I know that its been a while since we checked in. Life has been crazy busy and at times I never felt that it was worth documenting. The girls are all fabulous aside from Miss M fighting strep throat at the current moment. Miss K is in the middle of her 7th grade year and is doing really well. She is involved in everything. Miss L is in the middle of her 5th grade year with a teacher that we really love and we were blessed to have her when Miss K was in 5th. L is anxiously preparing for her upcoming spring break trip with fellow 5th graders to Washington D.C. Miss M what can I say she is in the middle of her 2nd grade year with a friend as her teacher. We had a nurse turnover at school at Christmas break. We are adjusting but i don't think anyone can replace Nurse Melissa she was a God send and we miss her everyday.

The main reason I got back into blogging was that I wanted to talk about this awesome article I came across yesterday. You can read the entire article here. I have been blessed by a few in my life that are thoroughly described in this article.

The first person that comes to mind is none other than my oldest and most dearest best friend. I would consider her a sister rather than a best friend, Ashley fits all 35 of these things to a "t" She is the first person I text when something good or bad is happening even if it is in the middle of the night. Our husbands have been friends longer than we ever have so I am grateful that our friendship evolved out of theirs. All of our kids love on each other and we love on each other's kids like they were our own. I have had some of the best date nights with her and her husband. We often kid we will be the ones in trouble in the nursing home that we will all live in together one day. I wouldn't have it any other way and I can't imagine life without this dear friend.

The second person that comes to mind is Amanda. I technically met Amanda in 2010 but didn't really get to know her until Spring of 2011 as we were patiently finishing up our bachelor degrees in History. Amanda is one of those people that you feel like has been in your life FOREVER. Yes, she is 10 years younger than me but she reminds me of myself without kids and has even seen quite a few ugly tears. I cherish this friendship more than I ever share.

The third person that I can't imagine doing life without now would be Heather. I have known of Heather for about 8 years. However, I didn't get to really know her until 2011 when Miss M was put in her Kindergarten class. I have never had a friendship like ours come out of one of my children's teachers. I would call my friendships with their teachers nice but there is nothing like the friendship like Heather's. We have been out of town together, hung out during the summer, I absolutely love her boys (so comical).

The fourth person would be Lauren. Lauren is a friend that even if I only text her I know that she is a true friend. I haven't seen Lauren in person in a heart but our friendship picks up right where it left off. I met Lauren about 6 months before I met Amanda once again in History classes. Lauren, Amanda, and I fussed about classes together and pulled our hair out together but we were able to graduate and celebrate that special time together.

The fifth person would be Angela. Angela is one of those dearest friends and I know God put her in my life for a reason. Angela and her husband Gary were teaching a class at church and we were new members and we attended the class. I will never forget my first encounter with her. My dad had just died and we were reading an article about dads and needless to say I about lost it. Angela loved on me from the depths of her heart. We see each other every week at church but we usually go to dinner once a year and pick up right where we left off.

I have been blessed my others in my life who I wouldn't trade their friendship for anything but these women have blessed and changed my life in more ways than they would ever know and I can't imagine life without. I hope that I am able to convey to my girls how much they need girlfriends, whether they are the same age, younger, or older than you. Girlfriends can keep you grounded and sane all at the same time.


Too Much to Handle

Warning this post is long, a slight pity party but its my journal for our family so i am allowed.

It is almost 3 am and I am sitting here with miss M in the best Children's Hospital in our area. We have been here since Sunday afternoon. Let me explain.

It all started on the evening of Wednesday February 27th when as miss M was sleeping we discovered that she was running a fever of almost 102 out of the blue.  Let me emphasize that she fell asleep in our bed on our heated mattress pad so I first thought that's why she was so warm, however we treated and kept close watch over her all night. She woke up feeling fine, fever free and not the best judgment on my part looking back but with the counseling of others we sent her to school that next day because she didn't want to miss picture day. Jason stuck close to the house and by 11:40 that morning she was once again running a fever and had now started complaining of a sore throat. We made an appointment with our pediatrician for later that afternoon. At the pediatricians office they did both flu and strep tests and everything came back negative. We were told that they believed it was a viral infection that needed to run its course and we were recommended to keep her at home the following day. On Friday she and I stayed home and she played to her hearts content until about 2:00 when the fever made a return. She slept for 2 hours, she woke up once again fever free and we never had anymore symptoms. Until Sunday that is.

Sunday wasn't a typical day. We had agreed as a family that we would rest for the day instead of attending church. Everything was fine until about 10:45 when out of the blue miss M started vomiting. We secluded her to her room and began the process of watching her sugars and ketones. At 11:45 she vomited again. At this point we were in contact with our endocrinologist office and was following all of his recommendations. Miss M preceded to fall asleep in her bed slept for 1.5 hours. When she woke up she just didn't look right. We checked her finger, numbers were extremely low but treating lows at home wasn't working because everything we had given her was causing her to vomit within 30 minutes of consumption. The endocrinologist told us to give her some glucagon and head to the local children's hospital.  By the way, glucagon is the med that very diabetic parent doesn't want to give. On the way to the ER she vomited yet again. We were fast tracked through the ER (when we arrived it had over 2 hr wait just to be seen). She was set up on fluids and had a lot of blood taken, it then turned into a waiting game. Her sugar levels bounced back and forth between very low to kinda low over the course of 4 hours. But her ketone levels continued to sky rocket. So we were told you are checking in at least for 24 hours.

Jason and I made the decision that I would stay and he would go home get the other girls taken care of and return the next morning. Like every hospital experience Sunday night and Monday morning there was little sleep. Blood sugar and ketone checks every 2 hours doesn't allow for much sleeping.  Monday morning rolls around after getting the older girls to school Jason calls to say we have a problem at the house. Really???? was all I could process at the moment. The half bath had leaked all night flooding the basement and shorting out the circuit board to our furnace leaving us without heat. But that was only the beginning. Upon further investigation, the main sewer line to our home has crushed on itself in what we have learned would be in 3 separate locations. We would find out that it would cost almost 5k to replace but since we don't have the ability to not live in our house it had to be done. On a side not in the past 9 months we have put nearly 10k into the house that I now refer to as the money pit. I feel like I am living in that old Tom Hanks movie.

Back at the hospital we were informed that even though her sugar level were ok she was not going home because of her ketone levels. Jason went back home for a second night to get the girls situated and prepare for the workers that will arrive later this morning.

Okay I am warning you this is where the pity party is about to start. Last year 2012 we as a family agreed that we would forgo a family vacation in order to be able to pay for miss K's braces straight up and stated that we would have the best
vacation imaginable in 2013,  knowing that 2014 there wouldn't be a vacation because it would be miss L's turn for braces. So when 2013 arrived I began planning our once in lifetime and very reasonably priced family dream vacation to Disney World. My girls have never been but have always asked. Well, our plans seem to be falling around apart around me.

Yes, I have always been told God doesn't give me more than we can handle. But between Liv's diagnosis this past year, a diagnosis for me, house crud, and Miss M's hospitalization I don't think I can handle anymore. We desperately needed the vacation that we were all looking forward too. I understand it could be worse as I lay here in bed with my sweet sickly 6 yr old. A few floors away in PICU lies Tripp Halstead, a local little boy that was injured in October. I am grateful every day that we aren't having to fight the battles that his family is having to fight. But I still question what did I do wrong for all of this to happen at once. I am sure there is a reason for all of this even though I just don't see it right now. Until next time.....


Want to play along

Play along, will you? Bold items are things I've done/accomplished.

1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii

5. Watched a meteor shower

6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland

8. Climbed a mountain

9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped

12. Visited Paris

13. Watched a lightning storm
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty

18. Grown your own vegetables

19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train

21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort

25. Held a lamb

26. Gone skinny dipping

27. Run a Marathon

28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run

32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person

34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors

35. Seen an Amish community

36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing 

40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa

45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance

47. Had your portrait painted

48. Gone deep sea fishing  

49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud

54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie  

56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching

63. Got flowers for no reason

64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma

65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt

73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades

75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been a passenger on a motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person

80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem

84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Kissed a stranger at midnight on New Year’s Eve
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating

88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life

90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Got a tattoo
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit

98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee  

Happy Saturday!!!