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Monday, October 10, 2016

Trades of Hope Facebook Party

My close friend introduced me to a great company helping women escape the slavery of sex trafficking and support themselves.  There is so much I could say, but the company says it so much better!!!  So please check out my Facebook party at the link Trades of Hope.  There is an amazing introduction video that explains it all!

Feel free to support these women and order yourselves some pretty accessories!

Mug Love Exchange

Nothing makes me think of fall and changes in the season than a warm mug of coffee :)...and fun mugs make it all the better!  As a mom with 4 kids needing to be in 44 different directions at any given time, a travel mug is my jam!  I feel like i'm always driving somewhere and needing some caffeine to keep me going!

So, when I saw the blogger mug exchange, I couldn't wait to connect with other writer moms...and when I was matched with Emily at Three Boys and a Girl, I knew were meant to "meet".  Emily loves travel mugs as much as me!  And without even trying, we even selected the same brand of mug for each other!  

I will admit that my crazy schedule led me to order off Amazon and ship right to I didn't include any yummy treats like she did for me!  And let me tell you...those treats didn't last they day...yum!!!  Thank you for spoiling me, Emily!

How cute is this mug????  Love the fall colors and the cute box it came in :)

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Asthma Strikes Again

After a good run of almost 6 months, Bruiser's asthma flared out of control and we earned 2 ER trips and a one-night admission to our local children's hospital.  Even though we are very skilled in managing his asthma, it still surprises me how quickly it comes on and how quickly he goes downhill! 

A bit of history... 
Bruiser had frequent ear infections and then tubes as an infant/toddler.  He also had several ER visits due to croup.  His second day of kindergarten landed him in the PICU with a massive asthma episode.  That year was rocky but we got him on a good management program with exasperations every few months.  He's had 2 PICU stays and now 3 regular floor admissions.  He's had one episode of pneumonia and one time that required magnesium to control his asthma.  Luckily, he's had no intubations!  His actual diagnosis is severe persistent asthma...the worst it can be.

So this time he started with cold symptoms and we started his sick plan.  We struggled through Friday and saw little improvement.  We did a sick visit on Saturday to the pediatrician, where they prescribed steroids and diagnosed an ear infection (and flushed out a massive glob of ear wonder he never heard me calling him!!!!!)

By Sunday afternoon we were seeing no improvement even after 2 doses of steroids.  So off to the ER he and I went.  He immediately was put in a room and began 3 rapid dual-nebulizer treatments.  He improved slightly and I had a serious conversation about how I felt about managing him at home. I felt comfortable and we headed home with a different steroid.  I had high hopes for good things :)

Sadly, by the time Daddy returned home from work the next day...this is where we ended up!  Daddy walked in the door and Bruiser and I walked out..

This time he was maxed out on steroids and back on high volume duel-nebs.  We waited in the ER for a room to be ready and headed up to our accommodations around 10pm.  

We spent a lot of quality time together!

And Mommy watched his pulse-ox and elevated heart rate...that albuterol does quite a number to you!!!  For a high-energy kid, hopped up on steroids and inhalers, he was very sedate...just another sign he was feeling pretty yucky :(

When you are trapped in a room and in bed (all the meds made him a fall risk and he had to be hooked to the monitors), Mommy lets you play Pokemon Go to entertain yourself :)  These are the pictures I later found on my phone...

I am happy to say that we were released after one night and many many many treatments.  He continued meds and treatments for a week longer at home and has recovered well.  There's still a bit of PTSD in him...he's terrified that if he's not close to me I won't know if he's having trouble breathing...but we're working on that!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Washington DC 2016

We had the best vacation as a family plus Papa to Washington DC!  It was hot and we walked miles (we have Fitbits to prove it!) but we saw so much and had the best time.  There were few arguments, lots of flexibility (which is something some people in our family struggle with!), and great memories!

Here are the pictures to show our trip...excuse the weird order - Blogger was acting up!!!

After a hot first day Bubba and Sassy were relaxing while Papa and I unloaded the car.  Daddy had taken the two older kids to the Spy Museum while we explored the Newseum and headed back to relax at the hotel.

Fountains were made for splashing!

Bubba was all about the maps!

Bubba and Sassy were trying out for the news!

We spent out first day exploring the Newseum and loved seeing all things news!

The map!

Waiting to see the 4D movie!

In an actual TV studio with the capitol in the background.

Seeing Papa's paper in digital form on display at the Newseum...with his face on the front page :).

This is where the pictures get funny...these are from our drive to Papa's house before we left for DC.
Love how my children slept in the oddest positions!!!

After settling into the hotel the first night, I enjoyed a glass of wine and some reading time :)

Day 2 was HOT, HOT, HOT!
And this was Sassy's opinion of it!
(And if anyone's recalling, she had a similar reaction on Day 2 of our Disney trip!!!)

We spent this very hot day walking the National Mall to see the monuments.
All the kids were set on seeing the Lincoln Memorial and Daddy wanted to go to the top of the Washington Monument...all accomplished!

It was so hot and I didn't have a hair tie to pull my hair up...because I never do!...that I had to buy a hat to hold my hair up!  Comfort surpassed fashion this day!

Love this of my boy!

After touring the monuments, we needed to cool off desperately!  We ventured into the Holocaust Museum and worried how appropriate it was for the kids but needed the AC!!!!  I am happy to report that the museum did an amazing job with a children's display that was honest and truthful but at the right level for the kids.  It was excellent!

Daddy also grabbed us tickets to tour the US Mint...but we missed our time due to distance and heat.  Sadly, this happened again the next day!!!!  Poor Daddy added extra steps to his fitbit for nothing :) 

While the big kids went with Daddy and Papa to tour the Washington Monument, Bubba and I explored the Museum of American History.  This was in a small children's section that was all hands-on...Luke loved it!  And he was in his diaper because there was a diaper malfunction and Mommy never packs a change of clothes for the 4th child :)

Riding a subway...

Seeing a train...

The Museum of Natural History

We ended the day with an early dinner at a fabulous BBQ place (with sangria and beer!) and a walk back to the hotel in the rain!

Day 3 we had a tour scheduled at the Capitol and decided to squeeze in the Library of Congress and the Supreme Court while we were already at the top of the Hill!  We loved seeing all the political buildings...and I have more pictures on my big girl camera, whenever I get around to uploading them :)

Sassy settled right in!

Then we ended the afternoon with a trip to the Air and Space Museum...everyone's favorite!

They loved the space toilets!

And Bubba loved this display!

And he kept saying "Mama, you buy me this?"

Day 4 = tired boy

One more item checked off my bucket list!

The National Cathedral was amazing!

As we were leaving, we started down the stairs to the underground parking garage...I assumed Daddy had Bubba and he assumed I had Bubba.  Well, halfway down the stairs, we hear a little voice from the top of the stairs "Mama?"...we had forgotten our youngest child!!!!!!  Parents of the Year!

We ended the trip with a little Chick-fil-a and Fitbit comparisons!

And this guy fell asleep right before we got home...of course!

After a night back at Papa's house, we were up bright and early to head to our favorite local amusement park!  My parents grew up just miles from it, visiting regularly and even working there through school.  I spent many summer visits there and now my children are building the same memories!
First ride of the day!

Bubba told us he was only going on the "hittle" rides...and then couldn't wait to get on this "boap"!!!

My boy took me for a drive :)

It's tradition for the littles to ride the firetrucks!

Bruiser was too cool but refused to miss out!

Loved seeing my little guy be big stuff this year!

Train time!

He loved the rides but always looked terrified while on them!

We ended the day with a visit to the great-grandparents and then pizza on the way home.

Friday we ventured to the local museum and explored the dinosaurs!

He was digging for fossils and bones!

Papa and Tater taking a break :)

Sassy and Pop-Pop playing dress-up :)

Cousin time at Papa's

We grabbed Cousin D and headed to the local ballpark for front row seats to the game!

Bubba decided to throw things onto the field...and Papa decided his lap was time-out!

Tater always loves a good snuggle!

Cousin D may have worn more than he ate :)

We made it through the 6th inning and I swear it sounded like the crowd was cheering as we left!

We had a crazy-busy and super-hot week but we had a great time together, loved being with Papa, and made TONS of memories!!!