Thursday, June 30, 2016

Mr. Allergy Man

I took Gavin back to the allergist for a follow up allergy test.  I also wanted to have him tested further on some other things like seafood.  He’s never had seafood and I’m cautious to even let him try it with all his other allergies. 

They did the same test they did two years ago for environmental and nut allergies, but added in the seafood test.  I opted out of the blood work because there’s no sense in putting him through that when I already know he’s allergic. 

His arm blew up for cashew, pistachio and peanut.  Those are the nuts that will send him into anaphylactic shock.  The other nuts were high, so we’re just going to say the child can’t have ANY nut products! 

He reacted to pretty much all molds, grasses and trees – the biggest being oak trees and Bermuda grass (now I know why his allergies are so much worse in FL).  Ironically, he’s not allergic to cockroaches and feathers.  Not that we have either in our house, but it’s comforting to know he can be around some things.  LOL! 

As for seafood, his entire arm reacted, but only a little.  The doctor wasn’t sure if it was because he just has sensitive skin or because he’s really allergic.  We’d have to do a blood test to find out more.  Since Gavin isn’t asking to eat shrimp, crab, lobster or scallops, we’ll just wait until he’s ready and make sure not to feed him anything.  The only fish he can have is salmon.  He’s eaten it before and hasn’t had any kind of reaction.

He graduated from the EpiPen Jr. to the regular EpiPen.  I refilled his prescription and when I went to pick it up, the cost of the EpiPen was $612!  Luckily, I had a coupon for a $100 off so I only had to spend $512.  Yay for savings!  Even if it's only a little.

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I need another EpiPen for school, which I’ll fill later in the summer when I’m over swallowing the price I just paid for my son’s life saving medicine.  I am really frustrated that birth control, which prevents a life, is covered at 100%, but the medicine that SAVES a life costs so much.  Luckily, we are fortunate to have the money to pay for this medicine.  I can’t imagine a parent with a child who has an allergy that couldn’t pay for this medicine. 

Maybe I'll start a movement by this post to get insurance companies to cover the cost of this medicine at 100% regardless of deductibles and all the useless criteria they have hidden in their rules us consumers don't ever see.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Friday Favorites

Summer has officially begun and I’m getting a little more inspiration with my camera.  I wanted to share of things that I’ve been loving lately.

Apple Honey.  This is honey made from apples, not bees!  Sounds odd but tastes really good.  You use it like you would regular honey.  It’s a bit more tart than honey, but same consistency.  I found it at Wegman’s when I actually had the time to peruse the store and find things like this!

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Button Fern.  My neighbor and friend gave me this cute little button fern for my birthday.  I get so many compliments on it.  It’s too late in the season to get more, but I will remember for next year.  Don’t be surprised if you get one for your special occasion.

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Farmer’s Market Basket.  This basket is beyond awesome!  It’s sturdy with a wide opening and perfect for when I pick up my weekly CSA. 

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Piano.  This old thing that has been sitting in our formal living room for almost 4 years finally got tuned!  We kind of had to get it tuned since the boys started piano lessons a couple weeks ago.  I’m living vicariously through them and am learning as well!

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Rose.  I don’t know what it is about Rose, but it’s another obsession.  I don’t get much pink in my life so maybe that’s why I’m gravitating towards it!  It’s nothing like that gross sugary white zinfandel.  It’s a French Rose, so it’s off dry, light and slightly sweet.

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Steaz.  Organic green tea with honey and grapefruit over ice.  That’s all there’s to say about that.  Simply delicious and refreshing!

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Strawberries.  Nothing says summer like fresh berries.  Gavin and I are obsessed with strawberries and blueberries lately. 

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Summer Flowers and Candles.  Another thing that says summer are sunflowers and hydrangeas.  The hydrangeas came from a neighbor’s yard (with permission) but unfortunately, I had to buy the sunflowers.  They are just a ray of happiness as I walk into my kitchen.  The candle is a lime mojito scent that just screams summer. 

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Sun Bum.  This sunscreen is awesome!  It’s soft and velvety going on and has a pleasant smell.  The face block smells like banana.  Their lip sunscreen also comes in different flavors.  I got pomegranate and grape fruit (another obsession this summer).

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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Father's Day Weekend

Joel has been on non-stop travel.  When I mean non-stop, I mean every week for the past two months.  Father’s Day weekend was the first weekend he was home for an entire weekend since Memorial Day so we spent the weekend at the beach with our friends and neighbors, and their kids.  I look at spending time away with people as kind of like “dating”.  You know how you want to make sure you’re compatible enough to finally take that one weekend away in the beginning of your relationship?  Make sure that other doesn’t annoy you or do odd things that you’d never know about until you spent a long time with them.

Well, this is the third time we’ve went away with our neighbors and we couldn’t be more compatible!  Mike and Joel are two peas in a pod who love bourbon and whiskey.  Michelle and I have so many things in common from food to decorating to fashion.  And the kids play video games all weekend long when we aren’t forcing them to enjoy God’s creations.

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We spent the weekend boating, paddle boarding and riding the tube.  Josh looks up to Alex who will be 15 in November.  To Josh, he’s the coolest thing since sliced bread.  Alex talked him into riding the tube because he was scared.  He loved it although there were times I wasn’t so sure.  He would be riding, holding on for dear life and just when I thought he was going to scream stop, he’d get a huge smile on his face to let me know he was having fun.  I’m so proud of him for stepping out of his comfort zone.  It’s not an easy thing, especially for Josh.  Just look at how giddy is and how he looks at Alex.  It’s precious!

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Gavin on the other hand is my dare devil and was all about the tube!  He went with Kate and there was one precarious moment when we all thought they were going to fall off.  He and Kate could have spent all afternoon on that tube. 

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The weekend ended too quickly and we can’t wait to go back to spend more quality relaxing time at the beach. 

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Now for my Father’s Day plug…..The boys and I are so lucky to have Joel.  He’s our strength and the light that shines on a weary day.  He keeps us grounded.  He makes us laugh.  We are lucky to have him.  He makes me a better wife, mom and friend.  He supports me in all that I do.  He loves me unconditionally – craziness and all.  I appreciate him and I don’t tell him too often how much he really means to me.  He’s my life my heart and soul and I’m so glad I get to spend this journey of life with him.

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I’m also blessed to have my dad in my life.  I grew up always wishing and dreaming for a dad like all my friends had.  Although it only took a while, patience surely won out this time because I have the best dad in my life!  He's patient, kind and knowledgeable.  He's my lifeline.

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Happy Father's Day to all the dads and grand-dads out there.  Even though we don't show it much and you get one lousy day to celebrate you, know that you are loved and appreciated more than you know every day.

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Tuesday, January 5, 2016

One Word

Well, it’s a few days into 2016.  And with all new year’s, it has me thinking of my resolutions.  Of the many blogs I read, people choose a word for the year. 

One word to focus on all year long.  One word that sums up how I want to live and/or how I want to be.  It will take intentionality and commitment, but I’m hoping that one word will not only shape my year, but me.  It will become the compass that directs my decisions and guides my steps.

I’ve never done this and wanted to try it this year in hopes that it’ll keep me on track.  In all my devotional readings, church sermon, listening to the radio, reading, etc. I keep coming to the word CHANGE

According the dictionary, change is:

verb (used with object), changed, changing.

1. to make the form, nature, content, future course, etc., of (something)different from what it is or from what it would be if left alone: to change one's name; to change one's opinion;
to change the course of history.

2. to transform or convert (usually followed by into):
The witch changed the prince into a toad.

3. to substitute another or others for; exchange for something else,usually of the same kind:
She changed her shoes when she got home from the office.

4. to give and take reciprocally; interchange:
to change places with someone.

5. to transfer from one (conveyance) to another:
You'll have to change planes in Chicago.

6. to give or get an equivalent amount of money in lower denominationsin exchange for:
to change a five-dollar bill.

7. to give or get foreign money in exchange for:
to change dollars into francs.

There are a lot of things I’d like to change.  First and foremost, I want to change my heart to be open.  Open to less judgement.  Open to more love.  Open to God.

I’d also like to change the way I think.  I’d like to be more positive.  Look on the brighter side of things.  Look at the good things in people instead of the bad.

I’m changing the way I eat.  I’m choosing healthier options and providing nourishment to my body that doesn’t make me dislike my body image. 

I’m working out to tone and feel comfortable in my body.  Gaining weight over the last year has caused me to really dislike outer myself.

We are changing the way we handle our money.  We started that a few months back, but now that the holidays are over and there’s nothing to spend on, we have a clean slate to plan for this upcoming year. 

Getting older sucks at times, but other times I embrace it to the fullest.  Despite how I feel about my body image, I love myself for who I am.  I’d like to just make a few small changes to be fully content. 

They say it takes 21 days to make a change.  I started Saturday, Jan 2nd and have been on a roll since.  The momentum is driving and here’s to praying that it doesn’t peter out over the next three weeks. 

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Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy New Year.

2015 has come and gone.  Seems like the years just keep going by faster than a blink of an eye while I’m standing in the eye of the storm watching life swirl by around me.  Growing up I wanted to be older, to be able to do the things I wanted to do without having to ask for permission, to live in my own place and have a grown up job.  Now that I’m here, I wish time would slow down.  My kids are growing so fast that I'd like to keep them small just a little longer.

We had a fantastic 2015.  Joel got a new job that he loves.  The boys are learning and growing so much.  Alyssa started her senior year of high school/freshman year of college and got a new car.  I’m still working at the winery.  We added a new family member to the household.  We went on some fun vacations and in-between it all we enjoyed friends, neighbors and activities.  I’m hoping 2016 is another great year! 

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Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas!

Wishing you and yours a very blessed Merry Christmas!

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Thursday, December 17, 2015


We had a tough day Yesterday.  Our cat of 16 years had to be put down.  He became suddenly ill with fluid in his lungs.  After an x-ray and ultrasound, they found lesions on his lungs and diagnosed him with cancer.  The boys and I said our last goodbyes right next to his side petting him as he looked at us.  

We're going to miss hearing his thump, thump, thump of his little feet as he came down the stairs.  

We're going to miss his annoying meow in the morning when he let you know he was hungry and wanted to be fed NOW.

We're going to miss him begging to drink straight from the water faucet.

We're going to miss watching him tell the dog who owned the place!

We're going to miss seeing his little head pop out from around the corner when he came downstairs to see what I was cooking for dinner.

We're going to miss his beautiful blue eyes.

We're especially going to miss his purr.  He was always purring and happy.

We rescued him in 2000 and were told he was about 2.  He was a mess!  Short hair, nose and chin all scraped and raw, fleas so bad they were outlining his eyes.  We took him in originally got get him update to on his shots and let someone else adopt him.  After having him for a few days, we realized how sweet he was and decided to keep him (yes, Joel - you told me so!).  Every day we had with him was special.  He was always so happy to see us and snuggle right up next to us and fall asleep.  

He's resting in peace now in heaven with God looking down on us.  Knowing he's healthy and safe makes this a little easier.  There's a hole in our hearts and in our family, but we know we'll see him again.

We love you you fat fuzzy bunny.

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