Monday, June 30, 2008

Don't you wish you were us?

The weekend at our house was a washout. We started the weekend with Seth having a fever on Thursday and Friday, this was after Riley having a fever on Tuesday and Wednesday, and Noah getting a fever on Friday night. Sometime during the night I, Camille, started with a fever, stomachache, and headache on Friday. This was followed by a weekend of Jared taking care of everyone while I slept the better part of the weekend.

While everyone else got better, I did not. Finally after not sleeping last night and barely being able to swallow or sleep Sunday night, I went to the doctor this morning where they confirmed what I already knew (I know what you're thinking and you are wrong) I have strep throat. This lead to Jared spending a couple of hours at the pediatrician's office getting all of the kids tested for strep throat, thankfully they were all negative.

I think Jared is ready to go back to work. He made the comment on Sunday, " I can't wait for you to feel better, I'm exhausted". I replied, "Why are you exhausted, this is my everyday", except he didn't clean the house or do laundry. Oh well, at least I got to sleep through most of my fever, aches and pains, and the kids got feed and played with.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Doctors, Dentist, and more

Our 2nd son, Seth, is adorable, charming, active, engaging, and accident prone. In the past 6 months we have seen the doctor for a limp, which thankfully went away on its own, but which required us to wait for a cancer screening test. A dentist for when he fell getting out of his car seat and slammed his mouth into the middle seat of the minivan. Thankfully, he only has his baby teeth, but his beautiful smile now has a gray front tooth. We have to wait and see what will happen, but hopefully it will not get infected and he will just have a few more years with a gray tooth.

Then last week he caught his right thumb in the back of the sliding door on the minivan. I think they need to have pressure sensors on the back of those doors also. He had pushed the button to close the door and then walked toward the back of the van. He put his hand on the van just close enough to the door that when it shut it closed on his thumb. One trip to the ER, 3 x-rays, and a swollen thumb later we were happy to learn that it was not broken, (we thought it wasn't broken, but wanted to make sure). Unfortunately, his thumb is still locked at the top knuckle in a bent position. We have made an appointment to see a pediatric orthopedic specialist on July 9th to see what the problem might be. A friend of ours is a resident in pediatric orthopedics, and after seeing Seth's thumb at church yesterday said he thought it might be "trigger thumb". A problem that he already had but was exacerbated by the trauma to his thumb in the car door episode. This will require a procedure to fix, but should be relatively routine and an easy fix. I pray that he is right and wrong. I don't want Seth to have to have a surgery, no matter how routine, but if it will fix his thumb and take care of a problem, I hope Alfred is right.

Routine is never routine when it involves your child, and no procedure is small when it is your baby having it done. I would greatly appreciate any prayers; prayers for his healing, prayers for the wisdom and knowledge of the doctors, and prayers of peace of mind for me. It is hard to be his mother and not be able to take care of whatever he needs. That being said, I know that God loves him more than I do and that He is control of whatever happens.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Potty traning, 1 down 2 to go

I almost forgot to post this, NOAH IS POTTY TRAINED. He literally started going to the potty one afternoon last week and we have only had a couple of accidents since then. He even did great on our 5 hour drive to my parents this weekend. Now, if we could just convince Seth to use the potty we might just have everyone out of diapers by Christmas!!!!

Weekend update

I don't have pictures to post from this weekend ( I forgot to take my camera), but we had a nice Father's Day in Ft. Thomas with my parents and grandmother. Jared took Friday off so we were able to leave early and get to mom and dad's before supper. After dinner my parents watched the kids while Jared and I went to spend some time at the local ItalianFest. Mostly, we went so that I could catch up with a couple of friends from high school. I had not seen either Tim and Jen since our reunion a couple of years ago, but it was great spending a little bit of time with then just talking and catching up on the last few years.

Saturday we went to pick cherries, I know it sounds fun doesn't it. Actually, you would be surprised how many cherries 4 adults and 1 very ambitious 3 year old can pick in an hour. We were all surprised by the amount of cherries Noah picked on his own, he picked a gallon bucket full of cherries all by himself. Seth picked and ate almost everything he picked, but he had a good time. Riley just hung out and enjoyed climbing the ladder. Dinner that night was great as we enjoyed a homemade cherry cobbler from our morning of picking and pitting.

Sunday we celebrated Father's Day with my dad. Jared was a bit cheated out of Father's day as I ran out of time to get his present before we left town, but I think he would agree that his present was worth waiting an extra day. He was presented yesterday when he got home from work with a new hammock for the backyard, something he has wanted for a couple of years. We also took him out to lunch and he received a back massage last night.

I love that we take the time once each year to celebrate these special people in our lives. Fathers provide security, fun, love, and leadership, at least in our families they do. I try to appreciate my father, father-in-law, and Jared daily, but I'm not always great at showing that. I grew up with a fantastic father and was truly blessed by God in this way. He was strict, but not horrible. He worked hard and tried to teach us even when we did not want to listen. No matter what, we knew that he loved us and would do anything he could for us. I could not have asked for a better father. I'm also happy to see many of these same attributes in Jared and I pray that one day our kids will feel the same way about him. God has given us an unbelievable example of a Father's Love and I pray that our children will see this reflected in their father's and grandfather's lives and learn these same lessons.

Sunday, June 8, 2008

New lungs for Emily!!

Today was a great day for the Mulkey family. Emily Mulkey, the sister-in-law of our friends Christie and Brandon received 2 new lungs today. Emily has Cystic Fibrosis and after the birth of her beautiful daughter and a couple of collapsed lungs, she was placed on the transplant list.

I am happy to report that today she had double lung transplant and at this time is going great. If you would like to read more about Emily, Jason, and their daughter Faith, visit their blog at

Please keep this great family in your prayers.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Hot weather

The days are getting hotter with more hot weather promised to come. It is early June and we are already in the 90's, I know some of you live in even hotter areas and have already seen these temperatures this year. While I love warm weather, there is a limit on how hot I like it to be. I thought a couple of pictures of the boys enjoying the sprinkler last week might help us all feel a little bit cooler today.

For those of you wondering about Riley, she ran to the other side of the yard when the water started spraying.

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Bathroom Finished....For Now

Several months ago I posted a partial list of projects I wanted to get done around the house now that I finally graduated from college. One of the items on that list was painting the bathroom. I am happy to report that the bathroom painting has been accomplished. I actually finished that back in March, but did not want to take pictures until I had a new shower curtain and rug. I am now excited to show you the finished (?) bathroom. I'm very happy with the finished results, but as usually happens around here, the project has grown beyond it's original borders. Now, within the next few months we are planning on redoing the bathroom floor, from linoleum to time, and getting a new vanity and mirror. No the wall color will not be changing nor will any of the accessories, but I will post now pictures once everything is finished.

For those of you wondering about the "different" artwork in the bathroom, this is an original piece that I was able to get while visiting Cuba a few years ago. He is a world renowned artist and I've not had a place to display this unique piece until now.


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