get together now and then, I could keep it easily in my brain, or on the basic calendar on the fridge. These last 2 weeks I'm constantly glancing at that calendar to verify every one's schedules. And even totally spaced one appointment already. (Luckily, that person was forgiving!) It seems ALL of us have had Doctor's visits scheduled, and 2 of us our working more than one job (Zach and Michelle), and 2 of us are starting school(Zach and Madalyne)! And we suddenly are cramming in a summer's worth of BBQing with neighbor's , family , and friends, and I am planning 3 different parties! My head is whirling right now with all the things I am to remember for each of the different aforementioned items! I'm excited for what this new season brings to our little family, and praying that I happen to have a hidden talent for juggling!
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
This is the body of Roseola
These are the faces of Roseola and an ear infection!
My poor little Gray came down with a high fever on Friday afternoon, and it didn't let up untill Sunday night. It ran 104-105 degrees the entire time. He wouldn't eat, barely drank, and cried and slept A LOT !! It was a LONGGGGGGGGG weekend for the mommy!!! Yesterday it ended with a bang.... a red, polka dotted bang... and A LOT more crabbiness! This was the sure tell sign of Roseola, complicated by an ear infection. We've seen the doctor, and picked up our antibiotics, and we're back home for what we hope is now the upswing..... Mommy's gonna need a lot of coffee this week, and baby boy's gonna need a few more snuggles and kisses!!