Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Another winter blast!



Are you getting tired of my snow pictures???Today we were supposed to get a winter storm.When I got up this morning,it hadn't snowed much,but we had gotten a little plus some freezing rain.So things were pretty iced up.School was called off.I was a little disappointed though,if we're gonna get a storm,I don't want ice,I want snow!Well,at about 9:30 or so,the snow started.The snowflakes were the biggest I had ever seen...ever!It was beautiful!I tried to get pictures of how big they were,but it didn't show up well.If you click on the pictures,you can see it better.I was glad I could stay in and enjoy.It seemed like a good baking day,so I made a batch of peanut butter cookies.And ate too many...The snow stopped at about 4:00.My guess is that we got about 6 inches...




Yesterday I had an ENT appointment.I love this doctor!She is the first ENT that has a real clue about what's going on with me.And she works with some CF patients.My left ear with the hole in it(from a tube) has finally healed nicely,but I have fluid again behind my eardrums(nothing new).I go back in 6 weeks and may have to have another tube put in then.She keeps saying she can't believe I went so long without being properly diagnosed and thinks I am a walking miracle...interesting.I had to fight and beg with my insurance company to get to see this doctor for a few visits because she's not in my HMO.(I had her for the first time last July when I was in the hospital.)I'm allowed three visits until June.The doctor talked with her office manager yesterday to try to change it to cover my HMO.So I am hoping...Tomorrow I have an appointment about my carpal tunnel which has been giving me trouble and on Friday it's back to Akron for CF clinic.So I was glad for this storm's timing between my appointments :)

Friday, January 23, 2009

TOBI

I'm all finished with my latest TOBI regimen.Yay and hallelujah:) TOBI is a solution (a very EXPENSIVE solution)that I nebulize twice a day for 28 days,then I'm off of it for 28 days,then back on for 28.TOBI is specifically made to treat bacteria called pseudomonas aeruginosa.This bacteria can cause chronic infections to the lungs and is a main cause of declining lung function in CF.The first two times I did TOBI,I completely lost my voice for 10 days...it's really hard on my throat...it's not fun!But this last time,I only got hoarse and raspy for a few days,but didn't lose my voice completely.Now I only have 3 meds to nebulize morning and evening,which shortens my treatment time :) So I'll be enjoying my next 28 days of "TOBI freedom"and hope it has killed off some of those PA bugs!!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Busy little weekend!





We had some serious snow late last week and weekend!We also had some very cold days,like -14...I pretty much camped out inside most of the time.Jeremy,Steph and the boys came Sun.afternoon and stayed until Tues.afternoon.Tiffany was home over the weekend too,but was working at the high school at the girls basketball Classic in the Country most of the time.I did venture out for our two games to watch my niece Katelyn play.We won the first game and then experienced our first loss to a very good Twinsburg team.Warren took Kayden outside on Mon.It was his first time wearing boots and he kept saying "can't walk".He had to touch,feel and finally taste the snow.They wanted to make a snowman,but the snow was too fluffy and wouldn't pack.

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I got a waffle maker for Christmas,so we've been eating lots of waffles.Kayden mixed some up for us on Mon.morning.He had a great time stirring and was so proud of the waffles.Here is his recipe:

2 eggs
2 C flour
1 T sugar
4 t.baking powder
1/2 t.salt
1/2 C oil
1 and 3/4 C milk
Mix and mix and mix all this together and then let a grown up pour it in the waffle maker.Yum!


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Kayden was pushing things around in his grocery cart all weekend.We put Mickey in to see what he'd do.I figured he'd jump right out,but he just settled right in(with Clifford)and enjoyed being pushed all over the place.It was quite the cute sight...


It was a busy,chaotic,fun weekend!I can't wait for them to come back...I have to end with a picture of cute little brother...

Monday, January 12, 2009

I guess it's winter!



We were supposed to have a big winter storm over the weekend.I was kind of excited at the prospect of being snowed in.The forecasters were saying 6-8 inches of snow.Well we did get a couple of inches,although not nearly that much,but also some freezing rain on top of it.The snow was pretty,especially Sunday afternoon,big flakes floating down.Warren and I cozied up on the couch and watched a movie Saturday evening.This morning(Mon.),there was a 2 hr.school delay.Boy,I wish they would've done that when I was teaching!They just started having delays this year I think.Now we are going to go into deep freeze mode...we're under a wind chill advisory tomorrow,by tomorrow night with 40 mph winds,the wind chill will be around 10 below zero.Can I just go back to Puerto Rico????Speaking of which,I found this picture the other day of me on the steps of our house in PR.

The lady on the right worked in dad's dental office.The one on the left,I'm not sure,maybe our babysitter??Now I'm wanting to dig into my old pictures and find more...


Monday, January 5, 2009

Beautiful!

David Bowman - has had a passion for art ever since he could pick up a pencil. He loves creating images of the Savior that inspire and uplift. Along with his Christian fine art, David has also written and illustrated a series of scripture storybooks for children titled "Who's Your Hero".You can see more of his work at www.bowman-art.com.


"Innocence"
The Savior tells us we need to become as little children to inherit the kingdom of God. I've often wondered what it is about little children Jesus loves most, and I think its their innocence. They are clean slates, seeing the world and others through untarnished eyes. Their hearts are pure, without the baggage of cynicism and self-doubt. In this piece, I've tried to imagine how a child would act upon meeting the Master for the first time. Without reservation or inhibition, I think he would simply want to play with Him. He would be at complete ease, allowing his pure little heart to soak in the love and laughter of His pure, infinite heart. Its no wonder Christ delights in these little ones and sets them up to be our examples.



"Security"
One of the greatest human needs is a sense of security. In all aspects of life, we naturally gravitate towards anything that makes us feel safe. In this piece, I wanted to convey a sense of complete peace and calm like only the Savior can provide. It's a security that allows us to rest assured, without fear or worry, when we put ourselves trustingly in His arms. Little children have that inherent kind of trust in their parents, so it's fitting that the man and girl who modeled for "Security" are actually father and daughter. They generated
the exact feel I was looking for.



"My Child"
This piece conveys an intimate, up-close-and-personal feeling of the Savior's love. Notice how all the lines draw your attention and point towards Jesus' face in the center. I chose the name "My Child" because the only thing that could compare (even remotely) to Christ's compassion for us is the love of a parent for his/her child. This image is also intended to put things in perspective. Above all, we are God's children first. He allows us the privelege of experiencing parenthood for ourselves and we are entrusted to be the mothers and fathers of His children here on earth.

So go check out his website and his beautiful paintings.Plus,he's a waay nice guy!!

Friday, January 2, 2009

Pictures of our Christmas

Here are pictures of our family Christmas.We were together at my dad's the Sunday before Christmas,then at our place Christmas Eve with Warren's sister joining us,and finally some of Christmas morning.We had a lot of nice family time!Wishing everyone a Happy New Year!!