Friday, October 30, 2009
Last year Rylee was this super cute Lady bug for Halloween. I think the costume would have fit her again and all I would have had to do is cut two feet holes and add a pair of red and black striped tights. Instead we opted for the monster costume. And regardless, she is cute in whatever she is dressed in :) Well that may be my biased opinion but I am allowed to say that right?
Well happy Halloween Everyone and Breathe Easy...More pictures to come after this weekend!
Thursday, October 29, 2009
The clinic was very nice and allowed us to enter through the back doors so that we did not have to walk through the main area and waiting rooms filled with sick people. We went in seperately so that Miss. R. did not have to step foot into the nasty germ filled clinic.
We are very excited that our entire family has been able to finally get the vaccination. However, tonight we found out that one of daddy's co-workers is sick with the flu. Luckily, daddy has only been in the office for the past 4 days and he does have a seperate office within the office and the co-worker has not been in this office. So I am sending the lysol with my husband along with strict instruction of disinfecting every inch of that office. And daddy also has become aware that if he does become sick, he is quarantined to the basement for 10 days. We will not allow our little one to get sick.
On another note, tonight, my dear little one has been squeezing through the smallest little openings to find her way behind things. We have our chairs and end tables arranged so that she cannot get behind them, or so we thought we did. Well tonight my dear friends, she squeezed behind my glider, and then proceeded to slip and fall, smacking her poor little head on the base of the chair. And this is the results.
This picture was taken a good 4 hours after the incident. Look at the line. My poor baby. And you would think she would learn, but she up and tried to squeeze back there another four times. Little stinker. At least it didn't break the skin or isn't any worse then just the giant (in my mind) mark on her forehead.
Time to clean out and rearrange the living room to further babyproof I guess.
Off to clean the kitchen and finish watching private practice. I love Thursday night TV.
Breathe Easy World, Breathe Easy!
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
We had to make the hour drive to the clinic to get the shot, and when we got their they asked if she needed her 2nd seasonal flu shot and guess what. Today was 4 weeks to the day so she was able to get that too. 2nd Whew. Our towns 2 clinics and community health clinic has none of that vaccination so we were very relieved and felt our hour trip one way was well worth the gas money.
Rylee also got her throat culture done as she has had a small cough for a couple of days. I'm not convinced it's NOT teeth as she did get a small cough the last time a couple teeth popped up but most doctors do not believe this thought and so we were prescribed bactrim. I am waiting until the culture results to start her on this strong of an antibiotic, especially since nothing she has cultured before has needed this strong of an antibiotic except pseudo which is treated with tobramyacin. So there for we wait until friday to find out what's next.
So as I began typing this, I recieved a phone call from the local clinic here in town and guess what.......They recieved more doses of the H1N1 vaccine and our family was on the list to get it. After discussing how we had just taken her to get hers today, they said that my husband and myself were also on the list so we will be getting our doses tomorrow. YAY. 3rd sigh of relief. We will now be mostly protected from this nasty virus. R. does need to get a second dose in four weeks if we can find it so hopefully we will be able to get some when that time comes around.
So my very frustrating day turned into a fairly decent day. R. hasn't had any reactions to either of the vaccines and has been playing happily since getting home.
Off to cook some supper I guess ..... Happy Wednesday and Breathe Easy Blogworld!
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
She was very interested in the leaves, although not interested enough to touch them. I guess we are bringing up a very clean girl....she doesn't like to get dirty (well at least not with dirt - food is another story)
She kept looking at the leaves and pointing to them wondering what they were.
She discovered the swing and enjoyed pushing it back and forth.
Monday, October 26, 2009
Rylee learned how to climb on and off of stuff. Her favorite thing was the big fluffy recliner. She pushed the stool in front of it and climbed up and down it.
Sunday, October 25, 2009
It was a very long drive, and Miss R. did awesome on the way out. The way home not so much. But we had a wonderful trip and enjoyed the time with the friends we don't see too often. They are so good with Rylee and I hope for the best in their trials to becoming parents. They have been struggling but are finally getting into the insemination process and hopefully it will work. They deserve the best!
While we were out at their house, we had them take a few quick snaps of us for our christmas cards. This is what the big pic on the card will be. Although i hate the way I look, it was the best of the pics and will have to do. Of course the little one wasn't up for smiling, but she is looking. And I am loving the vest on her. Super adorable.
Well more to come later, I have lots of catching up to do on the blogs I've been missing and lots of cleaning to do around the house, so we will hopefully have a productive day tomorrow. Good Night all!
Friday, October 16, 2009
This is my first attempt at a bow other then a Korker bow (which I love). I think it turned out pretty cute. It matches her Daddy's Lil' Pumpkin shirt pretty well. And she even manages to keep the headband on for the most part.
Korkers, Korkers, and more korkers. I don't know how many Korker bows a little girl can have, but I love them. And I especially love the little packs of ribbon from the target dollar section. They come with 5 or 6 coordinating colors/patterns and are just enough to make two matching Korker bows.
This one is a fall fun one that has apples and wonderful fall colors. I love it!
And this one was a pack of Halloween ribbon from the dollar bins. So easy and I don't have to worry about matchin ribbons!
So after much browsing on Etsy - I love that website - I decided that I was going to attempt to make my own apple shirt. I was wanting something to go with the fall korkers that I had made(see above). So I went to my local WalMart and picked up a white shirt, some packs of material (our walmart has scrap packs for $1.00 or $2.00. They are just little samples of material, but plenty for what I needed ), and some heat & bond.
I cut out an apple shape (kind of goofy looking apple, but it works), a leaf and a stem. I ironed the heat and bond to the back of each material and then ironed them to the shirt. I still need to stitch around the apple but this is how it turned out. It will work.
And here are a few pics of my precious little R. Here she is modeling her new headband bow, one of her new skirts, her Daddy's lil' pumpkin shirt, and Purple tights! Yes Purple tights that who knows what else she'll wear them with, but I liked them for this outfit. The funny story is that I was driving to go pick up some tights to match and was telling my friend how R. owns 2 colors of pink tights, white tights, brown tights, various colors of striped tights, but no black tights. So instead of black tights, I pick up these purple ones. OOPS. Still in need of some black tights I guess.
Well, Happy Weekend everyone. I am busy taking photos this weekend and running to hobby lobby to get some supplies for a banner I need to get done. Hope everyone enjoys the warmer weather that WE are supposed to have.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
We made pumpkin and ghost sugar cookies. I had great intentions of making these fabulous cookies until I remembered while doing them that I absolutely do not enjoy making sugar cookies. I quick frosted them and decorated them as my little pumpkin is being quite the crab. It sounds like she just now fell asleep as I resorted to the pack and play in the bedroom as she was inconsolable and didn't want to play but refused to sit on my lap and rock. It is very quite back there now, so I assume she finally gave in.
The cookies are for my husbands work trick-or-treat for a family with a little girl who will be getting a kidney transplant at the end of October. Her mom works for the same business as my hubby and they are going to bring their kids to trick or treat at each of the desks/departments as they will miss halloween trick or treating. I made them each cookies and will also have some yummy sugary candy in there as well for them.
I also wanted to wish Megan and Justin congrats on their new baby boy Lane. He is adorable. Megan checks in on my blog and is from the same area as me. We actually used to work together. This is their first child and I hope all is well with their new family and wish them the best of luck. Now on to making their baby gift!
Well I will be posting soon with all the new bows I am making and will be having a photo shoot of some friends and their family on Sunday. Lots to do. But now off to make the best of my quite time. I should be napping.
Sorry no pics of the cookies. Like I said, I had good intentions, until I started.
Happy Thursday and breathe easy everyone!
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Today we are leading a not very exciting day. We will be going to the post office to mail a package, but that's about it. We will be having another low key day. I am planning to make a few more bows, and maybe see if I can find something to use as R's little bow holder. Right now she has them stuffed in a rubbermade type of bin thingy with drawers and on a ribbon hanging from a pipe cleaner! Fancy I know.
On another note, Rylee really started to say MOM MOM MOM lately. She is getting louder and louder at talking or jabbering I guess it would be. I love it.
Well off to the post office to get that done.
Have a wonderful Wednesday and Breathe Easy!
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Monday, October 12, 2009
My favorites out of the trip has to be the purple, blue, white, grey and charcoal sweater with the charcoal skirt and shoes. The sweater is Tommy Hilfiger and was only $21.00 (that is the most I spent on one piece of clothing for her). The skirt is from the childrens place and was $3.00. The Shoes are from Marshalls and are Stride Rites. They were only $19.99.
Speaking of Marshalls....Both pairs of Calvin Klein Jeans were from there at $12.99 each. Super cute and the skinny ones will look awesome with her little brown boots she has. The remainder of the jeans were from The Childrens Place and 2 of the 4 were only $5.99. the other two were $11.00.
Gap was my weakness. She didn't need sweats, but they had some super cute ones. The brown outfit says Gap on the butt. The pink one was on sale and the purple was just plain cute. She also got the cute pink and blue striped dress from Gap. The other pink dress is from Tommy and the cute pink vest is from Old Navy.
The picture of the shirts are all from OshKosh and will look so nice under her OshKosh hooded zip up sweatshirts that she already has. The red shirt is from Tommy and will look so adorable with a couple of the skirts that she got. Oh and talking about skirts, the striped skirt is from OshKosh and was only $.90. What a steal.
I also got her some super cute knee socks from gap, some tights from OshKosh, some clippie bows from Tommy and some pj's.
There is also a picture in there of R's halloween costume. She was originally going to be a pumpkin and I was going to make her a tutu dress with the pumpkin face on it and green korkers at the top for the stem however I figured since it snowed here it would be too cold for that, so I instead bought her the pink and purple monster from the Childrens Place.
And all mommy got was a hooded sweatshirt, a teeshirt and a pair of shoes. Who do you think is spoiled here?
Daddy and miss R. had a good time. They ate McDonalds one night and took a walk. They had some super good bonding time. It was a much needed vacation for me.
Well last night was night one of Rylee sleeping in her own bed. We've been struggling with the sleeping thing since about July. She slept from about 10:30 until 5:00 am in her bed. Then she was wide awake until 6:45 and we went back to sleep until 11:00am. Well, the 10:30 until 5:00 was a start and pretty good for sleeping and not getting out of her toddler bed. We will see how her night goes tonight!
Tonight we are making chicken and stuffing casserole for supper, so I better get busy. Happy Monday and Breathe Easy!
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Well I won't be on till maybe Sunday or Monday, so enjoy the weekend, and as always, Breathe Easy!
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
I hate CF. I guess, if you have read any of my previous blogs, you probably already have gotten the idea that I hate CF. And yes, Hate is a very strong word and I don't use it often, but in this case, I HATE CF (me yelling it). Although I hate CF, I am very thankful for a lot of things that have become to our family because of it.
- I am thankful for my little girl. She is the love of our lives and the most important thing in the world to us. I can't imagine a day that we didn't have her in our lives, nor a day that we won't have her in our lives.
- I am thankful for the doctors, nurses, and medical people that take care of my baby when it is needed. We don't have to make the trip often and I am also thankful for that, but when we are in need of medical help, they are always there. They never seem annoyed that I call at least 1 time per week, or sometimes 2 or 3 times a day. They are always very helpful and understanding.
- I am thankful that I get to stay home and take care of my baby. Although I believe that daycare and social interaction is very important in a childs development, I am very grateful that I have the opportunity to keep her safe from germs/bacteria/infections.
- I am very thankful for the cystic fibrosis foundation. Without them, the life expectancy would not be increasing each year. Their would be no new treatments, and they wouldn't be as close to a cure as they are. We will see a cure within my daughters life. I know it.
- And finally, I am thankful for all of my family, friends and aquantances that donate to our cause and other causes to help research continue for all of the nasty and horrible disease out their that affect little people and big people the same.
Well speaking of donations, I am beginning to think about all of the fundraising we will be doing for our Team Roses for Rylee. We have set a goal of raising $10,000.00 this year and believe we are very capable of meeting this goal. Here are a list of our fundraising efforts that will be taking place this year.
- Roses for Rylee bracelets - These are the typical rubber/silicone bracelets (like the livestrong ones). They are purple and say Roses for Rylee on them. We have size Large (adults) and size Small (children). We have been selling them for $3.00 each or 2 for $5.00. - The thing I find amazing about this is how far they can travel. I have a friend in Tuscon that ordered 10 of them. She said she was going to give them to her coworkers as she see/assists with a lot of Lung Transplant patients. Well on her facebook, she was tagged in some pictures and as I was looking at them, I noticed a purple bracelet on someone I didn't know. I asked if it was a Roses for Rylee bracelet and they said it sure was. I was amazed at how someone who doesn't even know my dear R. would wear a bracelet in her honor. We donate 100% of the profits (so every penny we recieve for a bought bracelet) to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. We have lots left so let me know if you would like some.
- $10,000 from 10,000 people. This will be a letter that we will send to everyone we know. We will ask people to send $1.00 to us and then forward a letter with our story to 10 other people. We are hoping we can get to $10,000 through this. The thing about this, is it only costs $1.00 plus 11 stamps. Easy peasy huh. Usually families do writing campaigns asking for donations. We have a very hard time asking for money, however this form of a chain letter may make it easier. We will be sending them out with our christmas letters this year. If we know you, expect a letter asking for a $1.00 donation.
- Rock for Rylee Carnival. We are planning to do a carnival in the spring however with the economy it is looking a little tougher then expected. Our plan was to get donations of money, prizes, supplies, etc. from local businesses and then all profit would go to the CFF. Well, many larger business have a lockdown on all donations/giving due to the economy. Sad but understandable. We will see how this works out later on when we here back from some businesses.
- And finally, we will be partaking in the Great Strides Walk. This is the walk that raises money for the CFF. Last year we walked and the total raised at this local walk was over $91,000. It's amazing how 24 teams of people can raise that much money. We love it!
CF has changed our lives. I was never a germaphobe but am now. My hands are raw from washing them and using hand sanitizer, I am paranoid about tap water, and anytime I hear the words bacteria, flu, virus, swine flu or bugs I get freaked out and run and hide in my house. We have quarintined our little R. to the house for the flu season. She goes out when she won't be around anyone, like for drives in the car, pumpkin patch, swinging in the back yard, but she does not go into any stores, restaurants, businesses, etc. She did go to the clinic to get her flu shot and I about had a heart attack taking her around all of those people with flu symptoms. However, I love my life, and I love my little girl, CF and all.
Non CF related - I am going to go shopping this weekend! I am so excited and plan on getting R's winter clothes, shoes and some other little things for me maybe. And we are eating at a yummy italian restaurant and it's all girls going. I can not wait!
Well again, a lot of randomness and nothing to exciting, but none the less, important to us.
And one last push - Get your Roses for Rylee bracelets TODAY!
Monday, October 5, 2009
And this is finally a close up of the neat looking jar after filling it with candy corn and adorning it with a brown, tan and red ribbon. I love how it turned out.
Sunday, October 4, 2009
So on to the decorating. I don't have any pictures quite yet, but I will give you a little idea of what is going on in our household. Well I took all of my pictures and decorations off of the wall in the entry way and put up a bulletin board, mail organizer, wooden sign and coat rack. I also cleared the stand off and put up some very fall looking decorations. I took a big glass jar and filled it with candy corn - not only the yellow, orange and white stuff, but the red and tan, the brown and tan, the yellow white and brown and the normal stuff. Then I tied a ribbon around it. I also filled two small pillar vases with this candy corn mixture and stuck some very pretty fall flowers in it. Then I spray painted some pumpkins, added a little ribbon and placed all the above items on a red placemat. My crafty husband is still working on the shelf for the bottom, and I also spray painted a basket red to go on the shelf. This will house R's shoes, hats, mittens and winter stuff.
On to the living room - So I decided to paint the wall. We just made it a couple shades darker brown. So as of now, that's all that is there. a brown wall. We have yet to put up the shelves/pictureframes/pretties that go on the wall.. I also sprayed a couple more baskets to house R's books and some toys. Right now we have 4 bright foam mats where we keep her toys and books. It is kind of an eye sore. So i am hoping to move the mats and the majority of her toys to the toy room/scrapbooking room. At this point we don't play in the toy room much, but eventually she will be in there all the time. I'm hoping this will declutter the living area a little.
Well off to finish the remodel/redecorations! Happy Fall everyone!
Today was fairly productive and this may be adding to my insomnia tonight. I keep thinking about all that is on the agenda for tomorrow. Today I painted a mail organizer/key holder deal, a bulletin board, and a coat hook board. My awesome and fairly crafty husband whipped out the coat hook board in like 10 minutes. Edges routered and everything. I have been wanting to do a little something to my house to dress it up a little/organize it alot and declutterfy the entire thing. Well I finally started.....in the entry way. I will be taking down the candle holder wall pieceamajig and moving it to the bedroom (we do not light the candles in it so no fear of us burning the house down from a fire in the bedroom from candles). I am going to hang the bulletin board and mail organizer above the nice table that my husband made for me a couple years ago - See....he is a very crafty guy. I am also gonna put the coat hook board up on the wall behind the door. This will hold R's coat, the diaper bag, my purse, Daddy's coats and hats, etc. Mr. Crafty also made a shelf for the bottom of the forementioned table that I am going to put a couple baskets on to house rylee's winter hats and mittens, and other misc. items that will end up there.
So this is what brings me to the no sleep thing....The baskets. As I crawled into bed tonight, I was thinking about how I really didn't want to go and buy new baskets/totes. I have a ton already. So I decided I was going to spray paint a couple of the ones, and now get this.....I am going to try my hand at sewing the fabric liners for them. So all I will need is a little spray paint and a couple yards of fabric....Way better then spending $20.00 or more on baskets I would say. So as I was contemplating this, I decided how nice it would be to give the living room wall and fresh coat of paint. This led me to decorating the livingroom, which eventually took me to decorating and painting the bathroom and finally moving things into the bedroom/cleaning/hanging pictures/reorganizing. So here I am, sitting in the dark on my computer still thinking about all the possibilities for tomorrow.
I will deffinately be posting some before and after pictures of at least the entry way tomorrow or monday. Another thing I would like to do tomorrow is make it out to the pumpkin patch, and also work on getting my photography business going. I need to make the postcards to send to people. And as I was thinking about that, christmas letters/card came to mind and it reminded me how I was thinking about sending out our $10,000.00 from 10,000 people letter along with christmas letters this year.
I feel like the pig in the book "IF YOU GIVE A PIG A PANCAKE". What more can I think about that will remind me of something else tonight.
Well I suppose that is enough random rambling for the night. I am going to do some list making and hopefully get tired enough to crawl back into bed without waking the hubby or the little one. Good night to all.....Happy sleeping!
Friday, October 2, 2009
We don't have much planned this weekend except for laundry, some simple projects and sleeping and relaxing. I have a busy week next week, so I do need to prepare a little for the week and next weekend however.
My dad is coming down for a meeting for work, so he will be here overnight again. I am also suppose to have a meeting with a Hockey Team about the fundraiser that they are doing for CF. We are very excited that they are willing to do this fundraiser. However, with all the preparations for being gone for the first time over the weekend and my dad visiting, I'm not sure if I can make it to the meeting. It was so nice of them to invite me to come, however my friend may have to tackle this one herself. I hate to spread myself to thin and then not be able to enjoy my weekend away. We will see what the week brings though.
I am really beginning to think about some easy projects that I can do to get a little more organized around here. We have bills, medical bills, appointments, etc. on top of all of our other every day clutter. If anyone has any great ideas, let me know.
We might venture out to the pumpkin patch later this weekend to see if it is not so muddy. It has been raining here or drizzly all week so I'm doubting it will be good pumpkin pickin whether but I would really love to get just a few more pumpkins.
On a positive not on the excercising - I hopped back on the elliptical again, even though it was rainy and yucky out and I could have layed down with Rylee during her nap. I rode it and felt way better after doing it. We will see what today brings, but I'm hoping I can continue to push through the first couple of weeks and get into a routine with this.
Well this post was very random, and not much interesting things in it. I have lots of little things going through my mind about shopping, fundraising, organization, and paying bills. I should sort through my thoughts a little.
Well TGIF everyone. I hope this weekend is relaxing for all and we can start the week Replenished! Live Well, Laugh Often, Love Always, Breathe Easy!
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Now on to today. R. had a rough night last night and was up for like 1.5 hours in the middle of the night. Every once in a while she gets in her mind that this is ok. Well she slept in till 9:00am this morning due to the nice little hour and a half play time at 3am. So we got up and fought through the nebulizer and CPT and then it was time for breakfast. I swear that she is a little piggy. She ate a whole container of yogurt (of course it was the little ones that I mentioned a few days ago), a 8 oz cup of pediasure and an entire granola bar. It just amazes me how much she loves the yogurt and granola bars. And for her to eat the granola bars like such a little woman. She no longer crumbles them on the highchair tray. She nicely bites little pieces off. So cute.
And as for me, I am on about day 3 of the workout. I skipped the second day as we were very busy but I got back on the horse yesterday and did a workout video in the morning while R had her breakfast and then last night I jumped on the elliptical for a while. Today I am thinking I will try and work out during Rylee's nap. They say it takes 28 days for a new thing to become a habit so wish me luck on this one. only 25 more days to go until I actually maybe won't mind working out. On a positive note...my legs were sore today so I can tell it somewhat worked a little.
I am also going to do a little decorating for the season. I spray painted some pumpkins and they are sitting outside waiting to be centerpieces on the island. I also brought up a couple of pumpkin decorations I have collected over the past few years. I need to dig out the window clings and get those up on the windows. I have been in a redecorating mood lately and can't wait to change some things up in our house. I really would like to have a little command/organization center somewhere in the entryway or kitchen so if anyone has any ideas, let me know.
Well that was a lot of rambling and if you made it this far, thanks for reading. IT's thrusday today and that means, one more day till the weekend. :) Even though I stay at home all week, I love my sleep in saturdays and my time with my husband on the weekends.
Happy Thursday everyone!