Other Things May Change Us,
But We Start And End With Family!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving

Much to be thankful for this holiday season...many family and friends who continue to put up with me...thank you! Eric...you are the love of my life...thanks for putting up with me mostly without an argument...I love you, bloodsucker! Hailey, Cayson, Jaxson, & Deni...thanks for making me laugh everyday...even if the windows get broken (twice)...Supernanny would die in our house! Denise, Kim, Brother...I call him that because he is my brother:)...thanks for always being there for me...keep sending me the funnies, bro! Mom and Dad...what great examples you are to me...thanks for 32 years of unconditional love! Danna, Mike, Charlie, Leslie...thanks for letting me into your family...even though I am a PITA...it seems I fit right in (kidding, kinda)...Gma Brewer...I canned peaches and cried cause you weren't there to tell me I was doing something wrong! To all my friends (the list is WAY too long)...thanks for lots of shoulders to cry on...even if some of them are attached to phones...the list could go on and on...yeah, I do have a lot to be thankful for...you all are a part of me and I love everyone of you...Until next time...

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Update on Deni

Okay...thanks to all of your prayers for Deni...they were definately answered. She went to the dermatologist on Monday and here's the news...

1. She has one of the worse cases of excema he has seen on a child...not rash wise...but the different types of sores she has on her body...her bottom and feet are rashes...her belly and legs are sores...it's weird, he says...there is a cream for it!

2. She has blackheads...on her nose and forehead and a little on her belly (weird). Anyways, puberty is gonna be great! There is a cream for this too!

3. Atopic dermatitis...she has been diagnosed w/this before but just not given the right treatment for it...change the laundry soap (All...free and clear), shampoo (Johnson & Johnson no more tears baby shampoo), soap (cetaphil cleansing bar), lotion (yes, there is a cream for this too)
Which brings me to our daily routine...
After bath...moisturize w/cetaphil moisturizing cream, apply one cream to bottom and feet, apply other cream to nose and forehead...put on boxers (the elastic on her panties irritate her skin...she's not excited to wear boys underwear), shirt, pants, socks, shoes....it doesn't seem like much...until you have to remember...did I put that lotion on yet and where does it go?!?! And it has to happen TWICE A DAY! It has been really fun re-washing all of her clothes and bedding and the towels...oh, well...I'm glad we have a road in which to travel with her, though...let's hope it is free of any more speedbumps! Until next time!

Twilight...Brace Yourselves...It is LONG~

Okay...I was hoping to post this a lot sooner but I just haven't...thanks for the push, though (Lauren...I'm talkin' to you...) Here goes...

So Patti and Rachael and Diana and Waz and I all met at the theater at 9:00pm (for the midnight movie). There were a few people there...none of which were nearly as cool as we are! We had some other friends that were coming at 10 but we didn't want to wait for them so we got our place in line (we were 2nd...the 1st had been there since 6:30-yes, there are people crazier than we are) anyways, we were hungry...the kids had already been fed but we wanted "real" food...PIZZA! Now, there aren't many movie theaters out there that serve pizza...so we enlisted the help of an usher named Ethan that we adopted as our pet~(oh, let's say a pet gopher, hahaha). All we had to do was call his name and out of nowhere...tada...there he was! Well, we wanted pizza and so we asked him if they would let us order a pizza...we were sitting not far from a sign that said "NO OUTSIDE FOOD OR DRINK". He consulted with the mgr who said...YES...just don't take it into the theater (I think it was safe to say that a pizza wouldn't be there after 3 hours of waiting). So off to Fat Daddy's Patti and Rachael went (it was next door). While they were gone...I heard a very nasty rumor...there was a Twilight party going on in the game room of the movie theater and someone told us that they were going to be able to cut in line...OH, ETHAN...after a squabble with me...Ethan went to find his manager and came back with some news...the people who rented out the game room had paid extra for the services offered...one of which was early admission into the theater...however, since they had WAY too many people in the party room...and WAY to many words with me...and others, I am sure...they decided to give them their own theater...which was fine with me...I still got to put my feet up in the theater and enjoy the movie...or so I thought...Now, I would never in my poorly thought out schemes...ever let my 13 & 14 year olds go to the movies with their friends at midnight...EVER...but that is who was there...1000s of them (or so it seemed). Every time Edward came out on the screen...AAAAGGGHHH!!! They all screamed! SHUT UP, seriously...Ugh! It was awful and I left the movie theater HATING the movie...But, Patti saved me and we went the next night (technically, it was later that night, I guess) with her sisters and I absolutely LOVED the movie...they left out things that I would have liked to have seen...but for the most part...I thought they did a good job with what they had to work with. I think they could have made it a tad bit longer and done things with the other characters to involve them a little more but overall...I gave it a B+...Until next time...(They gave the go-ahead to start on New Moon...)

Here's Rachael and her "Team Jacob" shirt...
Patti's husband made the sign for her back...
gotta love duct tape!

The Whole Gang! We all have Twilight T-Shirts!

Patti wanted Edward on her boobs!
Sorry it's sideways...it's late!

Ethan...our "pet"...he even snuck over and had pizza w/ us! Good Times!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

We're On Our Way!

Well...I got a great phone call this morning from Deni's dr...the dermatologist had a cancellation and her appointment got moved to MONDAY!!!!!!!!! I think maybe they just told me it was a cancellation so I wouldn't think that all of my bugging them actually got me somewhere! I'd like to think that it was my "power of persuasion" or maybe all of your prayers...thank you. I'll keep you all posted! Until next time...

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

The Pledge of Allegiance

So I am really grateful that they still teach The Pledge in school...not only in Elementary School but they are teaching it to Deni and Jaxson in Head Start. It almost brings tears to my eyes when I visit the classroom and listen to these kids (ages 3-5) saying their pledge to our flag and our country. I am grateful to the teachers who explain to these kids, line for line, what the pledge is and its meaning. I feel very blessed to live in a country where we are able to have the freedoms that we are so blessed with. Jaxson was too shy to be in the video...but I think Deni did a great job (we are still working on left hand/right hand...even I get confused sometimes!!!) She is getting so big!

Until next time...

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Happy Birthday, Gma

Happy Birthday to you! Happy Birthday to you! Happy Birthday dear Grandma! Happy Birthday to you! Cha Cha Cha! Happy Birthday, Mom...we love you! Eric, Tiph, Hailey, Cayson, Jaxson, Deni

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Keep Her In Your Prayers

So our little Deni is sick again (still). I think it was some time this summer that she started to get all of these "goosebumps" all over her body. We took her to the dr and he said that she had atopic dermatitis...we should switch our laundry soap to perfume free/dye free and switch our body soap and shampoos as well...we did that...they didn't go away...they got worse. She was just tested for MRSA because the spots had grown in size and started oozing out goo...it was fabulous...the tests came back negative but they put her on antibiotics just to be safe...Well...the antibiotics looked like, at first, they were helping but the last couple of days she has developed more spots on her little body and the "goosebumps" have spread to her nose and her forehead and most of her abdomen. She also has a rash that looks like permanent panties...the drs have prescribed meds for a yeast infection....did nothing to it! We are at our wits end trying to figure out what this could be...the drs office knows me by voice (its sad when you know ALL of the receptionists by voice also...)Anyways, we have been referred to a pediactric dermatologist but cannot get in until mid-December...hopefully, I can "persuade" the dr to call the dermatologist to get us in sooner...until then, please keep her in your prayers. Here are some pictures of some of her "owies"....She looks like a beaten child when I take her to school...she has to have them all covered with band-aids and there are now 16 of them...poor girl!

I have my fingernail in a couple of pictures as a size reference...they are not small sores...

This one is on her left arm...it oozes the most...YUK!

On her belly...this is what they start out as...

This one is on her calf...she says this one itches the most...

This one is on her back...

Poor Thing...Until next time...

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Bowling Part 2...aka...meet Fred Flintstone

Here is a video of Jaxson's approach from our bowling trip the other day...At one point (I think I already mentioned) he forgot to let go of the ball and sailed halfway down the lane...what a dope I am for putting the camera away too soon! Oh, Well...Good Times!

If you want sound, you have to scroll all the way down to the bottom of the page to pause the music...I know it's a pain but I can't figure out any other way! Enjoy...Until next time...

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Happy Veteran's Day

To all the veterans out there...thank you! May we all one day live in peace and harmony. God Bless America!

Monday, November 10, 2008

A Night of Bowling

So on Saturday we took the kids out bowling...I think we have only taken them once before. The kids did all of their chores while Eric was sleeping after a hard night at work and when he woke up, they were ready to go...I got some great pictures of the kids. Jaxson had everyone 3 and 4 lanes down in stitches! He has a great approach but on one of his turns, he forgot to let go of the ball and ended up halfway down the lane...it was funny...I only wish I would have gotten a picture but by that time the camera was put away...maybe next time! Hope you enjoy the pictures...by the way, Hailey was the only one in the whole game that got a strike...way to go!

I don't know how she got a strike with this one...it looks painful!

It looks good from here...

I don't care ...lalalalalala

She was just excited to be there!

Are you going to roll or what?!?!

Until Next Time...

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Twilight Tickets

Twilight tickets went on sale on Halloween...and I showed great self-control because I bought mine today...that's almost a whole week! You all should be proud! Actually...I had to wait for other people to say if they were going to the midnight showing or not...I am so there! My hope is that a lot of parents won't let their kids go on account that it is technically Thursday night (12:01am Fri. morning) and most of them will have school the next day...I know I am dreaming but it doesn't hurt to be hopeful! I am taking a couple of my BFFs and also Jaxson & Deni's teachers daughters (I loaned them the books and got them hooked!) We had a lot more people but some of them are wimps that go to bed early (gotta take care of kids or some other lame excuse :-o)just kidding! Anyways, feel free to call me on Thursday night...I will be up! Anyone else want to go....Kass, Aud, Jess, Mom, anybody....???? It could be (actually it will be) FUN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Scroll all the way to the bottom to view the countdown! Until next time....

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

I Miss the Sticker!

So, in Spokane we have just the mail-in ballots and Eric and I were talking today about how they jip us on the "I Voted!" sticker...I know it's just a sticker...but still...I miss it and it was Eric's first time voting so he really felt jipped! Maybe someone could mail us one (grab an extra one or two at the polls)...I turned my ballot in last week...you think they could have something there that when you put your ballot in the box...a sticker pops out...but NOOOOO! Oh, well...I will get over it...Get out and VOTE! Until next time...