Monday, January 26, 2009


A random sister moment caught in time!

And of course not to be left out it's baby brother!

Monday, January 19, 2009


Our first born baby Trooper (named after an Iron Maiden song), our beloved dog died early this morning. We are so sad and so thankful that we had him in our lives for the last 12 1/2 years.

Jim and I got Trooper when we had only been together for 1 year, my dad and step mom gave him to us and told me that if Jim and I ever broke up I had to take him with me. Little did we all know Trooper was definitely going to be Jim's dog. They use to go everywhere together and whenever Jim brought home fast food he made sure that Trooper got his own hamburger or enough of whatever he was eating to share. Until about 2 years ago he slept with us every night. He was spoiled and had a great life!

He had a couple of problems over the last few years, a hernia that we repaired before the kids were born and then another one about 2 years ago that we couldn't afford to fix with 3 babies. He was blind and I think a little deaf but both were just age. On Friday Jim said he thought he was bad off and we needed to put him down today. Then on yesterday he stayed in the room with us most of the day but really didn't want to be bothered much. I wrapped him up and took him to bed with me last night just wanting to be near him but he only stayed with me a couple of hours in the bed. He came back in the room at 3Am and I was sure he was going because his breathing was so loud and he was so cold. I wrapped him up and said goodbye and headed to work. He must have been coming to tell me goodbye because when Jim awoke this morning he was gone.

The kids were fine with it, they keep saying Trooper is in heaven but they want to know who took him there. I don't think they really understand and I'm sure there will be lots of questions over the next few days.

We were all so lucky to have such a wonderful puppy and I thank God for allowing us to love him for as long as we have.
Not sure who was more scared here daddy for having all three babies for the first time or Trooper boy was his life changing!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Watch what you say

Well it happened to me today, I finally had that mommy moment that made me want to crawl under the buggy with my head hung in shame.

We got out for our first real let loose trip to the grocery store today since getting sick almost a month ago (or maybe it was more than a month ago, I've seriously lost track of time). As we are going down the aisle I told the kids to wait with me while someone passed us. I heard Katie say something but I didn't pay to much attention I thought I heard what she said but dismissed it as not possible coming from my angelic 3 year old.

Fast forward to the line..
The same lady from the aisle is in front of us and Katie looks at the lady throws her arms up in the air in her sweetest voice says.......

"move out of our way lady".

I don't even know what I was thinking at that moment I was truly dumbfounded, at least until the lady looks at her and says " I already did that once".
To which I realize that yep that is what my angelic 3 year old said before in the aisle.

The lady was nice about it and did say that she has a 2.5 year old grandchild so she understood. But really what kind of mother teaches that to their child?

I guess I need to be more careful about what I say in the car as that is the only time I can think that I would say such a thing, little ears are always paying attention!

Friday, January 2, 2009

RSV take 2, and then 3

Happy New Year!!! Hopefully starting the new year out with sick kids doesn't set a precedent for the rest of the year.

Took Katie to the dr this morning, I knew she had RSV since she started out exactly as James did a couple of weeks ago. However her cough is WAY worse than his was and since I knew the dr wouldn't prescribe a cough syrup without seeing her I took her in this morning. The dr listened to her chest for a minute and then excused himself. He came back with a pulse ox and after about a minute said "OK I won't send her to the hospital, right now". I'm thinking wow wait a minute are you saying you were thinking about it? I only wanted some cough syrup so we can all sleep a little. Her pulse ox was jumping between 85 and 93 but it would stay at 93 for several seconds so he didn't admit her. Thank God I really don't want to take my baby to the hospital!

He looked in one ear and said "bulging with puss", looks in the other ear and says "bulging with puss". Great so on top of RSV we have a double ear infection! We have to do breathing treatments 3 times a day for 5 days, Omnicef for the ear infection and pheneragan for the cough. If her breathing is labored we are to go to the ER otherwise we return in 2 weeks. Poor Baby!

Abigail started running a fever of 103 on New Years Eve and her cough started yesterday so I figure we have another day or so before the nasty cough really starts since that has been the course with the other 2. Anyway I can keep them in separate rooms 24 hours a day for the next 2 weeks? Just so no one gets this again?

Yuck, Yuck, Yuck!!!

Tuesday, December 30, 2008


I really have been putting off this post because everything is so final. I'm so sad that the anticipation and excitement of Christmas is over and we have to wait another year to do it again.
The kids had a wonderful Christmas, they received WAY to many presents in fact as my mom said as we took her trash out "does this look like our economy is in trouble?, nope it looks like excess". She is so right I don't think Fisher Price or Mattel are in any risk of going out of business anytime soon. I think we now own every Diego and Barbie accessory available.

I was given the wonderful Christmas gift at work of being let off an hour early on Christmas morning so I actually made it before the kids woke up. I was so excited I cried all the way home and then again while I sat waiting for them to wake up, and wait and wait and wait. Did someone forget to tell these kids it was Christmas?

I was so tired from the 3.5 hours sleep I got the night before and didn't get any pictures of the kids in their Christmas outfits oops but I did get a few others.
Now the tree is down and the gingerbread houses are in the trash although I plan on telling the kids they are simply put away, do you think they will remember next year? The Christmas goodies are all gone and I have the coolest gift a Wii Fit to help me burn off some of the many calories I have consumed lately.

Hope you all had a Merry Christmas and feel at least half as blessed as I do.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Christmas Carols

I know I said no more posts until after Christmas but I couldn't help sharing our little pageant!