Tuesday, August 24, 2010

He wasn't tired!

Clearly, Dad and Mom know nothing.  Bryce wasn't tired at all, he just felt like being a contortionist.

Friday, August 20, 2010


I used to sew a lot.  I made myself skirts and dresses, then I had kids, and pretty much stopped sewing.  Now I have a few items that need re-worked, and I found this blog: newdressaday.wordpress.com.  It's been all over the news, and it is such a fun blog.  I spent well over an hour looking at her creations. 

First I have a cute dress my mom got for free in the locker room at work.  It had been abandoned, and it was my size.  So after a year my mom brought it home. I quickly found out why it was abandoned.  It is poorly constructed.  I'm thinking I will just cut it below the armholes, add a band of elastic, and have a sleeveless tube dress.

The more difficult piece of clothing is a work shirt.  All staff and upper volunteers were given these very nice shirts.  Only problem is, I don't like the way shirts like this fit me.  They are too manly.  Any ideas on some tailoring that could make it softer more feminine?

Wednesday, August 18, 2010


The kids were quiet, no one came in the house telling me what the other kid had done, I should have known something was up.
There was a shower for Kaia and a bath for Morgan shortly after these photos were taken. 

Monday, August 16, 2010


Our 3 babies are growing up fast!  Bryce and Brendon turned 10 months on Sunday.  This photo is from dinner at one of our favorite Mexican restaurants Saturday night.  (taken by my mom or dad)   They enjoyed eating chips, and corn tortillas with refried beans and cheese on them.

Nemesis has also been growing.  While his size doesn't seem to have changed much, he has become the kitten of the house.  He loves attacking Cinnamon, Hemi and Callie, earning his name.  He tears through the house with his toy, runs through the little kitty condo we have, and spends his quiet time in a little cat bed we bought for Cinnamon.  She seems to be very slowly warming up to him.  (photo proof coming soon) 

Nemesis even interacts well with the boys.  That's a surprise because the boys are under the belief that Nemesis is actually a chew toy.  They attempt to eat him every chance they get.  Nemesis for the most part does not mind.  Usually Dana or I must intervene before someone gets hurt.

It's a busy, but happy house.

Thursday, August 12, 2010


And this is why my family loves me.  Rather than calling around to tell people I went to the doctor and will start seeing an internist because I have fibromyalgia, that I'm being screened for arthritis and some other stuff, I now have a prescribed exercise regimen, and that I got a depo medrol shot that is already allowing me to move better, I blog.  Normal people call their family and tell them, me,  I write it out for everyone.

The news was really no surprise.  For 16 years I've had spells where my skin felt like it was on fire, my muscles hurt, my bones ached and I had no energy.  I've always learned to live with it, and sometimes it would go away for a really long time.  But, now we have 4 kids at home, and my family needs me.  I have spent the last 2 weeks being completely worthless at home.  The simplest tasks were left undone because I was too fatigued to do them.

It started this time with a nasty allergy attack due to nearby fires.  I had been feeling great with all the working out I was doing, but the allergy attack took me out.  I couldn't do it.  Even once I started taking Claritin, there was just a slight improvement.  This past Saturday the pain started in my left arm.  Every day since, I've lost all energy and the pain returned by afternoon.  I'd make it home, fix dinner, put kids to bed, and promptly pass out on the couch.  Every morning I was still exhausted.  Today though, I could barely move.  I struggled to make coffee.  It hurt to squeeze toothpaste on my toothbrush.  And as much as I didn't want to see a doctor, I knew I needed to.

I'm thankful the shot is already helping move better, and I even hope to start on the new exercise regimen tonight.  I have to do a minimum of 30 minutes of aerobic exercise, 3 times a week, and add yoga or pilates as well.  This doctor doesn't want me to try any of the medicines on the market for fibromyalgia, and I agree.  The long term immune effect isn't known, and I'm still young.  I will receive the shot as needed, exercise, and continue using antihistamines to control my symptoms.  If the blood work shows anything, we'll deal with those as needed.  For now, I'm looking forward to being a mom and wife again, instead of a cranky lump.

Monday, August 9, 2010

It's a Kitten's Life

We have a kitten, and boy is his life rough!  He sleeps, he cuddles, he plays, and gets batted around and hissed at by the 3 old fogies that have ruled the roost the past 7-9 years. Because of that he came to work with me today, and as you can see, he's made himself right at home in my chair. 

We're still working on a name. All of the suggestions have been good, but they just aren't the right name for this rambunctious boy.  So for now, he comes when we call "Little Boy." 

Monday, August 2, 2010

Little Boy Blue

Look at how grown up he is!  Little Boy Blue comes home on Saturday, and we still have no name.  Any ideas?