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…that Wonderful Weekend!

3 Oct

We totally surprised Button Boy this weekend!!  We told him that we would be going to Birmingham on Saturday and Sunday just for the weekend.  So, he had made these plans of going to the zoo and such…Little did he know!!!!  We actually drove to the middle of Georgia to stay the weekend with Button Boy’s bestestest friend.  It was classic…we drive up to their house, and Button Boy is wondering why we are at a house and not the zoo!  We get out of the van and walk up to the door (Mojo is telling him that it is a college friend of mine that we are coming to see — Button Boy is less than thrilled!)  The front door opens…and it is the Sister…then Laura (the mom)…then Bert (the dad) and finally Bestest Buddy Boy shows up and Button Boy is speechless!!!  We are all thrilled to see that the surprise worked!!

So, we spent the rest of Saturday outside on the porch while the kiddos swam…and the adults just talked…it was terrific!!! 

Sunday morning we went to the Robins Museum of Aviation and back to their house for Bestest Buddy Boy’s birthday party…more swimming!!!  The kids had a blast!

So, we had a wonderful weekend with NO PICTURES!!!  I know, I can’t belive it either, but Mojo forgot the camera!!!  Oh well, we have fond memories…and are hoping to see them on a semi-regular basis!!!

…this coming weekend should be loads of fun, too…we are headed to Orange Beach!!!  Yipee!!!!


Exciting Weekend Planned….

27 Sep

…and I can’t wait to tell everyone about it, but for now you’ll have to know that we are going to have a great time this weekend…I’ll hopefully post pictures after it is over!!!

Yip-ee!!!  Can’t wait for Saturday!!!

Memory Wreath

9 Nov

I am a sentimental fool.  I think I get it honestly.  My mom is quite sentimental, also. 

I turned 40 yesterday.  Yep, the big 4-0.  Does it feel any different?  Not really…except for the fact that I now know that I am 40, I still feel 35….I probably still act 25! 

Last night my Mom and Dad gave me the sweetest gift….a Memory Wreath.  Or at least, that is what I am calling it.  It is a wreath that my mom put together that has things on it that have to do with my life.

Some of the items on it:

  • pictures of my family (mom, dad, jk, & me)
  • birthstone ring
  • peanut (I was born in Dothan, home of the Peanut Festival)
  • 2 or 3 angel pins (my grandmother collected angels)
  • Russian Laquer pin (I went to the USSR in the 11th grade)
  • Finnish spoon (I went to Finland the summer after my Senior year in high school)
  • a Robert E Lee pin (my high school)
  • a Disney Music Days pin (my high school 11th grade band trip)
  • a cat pin (I love cats….and the play CATS!)
  • an Eiffel tower (trip to France w/ my family)
  • strand of pearls (when I was in high school I wore pearls with **everything**!)
  • strands with my kids names on them
  • TSU pin
  • turtle pin (sorority)
  • Aubie pin
  • flute charm

and so much more!  I actually have some things at home that I plan to add to it, too.  What a terrific gift to receive on such a sweet day!

You Said WHAT?!

1 Apr

We have been on the EoE (Eosiniphillic Esophagitis) road since 2008.  It is very hard to believe that we have known about this disease’s existence for that long.  It really does seem like we only learned about it last year when Button Boy had to begin the elimination diet to attempt to control the effects of EoE.

It has been one year today since we took most food out of Button Boy’s diet. On April 1, 2010, we began eliminating Soy, Nuts, Egg, Wheat, Dairy, Fish and Cinnamon.  The fish and cinnamon were the only two high allergen foods that he reacted to, and the reaction wasn’t even on the “prick” test — it was on the patch test.  Anyway, we began eliminating food last year.

Skip to March 21, 2011. Button Boy has his third endoscope at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital performed by Dr. James Franciosi (who I believe is a little scared of how close my family is!).  The initial pictures taken during the procedure looked promising.  They, however, did not look as clear as they did in December 2010; therefore, Dr. Franciosi was guarded in his plan for Button Boy.  My mom did “put up her dooks” to threaten Dr. Franciosi with bodily harm if he didn’t add Wheat back to my baby boy’s diet!!!  The look on Dr. Franciosi’s face was PRICELESS!!!  Like I said — scared of how close my family is!  Dr. Franciosi’s recommendation was to go ahead and add back Wheat and to remain on the same *lower* dosage of Flovent until we got the results from the biopsies.

Monday we got the call.  The call about the biopsies.  I had prepared myself for what we considered the worst — the eosiniphills were back and elevated above 24 — and Button Boy would have to go back on the higher dose of FloVent, which would lead me to probably have a nervous breakdown in the next month or so, because he had some side effects from the higher dose that he didn’t have with the lower dose.  The call did not end that way, though!

He has ZERO EOSINIPHILLS AGAIN!!!!  I almost cried!!!!  The lower dose is working, but there is some thickening in his esophagus with some furrowing.  Dr. Franciosi is not as concerned with it and we are still adding Wheat back to Button Boy’s diet.

We have transferred our file back to Children’s Hospital Birmingham since we are finished with the clinical trial and are controlling the EoE with the FloVent.  Button Boy will have to have another endoscope in Birmingham this summer to see how adding back Wheat effects the EoE….but, HEY!  it isn’t driving to Cincinnati!

Y’all make sure and do the HAPPY DANCE with us!  and send us any recipes that include wheat without Eggs, Nuts, Fish, and Cinnamon!!!!  The next high allergen food we will add back will be eggs, that way Button Boy can enjoy some Krispy Kreme Doughnuts again!!!!

Merry Christmas

24 Dec

The Birth of Jesus Christ

2 In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2 This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3 And all went to be registered, each to his own town. 4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, 5 to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. 6 And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. 7 And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.

The Shepherds and the Angels

8 And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with fear. 10 And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,

14 “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” 

15 When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16 And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. 17 And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. 18 And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. 20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.

21 And at the end of eight days, when he was circumcised, he was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.

~~May you all have a blessed Christmas and during the hustle and bustle and gift giving…remember that without the Cross Christmas is just another day.  Jesus was born to die for us.  Plain and simple.  Praise God for the birth!~~

Girly Girl and her Uncle Dave…

3 Dec

Girly Girl and button boy met Uncle Dave just once….but it made a lastining impression on him.  The next Christmas he sent them some of his favorite book from when he was a child!  The kids loved them!

Now when the anniversary  of his death rolls around we get out some of the books to encourage the kiddos to read them….and they are now getting to where they can!

We miss you Uncle Dave!!!! 

She’s Double Digits!

23 Oct


For Girly Girl’s birthday we travelled to Milford, Ohio, where the Sugar Cupcakery is located.  The Sugar Cupcakery was on Cupcake Wars!

When we made our plans for Cincinnati, we knew we would be up there for her birthday, and we really wanted to make the day special for her.  So, when her request was to go to the Sugar Cupcakery because it had been on Cupcakes Wars — we said — YES! 

She was so excited to be there!  Girly Girl, Button Boy and I went into the kitchen for her to get a close look at what a commercial bakery would be like….she loved it!  One of the cooks was there trying a new flavor of cupcake — it was Cayanne Pepper and Vanilla.  I dipped my finger into the batter, and it was good, but it did have a KICK! 

We tried a multitude of cupcakes….vanilla bean, raspberry and vanilla, lemon ginger, chocolate hazelnut, chocolate truffle and others that I honestly can’t remember.  It was a wonderful experience…and the girl that I had talked to about Girly Girl getting to walk into their kitchen to see everything was there….so, Girly Girl got to have her picture made with her, and she got a sugar cupcakery coffee cup! 

We were hoping for a t-shirt, but they didn’t have any….

Happy Birthday, Girly Girl!  You have been such a blessing to us!  Your Daddy and I love you very much!