Friday, February 20, 2009

I guess it's time to bore update again. I'll post pictures soon I'm just too lazy to walk to my car and get the camera .

Bailey is doing great! She had her tube removed this week after only a year of not using it just a few months of not using it because her doctor wanted to be certain she was ready. We're so excited! Now, we don't have to worry so much about staph! She has PT, OT, and speech twice per week and has an EI who comes out twice per month. Speech is going very well. Which, I figured would be easy for her seeing that she comes from a family who loves to talk and eat. PT and OT are sometimes a bit of a struggle. She finds easier ways to accomplish tasks, which means she isn't doing things the right way. We also got great news that we can take her off Pediasure! We're moving on to Carnation Instant Breakfast, and I'm hoping it's cheaper. We don't have any health worries with her now. We see her pediatrician on a normal schedule, cardiology once per year, and GI every 3 months. She's growing so much and has an amazing personality. We have open house at Achievement Academy next week and she'll be starting classes in the Fall.

Aubrey is also doing very well. She's still going to class twice per week and dance class once per week. I've also looked into t-ball in the Fall. She loves to dance! She talks more than our entire family combined. She loves other children and has a boyfriend (Gasp!).

Today I went with Molly to a fundraiser for Morning Star School. I'm so happy she invited me to join her. I had such a wonderful time and the children were adorable. They had a silent auction, fashion show, and luncheon. The money raised today will cover 2/3 of the expenses to run the school for an entire school year. Isn't that amazing? That leaves tuition very reasonable for families. I'm still going to school, and I probably will still be a student when I'm 50 35. Keith wants to go back for his Masters, and I hope he isn't waiting for me to finish.

As you saw below, we're going on a cruise... with both girls... and some family members. I'm so excited. I don't know if I'm more excited to get away from work, or if I'm more excited to spend time with my family. Either way, we'll have a great time... I hope.


This Could be Great...

or a mistake. But, I'm thinking it'll be great. Ticker

We leave the day of our anniversary. We're taking the girls with us. I'm so excited. This is our 3rd or 4th cruise, but it'll be the first time we've been with the girls.


Thursday, February 19, 2009

Feeding Tube?

Gone! They removed it today. It's time to celebrate!

More later...


Monday, February 16, 2009

Smart Dog

An older, tired-looking dog wandered into my yard.
I could tell from his collar and well-fed belly that he had a home and was well taken care of.
He calmly came over to me, I gave him a few pats on his head;
he then followed me into my house, slowly walked down the
hall, curled up in the corner and fell asleep.
An hour later, he went to the door, and I let him out.

The next day he was back, greeted me in my yard, walked inside and resumed his spot in the hall and again slept for about an hour.

This continued off and on for several weeks.

Curious I pinned a note to his collar: 'I would like to find out who the owner of this wonderful sweet dog is
and ask if you are aware that almost every afternoon your dog comes to my house for a nap.'
The next day he arrived for his nap, with a different note pinned to his collar:
'He lives in a home with 6 children, 2 under the age of 3 - he's trying to catch up on his sleep.
Can I come with him tomorrow?'

Saturday, February 7, 2009

I Can't Even Come up With a Title for This

This is one of the reasons I have such a strong opinion about abortions.

Why God Made Moms

WHY GOD MADE MOMS: Answers given by 2nd grade school children to the following questions:

Why did God make mothers?
1. She's the only one who knows where the scotch tape is.
2. Mostly to clean the house.
3. To help us out of there when we were getting born.

How did God make mothers?
1. He used dirt, just like for the rest of us.
2. Magic plus super powers and a lot of stirring.
3. God made my mom just the same like he made me. He just used bigger parts.

What ingredients are mothers made of?
1. God makes mothers out of clouds and angel hair and everything nice in the world and one dab of mean.
2. They had to get their start from men's bones. Then they mostly use string, I think.

Why did God give you your mother and not some other mom?
1. We're related.
2. God knew she likes me a lot more than other people's mom like me.

What kind of a little girl was your mom?
1. My mom has always been my mom and none of that other stuff.
2. I don't know because I wasn't there, but my guess would be pretty bossy.
3. They say she used to be nice.

What did mom need to know about dad before she married him?
1. His last name.
2. She had to know his background. Like is he a crook? Does he get drunk on beer?
3. Does he make at least $800 a year? Did he say NO to drugs and YES to chores?

Why did your mom marry your dad?
1. My dad makes the best spaghetti in the world. And my mom eats a lot.
2. She got too old to do anything else with him.
3. My grandma says that mom didn't have her thinking cap on.

Who's the boss at your house?
1. Mom doesn't want to be boss, but she has to because dad's such a goof ball.
2. Mom. You can tell by room inspection. She sees the stuff under the bed.
3. I guess mom is, but only because she has a lot more to do than dad.

What's the difference between moms and dads?
1. Moms work at work and work at home and dads just go to work at work.
2. Moms know how to talk to teachers without scaring them.
3. Dads are taller and stronger, but moms have all the real power 'cause that's who you got to ask if you want to sleep over at your friends.
4. Moms have magic, they make you feel better without medicine.

What does your mom do in her spare time?
1. Mothers don't do spare time.
2. To hear her tell it, she pays bills all day long.

What would it take to make your mom perfect?
1. On the inside she's already perfect. Outside, I think some kind of plastic surgery.
2. Diet. You know, her hair. I'd diet, maybe blue.

If you could change one thing about your mom, what would it be?
1. She has this weird thing about me keeping my room clean. I'd get rid of that.
2. I'd make my mom smarter. Then she would know it was my sister who did it not me.
3. I would like for her to get rid of those invisible eyes on the back of her head.

Thursday, February 5, 2009


I got in the van this morning and the temperature reading was 27 degrees! Here? In Florida? Then, I saw icicles!?! In Florida? It's just too cold!

Bailey had a swallow study last week and it went very well. Hopefully, she'll have her feeding tube removed in the near future. Since my last update she's had another staph infection. Once the tube is removed we won't have to worry as much about staph. She's still having speech, PT, and OT twice per week. Speech is going very well, but PT isn't. She loves to scoot and roll, but has no interest in crawling.

Aubrey is doing fine too. We've been battling a cold on and off, but who hasn't? She's sweet one day, and a little trouble maker the next. She can spell her name, and knows her address. I'm so proud of her! She has a valentine/boyfriend. Melissa, if you're reading this... Colby is her valentine!

Keith and I are doing okay. The company Keith works for has been doing layoffs for several weeks. Since Keith is the only engineer in his office, I feel he is safe, but I still continue to worry. Unfortunately it will probably be a while before the economy stabilizes, which is sad. I hate seeing so many people lose their jobs. People whose families depend on them for financial support. Work is going okay for me. Our salaries are frozen due to these tough times, but at least we haven't started laying people off yet. Our COO and CEO took pay cuts, and travel by air has been restricted. School is going okay. It's tough, but I need to survive this term.

I have pictures from our recent trip to Disney and I'll post later. We really enjoyed visiting Bob and his family. It was nice seeing them again.