Saturday, August 29, 2009
Friday, August 28, 2009
Zack adds salsa to his (he likes lots of spice), but I add sour cream (cools them down a little!). But honestly, they are so yummy that you can eat them plain!
Do YOU have any Costco faves?! It's always nice to get recommendations before purchasing the ginormous box that gets left untouched in the freezer for 6 mos! Leave me a comment and tell me what I need to try next!!!
Thursday, August 27, 2009
some feather boas......
fun hats for teens (or little ones!)....
And here we have Jacob demonstrating how to use the little stool prop.....
and what little girl doesn't like to play with beads, boas and sunglasses?!
Needless to say, I'm very excited about getting to work with little ones that don't belong to me!! And I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of my beautiful yellow tutu! Wish me luck....!!!
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
But enough about me! Here's a quick update on the girls and all their medical "stuff." Emily received a nice care-package in the mail a few days ago from gramma and grampa- it definitely lifted her spirits ;-)
She is currently attending school all day long, and is finally on minimal pain meds- yay! She will be getting the pins and stitches out of her toes tomorrow and then will go into her 3rd cast for 2 more weeks.
And then there's Allie. We finally got some test results back, but still no answers- only more questions and new doctors to make appointments with! The tests revealed that her prolactin levels are high, and this could be the cause of her irregular cycles. She will have to see an endocrinologist to sort out where we go from here, but first we have to see her pediatrician to get a referral to see a pediatric endocrinologist because endocrinologists do not see children under 18- you have to go to a special one! As far as her abdominal pain, her OBG doc thinks it sounds like IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), and wants her to be evaluated for that before she even checks for endometriosis- I think she's wrong about the IBS, but I can't imagine what else it might be! So, again, we wait....! The one good thing that came out of this round is that she was taken off the birth control pills- yay! If it IS the prolactin, then the bc pills won't do anything to change her cycles. Maybe one mystery solved?!?!
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
He gives the barren woman a home, making her the joyous mother of children. Praise the Lord- Psalms 113:9
For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother's womb. I praise you for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there were none of them- Psalm 139:13-16
Behold, children are a gift from the LORD, the fruit of the womb is his reward. Blessed is the man who FILLS HIS QUIVER with them! Psalms 127:3-5
Are you sensing a theme here? Well, if not, then let me show you my new t-shirt- the one that I bought to wear as an early birthday gift for Zack (who is turning 40 in just over a week!!)...... Well, for those of you that are still wondering, here's one final clue......
YES, YES, YES!!!!!! YES that is a pregnancy test and YES we are expecting BABY #8!!!!!! Our quiver is cram-packed!!!!!!!
Yesterday, I took this pregnancy test and wasn't too surprised to see the result. I was already "late" and was having a few "symptoms," so I finally decided to test. When Allie got home from school yesterday, I asked her if she'd help me with an early b-day gift for her dad. I showed her the t-shirt, so she'd know what was going on, and, needless to say, she was speechless (quite unusual for Allie!). When Zack got home from work, I already had the t-shirt on and just walked around, waiting for him to notice. Allie had the video camera and captured not only his reaction, but also the reactions of all of our kids. Unfortunately, we weren't able to get the video uploaded last night, but I will try to get that posted in a couple of days- it's really fun! After the kids got the news, they proceeded to go door-to-door telling all our neighbors about the good news! Surely they were
So, now on to the details- well, there aren't many! We are expecting a baby on or around May 2nd, and I am about 4 weeks pregnant- aren't you all thrilled to be getting in on this sooooo early?! I'm not one of those people who believes in waiting to make an announcement. You see, this baby is already here. This baby has already been created. This baby has already had an impact on many lives. And this baby, no matter what the future holds, will always be a part of our family.
I can't even begin to tell you how honored, excited, and truly blessed we feel about this amazing gift from God.
Every good and perfect gift is from above.
Sunday, August 23, 2009
It was kind of a mess......
But the end result was AWESOME!!!!!
And now we have locks on the front door.....
And the garage door.....
We'll see how long it takes for them to figure it out- I'll KEEP YOU POSTED!!
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Almost makes me want 4 ;-) Have a GREAT week!!
Friday, August 21, 2009
So, yesterday, I got to go out "on a shoot." I was so excited because the weather had been in the 70's all day and the air was so clear. I knew that the light in the early evening was going to be perfect, and although I have yet to find a great spot to take my pictures, it's really about the light. So, I headed out with a few of my kids and some of our good friends, and I got some pretty good shots. The most important thing is that, every time I do this, I learn something new!
aaaahhhhhh- light, perfect light!
So, if you like these, be sure you head over to my photoblog and check out the rest!!!
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Seriously, I get the chills just looking at it! And I took those two with my phone- not even very good quality ;-) Wanna see what the inside of her toes look like? Here's the x-ray showing the rest of the pins..... oh, and you can also see the staples on the right side of her big toe.....
As you probably already guessed, Emily had her one-week, post-surgery check-up, and we got to see what actually happened to her poor foot- after the mad scientist got through with her, that is! After getting her wounds checked and having some x-rays taken, Emily was taken into the cast room where she was able to choose a new cast color. Can you guess what color she picked?! Her favorite and mine.......
Yep, she now has a kermit-the-frog-leg!!! So, after spending several hours at the doctor's office, with 2 extremely crabby toddlers, we headed home- Emily with her green cast and Jacob and Matthew with their new balloon hands!
Can't wait to go back next week where we get to do it all over again- plus get the pins and stitches out! Then she will be re-casted for at least two more weeks. From there, she will go into a walking cast, and eventually, when she is completely weight-bearing and walking normally again, we will get to work on the OTHER foot! POOR EMILY! Unfortunately, she was in a lot of pain today and missed the whole day of school, and it looks as if tomorrow will be at least as bad- if not worse- so no school tomorrow either. It's gonna be a long year!