Sunday, December 30, 2012

Q&A #254

In " Kennedy getting excited for the train to GO!", Kenn looks SO much like her brothers, especially Kam. 
I think it's the wide-eyed look of excitement! Kameron does that look well! ;) 

You went on a train without me? Who did Kass sleep on, lol? 
LOL There was no sleeping on this train... WAY too much going on! ;) Next time you come we can go on this one, but there's no mountain top at the end. ;) 

Do you have to take the meds all the time for the spasms or just when they hit?
Every day, but my doctor just gave me a new med so hopefully I can switch from 2-3 times a day to once a day. I just haven't tried the new one yet. I'm always scared of side effects from new meds so I try to start them when I know I don't have anything going on... and that hasn't happened recently! LOL 

I know this is pretty far off, but there is the Disney College Program in Florida where college students work at Disney for a semester. That sounds perfect for him! 
Kam would LOVE that! I wonder if the parks in CA have the same program? Not only is it a little closer to home, but the crazy boy is determined to live in California. I keep telling him he better get a REALLY good job! hahaha

 I know you said you had her tested for allergies, but maybe it's something similar? Did they test for seasonal allergies, not just food? I'm so sorry for Kennedy, since I know what a hardship it is to function (and sleep) during those weeks every year. Good luck! 
They did test her for seasonal stuff and she tested negative, but I'm wondering if they'll retest her in Denver when we go... She has been doing SO well lately, no headaches at all! :) 

I love the way you curled Kennedy's hair!! How do you get it to look like that? So perfect!! 
Those are actually done with the straight iron! One of Kennedy's dance teachers is also a hair stylist and she taught me how to do it. It took me awhile the first couple times but it's getting easier now! Here is a tutorial I found... this is how I do it! LOL I think my flat iron is a little smaller though. 

Syd pulled Santa's beard at the Starlight party. It was legit!!
He was telling Kennedy to pull it too and she was looking at him like, "I don't think so!" hahaha He was a great Santa! 

I love Kassidy's hair at that length!
Me too!!! She has the most beautiful hair! It's SOOOOO thick and pretty, especially when she lets me style it. ;o) 

I see the pictures of Kennedy and it looks like she grew so much so when I saw the picture of her with her friend I thought wow is she really still that much shorter than her peers? Or is her friend older? Just curious. It's hard sometimes getting perspective in pictures.
See, I feel like she's grown a lot too! A year ago she was in 4T clothes and now she's in mostly 6's (some 5's). She really seems like she's grown taller to me. That being said, she is still the shortest kid in the entire second grade (and probably the oldest since we repeated Kindergarten) and Keeghan is literally 1/4 of an inch shorter than her! LOL She is 43 3/4" and Keeghan is 43 1/2 inches. Sooo she's pretty tiny, in her defense though, her friend Emily (in that picture with her) is one of the tallest girls in the class! ;) 

No more possessed smoke detectors!
And hallelujah for that! LOL 

Do you get that "one free" move?? I used it to move when my husband was out to sea and I moved on base... 
Possibly... we're actually running into some issues with this move (because nothing can ever be easy)! Everything with the new house is great but getting out of this house, even though we were told we HAD to, is becoming sticky. Grrr!!! Thank goodness for JAG!!

Yay!!!! So happy for all of you to be together again and just in time for Christmas!! How much notice are you given for when he can come home ?
I knew for about 3 weeks so it wasn't TOO hard to keep my secret because even then we didn't have an exact date... about 2 weeks in advance we got a date and then a few days before he got home we got a call from the base here saying when he would be in, which by that time I already knew. Now the tricky part is just pulling off the surprises for the kids every time! hahaha

So the donut of deployment is all green now?
Yep! All done for this round! :) 

I hate to be someone who always bugs about Kellsey, but did she have a good Christmas too? (I think she's adorable - that's why I always ask. _smirk_.) 
How many babies does Kenn have now? Does she still play with Charlie? :)

She did have a good Christmas :). She had a nice day and got some nice things. And she is adorable. ;) I will post a longer update on her soon. Ohhh Kennedy and her babies. I guess it depends on how you define "babies"... She officially only has one American Girl - Charlie. However, somehow Kassidy and Kellsey's American Girls have made it to her room too. LOL Charlie still gets played with quite a bit, especially to get her hair done and clothes changed... she doesn't go everywhere with us anymore though which is kind of sad... guess it's part of growing up! (Kellsey didn't take hers with her because she was ripping the hair out of it... in hindsight, that was a dumb move on our part, we should have bought her one with no hair. *sigh* We bought her a replacement doll who is bald that Kellsey likes much better!) Kennedy also has a couple Barbies that she's rec'd for birthday presents and such... she will play with those sometimes... and she has 2 Anne Geddes dolls that she had for years. They're really cute and well loved. Now she has her new baby, Emmy. She asked Santa for a "real" baby, and that's as REAL as it's gonna get around here! haha THEN she has her Groovy Girls. She probably has... close to 100 of those. It's a little bit crazy! LOL She has loved those dolls forever, and when she was going through chemo people asked what she liked because they wanted to send her something, so I said "Groovy Girls" and they responded! Five years later and she still plays with every single one. I should take a picture sometime. They are the most loved dolls on the planet... and they drive me crazy because despite having clothes, half of them are NAKED! hahaha 

Kass has the best of both worlds....all that cash and I'll bet she gets to enjoy the other kids' things a little bit??? 
Oh yes!!! She's been having fun playing with everyone's stuff. But she's definitely feeling "rich" right now. Good thing she has no bills to pay or she wouldn't be feeling that way! hahaha

You guys are so nice and neat when you open gifts! LOL We make a mess, but we do have trash bags and pick up as we go--or try to. But we're all scattered around the room! LOL
We TRY to pick up as we go because otherwise there's a HUGE mess after and we're wading through wrapping paper to make sure we don't throw away any presents by mistake! LOL Once all the boxes are opened though, my house looks like a tornado hit! *sigh* ;o) 

Where is Miss Kellsey? I must have missed an update or something?
Yes you missed an update. ;) Here is the last big one I did... 

How's Kellsey? Any updates by chance?
As I said above, I will post a longer update later... Kellsey is still really, really struggling daily to find her place in the world. School is just too overwhelming and not routined enough to keep her from injuring herself and others (mostly others these days). We are all working hard with the help of friends to get Kellsey therapy and to a point where she can be settled and happy. I feel like we've been striving for this for years now. Sometimes I feel like it will never happen and other times I see glimmers of hope. Anyway, I can't delve into it too much right now, but please just be praying that things will improve for her... RAD sucks. :( 

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Christmas Pictures

We hope you all had a wonderful Christmas!! We had a great day here! The kids opened presents, we had butter braids for breakfast and then laid around and watched movies while the kids played with their new toys. Later, Frank and I cooked a lot of yummy food. I love that he's back to cook with me... he's a much better cook than I am ;o). After that we watched more movies, played some of the kids' new board games and headed to bed. It was a nice lazy day, which was perfect for us!!

Here are some pictures from our morning... not too many pics of Kass opening presents because she asked for money, so money she got. ;) I guess she's hit the age where cash is best. I did get her a few things though so she'd have stuff to unwrap. She liked it, but she was mostly excited about the cash! haha The kids all got money from grandma too so they are sitting pretty right now. :)

Making Jesus' Birthday cake on Christmas Eve...

Santa was here.

Presents!! And the kids checking out what Santa left

They all got what they wanted! ;) 

Kam has been asking for a metal slinky forEVER! I told him it will be tangled in a week! LOL We'll see! 
Kass' new ornament... 
Kennedy's notebook, which she LOVED! haha 
And Keeghan's new finger monkey, Lulu

Kenn checking out her baby... 
Keeghan with another monkey... 
Kass opening a bracelet 
and Kam with a bacon lollipop. Yum. :oP 

Come to the nerd side. We have Pi.
Kenn loved her new outfit
Kam's new bacon board game (are you sensing a theme yet? LOL)
And Keeghan's monkey blanket from Grandma

Keeghan's dream light from grandma, 
Kennedy's fingernail polish, 
Kameron's bacon candy canes (which he says are not very bacon-y) 
and Kass' new game... we tried it, it's HARD! LOL 

Kennedy's new blanket from Grandma
Kameron's new Lego set, which is already put together
Keeghan's new firetruck
Sweet sisters

Kennedy's new boots! She LOVES these!
Kam was so excited about this Angry Birds game
Keeghan's new monkey clock
Kenn's Justin Bieber backpack

A pirate treasure box for Kam
A new purse with lotion and body wash... 
Kenn checking out her new baby, Emmy
And opening her Hannah Montana styling head (which is kinda creepy). She was very excited!

Kam's bacon shirt and Angry Birds game... it was fun! 
Kenn's new "suitcase" which now holds all her nail polish and lip gloss. LOL 

Modeling her new American Girl coat... Charlie has one too! 
Her Unicorn castle and a jewelry tree for all her necklaces and stuff

Open... Open... Open!!!

So favorite gifts? Kennedy and Keeghan both really like their dream lights from Grandma. Keeghan also really loves his giant monkey and finger monkey. Kennedy is loving her unicorn castle (she's very into unicorns right now) and her baby doll. She of course loves her new boots, too! haha Kameron got a book all about pirates that he really likes and he got a little game that turns his iPad into an air hockey game. The kids have all been having fun with that... mostly for him,  it's been his metal slinky. Go figure!! haha Oh yes, and his plush bacon... I can't forget that! ;) Kass loves her Pi sweatshirt and her duck (she collects them). She also got a new winter coat that looks super cute on her... not sure she cares about that though! ;)

I got them each an "I Like Book" which we will start on January 1st. Every night either Frank or I will write something in each one of their books saying what we like about them... just a small thing. At the end of the year (or whenever they want), they can go back and read it all. I'm really excited to do this and I'm going to TRY not to duplicate any of my "likes" all year long.

Anyway, that was our Christmas. Thanks for sharing it with us!!

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas!!

We hope you all have a wonderful day with your families!! 
Thank you, Lord for sending your Son to be our Savior!
Happy Birthday, Jesus!

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Holiday Memories!

We have had a LOT of fun stuff going on around here... Christmas parties, more Christmas parties... Did I mention Christmas parties? Oh... and snow. But that wasn't fun. LOL It was SO cold that they canceled the last day of school. Usually a snow day brings cheers all around in our household, but this time it brought sighs of sadness because the last day of school before Christmas is... well... party day! They were all so excited!! Thankfully the teachers were looking forward to it as well because I've received emails from all 3 teachers (Kass doesn't get parties in middle school. Bummer!) and they've all rescheduled their parties for January when school gets back in. :o)

Kennedy went to her very first sleepover last week and had a FABULOUS time. The girls stayed up till 3am laughing and playing and they ate lots of food and played games and had a wonderful time! She talked about it for a week before the party got here and is still talking about it now. She loves to be with her friends! ;)
 Kennedy ready to go to her sleepover! 

 Let's GO!!!

 Kennedy and Brooklyn, the birthday girl

Beyond Christmas parties, Kameron's teacher had his class put on an amazing play. Kameron was so excited to get this teacher this year because he knew about the plays this class puts on every year. This is the only 5th grade class to do these and of course it's right up Kameron's alley. :) For this play they did Peter Pan's Christmas. They did 2 performances for the school and parents and they all did a great job! Kameron played the part of Michael and he loved every second of it. :)

 "Wendy", "John", "Michael" (Aka Kameron) and Peter Pan

 Peter and Michael with Santa

Kennedy also had her class music performance. They performed on Monday night for all the families and then they were supposed to lead the all school Christmas caroling on the 19th but the darn snow got in the way! LOL They all did a great job too and Kennedy had a lot of fun singing all the Christmas songs. :)

 Kennedy and Emily

 Most of Kenn's class

We had another Christmas party with the Starlight foundation (yep, they have two!) and a Christmas party with Kennedy's dance company... they were both so much fun!! We have one more on Christmas Eve and then I think we'll be officially partied out! ;)

Keeghan telling Santa what he wants for Christmas 

 Kenn checking out Santa's suit

 Santa talking to Kam... trying to convince him he's the REAL Santa ;)

 I think Kass is trying to convince Santa that Kennedy does NOT need any Justin Bieber stuff! haha

 Kennedy didn't want to wear her hat... she didn't want to mess up her hair! LOL 

All dressed up for the KDA party

 Beautiful Kass 

 Cutting her steak... HUGE milestone! ;) 

 I think that's his "Leave me alone so I can eat" smile. ;)

 Silly monkey :)

 Love these girls! 

All dressed up. It's a rare sight people! ;)

 Yum! Chocolate fountain! 

 I think it's a good thing we took our family pic BEFORE the chocolate! ;)

Kennedy and Michelle... her "Big Sister" from dance.

 Almost all the company kids :)

 Jaemen and Keeghan - No one look at the camera... ready, set, GO! 

 Dancing to Just Dance 4

So much fun!! :) 

OK I am caught up on pictures until Christmas morning!! haha Hope you enjoyed them!!! :) 

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

The Children of Sandy Hook...

These kids have been on my heart constantly... these faces have been on my heart and my mind since Saturday when the first face popped up until today when the last little one showed up on my screen... I have read their stories... they were football fans and cub scouts. They were brothers and sisters and crafters and garderners. They loved to play with dolls and trucks and loved to play sports. They loved to laugh and smile and they were the light of their families lives. They just celebrated birthdays...

Without meaning to, they woke an entire country up out of a false sense of security. A crazed gunman can absolutely shoot through the front door of our children's school and take the lives of an entire class of first graders. 11 days before Christmas. I will not remember the gunman. I will not mention his name. It's not worth it.

I WILL remember these children... all 20 of them. I will honor their memories however I can, even if it's just by being more patient with my own children. Their lives will not be in vain.

Rest in peace sweet angels... I look forward to meeting you in Heaven one day...

Charlotte Bacon 02-22-06 
Daniel Barden 09-25-05 
Olivia Engel 07-18-06 
Josephine Gay 12-11-05 
Ana M Marquez-Greene 04-04-06 
Dylan Hockley 03-08-06  
Madeleine F. Hsu 07-10-06 
Catherine V. Hubbard 06-08-06 
Chase Kowalski 10-31-05 
Jesse Lewis 06-30-06 
James Mattioli 03-22-06 
Grace McDonnell 11-04-05 
Emilie Parker 05-12-06 
Jack Pinto 05-06-06
Noah Pozner 11-22-06 
Caroline Previdi 09-07-06 
Jessica Rekos 05-10-06 
Avielle Richman 10-17-06 
Benjamin Wheeler 09-12-06 
Allison N. Wyatt 07-03-06 

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Starlight Christmas Party and a Special Surprise!

Today was our Starlight Christmas party. The kids have been excited to go to this for weeks, and so have I... for lots of reasons! ;)

 It's a Star Wars Christmas! 

 Darn sun! 

 Kennedy LOVED this guy! LOL They talked forever! 


 Nik totally photo bombed her! hahaha

Silly girl

 Sydney and the girls

 Keeghan and Timmy... writing letters to Santa in hopes of NO lumps of coal this year! ;) 

The kids got to see Santa... and they were the VERY last ones because Santa had a special surprise for them... 

 WHAT could it BE?! 

 It's DADDY!!!!

 Dad!!! You're back!

I got a hug in too!

 They make the same faces lol

 Daddy's girl 

 Even Santa wanted a Welcome Home hug! LOL 

 Santa... Soldier... Storm Troopers... it all fits, right?! LOL 

Back together again! :o)

I almost didn't pull this off! I've been planning this with Robin who runs the Starlight Foundation for a couple weeks now, ever since I knew that Frank was coming home... THEN the powers that be in the Army really got in the way and messed us up with timing. I was so upset!! We had a Plan B scheduled, but thankfully, Frank's plane got in on time, the people running the show at Ft. Carson were short and sweet, and our friend Angel drives FAST!! hahaha It was all perfect timing!!! I have video too but that will have to come later... I'm going to spend time with my family! :) 

Thank you to everyone who helped me make today happen!!! The kids are on cloud 9! :o)