Tuesday, March 29, 2011


My house is infested with germs.  I'm about to sport this new outfit in hopes of getting out alive:

It seems like every time I turn around someone is sick.  I'm praying it doesn't hit me this time.

Poor Emily is miserable!  Fever, cough, snot.  Miserable.  Allison is experiencing hives off and on for whatever reason.  The doctor thinks she has what Emily does but the symptoms present themelves differently.  Why yes they do. 

At any rate sick kids = tired mommy. 

Hoping this sick little girl heals soon...it breaks my heart to see her like this!

Monday, March 28, 2011

It just HAS to stop!


This June I will be participating in the Relay for Life here in town.  There are so many reasons why this is important and why I am doing it.

I am walking for my dear Grandmother that I lost in 2008. I'm walking for my Uncle who is currently battling the disease. I am walking for someone who was very special to me - a mentor to me who lost her battle in 2007. I am walking for one of my dear friends who is a survivor.

I am walking for these four.

I am also walking for every single child that has been diagnosed and battled this horrible disease. I am walking for my countless uncles, aunts, cousins and friends who have lost this fight, braved this fight and those that are survivng. I am walking for every single person who is going through it now. I am walking for the future. I NEVER want my children to have to battle this disease. I don't want any of your children to battle it either.

Can you PLEASE help? If you know me - you know it's EXTREMELY hard for me to ask for help - but this is something so important to me, I'm letting my guard down and doing so.

I know times are tough. I know this recession has hurt all of us. I know that sometimes just thinking of giving to a cause is overwhelming because funds are tight. But EVERY tiny tiny bit helps. Every dollar. A cup of coffee. A fast food meal. A gossip magazine. All those can be traded in - for only ONE day - to help fight this disease. Just one day. Just $5.

Can you help me??

I have set a personal goal of $1,000 and I'm on my way but need your help to get me there!

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life® is a life-changing event that gives people a chance to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease. Relay For Life® helps raise much-needed funds and awareness to help the American Cancer Society save lives from cancer.

Please support my efforts by visiting my personal web page to make a secure, tax-deductible online donation.

Every donation really does make a difference, and helps the American Cancer Society save lives every day by helping people stay well and get well, finding cures, and fighting back.

Thank you so very very much!


Thursday, March 24, 2011

Long Day Today

I'm so exhausted! The little one had to have surgery today. It was a simple procedure to open obstructed tear ducts.

She did GREAT! She amazed us how well she did with no food! She was a trooper and a cute one at that!

I'm so exhausted I can't even bring myself to write much more. I'm on my phone rocking her to sleep.

And big sister Emily got to have her very first sleepover! She was SUPER excited!! She did great!

It turned out to be a good day! But I'm off to bed! Night all!


Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Things My Momma Didn't Teach Me

My mom has taught me many things in my life. Some I've listened to. Some I haven't. Most I should have.

But there are things she didn't teach me that I wish she could have.

I wish she could tell me how she stayed so calm when I would dilly-dally and we were already 10 minutes late leaving. How did she not show her frustrations when I just didn't listen or just wanted to do my own thing at the moment.

I wish she could give me her secret of taking care of two little ones who get into everything and make the house look like a tornado has run through it...repeatedly.

I wish she could give me the recipe on mending a broken heart when you've yelled at your child unnecessarily and there are lots of tears...of your own. Tears of guilt, tears of disappointment in yourself, tears of being a huge failure.

I wish my mom could have explained to me exactly how to raise children. Why didn't she give me her manual?

I wish my mom would have taught me how hard this whole wife and mother thing is. She made it look so easy. She still makes it look so easy.

Through all her trials and tribulations, she's always stood tall even if she probably felt like crumbling to the floor and dying. She's laughed and smiled and has been so lighthearted through the most stressful situations. She's outgoing. She's fun. She's beautiful...inside and out.

She's taught me so much. In those instances where I'm stressed and wanting to just run away from life...I think of her and and remember how I've seen her handle the hardest of times with what appeared to be a gentle ease.

She's taught me to always have on clean underwear, to keep gas in the car and that sometimes in life we have to do things we don't want to. But why didn't she share her manual or even give me her manual on child-rearing. She must have had one, right?

All I know is I'm honored and I'm blessed she is my mom. I can only hope to be even half as good a mother as she has been to me.

Now click on over to Mama Kat's and play along with her pretty much world famous Writer's Workshop!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Same Thing...Different Day

I'm sitting here watching the rain outside right now. Oh how I love the rain! Emily is sleeping, Allison is getting into everything and the husband is paying bills.

There really hasn't been too much going on lately. Same ol' same ol' in our neck of the woods.

We've had some sisterly love going on...

And some playing...

We've had lots of bubbles (I blow bubbles when someone is grumpy to help lighten their mood...or I blow them just to bring smiles!)

I've notice how much the girls are growing up...and so quickly..

Allison has started using utensils...as best as she can...

And we've just been doing what we normally do...



And just be...

Really not much to complain about right now! Life is good!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Snip Snip

So the little one got her first haircut a couple days ago. Okay...can't really call it a haircut...it was a bang trim. But nevertheless...she looks much older now...at least to me.

(she loved getting it done)

I'm sure I have better pics on the video camera but these are from my phone of course.

She's growing so big! She's having surgery on the 24th. Minor surgery but it's still scary because she will be put to sleep. Wait. That kinda sounds like she's a dog. She will be put under. Eh...you knew what I meant to begin with.

I know it will be okay but still asking for a prayer or two...if you are the praying type. And even if not, positive vibes, extra thoughts, whatever would be awesome!

Anywho...the hubby's cousin from Sweden came to visit recently. It was a great visit! Emily wasn't sure what to think about him but Allison loved him! She literally walked over to him, wanted him to pick her up, and just hugged him. For a lonnng time. The kid doesn't even hug me that long and I feed her!

It honestly was a touching moment. My heart melted and I'm sure Lars-Peter's did too!

Trying to get a picture with both kids was a tough thing to do. But...we tried.

We had a big brunch the day he left and it was great seeing family. The weather was nice and we sat outside for the first time in a while.

It's been a good couple weeks and now we are blessed with germs. Hoping it passes quick for all of us! :-)