Thursday, March 29, 2012

Shriners 2012

Hello from Philadelphia!

The little girls and I have been here since Tuesday evening. We have eaten some good food, seen some good friends, and had some fun! We still have a couple more days here, so we are excited to eat even more good food and see even more good friends! ;)

Today was the girls' appointment at Shriners Hospital. They had X-rays done and then we waited to see Dr. Samdani. He went over Kellsey's films first. Her AAI is still sitting right around 5mm which is holding steady. That's a good thing. Because it hasn't progressed in the last two years, he feels safe in letting Kellsey go two years between appointments. That's good news!

Kennedy's films also looked good. He was very pleased to see that all her pins and wires are still in place, her incision still looks great and she's had no issues. He wants to see her again in a year. We did have ONE request... We talked to him about Kennedy possibly being allowed to learn how to do cartwheels in dance. Dr. Samdani kind of stared at me for a minute and then I suggested maybe a neck brace while she's still in the learning process. She has been wanting to learn SO badly!! The thought of the neck brace made him feel better. It's not the actual cartwheel that's the problem, it's the potential of falling during the learning of said cartwheel that's the problem ;). So we headed over to the brace shop and picked up two braces for Kenn to wear while she's practicing. She is so excited!

The other thing we talked to him about was our next appointment. Our local Shrine who covers our plane tickets said that now that we are in Colorado, they wanted us to transfer care to a Shriners closer to us like Sacramento. I was kind of nervous about that. Dr. Samdani has been with us since the beginning, and should Kellsey ever have to have this surgery, I wouldn't want anyone doing it but him. He said that he would see what he could do to keep us though, so I am hopeful that we will be back here again next year! We really would miss Philly!

Anyway, that's the update on the girls. We are so thankful they are doing well and have a great team behind them to keep an eye on them! I have taken a few pictures which I will post when I get home. If you haven't entered my giveaway on my last post, be sure you do!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Fun with Felt (Giveaway!!)

Awhile ago, I was contacted by someone at the BettyLukens company and asked if the kids would like to try out one of their products so I could review it and do a giveaway. I looked at their website and thought, "That looks fun!" And then I stuck it in my "blog stuff" folder, and I forgot about it. Life gets busy. I ran across it again a few weeks ago and emailed them and asked if they were still interested. They told me to choose one of their sets and they would mail it to me. I knew that there was NO way my kids would agree on one set, so I chose the carville. All the little kids (and Kameron even) like to play with cars, so I thought that would be the easiest to share. :) A few days later we got a box in the mail and got not only the mat, but the Fun on the Farm set as well. The kids were thrilled! Even Kassidy got in on the fun... you know... because she was helping the little kids ;o). They have played with these sets for hours. Kameron has taken the car mat down to his room and Keeghan has claimed the farm for his room but they are both pulled out frequently and I see the kids playing with them.

They have TONS of different sets... Princess and Dress up dolls for girls, tons of different Animals and Nature sets, lots of Science and Early Learning to help with learning your ABCs and colors and shapes and more!  Holidays and Seasons... these are OH so cute and would be perfect for homeschooling, a classroom or preschool class. Finally, they have Through the Bible in Felt... countless different ways to bring Bible stories to life for your kids. Bring the well known and well loved Bible stories into your home or Sunday School class and keep your kids entertained for hours. The possibilities are endless! :) There is also SO much more that I haven't even touched on, so please go check out their site and browse. If you have a child, or grandchild, or work with children or just know a child, this would be a perfect gift! I love that it's something my kids have played with over and over. They are washable and each set comes in its own bag so you won't lose any pieces.

NOW, the people at BettyLukens have given me permission to give away a felt set to one of YOU as well!! SO, if you would like a set of your own, all you have to do is leave me a comment and tell me which set you would choose and who you might give it to (or if you'd use it in a classroom, Sunday School, homeschool, etc). We want to hear your ideas!! :o) As always, you can get an extra entry by sharing this giveaway on Facebook and/or twitter. Just leave me a separate comment for each entry. I will choose a winner using on April 4, 2012, one week from today. Good luck!! :)

Sunday, March 25, 2012

A Day at the Zoo

It's been beautiful weather here in Colorado Springs. We decided to take off today and head to the zoo. We have never been to the zoo here and it was SO much better than the one in Tennessee. Lots of great animals, though Kass was a little sad that the tigers didn't want to come out and play ;). Keeghan and Kennedy were excited to feed the giraffes. One came up to say hello to Kellsey and she almost had a heart attack. LOL She really likes animals... from a VERY far away distance ;). Kameron was our navigator and found a petting zoo which he thought might be a good idea until he saw they had a tarantula in there... then somehow we never found that petting zoo... still not sure how we missed it! Hmm... ;o) Keeghan of course was mostly excited to see the monkeys and this zoo did not disappoint! Monkeys, monkeys everywhere. He could have stayed there all day, I think.

There was lots of walking and we debated taking the wagon so we'd have two seats, but decided to just take Kellsey's stroller. Kennedy and Keeghan did a great job walking and made it all the way through. We didn't hear one complaint until we were on our way out to the parking lot. Here are a few pictures from our day...

The giraffes

Keeghan feeding a giraffe a cracker

Kennedy feeding a giraffe

A zebra

The kids looking at... something...

Keeghan... SO excited to be in the primate house

This was one of my favorites... a Wallaby 

Kennedy decided to be a giraffe in the gift shop

Then she decided Kellsey should be one, too ;) 

At the end of our day... Kameron was not very happy... oh well. There's always one in the crowd. 

Kennedy, Kellsey and I are getting ready to leave for Philadelphia on Tuesday. I guess I should think about packing... like tomorrow or something... ;) Hope you all are doing well!

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Despite What You Might Think...

We haven't fallen off the face of the earth. There's no drama brewing. No one is sick, injured, broken and I'm not suing anyone. ;) Sorry for sort of disappearing. I feel like I have been living in my car these days... and the piles of papers and clothes in there kind of proves it! haha Maybe I should install a video camera on my dashboard so I can video blog from the road, then you all can hear me tell Kellsey to stop unbuckling herself ten times a day. It would be thrilling footage. Really. :)

Beyond all the kids extra activities, little miss Kennedy has been getting into a bit of trouble for her sassy mouth at school. (Insert a shocked gasp of horror here!) I know, it's amazing. Kids with Down syndrome are so sweet and so loving. The most kind, gentle souls you will ever meet. *snicker* They are also children who don't like being told what to do and may just tell you exactly how they feel when they're not happy with you. *ahem* So, we've been dealing with that and teaching her that it's NOT ok to say things that are not nice, especially to grown ups who we like and who ARE in charge and well... all Kennedy says is, "But she hurt my feelings!" Yeah well... the feeling is mutual kid! One thing with Kennedy, you NEVER have to wonder what she's thinking. She'll let you know. ;) As a result, she's lost some recess time at school and some privileges at home, but I think she's catching on and learning a lesson in respect... and how to express feeling more appropriately.

Kennedy had competition this weekend and her group did well again! They got a platinum medal for their performance and placed first overall for their age group. They did a great job! She really loves being on stage and has been making some great friends. She is even making friends from other studios. haha Silly girl. We aren't allowed to take pictures or video during the actual competition (because this way they can try to get you to buy theirs for a ridiculous price! GRR!) so I don't have pictures, but hopefully I'll get a group shot of their group before competition season is over. I think they have 2 more to go... both in May.

This week coming up is pretty exciting. Wednesday is World Down Syndrome Day and I am going to read books to all the kids' classes (except Kassidy's... that would be too hard with the rotating schedule and maybe a little weird for middle school... you think??) and then Thursday my mom comes to visit! YAY!! We are all so excited! That is also their first day of Spring Break. I can't wait! Then next Tuesday, Kennedy, Kellsey and I take off for Philadelphia for our annual trip to Shriner's for their check ups there. I expect great reports for both girls. :)

The other kids are doing fine... everyone is healthy except for maybe a slight allergy attack here and there, but that just means that the weather is warm and things are blooming, so we'll live! Kellsey picked up a staph infection from somewhere last week, but it seems to be under control now with the help of antibiotics. It didn't seem to phase her one bit, not much slows her down! She smiled right through it. Kameron is in full force for his school play. He talks, walks and breathes Flat Stanley right now. It's less than a month away and they're getting so excited! I am going to be designing the programs and taking their cast photos for them. I can't wait until play night! :) Kassidy is in full on soccer mode again and is ready for games to start... I'm not sure when the season actually begins, but soon... and Keeghan... well... he's my monkey. What can I say? He talks and talks and talks and talks and talks. His new favorite phrase? "It's NOT fair!" Nothing is fair. I hear it about 15 times a day. I guess it's good he's figuring it out when he's young. ;)

Pictures soon, I promise. My poor camera might just leave me from neglect! I'll post again soon, I promise!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Spring has Sprung!

Spring has sprung here in Colorado Springs... at least for this week! It is beautiful outside. My windows are open, the breeze is blowing, and I am soaking in the sunshine. It makes me happy. :o) My friend Lisa asked how we were adjusting to life in Colorado, so I thought I would take a few minutes to answer...

In short, we love it here!! We love our new house... with the exception of the beeping smoke alarms ;), and the kids all love having their own bedrooms... even though they look forward to the weekends when they can "sleep over" in each other's rooms! haha I guess it's fun when you don't HAVE to share a room! The kids all love their schools still, and I can hardly believe the school year is almost over!! They have all made some great friends this year and they all look forward to moving on next year... I just registered my last two babies for Kindergarten! *sniff* The district here just announced new start times for all the schools next year. Kassidy gets to start almost a full half hour later next year. She is ecstatic! Kameron and Kennedy's (and next year Keeghan's) school moved up by 5 minutes, and Kellsey's school for next year moved up by 10 minutes which means I can get everyone where they need to be when they need to be there, once again avoiding the need for buses which is good for my heart! ;o)

Beyond school, we are staying busy with church... Kassidy joined a girl's Bible study there which she goes to every other week and just loves. She also started up with soccer again last week so she goes to practice 2 nights a week. Games will start up again the end of the month. Kameron got a part in his school play. He was thrilled and they have been practicing hard! He has practice for that after school 2 nights a week. The play is in about a month and it's supposed to be a HUGE production! I can't wait to see it! He had to take a break from Tae Kwon Do due to practice conflicts, but he looks forward to getting back to that after the play is over. Kennedy has somehow picked up extra dance classes. She went from two classes to dropping one and picking up a different one, to picking back up the first one but still keeping the other one and then picking up another one! The girl LOVES to dance! She would be there every night if I would take her! ;) Keeghan also decided that he would like to try dance, so he's in one of Kennedy's dance classes. He's not doing competition quite yet, but we'll see if he wants to stick with it... maybe next year. So far, he's loving it! So for the time being, one kid has some event every night of the week! We have a couple nights with two activities, but so far we're working out the schedules with the help of some friends. I love seeing the kids busy and happy! Kellsey is status quo right now, health wise and otherwise. Her new found love is Dora (of course she hasn't given up her first love of her magna doodle!) and my friend Jenn passed along a Dora house that her son wasn't using anymore which Kellsey (and Keeghan) are now thoroughly enjoying. :)

I have enjoyed making new friends with moms at dance, on the PTA at Kameron and Kennedy's school, in our neighborhood, and through the Down syndrome association here in town. We never seem to be lacking for things to do, that's for sure! We are looking forward to school being out and playing for the summer! Frank will be home in July for two weeks R&R and we will be taking off for California for vacation. We can't wait! He is doing well in Afghanistan but he's ready for a break already and we're ready to see him. :)

Sadly, I haven't taken hardly any pictures in the last couple weeks. I don't know what's going on with me. I've been in a blogging/picture taking funk, I guess. I have snapped a few with my phone when one of the kids says, "Take a picture of ME, mom!" so I will get those uploaded at some point and share them with you all. I realized the other day that March is usually my "Picture of the Day" month and I forgot to do it this year. Sorry! Maybe I'll do it in April. :) I hope you all are still out there somewhere... I'll try to be better about blogging. At least now you know what we've been up to! :)

So, we've settled in nicely overall... we've found good friends, good restaurants, a good mechanic, fun things to do, we're slowly exploring the area around us and look forward to doing that more this year... it's FUN to move to a new place... but I hope we don't have to do it again for a long, long, LONG time! ;)

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Where to Eat in Philadelphia - Max Brenner Cafe

So, you have to admit it, ever since you saw the movie Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (the original one, not the creepy remake), you have wanted to visit the chocolate factory. You have wanted wallpaper in your room that you could lick. You wanted an everlasting gobstopper that really lasted forever. You wanted fizzy lifting drink that could make you float through the air and maybe even an oompa loompa or a goose who laid a golden egg... just don't get too demanding... you all remember what happens to the bad egg!

Sadly, a trip to a the REAL Wonka factory isn't quite like the movie, but there IS a restaurant whose magical desserts come pretty darn close!

Max Brenner does all things chocolate! I'm pretty sure he even pipes the smell of chocolate out into the street around his restaurant to entice you inside. Seriously. We've been there a couple times now during our visits to Philly. The first time we sat down to a full meal. Their food is... ok. It's not bad, but it's nothing you can't find at Applebees across the street for half the price. The kids were pretty excited about the fact that they got paint brushes with their chicken strips to paint their ketchup on with... but still not worth it. SO the next time we went, we hit up Applebees for dinner, ate light, and headed over to Max Brenner's for dessert... because really, when you're going to a chocolate restaurant... GO for the chocolate!

Like this....

or this... 

or this...

Or hundreds of other things from Mexican Spicy Hot Chocolate to choco-pops to truffles to banana split waffles to crepes to chocolate pizza to sundaes to frappes to anything else your mind can conjure up... and if THAT isn't enough, on your way out the door you can SHOP!!!

And take some chocolate home! Oh Max Brenner. He makes my children happy. He makes the child in me happy. He makes my waistline not so happy. It's probably a good thing we don't live in Philly. :) 

Max Brenner Cafe is located on 1500 Walnut Street in Philadelphia... right across from another one of my favorite chocolate places that I'll be talking about another day. :) There are also locations in New York City, Las Vegas and Boston if you're close to there... and if you just can't stand it, their website will ship chocolate anywhere in the U.S. 

Happy Chocolate Shopping! 

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Spring Forward!

Don't forget to Spring Forward tonight before you go to bed or you'll be late to church tomorrow! ;) I actually love this time of year!! I of course don't look forward to losing the hour of sleep, but I LOVE that it stays light a little later. It keeps me motivated to get things done. It makes it so much easier for all the after school activities we have going on...

Kassidy will no longer end her soccer practice in the dark, I won't be driving home from dance in the dark anymore, and it just puts me in a better mood when the sun is shining... and we all know, when mama's happy... everyone's happy! ;)

The only thing that's really going to confuse me is that Frank will NOT Spring Forward in Afghanistan. I had it all squared away in my head... he was 12 1/2 hours ahead of me. And now he's not. It will probably take me 6 months to get used to that. Oh well. Can't have everything, right?! :)

SO what's your opinion? Do you like to Spring Forward? Fall Back? Or do you wish everyone would just leave the clocks alone already??

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Static Electricity

So, of all the things people told us about winters in Colorado, there's one thing they forgot. Apparently when winter hits around here, everything you touch shocks the heck out of you. And it HURTS! Static Electricity is alive and well, my friends, and it's all living in my house!

When I try to brush the kids' hair in the morning, it stands up straight, especially the girls. When I go to kiss them goodbye or goodnight, we've learned to discharge first by touching fingers because that hurts WAY less than shocking our lips... though Kassidy always wants to touch my cheek first for some reason... big meany.

Turning on light switches usually comes with a big blue spark we can actually see and a painful blow to the finger tips, and opening the car door in the morning sometimes feels like it jumps starts our hearts. Certain blankets send off fireworks, and our cell phones... well... I'm a little concerned we might just short them out. It's quite ridiculous. I'm glad no one here has a pace maker or they'd be in big trouble.

Seriously, if you don't hear from me for a few days, send someone to check on us... we might be stuck...

Or fried... 

Is it Spring yet?! 

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Happy Birthday...

to me! US!

Yesterday was my 33rd birthday... I'm pretty sure! A few people posted on my facebook page that I was only 32, so I had to double check and count on my fingers and toes a few times, but yes, I'm pretty sure I'm 33 now. ;o) This birthday was a little bit different than other years because not only is Frank deployed but my mom is not here either. That was a little bit of a downer for me.

SO I decided I would plan my own party. I invited a few friends and their kids to dinner last night... unfortunately, Colorado's ever-changing weather brings sinus infections and colds and the party fizzled out quickly. After Kennedy's dance class last night, I planned on coming home to fix some dinner for the kids and settle in for bed. Kassidy wasn't having any of that though lol. She insisted that we go out for dinner anyway since it was a special day, so the kids and I went out and it was really nice! :) We had a nice meal and fried ice cream... we even picked the right restaurant because they give all the kids magna doodles to play with while they wait. Kellsey was thrilled! ;) Definitely going back THERE again! It turned out to be a very nice evening!

The bonus to my birthday, was that my cousin Becky and her husband Josh had their second baby girl, Delanie Jo last night!! I was so excited to get the text updates from California about her arrival and praying she would be born before midnight. She arrived around 7:00 and is healthy and happy!! Best present I could have received! Congratulations Josh, Becky and Kylie and welcome to the world Delanie! We can't wait to meet you!!

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Where to Eat in Tennessee - Blackhorse Pub and Brewery

One of the few food places we miss from Clarksville is The Blackhorse Pub and Brewery. Tucked away on Franklin Street in Downtown Clarksville, this restaurant is great for families, date night or girl's night out. They also have a separate room you can book for events or parties.

So what's so special about Blackhorse? Lots of things!! They are famous for their specialty pizzas. My favorite is the Whitehorse Pizza with alfredo sauce, fresh spinach, sun dried tomatoes and artichokes. I usually add grilled chicken as well and add the garlic crust. Kameron and Kassidy like the sausage and pepperoni, while Kennedy goes for their mac and cheese specially baked in it's own little dish and OH so good!

They also have great sandwiches like the Boo Radley, or you can choose an entree of steak, chicken, pork or fish. There is literally something for everyone here. First though, before you decide on your meal, you absolutely must order the beer cheese dip. It comes with lots of tortilla chips and your whole family will love it! Don't worry, the alcohol is cooked out. ;)

After dinner, talk a walk downtown. There's lots of great little shops and other gems to find. If you're PCSing to Ft. Campbell or just going to visit Clarksville, don't pass up Blackhorse. It truly is one of a kind.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Q&A #235

I got this comment the other day on my post about AAI and AOI. Since it is an older post, I thought the comment was worth sharing. It has a lot of valuable points. A huge thanks to this PT for taking interest in this very important topic!!
I am a PT currently going for my doctorate and chose this topic for my final project. I am in the middle of my research but so far what I have found is: radiographs should be taken at age 3 in a lateral view: neutral, flexion and extension positions to assess the atlanto dens interval AND the neural canal width. Often times earlier radiographs are not accurate due to the underdeveloped bone mineralization. The transverse ligament is lax in Down syndrome children and this is often the reason that the dens impinges on the spinal cord. If neurological signs and symptoms are present at any time an MRI or CT scan should be taken to assess spinal cord involvement. Special Olympics still advocates for xrays even though the AAP doesn't. My recommendation to the parents of children with DS that I treat is to obtain the xray. The purpose of my project is to educate the caregivers/families/teachers etc on the clinical symptoms that present itself as well as activities to avoid due to ligamentous laxity in DS. I believe strongly that education is the key in prevention and catching AAI at an early stage. It is important that the radiologist has experience taking these films as well as interpreting them. Prior to surgical procedures (even if before age 3), xrays should be taken. Signs and symptoms to look for include: changes in behavior, gait (clumsiness, loss of balance), complaints of neck pain or holding their head in an abnormal pattern, changes in bowel and bladder, clonus in their ankle, changes in tone or unusual fatigue. I hope some of this helps. Good luck to all of you and continue to be strong advocates for your children. I admire you all. 

Does he grind his teeth every night? Have you talked to his dentist about getting a bute gaurd? I am a teacher and I have a student who grinds his teeth constantly the physical therapist recommended massaging his arms and shoulders pretty deeply and that seems to help some. I hope every feels well soon and that you are able to catch up on sleep! 
I'm not sure actually. He doesn't do it during the day AT ALL. I was trying to describe it to him once and he thought I was crazy! LOL He wakes me up at least 3 times a week with his teeth grinding, but that doesn't mean he doesn't do it more often. I will try massaging him before bed and see if that helps any... I feel like the nights that I DO hear him grinding his teeth, he wakes up grumpy the next morning. I meant to talk to the dentist about his teeth when he was in for his last cleaning, but I had all 5 kids in there at once and Kass, Kam and Kellsey had so many other unexpected things we needed to address, I forgot. 

Just curious how many flu symptoms you all had and how serious? My son has half the flu symptoms so I'm leaning toward just a cold but after reading about Kennedy's first symptoms, I am wondering about possible flu. 
Well, Kennedy's just started out with a runny nose but turned into a high fever, achy everywhere, horrible cough and red eyes. Then she seemed to perk up for awhile in the morning and her fever would come back full force in the afternoon/evening. Keeghan was hit hard with the high fever and he actually threw up a couple times which I didn't even know was a symptom of influenza, but I guess it is. He too was really achy and had a bad headache and stomachache. Kassidy was down with a bad headache for a couple days but never had a fever and was never officially diagnosed, so I'm thinking the Tamiflu kept most of the symptoms away for her. I had the fever, achy all over and just felt YUCK! Thankfully, I was only down for about a day and a half. Kameron and Kellsey stayed healthy, thank goodness!! If you're worried about the flu, you can take them in for a quick nose swab... it doesn't hurt, but it's not exactly comfortable, and they can tell you for sure if it's influenza or not. 

I so enjoyed reading about your delicious meal in Philadelphia !! I was born and raised here (will be 60 years in December) and never appreciated how fortunate I am !!! I live in NE Philly and don't consider trying those unique restaurants available so close to home :) 
Oh you definitely should!! There are so many wonderful places to eat in Philly! I'll be talking about lots of them over the next several months! :) Frank and I LOVE Philadelphia. We love the city and the history and the busy-ness and everything! We've even talked a few times about living there after the kids are grown and on their own and we have nothing to do but spoil a bunch of grandkids and enjoy each other... and, you know, food. ;)

 And we have a walgreens pharamcist in the family and he said they dropped tricare b/c they couldn't come to an agreement on payment issues...we too were sad as we have used walgreens for years and have had to switch now (we haven't had any prescriptions since the change so are still trying to decided between kroger (for the gas points) and target. 
Yeah well, I'm sure Walgreens is hurting with all the lost business! I actually tried King Soopers (Our version of Kroger) first for my pharmacy for the same reason (gas points) and they were HORRIBLE! They were rude and took forever! I gave them 3 chances and decided it wasn't worth the gas points or convenience of their drive thru. I even sent them an email and they never responded or seemed to care, so whatever! The pharmacist at Target has been SO nice and is trying hard to help me battle Tricare right now over Kellsey's Synthroid (which is another rant for another day). He already recognizes me, which is partially nice and partially sad! LOL But he's very knowledgeable and the whole staff is very friendly. :) I vote Target!!

Do you like to read? If so, have you ever read the book called, The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards?
I am halfway through it now, and cannot put it down! If you haven't read it yet, I think you might really enjoy it!

I DO like to read. Of course, my books these days consist of bedtime stories chosen from Kennedy's school library! ;) But I have read The Memory Keeper's Daughter (and I've seen the movie, but the book is always better!) and it was great!! Thanks for the recommendation!! 

Huh is this hereditary? Can there be certain things that cause a flare up that you should try to avoid? I guess I should just go read that link to get the answers ;). Glad you know what it is and it's not lymes. 
No, from what I've read it's not hereditary. There doesn't seem to be anything that causes his flare ups. But when he has one he's miserable... 103 temp, swollen, red ankles, severe pain in his hips and ankles or feet. Sometimes he can barely walk. It can last hours or days. And then it is gone. It can come back in weeks or months. He hasn't had a REALLY bad flare up in awhile, just hip pain but not debilitating, thankfully. His doctor said that lyme's disease usually affects the knees as well and Keeghan has never complained about his knees, but there's always an exception to every rule so he did the titer just to be sure since he had to draw blood anyway. 

So glad you finally got some answers for at least one child! And I'm so happy for you that it's not the worst diagnosis, as the dr thought. Hopefully he doesn't have too many or any flare ups at all! Did they say if he'd grow out of it? 
Nope, he didn't say... now that I've had some time to read up on this diagnosis and talk to some other parents who have kids with joint issues, I have more questions to ask his doctor. But that shouldn't surprise anyone! haha

Friday, March 2, 2012

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

Today is Dr. Suess' birthday! And to celebrate, Kameron and Kennedy's school is having a party! They are having birthday cake at lunch time and Kennedy's class is wearing their pajamas, bringing their favorite books to school and they even get to bring a stuffed animal or doll to read with. In addition to that, the whole school had crazy hat or crazy hair day.

So today, Kennedy and Charlie got dressed in their jammies and we worked on Kennedy's crazy hair... which in the end looks a little bit like Cindy Lou Who... don't you think? Very fitting! ;) She picked out a few books to take to school and was so excited that they didn't cancel school due to snow!! She never wants to miss a party!!

Kameron had a dentist appointment this morning, but he took his backpack and a hat with him in anticipation of going to school afterwards. However, after his appointment he decided that maybe he wouldn't after all. He just had a retainer put in, complete with a tooth to fill in for the adult tooth that is missing. It actually looks REALLY good!!! He's not so sure about how it FEELS yet though. So, he's hanging out with me today, which is fine! I love hanging out with my boy. :) I feel like we've been at the dentist A LOT lately, but we're making lots of progress!

Happy Dr. Seuss' Birthday everyone!! Who's eating Green Eggs and Ham for dinner tonight?? 

Thursday, March 1, 2012


Sorry I didn't get the winners of the giveaway to Wednesdays Were Pretty Normal posted yesterday. It has been a hectic week around here. Everyone is fine, just busy! Such is life with 5 kids, I guess! :) Here are the 3 winners below as chosen by

Number 1 was:

Anonymous said...

I would like to read this book. If I don't win it, I will certainly look to buy it!

Grandma Alice

Number 2 was...

.emma.stormy. said...

Tweeted it!!

And number 3 was...

Kate said...

I would love a copy of the book. As you know, my Joshua is terminally ill, and though he is not dying from cancer, so many of the feelings & things you & Michael touched on in your interview hit nerves (not bad ones) for me. I get people telling me how to cure my Joshua, how I just need to have faith & claim Jesus' promise of healing, etc.

It's a book I'd like to read. :)

If the 3 winners would please email me at and give me your addresses, I will pass them along to Michael who will get your copies of Wednesdays Were Pretty Normal in the mail to you right away! For the rest of you, the book was released TODAY on Amazon in paperback or for Kindle, so please go support my friend and buy a copy. You won't regret it!!