Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Thanksgiving recipes

After much debating, I have finally figured out what I am making for Thanksgiving. I decided on these spinach balls:
I have been feeling overwhelmed and these didn't sound too hard. I am also making my husband's grandmother's recipe for kolaches. I hope they turn out okay. I am always nervous that they will taste nothing like hers. We'll see. I will finish them up in the morning before we leave.
Today, we did several Thanksgiving worksheets and talked about he pilgrims. I am sure Jaden didn't quite get it, but I am glad we went over it. He also did some math problems he has never done! Cassidy is beginning to write her letters. She can write a perfect S and that is still one of Jaden's hardest letters!
I have been keeping busy making crafts, cards, and school projects. I just don't know how to find the time to do anything else. I haven't been exercising regularly and it is catching up with me. I have to make this a priority!
I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving and be sure not to forget who we are thanking!

Monday, November 23, 2009


As I sit here typing this, I am missing my dalmatian, Maddy. She passed away yesterday. I remember the first time I saw her and I will never forget the last time. She was diagnosed with cancer on her 9th birthday this year (June 2nd). We had to have her leg amputated and we prayed for a miracle. She was doing so well until the end of September, when I noticed she was coughing up blood. Ever since then, we knew she was going downhill. But, these last two weeks have been brutal. She stopped eating all food. She wanted nothing to do with it! But, she drank water all day. She peed constantly and she could barely hold it in. She has had very few accidents in her life, so I knew it was bad when she was going in the house. She began to lose weight rapidly and would throw up the water she drank. Little did I know, that would be the last thing she did. Yesterday, she was laying by her water dish trying to drink. She threw up and then gave in. Jeff and I sat with her until the end. I told her bye and Jaden even came in to say bye. What a strong and brave boy I have! I am so proud of him. I watched Maddy leave us. What a powerful thing I witnessed. I cried, Jeff cried, but the kids have yet to shed a tear. I believe I had prepared them well the past 6 months. They knew it was going to happen. Jaden said he wasn't sad because she is in heaven! He even helped lay her body to rest.
Tonight, we made a spotted cake and shared some memories of her. I loved her so much. She was my first kid! The house has such an obvious absence.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Gymnastics and Shiners!

Jaden got his first black eye this week. On Sunday, we woke up and hurried around to get ready for church. As Jeff was putting away his computer, Jaden ran into it. Unfortunately, the black eye looks worse every day! I hope it starts going away soon! My poor baby!

This picture doesn't show how bad it looks now!
We put up our CHRISTmas tree on Sunday. Actually, we put up 2! We now have 2 trees we are decorating! I also have several little trees to put up around the house! Hopefully, I will find time to get all of the CHRISTmas decorations up!

Cassidy has been doing very well at gymnastics! I am so proud of her.

Yeah, here I caught her with her hands in her pants! LOL

Jaden continues to amaze me with school! He is so smart. We get through our school days so fast. It is unbelievable! He reads very well and even does his math with no hands! That is a big one for me, because I have always used my hands! ;)

As for Maddy, she is slowly fading away. She hasn't eaten in a week and she doesn't like to get up anymore. It has made me an emotional mess. We will miss her, but we are praying that God takes her soon.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Cassidy's bed is complete! *UPDATE*

Cassidy's princess bedding came this morning! We were all very excited!!! Here are some pictures of her and her new bed! What a big girl!

She loves her bed and I am so happy that she loves it!
UPDATE: She already ripped one of the roses off. That didn't take long.

Monday, November 9, 2009


Our dog of 9 years is slowly dying of cancer. She had her leg amputated in June due to Osteosarcoma in her leg. We knew that the cancer had probably spread, but we were hoping and praying for a miracle. Well, she has gone downhill in the last month. There are so many things we began noticing. The first one is that she is not eating very much. She hardly eats one bowl a day. I started noticing she was getting very skinny! Now, things have just gotten worse! She had diarrhea in the house and her breathing is very short. She coughs everytime she gets up and walks around. She tries to run, but she just starts coughing.

This morning, she seems even worse. She is shaking and has a sadness in her eyes. She can no longer hide that she is in pain. This makes me very sad. I have had her since she was just 6 weeks old. What a sweet dog she has been!

I hate the thought of the decision we are going to have to make soon. But, I know that watching her in pain is unbearable. I pray that she leaves us peacefully and the kids recover well. (and me, for that matter!)

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Craigslist and Princesses!

So, last night I found the perfect bed on Craigslist! I am so thrilled. Just as I was about to pay over $300 for Cassidy's bed, there was one on Craigslist! It had stickers on it, so I had to get those off. It still has a mark from where I had to scrub, but I am hoping you won't be able to tell in the room. If so, I guess I will be painting! ;)

About the bedding......

Well, Cassidy has discovered there is princess bedding! I was hoping she wouldn't. Most people who know me, know that I can't stand character bedding! I was so happy to find the cute owl bedding and Cassidy liked it too. Until the princesses came along. How can I deny her??? So, I think we have settled on one. It has a little bit of what I like, and it has the princesses.

I hope this makes MY princess happy! I will be ordering it today. Hopefully, we can pick up the mattresses soon! As soon as it is done, I will post a picture!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

another bed....

Here are two more beds I am thinking of. I am just not sure which one to go with. The other one I posted would take a mattress and box spring. These would just take an xl twin mattress. We could still get the owl bedding, but would need to get xl twin sheets. I am just not sure yet.....

I really can't decide. I plan on ordering it tomorrow. This really shouldn't be that big of a deal, but I want this bed to last her for a long time!!!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Cassidy's Big Girl Bedding

We have decided it is time to get Cassidy her Big Girl bed. I think I know what I want for the bed, but I have officially decided on the bedding. She loves it and we are so excited to go get it!

I am so excited to see it in her room. But, first we have to get the bed and mattresses. I have a friend who has a white metal bed and then there is this bed:

I am really leaning toward the wood bed. It looks supercute! I could even get the matching furniture in the future! I think Cassidy would love this. She wanted a princess carriage bed, but I know how impractical that is!
So, today I am getting pictures taken of the kids and I might go ahead and pick up the bedding. Afterward, Cassidy has gymnastics. I will try to get some pictures of her today!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Trick or Treating!

We had so much fun yesterday, except my mood could have been better. ;)
We went to the orchard one more time to pick more apples. They are just so good. The orchard looked beautiful. We had hotdog mummies for lunch. For supper, we had some pumpkin shaped pizzas from Papa Murphy's and Lemon Dropdead sodas. The kids walked in the parade in our neighborhood and went trick or treating. Cassidy handed out candy to the kids at our house. I cannot believe how many adults go trick or treating. That is ridiculous!