Little Man is One Today..

Wow, where did the last year go?? I can’t believe that Little Man has been in our lives for a year, it feels like I just brought him home from the hospital with us a couple of weeks ago – that’s sleep deprivation for ya!

He’s now walking, talking a little and INTO EVERYTHING. He is such a ham – he cracks us up at least once a day. He is a complete joy and I’m sad to see his “baby-hood” over, but can’t wait to see the little boy that he’s now going to become.

Here’s a couple of pictures of my handsome little boy on his “birthday” last year and this year.

During his first bath

After his bath – the nurses mow hawked his hair

After he destroyed his birthday cake on Saturday when we had his party

Little Man & our scarecrow on the front porch – this is from 2 weekends ago



October 29, 2008. Family, Life, Little Man. Leave a comment.

What a week this is turning out to be..

Tuesday is when it all started. We were all piled in the truck headed to take Missy to school (well, Little Man, Missy & I) and I hear her struggling to breathe. All I hear is wheezing and ask her if she’s okay. “I’m fine *wheeze wheeze*” is what I hear from the back seat. The closer to school I get the worse to me she sounds and I swing the truck around and head home. I call the pediatrician and make an appointment the minute we get in as they have both had a residual cough since they came off of the last round of antibiotic. 3pm is the earliest they can see them both. No big deal, I’ll just treat her with breathing treatments and keep her doing quiet activities until then.

Lunch time rolls around and Rick comes home forhis lunch break and Missy starts acting like she’s really sick – she’d been fine just a little wheezy all morning. He heads back to work and she progressively goes down hill from here. I was doing breathing treatments with her every 2 hours and it didn’t seem to be lasting her the 2 hours (we normally do them every 4-6 hours when she’s sick) and I start panicing as this is what happened last time she had pneumonia. I shower, and start getting ready to head to the doctors office and I hear “oh no.. Mama I just puked”. So now she’s throwing up and wheezing and getting up set causing her to be more out of breath than before. Little Man of course sees that the bathroom door is open and think’s it’s a game to see how quick he can get in there before I catch him. I call Rick in a desparate attempt to have some extra hands to help me clean up the mess that is now everywhere. I start cleaning up Missy after baby gating Little Man in the living room and notice she’s hot. So I finish wiping her down and help her change her clothes and take her temperature 101.2. Okay dose of Motrin, another breathing treatment and Rick’s home! Just in time for us to load up in the truck and head out.

Get to the pediatrician’s office and it’s the normal routine, weight, pulse ox, breathing treatment (I say normal routine as this is normal for us when she’s like this). Then she’s given 2 steroids, chest x-ray, blood draw and the diagnosis.. Pneumonia, but only in her left lung. The breathing treatment and steriod combo that they had given Missy helped her breathing slow down and  instead of heading to the hospital she’s sent home. Along with an antibiotic, steriod pills to be taken over the next 5 days and more breathing treatments. As well as Little Man has his own new concoction to take. Our Kitchen counter that evening seriously looked like a  pharmacy!

So now she’s home hyped up on Steriods, along with the mood swings that they cause and of course Adam is miserable too as he’s teething on top of being sick and of course he’s not dealing too well with Missy getting most of the attention from Mama.

Since she has been sick I have been able to keep her quiet (she’s normally a very active kid) by teaching her how to cross stitch. She’s stitching a small cat that looks like her cat Pumpkin. I’ll post pictures of it when she’s finished. It’s a slow progress and of course Adam doesn’t like the fact that I’m sitting with her and has made it difficult to get some done.

Then, last night I shut myself in my office and made Little Man’s cape for his Halloween costume. It turned out soo well (maybe I bias as I I made it). I didn’t follow a pattern or anything it’s completely 100% a Kate original lol. I have to get a couple of pics of it and then I’ll post it. he’s definitely going to be a super cute vampire.

I have a couple of layouts that I have finished for my CT’s but I will post all of those later…

I must run as it’s almost lunch time


October 9, 2008. Family, Life, Missy, Random Gabbings. Leave a comment.

2 layouts & 2 sick Monkeys

Yup, both monkeys are sick. We paid our bi-monthly (seriously it seems that way) visit to the pediatrician this morning as both kids had cold like symptoms and then started with a wonderful barky cough. With Missy’s medical history and the fact that she gets pneumonia at the drop of a hat I thought it was best to go and have a visit. We had to take Rick to work anyway as our other truck still won’t run properly and I hate being with out my truck, so we went and found out that both kids have ear infections – Little man has a double and Missy has one in her right ear. On top of that they both have chest infections and Missy has a croupy sounding cough so we’re treating that with a steroid – lovely! So I have both monkeys at home – Missy stayed home yesterday also so I’ve had my hands more full than normal.

The weird thing is Little Man has started sleeping through the night – which isn’t normal for him when he’s not sick, so maybe we can convince him that this is the way normal people sleep and continue on this track we’re on right now.  With him sleeping in the evenings I’ve been able to get a few layouts completed and I have also started working on our family calendar for Christmas.

Here’s my 2 most recent layouts that I created for Julie Marie Scraps

Daisy – Missy & Daisy from her first trip to Disney, Christmas 2007.

I created this layout using papers & elements from Princess hearts by Julie Marie Scraps,
Dreams do come true & magical Disney moment by Britt-ish Design.
Love, Daisy I traced from Missy’s autograph book

Missy with our Scarecrow that we made for fall last year.  This layout was created using Autumn Spice by Julie Marie Scraps and the title was created using Dunia’s Stamped Alpha

If you want to check out Julie’s other designs her store is HERE

I have just downloaded another kit from Calalily over at Digital Candy so look for those layouts in the next day or so. Depending on Little Man & his sleep I might work on that this afternoon or this evening, It’s super cute too!

well, I think I should go and get a few things done before nap time.


September 23, 2008. Creative Team, Digital Scrapbooking, Family, Julie Marie Scraps, Layouts, Missy, Random Gabbings. Leave a comment.

Happy Birthday to me!

Today I turned 27. Not that it’s old, but I feel it. Last night Little Man decided that sleep was for the week and that staying up most of the night sounded like fun to him.

I did get to sleep in this morning until 11, but that’s only because I was up with Little Man until 4am. Then we have just really bummed about and now Rick and the monkeys have headed out to the store to pick up a few things for dinner. Mum and Tink are coming over tonight to have “birthday dinner” with me and that will probably be the highlight of today.

I recieved some good news this morning when I came into check my email. I had applied for a couple of CT calls that have been going on and I had an email from Julie over at Julie Marie Scraps and I was accepted as a CT member 🙂  I’m excited to get started and start creating for her.

Well, I need to run as I want to take advantage of the kids not being here and get a few things around here done.


September 21, 2008. Creative Team, Family, Julie Marie Scraps, Random Gabbings. Leave a comment.

I’m truly Blessed..

This weekend we took a weekend off and just spent time together as a family. Friday night after Rick came home from work we took the monkeys to the beach. This was Little Man’s first time at the beach and he absolutely hated it (I’ll show you the photo’s in a few). From the time we got on the sand till about 30 minutes before we left he cried! He hated the sand – well more like was terrified of it and of course the ocean wasn’t any better either. Missy & I went and took a walk down the beach and when we came back we found Rick & Little Man playing in the sand – he’d finally gotten over the phobia and was playing with his dump truck in the sand. I can’t believe how lucky I am to have found such a wonderful man who embraces marriage and fatherhood like he has. In that moment I was completely in awe of him. I am truly blessed to have 2 beautiful children and a great husband.

Sunday we spent all day with friends who we haven’t seen in what seems like ages and let the kiddo’s all play together and they had a wonderful time, we of course enjoyed ourselves throughly and I’m hoping it’s not ages till we hang out with them again.

Little Man has discovered how to climb up the stairs – all the way to the second floor this time not just the first landing – so now we’re trying to find every way we can to stop him from getting up the stairs. The way our stairs are situated doesn’t give us many options for baby gating, so I think we’re going to have to get creative and add some wood to the banister and make our own baby gate. He’s quite pleased with himself too!

Here’s some of the photo’s I took at the beach on Friday..

Little Man when we first got onto the sand

Missy didn’t waste any time with starting a sandcastle (this was seriously with in the first couple of minutes, I hadn’t even laid out the blanket yet)

Little Man not enjoying getting his feet wet

Missy doesn’t mind the water..

Here’s the Castle Rick and Little Man were working on. Missy picked up her shovel and started to help.

Little Man happy now that he likes being on the beach.

My family.. I’m hoping next time to find someone to take a picture of all 4 of us..

September 15, 2008. Family, fun, Life, married life, Random Gabbings. Leave a comment.

I know.. it’s been a while..

I apologize for not blogging sooner, but since moving into our house we have been non-stop busy! We finally had everything moved from our old place and had to set up our house in record time as my Aunt, Uncle and cousin came to stay with us from England for 2 weeks at the end of August – that’s another reason I haven’t blogged as they were staying in the office as it’s our guest room also.

Having my family to stay was wonderful. I haven’t seen them since we moved from England to Florida 12 years ago. I can’t believe how close I am to my Aunt, considering most of our “relationship” has been through email or webcam conversations. We have so much in common, which is quite funny and I had a great time all around with them.  It was nice for Missy to meet them as she’s seen them on the webcam and receives cards etc from them, but that’s just not the same, now she knows when she gets a card from Dee who sent it instead of just someone we tell her about. Unfortunately when they arrived Tropical Storm Fay blew into town and flooded us in for 4 days.. poor things were expecting wonderfully hot (which it was) and sunny weather and they got a monsoon! The last week was perfect weather and I’m glad they got to do alot of the things they were wanting to do while they were here.

Missy started school 3 weeks ago – wow, she’s really been in school that long.. wow time flies! She is loving it and is oh so grown up and doesn’t want Rick or I walking her into her class any more so now we have to drive through the car loop and just let her hop out and walk herself in. She’s even riding the school bus home.. I’m sure that isn’t a big deal to some of you, but to me it was a huge step. I’m such a worry wart. I’m worried that she’ll miss the bus or something will happen to her while she’s on the bus, I don’t know I freak out when it’s only a minute or so late. She’s enjoying it, so as long as she’s happy then I’m fine with it. She has an assigned seat and can’t get off the bus unless Rick or myself are there, which is peace of mind that she can’t just get off of the bus, but still, it’s scary to think that my little girl is riding a school bus.

Missy has also started dance class again, which of course she’s loving. One of her friends from preschool is in her class and they are of course glued at the hip. When they first saw each other all they did was jump up and down and scream, it was cute. She has also made other friends this year in her class (which is much quicker than she did last year) and told me that they are all best buddies.

Little man is becoming more and more of a handful. We are now crawling at full speed everywhere, climbing the stairs and cruising the furniture. Needless to say I’m surprised I haven’t lost the 40lbs I’ve been wanting to loose from all the running around I’m doing during the day. He has also learned about his tongue and insists on sticking it out constantly. I was taking pictures of him tonight in the bath tub and almost every picture I took he’s got his tongue out! I think he’s finding Missy going to school difficult as he has become more clingy than normal – if that was at all possible.

Here’s some recent photo’s of my 2 monkeys…

Little Man riding his Pooh car – Missy is in the background as she was pushing him along on it and I wanted a picture of just him sitting on it – she sneaked in the back lol

Missy in her Uniform on her first day of school. See what I mean about grown up?!

My 2 monkeys at the park the other night. We walked to the local park for our nightly walk Little Man LOVED the dinosaur.

Little Man & Missy off on their drive around the yard in Missy’s Barbie Jeep. Little Man loves to ride around with her in the passenger seat.. he’s such a ham!

Well that’s it for my 3 week update, I’m sure there was other stuff that happened, that I just can’t remember.


September 8, 2008. Family, fun, Missy, Photo's, Random Gabbings. Leave a comment.

We’re finally moving!!

We are finally moving into OUR house. What a pain house hunting is. Seriously we’ve seen over 40 homes in our area. We finally realized we weren’t going to find our dream home – why we had that preconceived notion I don’t know and decided to look for one with potential (we’ve been watching way too much HGTV recently).

We fell in love with a 2 story, ranch style home. It needs some work – cosmetic only really – and a little updating and I think we could turn it into a great home. It’s a 4 bedroom, 2 bath, 2 car garage and honestly I can’t wait to start making it ours. The apartment was nice as I’d decorated it the way I wanted it, but the house we’re renting (until tomorrow) I haven’t done anything with, there’s still the home owners wallpaper borders, wall colour choice (which really is just white except for one bedroom which is blue) and doesn’t feel like home. I will of course post before and after pictures once I’ve decorated. For right now we are just trying to get moved in and unpacked or at least the majority of it, as my Aunt & Uncle are coming over to visit August 18th, so I want to have the house somewhat “normal” looking before they get here. We have a few minor repairs to make and then we will finally close on the house, but that shouldn’t take us too long and hopefully Rick can do most of the work himself.

Here’s a couple of pictures of our home. It’s soo nice to know that it’s going to be ours and we won’t have to worry about moving, landlords etc. , maybe Missy will stop calling the apartment home and finally call the house home.

from across the street

The front porch – That’s the part Rick knew I would fall in love with as soon as he saw it on the housing list

from the corner – here you can see the second story (that’s Little man’s bedroom window at the top there) as well as the big yard Rick’s going to have to mow lol.

I will probably not be about this weekend as tomorrow our stuff will be moved into the new house and then Sunday the cable company is coming to install our cable and internet. I’ll try and hop on rick’s laptop to let you know how the move’s going, if I’m not up to my eyeballs with boxes!

Well, I’m gonna run as I should be putting more stuff into boxes.


July 25, 2008. Family, Life. Leave a comment.

It’s almost party time!!

Tomorrow is Missy’s big day! This week we have been busy with final birthday preparations as well as our every day “normal” busy schedule.

So far this week swimming lessons have gone really well for Missy. Considering she is really not one for being in the water she’s taken to it like a fish – I watched her yesterday putting her face underwater, which is great progress for her especially with this only being her first week she’s doing great. Little Man on the other hand HATES with a capital H swimming lessons. His class is super cute – we sing songs, do silly dances etc and both days (he only goes Tues. & Thurs.) he has screamed the whole time we were in the pool. Yesterday the lifeguard dunked him and he didn’t care, she even made him swim underwater and he didn’t care, but yet singing “the wheels on the bus” makes him cry. I do tho give him credit as due to the all day rain shower we had Wednesday the pool was quite chilly and he hung in there like a trooper, myself on the other hand was shivering like a crazy woman! I’ll try and take a couple of pictures of the monkeys – probably just of Missy, next week while in class.

Tuesday after swimming lessons Bea came home with us and we had a fun filled afternoon. For lunch we made “silly face pizzas” using bagels and they had a great time! I have a couple of pictures of the pizzas they were just soo cute it was hard not to take pictures!

Aren’t they the cutest? Missy LOVED making the face pizza’s so I’ve had to promise that we can make them again with Rick as he was at work and missed out on all of the fun. I also let the girls dress up to eat lunch – they’d been playing dress up before, and I thought it would be super cute to have a “tea party” with their pizzas.

Here they are the ballerina and a kitty

I tried to take a nice picture of them while they are at the table getting ready to eat and they decided that they needed silly faces to match the pizza 🙂

I think the girls had a great time and I enjoyed having the pair of them.

Wednesday Little Man learned a new trick and earn himself a lower crib! I heard him on the baby monitor wake up from his nap – he sounded quite happy and was playing in there. I finished up folding the load of laundry I had and then went to get him. I push our bedroom door open and I find him sitting up peeking over the top of the crib at me! He was quite impressed with his little self and I had Missy run and grab my camera (of course!) and managed to catch his little face all happy with himself.

Needless to say the crib is now on the lower setting so he can’t fall out if he manages to pull himself up to his knees. He has also decided that taking everything off of the coffee table is a fun game too. I have a couple of books on there at the moment that I was tracing sewing patterns out of, and he likes to sneak up and grab them and whisk them right off! He’s had the paint chip’s, pens, the coasters you name it he’s had it off of there! He’s a destructive little monkey. He likes to pull out all of his toys from his basket and then push them all over the floor, he cries, I pick them all up again and we go thru the cycle all over again.

Well I have Missy’s birthday cake on the cooling rack in the kitchen, so I can get that frosted tonight – look for pictures of it tomorrow – I’ll probably post the pictures from her whole day in one big post, unless I get a chance to post the pics of the cake tonight when I’m finished with it.

I should probably go and get a few things done before Rick gets home and I am chained to the frosting and the cake!


July 18, 2008. Family, Life, Missy, Photo's. Leave a comment.

Another Weekend has come and almost gone..

Happy belated 4th!! We have been keeping busy so I didn’t get a chance to hop on and wish everyone a Happy 4th. I hope you had a wonderful time, saw some great firework displays and of course stayed safe!

We didn’t do a whole lot of anything for the 4th. We had decided that we weren’t going to try and head out with the crowds to sit in the mugginess to watch fireworks, so we spent the weekend with my Mum, sister, her boyfriend & the kids. We did a small “firework display” at the end of our driveway which both kids enjoyed as well as a few sparklers. If we had been with out the visit from the mosquito’s I think it would’ve been MUCH nicer.

Here’s a few pictures from our weekend…

Little man watching the fireworks

Missy & Andrea watching the fireworks

Rick & Missy lighting sparklers

Missy & her sparkler

During the week the kids and I have been going for morning walks, we would go in the evenings but living in Florida with it being the rainy season we normally get rained out. Missy has a fascination with picking flowers, it doesn’t matter where we are, she has to pick at least one if she sees it. So I have shown her how to press flowers using Rick’s heavy computer books, so it’s not become a daily event to pick new flowers to press. Considering most of these are “wild” flowers that she picks from the side of the road or on vacant lots some of them are beautiful. here’s 2 I managed to take pictures of before she pressed them

It amazes me how pretty they are and yet I can’t seem to grow anything nearly as pretty in our yard, go figure! We have planted more seeds as we won’t be going away on vacation for them to not get watered this time, so hopefully they all grow, I’m getting a little disappointed with the rose seeds, as this is the 3rd time of trying with them and they still aren’t sprouting. I’m doing what it says on the package, so I have no idea.

This time around we have planted sunflowers, delphinium, petunias, asslyum *could have spellt that one wrong*, flax, daisy’s, a butterfly bush, pitcher plant and I think something else – I don’t remember them all. Most of them have sprouted but I’m still waiting on the pitcher plant to sprout as well as these darned roses. If they don’t sprout this time I think I’m just going to give up and buy an already established bush when we move into our house.

well I hear Little Man and it sounds like he’s ready for a nap *he’s in the office with me but getting cranky*, so I’m off for now. I will try to get back on later and post a few of my more recent layouts.


July 6, 2008. Family, Life, Photo's, Random Gabbings. Leave a comment.

Bitter Sweet Moments..

Well this weekend/week has been very bitter sweet for us.

My sister graduated from High School on Saturday, which is a great accomplishment but yet at the same time my kid sister isn’t my kid sister an more, she’s a “grown up”. It’s definitely been amazing to watch her go from being a cute little kid who I taught to ride her bike, walk, talk, and I’m sure a 100 other things along the way to this beautiful woman that she’s becoming. Of course there was no getting around some kind of action – We decided to leave the uncomfortable bleachers in the scorching sun to find some shade and maybe a chance for the kids to run about a little bit. Well, while standing in the sun goofing off with the kids Rick tells me to “hold the stroller” and “where’s our water” and takes off running. A woman had collapsed from the heat and he was off to help. You’ve got to love him, cuz he was very helpful with her and was making sure everything was okay until the paramedics showed up. So apart from that Graduation went off with out a hitch.

The rest of this week has been a blur and really nothing to comment on eventful anyway.

This morning we headed over to Orlando to take Missy to her Urologist appointment. Normally we wait a good hour before even being taken back to a room and then wait another 45 minutes to see him. Not today! I was amazed, we were there a total of 45 minutes! We were shocked as we figured we wouldn’t be home until well into this afternoon. The doctor came in and was really impressed with the way that Missy has grown and of course how smart she is. She didn’t remember him as it’s been 2 years since our last visit with him, so it took a little bit, I think for her to remember him. Anyways everything is going as he’d said, she only now has one viable kidney and her right one has pretty much dissipated and probably in another couple of years there will be no signs of a right kidney at all. So he’s discharged us and we no longer need to make our yearly trips over to see him. I got a little teary eyed as he was telling Missy that he’d been taking care of her since she was in my tummy and he had held her as a little tiny baby, as well as now that she’s a big grown up girl and he’s very proud of her and how well she’s doing. I told Rick once we got home that I really wish we’d taken the camera so we could’ve taken a picture or two to scrap with him, just so that we always had that to look back on as an accomplishment for her, health wise anyway. So of course she skipped right out to the parking lot and hopped into the truck like this was the best trip we’d ever taken while I’m getting Little Man in the truck getting all emotional over the fact that we probably won’t see this man who’s taken awesome care of our daughter, addressed any of our concerns and really been a big help when it’s come to her kidney/urinary issues that the thought of not seeing him any more is sad. We will of course still send Christmas cards etc and try to keep in touch with him, just incase. He did tell us that if she had a UTI in the future of course he wants to know about it and to touch base with him if we have any questions, concerns etc where to go from here.

So it was a very bitter sweet moment but I guess that’s all apart of life, it happens and it’s definitely something to look back at and say “wow we made it thru that okay” and now, sitting here I remember the first thing this wonderful, completely understanding individual said to me when we found out about Missy’s condition during my pregnancy on the phone, before I had even met him in person… “don’t worry about anything, I’ll take great care of her, and she’ll be a beautiful, perfect little girl” and he is so right. She has been a trooper through everything, the testing, the hospital stays the constant poking and prodding, the ultra sounds every year – taking monkey with her to every appointment and yet he knew all along 6 years ago that we would get to this point and she would be okay. I owe him so much along with the doctor I was working for at the time (another urologist) for getting us in touch with this amazing man, but yet I don’t know if words can express my gratitude. I’d love to write him and tell him all of this, but I don’t want to sound like a twit, or even some over emotional mother – which I probably do here, but that’s why I write here, but yet I want him to know what it’s meant to us to know that we’ve had him as our support system and how he’s helped us through this journey of finding out that our child would only ever have one kidney to where she is today, surgery free, happy and healthy.

Well now that I have rambled on and got emotional I’m off to cook dinner.


June 4, 2008. Family, Life, Missy. 1 comment.

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