Saturday, July 31, 2010

Boston Med

ABC's Boston Med is one of the newest shows that has been added to our recording list. Every time we sit down to watch, I am brought to tears by one story or another. Last week, an fairly young dad (50's) had been recently diagnosed with a hear condition that was quickly digressing. He was in desperate need of a heart transplant, but things didn't happen in a timely manner. As the doctors were meeting with family to talk about the situation, a nurse peeks her head into the room to tell the doctor that the man was going into cardiac arrest. His family surrounded him as he was in his final moments. Needless to say, I was in tears. As sad as this situation was, the babies and children are what really get to me. There was a baby boy on this weeks episode who was born with a bad connection between his heart and lungs. His parents immediately had to give him over to the doctors to take care of him. FOUR MONTHS later, they were able to take him home. All this makes me extremely thankful for a healthy little girl!

Thursday, July 29, 2010


NO!!! It's the new favorite word around our house. The answer to everything is NO! Do you want some milk? NO! Followed by her sign language 'please'. It seems as though we have one confused little girl on our hands. In efforts to motivate change, Anton will ask, "Can you say 'yes'?" Which is followed by "NO!" We laugh, which probably isn't the right thing to do. Needless to say, Anton and I are both looking forward to the expanding of KP's (Karrington Paige) oral vocabulary.

Monday, July 26, 2010


In efforts to become a healthy mama, I have am taking an endeavor to become completely detoxed from sugar and flour. Not to mention high fructose corn syrup, pop/soda/coke (whatever you call it), and sugar substitute. Today wasn't extremely bad, though I am suffering from a caffeine headache. We will see how the rest of the week goes. According to the Perfect Weight, I should be completely detoxed in 4 weeks. Hopefully I will be several pounds lighter as well.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Fevers Are Never Fun

Fevers are never fun! Karrington woke up at 1:30 this morning with a very warm forehead. From my one year experience in feeling warm foreheads, I would say her fever was around 101. This is all I had to go on considering my thermometer is stuck buried in a pile somewhere around the house. (We recently moved and things are still a bit array) After a dose of infant's ibuprofen, we rocked for a bit, sang Jesus Loves Me, prayed for Jesus' healing touch and then finally went back to bed. I would love to say that she woke up this morning with no fever, but that would be a lie. She still had a fever and was rather whiny all day. Poor girl, maybe tomorrow will be a better day!

Friday, July 23, 2010

Biscuit Finds a Friend

Biscuit Finds a Friend is our new favorite book. It could be that she has a little dog named Biscuit or maybe that Grammy bought her the book for her birthday. Whatever the reason, I love reading this book to her. She points at the pictures and giggles as we turn the pages. My absolute favorite part of sharing this experience is when she points at the little duck and says "duck." Now, it's not quite that clear, but it is obvious that that is what she is saying. I believe that there is a complete Biscuit series, so we will most likely be adding to our small collection.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Its the little things...

Thanks to a beloved gift giver, I was able to get my "fake" nails put back on today. I have gone without for sometime now due to the inability to find a suitable nail salon in Lubbock and the lack of funds. I must say I feel much more womanly with my french tip solar nails. It's the small things in life. Sigh!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Meet Biscuit

Meet Biscuit...He is the newest addition to our bedtime routine. During our recent visit to the Northwest, Karrington and I took a trip to IKEA. She oooed and ahhed at all of the toys, but the one that got the biggest reaction was this sweet little dog. Anton has strictly informed Karrington and I that we will never own a real live dog, so I decided that the purchase of Biscuit was completely necessary. As we walked through the remainder of the store, she cuddled him and laughed. This is still the same reaction we get anytime Biscuit is presented. She grabs him, gives him a big open mouth kiss and cuddles him then grabs pink blanky and turns on her side for a good night's sleep.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Baby Sign

We contemplated doing baby sign language with Karrington for several months and had come to the decision that since she had started to say words that we would just skip the sign thing. However, a couple of nights ago amidst Karrington's grunting and screeching for more food I decided that a few sign words might be vital for my sanity and her survival. Her first word was 'please.' She got that one down pretty quickly. Next, we worked on 'all done' and then 'more.' We'll probably stop with those three. She is already saying mommy and daddy and a few other words, so hopefully from here on we'll add vocal words.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Down for the count

2 Benadryl later, I am dozing off. Prior to the Benadryl my heart was racing, throat closing in, and asthma roaring. To what do I thank for these lovely symptoms...a banana. I have eaten bananas my entire life, but recently have experienced some mild throat itching after eating this delightful treat. I have finally come to my end all with my relationship with bananas. They no longer get to participate in my diet. What a sad day!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Cabinets and drawers

Toddlerhood is bringing its adventures to our house. As Karrington becomes increasingly mobile, she is finding the joys of opening and closing drawers and cabinets. Though this is a fun adventure for Karrington, it stresses me out. I am always afraid that she is going to get her finger or hand stuck. And she has gotten them stuck a couple of times. However, today I noticed that she was very careful when shutting one of the drawers in the kitchen. She took both of her hands out and made sure her fingers were out of the way and then slowly shut the drawer. It is amazing how quickly kids pick up on things.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Doughnut Day

Saturday is Doughnut Day in our house. You can usually find us at our local doughnut shop around 10 am every Saturday morning. By us I do not simply mean Anton, Tasha, and Karrington. I mean Rob, Linda, Anton, Tasha, Karrington, Cody, Deborah, Josiah, Joshua, Robby, Megan (when she can), Geoffrey and Amanda. And then there are the occasional drop ins. This is has been our traditional Saturday outing ever since I was a little girl. We get up at a reasonable hour and head off to the doughnut shop for a sweet treat and great conversation.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

The Unwelcomed Visit of Strep

Well, it is official, strep has made it's visit to our home. Fortunately, Karrington has been missed and hopefully it will stay that way. The doctor told me today that it is rare for children as small as Karrington to get strep. It all started with Anton. Last Tuesday he started to complain of a sore throat. I passed it off to his quarterly cold. He took some Vitamin C and some cold medicine and went to bed. When he woke up on Wednesday, he acted as though a bus had run over him, but went to work anyway (he opens, so it would be difficult to call in when he is the first one there). When all of the others showed up at work, they sent him to the clinic and home in efforts to avoid getting sick themselves. Upon his visit to the clinic, he was diagnosed with strep (his tonsils were touching...ouch). The doc gave him two big ole' shots: a steroid and a steroid/anti-biotic mix. After about 10 hours, he was feeling much better. I did all that I could do kill germs around the house. I banished him to our bedroom and washed all of the pillow cases. That night, I put an extra sheet on my side (kind of like a sleeping bag) so that I would not be on any of his germs. AND then yesterday, my throat started to hurt. I was really hoping that it was just allergies, but when I woke up this morning it hurt even worse and I thought, I don't even have tonsils, how can I have strep throat? I went ahead and went to the clinic just in case (I really don't want KP to get this). She swabbed my throat and it had the color of strep, but the test turned out to be negative. She decided to go ahead and treat it since all other symptoms were pointing to strep. I then got the two large shots. I usually handle shots really well. Today was a different story. Both shots are given in the hip and I had to stand up. Shot #1: steroid. As I was being injected, I began to feel light  headed. I started to see the lights fade. I kept telling myself, YOU WILL NOT PASS OUT. Shot #2: Steroid and Antibiotic (much thicker than shot #1) After a few minutes of recovery, it was time for shot #2. Considering my reaction to #1, we decided it would be best for me to lay down for the next one. I handled the shot better, but as soon as I got up to leave it all hit me again. UGH! What the heck! Have I turned into a pansy or something? I don't know what the deal is, but I do know that those shots are pretty amazing. Hopefully that was just a one time reaction!

Monday, July 5, 2010


Karrington has definitely moved past the one or two steps phase. She almost walked clear across the room today. Though walking is not yet her main form of mobility, she is definitely on her way. It is so cute to see her stop and try to catch her balance so that she can take a few more steps. A goal this week is to catch a few of these steps on camera, so that we can always remember.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Little Chick's 1st Birthday

I wasn't able to get the full cupcake cake mold, but this half mold worked out just perfect. Pretty cute if you ask me!

Right after she touched the cake, she looked at me to see what my reaction was going to be. Once I gave her the "it's okay" talk, she was all in. 

This is just one of a few very cute pictures. Her cheeks were a little pink for the rest of the night due to the purple icing. 

She did some good work if you ask me. Ignore the bottom part of the cake (mom helped a little), but the purple part was all Karrington. 

All in all her first birthday was a hit. We had family and a few friends over. Anton's parents were even able to attend, from Portland, via Skype. (What on earth did we do before the internet?) She seemed very comfortable with everyone who was there. I made sure that she had a good nap before the party and we did not have any meltdowns. All in all, it was a success.

Friday, July 2, 2010

1 Year Ago

One year ago, today, I worked my last day at Boys & Girls Club. Yes, I worked until the last possible day before Karrington was born. After work, I went home and prayed that she would come during the weekend, so that I would not have to return to work on Monday. My prayers were answered and tomorrow we celebrate her first birthday. It's been an exciting ride so far and I look forward to many more celebrations to come.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

It's a Deal!

Bath and Body Works Semi-Annual Sale...7 lotions...2 bath gels...5 hand soaps...$20...AWESOME!!!!!