Friday, February 27, 2009

A Whole Lotta Updatin Goin On....

I am sorry I have been out of pocket for a few days. It has been an VERY hectic week and I started having trouble catching up!
FIRST ... Thank you ALL for your prayers and well-wishes for my Cousin Betsy... She is doing much better. I got this update today from my Aunt....
"Betsy is doing much better. She developed pneumonia from aspirating some food during one of her major seizures. But the medicine is controlling her seizures at this point. She is alert, but tired from the ordeal.
The Doctor said these may be tied to her respiratory infection of last week or may be the beginning of epilepsy.
We will remain on the medicine, if there are no side effects, for a year.

Thank you to everyone for your prayers. We will be forever grateful for your help."
SECOND- The back of the toilet in our powder room is now the dolly emergency room, for anyone that may have a doll that needs medical help. What you get when you stay: A nice cold Toilet Tank lid fluffed with Angel Soft toilet tissue pillows and blankets and Briley's very loving care around the clock. Please arrive early, a new doll seems to have a medical emergency everyday and this place fills up fast...

In other big news, Kayelyn has started using a Sippee cup. I started with Water and juice and am slowly weaning the bottle. She loves her sippee cups! It's going great!!
Game night at our house is a very competitive game of Hungry Hungry Hippos. Just in case you think you can win, you're wrong. Briley says she wins every game even if you have more marbles than her, that's just the way it is.

Kayelyn Also had her first Biter Biscuit this week. She loved it.... Good thing we ate it before bath time.... She was literally covered in biter biscuit paste.

Some other real big, fun news..... Mommy found a Step 2 Playhouse on Craigs list this week from a lady up in Tomball that had bought it for her grand kids 6 months ago. The kids moved away and don't visit much anymore so she was basically giving this thing away and I happened to post a want ad the day she wanted to sell it. We had been debating on a swing set, but its just still to big for Briley and I was fearful she would really hurt herself. This is good for up to 8 years old.... They even brought it and set it up in my backyard for me. Since then.... briley has spent 95% of her time at home in the "clubhouse" eating PBJ, playing with her toys and yes, even taking a nap on the bridge with a pillow she confiscated from the house.... oh to be be a kid again....

And lastly and most importantly, Kayelyn had her tubes put in her ears today and that was a fun experience lemme tell you. Now, in comparison to what we have been through with her in the past, this was nothin, but I felt so bad for this precious angel. She hated waking up from anesthesia and it made her cry for a couple of hours. When she emerged in the afternoon after some Ibuprofen and a nap she was like a new kid. Hopefully this will ward off any future ear issues and we will be able to stop worrying.

Here is some footage of the TUBE experience....


After the Tubes

Kayelyn cried completely out of control. The doc said it wasn't pain, but the feeling of disorientation from the anesthesia.

I am happy to report that she has been sleeping great since 9 pm tonight and hasn't cried all afternoon. I am glad we decided on the tubes. I know in the long run she will feel much better.

Well that is all I have for now.... I hope you all have a fabulous weekend.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Update on Betsy

Your prayers are working. Please continue to pass this around!!

As of late last night the MRI came back normal but the EEG did not. It is showing that Betsy is having constant seizures. They have started to lift the medically induced coma. Last night she was able to communicate but the seizures are affecting her ability to speak. The doctors do not know why this is happening. She has been fighting a severe respiratory infection and they are thinking that because she has a low immune system, the illness plus lower oxygen due to the respiratory infection may have triggered this. They are starting her on Anti-seizure meds. These medications have a lot of side effects. Please continue to Pray for Betsy. She is the most darling person you will ever meet....

Monday, February 23, 2009


Our Family is in need of Prayers. My dear sweet cousin, Betsy Kate has been hospitalized and is very ill. Betsy is 26 years old and had Down's Syndrome. Last night Betsy had a seizure and was taken to the hospital by ambulance. When she arrived at the hospital she had a gran mal seizure and was having trouble breathing. As of now she is in a medically induced coma and is having tests run to determine what is going wrong. Please keep Betsy in your prayers. She is truly the light of our family. You have never met someone kinder of more giving than Betsy Kate. Please pass this on to everyone you. Our family believes in and has experienced the power of prayer first hand. She needs our help. Please help us pull together and lift her up.


Saturday, February 21, 2009

A Man like No Other

I would like to take a moment to stop everything and give thanks to the most wonderful man I know.... My dear, perfect husband....
For those of you that don't know, after I lost my job in November, I took a part time job. Nathan and I decided to make a goal for ourselves. We would like me to become a stay at home mom to our girls.... right now, with finances the way they are that is virtually impossible. After nearly losing my daughter twice this last summer, I decided life is too short to not spend every waking moment with my babies if I can.... Well thanks to my husband, I am pretty close.
Nathan is working two jobs, full time at LCS and nearly full time waiting tables... Why does he do this? He feels its his responsibility to provide the best he can and make my dreams come true and make our children so happy that mommy is around more!
Everyday Nathan leaves the house by 5:30 am to be at work. Gets off late afternoon and makes it home with 15 minutes to spare, changes clothes and goes to wait tables till 12:00am and comes home, sleeps for 3 or 4 hours and does it all again the next day.
He also picks up the house, cleans the kitchen after meals and has had time to start my beloved vegetable garden outback and is working on it with quick vengeance. I am floored at the ability of this man, and his strength and his will. He never complains, and he always smiles. When he gets home he finds the energy to hang out with me... and he is excelling at work in both jobs.... By day he is doing a wonderful job and by night he is the #1 waiter and choice of most regular customers because he does such a good job and his tips prove that....

Thank you honey, for being the most giving caring man I know, and allowing me the freedom to work less and spend more time with out beautiful girls... It means more to me than you will ever know. I am so blessed to have you in my life. I have a profound respect for you.... Bigger than you will ever know...

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Fun Stuff....


Briley had her first minor injury at school this week...

She is just fine after face-planting in the mulch on the playground, especially if she has a hello kitty or dora bandaid on her face....

Monday, February 16, 2009

When a Toddler is Quiet- The Sequel

Last week Jen Blogged about what to expect when a toddler is quiet. Tonight, Briley begged to Watch TV and eat dinner at the same time. This is something I rarely allow, but tonight I gave in and let her watch her movie and eat at the same time.... She was quiet for about 5 minutes-- which for Briley is a long time, but I just thought she was behaving. Whoops. Instead she snuck into the pantry, took out a huge bag or Jelly Belly's and added them to her dinner plate..... Apparently, she thought this was ok, and I wouldn't notice.....
We got invited to a play date with Corbin and Claire but Briley declined because she told me she didn't feel good. Now I bet her tummy is really hurting...

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Here's to YOU Mom & Dad!

Every Year, for the past 4 years my parents have spent Valentine's Day in LOVELAND, CO on the side of a mountain dressed like a bride and groom on skis. They renew their vows and spend the rest of the day eating wedding cake and having fun!! Here are photos from this year... Congrats on renewing your vows again mom & dad! It's so wonderful that after all these years you're still so in love!!

Last year on the side of the mountain!

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Dinner Time

Dinner Time Is always fun at our house. Here is Briley saying her blessings before she eats.... Followed by some of Briley comedic activity, making her sissy laugh.... which is always so adorable... The sound of children, especially babies will light up your day anyday!
Chocolate Ice Cream Face

Prune Face


This is a HUGE honor for a little girl who had such a rough start!!! 8 months ago we didn't even know if she would make it and here she is today! The cutest baby of 2008!!
Congrats baby girl! We are so proud of you!

Friday, February 13, 2009


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Thursday, February 12, 2009

Oh Valentine!

Brilet had her Valentine's Show/Party today at school. It was the cutest thing ever. They Sang "Loud & Proud" and of course my Briley was the loudest. LOL She made Valentines for Daddy and I and teh teachers had an adorable little lunch for the parents!
My valentine from Briley

Olive waiting for Sissy to sing! HOW exciting!

The Kids with their Valentines on Stage!


Briley waiting to eat her icecream sunday!
Lucnh! Heart Shaped Sandwiches, Veggies, heart shapped chocolate covered pretzels and a heart cupcake!

Olive and Grandmama waiting for Briley!

Look what Briley made us!

This is Briley's Valentine Mail box! It is full of all sorts of goodies from her friends at school!

I am so proud of my Precious Girl! She does so good at school!