Sunday, March 29, 2015

What I am Grateful Four! lol

Haha...I'm not very good at puns but every now and then.

I am late...a little...well maybe a lot!

Last night was the youth lock the church and I was in charge of the games.  I am so grateful my daughter allows me to participate in her life and the activities that are fun to her.  We had  so much fun...we played life size hungry hungry hippos.  We also played pudding pictonary.   Not only did the kids have a good time...I had an amazing time!

I am oh so grateful my husband is a team player and he was down for helping out as well.  He made dinner and then set it out again at 11 so everyone could have a late night snack.  Then he stayed late to clean up while I brought our grumpy younger pup home to go to bed.   He is so very awesome and I could not have a better best friend or partner!

I am grateful for my little girl.  She is so awesome and I am very proud of her.  She is growing up so fast and I feel sometimes like I am missing pieces of her growing up, because it's happening so fast.

please feel free to share your gratefuls!  :)

Friday, March 27, 2015


On Day three I was really having a hard time coming up with my grateful ideas until I called my grandma.  She is my step grandma I gained her by marriage and no one could ever tell her or me that she is anything less than family.  She has been a grandma to my kids since the day they were born and I would never take that away from of them.  She and I spent nearly an hour on the phone as we do most every time we talk.  We didn't talk about anything very important but I know the time was well spent for both of us.  I love hearing how her week is going and how she and her gentleman friend are doing.   It is always a worthwhile conversation for both of us...I hope she knows how much she means to me.  She tells me every time we talk how much we mean to her and that makes my day no matter how uncool my day has been.

At dinner I asked Catie if she was getting excited at all about the new house and she said yes...Woohoo!  Thank God for small miracles!  This is just a little thing since I know she isn't super excited about moving to Manhattan...she likes the idea of the house though and I'll take it!

My third thing tonight is Alex has decided he is going to go ahead and do the flash mob with me tomorrow.  He also didn't freak out about dance class tomorrow morning when we mentioned it tonight.  That is super huge since he had such a huge melt down on Monday night.
Going to bed on a high!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Grateful Journal part 2

In an effort to grow a positive outlook I am writing a grating a grateful journal and I am on day two...

I have picture of Nathan in his chef wear on this page to remind me that I am very grateful that he is not a chef he had to work late and he was still home at 6:45.  That is so much earlier than he ever got off as a chef.  He routinely worked 12-16 hours as a chef and had to work every weekend and all Holidays.   Having home to spend the evening with us is a huge blessing.

Next I have Alex pictured...he has given me a run for my money today...and kept me on my toes today.   I am so excited that he might be willing to admit that he is willing to hang onto dance class.  He had a huge melt down at the beginning of this week and told us he was never going to dance again. This morning he danced all over the kitchen and my heart just melted to see such joy on his face.  Who knew a child could cause such raw emotion???

I won't put any more pictures..the last thing I am grateful for is the whole home inspection.  It is done and it went very well.  Nathan was there for the whole thing and he feels confident in all of the findings.  This sure puts my mind at ease and gives me a little more breathing room.

Please feel free to share your gratefuls!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Grateful Journal

As a practice to build positive light in my live I will begin writing three things I am grateful for everyday.

A new home in May for our anniversary to call our own...we are buying a house in our next port of call...some permanence will be very nice.  I really like this house...everyday when I tell someone new about it I find something I like about it. Some of the things I didn't like about it I think I am starting to find endearing.  My husband really likes this house...and I am hoping that he will want to stay there for a really long time since we have moved at his request the last few times...

My husband's job is very good right now...he really seems to love his job and is growing his business.  He is doing very well in his field and his employer is finding his culinary talents very useful.   I pray that continues and we find good things in this company for a long time to come.  I feel like this is a great fit for us a for a long growth and could keep us very comfortable.

I am very grateful for my job.  I love working where I do.  The people I work with don't always get along and I don't always get along with them, but I always have customers who make my day.  I walked out of there today knowing that I am going to miss this job.  I also know I will find a job again that I am just as happy with and enjoy the people I work with.  

Please feel free to share your gratefuls!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Not Super Mom and that's ok.

I suck at this sometimes!   ADHD is kicking my ass!   

My poor son must feel like some weird science experiment.  He has been through the wringer this weekend and it was a suppose to be a fun weekend.  A holiday weekend.   Thank God we were not traveling.    
A few months ago we noticed Alex's ADHD medication wasn't working like it should we made adjustments. We saw some change but not enough.  I talked to his teacher.   She was frazzled but willing to work with me.   He was quickly loosing ground and not wanting to go to school.  The place he previously loved to go.   I back peddled and even went to school with him to see if I could see what was going on.  I observed him most of the day...and for the most part his teach said he was behaving as normal.   That was not good.  He was unfocused and disruptive.   He wasn't the only student...but he was my student and my only concern.   I'll pray that the other kids parents are as concerned as I am.   I talked to the lead teacher.   She is very supportive and offered great advice...things I had never ever thought to do.   She encouraged me to get Alex in some kind of therapy for his
ADHD and seek outside help not try and take care of it all on my own.  I shared with her my concerns that Alex might have some autistic tenancies and she gave me some advice on how to proceed with that in a small town in the middle of Kansas that doesn't offer much in the way of diagnostic and treatment.   
Finally it came down to we had to switch Alex's medication.   It has been a more successful transition that the last time we tried this transition.   There have been some set backs however...Alex is having some issues with the new medication.   It makes his stomach hurt...a lot.   He has spent two nights throwing up a lot...that was of four nights.  He has complained at every meal that he can't eat that it hurts...we have  tried everything to get him to eat just a few bites...even getting his favorites...cheeseburger and fries.  He just can't eat.   It really bums us out,,,dad especially gets upset because he things Alex is just not eating because he doesn't like what was made.   Truth is he can't eat...he has an upset stomach,   I'm up right now because I got to get up with Alex and clean up the mess he made in the bathroom at 2:30 a.m. oh well...I can sleep later.   He hasn't slept much either the poor little guy keeps waking up with stomach cramps and leg cramps.   Both are common side effects of the new medications...the worst part...I think it actually is working...He seems more focused and able to concentrate.   

Thursday, June 19, 2014

LOL...why didn't we do this sooner?

Look what we found at the thrift store today...only $19.99
You  might notice that all of Alex's photo's are blurry and out of focus...yes I am horrible at taking pictures.   He also didn't stand still for a second...even when I asked him too...silly boy.   He was so busy bouncing that he couldn't take even a second to stop and take a picture.   This is AWESOME!   We have been looking for a way for take some of the steam out of this little boy...he's been all outta sorts since school got out.  He has had not much outlet for all this energy.   He is wearing himself out as I type this..and I am loving it!!!    One of my very wise mom friends had one of these on her back porch and she uses it to give her kids a time out...they have to jump though a time out...of course they love to jump, and it also getting out some much need energy.   Catie spent some time on it and yes she enjoyed it...but her time was up and she hasn't asked her brother to get back on it.  Now he's starving....this is awesome!

We might just have a mandatory period of jumping everyday...just to wear him out a little.   Oh wise friend...what other tricks do you have...
bottom 20 buck we spent today!

Sunday, May 25, 2014

two kids with food kidding right???

So dinner last night was suppose to be a celebration...My parents were celebrating Nathan's new job and my sister in law's new career.  She is graduating from college in a week and half from nursing school.  We were so very excited to go out and have dinner out at a place that serves sushi for Nathan because Catie wasn't going with us.  It was Stix...a Japaneses steakhouse.  A place we haven't taken her since we found out she has the shellfish allergy because the shrimp are flying through the air at people.  The protein she is allergic to is literally airborne so just to be safe we have stayed away.
Since Catie had that first reaction I have been very hesitant to give Alex shellfish and have only on rare occasions.  He will have Crab Rangoon here or Calamari there...but has never to date had shrimp that I am aware of...until last night.  I finally relented and said what the heck.  He's seven.  We have to know at some point if he has that food's possible...but pretty unlikely.  So he gets the two appetizer shrimp on his plate...and looks at me quizzically.  "Can I eat those mom" he as asked me before he devours them.   I nod and watch in horror as I believe he is going to break out into hives and gasp for breath instantly, even though it takes Catie several minutes to feel any kind of reaction from shrimp.  I almost want to check him over a few minutes later for signs of a rash...nope I'm going to be easy and relax.  My husband even has a picture of me trying to relax...I am doing a pretty good job of faking it, but the whole time I am searching his little neck and face for a rash.
Then the fun begins.  The grill cook begins to flip shrimp into the dinner's mouths.  Alex is up first...the cook over shoots and the shrimp hits Alex in the eye.  He wipes his eye and says he's ok.  I think nothing of it and the cook moves on the someone else.  This goes on till all the shrimp are gone...oh thank God!  We finish dinner and we head home.   A great dinner and we had a great time...Alex learned to eat with Chopsticks and he ate shrimp and survived.  All and all a great night.
Until we get back to mom and dad's house and Alex comes running up to me.
"Mom, Grandma thinks I have pinkeye?!?!"
"what, let me see your eyes baby...they were fine at the restaurant and you didn't have any signs of pink eye earlier!"
"but my eye is all pink and swollen and drippy"
"OMGOSH!!!  Mom he's having an allergic reaction to the damn shrimp!!!"
Marsha and Dad ask if I am sure and how I can tell....
He had a hive right on his eye lid...
So he got a does of Benadryl...the clear kind because we don't want to mess with his ADHD.  I asked if his belly hurt or if he was having any breathing issues...nope he felt fine...just tired.  So off to bed he went.
I explained to Marsha the progression of a allergic reaction and what might happen and what might necessitate a trip to the ER.  I left it at if he throws up and I can't get it to stop we are heading into the ER for an EPI shot.   So sometime over night I heard a bunch of things being moved around and shuffling.  I figured dad was getting up to move to his chair in the living room because his hip was hurting.  Then a little while later Marsha woke me up.
"What was it that you said about throwing up?"
So at 1 I went up and checked his eye and made sure he was doing ok...I was really worried at this point but the throwing up had stopped and I gave him another Benadryl.  The next morning the swelling was mostly gone and the pink was almost all gone too.  I gave him one more Benadryl and hoped for the best.
By lunch the swelling was down and he was fine.  He mentioned at breakfast that the eye he was smacked in was the one that swelled way up...I'm guessing the proteins in the shrimp reacted with the membranes in his eye and it swelled right up.
All better now...but now I have two kids with food allergies and forevermore I will have an epi-pen with me always.