Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Q&A #109

This may be redundant, and I apologize if it is. Being from the area, I know there are thousands of docs in Nashville. I do realize you have a connection with Vandy, but is there not another GI doc outside of Vandy that you could see? I just hate it for you and Kennedy that you're having to go through all this crap to get her the care she needs, especially in a city that is built around docs and hospitals.
There are no other pediatric GIs in the Nashville area, unfortunately. That's the key. We are looking into other options though as we are STILL getting nowhere with Vanderbilt. *sigh*

How did the pasta dinner go? Did you get cute pictures of the kids eating the pasta for their new sister?
GCC raised a little over $800 for Kellsey's adoption!! :) We were thrilled and VERY grateful! :)

My little boy, Peter, who has DS and ALL loves Yo Gabba Gabba too. What cool little bo-bots. I haven't seen those before.
Those are a Toys-R-Us exclusive. You can get them here or in stores! Keeghan LOVES them!

I agree - the questions are pretty stupid, but it did hit mine right on...LOL..I'm just average,no self-confidence, and self-directed.
So Renee, did you answer the one about "going back to school to get away from your parents??" LOL - too funny...

NOOOO to see my friends!!! LOL It definitely wasn't to LEARN! haha

First thing you do when you get home is drop everything? Hope the kids don't mind! LOL!
LOL nah they walk in on their own, thank goodness! I just drop my keys, my phone, and the shoes off my feet! haha

What's their names? Are there more videos? Very good!
They are the Cactus Cuties. There are a TON of videos on You Tube, just do a search for them on there! :)

RENEE!!!! That's the group my cousin is in!!! Her name is Baylee!
That is SO cool! we are praying for her family!

Anyways your post made me laugh, my license expired in April, but it is a good picture with me smiling I STILL have not gotten a new one because I CANT smile, how bad is that, think the policeman would understand?
Hmmm, I'm thinking you might want to go get a new license! LOL Otherwise someone might have to come bail you out of jail! haha

I don't think TN has gotten up to speed on the smiling or not thing. Semi-smile!
Yeah, definitely not! I have a big ole goofy grin in my picture! Sheesh... maybe it WOULD be better if they told me not to smile! haha

I smile for my license and my health card (Canadian!) but we are not allowed to smile for our passports! We look like the sad family....
I just checked, I smiled for my passport too... pretty sure I was saying "cheese" in my head then too! (I know, I'm a cheese ball! LOL)

Let me know if she is close to Indianapolis... I would be more than happy to make her feel welcome!
Feel free to go visit Emily's blog! you will love it!

Oh my gosh, you have got to go read this post of mine - Poor little man!!
I DID see that!!! Something tells me they need to stop putting scary animals in restaurants! LOL

Wow, how many people were in your party?
I think about 30... We had 20 to start off with and then added about 10 more. It was SO much fun! :)

Renee, Just another Clarksville connection here...Dr Bill Evans, head of St Jude is a native of Clarksville. A graduate of CHS '68...just like ME! A fine man from a fine family!
WOW that is so cool! I had no idea!

So do you get a list of projects to choose from to do this or do you just come up with your own thing to go out and do?
Yes, I think this year we had like 40 things to choose from. The pastors always are open to suggestions though if you can't find something that suits you on the list... then they put you in charge of your own team the next year! HA!

You know, I've noticed that the older folks do seem to be more cautious and skeptical. I wonder why that is?!
Leave it to Kameron to lighten the mood right? He's quite the character isn't he?

I don't know.. years of experience maybe? Maybe because usually if something seems too good to be true, it probably is?? SO many people were like, "I don't get it!" I think they were waiting for the other shoe to drop or something. LOL Yes, Kameron, my little ray of sunshine, always making people laugh!

Aqua Blue with a splash of white. What about you?
Purple... a light pretty color of purple! Purple just makes me happy :).

What kind of pizza kits did you guys use? Did you and Frank fix you guys a pizza with everything? If so what all did u put?
Ohhh it was from a fundraiser thing from Joe Corbi's, it was SO good! We only had pepperoni to work with but we all enjoyed it! It came with 3 pizzas. Now Schwan's makes a Mexican pizza that Frank and I really like whenever they happen to have it in stock, but that comes pre-made.

Also, how in the world do you keep track of all the comments for the comment post??
I usually start the next Q&A post right after this one publishes... and I save it as a draft. When a question pops up in the comment section on my blog, it also gets emailed to me so I copy it, paste it into the Q&A post, link it to a relevant post if necessary, and answer it right away and then save the draft. Otherwise I'd NEVER keep up! LOL Some do still slip by me though, especially if I read emails from my phone... I sometimes forget to save them and then they're gone forever! Sorry folks!

I was just forwarded a copy of this video from one of my friends, watching the video ( okay more like watching as much as I could see through the tears pouring ) I immediately thought of you and how I would like to share it with you.
While I'm generally not a huge fan of Beyonce, she is a class act and this is to amazing and touching to pass up. She is singing her song "hero" to a little girl named Chelsea that is fighting leukemia.
I thought of you and all of your angels and i hope you find some comfort in this song/video

That brought tears to my eyes! Thanks so much for sharing!!

Wordless Wednesday - Making pizza

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Do you smile?

So my friend Emily just moved recently from Clarksville (and we MISS her! *sniff*) to Indiana. She went to get her new driver's license today and said you're not supposed to smile for your picture... I've NEVER heard this before... then again, if you remember the whole highway/freeway/interstate debate, this may not surprise you!! LOL

I've always smiled for my pictures... not that it's made them turn out any better, but I guess I'm pre-conditioned to think that if there's a camera, you say "Cheese!" OK I don't actually SAY "cheese" because that would be weird, but you better believe that when they're taking my picture and I'm smiling I'm thinking, "Cheeeese!" Yes, I'm totally ok with the fact that I'm a dork. Moving on.

She also said she had to take a written test to get her license which I also didn't have to do when we moved here from California... and I'm REALLY glad I didn't! I may not have passed on the first shot like she did! :)

Anyway, do YOU smile for your driver's license picture???

Monday, September 28, 2009

Our Chili's night!!!

So, did you all go to Chili's tonight? How was it?! We had a great dinner and were joined by a bunch of great friends!! Our waiters tried to tell us all about the fundraiser tonight but we said, "That's why we're HERE!" haha They were great with our huge party and our food was even hot! Here are a bunch of pictures! I can't wait until next year! :)

My little people

Kennedy is home from school today. She was running a low grade fever yesterday and then had a bout of diarrhea last night. She just wasn't feeling well overall, so I decided to keep her home and make sure she's not getting sick. The flu is going around, so I don't want her spreading germs!

Today she is feeling fine so she's been playing dress up, playing with her iPod, and having fun with Keeghan. We've been "playing school" too so she doesn't get a whole day off! She wasn't too happy when Kass and Kam got to go to school this morning and she didn't! LOL Hopefully she'll get to go back tomorrow! So far she's been fever free today! :)

My cute little guy has had a horrible tummy bug since yesterday morning. He seems to be feeling ok, just LOTS of diarrhea. Frank stayed home from church with him, Kennedy and Kameron (who was fine but chose to lay low) yesterday and they just took it easy. He seems to be better today too, thank goodness!

In other news, he discovered hats yesterday and LOVES them. He even went to sleep with this one on last night. This used to be Kameron's once upon a time. Ohhh how I love this cute little boy!!!

Sorry for the quality of the photos, they were taken with my phone. I'll use my real camera tonight at CHILI'S!!! See you all there! :)

Eat out tonight!!!!

Everyone's doing it!!! :) Today is the annual St. Jude's Fundraiser at Chili's! 100% of their profits goes to St. Judes to help fight Childhood Cancer! As Childhood Cancer Awareness Month comes to a close this is one last way to show your support and one GREAT way to help such a tremendous cause!

If you have a Chili's by you, treat your family to dinner, decorate a pepper, and say a prayer for the thousands of kids fighting cancer RIGHT NOW. You can make a difference!

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Operation Serve Video

Here are some of the other projects from Operation Serve... see what our church was up to yesterday, and how our city was changed! :)

Operation Serve

Yesterday was our annual Operation Serve put on by our church. Basically it's a day when 1,000 people split up into 30 teams spread out over the city of Clarksville and SERVE! There are projects for everyone from young to old, and for the littlest kids who are really too young, there is childcare provided.

Last year we went to the pumpkin patch where we hung out with a bunch of kids and adults with special needs. We took them around the patch, played games with them and basically just showed them the love of God and had a wonderful time!

This year our family split up into several different teams. Friday night my mom and Kassidy joined my mom's community group at a nursing home where they served dinner and hung out with the residents there. Yesterday they made teddy bears which will be delivered to the Clarksville police department and go to kids who are in crisis such as auto accidents, domestic disputes, emergencies, etc.

Frank worked with a crew at a local high school where they painted and put tables and chairs together and made an amazing lounge for the seniors. I'm sure they're going to be REALLY excited when they see it on Monday morning!

Kameron and I signed up for a project called Random Acts of Kindness. In the morning we went to the mall and handed out bottles of water and chips to people walking in. I have to say, there were several skeptics. "What's the catch?" they would ask. No catch, totally free, we're just here to serve. No fliers, no speeches, we're just here to put a smile on your face. It seemed like the older people were, the more cynical they seemed to be. This wasn't always the case of course, but many hurried past us, avoiding eye contact, probably because they thought we'd either ask for money or preach to them! However, we made a lot of people smile and Kameron LOVED holding the door open for everyone and telling them to, "have a nice day!"

After lunch, our team went to the hospital where we handed out balloons, flowers, cookies and other snacks to patients and visitors there. They were much more receptive. The first place we went was the ICU waiting room. Our team leader announced who we were and why we were there and one man immediately started crying and saying he needed prayer. A group from our team was able to pray with several of his family members in the hallway in front of his fathers room. Kameron said, "This makes me want to cry." There was not a dry eye anywhere I don't think. When the prayer was over, Kameron said, "OK now who wants COOKIES!" HA! It made the family laugh through their tears, if nothing else. I don't know that family, or their circumstances, but I've been praying for them off and on ever since.

We visited all the other floors after that, we got to see brand new babies, we got to sing happy birthday to a young man who just celebrated his 80th birthday, we got to visit with a little boy who really wanted to play his video games instead of talking to us! haha And we got to brighten the day of a lot of people who may not otherwise have family to visit. We saw a lot of smiles today and walked out with empty hands and full hearts!

I love Operation Serve! I know I was out there to minister to other people, but just like last year I'm the one who left feeling ministered to. It inspires me to find ways to serve others all year long, and helps me remember that sometimes it's the little things that mean SO much to others. I can't WAIT until next year!

Saturday, September 26, 2009

QOTD #37 - Kameron Style

Kameron asked me this question last night, so I thought I would ask all of you too...

"What color day would you call your bestest day ever?"

Friday, September 25, 2009

It's almost time!!!

We can't wait to tell you all about our day tomorrow!! For now, you can read more about Operation Serve here.

A secret your husband needs you to know...

Our pastor is a wealth of information. His blog has a ton of good posts on marriage, parenting, and life in general. I have several of them bookmarked because I read them and think, "That's a really good idea" but I know that I'll never remember it when I need it the most. So I save them and re-read them when I need them. This one though is a good every day reminder for all marriages. We are currently doing a marriage study in our community group too, even after almost 11 years of marriage it's always good to hear little reminders of things we may have forgotten along the way. :)

A secret your husband needs you to know (but won't tell you)

In conjunction with this you can read this post on 5 major reasons marriages fail

Cactus Cuties

These girls are amazing... Keeghan has been listening to them all morning asking for "more, more, more!!" They are so young and so good!! This one gives me chills!

My First Times

1. Who was your FIRST prom date?
Went to my junior prom with friends, my senior prom with Doug.

2. Do you still talk to your FIRST love?
Nope... don't even know where he is today... probably a good thing.

3. What was your FIRST alcoholic drink?
Umm...probably a sip of champagne at a wedding at some point when I was young!

4. What was your FIRST job?

5. What was your FIRST car?
A big old gray Oldsmobile that my mom left me my Senior year when she moved to Wisconsin. We crammed A LOT of kids in that car!

6. Who was the FIRST person to text you today?
No one yes, it's like 7:30am. Last person last night though was my mom to tell me the swine flu shut down the high school across the street from me.

7. Who is the FIRST person you thought of this morning?
Keeghan because he was up all night whining.

8. Who was your FIRST grade teacher?
Mrs. Zickert. I cried a lot in first grade.

9. Where was your FIRST ride on an airplane to?
My FIRST one was to Michigan when I was 3, but I don't remember that. The first one I remember was to Sacramento on our 7th grade choir trip. We got kicked
out of the capitol cause the boys were throwing pennies off the balcony!
We never got to sing! GRRR Dumb boys!!! Then our choir teacher grounded us to our hotel rooms!

10. Who was your FIRST best friend & do you still talk?
Chanel and yes we do thanks to the world wide web! :)

11. Where was your FIRST sleep over?
Chanel :). We used to be next door neighbors.

12. Who was the FIRST person you talked to today?
Frank. I told him to stop snoring!

13. Whose wedding were you in the FIRST time?
I was a flower girl in my dad's cousin's wedding when I was 6.

14. What was the FIRST thing you did this morning?
Turned off my dumb alarm. For the fifth time.

15. What was the FIRST concert you ever went to?
I can't remember... I think it was a Lori Loza concert.

16. FIRST tattoo?
None... I'm chicken.

17. FIRST piercing?
Ears, I was 3.

18. FIRST foreign country you've gone to?
Mexico, several times. So far that's the only one I've been to, but that's about to change! :)

19. FIRST movie you remember seeing?
Oh gosh who knows? First movie I remember being addicted to was Little Mermaid. My friend Holly and I watched that thing EVERY day. I still have all the songs memorized!

20. When was your FIRST detention?
Detention?! ME??? NEVER! Seriously. (The key is... don't get CAUGHT!)

22. Who was your FIRST roommate?

23. What was the FIRST sport you were involved in?
I took ballet when I was 3. The instructor told my mom that I might want to pursue interests that don't require so much coordination. Hmmph.

24. What were the FIRST lessons you ever took?
Piano when I was about 4. Not only do I not have coordination, I have no rhythm either!

25. What is the FIRST thing you do when you get home?
Drop everything in my hands onto the floor and kick off my shoes.

26. What was you FIRST cuss word or words?
Uhh really?! I have no clue. What kind of question is THAT?!

27. FIRST time you went wrapping houses or egging?
Ohhh I remember a few different times but I think the first time was Amy's birthday party in 7th grade.

28. FIRST person to break your heart?
*sigh* Some stupid boy. But aren't they all?

29. FIRST CD you've ever bought?
New Kids on the Block! LOL Or maybe it was Paula Abdul. Yes pretty sure it was Paula's Forever Your Girl but NKOTB wasn't far behind.

30. Where did you go/do for your FIRST date?
Ummm. A movie probably. Couldn't tell you who it was with or what we saw. I think my memory is fading in old age. It was probably Doug since he was the first boyfriend I had where I could drive...

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Yo Gabba Gabba!!

This is how Keeghan has spent his day... playing with his "bo-bots", taking out ALL our shoes and spreading them around the house and and being incredibly silly! :) I love my little Yo Gabba Gabba obsessed boy! hehe

Fall Fiesta (Pics and video)

At the end of August, the Down Syndrome Association of Middle Tennessee throws their Annual Fall Fiesta. It's one of their biggest fundraisers of the year. Everyone comes to eat, enjoy good entertainment, and take part in a fabulous live and silent auction. There is always one item at the auction that I want SO bad I can't stand it. This year there was this beautiful garden bench made by the campers with Ds at their Summer camp this year. I wish I would have gotten a picture of it, they worked SO hard on it and the price it sold for proved that! (It was most definitely out of my price range! haha)

Anyway, one of the singers for this special night, Lane Brody asked if she could have a group of kids for back up singers for one of her songs, so the association picked a mix of kids with Down syndrome and some typical kids to help them along. Kennedy was asked to be a part and we were so excited! She LOVED being on stage and did a great job! Unfortunately none of my pictures turned out and the video below is extremely shaky and not zoomed in well, but you get the point. I hope you enjoy it anyway! Here are a couple pictures that DID turn out!

Lane singing...

Kennedy and Katie... Kenn just LOVED her!

Lane and Kennedy... Kenn loved her too! haha