Thursday, June 26, 2008

Body Jam

As you all know, I went through a training to be certified on Body Combat by Les Mills back in January. Well, I am branching out and am now going to try Body Jam as well. I am hoping when I am certified that it will pay off and I can work. Here is a little sizzler about what I will be doing this weekend.

Finally, some good news!

As everyone knows, this year has been a hard one for us. You know in life, sometimes everything is going well, and sometimes nothing is going well. We are in the nothing going well stage. However, we are still receiving blessings. Dave made the cutoff for promotion for July! YEAH!!! We are truly blessed because he has only been in the for 3 years. So, now Dave is SGT Higbee. Congrats Babe!! If they invite me to the promotion ceremony this time (the last two times they didn't) then I will post pictures.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Doctor Visits

Before I tell you all what is going on, I wanted to say thank you all for your concern. We appreciate it. Okay, so yesterday I was taking Haylee, Logan, and Laycee in for routine check ups since they all needed something, but since the babies were sick, I figured that I could kill 2 birds with one stone. So here is the report and it is not pretty lol.

I was taking Haylee in because she also has cafe au lait spots. Since neurofibromatosis can be genetic and they are checking Laycee out, I felt like Haylee should be seen. Well the verdict is, the doctor has to get back with me after she talks to the neurologist lol. But she definately has over 6 spots which is one of the diagnosing criteria.

Logan just needed a follow up on his weight. He was 8.4 kilos in March and now he is 9 kilos. He is still way below the weight chart, but he is finally tracking on a curve. Next step... see the nutritionist and get a calorie count. The doc wants to put him back on pediasure, but I don't because then he stops eating. As for a sickness, he has a severe case of pink eye, but nothing that can't be cured with a little medicine.

And now for the drama of it all. Laycee was just supposed to be seen as a follow up to her visit in Germany. I wanted to enroll her in the Army medical program (efmp) so that as they assign Dave's next duty station (which isn't too far off), it will have access to a neurologist, which is what she needs. Anyway, she also has pink eye, and as I mentioned was vomiting and having a high fever (up to 104.3). The high fevers are common for her. It is just how her fevers go. I was not too stressed about that at all really.

So, the doctor said she definatly has pink eye, then she has one ear infection and the start of a second one. And she was dehydrated. So, they did a bunch of lab work and hooked her up to an iv. Her lab work was normal, but she might have a urine infection also. She has a yeast infection. She got two doses of iv fluids and iv antibiotic in between.

After almost 4 hours at the doctors office, we came home with a get back to you on Haylee, pink eye for Logan, pink eye, yeast infection, dehydration, and maybe urine infection for Laycee. All in all, it was just a story of my life visit lol. But you know what, I am thankful because we avoided the hospital. I hate the Italian hospital.

So thanks for letting me complain!

Monday, June 23, 2008

Premature

I guess I was premature in my rantings yesterday because today it got worse. Laycee started a fever last night and you know she doesn't do fever lightly. It spiked to 104.3 and she is puking up everything! Can't wait for the rest of the family to get it.

Also, I still don't have a camera and we went to a birthday party today :( Plus. the PX is out of RW-DVDs... go figure lol

Saturday, June 21, 2008

UHH!!

This is my UHH post of the week.

1. The babies have pink eye (it is disgusting)
2. I had Dave take the camera to Portugal (and we have done fun stuff like swimming)
3. Logan took off his diaper in bed. (Its hot so they sleep naked, I am not ready to clean up diaper messes! I hope it is a fluke!!)

Friday, June 20, 2008

5K Race

Saturday (14th) was the 5k race again. We had a little trouble because it was raining and the kids stayed up too late the night before, but we all finished this time. That was the goal lol. Here is Julie, Trent, and I crossing the finish line.
Haylee crosses with some much needed help from the gentleman in the grey and yellow behind her. He had finished and decided to help me out (I must have really needed it this month).
Charlie went on to finish with the babies.
Trent and I did a little jogging in the middle of the race.
Here i am before the race. It started at 8am, so I don't look fabulous.
The babies were nice and dry, but they were fussy still most of the time.
THose face pretty much sum up the day lol.
This is before the race starts.
After the race, we went to Julies and served up breakfast for us and the missionaries. It was an all around pretty good day even though it was rainy and everyone was cranky lol.


Thursday, June 19, 2008

Dance Recital

On Haylee's Birthday (the 11th), she had her Spring Dance Recital. I put together a little bit of a video of the whole show. She was the leader of her group and she messed. I think she was really embarrassed that she forgot, but she only practiced the leading part once, so who can blame her right. So, I hope you enjoy how much progress she has made!



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Kids at the Park

Today while i was teaching, Terrilee took the kids to the park behind our house. I hate going there because you have to walk all the way around and the kids always get splinters. But Terrilee braved it lol.
The babies look like they want to get out and have some fun too.
Haylee loves to slide.
Trent pretends to swing.
Thanks Terrilee!

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Look at me go!!

Last Wednesday, out of nowhere, the babies decided that they could walk. Logan picked up a ball and took off. If he has a ball, he walks pretty well. This is the first time he took the initiative to go on his own. There is even a guest appearance by Laycee who was trying to get us to praise her too lol.
Watch him go.

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War Wounds

The other day we were bringing groceries upstairs. When we got up, we hear Laycee screaming and see blood everywhere. Haylee said the door attacked Laycee. Well, soon she won't have a toe anymore because it really got her.




Monday, June 16, 2008

Piece of Heaven

What else can I say?


Sunday, June 15, 2008

Happy Fathers Day

Today is Father's Day. I wanted to make a special post dedicated to some important fathers in my life (pictures below). Dave is an amazing father to my children. My dad set me such a great example as to the kind of father I would one day want in my home. And Dave's dad taught him so much love and respect for family. I am grateful to all of them for all they have and continue to do for our family.
Since Dave left on Friday, the kids celebrated Father's day on Wednesday. Here is the kids bringing in their presents.
Haylee made Dave a card before school let out and she was hiding it for him.
This is what the kids got him.

I hope you all have a Happy Father's Day!

Book Reviews

Well it is time for me to write in about the books I have been reading again. Since Dave has been home, I haven't read as much as I normally do, but I am still writing. Okay so here it goes

Firefly Lane- by Kristin Hannah
Firefly Lane tells the story of two girls who don't belong together and break through a lifetime friendship. They have dreams of working together and grow up to do very different things. But they are still best friends. The book spans 3 decades of their parallel lives and friends.

I would say this is one of the best books I have read in a long time. This is the first book I have read by Hannah, and I can't wait to pick up another one. I LOVED the book and felt so much like the main character. This should be number one the next time you pick up a book.

The Host- By Stephanie Meyer
Stephanie Meyer takes a chance and breaks out of her vampire series with Bella and Edmond. Instead, she goes into the world of Wanda and Jacob. The book is about a world that has been taken over by bugs that live inside humans. It was thought that there were few humans left when Wanda (a bug) discovers that her host has ties to a community. The book addresses an ability to live in both worlds.

I really liked the novel however I was COMPLETELY confused for several chapters. She really just jumps right in and you are left to figure everything out. I think a prequel would help. But, the book over all was good. It had some funny times, definate tear times, and skillful writing times. I really enjoyed reading it and found myself completely invested in the lives of the main characters (a skill of Stephanie Meyer). Next time you are at the library, this is a definate rent.

7th Heaven- by James Patterson
Okay, so this is the 7th book in his Women's Murder Club book that follows 4 female characters and how they collaborate to catch a killer. These four women have been through everything together. This time, they are looking into the murder of a famous boy and a string of arson cases that hit a little too close to home.

When it comes to the writing of this novel and the story, I liked this book. However, as it relates to the progress of the characters, I was a little disappointed. It felt like watching a TV show where the characters made so much progress in their personal lives (book 6) and then suddenly for ratings sake, the networks asks the writers to stall and draw it out a little more. If you have read the previous books, this is one you should check out, but if not, I would skip this one at your next library visit.

Sunday at Tiffany's- James Patterson
Tiffany is a sucessful business women who is still doing everything her mother tells her to do and it is still not enough. She is completely unhappy when she one day runs into a very old friend. The book follows their friendship and how it has turned into something. As well as the reason the friend has returned.

I LOVED this book. It was very simliar to two others that Patterson has written. I love when he writes love stories because they are simple and sweet. It was definately a girl feel good book but one that has enough substance to keep you interested. This should be near the top of your next library list.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Talking Blanket

The kids like to cover up and pretend that we can't see them. Well, the other night we were having movie night. Dave and I were getting everything ready and Haylee and Trent covered up so we couldn't "see" them. But boy did we hear them. Here is Haylee's original version of "Talking Blanket"


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Friday, June 13, 2008

End of Baseball



Well it is the end of baseball season. Their last games were last Thursday and Friday. Haylee didn't get to play her last game because it was raining, but she still got to enjoy her award ceremony, hot dog, and cupcakes.

Interaction

There is a growing interaction between the babies. I love it because now they will sometimes laugh, play, and babble together. So, here is a video of a few clips of the babies playing together.


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Thursday, June 12, 2008

Mischief


Well my toddler years begin. Laycee is a real climber even though she just discovered how good she is at it. So, the other day, I made the babies macaroni and cheese. Got them up from their nap, and then planned on waiting about a half hour before I was going to feed them. I thought they went into the playroom and Logan comes crawling in smelling like macaroni. The light bulb clicked immediately and I knew that Laycee used her skills to get their lunch off the table. Sure enough, I went in there and you can see what I found.

Movement

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I put together the little clips of video we have taken within the last month of the babies continued progress towards walking and Haylee and Trents funny KungFu day lol. Have fun!

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Happy Birthday Haylee!

Today is Haylee's 6th Birthday. We had a slumber party for her with a few friends. Okay, as you can see, I can't count because the cake only has 5 candles lol-- Thanksfully, only Dave noticed.
In the back yard, I put down a tarp and put up a pool and slide. They played last night and again this morning even though they were complaining it was cold.
The birthday girl!
The kids took a break from playing to eat some pizza.
When we went upstairs, we had cake, ice cream, presents, and a movie.

Here are the rest of the pictures I took.



Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Jesolo Beach

Saturday, we went to Jesolo Beach (near Venice) with Julie, Gavin, Charlie, Jessie, Nancy, Jaron, Terrilee, Chad, Kirra, and Christian. It was so fun to get out and to enjoy the nice weather. Laycee hated it because she got splashed her first time in so her and Dave napped on the beach most of the time. But everyone else had fun.

Monday, June 2, 2008

Luxembourg

During our time in Germany, I looked on the map to see if we could make it to another country in Europe. When I was looking, I saw this tiny country that I didn't know existed. I put it in the GPS (thanks Julie for letting us borrow it!) and it was only 1.5 hours away. So, on Saturday, we set out to see Luxembourg the tiny country bordering, Belgium, Germany and France. It was a really neat country because the architecture looked like it came straight from America. It appeared that some places we saw German and some French. We were confused as to what language they spoke. According to wikipedia lol, it said they are a trilingual country that speaks French, German, and Luxembourgish. It was a really cool place to see and we LOVED the shopping.



On our way back to the car, we stopped in a little shopping alley ( I don't know of an equivalent in the states so you know what I am talking about, but they are common in Europe) Anyway, there was a Brazilian shop that we were looking at and we turned around to see a store selling...

Yup you see that right, weed! After our shock and good laugh, we headed back to the car and saw this cute train in the park along the way.






It was a fun day and nice to see one more European country. We have now seen, Italy, Switzerland, France, Luxembourg, Austria and Germany. And in a few weeks, Dave goes to Portugal.

Our Trip

These past few weeks, we took a trip to the American hospital in Germany to see the pediatric neurologist and to get and MRI for Laycee. We drove up on the 19th. This time we took a different route through Italy, Switzerland, France, and then Germany and cut 3 hours off our trip! The babies did pretty well on the 9 hr drive.



Tuesday, we went to a preliminary appointment for Laycee. Other than that, we just took it easy. As you can see below, Laycee and Logan love to beg for food!



Wednesday, Laycee had her sedation and MRI at 7 am. We were there until 3pm. She was so grumpy for the whole day from the sedation.

Thursday we took the babies to the park.

Friday, the babies got new crayons for beginner colorers. Laycee loved them!



Saturday, we went to Luxembourg (See previous post)

Sunday, we just hung out.


Tuesday, after Laycee's appointment, we went bowling, but I forgot the camera. Logan said "dall" the whole time. He loves balls.

Thankfully the babies got alone well on the trip home too!

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