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February 25, 2010


Alex has a cabinet in the kitchen that is full of toys and kitchen items that he can play with. He knows that it is his cabinet and since we put his things in it about a month ago, he leaves the other cabinets alone. Losing one cabinet's worth of space is worth it. I guess there was something in the back of the cabinet that he wanted today. I am not sure what was in there, because he had pulled basically everything out onto the floor.


The guys didn't really impress me last night on American Idol. I was really looking forward to the performances by Andrew Garcia and Michael Lynche. They weren't as stellar as I was expecting. If all else fails, I am going to start rooting for Aaron Kelly (I know an Aaron Kelly in real life). I am off to watch the eliminations.

Happy Birthday!

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February 24, 2010

Happy Birthday!

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Alex has recovered nicely from his surgery. We went to the doctor yesterday and no ear infection! Of course, he just finished his antibiotics yesterday too, so hopefully his ears will stay infection free.

Alex had his surgery on Mardi Gras. I had big plans to make a king cake, but that didn't happen. Instead, we celebrated Mardi Gras on Wednesday and I made Jambalaya.

Alex relaxing.

On Friday, Alex was feeling great and we went to the park. He loves to swing.

Walking around the park.

On Saturday, Dawn and I went to a Mom to Mom sale. I found Alex a few toys, but I still need to disinfect them. Gabe, Alex, and I went to a birthday party for Kimmie. Unfortunately, the weather was cold and it sprinkled a little bit so we only stayed for about 30 minutes and we left. After the party I went over to Debbie's house and Dawn, Debbie, and I scrapbooked. I now have May 2009 finished!

I have started running back up again. I quit due to illness earlier in the month. I still have my goal of running in a race, but I guess I will run it alone. Dawn was going to run in the race with me, but she is moving to Indiana in March. I will miss her!

I finished reading Julie and Julia. It is actually a funny and interesting book. I am looking forward to watching the movie. If you would like to see the blog that started it all click here. There is also a link at the top of the page to go to her current blog.

Gabe and I are watching American Idol again this season. So far none of the girls are really doing it for me. I am looking forward to the guy's performances tonight.

February 16, 2010


Alex is back from surgery. Everything went great! The Dr. said that he "drained a lot of nasty pus from both ears." So, he should be hearing better too. Thanks to everyone that kept Alex in your thoughts and prayers. It means a lot to us.

Waiting to go back to surgery.

Alex is back to the super happy baby he was before all of the ear infections started. He didn't scream when I laid him down to change his diaper. Instead, he played peek-a-boo with me. It has been months since this has happened. Relieving the pressure was a wonderful thing. He has been running around and playing. This is the happiest he has been since before November. We will see how tomorrow goes, but things are looking great.

February 15, 2010

Happy Birthday!

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Alex's surgery is scheduled for tomorrow. I know it is a simple procedure, but please keep him in your thoughts and prayers, as well as the surgeon and the medical staff that will be assisting.

February 14, 2010


I just finished adding the dishes from dinner to the dishwasher and Gabe is putting Alex to bed, so I have a couple of minutes. We have been staying at home since the pneumonia diagnosis. Alex's surgery is on for Tuesday at 6:30 a.m. and we are trying to keep him away from people until then. We simply don't want to risk another infection right now.

Alex still has a cough, but we were told that the cough can linger for a month after the pneumonia is gone. Alex has been off of medication to control his fever since Wednesday. No fever is a wonderful thing. Gabe is doing much better too. Both Gabe and I have a cough if we talk, so our house is pretty quiet. We do talk to Alex though. I wouldn't want him to think we are ignoring him.

I just thought I would throw in a random Alex picture. He loves to "use" my computer.

We watched the opening ceremony for the Olympics on Friday night. In honor of the start of the Olympics, I made Olympic pizza. Basically, you make a rectangle shape pizza and put your topping on the pizza in the shape of the Olympic rings. Ours were all pepperoni because I didn't have the time to chop up the veggies, but next time I think I might use different veggies to represent the different colors of the Olympic rings. Next time might just be the closing ceremony.

Alex also colored a couple of hearts for Valentine's day, a couple of Chinese New Year pages, and a curling coloring page. We were in Ireland for the last winter Olympics. Due to the time difference, some nights we would be up late watching T.V. The British channel always had curling on late at night. Those Brits love their curling. I haven't seen it on here this time, but I will be sure to watch it if it is broadcast.

Last night I went on a sewing frenzy. I made Alex two hooded towels, a couple of sweater pillows, two eye chart pillows, and two Christmas Presents for my Grandmas. I ran out of stuffing by the time I made it to the eye chart pillows.

I made two pillows out of one of Gabe's sweaters with a hole in it.


Today we celebrated Chinese New Year by having chicken chow mein for lunch. I was going to make chicken won ton soup, but the chow mein was just easier. We celebrated Valentine's Day tonight with steak, salad, green beans, and sweet potatoes. Apparently Alex really loves sweet potatoes. He ate all of mine and he had already had dinner. I am not a big sweet potato fan, but I guess I need to start making them more often. For dessert I made Congo Bars...yummy!

I finished reading The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. It is a great read. It goes through the occupation, of the Channel Islands during WWII.

I am off to watch some more Olympics.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Valentine Hearts

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Happy Birthday!

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I am frustrated with my blog right now. It decided to delete all of the comments posted after January 19. Maybe Gabe can figure out how to bring them back. I will ask him later, as both he and Alex are taking a nap. I think I am going to read. Hopefully I will be able to write another entry tonight.

February 13, 2010

Happy Birthday!

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February 9, 2010

New Years Resolution Update!

I was going to do this update at the end of January, but oh well, stuff happens.

1. Run in a race. I have started running again...sort of.
2. Lose 10 more pounds
3. Finish 2009 Scrapbook
4. Read Run For Your Life by James Patterson
5. Read Rites of Spring (Break) by Diana Peterfreund
6. ReadTap & Gown by Diana Peterfreund
7. Read The Lost City of Z by David Grann Done...and I can't say that I would recommend it.
8. Read Sex and the City by Candace Bushnell
9. Read The Sex Lives of Cannibals: Adrift in the Equatorial Pacific by J. Maarten Troost
10. Read Broken Music: A Memoir by Sting
11. Read Catch Me if You Can by Donna Kauffman
12. Read The $64 Tomato by William Alexander
13. Read Storm Front by Jim Butcher
14. Read I, Alex Cross by James Patterson Done...and excellent as usual.
15. Read Heat Wave by Richard Castle
16. Read That 20's Girl by Sophie Kinsella
17. Read Alex Cross's Trial by James Patterson Done, but not your typical Alex Cross book.
18. Request Medical Records
19. Go through Credit Card Stuff
20. Read the Bible, chronologically, in one year. Here is the printable version. I am on schedule.
21. Complete the 365 Project. I am going to do it this year! I am staying fairly caught up. I am finished with January and working on February.

February 8, 2010

Prayer Request

Please say a prayer for Alex. He is no longer able to take ibuprofen due to an upcoming surgery. At this point we are only able to give him acetaminophen for his fever. It reached 103 today. I am expecting a call from his doctor tomorrow (he is off on Monday). I am hoping that it is still normal to have a fever at this point considering the extent of his infection.

Please pray for Gabe too. He is not feeling well and has a nasty cough. I realize that he has not been on antibiotics for even a day yet and expecting him to have a large improvement is unrealistic, but I can hope right?

Please just keep them in your prayers. I need both of my guys healthy.

I just realized that one of my last prayer requests was for a little guy (then 7 month old Maddex) with pneumonia.

15 Month Portraits

Alex had his 15 month portraits taken on the 30th. I guess technically that makes them 15 month and 2 day portraits, but whatever. Anyway, this was the day before he became ill.


I just love the expression on his face in this photo.


Happy little guy!



At this point he started posing himself and the photographer kept snapping shots. You will see more of what I mean with a couple of the pictures that follow.

This reminds me of an ad in a magazine. He could totally model for Polo.


He decided to lean against the backdrop in this shot.

On a not so cute side note, I just came back from the pharmacy. I made an appointment with our Dr. today. I have been in denial that I am sick even thought my throat and ear have been hurting for several days. I finally decided to make an appointment when I looked in the back of my throat last night and saw some nasty white stuff. I guess that is why it has been hurting. Gabe and I both have prescriptions now, so we should be feeling better soon.

February 7, 2010


It has been a while since I have written and actual entry that does something more than wish someone a "happy birthday". There isn't a whole lot to catch up on. Let's see. On the 27th I had an anaphylactic reaction, but it wasn't anything that epinephrine and a whole host of other drugs couldn't fix. I started working out, you know, working on Resolution #1 for 2010 (run in a race). I have since stopped, but keep reading to find out why. On the 29th a few people came over and we had a "craft night". Gabe and Alex went to one of Gabe's coworkers for pizza. On the 30th Gabe and I went to a benefit dinner. I bought a piece of art during the silent auction.

The reason our deadbolts must be locked at all times.

Alex and me after the whole anaphylactic business.

Alex started getting sick on the 31st. He went to the doctor on the 2nd and was diagnosed with infections in both ears, eyes, and his throat. His fever went from 103 to 105, so off to the ER we went. We were told the temperature increase was due to the severe ear infection.

Poor little guy!

On the 3rd, Alex had an appointment with the ENT. All of the surgery slots were booked for quite a while, but the doctor said Alex really needed tubes and he couldn't wait. So, a slot was added on the 9th for him (6:30 a.m., but hey we will take it). They like to wait until the ears are healed to do surgery, but the ENT said we can't wait and he needs them now. Oh, he had a reaction to one of the medicines that he was taking (redness and hives) and we headed to the pharmacy for a new medication. While they were filling the prescription we decided to have lunch. Alex was fussy, so we checked his temperature. Yes, I am a dork that carries a thermometer with me. It was 106.1 (this is with medication to control his temperature every 3 hours). So, off to the ER we went again. Alex was diagnosed with pneumonia. We started all new medications. At this point, I should have stock in the pharmacy. They gave him a shot and a breathing treatment before we left.

Hanging out in the ER.

Fortunately, the shot did wonders, because he woke up the next day 1000 times better than the day before. Don't get me wrong, he was still sick (and still is), but it was huge improvement.

This is a HUGE improvement. At this point he is starting to eat a little bit and walking around.

So, all of my plans were canceled for the week. I did a good job of running up until the 4th, when Gabe was really sick and he missed work on Friday. Gabe is still sick and we believe he has the same thing Alex does...hopefully his won't go into pneumonia. Anyway, due to the pneumonia, his surgery has been rescheduled for the 16th. I can't say I blame the doctor for not wanting to do surgery on an individual that has compromised breathing. Again, he was kind enough to add a surgery slot for Alex (6:30 a.m.) We will be up bright and early since the surgery center is about an hour from our house.

So far I have missed two running slots, but I do plan to pick it up again soon. I guess one bright spot out of all of this is we have managed to make it through all but about two movies on our DVR. So, we will be watching the Superbowl from home today. We were invited to two parties, but we will not be going to either one. Go Saints!

I am going to leave you with this picture of Alex. He is feeling much better at this point and just has a little cough left. He is still on a lot of medication, but his temperature is controlled and he seems to be healing.

February 4, 2010

Happy Birthday!

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February 2, 2010

Happy Birthday!

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