Saturday, November 22, 2008
She Knows Parties is having a Betty Crocker Decorating Cookie Icing Giveaway.
Frugal Mommy of 2 Girls is giving away a Keurig Coffee Maker!
MomDot is giving away a set of Harry Potter books!
Friday, November 21, 2008
Thanks so much everyone for all the prayers and well wishes for the girls! Ava seems to be doing much better! She is her usual smiley self! It takes an awful lot to get that little one down! She is taking her medicine like a champ and seems to be feeling just fine! She is getting into lots of trouble without her Sissy to play with! Lily finally slept through the night last night (first time in about a week) and she's actually still asleep right now at 8:00, which is late for my girls, so yay! Hopefully, the sleep will help her feel better! She is not a fan of the medicine and it's this big drama whenever she has to take it (twice a day, fun), but I am just hoping she is feeling better by next week before our trip to St. Auggie! Thanks again, everyone!
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
1. We have a roof over our head. It's not the prettiest roof, but we are (mostly) warm and we have a place to call home.
2. My kids are (usually) healthy. They get the odd sickness here and there and the last few weeks have been trying, but they do not have any serious illnesses that require us to run to the hospital all the time or that are threatening their lives.
3. Ava is my snuggle bug. I wanted a snuggly baby so badly and I got one. Yay!
4. My husband. Goodness knows he can make me crazy, but he is an excellent Daddy and he will always make sure we are taken care of.
5. Our amazingly generous family. Both my husband's family and my family have been extremely generous to us. They help out with the kids when we are in town, they take us out to eat, they give gifts to the kids for no special reason, they have sent and taken us on vacations, they are all just great to us.
6. My kids (usually) love each other. It's so amazing to see them play together. (Lily is screaming at Ava right now because she is tired and cranky from being up all night, so that's why I say usually...we are not feeling the love right now).
7. Dental school is almost over. The end is in sight! We have only 16 month left! WooHoo!
8. MOPS. My MOPS group has been such a lifesaver while we have been here in Gainesville and I am thankful for each and every one of the women I have come in contact with in that group. They are all amazing and they all encourage me and give me strength.
I'm sure there is more and I will keep posting as I come up with stuff. I have a feeling I will need to keep looking at this list to remind myself of the positive things we have going on so as not to dwell on the negative. I am sorry if any of this post is unclear (I am thankful for spell check this morning) as I am running on like 5 hours of sleep, part of which happened on my kids floor. Anyhow, it is so easy to get bogged down in the all challenges that come with the holidays. I would just encourage you all to try to focus on the positive this holiday season.
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Berrie Sweet Picks is giving away a nifty kids CD.
SAHM Reviews is giving away a Chex "Basket of Indulgence."
Mom Fuse is giving away a beautiful set of ear buds.
Old Red Barn Co. is giving away three amazing quilts.
Does Mommy Love it? is doing a bunch of giveaways including an adorable outfit, a pretty necklace, and eco-friendly cleaning supplies.
Peanut Butter and Pickles is giving away a Munchie Mug.
Everything Up Close is giving away a super nice shower head.
MomDot is giving away an awesome cell phone!
Thursday, November 13, 2008
DAY TWO QUESTION
Traditions, what are some of your favorite family traditions? What are some that you want to begin?
We don't really have many traditions. Our Christmases are still kinda spent on the run visiting all our relatives, so we haven't really had a chance to form our own traditions yet. Someday, I'd like to be bale to spend Christmas morning with just us and then maybe do some visiting int he afternoon. I'd like to have the morning to eat a nice breakfast and open presents and watch my kis play before the whirlwind of family begins...maybe someday :)
Introduce us to your family and share Holiday pics of years past
Well, I have two baby girls and am married to my wonderful husband, Nathan. Christmases for us tend to be pretty hectic. All our family (including all grandparents) lives about two hours away and so, we make the drive and spend the holidays with everyone. It can be pretty hectic. Both my daughters were born on December 21st. They were born two years apart, but those Christmases were even more hectic than usual. I had c-sections with both of them but we still made it in to visit family. Like I said...interesting. Well, here are some pics:
This was last year's thank you note to everyone.
The Write Gal is giving away a custom photo notepad from Couture Invito .
Berrie Sweet Picks has a ton of great giveaways going on, including one for a Boon Squirt and a bunch of stuff from Kiss My Face.
Maria's Space is giving away an interesting work-out DVD.
It’s Tea Party Week at Mom Most Traveled! Enter here for your chance to win a Baby-G watch from Casio!
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
This morning at MOPS a group of women from The Sebastian Ferrero Foundation came to speak to us. The foundation was started by a family whose 3-year old son tragically died last year due to medical errors. Here is their story:
"Our happy and healthy 3-year old son Sebastian died at Shands Hospital in Gainesville, Florida in October 2007 as a result of a medication overdose followed by a series of preventable medical errors.
After Sebastian’s death, we heard from many concerned pediatricians and parents in the community about improvements that could be made in patient safety and pediatric care.
To honor our son and to turn our tragedy into something positive, we established the Sebastian Ferrero Foundation to serve as a catalyst for profound change in the way hospitals and health care professionals care for children and their families.
Since forming our Foundation, we have received widespread support and we are encouraged by the progress we have made in a very short time.In fact, many community leaders, parents and more than 150 local pediatricians and pediatric, have come together with many others from Shands HealthCare and the University of Florida College of Medicine to support our cause.
The mission of the Sebastian Ferrero Foundation is to advocate and fundraise for a state-of-the-art, full service children's hospital in Gainesville, Florida while promoting excellence in patient safety and insuring that all families are treated with compassion, courtesy and dignity.
Our ultimate goal is to build a state-of-the-art, full service children’s hospital in Gainesville. While we are advocating and fundraising for our dream, we are partnering with Shands HealthCare and the University of Florida College of Medicine to develop a nationally recognized, comprehensive patient safety program that will be implemented as part of the Sebastian Ferrero Office of Clinical Quality and Safety. The safety programs implemented as part of this new office in memory of Sebastian will benefit all patients at Shands HealthCare, not just children.
Sebastian's mother was one of the women who spoke to us. There was not a dry eye in the room. All of us could relate to her and could feel her loss. Sebastian had been brought into Shands for an out-patient test. He was not growing as much as his doctors would have liked and they wanted to test his Human Growth Hormone levels. The test required him to be given some medication and then sent home. The nurse who administered his medication gave him 10 times as much as he needed, due in part to a mistake made by the pharmacy who labeled the vials of medication wrongly. When Sebastian's parents became concerned by the amount of medication he was given and by the later side effects caused by the over dose, they were simply reassured that everything was fine. Obviously, it wasn't. Sebastian died later that night. Sebastian's mother and the other women there (including a local pediatrician) spoke to us about being an advocate for your child and making sure to speak up if you are not sure about a procedure or medication that is being given to you child. It was amazing to me how many other moms in the room had stories involving mistakes that doctors had made or that the pharmacy had made filling their prescriptions, none them ended as catastrophically as the Ferrero's case, but the number of mistakes was startling. I guess I don't have much other purpose to this post than to let people know about the Ferrero's story and to just tell parents to be aware of what is going with your kids at the doctor's office. Don't just ignore your intuition that something is wrong just because someone in a white coat tells you it's not. Doctors, just like the rest of us, are only human and they do make mistakes. So, just don't be afraid to ask questions and push for answers you understand.
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***Not really, we love Ava, but she is driving me crazy today***
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Ava playing with her shoe...the best toy ever!
Lily is trying to convince Ava to go through the tunnel.
And, she's in!
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Mommy: Hello, little girl! What a beautiful costume!
Lily: Happy Anniversary!
Now, I have no idea where the anniversary thing came from, but we could not get her to shake it. She said some very funny things to people throughout the night. Happy Anniversary...Happy Trick-or-Treat...it was really fun. She made it around the whole neighborhood and got quite a lot of candy. Poor Ava had to stay home because she was sick. Luckily, Uncle Elijah helped Lily go up to the all the doors. What a good uncle!
My little kitty cat!
Lily with her uncles (Elijah is on the left as Hades and Ian is on the right as "The Right to Bear Arms").
Let the candy feast begin!
Check out the double lollipop action. I pretty much just let her have at the candy...and she took full advantage of it!