Tell me what it is you want to do with your one wild and precious life? -mary oliver

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

On The Mend

This deliciousness is for the Grandparents...THE GLORIOUS PIGGIES ARE BACK!!!
Last week while Andy was traveling, Sarah woke up multiple times every night and I was exhausted.  Being the AMAZING husband he is, he stayed out on the couch in case Sarah came down again on Friday evening.  Around midnight, he brought Sarah in and informed me that he thinks she has croup and is having difficulty breathing.  So, off to the ER they went.  Even though we've experienced it with our other kids, with Sarah we're erring on the side of caution this first time.

After giving her an oral steroid, they sent them both home.  She was the BELLE of the Ball in that ER.  Waving and hugging each and everyone as she left...her way of saying thank you for their kind service in her time of need.  She's making a difference in her own way!
Saturday and Sunday, she'd take many tissues out of the box and then put them back in for future use.

Then, make another bed for herself elsewhere with numerous blankets, water bottles, and books.

She's doing well with some minor coughing fits, mostly when sleeping.
I've mentioned her DIVAish ways of recent and have been trying new "QUICK" hairstyles that I can do to match the sassiness of Miss Sarah.  This morning, she was the only one who had school (besides me), so I had a few extra minutes.   When lo and behold, her hair is long enough to bestow the awesomest pigtails she had when she first joined our family.  Without further ado...
Seriously...NO MORE PICTURES, Mama.
It's difficult being a star.  Always having to turn down the paparazzi!!
Perhaps if I put my thumb in my mouth, she'll stop.
Guess my grin is too cute!
Aaron Shust, a wonderful Christian recording artist, was blessed with a beautiful boy this past weekend.  Michael Aaron was born with an extra chromosome and is having some other medical issues.  Aaron writes about their son's birth, the grieving process, and how they are walking God's plan for their lives.  "You don't need to know the future, only WHO holds the future." 
Check out his blog here.
I know our children have a place in this world.  All the children like Sarah, Michael, Mia and Bree, Bridget and Alina, Nadia and Josi, Pudge and Zippy, Leanne and Josie, Ben and Davis, Nella, Mila and Zoya, Joachim and Sofia...all these children are precious gifts who can teach us all something about love, challenges, keeping it simple, forgiveness, and many more.  

When Sarah comes down at 6am, crawls into bed and says, "Mama," all the while smacking a Good Morning kiss on my cheek;

Or she wants one more hug at bedtime...
It doesn't get any better than that!

Happy Tuesday!

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Skills for the Fashion Diva

Once the 5 Christmas events in 10 days were completed, we hibernated at home and spent time organizing closets and dressers.  Our focus on the remaining days was to put Sarah through Potty Boot Camp and to our surprise, she took it quite well.  We continue to be in pull-ups, but she remains dry mostly throughout the day.

Lately, she's had strong opinions about the clothing I pick out for her to wear and changes her outfits multiple times a day.  I've compiled a few visual aids for those who need practice taking off their clothes and acquiring new items for their wardrobe.

  Step 1:
  When Mom is occupied take off all your clothes and TRY to put on a new shirt.  Be Careful because the arms are tricky and they may get stuck behind your back.  It's not fun walking around in that manner.

Step 2:  If said arms are stuck, shimmy your way around and hopefully a kind friend will remove the vile shirt from your body.

Step 3: 
In case the papparazzi appear to snap the obscene photo and keep it hidden for future embarrassment of the clothing debacle, hide your eyes and cover your head.  If you can't see them, surely they can't snap a picture of you.

Step 4:  Walk upstairs and find new apparel that matches your mood of the day, all the while signing and saying stop to the offending person taking pictures.

There you have it.  Sarah's Surefire Smart Steps for Sassy Fashion Changes.
More laughter to come soon...
After tucking her in for the night, I was working on the computer when she proceeded to bring me the outfit I had laid out for her tomorrow and say, "NO!"  So, back up we went and I found another that meets with the DIVA'S approval.  If this is what the future has in store, I'm in BIG trouble...