Monday, October 6, 2008

Red Ribbon Week

My sister is always put in charge of Red Ribbon Week at her kids school and she always asks for my help with some aspect of it. This year she came up with the idea of making an iPod coloring page where the kids can create a song name and draw a picture of how they pledge to be drug free. So I created the page for her and decided I should put it up here for any of you to use at your schools as well.



In other news, we are all sick. Change of weather probably but sick none the less. Even little Jillian is couching at sneezing. I hate it when my kiddos get sick. So far Alec hasn't gotten it but we all know it's just a matter of time for that to happen. Let's hope for a quick recovery.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

7th Heaven?

Well, we have sure been busy. Alec had his surgery on July 11 and it went well. He had some complications after the fact and we were in and out of the hospital all summer long but he is home now and doing good. His head looks great and I am loving running my fingers through his hair everyday. It's great that he doesn't have to wear his helmet all the time now. His seizures are pretty bad right now so we need to work on that but at least we've jumped one hurdle. He would still be wearing the helmet due to his seizures but he has not regained his mobility so he spends his time on the couch and is safe there. We are hoping to buy him some gym mats for the floor so that he has more area to roll around. We discovered that he is very allergic to the carpet and if his skin is in contact with is for more than a few minutes he gets bright red patches on his skin that are hot to the touch. We are really looking forward to getting the mats. Here is a picture of us - I haven't had time to Photoshop myself so just look past the crazy hair and red cheeks, k?




In other news, we are officially MAXED OUT in our minivan with the addition of sweet little Jillian Lynlee! True to form with the other two girls, she arrived after her due date (but only by 21 minutes!) She's such a great mix between Kaity and Piper. Different days I see different similarities. I am *so* glad she is here. I was so sick of being pregnant. I couldn't breathe at night when I tried to sleep and my hips hurt all the time! It's very different being pregnant at 31 than it was at 21. I am really enjoying every minute with her and savoring it all. I don't see myself having any more and I want to cherish all the lovely babiness! But, speaking of babiness, she's decided it's dinner time so I will have to postpone this blog for now. Have a great Sunday!

Monday, June 23, 2008

Alive, and a busy time of year.

So, Alec came home from the hospital and had a rough week at home but is now feeling SO much better. I hate seeing him sick. He tolerates it like such a tough little boy but I know he's hurting and in pain. He never complains. I wish I were as strong as he is. Here are a few pictures as we were getting packed up to go home.






Here is a picture of a rash he developed. It just went away this past week.


And here is a picture of all the artwork that my other kids made for Alec to brighten his room.


UCDavis is such a great place for Alec. Their pediatrics ward is incredible. Alec happened to be there on the day that the police dept. (sorry, can't remember which) came and set up a whole room as a toy store and the kids got to go "shopping" and even their siblings were invited. Alec was too sick to go but I had Piper help me pick out a few things for him. Piper picked a doggie in a carrier and has not let it out of her sight since. Too cute.
We just found out Alec's date of surgery for his cranioplasty, July 11. I am excited and scared and relieved and apprehensive all at the same time. It will be so great to finally get past this chapter of our lives. Alec needs to be put back together. I'm also having post traumatic stress over the memory of the last bout of surgeries. Alec MUST stay infection free. His little body is too weak to handle another extended stay in the hospital. I always get butterflies when he goes in but I know he has a great neurosurgeon who has the same approach to recovery as we do. July 11 is coming so much faster that I thought it would. I am taxing my brain tyring to figure out some really fun stuff to take Alec to do in the next couple weeks. I want to make sure he remembers how much fun we can all have together so he will be motivated to come home fast. Any fun ideas you can recommend?

As for this time of year, I have Father's Day, Marc's Bday, and Kaity's Bday all in a row. Boy am I glad that week is past and I can relax just a bit. I threw a surprise birthday party for Marc this year and for the first time ever I think I may have succeeded. I will never truly know because he's a good liar :P I hope he had a good time. Since we can't take a vacation, we put up a pool in the backyard and bought a BBQ (love that thing!!!) so we are enjoying our backyard a little more. Now if only we had some grass... I am also looking forward to getting Alec in the pool for some much needed aquatic therapy. I hope you are all having a fantastic summer so far and escaping the heat when you can. Only 10 more weeks until our baby girl greets us so in the mean time I am pushing our air conditioner to the max and having fun in the pool!!!

p.s. for those of you waiting for the newsletter, I apologize for the extreme delay. With Alec being in the hospital and preparing to go back to the hospital my scrapbooking side has taken a back seat. If I can get myself together I will try to pack up the laptop and get some work done while I'm in the hospital with Alec. Maybe I can get another freebie posted up here soon. Thanks for your patience :)

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Wednesday, June 4, 2008

So tired...................*snore, snore*

My little man, Alec, is in the hospital again. The nasty cough that is going around managed to find ALL of my children. Alec handled it okay for about 2 days and then took a quick nosedive Sunday night and ended up in the ER. After about 4 hours they decided that he needed to be transported to the children's hospital (UC Davis) for admission. He had aspirated and developed a pneumonia and was on continuous oxygen for a low pulse ox until yesterday afternoon. He HATES having his face touched and wearing the adult sized mask (why do they only have infant and adult?) made him miserable. I'm so glad he's off the oxygen now. He has literally been a pin cushion since Sunday. He is a notoriously hard stick and he proved no exception this time. I think our count may be up to 20 this time?!? His IV blew today and they couldn't find another vein. Luckily he is tolerating his feeds again and his antibiotics can be administered IM and via his G-tube. His blood culture from the ER grew out staph but we had to repeat the lab today to check whether it is a real infection or a contaminant. I'm praying for the latter. Yesterday we thought he might be discharged today but after spiking a fever last night they said no way. So now we are hoping for Friday. This is all feeling way too familiar. I remember feeling and thinking these same things in February 2006 when he was last admitted. I couldn't have forseen the impending 7 month stay ahead of me at that time. Everyday I kept thinking, "Well, maybe he can come home tomorrow." Looking back I have no clue how we made it all those months in the hospital. I guess it's very true that ignorance is bliss. Had someone told me how long we would be there back then I would have laughed and then likely had an aneurysm. I wasn't prepared for an admission this week. I really thought we'd make it until July when he's scheduled to have his prosthesis surgery for his skull. Last time I had just had a baby (Parker was 4 weeks old) and now I'm pregnant and due in just a couple months. I really don't want to raise another newborn in the hospital. I know Alec is the toughest little man I have ever met so I will keep praying and trusting that he will come home soon. For now though, I will attempt to sleep. Sleeping on the pull out chair in the room for three days is enough to wipe me OUT!!!

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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Little Known Facts

What time did you get up this morning? 7:00am


What do you prefer diamonds or pearls? Diamonds


What was the last film you saw at the theater? Jumper? I really can't remember.


What is your favorite TV show? Battlestar Galactica, Lost, Psych.


What did you have for breakfast? Cream of Wheat


What is your favorite cuisine? Mexican and Sushi (but not at the same time).


What foods do you dislike? I'm usually willing to try anything at least once. Except when I'm pregnant.


Your favorite potato chip? Not into potato chips.


What is your favorite CD at the moment? Muse. But I also am addicted to my iPod right now. It's filled with David Cook goodness!


What is your favorite sandwich? Monte Cristo or a cheesesteak.


What characteristics do you despise in people? I don't much like mean people.


Favorite items of clothing? Jeans and layered t-shirts.


If you could go anywhere in the world on vacation, where would you go? Disneyland and Hawaii


What color is your bathroom? Orange... every wall in this house is orange. Makes me want to barf. Fuh real.


Where did you grow up? Auburn (I miss Taco Tree).


Favorite sports to watch? Huge UFC fan. It so *completely* made my day watching Matt Serra get put in his place by GSP on 4/19!


What laundry detergent do you use? Tide with Bleach


Are you a morning person or night owl? Both; I don't sleep in and I can't shut my mind off at night.


Favorite Animal? Kittens!!


Any news you'd like to share with everyone? #5 arriving 9/5/08!


What did you want to be when you were little? First I wanted to climb every tree in the world, then I wanted to be a doctor.


Favorite candy bar? I don't really eat candybars anymore but I used to love Whatchamacallit.


What are your favorite childhood memories? Although I didn't enjoy it, it's funny (now) to think about all the screwed up things my brother and sister did to me growing up. Was I really an adopted Cabbage Patch Kid?! Kinda weird that I thought of that first, huh?


What color socks are you wearing? Colorful striped socks.


Eye color? Hazel green with little yellow sunflowers in the middle.


Ever been to Africa? Nope.


Ever been toilet papered? Nope.


Ever been in love? Twice


Ever been in a car accident? Yup.


Favorite Ice Cream? Chocolate Malted Crunch. YumYum!!


Favorite time of year? Fall


Favorite flower? I'm not a big flower fan. Does an artichoke count? I kill flowers just by looking at them. My least favorite flower is a rose.


Disney or Warner Brothers? Disney.


Favorite fast food restaurant? Rubio's. I swear they lace their Chipotle Cream sauce with crack. That's what I call it - Chipotle Crack Sauce.


What color is your bedroom carpet? Off white.


How many times did you take your drivers test? Only once. 98% ;)


Which store would you choose to max out your credit card? There is nothing I want bad enough to max out my credit card. If I won a shopping spree though, it would be IKEA!


Bedtime? Whatev, 11-12


What music are you listening to right now? David Cook.


What is your favorite color? Still purple after all these years.


Lake, Ocean or River? Lake to swim in, Ocean to look at, and River to live near.


How many tattoos do you have? None. Yet...


Which came first the chicken or the egg? Chicken.

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Friday, May 16, 2008

T minus 2 weeks and counting...

School will soon be over and I will let out a long held breath with a sign of relief. Of course, I give it three days until I'm wishing that school was back in session just to keep my kids from arguing with eachother all day! I have been so busy with end of the year activities at my oldest daughters school. We went on a field trip to Sierra Outdoor School and had Pioneer Camp. We were completely decked out in pioneer garb (sunbonnets and all)! I loved that field trip for all of the wonderful things it teaches the kids. "Yes ma'am" and "Yes sir" abounded that day. It was a hard day for me though. It was an extended day trip so we left at 8 and didn't get back until close to 6. It was *so* hot out that day and I didn't drink nearly enough water. We ended up hiking 2 miles and I was ill prepared. I had been told that they had a wagon for me to ride in but, alas, it was not meant to be. So, looking like a hot, dirty, swollen lobster at the end of the day was completely unavoidable. No pictures of that... yet. I had contractions all the next day from being dehydrated so I have been especially attentive to drinking lots of water lately.

Marc and I celebrated our 12th wedding anniversary on May 10th and for the first time ever we went away for the night! We farmed out Piper ot our good friends (thanks guys!) and my mom watched the other kiddos. And, surprisingly, I did not have any serious anxiety attacks while we were gone! That was a miracle! We went down to Napa Valley and stayed at the Old World Inn. What a great B&B! Excellent food and a beautiful room. Here are some *bad* pix. My camera is pretty much dead so I had to use my camera phone. More on the camera issues in a later post.

And here is our 70" TV! (And, yes, you Stephenie Meyer fans! That is the corner of the new book The Host sneeking into the frame of the picture. It was goooood. More on that later.)

And, my favorite part, our sunken SPA tub!!!


We took a drive up to Calistoga and saw the Old Faithful geyser. I had no idea that they erupted for so long! We must have watched it for at least 15 minutes. There are only three "old faithful" geysers in the world so I'm glad I live close enough to see this one!


We had babysitting covered until 5pm the day we were supposed to return home but we couldn't figure out anything else to do so we came home at 2. How old and lame are we?!? I was just so tired and, yeah, I missed my kids. It was a great trip and I already booked my mom for babysitting for next year ; )

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Wednesday, April 23, 2008

A Freebie! And good news...

I made this for my friend for her birthday as she loves girlie skulls. Link me up if you make something with it. I'd love to see what you do with it. Click the image to download the zip file.
Skulls Zip



And now for the good news... I am expecting a little girl in September! I am finally over the worst of the morning sickness (24 hours a day, everyday sickness to be exact) and have some energy back. I am going to embark on my first quilt so I will put up a pic when I have finished (even if it turns out horribly!)