Thursday, November 24, 2011

Today I am Thankful


* a supportive, loving, ever-faithful Jason
* my sweet, giggly, cooing, healthy baby boy
* an inquisitive, outgoing and goofy toddler
* Caramel Salted Mochas- delish!
* Black Friday shopping
* my wonderful family and friends up in Ohio
* our wonderful group of friends we consider our "Texas family", whom we will be spending this holiday with
* that, for now, Charlie Brown is happy and doing well
* the opportunity to live in a country where, as a woman, I am respected and my rights are equivalent to that of any man

Happy Thanksgiving, friends!


Thursday, November 17, 2011

A DIY Christmas

Ever since having Connor I have completely abandoned my creative outlets. I've just felt uninspired and, frankly, too exhausted in the evenings to really start or finish any projects.

But, the upcoming holiday season has changed my tune a bit. I've been listening to Christmas music, sipping on pumpkin spice lattes (even though I'm wearing shorts and it's 80 degrees outside), and browsing the plethora of catalogs making their way into my mailbox everyday.

I'm so excited to decorate for Christmas this year!

At the end of last season I gave away the majority of my decorations to a former member of my Mom's group who didn't have the money to purchase any for her home. Which leaves me with

So this year I'm starting fresh! And I really want to do something fun, colorful, creative and homemade for my boys.

I'm thinking paper, fabric and lots of fun DIY projects!.

Here's some inspiration I've found from two of my favorite kid-friendly catalogs:

The Land of Nod

My Silhouette will be getting a lot of use in the upcoming weeks.

Are you starting to think about Christmas? Will any new decorations make their way into your house this year?


Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Charlie Brown {A Tripawd Update}

It's been overwhelming in our little house these past few weeks. If you remember, our boxer, Charlie, was diagnosed with terminal bone cancer a few weeks ago. Since then, he has had a leg amputated, enjoyed a few good days at home and was then re-hospitalized for a severe infection for five days. We finally have our boy home (hopefully for good!) and he seems to be slowly getting back to his old self.

Night before leg amputation
His best friend, Flippy, had a hard time while Charlie was gone. Flippy's life revolves around his big brother and he missed him greatly when he was in the hospital.

When Charlie initially came home, we had him wear a t-shirt to cover up his large incision site. He has a 12-inch incision in his side that is held together with staples. The shirt is a light barrier between his incision and anything that it may come into contact with.

It was very hard to see him without his leg for the first time. It has now been two weeks since his surgery and it's still hard. I am always waiting to see his other leg and it's simply not there.


Dogs are amazing creatures. Charlie was walking immediately after his surgery. Imagine our surprise when we went to pick him up.... we couldn't believe how happy he was and how well he could all ready balance himself on three legs.

When we got home he was ready to run around the yard!

Unfortunately, after he had been home for about five days, Charlie started feeling pretty badly. His incision was leaking quite a bit, he wouldn't eat or drink and was extremely lethargic. A late night call to the hospital confirmed that we should be worried. The on-call doctor met Jason and Charlie that evening and it was decided that he should be admitted.

Our poor boy developed a pretty nasty infection. His skin around parts of his incision site had become necrotic and had to be removed. When they went to open him up to check out the infection, infected fluid came pouring out of him. After putting him in IV fluids and antibiotics, he started to perk up a bit.

They ended up keeping him for five days and sent him home with a tube inserted underneath his skin that runs into a small port which we have to drain three times a day. He will wear this for two weeks, and if all goes well it will be removed the day before Thanksgiving. Our boy has also lost about 15 pounds since he became sick, so our goal is to get him back into shape.

Once he is infection-free we will start chemo treatments. Charlie Brown is a trooper and we are so glad that he is feeling better. 


We love our sweet boy. :)

 Thank you for all of your thoughts and prayers. It means so much to us that Charlie has a support system and people rooting him on. He sends tail wags and wet, sloppy kisses out to you all!


Sunday, November 13, 2011

Connor {Smiles}

Even my worst weeks can be momentarily forgotten....


A gummy smile from my sweet boy lifts my heart instantly.


No matter how low I may feel sometimes, being a mother fills my heart and soul with gladness.


Here is to a sunnier tomorrow...


Tuesday, November 8, 2011

I am weary

I feel exhausted. It's only Tuesday night and I wish the week were over.

I am weary.

Today is one of those days where I wish I could just curl up in bed, fall asleep and let the day pass without my knowing it. And I certainly wouldn't be any worse for the wear as a result.

Things have been tough lately. From wedding planning, which is becoming a bit overwhelming, to our ongoing problems with Charlie, both physically (on him) and financially (on us).

Then, of course, there is the everyday dealings of being a mother to two little guys... 

I feel like I'm being pulled every which way and I just need a break.

Then today?

Well, let's just say today did me in.

I've been having problems with my phone lately... and after over two and a half hours on the phone with tech support nothing was really solved. I was told they would have to send me a new phone since my problem wasn't one they could fix. But, the woman wanted to do a factory reset on my phone first, as a last result. I was a bit hesitant, as I have a lot of stuff on my phone... contacts, calendar, photos, videos, etc. She assured me everything would be saved on my SD card.

Well guess what? It's gone. All gone.

My photos of my kids. Videos of Aidan walking for the first time. Video of Connor's first night in the hospital. Pictures of Connor's first smile. All gone.

I cried and cried after I was unable to retrieve those images. They're irreplaceable.

And now I have no more words friends.

Tonight I have a heavy heart. I am weary.

Hopefully tomorrow will bring a smile to my face.

Monday, November 7, 2011

A Morning at the Park

We went for a walk around the lake...


We enjoyed the view...

(Well, some of us slept instead!)

We watched the ducks cross our path...

Then we decided to feed them!

A certain toddler had to stay in the stroller while he fed this feathered friends. But, he didn't seem to mind!

And neither did the ducks.

We played at the playground.

We had snack and milk breaks...

While some of us slept some more.

It was a great day... Just me and my boys. :)


Sunday, November 6, 2011

Are you ready for some football?

Our family loves to hang out on Sundays and watch football. 

Today both of "our teams" are playing each other... the Texans vs. the Browns.

Jason is lucky enough to be going to the game. But I'm sure that Aidan and I will be glued to our seats at home!


Man do I love a good football game. I'm so glad that my boys seem to like it, too!

Have a wonderful  Sunday, friends. :)

Friday, November 4, 2011

Connor Meets Nana and Papa

A few weeks ago we had a lovely visit from Jason's parents.

Connor was very excited to meet Nana and Papa! He spent a lot of time being held by Nana (she is a baby hog, afterall!) He seemed quite content with her. :)

Charlie Brown also got some love from Nana while she was here. She loves all of her grandchildren equally!

Aidan was very excited to see his Papa. He really loves Jason's dad, and I have to say that he his hands down Aidan's favorite grandparent. To Aidan's delight, they played Ring around the Rosie (with Nana, too!).

Then Aidan showed Papa his sock. :)

Nana and Papa also gave Connor a bath while they were here.

The weather was beautiful outside, so we all spent a lot of time in the backyard.

And Papa did manage to sneak away from Aidan for a little bit so that he could hold Connor, too. When Nana would let him, that is.  :)

Our boys are so lucky to have such wonderful grandparents! We can't wait to see them again in February when they come down for Aidan's second birthday. :)



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