Friday, January 29

And They're Off

I am getting ready to head up to Michigan with the Youth Group for Ice Camp. Sounds cold, doesn't it! Chris and Rease will be spending their first weekend without me! I think it will be much harder on me than them! Megan and Woody are making their way over this afternoon to visit while I am gone as well. Say a prayer for the group's safety as we travel and spend our days outside (burr...) and also for Rease and Chris. She has slept terribly the last few nights and only wants me to hold her or put her back to sleep. Hopefully if she knows I am not there it will be a little easier on them all!

Sunday, January 24


I called the ENT and he said that things aren't sounding so good!! We are getting her ears checked again after this round of antibiotics and if things aren't all cleared up at that point we will be scheduling tubes it looks like. So, we can make it through one more week - even if it means all of us get only 4 hours of sleep a night and Rease is sleeping in her too small infant seat with her poor little legs propped up on a blanket (because they dangle over the end). Hopefully we will be on the mend soon!

Someday I will find time to post again! Rease has been sick for a week and it stinks. We saw the ENT Monday and he said her ears looked fine and to finish the antibiotics we were given the week before for another ear infection. Monday night she got a terrible cough that would cause her to gag, choke, puke and all that fun stuff. It was still going on Thursday so I took her in to the doc and she said her ears were a mess and very concerning! Wonderful, considering the we had just been to the ENT and were already on an antibiotic for her ears. Needless to say no one has gotten much sleep around here and the only way we do is if we strap Rease in her infant carseat and either put her on the floor in our room or in our bed so that she can have mama 's arm across her(she likes to say that non-stop now :) ). Anyway, the cough seems to be clearing up and her ears still seem to be really bothering her. I plan to call the ENT tomorrow and see if we can't get seen again. I don't know how much more I can take of this. Her follow up appt is set for April and that seems like a long ways away!

I gotta run - the house is a mess and we haven't had dinner yet!

Wednesday, January 13


I forgot to say that Rease turned 8 months old yesterday! Soon her 1st birthday will be here! I can't believe how fast time is going!

We also moved her into her new carseat over the weekend. I love them! I even bought a fun print, which I told myself I would never do, but did it anyway! When you see it you will totally think Chelsea!

I also have a really good recipe to post. I love to cook and bake, but usually never make anything new (unless I'm baking and then I will try anything). So this year I am going to try to make atleast 1 new recipe every week. This shouldn't be hard because I got about 5 cookbooks for Christmas :) This week I am actually making 3 new recipes. As I make the new recipes, I will be sure to blog about them. I promise the first one is good. :)

Tuesday, January 12


Chris is at church playing basketball, Rease is in bed, the dogs are fed, and dinner leftovers are in the fridge so I have some time to blog!

I feel like I haven't posted in months, it has probably only been about a month, but who's counting!

Things have been busy around here. We went back home for Christmas and were there from the 23rd - the 31st. It was a wonderful time full of family, food, fellowship, and the flu...

Rease pushed herself up into a sitting position for the 1st time on the evening of the 23rd. We had just gotten to Mom and Dad's and Mom said "so can Rease sit herself up yet?". I said no, we are working on it though. Then we turned around and Rease was on her belly and then sitting up. It was the funniest thing. I guess I should just talk about her doing things more often. :)

Christmas Eve we spent time with Barb's side of the family and then were back at Mom and Dad's for the evening. Every one was home by that point and it was a lot of fun to catch up and enjoy everyone's company.

Christmas morning we got up early and went to Corwin's to do gifts and breakfast with them and then went back to Mom and Dad's for ring-a-lings and gift opening with the Tuttle's. It was fun, chaotic, entertaining, and tiring all at once! Riley tried very patiently to wait until all the presents had been handed out before opening his presents. But it finally got to be too much and he just went to town. Rease was pretty entertained by crawling around from person to person trying to eat any paper and tags she could get ahold of. She was blessed with lots of clothes, toys and books at all of her Christmas' and is working on wearing, enjoying, reading all of them. I would have to say that the present of the year at the Corwin's was my ice cream maker attachment for my Kitchenaid and at Tuttle's was Mom's bicycle basket. Here is the story behind the basket if you don't know already...
My mom loves her some coca cola. Recently the Shed switched
from Pepsi to Coke (according to Ryan it isn't as good as Hap's
but will do in a pinch. By pinch he means if you aren't at Hap's
and going to the Mini-Mart is out of the question....). So Mom was
talking about how she was going to have to walk to the Shed to get a
coke this summer because she didn't think she could ride her bike and
cary the cup. So Abrah was at Walmart and saw a huge bicycle basket
and thought she would get it for Mom's bike and have Josh rig up
some cup holders in it. Their attempt was successful and I am not
sure that I have seen Mom laugh that hard in a long time.
Christmas night we spent time with Mom's side of the family. Woody may have gotten the pinata, but Grandma got the gift of the year. Mom made her a table quilt out of my Grandma's Grandma's old quilt and some of her mom's handkerchiefs. Everyone was crying at that point, even Josh! :)
Christmas morning Rease also popped out her 3rd tooth! Then on the 26th out came tooth number 4! She has added 2 more to her collection (finally on the top!) last weekend. So we are up to 6 and counting!
On the 30th we went to see Dr. Mark Jones at his chiropractic practice in Westfield. Rease is still battling the ear infection she has had since Thanksgiving and Abrah told us their was something Mark could do to help her ears drain better. So I called them up and he got us right in and it did seem to help for a day or two. I will be honest and say that I had a really hard time taking her to have it done. If it weren't for the fact that it was Mark I probably wouldn't have ever done it. But, it helped her out for a couple of days so we decided to take her to someone over here (don't worry we did our research and had references) to have it done again. She slept all night last night, so I am thinking it might be helping. Mark told us we would probably have to have the adjustment done a few times due to the stubborn infection she had, but it seems like maybe it is helping out. We go back Friday for another adjustment and then Monday we go see the Ear, Nose, & Throat doctor.
New Year's Eve we spent our first night away from Rease. Mom and Dad came over and watched her while we went to Bloomington to visit with some college friends for the night. I had a great time catching up and enjoying their company, but I sure did miss Rease. I had the hardest time falling asleep because I wasn't at home with her. All I wanted to do was sleep because I knew I could get about 7 hours of straight sleep before we got up and headed back home, but I couldn't fall asleep!
Last Thursday was a snow day for the day care so I stayed home with Rease. It was great. I got absolutely no work done, but oh well. Rease wouldn't nap unless I held her or laid down with her so we both got a good nap and I loved it! I tried to lay her in her crib for her afternoon nap and she just screamed. If you read my last post you know what happened next! Ever since then she thinks she needs to stand up on everything! She keeps trying to stand up on the couch, but the cushions are too thick for her little hands to grab on to and she just falls down. Tonight she even walked from one couch to the other holding my hands. She really thinks she is something!
That is the latest and greatest news from our neck of the woods. Sorry this is a bare post as far as pictures go. We are out of space on our hard drive and external hard drive, so we haven't been able to upload any pics since before Christmas. Hopefully soon we will remedy that problem and I can upload pictures from Christmas, etc.
I am off to sit on the couch and do nothing! I am looking forward to it!

Friday, January 8

Look what I found

Just a quick post to say that Rease is getting very mobile and onery! I was home with her yesterday because her day care facility was closed due to the weather. I laid her down for her afternoon nap and she was screaming (she hasn't slept well in 6 weeks do to ear infections, teething, etc. - So now falling asleep on her own is not happening....). I let her cry while I went to the bathroom and when I came out she was so quiet. I thought "No way she is asleep, this would be great!". My predicition was right, she wasn't asleep. She was STANDING in her crib looking down in awe at the pacifier she had tossed on the floor. As soon as I walked in she just grinned. Looks like we will be moving the matress down this weekend. (Sorry the picture is blury, I took it with my phone).

I have a lot of other first and exciting things to share, but I am at work so those will have to wait.

Wednesday, January 6


I saw this link while reading Angie Smith's blog (here) earlier today. You can get a free 8x10 canvas of your picture and only pay shipping and handling. Sounds like a pretty good deal to me. I am looking through pictures now to decide which one we will get. I am leaning toward a picture of Rease as a newborn, but we'll see.


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