Sunday, January 25, 2009

we are healthy!!


Such sweet words! after the hell that was last week, miss molly
has bounced back to 100%! I cannot believe how fast our lives
can go from 0 to SCARED in 0.5 seconds. I cannot remember
being SO grateful the first time i walked into my bedroom, and
found toys and pretzels all over the floor! YAY! SHE'S BACK!

We have been keeping everything pretty low-key..have had some
early bedtimes, and just one morning at school where she was
"out of sorts" but she bounced back quick from that without
"mommy intervention" Shout outs to her team at school!!

Saturday, we decided to venture up to Springfield, and check on my OTHER baby! Aubrey Jo is growing in leaps and bounds, and her parents are constantly in a state of growth. They are realizing their dreams.


(check out those gams...that little girl does NOT miss a meal! OMG! She has my THIGHS!! :-)

They have found a house to lease, close to where Ally is student teaching, and one that has a big back yard complete with privacy fence. There will be a spare room (as they have lots of company)as well as a nursery!! It's beautiful, and in a beautiful, quiet neighborhood on a cul-de-sac. CONGRATS! Move day is set for February...although since the house is empty they are going to try to do it over the next load at a time.

In the meantime, before their cat can be an outdoor kitty, they
got him little rubber toenails, so he can't accidentally scratch Aubrey's
face! hahahah who knew? When he scratches at the glass door to get
out now? He goes...squeak squeak squeak!! Too funny and amazing to me!


This is a shot of the angel's eyelashes

and the look on gabe's face as molly picks Aubrey off the floor, and
carries her to daddy. No pics of the incident, as we all just FREEZE!!
But Molly is careful, and just wanting to do what's best! EEK!




Aubrey loves her gramma, but is obsessed with Molly (and molly's long hair)
I see a long life of friendship between Aunt and Niece...and it warms my heart)

Diesel the dog took a liking to gramma and grampa, and settle in for
a quick nap with them, after a big lunch at red lobster!! YUM! He
is so he is with one of Aubrey's toys he stole...laying on
his back and throwing it up and down! We have weird animals!



Then some playtime on the floor. Molly is LOVING all of Aubrey's
developmental toys...and the big ugly baby got to take a ride in
the Jumping seat...although her feet couldn't reach the floor. Cracks
me up as soon as Aubrey went down for a nap, molly sniped the
boppy pillow in traditional DS leg position!


Molly took care of the whole "too short of legs" well has adorned
BUB with a tiarra! (teething ring)


This week we are facing another winter storm watch...UGH! i am
SO READY FOR SPRING!! so there are movies, puzzles and a
beef stew brewing on the stove.

A short clip of a typical day at Ally and you can tell
as much as molly loves the baby....sharing of the SpongeBob
Back pack?? ohhhhhhhhh that's a tough one!!

Life is good when everyone is Healthy....I won't take it for granted again!

Sunday, January 18, 2009


I didn't get last weeks blog copied over here, so you'll
just have to go to myspace and read it there I'M TOO TIRED.
I think I'll just direct them all over here from now on, as
this one shoots to facebook, and i only have to type it once!

ok, here we go...this is my life (my kid's lives)

First Molly got an infection...we were quick to diagnose it
(ok, she did throw her pretzels at the bus driver TWO MORNINGS)
and then got her on some penicillin. GUESS WHAT?

Molly has developed an ALLERGY to PENICILLIN!! I dosed her once,
and this is what i got:

Day One

Emergency trip to the doc, got an antihistimine, and
had to have compounded a new anti bi (molly won't take pills)
and this is what we had day 2:


PLUS she is now in a world of pain, as NOTHING is touching the
original infection! EEK! We go back to the doc and get a blast
of steroids (IM) in office, and then to the hospital to get BOTH HIPS
hit with clindamycin! Molly was NOT HAPPY!

Day 3

She's swingin a monkey there the nurses got her at the hospital...quick side note...nursey kept asking me if there was any health issues with molly aside
from the current emergency....i kept saying no....FINALLY she came right out and asked if molly had Down Syndrome! hahahahah i guess i just ASSUME
everyone knows that....but her eye swelling was such that it could be confusing!

Only one side of her face was affected, which was really freaking me out...looked more like bell's palsey than a reaction to meds...

She is back to terrorizing the cats, dumping her toy boxes, and leaving pretzels crumbs all over the house today.... YAY!! Mommy and Daddy actually slept last night!! DOUBLE YAY!! She is still a little swollen on one jaw, and her eye is discolored (looks like a red shiner) but her ATTITUDE is BACK!

Shauna??? Shauna ran her first marathon in Orlando last Sunday, and finished strong with a 3:44:50! She kept up an average pace of 8:26 min/mile! I AM SO PROUD OF HER!! (this is a shot of her last 1/2 marathon)


Her and Fritz also wanted to be in on this weeks Inauguration, but tickets were expensive and non-existant! So (drumroll please) After a $900.00 fee for the both of them, and background checks complete....Shauna and Fritz will be vending Tee Shirts/pens and other Obama Memoriabilia at the Fountain next to the Capitol Building!! These two crack me up....they are the epitome of 'WHERE THERE'S A WILL... THERE'S A WAY!" Congrats all the way around, shauna, and we'll be watching for ya!

Obama Pictures, Images and Photos

Gabe? not to be outdone with the others keeping my heart working overtime... GABE PROPOSED TO ALLY!! I know he's been working on this 'ring thing' for quite some time, and was SO STRESSING over the whole ordeal! D-Day was SUPPOSE to be on Ally's birthday (Jan 20) but her mom and stepdad came down this weekend (Gabe had asked her mom's permission some time ago) so he went ahead and did it at supper with them...(yes, the waiters had champagne waiting) I KNEW YOU COULDN'T WAIT, GOOBER!! CONGRATS!!



And my beautiful Bill and his Angela are home this weekend. I have no doubt that as soon as he saw molly's pics being text'd around, he had to get here to see about her on his own. He also has in tow a new Australian Shep/border collie puppy. She took a likin' to my mama:


Not to worry, they still have the little SHITzu with them, the new puppy will be raised to help with the cattle. Yea, my bill has cattle, horses, chickens...ALL the works on a hobby farm IN ADDITION to everything else he does...*beam*

bills puppy

as well as the monkeys:


So how's about THAT for a WEEK!!

Thanks to my co-workers for covering me while i had the meltdown with Molly, to my boss for being so understanding, and especially to my Doc and his staff.

I KNOW when i am in "freak out" mode that it is just no fun to be around..your caring, empathetic professionalism is OUTSTANDING! Shout outs going to THE BEST DOC IN THE WORLD, Richard well as Shelly and Jo Beth! THANK YOU!!

To the nurses at OMC that made an awful day better for my little miss, complete with rides in a wheelchair, and a new purse with a ty monkey in it!! THANK YOU!!

To my sisahs? thanks for all the prayers and just being there with me while i waited for this to play out. Nice to have someone there with ya, when walkin a path like this!

Next week? I'm hoping i have NOTHING TO REPORT!! ha! j/k....I'll fill you in on the Inauguration then, and if you want some authentic souvenirs??? I gotcha covered!!

Sunday, January 04, 2009

The end of a great week of rest and unaccomplishment!

School and work both start tomorrow, and the weather, which was 70 degrees yesterday, is threatening to make a blue day worse, by returning to winter. The great thing about living here???

we have tastes of spring all winter long....usually once a week. It also serves to be the bad thing about living here. One thing is for sure, you never pack away your summer clothes!

I would like to say that we are currently sitting in an IMMACULATE house, which was my original intention of taking this time off...but life also has a tendency to get in the way.

playing with molly kate,
serving at the sarge's every beckoning,
and getting mom back up and on the road to health (as well as dad) seem to have sucked up all the cleaning time...but I do not regret one single "wasted" minute!

Mom missed every Mass throughout the Christmas Season, and finally got to go today, where they courteously had left all the decorations up. She came home BEAMING!

I did get my closet cleaned out (2 construction site bags to goodwill and one to the trash) and currently have 3000 plastic hangers for sale.

SPACE BAG HANGERS are the BOMB!! and highly recommended to all of you as short on storage space as me! (Who knows why he feels the need to hang onto that leisure suit??)

Molly and I slipped away Saturday morning and went to play with Aubrey Jo and parents in Springfield. I wanted the baby here with me all week, but they had other priorities, and THINK they are in CHARGE!! as IF!! (actually...we had the bug in the house, and did NOT want to share that with the family!)



She's hard to catch on a blackberry (yes i forgot the camera)...because of her constant and fast movements...but there are diamond stud earrings in her little lobes, and a silver bracelet on her arm....such the little girl!!

she's rolling around now
(smashing in her pretty face on furniture)


sitting up
(falling over)

and almost crawling
(tapping one foot behind her as she inch-worms up to furniture to smash her pretty face into or molly's lap)


Her eye-hand coordination has progressed to the point of being able to pick up the cheerios, and maneuver them to her mouth, as well as spying the long hair of her doting aunt, and BAM getting a handfull and a tug in before anyone knows it's happening!


Conclusion? If she survives this week without any more bruises...she will be officially a Rug Rat!! (this is when they graduate to stitches!) She is just that close to being fully mobile.

She recognized Molly immediately and was thrilled to see her!


All of us made a run to Tar-zhee (Target) and although we missed all the good sales, there were still a few to be had. Molly ended up with a new Dora Puzzle, a new Spongebob, added to the growing family of 500.... but AJ got next month's wardrobe. This girl is growing at the rate that we will have to upgrade it monthly, for sure! Love it that mommy knows how to browse the clearance racks!!

As usual with shopping trips that mommy is looking forward to, there was a huge fight between the kids at the git-go!!

and I'm not talking molly and the baby...

molly and GABE!!

It seems that this mommy's parenting skills need some tuning up (cough cough) as I just try to make things right so that molly is happy (an enabler), but Gabe thinks molly is being babied and she should just DO WHAT HE SAYS!

Lemme tell ya, 15 years difference in age is no barrier when a sibling fight breaks out...I cannot even DESCRIBE the looks Gabe was getting for yelling at that "poor little girl with down syndrome" or the delight that appeared on their nosey faces when molly threw her shoe at him!!

I HAD TO SEPARATE THEM for Heaven's sake!!

We made that one a short trip, and then stopped off at O'Reilly's for a new starter, and did some work on Gabe's truck:



(Molly's hair is Gabe's time? we teach the art of the french braid)

And opened a few late presents...did someone say PRESENTS???


yay!! we both LOVE opening presents!!


this is what Gabe and Ally got of 4 portrait sittings, this one just made my heart melt.


Alas...the day had to come to an end....Molly didn't want to leave, until i mentioned french fries...and then she was OUT THE DOOR!! There is no love, like the love of a girl and her McDonald fries.

Wish us both luck in trying to fit back into the "swing of things" tomorrow and please pray for her teachers!!

.I hope yall's transistions are smooth this week also....Good Luck with that....

and speaking of little twin Coleman has taken up residency at a Hospice House. We continue to pray for a miracle.
cp ColemanScott

Stop by and say a prayer for this beautiful family who are such an inspiration to all of us!