Thursday, December 8, 2011

Tis the Season

For craziness. Abby had her MRI, but it yeailded no ansewrs as to the cause for her seizures. The doctor did find a pineal cyst but he dismissed as a cause. We will watch it to make sure that it does not grow and cause any issues but other than that...sigh. She DOES have scoliosis. 15 degree curve. Nothing that needs orthopedic intervention, but she needs another xray and has to go see the specialist at Children's hospital in June. Bethany's appt went well. Her curve is at 17 degrees and hasn't changed since her last trip to Children's so they will see her again in June as well.

Bethany did AWESOME in her 1st cheer competition which was the Fredricksberg Jaycee Parade last saturday. It was COLD. Her next competition is in January.

Abby and Bethany have their school winter program tonight (their after-school chorus) , Emma has her dance recital this saturday and all 3 girls have their sunday choir program this sunday night. I will be glad when this week is over!!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

EEG Test Day...and answers...FINALLY!!!

Abby did beautifully today sitting while the EEG tech put all the little electrodes all over her head and wrapped it all up and then did great for the test itself. It was touch and go whether we were going to get her to fall asleep or not but she FINALLY fell asleep and we were able to get what we needed for the test. So...she did GREAT for the whole EEG, but something during the test must have set her off b/c afterwards while we were in the bathroom with the little bottle of shampoo trying to clean the goo out of her hair, she had another seizure. SCAREY for me as this so closly on the heels of her last one which was just this past saturday. There was no one in the hallways and it...was the same as usual so I just let her work it thru like normal...its NOT like its a grand mal or anything, but I did go downstairs to the 4th floor and leave a message for her neurologist about saturday and todays seizures with hopes that he would call me back sooner. The school is breathing down my neck wanting a dx so that they can have a "treatment plan" for her. And I have to say...praise God for wonderful doctors who DO their jobs!!! The EEG guy was totally on the ball and got the test results to Abby's neuro ASAP, who in turn read them and called me back this afternoon! He saw some concern on her EEG. She has what is called complex-partial epilepsy. She will go on meds for now in hopes that it will prevent her from going into full blown grand mal seisures down the road. Although I am not happy that she has yet another thing she has to deal with, I am so thankful for doctors who jumped on things to get me answers quickly.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Oye Vay!!!

I am now officially the mother of a cheerleader. Heaven help me and her father now that she has gotten a taste of cheerleading and wants to do it all the way into high school!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

10 years ago today...

I was at my job at a daycare. I was the 2&3 yr old teacher. I remember the girls from the pre-school/4-5 yr old room coming over and telling those of us in the next room that the WTC had been hit(we shared our room with the infants-23 month olds-separated by a half wall) Someone turned on the radio b/c we didn't have a tv...I remember feeling shocked and overwhelmed b/c everyone knew my husband was in the marines and kept asking me if he was going to get sent to war. Within and hour of the 1st plane crashing...we had no kids left at the CDC...all the parents had come and gotten their kids so our boss told us to go home. I sat in front of the tv the rest of the day watching the events unfold. Watched live as the towers fell.

How do I feel now? My heart still breaks for those who died and for the love ones they left behind. It swells with pride that my husband is willing to fight to maintain our freedom against those who attacked our country. It is humbled by the sacrifce of those who gave their lives to save others that they didn't even know.

We will never forget...

Thursday, August 25, 2011


Last I checked we live in VIRGINIA...NOT California!!! At 1:55pm the same day that Emma had her 1st day at preschool...mommy experienced her 1st earthquake. And it wasn't and piddly one either. It was a 5.9!!! Scared the dickens outta me!!! Had an aftershock later that night at 8:11pm that registered 4.2. Eek. Now I NEVER want to live on the west coast. I'll take hurricanes over earthquakes ANY day!!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

1st Day of Preschool!!!

Just sent my baby off for her very 1st day of preschool! I can't believe she's gotten so big! Where did the time go? She's SO ready though...she's ACTUALLY ready for kindergarden to tell you the truth but DOD regulations won't let her go because she isn't 5 by the age cut off of Sept 1st. Oh well. I think she will enjoy this year nonetheless. I didn't cry...choked up,yes. But I didn't cry. :)

Sunday, August 21, 2011


This fever can LEAVE anytime now. Granted, I am thankful that there is no vomiting or nastiness out the other end accompanying it...but she is up ALL NIGHT LONG anyway because she is so hot. He fever hovers around 103 at night and while I feel bad...the lack of sleep is getting to me. Plus...what could this be? The strep test they did came back negative, yet she has had this fever since friday morning. And its not a low grade either. This sucker has stayed around between 101.8 and 103.8 the entire time, but she doesn't have any other symptoms. Maybe she's eating a TAD less than normal and she looks like she might fall over come naptime...but that's because she isn't sleeping at night. I am REALLY hoping she is better by tuesday because she will be SO broken-hearted if she can't go to her very 1st day of Pre-K because she is sick. :(

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Crazy weekend!!!

TGIF...turned out not so much. Took Emma in to visit her class, got a copy of her bus schedule and what shots she still needed. Took her in to get her shot (have I mentioned that she has been acting FINE???) and the nurse is all "Mommy, she feels warm. We're going to take her temp before we give this to her." 102.3. WHAT?!?!?!?! Yeah...guess THAT was a bust. Took her down to PEDS with very little hope of ACTUALLY getting in for a same day appt...they managed to fit us in. Strep test was negative. But she had a MISERABLE night last night. Not puking or anything...just so feverish that she was miserable and up and down from my room to hers the whole night. So, fevered child meant no dance for her today, meaning that since Abby had her karate graduation (and I had already booked a babysitter to sit with the girls over at the dance studio)so she had to come out to the house instead. Poor Bethany. Not sick, but missed out on dance anyway. Bummer.

So off to Abby's graduation! Despite massive traffic, we made it there on time, with extra time for her to prep, practice, & get excited. She LOVES karate. She did SO well today. There are some days that she is SO unfocused that I doubt that she has the curriculum down...but boy did she prove me wrong! That kid is a sponge!!! She stuck everything! Her guard was nice and high and tight and her HI-YA's were loud and crisp and she smiled and just did FABULOUS! So, I am now the proud mommy of a brand new Green Belt 8 yr old in tae kwon do!!! :)

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Happy School Year!

As Abby would say...and HAS said, OVER and OVER and OVER again the past 2 days. The excitment level in this house has been thru the roof. The 2 older girls started school yesterday. Bethany started 2nd grade and Abby started 3rd. Both came home in great moods. They seem to like both their classmates and their teachers. (Although I know Bethany will like Ms. Boswell...Abby had her last year.) Emma starts Pre-K NEXT tuesday and can't WAIT to go. We had a home visit from HER teachers this morning and she was being a total goofball and showing off while they were here.

Abby also did her gold belt test yesterday...and PASSED!!! YAY!!! Green blet here she comes!! So yesterday was a day FULL of excitement, especially for Abby. Needless to say, everyone crashed HARD when it came to bedtime last night. :)

Friday, August 12, 2011

I hate DC traffic

Bethany's appt at Children's hospital in went ok. They want to wait and see how she does between now and December. I'm ok with that, but told the doctor that I REFUSED to go back to DC. I will go to Fairfax...but I am NOT making that trip into the heart of DC again. It was HORRIBLE! NEVER again!!

Sunday, July 31, 2011

So frustrating...

..when you are in excruciating pain, but have to go about you daily routine. Your kids just don't get what's up and try as I might to not yell, sometimes it slips out. I just want them to settle down and fall asleep so I can go to bed b/c my back hurts so bad. I know I should make an appt for tomorrow, but the really sad thing is I can almost tell you verbatim what they will say and do and give me tomorrow if I do. sigh. I HATE this clinic.

Sunday, July 24, 2011


Hmmm...this word hs given me issues. Bein submissive to me is one thing, being a doormat is another. But I had a friend point out today, the bible doesn't say be submissive if you want to or set specific limitations. It just said to do it...regardless what is asked of you. I struggle with this. Being "in charge" for so long with the kids while the hubs is gone here and there due to the military...its difficult to give up that control once he is back home. But there is also the attitude that is behind it. Is my attitude "FINE! I'll do it" or is it truely done with a humble heart? This is definately a great area of struggle for me.

Thursday, July 21, 2011


I can't believe the heat! We broke over 100 today. The heat index was 110!! Makes me VERY thankful for air conditioning that WORKS. We were able to go to the pool today after a bit of not going. The girls had a good time, but because it was so hot today the water was like bath water...even at 3pm. BLECK! But at least Bethany can quit complaining at me that we NEVER go swimming

Interesting note. I was looking back over my blog. Noticing that over the past year...I've made exactly 5 posts. Eek. It looks like I've made like one every 6 months. Been a busy year. I guess I just figure that people don't want to hear every annoying thought that I have...but also...its not like I am using this to update people either. I mean seriously? How many people even READ my blog? Probably no one.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Time Flies

...and just seems to get away from you. Everytime I blink it seems like 6 months have flown by. Spring has already come and gone and summer is in full swing...once of the hottest ones on record. We've been broiling here. I want to take the girls swimming more, we've just been SO busy. June was CRAZY and July hasn't been much better so far. I am hoping now that VBS is over that things will settle for a little bit before school starts up again. Just some slight down time with the regular stuff going on instead of a lot of craziness.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011


Let's see...flu, stomach bug, brochitis, ear infections, sinus infections, pneumonia, strep...we've had them all this winter. Normally I get all excited for winter and snow and etc, but this I just want spring to be here so I can open windows and clear out these nasty germs that seem to be camping out somewhere in my house no matter how hard i clean. :(

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Long Time...Happy New Year!

Eek. Last time I blogged was in...AUGUST??? Man, THAT was forever ago. So much has happened. August & September were filled with school & dance starting up again, October was Emma's 4th birthday & the girls had a great time trick or treating on halloween with their friends Hailey & Harley. November brought Abby's 8th birthday & Thanksgiving which we were able to celebrate with my friend Beth & her family. Good food & good times! Bethany was sick with a stomach bug that day but overall it was an ok day. December brought with it the craziness of getting ready for Christmas, in-laws coming, daddy coming home, daddy leaving again and prep for entrence into the new year.

2010 has been an interesting year. Not horribly bad, but could have been better. Hoping that 2011 is better. Both Abby & Bethany start their 2nd half of their year of school and hopefully will imprve even more on their marks from last semester. Abby has completed 3 semesters of gymnastics and 2 of tap & ballet and is now taking a try at Karate...something she has wanted to do for a few years now. Bethany & Emma will continue to do the combo gymnastic/dance class on saturdays. Dom is back in Japan, with a hope to come home somewhere around May-ish. Right now, I am taking one day at a time. Today is the 1st day of a new year...hopefully a better year.