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Nothing New

9 Mar

There really has been nothing new going on in our lives to write about, so, I thought I’d write about nothing.

Girly Girl has struggled since early Fall with wrist problems related to gymnastics. She did not compete all of last season due to this injury…so, she came to us in December and said she was ready to quit gymnastics because her wrist hurt everytime she came home from practice (to the point of her crying every practice day) and she felt like she needed to work on her grades at school (she had been struggling in Latin). Her last practice was in January — we are officially out of gymnastics. Her grades have seen some improvement and she has turned into a real “tween” and spends most of her time texting her friends…we have to find something for her to do!!!!

Button Boy spent the fall playing Upward Flag Football. It was the first time Frazer had offered it and he jumped at the chance to play. In the beginning of the season he couldn’t catch the football…by the end of the season he was able to catch it and continue running some. He made great improvements!!!

After Christmas Button Boy played Upward Basketball…his favorite! He did very well, even though I don’t think he made a basket all season…he didn’t get frustrated, he just kept his calm and worked every minute of playing time he got.

Button Boy thinks his next sport to take part in will be karate. We are waiting for Spring Break and then will register for that.

For Christmas Button Boy and Mojo got season tickets to Auburn Basketball again. They have thoroughly enjoyed the Da-Da/son time it has given them even though the basketball team sucked! Girly Girl and I decided to go to Auburn Gymnastics again this season, but we didn’t buy season tickets. We have enjoyed the time together….I truly hope that the kids look back on these times and remember them fondly.

Button Boy has not had another EGD since this summer, we plan on having one sometime in March. He has been getting his swallowed FloVent even though he still has some coughing (we think this is part of his EoE). If his next EGD results come back favorable we will be adding Nuts back into his diet….he can’t wait to have a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup!!!

Mojo and I celebrated 15 years of marriage on December 20! It is hard to believe we have been married 15 years…most of those years have been great…but like every marriage we have had our trials. God has blessed us richly!!!

We have several things that we are looking forward to this summer including a trip to Tallahassee, FL, for my college roommate’s wedding and a trip to Sevierville, TN, for a family reunion.

That is our update for now…Hopefully I’ll have some pictures to post soon so everyone can see how much Girly Girl & Button Boy have grown!!!

EmmyJMommy2

Daily 7’s

23 Feb

I am always looking for tips and suggestions that make housekeeping easier.  I will never pretend to be a perfect homemaker, but I strive everyday to be a better homemaker.

Today I was looking for some slow cooker recipes and found out that a blog I follow A Year of Crockpotting….is now posting on another blog Totally Together.   She had a great post called The Daily 7 for a Highly Successful Household

I love to get ideas to make my house cleaning an easier task…luckily I am already doing a few of her tips.  Mojo and I make our bed every morning (this is a new thing for us, but it makes it so nice to go to bed with straight sheets and not crumpled up sheets!).  I try to keep my sink clean — this is a Fly Lady trick that I attempt to stick with because it is amazing how much cleaner your kitchen feels and looks without dishes all piled up in the sink!!  I try to do a load of laundry every day…my mom always wonders why I am always saying I have laundry to do, but I do….and one load of laundry — washed, dried, folded and put away — a day is a way to help me to keep from drowning in piles and piles of laundry.  The kiddos are becoming better at helping me with laundry also….Girly Girl helps me get clothes washed and dried and she puts away her own clothes….Button Boy helps me pick clothes up and sort (he’s still working on getting this right) darks and lights…., but they are learning!

One thing that I will probably try to begin doing is the daily wipe down in the bathroom.  I really don’t like cleaning the bathroom and it is easy enough to keep Clorox wipes on the counters and wipe down daily….this is a great suggestion!!!

The suggestion that I am the worst at is the Clean Up After yourself and Help Your Children Do the Same.  I get lazy…very lazy.  And you can tell in my house when I get lazy because my shoes are at my chair, not in my room…there is my snuggie in my chair, not folded and put away…there are papers on the kitchen counter, not put in their place…  I do try to remember to clean up after myself, because I want my kids to be better at housekeeping than I am….

My challenge to myself is to take time everyday and clean up after myself and train my kiddos to do a better job of cleaning up after themselves! 

Rattling Around My Brain…

2 Feb

So, lately I haven’t had much to blog about.  Not that things are going bad, they are just going steady, so nothing too much to say.  So, to get a blog post in, I thought I’d just give you, my one reader — Hey Mojo!, a glimpse inside my wee little brain…

My Girly Girl is in the fifth grade and I already don’t understand most of her math homework….oh my!  We are in trouble!  What happens when she gets to Algebra?!

Button Boy has found a love of video games.  He has always liked them, but he and Mojo are playing World of WarCraft (or in our house “WoW”)…and I am telling you, if you didn’t interrupt Button Boy he would forget about eating, sleeping, and playing outside!

We are loving our new home, but I didn’t realize how many trees that lose leaves we have….now I do!  We have leaves everywhere…If you know of someone with a leaf blower, please let me know!  🙂

Button Boy went to the new Eosiniphilic Esophagitis clinic in Birmgham at Children’s Hospital on January 9.  The protocol there is going to a little different than the protocol we have been following.  Instead of having a biopsy/EGD every 3 months, we will be having it every 6 months!  Yipee!  Less anesthesia and less stress on my boy!  Currently his diet is only limited by nuts and fish.  He is back on everything else along with an inhaled steroid that he swallows down his throat to coat his esophagus.

One of my dear friends is expecting her first baby, and I can’t be more excited for her and her dear hubby!  Love you, Kimberly and Thad!!!

Girly Girl now has gymnastics 3 times a week!  Friday nights are the worst, though….she goes from 4 – 7 and is absolultely pooped when she gets home!  But boy, it ruins a fun Friday night out for the rest of us, but we will survive…maybe we officially call Friday night “Mexican Night” since she doesn’t like Mexican food!

Speaking of gymnastics…Girly Girl and I have season tickets to Auburn gymnastics again this year….so far we have seen great meets against Georgia (we lost by 1.0 point) and the defending National Champions Alabama (we lost by .075 points).  Auburn is ranked 13th and so far is having a terrific season!  We compete against Florida in February…we are actually taking a friend of ours, who is a huge Florida fan, with us!  Should be fun!!!!

I guess you can see what is up in my life…my kids!  They are such a blessing to me and I am thankful that Mojo and I are lucky enough to be their parents….boy, I didn’t mean for this to get sappy…, but sometimes that happens!

7 Years Ago…

30 Oct

… we were at Children’s Hospital in Birmingham with Girly Girl.  She had been sick for about a week with constant runny stools that smelled to high heaven and was so weak she couldn’t pick her head up from her pillow.  They tested her for many things, and finally came to the conclusion she had salmonella….then found out it had moved into her bloodstream, which can be fatal.

You know you have a very sick little girl when you are in the ER and they are putting an IV in and she doesn’t really have the strength to cry.  It was so scary to know just how sick she was.

We had taken the kids to the Pumpkin Patch in Clanton, AL, the week before.  We had a wonderful time, riding the hay ride, picking out pumpkins, feeding the animals and so much more, but little did we know that we would come home and within 72 hours have a sick little girl.  We can actually, in our minds, trace the salmonella back to the trip to the Pumpkin Patch because 2 other children that went to Montessori Academy with Girly Girl and were at the Pumpkin Patch the same weekend came down with salmonella, also.

Anyway, after two or three days of fever and terrible “pottys” we saw the pediatrician and had a stool sample that confirmed salmonella.  They chose to let the salmonella just run its course, because most of the time it will just get better.  We “evacuated” Button Boy to my parent’s house because he was on his G-Tube feedings and could not afford to get the salmonella and lose any weight.

One night when Girly Girl’s fever reached 105, Mojo and I got her in the van and were ready to head to Children’s Hospital when the doctor called and said not to, just to come in the next day and let them check her again.  That is when they finally did the blood culture.  The blood culture did show the salmonella in her bloodstream which meant she needed to be on IV antibiotics, so off to Children’s Hospital we went.

We are old pro’s when it comes to Children’s Hospital.  We have (had) a favorite nurse….a favorite doctor and knew which floor to request….and we did all three!!!  We were on floor 7 NW, which at that time was considered the “Penthouse” of the hospital since it was newly renovated…and it just happened to be where Trisha (our favorite nurse) worked.  We called to the GI clinic to let Dr. Saeed (our favorite Dr., Button Boy’s GI specialist) know that we were there and why….and even though we were not under his care he came by to see us several times while we were there for 10 days!  He is such a blessing!

10 long days.  10 long days of them coming in at 5 am to draw blood….each day she got stronger (Praise God!) and she could fight more!…by the end of the week it was taking a nurse or two and me to be able to hold her down to get the blood drawn.  10 long days of being away from Mojo.  10 long days of being away from Button Boy.  just 10 long hospital days, which are longer than normal days, really.

She made it through though.  In the very beginning it was scary, but after the first 24 hours, when we began to see some improvement, it was less and less scary….but it leaves a scar.  Now anytime I hear someone mention salmonella I immediately relive the panic & fear.

Our pediatrician has said that in his 20+ years of practice that this was his 1st case of salmonella in the bloodstream.  It is very rare.  But when you get it, it is very dangerous.  I am so very thankful for the medical treatment that we have available to us now….because without it, we wouldn’t still have Girly Girl.

 

Randomness

20 Oct

1. I haven’t blogged lately, even though I have two or three blog posts started, I just can’t seem to get them finished.

2. Girly Girl has a gymnastics meet this Friday at 11am….who on earth would schedule a gymnastics meet for school-aged children on a school day at 11am?!  I mean really??!! 

3. Luckily, Girly Girl has a school that is willing to work with her and she can take all of her tests and assignments early and still go to the meet.

4. Mojo and I agonized over the decision to even *ask* the school about Girly Girl missing school for the gymnastics meet….we didn’t want her to think that gymnastics was more important than school, but on the other hand, we didn’t want her to think we did not take her interest in gymnastics seriously…..so we finally went to the principal and got permission….

but it should not have been something that was even an issue…it shouldn’t have been scheduled during school.  Anyway….that is my soapbox for today.

5. I have now been to two Troy University (when I was there it was Troy State University) football games this season…more than I have been to in the past 15 years!!!!  I have really missed it!

6. I am reading The Help.  I know I’m a little late on this band wagon, but I am really enjoying it.  I’ll be finished with it soon, but it will be out of the theatres by that time, so I’ll have to wait for it on Netflix!

7. This past weekend we had some great tickets to the Troy/LA Monroe game….Troy lost, big time.  But the band was swell…and I got to see one of my sorority sisters which was SWEET!

8. Is it wrong to hope that one of my kiddos will fall in love with Troy and want to go there? 

9. Today’s weather is wonderful!  It is October and actually feels like October should feel like….cold and crisp with a little bite in the air!  I think that moon might be a football!!!  (Dr. Longism for those band-mites)

10. Is it too early to begin panicking over Christmas yet?! 

Life Keeps On Keeping On

13 Sep

Our life has just kept on going.  As much as I have wanted it to slow down, it hasn’t.  There hasn’t been a reason for me to want it to slow down except I have been battling some very severe depression.  You may or may not understand, but it is the kind of depression that makes you want to crawl under your bed and hide from the world….even if you have the world’s greatest husband and kids (like I do)….the most understanding and caring parents and friends (like I do)….and the co-workers that worry about me more than I could ever imagine (like I do).  I have more to be thankful for in my everyday life than I know where to begin….I have an amazing God that gives me trials that He knows will test every fiber of my being, but He also knows I will come through better because I went through them leaning on Him….and I have family and friends that keep pointing me to my great God and telling me that my eyes need to stay focused on Him during these hard times, that he is the *only* way to get through these times….and I have a church that is willing to stop and pray for me when I am struggling.  I have more blessings than I could ever deserve….and I am so thankful for every single one of them!!!

Through all of this, our life has kept on going….we keep going to work…the summer has rolled on…Girly Girl made a week long trip to NC to visit her grandparents…we travelled the next week to NC to celebrate the 4th of July…we watched the kiddos take part in some day camps…we travelled to Huntsville and went to the Space & Rocket Center…the kiddos have started back to school….and we have moved (again….for the last time, we hope!)

This fall holds quite a few fun activities for us too!  We plan on watching lots and lots of Auburn Football, win or lose.  Girly Girl has some gymnastics meets we will be attending.  We will be, hopefully, attending a Renaissance Festival in Huntersville, NC, in November…and will be visiting family for Thanksgiving in North Carolina.

I have been slow about updating the blog for a while, I hope the two or three of you who keep up will understand why.  I hope to have some pictures of the new house and what we are up to blogged (like the new verb?!) soon….and then we’ll see how things go.

Here’s to a great football season, too!!!  War Eagle!!!!

 

The Latest in Our EoE World

19 Jul

Button Boy had his quarterly EGD at the end of June.  This time we only had to travel to Birmingham to have it performed instead of Cincinnati, OH.  It was definitely easier on us!!  Button Boy still had anxiety about it, but I mean, really, who doesn’t get anxious when you are having any procedure done.  The major problem was that we could not find Spike the Strong and Courageous Rhino.  Spike was a gift from the Child Life Specialist at Children’s in Birmingham before one of Button Boy’s procedures…he was quite anxious, didn’t want to take his Versed and was crying….the Child Life Specialist came in with Spike and told Button Boy that Spike had enough courage and strength for both of them…and Spike has been in every procedure and doctor’s appointment since….until this one.  We had a lot of tears over not being able to locate Spike, but luckily we were able to find Jungle, the steadfast and diligent monkey.  Jungle was happy to pinch hit for Spike!!  Thank goodness!!!

The pictures from this EGD are very promising.  They show absolutely no furrows and no thickening!!!  We should have the biopsy results back any day — we are very hopeful that they still show ZERO Eosiniphils…if that is the case, we will add back egg to Button Boy’s diet.  That means he can have waffles, pancakes, scrambled eggs, cake, cupcakes, brownies, cheesecake….do I need to go on????  He has missed so many foods over the last year and three months, but I wouldn’t change a thing if it means we have some answers as to what may be causing his eating/feeding issues….that has been a lifelong struggle for him.

Baby steps are what we are willing to take if we have to….we do whatever we have to while making sure Button Boy is getting the food he can have and the nutrition he needs!!!!!